The islands of Greece, dotted across the brilliant Aegean Sea, have been for the last fifty years a favourite holiday destination for millions of holidaymakers from around the world, cherished for their sun-drenched sandy beaches and their pristine waters, as well as for the wealth of historic and archaeological sites that bring Greece’s colourful past vividly to life. Add to this a simple but delightful cuisine, with the freshest produce and seafood adorning your table, a vibrant nightlife, and plenty of activities available beside the seaside, and you have all the makings of a perfect holiday. We offer delightful holiday villas in many Greek islands, all easily accessible from the main transport hubs of Greece via ferry services that are enjoyable as well as convenient, as well as internal flights.
The Cyclades, as their name suggests, form a ring of thirty-nine islands in the southern Aegean, with the ancient Greek sacred island of Delos at the centre. The typical whitewashed, cubistic architecture of their houses and churches among the occasionally barren rocky landscape gleams in the glorious sunshine and against the crystal blue sea. In the high season, the soaring temperatures are offset by the refreshing sea-breeze. Mykonos is the most glamorous of the Cyclades, known for its enthusiastic nightlife and some very exclusive properties. Serifos is less travelled, with its beaches delightfully uncrowded and pristine. Paros has long been famous for its fine marble, which was favoured by the great Attic sculptors; it has wonderful beaches and a number of marvellous historical gems waiting to be discovered. Just offshore, little Antiparos is also somewhat off the tourist trail and quite exclusive. Syros glories in the traces of its Venetian and Byzantine past, its twin cathedrals overlooking the beautiful town of Ermoupoli. Sifnos is also less touristic, with some of the best beaches in the Cyclades, and Kea, in the north of the islands and nearest to the mainland, attracts the affluent yachting set from Athens. Santorini is the southernmost island of the Cyclades, and the most spectacular: it is all that remains of a massive volcano, its sheer black cliffs towering over the ancient caldera.
Spetses, in the Saronic Gulf, is a yachtsman’s paradise, and proudly revels in its long maritime history. There are plenty of historic sites to visit, and in August one of the most spectacular festivals in all of Greece. Patmos, on the northern edge of the Dodecanese islands off the coast of Turkey, is known as the island where the Book of the Apocalypse was bequeathed to St John, whose monastery looms over the Chora. Zakinthos is in the Ionian Sea off the western coast of the Peloponnese, with Laganas hosting some of the most enthusiastic nightlife in all the Greek islands, as well as pristine nature reserves dedicated to the more placid Loggerhead sea turtle.
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