About Greek Islands
Mention the term island-hopping holiday and many people automatically think of Greece with its thousands of islands, though only a few hundred are inhabited. The islands are scattered in the Ionian and Aegean Seas and are linked by a fairly decent ferry network.
The Ionian, to the west of the country, is slightly cut off from the rest of the islands but there is plenty of variety within that island group to make for a memorable holiday. Popular Corfu can be combined with quieter Paxos; stunning Lefkada with Cephalonia, just across the sea.
Lying off the Athenian mainland are the Saronic Islands, Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses, so handy if you wish to explore the Greek mainland during your stay.
The Cyclades, so called as they form a circle around the sacred island of Delos, are spread over a vast area from Andros in the north to Santorini in the south. The latter is one of the most well known of all the Greek islands - with its whitewashed houses and striking blue churches, tumbling down a black volcanic cliff face, it is also one of the most dramatic.
Mykonos has a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere yet there are smaller, quieter, off the beaten track places to be found on the island; Ios, the party island, Naxos (another favourite) is surprisingly green (the Cyclades landscapes tend to be fairly barren); Milos, with its unusual beaches, some with striking white rocks.
The Dodecanese (12 islands) further to the east has several big hitters - Rhodes and Kos; Patmos where St John wrote his Book of Revelation; pretty Leros and quaint Symi. These islands once lay on a popular trading route so their harbours are pretty spectacular.
Crete. Who can forget the largest of the islands, almost a country in its own right. You may think that such a large island would give you plenty to explore and you'd be right but if you want to mix it up a bit an easy twin centre would be with Santorini.
Island hopping is often regarded as being the domain of the truly independent traveller, however cancelled ferries, missed connections and a lack of accommodation (especially in high season), can often thwart the best laid plans. That is where we can help. We can smooth the way for your island hopping experience by pre-booking ferries, accommodation, transfers, even sightseeing tours to help you get the most out of your holiday.
Where to visit
We love Aegina! Although it's one of the closest islands to the Greek mainland it has a strong get-away-from-it-all island feel.
Corfu sits in the Ionian opposite the wild and rugged mountains of Epirus. The island is blessed with some gorgeous beaches and many quiet, unspoilt villages.
Crete, Greece's largest island, is renowned for its incredible beaches, traditional mountain villages, dramatic gorges and wealth of history.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site has to be one of the best archaeological areas in the country, thanks to the large collection of Hellenic and Roman ruins. The island can easily be accessed from several ...
No vehicles here, just the odd donkey! A picturesque, high quality destination, ideal for escaping the busier islands.
The Shirley Valentine island is famous for its party image but there is more to discover here.....
An enchanting Cycladic island with a Venetian town, fantastic beaches and much to see. Great for combining with Mykonos or Santorini.
Poros is carpeted with pine forests and lemon groves and is only a short boat ride across the channel from the Peloponnese.
Skyros, the most southerly island in the Sporades, boasts crystal clear waters and golden sandy beaches.
Venetian and Turkish influences combine to make this one of the most delightful cities in Greece.
Elegant and charming with a cosmopolitan mix of many cultures. In our opinion one of the best island capitals in Greece.
The capital of Crete, Heraklion, takes its name from the ancient Roman port of Heracleum, which likely occupied the same site.
The mediaeval town of Rethymnon, with its Venetian palaces and Turkish minarets also has the longest beach on Crete!
Mountains and gorges meet beautiful beaches. Chania, with its Venetian and Turkish influence, is also worth a visit.
Towards the east of Crete you'll find villages, ports, a palm-fringed beach, the stunning Lassithi plateau and the reputed birthplace of Zeus.
Agios Nikolaos is right in the heart of the Bay of Mirabello with its breathtaking vistas, azure blue seas and pleasant climate.
This exceptionally pretty resort lies around a horseshoe-shaped bay and boasts some excellent seaside tavernas.
From Almyrida you can explore picturesque inland villages, dramatic mountain gorges and some of Crete's best beaches and bays.
The long bay of Avlaki sits between Agios Stephanos and Kassiopi and is relatively unknown to most of the island's visitors.
Originally a small fishing hamlet which has grown into a bustling tourist village, with pretty white houses and lots of flowers.
Elounda and Plaka are picturesque fishing villages along the coastal road not far from Agios Nikolaos.
Falassarna beach has won awards over the years and is part of the Natura 2000 network, due to its variety of flora and fauna.
An ideal holiday spot for everyone, Kassiopi offers a good variety of nightlife and entertainment.
Kato Zakros is an impressive traditional fishing village, tucked away in the south-east corner of Crete.
The little seaside resort of Makrigialos, east of Ierapetra on the Libyan Sea, is an ideal spot for a relaxing beach holiday.
An island in the Bay of Mirabello. The fishing village opposite (also called Mochlos) is famous for the specialities served in its tavernas.
A good choice if you want to be close to the nightlife (but not too close!). Ornos lies only a few kilometres from the town and is easily accessible by local bus.
The village of Palekastro is a former farming village that has grown in recent years yet still retains its delightful character.
This former fishing village on the south west coast sits on a small peninsula in the midst of a lush green landscape.
This authentic village with its narrow streets is perfect for those who want to enjoy peace and tranquility.
Pelekas is a lovely village perched on top of a hill with a square and a good selection of cafes and tavernas. The beach is a 10 minute walk (downhill!).