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.

 

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