About The Greek Islands
"The isles of Greece! the isles of Greece...
Eternal summer gilds them yet..."
Much loved by Lord Byron the Greek islands are magical. Scattered throughout the Ionian and Aegean most are linked by a fairly decent ferry network & those with a small airport are less than an hour's flight away from Athens.
The Ionian island chain, in the west, is slightly cut off from other island groups but there is plenty of variety within this area to make a memorable holiday. Popular Corfu can be combined with quieter Paxos; stunning Lefkas with Cephalonia.
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 world-renowned with its whitewashed houses & striking churches cascading down steep volcanic cliffs.
Mykonos has a lively, cosmopolitan town as well as smaller, off the beaten track places to be found on the island; Naxos (one of our favourites) is surprisingly green (the typical cycladic landscape tends to be fairly barren); Milos has unusual beaches & striking rock formations.
The Dodecanese (12 islands) further to the east has several popular islands - 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.
Who can forget Crete - Greece's largest island is almost like a country! There's plenty to explore here: archaeological sites, gorges, mountains and fabulous beaches. If you want to mix it up a bit combine a stay here 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's where we can help. We can smooth the way for your island hopping experience by pre-booking ferries, accommodation and transfers to help you get the most out of your holiday.
Islands to visit
Corfu is blessed with gorgeous beaches, a UNESCO-protected capital, and many unspoilt villages.
Greece's largest island has incredible beaches, traditional mountain villages, dramatic gorges, friendly people and, being the cradle of Minoan civilisation, a wealth of archaeological sites.
This whole island is an archaeological site so no accommodation here. Definitely worth a visit (Mykonos is the closest island).
You'll find no vehicles on Hydra, just the odd donkey! A picturesque, high-quality destination.
One of our favourites! Lefkas is linked to the mainland by a swing bridge so makes a twin centre with Parga or Sivota, on the mainland, very possible.
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, great beaches and superb scenery. A popular twin centre with Mykonos or Santorini.
Carpeted by pine forests and lemon groves, Poros lies just across the channel from the Peloponnese.
Cities to visit
Stroll through Chania, along its harbour and through winding alleyways, to really get a feel for the 'Venice of Crete'
Elegant, charming & cosmopolitan. In our opinion one of the best island capitals in Greece.
Districts to visit
Mountains and gorges meet beautiful beaches. Chania, with its Venetian and Turkish influence, is also worth a visit.
Resorts to suit all ages and tastes, fantastic Minoan sites, and a lively island capital characterise this area of Crete.
Towards the east of Crete you'll find villages, ports, a palm-fringed beach, the stunning Lassithi plateau and the reputed birthplace of Zeus.
Resorts to visit
Agios Nikolaos is right in the heart of the Bay of Mirabello with its breathtaking vistas, azure blue seas and pleasant climate.
From Almyrida you can explore picturesque villages, dramatic mountain gorges and some of Crete's best beaches.
Avlaki, between Agios Stephanos and Kassiopi, is relatively unknown to most of the island's visitors.
A former 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.
This award-winning beach is part of the Natura 2000 network, thanks to its variety of flora and fauna.
A long volcanic beach & seaside promenade make Kamari the most popular resort on the east coast.
Kassiopi offers a good variety of nightlife and entertainment. A great holiday spot for everyone.
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 nightlife (but not too close!). Ornos is a short distance from the town and is 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.
Hotels to visit