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Greek Islands, Greece

Greek Islands, Greece

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Who doesn’t dream of visiting the Greek Islands? We make lists of our favourites and plan holidays of idyllic islandhopping. There’s just something about the combination of white-washed houses, multihued fishing boats in tiny ports, hills smelling of thyme, and the legends and ancient history that is irresistible. And that’s not even mentioning the party-scene!

There are nearly 2000 islands, some very popular and some still amazingly little-visited by tourists. Travel tip: a package that includes ferry rides and accommodation on the islands of your choice will take the hassle and uncertainty out of your island-hopping!

Greek Islands Highlights

  • ISLAND HOPPING – The Cyclades group, which include Mykonos and Santorini, are justifiably popular, and Crete, the largest island, is especially rich in history. If you are looking for islands with fewer tourists why not sail towards Turkey and the islands of Kos, Chios and Samos. If you’re not a party animal, Ios may not be for you but Tinos could be perfect. 
  • INDULGE IN LOCAL DELICACIES – Some of our favourite’s are Moussaka, Ouzo and Souvlaki.
  • ZORBA – Take part in this traditional style dancing.
  • SILVER AND TURQUOISE JEWELLERY – You will find in abundance around many stores in the Greek Islands. Great for you or a nice present for someone special back home.
  • STAY IN A WHITE WASHED VILLAGE – Around Easter the Greeks spring to life and paint their houses white and doors blue. This is a big celebration marking the new season. Make sure you stay in a little white washed village for a truly Greek experience.
  • WATERFRONT DELIGHTS – Stop at a waterfront Taverna for a refreshing beer and calamari fresh from the sea. Watch the fishermen land their catches on the wharf.
  • SOUDA BAY – Many New Zealand soldiers who fought during World War II are buried here.
  • SAMARIA GORGE – Take a car journey over the white mountains where our ancestors trekked to the south coast before they departed for Egypt. The scenery is stunning and the area thought provoking.

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