Five Popular Greek Islands to Visit
A Perfect Mix of Culture, History, and Hedonism
Greece is a destination that makes a perfect mixture of holiday paradise, and rich cultural experiences. It has played a prominent role in history, but it is the hospitality of the people on our top five popular Greek Islands to visit, that make all the difference.
Locals are extremely social and warm hearted, passionate and a bit loud. Most of all – they are fully committed to making your stay as pleasant as possible. This hospitality is deeply rooted in their culture and it dates all the way back to the ancient times and the concept of xenia, which is present in their art and literature. Add incredible cuisine to this, with its distinctive tastes of feta cheese and ouzo. Throw in a healthy dose of hedonist vibe you can feel everywhere you go – and you’ll have a trip to remember. Here are the top five islands you don’t want to miss.
Visit Rhodes, the Island of Roses
In addition to its wonderful climate with over 300 sunny days per year, Rhodes is well known for its beautiful roses and wildflowers. Some even say that etymology of the name indicates it held the same title throughout history. It is also a place where different parts of history intertwine: from ancient ruins you can look and touch to medieval castles and churches you can explore.Five Popular Greek Islands to Visit for a Perfect Mix of Culture, History, and Hedonism! #TBIN Click To Tweet
Rhodes City was the base of the Order of Saint John aka Knights Hospitaller – the oldest order of chivalry that survived to the present day. Visit Rhodes Old Town: start your sight-seeing by going to Archaeological Museum.
Once a hospital, today this museum offers you a chance to discover artifacts (pay attention to extraordinary mosaics from the 1st century BC), enjoy the view of the garden and then wander around the Street of Knights to connect the historic dots.
This is one of the best preserved medieval streets in the world, but it’s crowded with tourists during the day. You can explore the original 14th-century lodgings of the knights and touch the sandstone facades during the night, when it’s nicely illuminated by the lanterns.
Don’t miss visiting the Acropolis located on the hill nearby the village of Lindos. It’s a bit steep to climb, but there’s a fun alternative way to reach the top: ride a donkey!
This fun experience will cost you around €5 and it’s worth it. Ruins from the 4th century BC will make you contemplate about the rich Greek mythology and the power of storytelling.
If you’re a solo adventurer, you can install a free app that gives you an insight into the best things to see. As for the beaches, there are many beautiful ones, but Tsambika Bay is considered to be Rhodes’ finest.
Places to Stay in Rhodes City
Of course, you’re going to need a place to stay while on the Isles of Rhodes, so why not Rhodes City. Here are just a sample of the places to stay while taking in the charms of Rhodes.
Fantastic service, spacious rooms, lovely breakfast, help arranging daylong tours of Rhodes, just a marvelous experience.
Camelot hotel, a beautiful boutique hotel, is fantastically located within easy access of great shopping, restaurants and wonderful beaches. Nina, the charming host, is fun loving making time to chat with all her customers, a very lovely lady.
Discover Crete, a cultural melting pot
Crete is a true treat for those who love to discover new cultures and get a fuller understanding of historical processes. Minoan Civilization dominated these areas around the 20th century BC, while the later coming of the Dorian Greeks, Ottoman Turks, Venetians, and Arabs created new changes; they introduced their own cultural codes and values.
This is why you have a unique opportunity, as a traveler, to discover various pieces of heritage that were formed through Crete’s dynamic history. Visit the Heraklion Archaeological Museum that covers a wide historical period, from Neolithic to Roman times. There are several ticket packages you can choose, but all are affordable and very worthy (e.g. the joint ticket with Knossos is around €10).
There are a lot of ways to explore Crete – you can find organized tours that will address your preferences, so it’s a good option to soak in all the history with an expert guide or someone that will share insider information on what’s there to see.
Another historical treat is one of the largest Venetian fortresses in the world – the Fortezza of Rethymnon whose walls protect the Ibrahim Han mosque. For nature lovers, there are two must-visits: the Samarian Gorge and the breathtaking White Mountains National Park. Samarian Gorge (park entry €5) is allegedly Europe’s longest canyon and it’s simply stunning.
The White Mountains will make you feel humble and forget where you are in a second. Don’t miss the Ayía Galíni beach: its shore evokes a true tropical paradise.
Places to Stay on Crete
In close proximity to everything this is a great hotel from which to experience Chania.The hotel itself is elegantly appointed and is in an ideal location to explore the charming alleys of Chania or stroll along the waterfront.
Very beautiful suites,
Unwind in Lefkada, a crystal-water paradise
Lefkada is an island well known for its incredible beaches and turquoise water. But some beaches are more touristy than others. Kathisma Beach is a perfect example with fully equipped with sun beds and umbrellas, beach bar and a wide offer of water sports you can try out.
It’s a great spot for those who love socializing, and it has mesmerizing natural beauty: soak in the sun while lying on the soft white sand, surrounded by white cliffs. Lovers of water sports will be happy to hear about Vasiliki: it has been awarded as one of the top 3 beaches in Europe for windsurfing!
There are also diving opportunities, as well as mountain biking options for those who wish to explore the inland. In addition to chilling on the beach and sipping a cocktail or two, Lefkada is great because of its position.
There are many daily boat trips organized that can transfer you to some of the islands nearby. These tours usually connect several islands and you can hear captivating stories about different locations.
For example, at the price of around €25 – you can firstly enjoy hidden beaches of Lefkada, and then continue to visit Kefalonia, Ithaka, Skorpios, and less known ones such as Madouri. Ithaka is especially intriguing because it’s the home of Odysseus, Homer’s legendary hero.
Places to Stay on Lefkada
This is a great value, is spotless, and friendly. Can’t think of a better place than this beautiful facility for a real relaxing holiday.
Are you like us, looking for a budget friendly place that makes you feel at home and is close to it all? Then you really can’t go wrong here!
Enjoy Mykonos, a vivid place to relax
Mykonos isn’t an island where you can learn a lot about Greek history, but it sure is a place to savour great food, wine, and soak in the sun. It is loaded with high-class restaurants and equally fine wallet-friendly ones, authentic tavernas, live music and entertainment events.
There’s hardly a more suitable place for gourmands: enjoy homemade tzatziki, lavish mousakas, grilled souvlaki, and finger licking feta cheese. Greeks are well known for large portions of food, so don’t be surprised if your serving is large enough to easily satisfy the hunger of at least three people.
Salads that are served as appetizers are so yummy and rich in ingredients, you have to be careful you don’t get full before the main meal arrives. Top three beaches include Paradise Beach, Super Paradise Beach, and Elia Beach.
The last one is the most popular, especially because of the beach restaurant offering exquisite local dishes. Mykonos Town is charming, so make sure to wander around its narrow cobbled streets and soak in the Greek modus vivendi.
The Little Venice area is a nice sight to stop by, as well as the Church of Panagia Paraportiani. There are daily tours to the Delos Island, which is considered to be sacred as a birthplace of twin gods, Artemis and Apollo.
You’ll surely encounter tour guides on the streets that offer these trips but ask around to get the best deal. Locals will be happy to help you get around, for sure.
Places to Stay on Mykonos
Romantic and magical! What more is there to say?!? With stunning sea views, and immaculate rooms, you just can’t ask for more.
Don’t you just love the name? How could this not be the best place in Mykonos Town? With perfect service amazing views, and food that off the charts good. You must stay here if you can get reservations!
Explore Thasos, the Emerald Island
Think clear waters in the most mesmerizing shades of green and turquoise, sandy beaches, and intact nature – that’s Thasos. In addition to its fascinating beauty, it also hides a rich history and archaeological spots across the area you’ll want to visit.
The capital of the island is called Limenas and it’s a major port. For lovers of the adrenaline rush, there are exciting watersports available all across the island: from windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing, snorkelling, to diving, banana and donut riding.
Best beaches to look out for are the Golden Beach, Potos Beach, Pachis Beach, and Pefkari Beach. You can also go on a Thassian Jeep Safari to explore the mountains through the guided tours (usually organized on Saturdays, lowest prices are around €55) or rent your own 4×4 jeep and discover this island’s beauties on your own.
Thasos also has a unique offer of horseback riding along the sea shore, which is rarely seen on other Greek islands. Best splurging opportunities include savouring great seafood (especially fish!), olive oil, wine, and Thassian honey.
For those who love a good art performance and having fun, there is an annual summer festival. A number of concerts, plays (comedies and tragedies, children’s theatre), poetry nights, music performances, and workshops will make your trip to Thasos a memorable one.
Don’t miss the Donkey Race in Skala Potamia, it’s incredibly amusing!
With their versatile and rich tourist offer, these Five Popular Greek Islands to Visit have to find their place on your bucket list. Just visit once and you’ll be sure to keep coming back to these pearls of the Aegean, Mediterranean, and the Ionian Sea.
Places to Stay in Thasos
Is this place to good to be true? In a word, No! Calm and beautiful this modern cozy hotel will have you wanting to book a return visit as soon as you arrive!
Right on the beach, work for you? Just across a paved walkway is great large sandy beach.Food and accommodation is of a very high standard.
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