The beautiful Greek islands are one of the best Mediterranean destinations. With hundreds of islands to choose from, planning a trip can be a bit of a dilemma. To help you maximize the best of your travel experience, check out the best of the islands’ diverse attractions.
The largest of the Greek islands is rich with archaeological and mythological history. The birthplace of Zeus boasts many ancient ruins and cultural attractions. Crete is famous for splendid beaches, vibrant cities and dreamy villages. This Mediterranean jewel also features scenic mountains and gorges.
Soak up the charming atmosphere of Chania Town’s Old Venetian Harbor or the fortresses of Rethymonon. Visit the stunning Balos Lagoon and one of the awesome Minoan ruins. Majestic Mt. Ida is said to be home to the cave where the king of the Olympian gods was born.
How to get there:
Take a look at the flight deals to the Greek Islands:
- MAY: 7-night stay in top-rated hotel on Kefalonia + flights from London for £135 >>
- Flights from UK to Crete for £26 >>
- 7 nights on Zakynthos in 4* hotel + flights from London for £141 >>
- MAY: 7-night stay with breakfasts on splendid Zakynthos + flights from Brussels for €160 >>
- Flights from London to Rhodes for just £55 >>
- Flights from Austria + 7-night stay in Rhodes from €175 >>
- 14 night stay on Lesbos in a well reviewed studio + flights from Vienna for €116 >>
- 4 night stay in deluxe seaview studio on Corfu + flights from UK from £67 per person >>
- JUNE: 4-night stay in well-rated aparthotel with breakfasts in Zakynthos + flights from Milan for €146 >>
- Flights from New York to Corfu for $494 >>
- Flights from New York to Crete for $469 >>
In Zakynthos, we encourage you to stay at 3* Mirabelle Hotel with very good reviews. This is a traditionally built complex enjoying a quiet location upon a hill, in Argassi village, surrounded by green gardens, just 100 m from the sandy beach of Argassi and from St Stathis chapel. Some rooms look to the garden and some offer views of the Ionian Sea. The marvelous garden with lush vegetation and the pool are suitable for relaxation. Relax with a drink at the café bar, or with a game of billiards. There is also a hydromassage bar. Mini markets, taverns, souvenir shops and bars are located nearby. Hotel Mirabelle is conveniently located only 2.5 km from the town and port of Zakynthos, while the bus station is only 3 minutes away.
In Corfu we recommend you to book 3* Maria Studios in Paleokastritsa. This top rated accommodation is equipped with a TV. A refrigerator and kettle are also provided. Every unit features a private bathroom with slippers. Featuring free WiFi throughout the property. Maria Studios also include a seasonal outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Paleokastritsa Beach is 800 m away.
What to do:
Hit one of the splendid beaches in Mykonos, Rhodes, Corfu, Crete or Zakynthos, where you can jet-ski, windsurf or parasail. Take a ferry or a boat to get around between the islands. Try the traditional Greek cuisine, taste some local olives and grapes. Music is a huge part of the Greek culture — you can catch a concert or festival almost any night of the week. Enjoy the pulsating nightlife in Mykonos (Paradise Beach), Crete (Hersonissos, Gouves, Sissi, Malia, Chania), Rhodes (Lindos, Pefkos, Rhodes Town), Corfu (Agios Gordios, Kavos) or Zakynthos (Kalamaki, Tsilivi).
In Zakynthos you can have a swim at the wide sandy beaches in the company of sea turtles. Take a sailboat, go snorkelling or scuba diving between rocks.
In Crete you can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities here like hiking, mountain climbing, horse riding, gorge trekking, swimming and more. History lovers will want to explore the many historic and archaeological sites that dot the island such as Knossos Palace, which dates back to the Minoan civilization.
Visit one of the great island harbor towns: Rhodes, Mykonos or Corfu. Explore the medieval towns and fortresses in Corfu and Rhodes. Santorini and Mykonos are honeymoon favorites.
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