Greece & Its Islands – Travel Guide

Diverse and beautiful, the Greek islands attract millions of sun-loving tourists to their shores every summer.

They come to swim in quiet, secluded coves, to dance the nights away in pulsating island clubs, and to sit quietly in vine-covered tavernas as the red sun slips behind the sea’s horizon. They come to visit the 10,000 miles of coastline and ancient Greek amphitheatres, to walk across pine-clad hillsides and down dramatic limestone gorges, and, most of all, to relax and recuperate in the sun-drenched isles where Western civilisation began.


The Hellenic Republic consists of a mountainous mainland peppered with ancient archaeological sites and age-old villages, the buzzing capital of 5000-year-old Athens, and nearly 1500 islands scattered like marbles across the glittering Aegean Sea. The islands, only a small percentage of them inhabited, are roughly divided into the following chains: the Dodecanese, which hug the Turkish coast and include Rhodes, Kos, and Samos, plus the sponge-diving islands of Halki and Symi; the Cyclades, including the party islands of Ios and Mykonos and peaceful Naxos, Paros and Santorini; the Argo-Saronic islands of Spetses, Poros and Hydra, located conveniently close to Athens; the Ionian islands of Zakynthos, Corfu and Kefalonia (ofCaptain Corelli fame); the Northeast Aegean islands, which include the islands of Samos, Lesvos and Ikaria; and the largest island of them all — Crete — the birthplace of Greek civilisation.

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Inventors of democracy, theatre, wine-making, medicine, classical architecture and philosophy, the Ancient Greeks gave the world an unsurpassed cultural legacy. Today, modern Greece offers its visitors all this heritage, plus the conveniences of a first-world destination, at surprisingly reasonable prices. Accommodation ranges from 5-star luxury hotels to basic rooms in family-owned pensiones, and something can be found to suit every pocket.

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With so many different islands to choose from, everyone from families to teenagers to twenty-somethings out on the razz will find what they are looking for. Backpackers can island-hop happily around the Dodecanese and the Cyclades; the rather more flash/toffee-nosed can rub shoulders with the international jet-set on the north east coast of Corfu; honeymooners can find empty coves and quiet tavernas in peaceful eastern Crete or Kalymnos; and party animals can seek out the never-ending beat in Laganas, Malia, Ios Town and Kavos.

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What doesn’t change from island to island is the healthy and delicious food to be found all over the Greek archipelago. While the islands all have their various specialities, a Greek salad (feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, onions and olives) or asouvlaki (skewered lamb or pork) is never far away.

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Plenty of local olive oil and fresh vegetables, fish and seafood makes healthy eating a pleasure. One rule of thumb, though: while perusing restaurant menus, avoid those which have laminated pictures of food plastered everywhere. There’s always another, less touristy (and probably better value) taverna just around the corner.

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