The lesser known Islands of Greece

5th March 2018  

1. Naxos:

Naxos is the gem of Greece, a happy and delightful jewel shining on the waters of Aegean Sea. From exploring the villages to trying out invigorating sports, Naxos has got you covered. If you are visiting Naxos, a trip to the famous monument Portara is necessary to soak in the gorgeous view and absorb the vibrant energy. Portara (the great door) is a name that the residents have allocated to a marvellous marble doorway. If after the cultural and spiritual exploration of the historical monuments a strong craving for adrenaline kicks in, windsurfing is the ultimate solution. In fact, Naxos is among the most popular windsurfing spots in Greece, especially during the summer. Naxos is blessed with 41 splendid villages, each of them possessing unique beauty and charm and is definitely worth paying a visit. Naxos is also known for its delicious food! The cheese and the freshly baked bread is considered their speciality and a must try during your trip. For the seafood lovers, the freshly fried octopus and the gouna fish must be tried.

The vibrant island of Naxos

2. Paxos:

Things are done a little differently on the sleepy island of Paxos. Just 10 miles south of Corfu, this smallest of the Ionian Islands has bucket-loads of old-fashioned charm – there’s no water parks, karaoke bars or large hotel complexes, most travellers stay in villas. Thanks to the Venetians, who planted olive trees in their thousands in the 16th Century, Paxos is shady and carpeted with wild flowers, making it ideal for walking. Measuring only seven miles long and two-and-a-half miles wide, you’re never far from a beach, tavern or grocery shop. There’s also no airport, meaning it takes longer to get there by boat. There are some things you must do while you’re on this little island like:

  1. Watch the sunset from the end of a winding clifftop road near Magazia.
  2. Buy olive oil – extracted by ancient stone presses – direct from producers in Paxos
  3. Hop on a boat for a trip to the best view of the towering limestone Tripitos Arch
  4. See traditional Greek dancing at Mongonissi’s beach tavern

The colourful island of Corfu

3. Ios:

Located in the Cycladic Islands, Ios has the wildest nightlife out of all the Greek islands. It is the summer party island where days are spent hung-over on the beach and nights spent eating cheap food and drinking until the sun comes up. While there’s a lot to do on the island if you don’t want to party, and should that be the reason you visit Ios, it’s best to go to the eastern part of the island where it’s quieter and more relaxed. Some of the off beaten things to do are as follows:

  1. Visit Chora - a classic Greek village, known for peaceful ambience by day, but also has a lively nightlife scene with numerous bars and clubs.
  2. See the blue and white roofs of Evangelisimos, which are a great site for photographers.
  3. Explore Skarkos - This is pretty much the only archaeological site on the island. If architecture is something you’re interest in, Skarkos is exceptionally well-preserved and features some really amazing architecture dating back to the Cycladic period.

Ios is a perfect combination of beaches and nightlife

4. Corfu:

No words can describe Corfu’s atmosphere, warmth and charm. There are many ways to enjoy a magical sunset in Corfu. A mainstream yet interesting suggestion is to visit the touristy area of Palaiokastritsa and watch the sun set from the Monastery of Panagia Palaiokastritsa, with an amazing view of the Ionian Sea.The Corfiot cuisine offers a special culinary experience based on the Mediterranean cuisine with influences from the Greek and the Italian tradition. Corfu is known for having the best Greek yogurt and it is a must try during your visit. You can take a ferry from Athens to Corfu is an easy connection.

The Greek food at Corfu is to die for!

5. Hydra:

Hydra, built in the shape of an amphitheatre on a slope overlooking the Argosaronic gulf, is one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Traditional stone mansions, narrow cobblestoned streets, secluded squares and above all the banning of cars and the use of around 500 donkeys as means of public transportation, explain the reason why Hydra preserved its distinctive atmosphere through the passage of time. Organized things to do in Hydra are limited. Apart from swimming and walking, there is little else to do on the island. Actually hiking is very popular in Hydra as there are no motor vehicles and old footpaths cross the island, leading to old monasteries, secluded beaches and hilltops with breathtaking view to the Saronic Sea. An activity that is gradually developing in Hydra Island over the last years is diving. The sea bottom around Hydra has many interesting reefs and underwater caves, ideal for scuba divers.

The Greek food at Corfu is to die for!

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