Of course I’m slightly biased, but one of the best destinations you can choose for your next holiday is the Greek islands. Steeped in history and culture, the Greek islands offer beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes and great food!
In this week’s post, we’ll look at five great things you can do while you are visiting the Greek islands.
Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos
1. Visit the beaches
Greece has one of the longest coastlines in the world, stretching almost 16,000 km along a variety of coastlines each with their own with beautiful beaches, bays and coves. Beaches such as Navagio (Shipwreck) on Zakynthos and Elia on Mykonos, have become some of the most photographed in the world.
2. Go snorkeling
Greece is ideal for snorkeling because visibility in the crystal clear seas around the Greek islands is excellent and regarded as some of the best in the world. The water temperature in summer ranges from a pleasant 22 to 27 degrees and there is a great variety of fish and sea-plants.
3. Go island hopping
Few people know that there are approximately 6000 Greek islands, although only around 230 of them are actually inhabited. Island hopping is a great way to see more than one location, as many of the islands are located in close proximity to each other. A popular island-hopping destination is the group of islands that make up the Cyclades, where you can easily visit Naxos, Paros, Mykonos and Santorini. This kind of activity is great for getting a real feel of the scale of the islands, and the subtle, yet distinct, differences between them.
Boats at Kythera
4. Hire a boat or yacht
What better way to appreciate the beauty of the coastline than by exploring it from the sea? Hiring a small boat or chartering a yacht is relatively inexpensive and a great way to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and sailing in the quiet coves and bays away from the crowds. Companies like Sunsail, Sail Ionianand Alpha Yachting offer a variety of services and packages to suit all budgets. Locally, head to the nearest beach and you’ll find at least one company offering daily hire of smaller boats and jet skis.
The Acropolis, Lindos
5. Absorb the history, arts and culture
As anyone who has even a basic understanding of Greek history will tell you, there is a huge amount of art and culture to appreciate in this part of the world. From the Acropolis at Lindos on Rhodes, to Hippocrates’ ancient Asklepion on Kos, there is something for everyone to see and enjoy.
So what are you waiting for? Start planning your own Greek island adventure now!
Photo credits: Greek Australia Reporter; The Telegraph
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