Exploring the Greek Islands
The islands of Greece are a traveller’s dream. Scattered across the warm, azure waters of the Mediterranean, these islands seem to have been forgotten by time.
The landscapes are evocative of a bygone era – white-washed houses hugging rocky coastlines, ancient monasteries built on sun-drenched peninsulas, and fishing boats moored in quaint, colourful harbours.
Mykonos is one of the best holiday destinations in the Greek islands. It’s renowned for its white-washed holiday cottages with their colorfully painted doors, and for the 16 Venetian windmills that stand as sentinels over the island’s main harbour.
Inhabitants are outnumbered by tourists during the summer months, and Mykonos is reputed to have the most active nightlife of any of the Greek islands. This makes the island the perfect destination if you’re looking for lazy days on the beach, complimented by vibrant nights out.
The island of Patmos is an important focal point for Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Its Cave of the Apocalypse is venerated as the site where John the Apostle recorded the scripture of Revelations.
The island is steeped in history, and its local population is fiercely protective of its culture and independence. Patmos shares the scenic beauty of the other Greek islands, but you can also spend your time here exploring its history and heritage.
The island of Rhodes hasn’t enjoyed the sleepy, pastoral anonymity of the smaller Greek islands. This rocky settlement was placed squarely in the path of the tides of history, and has been fought for and coveted by Mediterranean empires dating back to the time of Alexander the Great.
Accordingly, Rhodes is an historical treasure trove. One of the island’s most famous landmark, the Colossus of Rhodes, was destroyed in an earthquake in 224 BC. However, you can still explore the island’s medieval town, the acropolis at Lindos and the ruins of the Apollo Temple.
The island of Santorini was birthed by one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history, which left behind a rocky crescent enclosing a massive lagoon. Today Santorini is best known for the clusters of white-washed cottages that cling precipitously to the cliffs of the caldera that hug this lagoon.
One of the highlights of a visit to Santorini is its unique cuisine. Its volcanic soils produce some of the finest fresh produce in Europe, and the island grows distinctive species of tomato, eggplant and cucumber.
Santorini, Rhodes, Patmos and Mykonos are just a small sample of the treasures you’ll find among the Greek islands. Explore these ancient islands yourself during escorted holidays with some of the world’s best-known and most trusted tour companies.