The ruins of the classical city of Aptera are found on the northwest coast of Crete near the modern-day village of the same name. Believed to date from as far back at the 14th century BC, visiting ancient Aptera makes for a fascinating day out from Heraklion, Chania or Rethymnon.
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April 2, 2015
One of the prettiest jewels of the Aegean Sea, Santorini was blasted apart by a powerful volcanic eruption 3,600 years ago and has an outstanding geology as well as its striking black beaches and eye-catching whitewashed cliff-top villages. Here’s what to do with one day on Santorini.
March 5, 2015
Its sugar-cube houses, long stretches of sandy beach and clear azure seas already make Mykonos a summer hotspot of the Greek Islands. Add to the mix a fast-paced, world-famous nightlife and you’ve got the coolest island in the Mediterranean. But Mykonos is not all party, party, party; here are the top 10 things to do whatever your preference.
February 5, 2015
Winter makes little difference to the bigger islands such as Rhodes, Crete and Corfu, where life does not totally revolve around tourism, while many of restaurants and hotels on the smaller islands close down. Here’s my top five Greek Islands to visit off season.
January 29, 2015
Fast catching up with Ibiza and Mykonos as one of the premier party islands of the Mediterranean, visiting Ios from Santorini is easy as it sits on the ferry route to Mykonos in the Cyclades Islands.
January 8, 2015
Although it’s the largest of the Greek Cyclades Islands, Naxos is often overlooked in the headlong rush to party-central Mykonos and elegant little Santorini. However, visiting Naxos from Mykonos reveals a tranquil, ageless island full of history and with its fair share of relatively peaceful, sandy beaches.
January 1, 2015
As well as being a Greek Island destination of choice for landlubbers, who flock to Santorini for its photogenic white towns and sublime, world-renowned sunsets, the island is also a popular stop on cruises of the western Mediterranean. There are also a number of Santorini cruises that can be taken as day trips around the island to admire its craggy volcanic landscape.
December 15, 2014
There are 3,000 plus Greek Islands scattered over the Aegean Sea and southern Med. Many of these are connected to Athens through the daily ferry services from the city’s main port of Piraeus, or occasionally from Rafina or Lavrio. Ferry services in the Greek Islands are be run by a number of companies, including Blue Star, Hellenic Seaways, NEL and ANEK, with a choice of ferry, catamaran or hydrofoil Flying Dolphins.
December 11, 2014
Despite its international reputation as the party island of Greece, Mykonos is well endowed with lovely landscapes for wandering, fine beaches only accessible on foot, and ancient monasteries to discover among the olive trees and farmland. Walking on Mykonos is even more of a pleasure in the cooler months, when the island is generally quieter and the temperatures mild.
December 4, 2014
Corfu is a lush Ionian Island, carpeted with olive groves and with pockets of smart beach resorts scattered around the coastline. As well as the dozens of family-friendly, sandy beaches, the superb cuisine and the hiking inland trails, here are the five top sights on Corfu.