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.
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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.
December 2, 2014
Mykonos is one of the most famous and certainly the glitziest of the Greek islands; it’s found in the Cyclades and enjoys an equable temperature over the winter. And when most of the tourists go home, the island largely stays open for business; so visiting Mykonos in winter means a island without the manic partying crowds of the summer and so many sunny days that sun-bathing is still possible in January.
November 28, 2014
Thanks to its Orthodox church, Greece is a deeply religious country and Easter was for centuries more widely celebrated than Christmas. Although things are now changing, Christmas celebrations are still largely solemn, centered around the family and the church. It’s no different out in the islands, which are generally much quieter than their summertime incarnations. Indeed most of the bigger hotels, restaurants and tavernas close down but over Christmas in the Greek Islands plenty of places do remain open and the holiday is still a time of festivities and fun.
November 13, 2014
What better way to explore the natural glory of Santorini than from above – giving an exclusive perspective on the Cycladean island’s spectacular geographical features. Flying over Santorini by helicopter will reveal the caldera rim, volcanic lakes and springs and pocket-sized beaches.
November 6, 2014
Along with Santorini, Mykonos is one of the best known and most visited of the Greek Islands. Along with its notoriety as the party island of the Cyclades, this little jewel has much else to recommend it, including the iconic windmills of Mykonos.
October 23, 2014
Sophisticated Santorini is a romantic little spot in the Aegean Cyclades Islands, well known as a destination for couples’ vacations. It is world-renowned for its whitewashed villages, volcanic beaches and – best of all – its extraordinarily vivid sunsets lighting up the sea in shades of yellow, orange and red. Here are the best places to see the sunset on Santorini.