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Prime 5 Greek island locations in 2018

From heart-stopping adventures to the proper Mediterranean dish, Greece has a wide range of locations to find. In 2018, we handpicked 5 island locations which already take pleasure in a number of the limelight and can appeal to some worldwide discerning vacationers searching for crystal clear waters, genuine delicacies and the well-known Greek philoxenia (φιλοξενία).

Paros Island

Positioned near Mykonos, Paros island has not too long ago change into a traveler’s dream with its golden sandy seashores, rejuvenated native delicacies, its Cycladic structure with the whitewashed homes with the flat roofs and blue home windows, the windmills and the slim alleys. The vacation spot is good for soaking within the solar, windsurfing within the breeze, ingesting cocktails at sundown and hopping on a fishing boat with the locals. The island can be excellent for browsing or kite browsing, trekking or biking, and there’s all the time a view or sundown to go by, stroll by means of, cycle by or fly over.

Among the many most picturesque fishing villages within the Aegean Sea, the village of Naoussa is a “should go to”.  The scenic harbor is sort of a theatrical set, full of colours and aromas. Different villages to go to are Aliki with the brand new marina for boats and Parikia, the primary port of the island, in addition to the villages of Lefkes and Marpisa.

Tinos Island

Positioned between the islands of Mykonos and Andros, the island of Tinos options sandy, blonde seashores and well-preserved villages filled with chapels, fountains and sculptures signed by well-known marble artists comparable to Gyzis, Lytras, Chalepas, Filippotis and Sohos.

Initially a spot of pilgrimage, Tinos owes its distinctive goal to the Church of Panayia Meyalohari, imposing upon the Chora, the island’s capital. It’s a non secular location, catering for classy escapes and physique and soul transformative wonders. Mild a candle, take pleasure in sundown or dawn yoga, style the native natural produce, hike by means of historic paths connecting the inside villages or swim in a secluded cove.

Within the afternoons stroll in one of many many villages, by means of whitewashed alleys, neat homes and church buildings, the place fuchsia-colored bougainvilleas overflow by means of partitions and balconies, including a dose of depth.

Amidst the countryside, there are a whole bunch of dovecotes, all resembling small fortresses which might be worthy of a photographic exploration.

Kea Island

Kea is a part of the Cyclades complicated whereas its shut proximity to Athens together with the announcement for the opening of the primary One&Solely resort in Greece, has made it a well-liked vacation spot and a yachting escape. The island is good for these searching for unspoiled and semi-secluded seashores, distant coves and blue-turquoise crystal clear waters. The island is also referred to as a hiker’s dream because it options just a few routes that take you thru a wide range of landscapes to coves, ruins of historic cites, archaeological websites, windmills and historic footpaths.

The capital of the island, known as Ioulis, is constructed forming a formidable pure amphitheater, providing excellent views of the island and the sundown. The primary sq. is a get-together level whereas the stone paved streets not permitting automobiles to go, create an atmosphere of serenity and tranquillity. The distinctive structure of combine tiled roofs and whitewashed homes, together with the aromas of the orchards and gardens, encompass the neighborhoods. The native summer season cinema is a deal with after a day of exploring the island with the scent of summer season jasmine swirling throughout.

Naxos Island

Positioned proper subsequent to Paros Island and a heartbeat from the little island gems of Koufonisia, Naxos Island reveals astounding appeal and distinctive customs. The various seaside choices, the famend Naxian gastronomy – in addition to the wealthy cultural presence – are just some good causes to go to the most important island of the Cyclades.

Naxos presents a wide range of enjoyable experiences for everybody! It has superb seashores for windsurfers to deal with the waves and essentially the most lovely unique horses on which you’ll experience into the sundown, and it’s excellent for divers who want to uncover the underwater world.

Naxos presents a hospitable dwelling for households on vacation, a comfortable haven for lovers and an exhilarating expertise for the daring.

Serifos Island

Serifos Island, a lesser-known Cycladic island, will impress you with its number of scenic bays and spectacular hillsides. The island has retained its genuine appeal, whereas its foremost village known as Chora, encompasses the Cycladic aesthetic with its small whitewashed homes, restored windmills and slim, cobbled paths.

Chora is constructed amphitheatrically on a comparatively steep hill and each step reveals a brand new delight; be it the neoclassical city corridor, the ruins of a 15th century Venetian citadel or, as soon as the summit is reached, the breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea on the foremost sq. on the high. The Cycladic buildings mix in harmoniously with the rocky panorama creating an total atmosphere of tranquillity and peace.

The island’s shoreline boasts a number of the extra dramatic bays and blonde sandy seashores on this aspect of the Aegean. Mix sand and pebbles and you’re going to get the seashores of Livadi and Livadakia, two of the most well-liked spots. The favored tamarisk-lined Koutalas Seaside and its neighbours Vagia and Ganema are value a go to. On the finish of an extended day underneath the solar, there’s all the time a restaurant proper on the waterfront serving native meals, ‘loutza’ – solar baked pork, ‘revithada’ – baked chickpeas, ‘marathotiganites’ – fried fennel desserts, and dried tomatoes.

Serifos by all means encapsulates the Greek summer season. Dance in a pageant, swim in one of many quaint coves; benefit from the mild breeze in your face.

Maria Nikolakaki is Managing Companion at Past Areas Villas.

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