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Top 5 Islands for Unconventional Travellers

Every single Greek island has something special to offer. What if you prefer to go off the beaten track? Well we have the islands for you. In our next top 5 alternative island destinations experience extraordinary natural beauty and a serene atmosphere, where holidays find their true meaning.

 


Ikaria | The Laid Back Island


Upon your arrival on the island of Ikaria you’ll encounter wild beauty. Explore its lush green mountains and the flowing water that travels through its breathtaking ravines. Spend a day on astonishing beaches; quiet or busy ones, pebbly or sandy, at least one of them will surely thrill you and guarantee enjoyable moments. Rejuvenate yourselves in the renowned thermal springs. Did you know that Ikaria is one of five places in the world where people live the longest? Find out the local secret of longevity. Visit mountainous traditional villages and uncover the true meaning of life. Are you ready for an island festival? At Christos Rachon Village local celebrations go on till dawn and promise to show you a good time.

 


Alonnisos | Holidays meet Tranquility


Located in the North Sporades Islands, Alonnisos has a divine pine forest that extends down to the beach. Small islets located around the island (Gioura, Kyra-Panagia, Piperi, Peristera, Skatzoura, Psathoura), create the boundaries of the National Marine Park, a refuge for the Mediterranean monk seal, monachus monachus. Afford stunning sunsets views from Chora, the old capital of the island. Enjoy walks on trails in an immaculate natural setting. If you are in for a day trip, take a boat out to the neighbouring islands of Skopelos or Skiathos.

 


Ithaca | The Land of Odysseus


The island where Penelope affectionately waited for Odysseus (aka Ulysses) exudes a nostalgic atmosphere. The landscape is remarkable. Go past the rolling hills, reach the beautiful sandy or pebbly beaches, visit the traditional villages, mountainous caves, sheltered bays, windy capes and archaeological sites.
Vathy with its Venetian heritage, is the ideal starting point for your daily excursions to the mountainous traditional villages as well as the seaside fishermen's villages.

 


Anafi | Picture-perfect Island


This little cycladic island is a serene refuge. A teeny-weeny pristine paradise, where the sandy beaches and the crystal clear waters will sweep you off your feet. Chora village is built around the ruins of a Venetian Castle. You can stroll around its cobblestone alleys and reach numerous churches and picturesque squares. Admire the whitewashed houses with their blue doors and windows, usually adorned with bougainvilleas, which makes them the perfect backdrop for a picture. Walk up to Kasteli hill where you can see the archaeological site of Chora’s ancient acropolis. The best way to explore the island is by foot, bike, or riding donkeys. Make sure you stop by Kalamos, Anafi’s landmark, as it is the second highest rock after the rock of Gibraltar.

 


Kythira | Aphrodite’s Island


Kythira
(aka Tsirigo) is the southernmost island of the Ionian Islands (in Greek eptanisa means seven islands). Kythira has been a primary muse to numerous artists through the ages (eg. The Embarkation for Cythera, Jean - Antoine Watteau, 1717). Discover numerous picturesque villages; valleys that end up by the sea; lush green countryside; steep rocky barren hills; streams and springs; beaches and caves. See the island’s architecture, the Byzantine Monuments and the Venetian Castles, the historic monasteries and the watermills and windmills that demonstrate the once significant agricultural activity on the island. To top it all off, make sure you savour the local delicacies and take part in one of the local celebrations.

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