Information about the Greek Islands
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The Greek Islands are perhaps the most magical collection of islands to be found anywhere in the world.

Where else will you find such an irresistible combination of ancient history and sheer beauty? Where will you find such a choice of island experiences and so many resorts, ranging from the utterly serene and tranquil to the most fun-loving imaginable?

Greece has all this and more – oh, and the beaches aren’t bad either!

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Corfu
Zante
Kefalonia
Crete
Kos
Rhodes

A Guide to Corfu

Corfu offers everything you’d expect from Greece and more: golden beaches, lively resorts, sleepy villages and a rugged shore washed by ultramarine seas. Topping it all are the stunning cliffs and coves of Paleokastritsa and the cool, scented slopes of Mount Pandokrator.

Resort Guide to Sidari

Sidari, one of the largest resorts in Corfu, which is set on the northwest tip of the sidariisland. The main attraction of this resort is its spectacular beach, a huge expanse of soft sand that meanders for miles. For those who wish to explore further a field, there are a series of small coves west of Sidari town, where you can relax and enjoy the clear, warm shallow waters.

Crammed with restaurants, shops and bars, this resort is a haven of activity. At night things liven up with an array of upbeat discos and bars, which are open long into the night.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour 45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Roda

The pebbly beach is perfect for basking in the sun and there’s a variety of rodawatersports available.

The town offers a range of shops, bars and restaurants, many of which enjoy wonderful seaviews. A village atmosphere is very much in existence here, but if you’re looking for some action, the lively resort of Sidari is just a short taxi ride away.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour 40 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Kassiopi

Still in many ways just a typical Corfiot fishing village, it has an earthy charm thatkassiopi means the daytimes are slow, with a lovely bay bounded by tavernas, shops and bars.

For a change from the two central beaches, water taxis head for neighbouring beaches, boat excursions tour the northern coastline and, at night, things hot up with a few discos and lively bars.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour 15 minutes

Resort Guide to Dassia

This lively, popular resort on the east coast boasts and invitingly long shingledassia beach. There’s plenty of watersports and the water is generally very calm.

With plenty to do night and day in and around the resort for both adults and children, it is ideal for all age groups.

Journey time from airport: 45 minutes

Resort Guide to Kontokali / Alykes

Lying on a stunning lagoon, Kontokali has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel thanks tokontokali the many yachts that visit its waters. Sun-worshippers will appreciate the choice of scenic sand and shingle beaches in and around the town, and there are watersports, a handful of shops, bars and traditional tavernas to pass the time away. Good for all ages. .

Journey time from airport: 25 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Perama

Set on the east coast Perama is a picturesque resort offering fantastic views. With peramaits sandy coves, watersports and a handful of tavernas and restaurants nearby, the resort is an idyllic setting for families wanting total relaxation.

Because Perama is fairly close to Corfu airport, you might hear some aircraft noise. For entertainment of a different kind, check out Benitses just a three kilometres journey away, where you’ll find more watersports and a good share of pubs and bars sure to keep you busy. There’s a selection of welcoming tavernas scattered around, but generally, the whole place feels relaxed and unspoilt. .

Journey time from airport: 30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Messonghi

A peaceful little resort tucked into green hillsides and backed by lush olive groves,messongi Messonghi has a gentle, simple style that will appeal if you want to simply sit back and unwind.

The long inviting stretch of sand and shingle beach is great for children and joins Messonghi with the neighbouring resort of Moraitika. Watersports lovers will enjoy the wide range on offer and keen walkers will want to make the most of the hillside trails around the area.

Drag yourself away from the beach with its affordable views and there’s a small town square flanked with hotels, shops and tavernas.  As dusk falls some waterfront restaurants and a couple of discos will probably tempt you.

Journey time from airport: 45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Paleokastritsa

A relaxing family resort on Corfu’s north-west coast, Paleokastritsa is probably the Paleokastritsaisland’s top beauty spot: cradled by steep wooded mountains and overlooking a sensational bay of deep blue water.

There’s a friendly manner about the place which will make you feel instantly at home. When the mood takes you, explore the numerous shops, bars and restaurants that line up the steeply-sloping streets.

Boasting a good supply of watersports and four beaches Paleokastritsa will certainly keep you busy. Night-life here is laid-back, with a good choice of bars, tavernas and excellent seafood restaurants, as well as a popular disco on the outskirts of town.

Journey time from airport: 40 minutes approx.

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A Guide to Zante

Beautiful, green Zante offers every ingredient for a memorable holiday, from its delightful, Venetian-style capital and secluded olive groves to a drop-dead gorgeous coastline of heavenly beaches and wonders like the exquisite Smugglers Cove and enchanted Blue Caves.

Resort Guide to Tsilivi

Pronounced ‘silly-vee’, this fast-growing resort boasts lush green landscapes and tsilividistant mountains creating a rural, away-from-it-all feel. What Tsilivi is most famous for however is its beach: a gorgeous two-kilometre ribbon of pale golden sand which slopes gently into the shallow waters, making it ideal for kids, and a classic family beach holiday.

The resort hits a nice balance between tranquillity and fun, with a main street lined with friendly tavernas, bars and restaurants, plus ample shops. At night, the pace becomes lively, with music bars, pubs and some discos, as well as quieter tavernas.

Journey time from airport: 40 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Argassi

Located south of the capital, the town has something for everyone. The resort is argassialso something of a watersports hotspot, with a choice of ocean-going pursuits to suit the more active.

Elsewhere in the town, you’ll find plentiful tavernas, shops and bars huddled along the main street and a selection of international style restaurants, all in a very friendly, villagey atmosphere. And as the sun goes down, Argassi lights up with lively bars, and a few discos.

Journey time from airport: 30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Laganas

Lying on a scenic bay on the southern shores of the island, Laganas is Zante’s laganasbiggest and brightest resort. It’s probably got the finest beach; a five-mile sweep of sands shelving into calm, warm seas. The beach is a nocturnal nesting place for the rare loggerhead turtles and in order to protect them, is out of bounds at night.

The town has a range of tavernas, bars and shops. After dark the town livens up with high-tempo music bars, clubs and discos staying open into the small hours.

Journey time from airport: 40 minutes approx.

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A Guide to Kefalonia

Lush, green Kefalonia is straight from paradise with its pastel-washed fishing villages, unspoilt resorts and staggeringly beautiful, steep-cliffed coastline. If you’re into exploring, don’t miss the fir-covered Mount Aneos or the dazzling turquoise seas of Myrtos Beach.

Resort Guide to Skala

This resort is said to be the next big thing in Kefalonia, with its attractive long skalasandy beaches and large variety of activities. Skala is steeped in history and tradition, so there’s certainly lots to explore and discover here.

This resort has good night-life and is suitable for families and couples longing for a relaxing break. There are plenty of shops, tavernas and bars to keep you amused, everything located within easy walking distance.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour, 30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Katelios

This tranquil little fishing village is both quaint and typically Greek, located Kateliosbetween the busier resort of Skala and Lourdas on the south east of the island. This secluded haven is a great place to get away from it, with the chance to mix with the locals who live a traditional way of life.

Katelios is renowned for its bird watching, beautiful coastal walks and its sunbathing hot spots. There is a choice of shops, bars and taverns in the village and when you feel the need for a little more action there are good transport links to other resorts close by.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour, 10 minutes approx

Resort Guide to Lassi

Two terrific beaches known as the long beach (Makris Yialos) and the wide beach lassi(Platis Yialos) make this a natural tourist attraction for beach lovers and great for watersports.

There is a good selection of bars and restaurants, ranging from traditional Greek to up-market Italian stretching along the ‘strip’. The capital and island hotspot Argostoli is only 2 kms by bus or taxi, or you can even walk.

The tranquil hilltop resort of Fanari boasts some breathtaking sea views and lies just north of lively Argostoli which is a handy 2 kms away by car, whilst Lassi is situated just 3 kms down the road.

Journey time from airport: 25 minutes approx.

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A Guide to Crete

Resorts ranging from the relaxed to the lively, mysterious ancient ruins, jaw-dropping canyons and fabulous sandy beaches, Crete is hundreds of holidays all rolled into one. While you’re here, don’t miss the soaring Samaria Gorge or the picture postcard town of Rethymnon.

Resort Guide to Rethymnon

Created around a quaint harbour, with a selection of open-air restaurants and Rethymnontavernas, Rethymnon is full of charm and perfect for a relaxing sun and sightseeing holiday. There’s an excellent golden beach that runs from the centre of town and stretches for miles.

Behind the harbour lies Rethymnon’s Old Town, a warren of narrow streets and squares with cheerful cafes and craft shops. By night the town offers discos and bars along the main coastal strip, as well as some Old Town bars.

A friendly atmosphere abounds in Rethymnon and visitors in July can enjoy the colourful wine festival. There are plenty of good beaches along the coastline whilst the ancient ruins of Knossos are easily accessible.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour, 15 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Kokkini Hani

Ideal for beach lovers of every description. Kokini Hani is set on the island’s north kokkini-hanicoast, with lovely sand and pebble beaches which gradually slope into the sea.

Away from the water, the friendly resort has something for everyone, with traditional tavernas, restaurants and bars to choose from, plus a handful of shops and supermarkets. A few disco bars light up the night, but generally, the evenings here are low-key and relaxed.

Journey time from airport: 30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Gouves

Gouves is the place to head for if you’re looking for a get-away-from it all. This gouvesonce quaint little village is growing rapidly but has maintained its friendly atmosphere. During the day you can hit the beach where most activity is centred, here the golden sands slope gently into shallow waters making it ideal for kids and a great family holiday. Nightlife is relaxed but with a good choice of music bars and a bowling alley.

Journey time from airport: 35-40 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Hersonissos

Hersonissos is considered the most happening resort in Crete, bustling and Hersonissoscosmopolitan, it has a main beach where you can try out exciting watersports activities including paragliding, water-skiing and windsurfing.

A wander around the town will reveal an attractive harbour area and a promenade fronted with tasteful shops and lots of bars, tavernas and restaurants. Later, these venues really come into their own with nightclubs, dancing and live music – you’ll be spoilt for choice when you want to make a night of it.

Journey time from airport: 45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Stalis

A fast-growing resort which still offers a more relaxed way of life. There is plenty stalisto keep you in the holiday spirit, not least the resort’s terrific golden sandy beach where you can try out watersports.

After dark, the nightlife provides lots of opportunities to enjoy yourself into the early hours. With its laid-back atmosphere, Stalis has all the elements of a refreshing sun and surf holiday. Hersonissos and Malia are close at hand if you hanker after more upbeat nightlife.

Journey time from airport: 45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Malia

Malia is made for sun and fun-lovers. Lively day and night, it’s designed for out-maliaand-out holidaymaking and attracts a young crowd as a result. The main hub here is the street that leads down to the beach from the main road, which is home to buzzing shops, restaurants, bars and nightspots. At the end, you’ll discover Malia’s main claim to fame: a fabulous 2-kilometre expanse of golden sands complete with a great range of watersports.

If you do fancy a spot of culture while you’re here, the ruins of an ancient Minoan palace await just outside town.

Journey time from airport: 50 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Aghios Nikolaos

Known as Ag. Nik and originally built by the Venetians, this charming resort standsagios-nikolaos around a picture book harbour and is one of Crete’s most developed holiday spots. Most of the action is concentrated around the harbourside, where a superb array of restaurants and cafes light up at dusk, and there’s some exuberant nightlife to enjoy.

A number of sheltered sandy beaches await in the area and there’s an archaeological museum to explore too.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour 30 minutes approx.

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A Guide to Kos

Buzzing resorts, spectacular water sports and 40 km of sandy beaches all sit beautifully alongside the charms of old Kos Town, romantic hilltop villages and endless inspirational scenery. In Kos, you’ll have it all.

Resort Guide to Kos Town

Great for an all-round holiday, Kos Town provides every attraction. You will find kostownRoman ruins side by side with Moorish buildings in the old quarter, with waterfront cafes and restaurants along the harbourside and plentiful shops for stocking up with handmade souvenirs and Greek gods.

There are two beaches, one with dark sand and a range of watersports, the other pebbly. At night the resort leaps into action and is known as a cosmopolitan nightspot where the party runs full volume from dusk until dawn.

Journey time from airport: 30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Psalidi

Psalidi is the place for a quieter style of beach holiday. Lying just a few kilometres psalidieast of Kos Town, it has a genuinely peaceful atmosphere ideal for unwinding. The resort has a number of beaches with a range of watersports.

There’s a selection of bars, tavernas and shops when you want a break from sunbathing and at sundown, the mood stays firmly in relaxation mode with low-key entertainment. It’s great as a daytime retreat before catching a bus or taxi into Kos Town.

Journey time from airport: 50 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Kardamena

The thing about picturesque little sleepy fishing villages is that they’re so nice kardamenaeverybody wants to go there, and so they become rather lively places where the bars party virtually round the clock. This might be a good or bad thing, but whatever your view Kardamena has become a very popular destination with a terrific selection of places to eat, drink and be merry. The beach is a huge stretch of sand, sometimes a little crowded, but laid back and relaxed.

Journey time from airport: 15 minutes approx.

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A Guide to Rhodes

Blessed with long hours of sunshine, Rhodes blends ancient ruins, up-tempo resorts, enchanting sugar-cube villages and magical countryside. Make time to soak up the medieval beauty of Rhodes Old Town, the serene valley of the Butterflies  and Lindos’ magnificent Acropolis.

Resort Guide to Tholos

Situated on the west coast of the island, Tholos is the place to head for if you’re tholoslooking for a get-away-from-it-all holiday. Split into old and new parts, the old village has loads of narrow streets and cute houses perched on the hillside while the modern area has been purely developed for tourists with a small selection of tavernas, bars and a fast food parlour but not much else.

With its own long, narrow pebbly beach you can simply relax here during the day and mosey on down to the resort centre which livens up a notch by night. A good combination for all the family.

Journey time from airport: 20 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Trianda

Friendly Trianda formerly known as Ialyssos has developed into a pleasant and triandacivilised resort, attracting a wealth of holidaymakers wanting all-round amenities. The suntrap pebble beach, which has become something of an attraction, is three kilometres long and joins with that of Ixia just a few minutes drive away. By the water’s edge you’ll find sunbeds and parasols, plus a varied array of watersports.

The resort centre still displays a traditional Greek village feel amid the modern developments, with a good share of delightful tavernas and lively bars which have sprung up along and behind the waterfront.

Journey time from airport: 15 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Ixia

This well-liked resort lies a mere five kilometres from Rhodes Town and faces a ixialong expanse of part-sand, part-pebble beach. Everywhere, a holiday mood is evident, with most people spending the day settled on the beach and experiencing the good selection of watersports on offer.

The main coastal road flanking the waterside is where most of Ixia’s shops and tavernas are concentrated and you’ll find some excellent restaurants here too. After dark, the atmosphere stays outgoing and lively, with a great variety of music bars, cafes and nightspots giving the whole place a cosmopolitan feel. Ixia is a great base for exploring the countryside and other towns on the island. Rhodes Town is around a ten minute bus or taxi ride away.

Journey time from airport: 20 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Rhodes Town

A resort and a real town combined, Rhodes Town offers the best of both worlds. rhodestownThere is a choice of beaches where watersports are available, more restaurants than you can count, a great selection of bars and clubs and enough shops for the most addicted shopaholic.

Whatever you do, don’t miss the wonderful stone-built Crusader fortress with boutiques and bars hidden away in the walls, and rooftop restaurants overlooking tinkling fountains in the old square.

Journey time from airport: 25-30 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Pefkos

Pefkos in Greek means ‘pine tree’ which gives you an idea of the local scenery andpefkos while it has grown from a sleepy little bay into a lively small resort with a long beach with good watersports, the sands here are not as crowded as they get in neighbouring Lindos.

With less watering holes and packed discos but still a number of delightful tavernas, the pace is quieter, slower in tempo, and somehow a bit more Greek. For a laid-back time, with a night or two in Lindos just 4 kms away for serious fun, Pefkos offers the best of both worlds.

Journey time from airport: 1 hour 45 minutes approx.

Resort Guide to Kiotari

Sleepy Kiotari is more a hamlet than a resort, so tranquillity is the order of the day.kiotari There are various tavernas on hand, but most people are content to relax on the pebbly, uncrowded beach, with its clear blue waters ideal for snorkelling. The beautiful village of Lindos is nearby as are Pefkos and Lardos if you fancy a night out.

Journey time from airport: 2 hours approx.

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