Scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas, the Greek Islands epitomise Mediterranean paradise. Renowned for their beautiful beaches, crystalline waters, and whitewashed buildings, a holiday on any of the Greek Islands is relaxing and restorative.
Our handpicked collection of private villas, situated across the Greek Islands, offer you an escape like no other. Discover a world where aquamarine waters meet golden sands, and ancient culture intertwines with modern comfort. Taste the tang of salt mingled with the sweet scent of bougainvillaea, as the Mediterranean sun, hanging in an endless blue sky, bathes everything in a warm embrace.
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Whether you're seeking history, relaxation, adventure, or cultural immersion, the Greek islands provide a wealth of options for all holiday makers, from the lively nightlife of Zakynthos to the peaceful seclusion of Kefalonia's beaches. A day on any of the islands can be spent wandering through olive trees, enjoying local cuisine in family-run tavernas, or simply basking on sun-drenched shores.
Mainland Greece may be a treasure trove of ancient history, diverse landscapes, and bustling cities, but the Greek islands are a sanctuary of natural beauty, serene beaches, and intimate cultural encounters.
Saying that, historical sites on the islands, while fewer in number compared to the mainland, are no less fascinating. Rhodes, for instance, is home to a beautifully preserved medieval town, a testament to knights and crusaders of old. Corfu's old town showcases a blend of Venetian, French, and British influences; while Crete's ancient Minoan ruins provide a glimpse into a civilisation predating even ancient Greece.
Beaches in Greek Islands
The beaches of the Greek Islands are second to none. Characterised by their sparkling waters that shimmer in shades of blue and green, every beach on the Greek Islands is different: from the pink sands of Elafonissi in Crete, to the dramatic cliffs surrounding Navagio Beach in Zakynthos.
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck Beach), Zakynthos: Navagio Beach on Zakynthos is quite simply iconic, not least with the contrast of the white sand against the turquoise sea. Enclosed by towering cliffs and with the rusting hulk of a shipwrecked vessel resting on its shores, this beach is a visual masterpiece. Accessible only by boat, Navagio Beach is an absolute must-visit when staying on Zakynthos.
Elafonissi Beach, Crete: Elafonissi is a paradise of pink-tinged sands, the result of fine white sand mingling with crushed seashells. Shallow turquoise waters gently caress the shore, making it an ideal spot for families and dreamers.
Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia: Myrtos Beach is surrounded by steep cliffs and lapped by the deep blue Ionian Sea. The contrast between the blue sea and the dazzling white pebbles is something to behold.
Paleokastritsa Beach, Corfu: Paleokastritsa Beach on Corfu is often hailed as one of the most picturesque in the Mediterranean. The crystal-clear waters make it an excellent spot for snorkeling, while the nearby Monastery of Panagia Paleokastritsa adds a cultural richness to the experience.
Paradise Beach (Kefalos), Kos:Paradise Beach on Kos, lives up to its name. The powdery white sand, gently sloping shoreline, and clear waters make it a paradise for swimmers, families, and beach lovers. The calm, shallow waters are perfect for wading and swimming, and with various amenities available, Paradise Beach provides an idyllic setting for a day by the sea.
Egremni Beach, Lefkada (Lefkas): Egremni Beach on Lefkada is a breathtaking stretch of coastline, known for its long ribbon of soft golden sand and the striking contrast against the blue Ionian Sea. Accessible by boat or a steep staircase, this beach is as beautiful from above as it is at sea level.
Tsambika Beach, Rhodes: Tsambika Beach on Rhodes is a blend of soft, golden sands and calm, shallow waters. This family-friendly beach offers safe swimming conditions making it an ideal spot for children. With excellent amenities and a relaxed atmosphere, Tsambika is a top choice for those seeking a day of leisure and enjoyment.
Nightlife in Greek Islands
As the sun sets over the Aegean or Ionian Sea, the islands come alive with a palpable energy. Beach clubs and waterfront tavernas light up, and the atmosphere is lively and diverse, catering to a range of tastes. Whether you choose to dance the night away, dine by candlelight, or simply stroll through the quiet streets, night life on the Greek Islands is an integral part of your island experience.
For those seeking a more tranquil evening, many islands have quaint old towns where narrow streets are lined with traditional tavernas and cafes. Here, the pace is relaxed, and locals and visitors alike gather to enjoy traditional Greek cuisine and sip on local wines.
Food and Drink in Greek Islands
Greek island cuisine is all about fresh, locally sourced ingredients, and dining here is a celebration of simplicity and quality. Seafood, naturally, takes centre stage, with the day's catch often featured on menus. Grilled octopus, succulent prawns, and tender calamari are staples, cooked to perfection and seasoned with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of oregano, and a squeeze of lemon.
Tavernas, with their cosy, welcoming atmospheres, are the heart of island dining. Here, you'll find local specialties including mezedes (small plates) such as tzatziki, moussaka, dolmades, and spanakopita.
As for beverages, the islands boast exceptional local wines. From the volcanic soils of Santorini to the lush vineyards of Corfu, Greek wines offer a diverse range of flavours and varietals. Don't miss the opportunity to sample ouzo, an anise-flavoured spirit that's emblematic of Greek culture. It's often enjoyed with a splash of water and a few ice cubes, creating a refreshing aperitif.
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Which Greek Island should you visit?
Whether you seek ancient wonders, tranquil beaches, or vibrant towns, each Greek island promises a distinct and unforgettable experience. Explore their history, revel in their natural beauty, and embrace the warmth of their culture.
Among the most popular Greek islands for holidaymakers are Corfu in the north; Crete, Kos and Rhodes in the south; and Kefalonia, Lefkada and Zakynthos to the west. And we have holiday villas on each of them.
Lefkada, connected to the mainland by a bridge, boasts a rich cultural heritage. The island is dotted with ancient sites including temples and monasteries, reflecting its historical significance. Lefkada Town, with its lively squares and narrow alleys, has a laid-back charm, as do Nidri and Agios Nikitas. The island's pristine beaches, like Egremni and Porto Katsiki, are legendary for their beauty.
Corfu, positioned in the Ionian Sea, is a blend of Venetian, French, and British influences, all of which is evident in its architecture, cuisine, and cultural traditions. The island is home to the Achilleion Palace, a tribute to Greek mythology by Empress Elisabeth of Austria's love for Greek culture. Corfu Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases a labyrinth of narrow streets and grand Venetian fortifications. Corfu's beaches, from Paleokastritsa to Glyfada, invite you to lay down your towel and relax.
Crete, the largest of the Greek Islands, a land of myth and rugged landscapes including gorges and ancient olive groves, is hailed as the birthplace of the ancient Minoan civilisation and the the Minotaur legend. The Palace of Knossos near Heraklion is a vivid relic of this advanced society. Traditional Cretan villages like Archanes and Anogia offer a glimpse into the island's enduring cultural heritage.
Kefalonia, an Ionian gem, is an island of dramatic landscapes, including Mount Ainos cloaked in fir trees, offering stunning views of the Ionian Sea. At the other end of the scale, the subterranean Melissani Cave houses a mystical lake which reflects the sky above, adding a touch of wonder to Kefalonia's allure. The picturesque village of Assos and fishing port Fiskardo exude traditional charm.
Rhodes, once home to the Colossus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, is steeped in history. The medieval town of Rhodes, a UNESCO site, is a living museum where cobblestone streets lead to ancient ruins and grand palaces. The Knights of St. John, who once fortified the island, have left an indelible mark on its culture and architecture. Pristine beaches, like Tsambika and Lindos, provide a perfect balance of history and relaxation.
The third largest of the Dodecanese Islands, Kos, known as the birthplace of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, is a cradle of ancient learning. The Asklepion, a sanctuary dedicated to the god of healing, is a fine example of ancient engineering. Elsewhere, Kos Town's vibrant squares and working harbour offer a taste of authentic island life. Relax on Lambi Beach or explore the ancient ruins of Agios Stefanos.
Zakynthos is renowned for its stunning beaches and picturesque villages. The island's cultural heritage is woven into its architecture, as seen in the elegant squares of Zakynthos Town and the commanding Bohali Castle. Zakynthos is also home to natural wonders like the Blue Caves and the iconic Navagio Beach, where a shipwreck rests on golden sands.
Enjoy Greek villa holidays on any Greek Island
Whether you've booked one of our Greece villas on the Ionian islands or the Dodecanese islands, all our villas provide an incredible experience.
As you step into your private villa, you're greeted by spacious accommodation, elegantly furnished with a blend of modern amenities and timeless Greek charm. It's a retreat that feels like a home away from home.
Stepping onto your private terrace, you're met with a panoramic view of the azure sea stretching out before you. This terrace becomes your private stage for morning coffees, al fresco dining, or simply basking in the gentle sea breeze. And let's not forget the glistening private pool, a shimmering oasis inviting you to unwind and soak in the Mediterranean sun.
This is the essence of a Greek villa holiday - a symphony of sights and sounds that blend together to deliver unparalleled relaxation, and a stay that's nothing short of extraordinary.
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Facts about Greek Islands
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Nearest Airport: Corfu International Airport (CFU), Chania International Airport (CHQ), Heraklion Airport (HER), Kefalonia International Airport (EFL), Kos International Airport (KGS), Aktion National Airport – Preveza (PVK), Rhodes International Airport – Diagoras (RHO), Zakynthos International Airport (ZTH)