Best Greek Islands for the Indian traveler?
Which are the best Greek Islands for the Indian traveler?
There are 1400 Greek islands out of which only 230 are inhabited. They are divided into various island groups (Ionian, Dodecanese, Cyclades etc) each of which have their unique features. Add to this the differing charms of the islands within the Island group, (some are rocky and mountainous, others are green and flat. Many are infamous for their nightlife, while others are renowned for their tranquility and relaxed lifestyle.) and you have a bewildering set of choices. Tierra tries its best to cut through the maze of beauty and present the best Greek Islands. A useful primer for Indian tourists
If you have to visit one island while you are in Greece it has to be Santorini. Formed almost mystically by a volcanic eruption in 1600 B.C, Santorini is the Greece of your dreams. The whitewashed building in the main town of Fira resembles almost a fresh blanket of snow and villages cling onto sheer rock faces only to look down into Turquoise blue waters. The Caldera (volcano) views are to die for and the sunsets in Santorini are said to the best in the world
A cross between Capri and Ibiza, Mykonos in season combines the frenetic face of an exuberant night-life with the beauty of a Greek island. While some of the nightlife in other islands in Greek have been taken over by the below 25, backpacker crowd, Mykonos offers a more wholesome party experience, along with some great beaches. This differentiates from Santorini, where the beaches are mostly rocky and volcanic in nature
The convenient location close to Athens and easy ferry connectivity make this ideal as a short getaway when you are in Athens or a longer multi island hopping itinerary. It is also perhaps the most “complete” Greek island, having the full supplement of traditional Greek architecture, nightlife and beaches. Paros is also an important base for kite and windsurfing
The largest of all Greek islands, Crete is a distinctive world onto itself. It contains wonderful resorts, amazing deserted beaches, wonderful old towns in Chania and Rethymno and unspoiled mountain villages. Crete is a great location for trekking and has the best food in all of Greece. Given its size it is best location to self drive in Greece
Only an hour and 15 minutes from Athens, a strict development policy has made Hydra one of the quaintest Islands in Greece. There is a total car and motorcycle ban in the island and new construction is not allowed. The only way to commute is through a water taxi or a donkey cart. House both historical and pretty dominate the cliff faces along the pretty harbor. Its one disadvantage is that the night life is a bit limited
If a window into traditional Greek village life is what you are looking for, look no further than Naxos and its 46 villages. Each has a cafe, a village square where old men sit around drinking coffee and trading stories and an immaculately preserved church or two. To supplement this, Naxos has great beaches, a Venetian castle and some great ruins.
Rhodes: Home to the ancient wonder, the Colossus, Rhodes provides a heady doze of history. It is also a favorite stopping point for cruise ships
Corfu: Gerald Durrel and his charming books about his childhood in Corfu made Corfu famous in Anglo Saxon circles. A large and complete island, Corfu has a range of influences from the Venetian, French, Italian and the British
Cephalonia: The location of the movie captain Coreli’s Manodlin. Famous for its outstanding beaches
Milos: Milos contains an outstanding and diverse set of beaches and coves. (more than 80) , some accessible only by boat. It is perfect if your want to spend a few days of a Greek holiday beach and cove hopping
Folegandros: A Quieter and less commercial alternative to Santorini. Popular with honeymooners and writers