Greece’s “Emerald Isle”, ever-popular Corfu is blessed with lush green countryside, rugged mountains and idyllic views over the sparkling Ionian Sea. The North boasts endless golden beaches, and you’ll find unspoilt secluded coves all along the North East coastline. But there’s plenty for culture vultures too. The traditional resorts are set around harbours filled with fishing and leisure boats, and it’s well worth exploring charming Corfu Town with its elegant Venetian architecture and fortress.
The biggest Greek island, Crete’s exquisite landscapes, wonderful beaches and ancient history keep visitors coming back year after year. Catch some rays on the countless sandy stretches along the coast, and soak up the past at the impressive Minoan Palaces of Knossos and Phaistos. Or just enjoy sampling delicious local delicacies, like dakos – barley rusks topped with local cheese and fresh tomato. Bringing the kids? They’ll love making a splash at one of the many waterparks, or going on an epic 9D mythological adventure at Minoan’s World.
The largest Ionian island, Kefalonia’s slower pace makes it popular with both families and couples looking to relax and unwind. Its distinctive rugged coastline and stunning turquoise seas make for incredible Instagram-worthy views around every corner. Take a boat trip to otherworldly Melissani Cave to marvel at its shifting blue waters and breath-taking stalactites, and step back in time at the Venetian castles of St George and Assos. And don’t forget to watch the magnificent native sea turtles bobbing around in the bay of Argostoli, the island’s bustling capital.
Rhodes is the biggest island in the Dodecanese archipelago of the Eastern Aegean Sea. Known as the “Island of Knights”, its effortless blend of traditional and contemporary makes it one of the most desirable European holiday destinations. The Lindos Acropolis, with its striking pillars contrasting against the sky, is one of the island’s most impressive historical sites. But if you prefer the attractions of the natural world, Seven Springs is a tranquil paradise offering captivating scenery, beautiful walking trails and refuge from the summer heat.
You won’t find a warmer welcome than on Zante (Zakynthos).The jewel of the Ionian Sea, this beautiful verdant island boasts fabulous beaches, olive groves and dramatic cliffs and jaw-dropping sunsets. Hop on a boat to glorious Shipwreck Cove, perhaps Greece’s most famous beach, with its rusting ship hull and incredible photo opportunities. Set sail to the renowned Blue Caves and gaze in wonder at the extraordinary azure waters. Or climb up to Bochali, the hilltop Venetian village in Zante Town, for spectacular panoramic views of the island’s capital.