Relaxed Greek Island Holidays
By Helen-Marie Joyce
When you put Greece and Summer together, what do you get? ‘The Greek islands’, is what most people would say, and justifiably so. Sun-kissed shores, crystal clear waters of every hue of blue, quaint harbours and fishing towns, traditional settlements atop rugged hillsides and mountainous cliffs, historical landmarks spanning many eras, moreish food packed with goodness, a plethora of activities within nature to choose from… the list goes on. And there are so many islands that when it comes to selecting one, your decision poses a bit of a dilemma. It is important to identify what you want to get out of your holiday and make the right choice both in terms of the destination, as well as the hotel. If it is relaxation and wonderful scenic views you are after, then you have come to the right post. Here are four recommendations for relaxed Greek island holidays that you may want to consider this year.
Evia island - Wellness Comes Naturally Here
Evia, Greece’s second largest island, is often overlooked in the greater scope of Greek island holidays. It is relatively close to Athens. It can be reached by car for the most part and then crossing the Northern Euboean Gulf with a ferry at Arkitsa or by driving all the way through Chalkida. In the northern part of Evia is Edipsos, where natural springs have existed for centuries. At Thermae Sylla Spa & Wellness Hotel, guests can experience a relaxed Greek island holiday that is characterised by holistic wellness, with a medical approach as opposed to an aesthetic one. The luxury thermal spa has been credited as the best medical spa in Europe, so if you feel out of balance or unaligned, combining a few therapies and treatments by expert professionals could work wonders, making a few days away feel like a longer vacation. With diverse natural beauty and many locations to discover, you can spend your days exploring the wonderful environs of Edipsos and enjoy some downtown in the evenings, restoring yourselves as well as getting the best sleep you’ve had in years.
Kythera island - An island Retreat to Feed Your Soul
Have you ever heard of Kythera? If you have, we are impressed. If not, then you are in for a treat. Whatever your answer, by all means read on. Located just below the Peloponnese and above Crete, at a marine crossroads, Kythera is truly a unique place, most suited to nature lovers, artists as well as those who wish to experience relaxed Greek island holidays that have peace and quiet at their core. Astarti Hidden Retreats offers sensational, glass walled house-villas that are by definition soothing to your senses. Maximizing the natural light and space, here is the place to rediscover and get better acquainted with yourself. The tranquility is immense; the visuals are vast; the experience, overpowering. With so much beauty all around, thoughts become clearer than day and vices singe and burn beneath the moonlight. Those who seek a holiday that resembles a creative refuge, look no further. Kythera is your destination to discover sooner rather than later as it may be the setting of your creative break-through, or your healing haven; it will be what you need it to be.
Santorini- Discover Secluded Spots on this Popular Island
Santorini needs no introduction, belonging to the most popular Greek islands along with Mykonos. Although both these islands are closely associated with jet set holidays, a romantic luxury escape to Santorini can be tranquil too, if you opt for a more secluded spot, staying clear of the crowded areas. In the Akrotiri settlement of Santorini, you will be able to experience relaxed Greek island holidays in the lavish privacy of Astarte Suites. Known for its breath-taking sunsets, you will be surprised that Oia is not the only location from where you can enjoy astonishing sunset views. It may be where the sun can be seen diving into the sea, however, the colours that the sun leaves behind grace the entire sky creating an immaculate after-sun canvas that is one-of-a-kind each and every time. From Akrotiri, you can feast your eyes on the entire Caldera, as you can plainly see the white, clifftop settlements of Fira and Oia, as well as the volcano amidst the vastness of the Aegean sea.
Cyclades Cruise- A Slow Sail Around The Greek Islands
One might argue, why choose just one place to visit when you combine multiple island destinations? Visiting one place for relaxed, Greek island holidays allows for more quality time on your island of choice, as opposed to focusing on quantity, that is, to cover as many locations as possible, what is commonly known as island hopping. However, choosing a cruise around the Greek islands with a boutique cruise company like Variety Cruises provides its passengers with the best of both worlds. You can hop on board once, and get to visit a new island each day, with plenty of time to chill and relax, as well as expanding your Greek island horizons, in absolute comfort. See the popular islands from a different perspective or discover some you didn’t even know existed. For example, have you heard of Poliegos, Syros or Folegandros? They are also members of the infamous Cyclades yet are often overshadowed by their more popular siblings like Santorini and Mykonos. Give these ‘underdogs’ a chance, and you will surely be positively surprised.
With so many options in Greece, why limit yourself to one destination when you have access to so many possibilities?
Helen-Marie Joyce is an SEO and Creative Copywriter. She is a Greek-American who specializes in travel and destination marketing in Greece. Having traveled within Greece and abroad, she has gained many priceless experiences while discovering new cultures with visuals that will remain etched in the mind for years to come, She has a true passion for writing, to express her feelings, thoughts and reflections, as well as convey as vividly as possible, pictures made of words, of the places she considers worth visiting.