Saronic islands: Hydra, Spetses, Poros, Aegina, Tzia/Kea.
The islands near Athens, with history, style, and distinguished visitors are ideal for a quick getaway all year round. Island-gems just a stone’s throw from Athens. Island-gems just a stone’s throw from Athens. Spetses: Τhe sea captains’ island, Spetses promises la 'dolce vita', whether for a quick weekend getaway or a long holiday. Have a leisurely coffee in Dapia, as you look across the sea towards Kosta and Porto Heli on the Peloponnese. Walk along the waterfront, past the handsome mansions below St Nicholas’ church, to the Old Harbour with its traditional boatyards.
Sporades: A journey to the greatness of nature.
The Sporades: Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos. Three lush green enchanting islands with stunning beaches. Among them, the famous sea park of the Northern Sporades. Discover Skiathos, the birthplace of Alexandros Papadiamantis, and enjoy a relaxing swim in Koukounaries, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. On Skopelos, where “Mamma Mia” was filmed, you will admire the unique architecture of its capital town (“Hora”). On Alonissos’ hiking trails, you will explore the beauty of unspoiled nature. Enjoy the sea and sand, alone or with company. The most popular beaches are in Pelion, offering a choice of sand or white pebbles to go with the turquoise water.
Dodecanese: A dozen island beauties on the edge of the Aegean.
A cluster of twelve islands in the southeastern edge of the Aegean, jewels of all sizes decorating the big blue sea: the Dodecanese form a bridge between Europe and the East and everywhere you’ll see traces of peoples and cultures that made their mark over the centuries: Ionians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans, and Italians. Each island has a character all its own and all offer a plethora of opportunities for relaxation, sightseeing, adventures, and gastronomical pleasure – with a backdrop of stunningly beautiful beaches.
The Ionian islands: Emerald isles in a sapphire sea.
The sapphire waters of the Ionian Sea welcome you to paradise. Kefalonia, Corfu, Zante, Lefkada, Ithaca, and Paxi. All of these holiday destinations are wonderful. The major islands of the Ionian lived for centuries under Venetian rule and it shows in their castles and churches. Carpeted with olive trees, pines, and vineyards, they are fertile and green, a stunning setting for their award-winning white-sand beaches and peacock-blue waters. You’ll also find that the hospitable citizens have music in their souls. On land, you’ll want to explore the monasteries and mountain villages and seek out waterfalls, hiking trails and scenic routes by car or motorbike.
Cyclades: Dazzling white villages, golden beaches, and clear azure water are just the start of what these islands have to offer.
Within easy reach of Athens, these are the Aegean’s most precious gems. Ancient Greek geographers gave this unique cluster of islands the name Cyclades because they saw that they formed a circle (kyklos) of sorts around the sacred island of Delos. According to myth, the islands were the debris that remained after a battle between giants. In reality, they resulted from colossal geological events like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Their colors are blue and white like the Greek flag. The islands come in all sizes and, though the ingredients are the same – incomparable light, translucent water, heavenly beaches, lustrous white buildings, and bare rock, each one has its own distinct character.