There’s a part of Greece for everyone to soak up some last minute rays and top up our tans… here’s our recommendations by island…
If you’re looking for a last minute autumnal escape to hotter climes before the long winter sets in and those dark, chilly days take over, Greece is the place to be. With so many beautiful beaches to discover, cultural sites to explore and islands and mainland destinations to choose from, it can be hard to decide where to go. Here’s our guide to finding your little slice of Hellenic heaven.
Think lantern-lit dinners and sipping ouzo in the starlight in a Kos town taverna. On this island, the evenings are very laid back – where plenty of food and taking it easy are rules of thumb. By day, catch some rays on beaches of all shapes and sizes – whether you’re after golden swathes backed by beach bars, hidden bays and secret coves – like Kamari bay – or the pebble-strewn shores of Agios Fokas – ideal for a romantic stroll. The surrounding white on blue landscape dotted with traditionally Grecian whitewashed housing makes an idyllic setting. For an even better view of the dramatic landscape, dig out your hiking boots and climb the rocky slopes of Kos’ highest peak, Mount Dikeos.
Greece’s answer to St Tropez – this island is frequented by A-listers and has been hailed as the new Ibiza. Nightlife is buzzing, with a full range of beaches packed with tavernas and cocktail bars. Water sports fans will love it here, too, with water-skiing, banana boats and scuba-diving at Paradise beach. Treat yourself by sampling some traditional, cutting-edge Greek food like Moussaka and tzatziki, or dine against a sunset backdrop with suppers at Little Venice.
There’s something for everyone in Crete. Whether it be party-fuelled shooters and nightlife boozer cruisers in Malia, or exploring the largest historic Bronze Age ruins site at the Palace of Knossos. Thrill-seekers will have a wild time at Watercity’s 80,000 square meters of water fun. Here you can brave the kamikaze slide, enjoy the winding sideswinger-boomerango or take a deep breath and spin round Body Slide Cyclone. For a more chilled view of Crete, relax on one of Herkalion’s many beaches. Enjoy cocktails on the shores of lively Malia, and explore the rugged bays of the deserted island of Dia. Chania is also a popular hotspot on Crete’s north coast, with beautiful blue flag long stretches of sand just waiting to be strolled, like Agioi Apostoloi and Gerani, and the chic bar-lined strip in Agia Marina. History seekers are catered for too, with ancient architecture to discover and plenty of old museums, churches and craft shops to tour around. Last on the must-see list is Rethymmon in Crete’s north coast. With a blend of Greek, Ottoman and Venetian design, the harbour is a cultural must-see with narrow streets, stone walkways and old churches, all overlooked by Fortezza castle. Foodies can taste the amazing seafood on offer in local tavernas, all washed down with a good glass of vino from Achanes, the city of wine.
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Author: Emily Louise Overy
Published: September 24, 2015
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