5 secret and idyllic Greek islands to visit this summer
Updated: Sep 15, 2021
This summer we have decided to share with you all our favorite places in Europe. Today, we are heading to the Greek archipelago which offers many idyllic destinations with almost 6000 islands and islets. You have certainly heard of the most popular ones: Santorini, Mykonos, Kos... In this article, we take you to discover these little-known Greek islands for an idyllic vacation far from the crowd.
Located in the heart of the Ionian Sea, the charming island of Kefalonia, known to be one of the most flowery, is full of little wonders. A real paradise for nature lovers, its wild landscapes, crystal clear waters and rugged coastline will transport you on a unique journey.
The island, filled with sumptuous landscapes with the sweet scent of jasmine and wild thyme, offers many excursions to get away from the crowds and find yourself in secret paradises. Stroll through the streets of Asos, a small fishing village built on a peninsula whose summit offers a breathtaking view of the village and the turquoise waters of the sea.
To relax after a day full of discoveries, the magnificent beach of Myrtos, surrounded by limestone cliffs, offers a wild and idyllic setting.
Where to stay in Kefalonia ?
Located in the small village of Markandonata, NorthPoint is a unique, peaceful and secluded property that offers 6 rooms and 3 villas with all the comforts to make your stay even more idyllic. The outdoor living room overlooking a beautiful flower garden gives a sense of escape like no other. This little haven of peace will make your stay in Kefalonia even more idyllic and will leave you with a lot of memories.
The little plus of the place: its meals concocted by a private chef with local and seasonal products... we love it!
For more information on the property, please visit : northpoint.gr
Unknown to many foreign tourists and located not far from the famous island of Santorini, Folegandros knows how to charm its visitors with its picturesque villages and its natural beauty. A trip to the village Hora with its white houses with colored shutters transports us into a warm and welcoming atmosphere. On the edge of the cliff, there is a small medieval neighborhood called Kastros, whose old houses take us back in time with their old architecture.
For those who love the countryside, the small atypical village of Ano Meria offers a very different landscape from the rest of the island with its traditional farms where you can observe the agricultural and rural life of the island.
The small size of the island of Folegandros does not prevent you from enjoying a swim in the turquoise waters of one of its beautiful beaches. Those of Abeli, Livadaki or Agios Nikolaos should be kept in mind during your visit.
Where to stay in Folegandros ?
Facing the Aegean Sea and the port of Folegandros, Anemi Hotel offers elegant luxury in a minimalist setting. Combining contemporary design with Cycladic architecture, this little piece of paradise nestled in the landscape of Folegandros offers exceptional service to complete an idyllic stay on the island.
In addition to all the comforts, Anemi Hotel offers various excursions and outdoor activities, a great way to discover the natural beauty of the island!
More details on this charming hotel right here : anemihotel.gr
Easily accessible from Athens, Serifos has kept its charm and calmness away from mass tourism. Once on the island, you can visit Hora, the main town of Serifos and without any doubt one of the most charming of the Cyclades. Dotted with many traditional churches, you will have the opportunity to wander through the small streets of the city to admire the typical architecture of the island.
In order to enjoy a moment of tranquility, we recommend one of the beaches of Serifos and especially the beach of Ganema, ideal to rest in the shade of its trees. For an even more exceptional and exclusive moment, you will have the opportunity to bathe in one of the creeks of the island: a dazzling experience far from any agitation.
Where to stay in Serifos ?
For an authentic wilderness experience, the hotels of Pende Serifos offer a variety of luxurious and immersive accommodations.
The resort offers luxurious villas and suites with optimal comfort, but our favorite is their residences offering a unique nature experience. These small eco-friendly dwellings, built with ecological and natural materials, offer a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea to make the stay even more magical.
To find out more about the Pende accommodation, go here : pendeserifos.com
Thanks to its rich historical and artistic heritage and its authentic charm, Tinos is one of the most charming preserved islands to discover in Greece.
Its traditional villages make Tinos stand out from the other islands of the Cyclades: elegant arches, cobbled paths, chapels and white houses make this place one of the most charming in the Greek archipelago.
For art lovers, the island has many museums among which the Cultural Foundation of Tinos: a permanent exhibition dedicated to Halepas, the island's master sculptor. To cool down the hot summer days, Tinos offers various swimming opportunities. The beach of Kolybithra is ideal for water sports enthusiasts.
Where to stay in Tinos ?
In a warm and friendly atmosphere, the Diles & Rinies estate offers 8 high end villas with personalized service. With a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea, the villas are surrounded by sumptuous scented olive gardens.
The little extra: a unique culinary experience with meals made of regional products.
For more information on the accomodation, go to the website tinosvillas.com
This island, made famous by Luc Besson's successful movie "The Big Blue" in 1988, is the most eastern of the Cyclades with its volcanic and mountainous landscapes. Amorgos is one of those islands with a quiet and welcoming atmosphere where you can make many discoveries.
For hiking enthusiasts, the island is the ideal destination for trekking along the many trails, a great way to discover all its hidden treasures and enjoy beautiful sea views. As the trails pass from village to village, you will have the opportunity to refresh yourself in a tavern and admire the traditional architecture of Amorgos.
A visit to the monastery of Hozoviotissa is a must during your stay on the island, it is indeed one of the most impressive and spectacular monastic destinations in Greece! The little extra: the magnificent view offered by its high location which is worth climbing the many steps to reach it.
After a good day of walking and climbing, what could be better than a well-deserved rest on the beach? Amorgos offers many beaches with fine sand and turquoise waters, ideal for a relaxing time.
Where to stay in Amorgos ?
In the medieval village of Chora lies Vorina Ktismata, a charming guesthouse where simplicity and authenticity meet. With a 360° view of the surrounding mountain peaks and valleys, this family-run accommodation is a true gem on the island of Amorgos.
Our favorite: the breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea from the balcony.
More information about this charming guesthouse right here : vorinaktismata.com
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