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5 secret and idyllic Greek islands

to visit this summer

This summer we have decided to share with you all our little favorites across Europe. Today, let's head for the Greek archipelago which offers many idyllic destinations with almost 6000 islands and islets. You have certainly heard about the most popular: Santorini, Mykonos, Kos... In this article, we take you to discover these little known Greek islands for an idyllic holiday away from the crowds. 

Kefalonia 

 

Situated in the heart of the Ionian Sea, the charming island of Kefalonia, known as one of the most flowery, has a lot of little wonders in store for you. Real paradise for nature lovers, its wild landscapes, crystal clear waters and steep coasts 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 further away from the crowds and find yourself in secret paradises. 

Stroll through the streets of Asos, a small fishing village built on a peninsula with a breathtaking view of the village and the turquoise waters of the sea. 

To unwind after a day full of discoveries, the magnificent Myrtos beach, surrounded by limestone cliffs, offers a wild and idyllic setting for a rest facing the sea. 

Where to stay in Kefalonia? 

 

Located in the small village of Markandonata, NorthPoint is a unique, peaceful and secluded property with 6 bedrooms and 3 villas with all the comforts to make your stay even more idyllic. The outdoor living room overlooking a beautiful flowered garden gives you a feeling of escape like nowhere else. This small haven of peace will make your stay in Kefalonia even more idyllic to to bring back memories in your head. 

The little extra of the place: its meals concocted by a private chef with local and seasonal products... we love it!

For more info on the property go to: northpoint.gr

Folegandros 

 

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 natural beauty. A trip to the village Hora with its white houses with colourful shutters transports us to a warm and welcoming atmosphere. On the edge of the cliff is a small medieval quarter called Kastros, whose old houses take us back in time with their architecture of yesteryear. 

For lovers of 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. The beaches of Abeli, Livadaki or Agios Nikolaos should be kept in mind during your visit.

Where to stay at Folegandros? 

 

Facing the Aegean Sea and the port of Folegandros, Hotel Anemi offers elegant luxury in a minimalist setting. Combining contemporary design and Cycladic architecture, this little corner of paradise nestled in the landscape of Folegandros offers exceptional service to complete an idyllic stay on the island. 

In addition to all its comforts, Hotel Anemi offers various excursions and outdoor activities, a great way to discover the natural beauty of the island!

More details about this charming hotel right here: anemihotel.gr

Serifos 

 

Easily accessible from Athens, Serifos has retained its charm and calm away from mass tourism. Once on the island, you will be able to visit Hora, the main town of Serifos and undoubtedly one of the most charming of the Cyclades. Scattered with many traditional churches, you will have the opportunity to wander through the small streets of the town to admire the typical architecture of the island. 

To enjoy a moment of tranquility, we recommend one of the beaches of Serifos and especially the beach of Ganema, ideal for resting in the shade of its trees. For an even more exceptional and exclusive moment, you will have the opportunity to swim in one of the coves that the island has: a dazzling experience far from the hustle and bustle. 

Where to stay in Serifos? 

 

For an experience in the heart of wild and authentic nature, the hotels at Pénde Serifos offer a variety of luxurious and immersive accommodation. 

The complex features luxurious villas and suites with optimal comfort, however our focus is on their residences offering a unique nature experience. These small eco-friendly homes, built with ecological and natural materials, offer a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea to make your stay even more magical.

To find out more about Pénde's accommodations, go here: pendeserifos.com

Tinos 

 

Thanks to its rich historical and artistic heritage as well as its authentic charm, Tinos is one of the most charming preserved islands to be discovered in Greece. 

Its traditional villages make Tinos stand out from the other islands of the Cyclades: the elegant arches, paved paths, chapels and white houses make it one of the most charming places in the Greek archipelago. 

For art lovers, the island has many museums including the Cultural Foundation of Tinos: a permanent exhibition dedicated to Halepas, the island's master sculptor. To cool down on hot summer days, Tinos offers various swimming possibilities. The beach of Kolybithra is particularly ideal for water sports enthusiasts. 

Where to stay in Tinos? 

 

In a warm and friendly atmosphere, the Diles & Rinies estate offers 8 top-of-the-range villas with personalized service. With a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea, the villas are surrounded by a garden of olive trees with sumptuous scents. 

The little extra of the complex: a unique culinary experience with meals composed of regional products. 

For more info on the domain, go to tinosvillas.com 

Amorgos 

 

This island, made famous by Luc Besson's 1988 hit film "The Big Blue", is the easternmost of the Cyclades with its volcanic and mountainous landscapes. Amorgos is one of those islands with a quiet and welcoming atmosphere where it is good to make many discoveries. 

For lovers of hiking, 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 paths 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, as it is 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 of them with fine sand and turquoise waters, ideal for a relaxing moment.

Where to stay at Amorgos? 

In the medieval village of Chora is Vorina Ktismata, a charming guest house where simplicity and authenticity meet. With a 360° view of the mountain peaks and surrounding valleys, this family accommodation is a real jewel 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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