Greece has approximately 6,000 Greek islands and 227 of these are inhabited. They are all piece by piece an ideal place for a holiday with sun, sea and sand. They differ from islands with kilometers of beaches to islands with a lovely soft green environment. Besides one island is much warmer or colder than the other. Which are best suited for your vacation? Discover the top ten most beautiful Greek islands.
Only a few kilometers away from Turkey can you be found Rhodes. This island has a huge amount of beautiful flora and fauna. The interior is mountainous and contains lots of forests and few people. Along the coast, sandy and boulder beaches themselves regularly. With an area of 1,398 km2 Rhodes is the fourth largest island in Greece. The island is also known from Greek mythology. Zeus, the great god, the sun god Helios had forgotten to provide an island and therefore Rhodes rose from the sea as a gift to Helios. Rhodes has been occupied throughout history by many different peoples such as the Romans, Goths, Minoans, Acchaeërs, Arabs and Persians. It is an ideal place for lovers of art history.
The biggest island of Greece is Crete. The island is 250 kilometers long and even in some places 60 kilometers wide. To top it all keep a little organized, Crete is divided into four provinces. They all have a wonderful climate, rich culture, beautiful nature and a shimmering coastline at their disposal. The stories of Crete go 9,000 years back. The first inhabitants were already on the island around 7000 BC. Crete is not only popular because of its rich history, but also because of the coastline which is over 1,000 kilometers long. So you see everywhere sea and that many people find delicious.
Located between Naxos and Crete you can find Santorini. This island consists of six small islands called Aspronisi, Palea Kameni, Thira, Christiani, Thirasia and Nea Kameni. Right in the middle of this small archipelago is a volcano called catered for with a number of outbreaks of the landscape, also called a ring-shaped archipelago. Today Santorini is part of the sixteen Decade Volcanoes of the IAVCEI, an organization for volcanology. These sixteen volcanoes are known for a history of very large eruptions that made for a very special and impressive scenery.
To Zakynthos belongs to the image of a ship wreck on a white sand beach has landed in turquoise blue water. The number of pictures created in this location is unthinkable large. It’s no wonder with such beautiful surroundings. It’s good to stay on the island because the climate is delightful. In the summer months you will be cooled by a fine easterly wind. This wind has ensured that both the Romans and the Venetians the island change it to ‘Il Fiore di Levante “which means” Flower of the East “. According to a myth Dardanus has laid the foundation for the first city of the island. He named the land next to his son, Zakynthos.
Kefalonia has a difficult name and it is something to see on all the different spellings as used: Cephalonia, Cephallonia, Kafalonia, Cephallenia so on. However you want to spell, the island is located west of Greece in the Ionian Sea. Kefalonia is a quiet island that offers beautiful views of the nearby islands. Between eight and twelve o’clock in the morning there will be four hawksbills to the town of Argostoli to eat fish remains there who throw overboard fishermen. Many people alone come to witness this extraordinary phenomenon.
The Cyclades is an island group known for the wholly owned pure beauty. Mykonos is part of this. Because the island is mainly composed of granite, the land is hilly, dry and barren and the inhabitants almost always a shortage of water. Because they give their houses flat roofs, they can collect rainwater as well as possible and so they found other ways to live there. Mykonos is not known to have a special history, there are no signs of ancient civilizations. Although tourists still come in droves to go because of the special and almost surreal landscape.
On the northern side of Greece, near Albania, is the Greek island of Corfu is also known as Korfu is called. Because there are relatively much rain falls on this island, there is a lot of greenery. The soil is very fertile, thanks to the climate can grow a lot of olive trees. These trees have a long history. In the Venetian time they received a gold piece for every ten olive trees they planted because of the great need for oil at that time. This resulted in an exponential growth of olive trees that are still to be found everywhere. Olive oil which is of a very high quality is also still widely exported. For example, sells Harrods, the famous British department store, only olive oil that comes from this island.
In the Aegean Sea, on the other side of Greece, is the island of Naxos. Along with Mykonos, Paros and Naxos is part of the Cyclades. Thanks to a surface area of 448 km2, Naxos can call themselves the largest island of this archipelago. The island is characterized by a rugged and mountainous landscape with many sheep and goats roam. Thanks to these animals, it is possible for residents to export cheese amply. In the valleys you’ll find mostly grapes, olives and citrus fruits that allow many different wines and liquor. Naxos is also known for its beautiful marbles to find. Today there is still quarried marble. Make sure to Zas is not a mountain range of more than 1,000 meters above sea level which can be admired on the island.
East of Pelion and north of Evia is Skiathos, a Greek island in the Sporades islands. Skiathos distinguishes itself by a very dense vegetation of pine forests. This walk along the coast into long beaches with beautiful clear waters and white sand. This color palette is a feast for the eyes. Another good reason to go to Skiathos is the wine. Both the sweet wine Moschato as the dark red wine and Skiathos Alypiako wines are known worldwide and are all delightful.