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Summer in Greece: 5 Greek Islands to Visit

Greece is a land of captivating islands, each with its unique charm and history. Set sail through some of the Aegean Sea’s most stunning and cultural destinations. Here are five Greek islands that should be on your travel itinerary.

Corfu: A Blend of Cultures and History

Corfu, known for its lush landscapes and multicultural heritage, offers various attractions.  

Must-Visit Spots in Corfu:

  • The New Venetian Fortress: A striking example of Venetian military architecture, providing panoramic views of the city and the sea.
  • Patounis’ Soap Factory: A family-run business since 1891, where traditional soap-making methods are still used.
  • Ionian Parliament: A historical building that played a significant role in the unification of the Ionian Islands with Greece.
  • Spianada Square: At 84,000 sqm, it is the largest square in Greece and the Balkans, perfect for strolling and people-watching.
  • The Old Fortress: An impressive fortification with a rich history dating back to Byzantine times.
  • Boschetto Garden and Corfu Public Garden: Beautiful green spaces ideal for a relaxing afternoon.
  • Corfu Museum of Asian Art: Home to a remarkable collection of Asian artifacts.
  • Liston: A vibrant promenade lined with cafes and restaurants reminiscent of Parisian arcades.
    Corfu

Rhodes: The Island of Knights

Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese islands, is steeped in medieval history and natural beauty.

Must-Visit Spots in Rhodes:

  • Rhodes Aquarium: Explore the marine life of the Aegean Sea.
  • Palazzo del Governo: A stunning example of Italianate architecture from the time of Italian rule.
  • The Catholic Church of San Giovanni: An important religious site with beautiful architecture.
  • Fort of Saint Nicholas: A historic fortress that protected the harbor of Rhodes.
  • Hippocrates Square: A lively area filled with shops, cafes, and historical buildings.
  • The Palace of the Grand Master: A medieval castle that served as the headquarters of the Knights of Rhodes.
    Rhodes

Mykonos: The Glamorous Island

Mykonos is famous for its vibrant nightlife, picturesque villages, and stunning beaches.

Must-Visit Spots in Mykonos:

  • Old Port of Mykonos: A charming area with beautiful views and traditional fishing boats.
  • Archaeological Museum of Mykonos: Exhibiting artifacts from the island’s rich history.
  • Mykonos Folklore Museum: Offering insights into the island’s cultural heritage.
  • Matoyianni: A bustling street lined with boutiques, restaurants, and bars.
  • Little Venice: Known for its colorful houses and stunning sunset views.
  • The Windmills of Mykonos: There is nothing more iconically Mykonian than a view of the seven windmills standing in line, facing the northern winds of the Aegean as they have done since the seventeenth century.
    Mykonos

Crete: A Tapestry of History and Nature

Crete, the largest Greek island, is a treasure trove of archaeological sites, lively cities, and beautiful topography.

Must-Visit Spots in Chania, Crete:

  • The Lighthouse: One of the oldest lighthouses in the world, offering breathtaking views.
  • The Grand Arsenal: A historical building now used for cultural events.
  • Koum Kapi: As you stroll by Koum Kapi, note which restaurant and bar’s vibes best suit you and remember it for your evening outing. Nowadays, this coastal area is where the famous Chania nightlife is.
  • Tampakaria: A district with traditional leather processing workshops.

Must-Visit Spots in Heraklion, Crete:

  • Koules: A fortress overlooking the harbor.
  • Venetian Arsenals: Remnants of the Venetian period.
  • The Turkish Sebil: An Ottoman-era fountain.
  • The Basilica of Saint Mark: A beautiful Venetian church.
  • Kazantzakis Tomb: The final resting place of the famous writer Nikos Kazantzakis.
    Crete

Santorini: The Iconic Beauty

Santorini is synonymous with stunning sunsets, white-washed buildings, and breathtaking views.

Must-Visit Spots in Santorini:

  • Akrotiri: An ancient Minoan city preserved in volcanic ash.
  • Three Blue Domes: The world-famous three domes of Oia belong to two churches: The Church of the Resurrection of the Lord supplies one dome, while the Church of Saint Spyridon contributes the other two. They stand on the edge of the precipice overlooking the caldera and the surrounding volcanic islands.
  • Santorini Maritime Museum: The maritime museum of Santorini was established in 1990 to document the islanders’ connection to the sea. The collection includes figureheads, ship models, old anchors, small cannons, navigating and shipbuilding tools, rare documents and books, old photographs, charter parties, seamen’s chests, and wills.
  • The Windmills: Located at the highest point of Oia, the windmills offer panoramic views of the island. They were probably built in the 18th century to grind flour and serve as bakeries.
  • Atlantis Books: Atlantis Books offers a delightful assortment of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, beach reads and everything in between. Remember to ask the staff to stamp your book with the bookshop’s logo.
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