One of the largest islands in Greece is Crete, surrounded by Venetian architecture, sunken cities and beautiful cypress trees. You’ll also find Napoleonic buildings, palaces and a maze of ancient cobblestoned streets on the Ionian island of Corfu with a lively side on its southern tip but an air of luxury on the north-east coast. Both islands have beautiful beaches – you’ll find stand-out pink and white sands at Balos and Elafonissi on Crete and Kommeno Bay on Corfu. There’s no shortage of pretty swimming pools, glamorous cocktail bars, traditional fishing villages and Cycladic architecture on the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. The cliffs of Oia are the perfect place to view those deep blue iconic domes. Expect oversized daybeds, Instagram-worthy hotels and spectacular sunsets.
Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands and a delight for history buffs with its UNESCO World Heritage Old Town and ancient ruins of the Lindos Acropolis. The east coast’s shallow waters are ideal for family-friendly Greece holidays. The soft white sands of mainland’s Halkidiki are a great spot for taking the kids, as beach-based activities can be combined with a little history taking to the sea to view Mount Athos and the monastic state.
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