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Destination guide

Experience the Greek Islands in holiday lettings

With white-sand beaches stretching for kilometres, sheltered bays, coastal coves, dramatic cliffs and volcanic sand, The Greek Islands offer a diverse landscape with beautiful scenery that’s a delight for travellers. This centuries-old and multifaceted civilisation also has a unique culture that’s celebrated in many points of interest, offering something for every taste and inclination. Holiday lettings in the Greek Islands put you in the heart of this beautiful landscape to experience all it has to offer.

History

Historic sites near Greek Islands holiday cottages

The rich history and multicultural influences of the Greek Islands are reflected in multiple historic attractions throughout the islands. Holiday cottages are available near sites like the Ecclesiastical Museum, a museum with beautiful religious artefacts and spectacular architecture, and Heraion, the sanctuary where Hera, the Goddess of fertility, was once worshipped. Pythagoreio, a former port with ruins of fortifications and beautiful architectural touches, and the Tunnel of Efpalinos, an extravagant aqueduct that was built in sixth century BC, are also must-visit locations for history buffs.

Things to do

Things to do near Greek Islands holiday lettings

The Greek Islands have plenty of interesting attractions and landmarks to explore on your island retreat. Holiday homes are available near Phaestos Palace, a Bronze Age palace with artefacts of Minoan life, and Corfu Old Town, a cobbled city with palaces, museums, fortresses and gourmet restaurants. Rhodes Old Town, a medieval citadel with architecture from many time periods, and the Monastery of St John, the purported site of St John’s writing of the Book of Revelations, are also of interest to history and cultural enthusiasts. You could also visit Nea Moni, a Macedonian Renaissance site with golden mosaics and rich history.

Activities

Activities and attractions in Greek Islands

Do you want to discover top things to see and do in the city? Travellers enjoy fun activities like boating and swimming. Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and experience everything that makes Greek Islands a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Moraitis Winery (10.6 mi / 17 km)
  • Aqua Fun Water Park (12 mi / 19.3 km)
Outdoor activities

Must-try activities near Greek Islands holiday lettings

Pebble and dark-sand beaches, coastal wetlands and dramatic cliffsides form a natural playground for activities on water and land near the Greek Islands holiday lettings. Under the Blue Flags of Europe Program, the beaches and waters of many Greek Islands are suitable for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, waterskiing, sailing and windsurfing. On land, visitors enjoy hiking, nature walks, cycling and other leisure activities on the diverse landscape.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Greek Islands

Greek Islands is famous for its island views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Greek Islands is a great place to spend some time outside. Here are some of the area’s most stunning natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Paradise Beach (10.7 mi / 17.2 km)
  • Super Paradise Beach (11.1 mi / 17.9 km)
  • Santa Maria Beach (9.3 mi / 14.9 km)
  • Monastiri Beach (9.9 mi / 15.9 km)
  • Agioi Anargyri Beach (10.4 mi / 16.7 km)
  • Mount Kynthos (10.4 mi / 16.7 km)
How to get there

Transport options to and around Greek Islands

Fly into Naxos (JNX-Naxos Island National), the closest airport, located 12.2 mi (19.6 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could book a flight to Mykonos (JMK-Mykonos Island National), which is 12.3 mi (19.8 km) away.

How to get around

Transport to Greek Islands holiday lettings

The Greek Islands are separated into six main island groups, the Northeastern Aegean Islands, the Sporades, Evia, Islands of Argosaronic, the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, plus the standalone island of Crete. Travelling within the island groups is easier and more convenient than travelling between archipelagos, though both are an option. For transport between islands in the same archipelago, ferries and hydrofoils are popular options, but travelling from one archipelago to another requires flying or sailing into mainland cities to catch a direct flight into one of the island cities. Catamarans and hire cars, both on the island and ferried in, are options for transport to and from your holiday rental to nearby destinations.

Food & drink 

Regional cuisine in Greek Islands

The cuisine in the Greek Islands is rich in superfoods and Mediterranean staples, such as wild mountain green stamangathi, honey, and fresh-caught fish that make their way into popular recipes in the restaurants and eateries. Try out local specialties like pastitsada, a spicy chicken or beef over noodles, sofrito, a beef dish with garlic wine sauce, and bourdeto, a codfish stew, in the down-home tavernas and refined waterfront restaurants near your holiday rental.

How many holiday rentals are available around Greek Islands?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 17,060 holiday lettings around Greek Islands. From 7,927 villas to 4,199 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a beach property in Greek Islands?

If you can't resist ocean horizons and the rhythmic lapping of waves, you're in luck! Fortunately, there are 5,778 beachside holiday homes to whisk yourself away to. Of course, that might not be everyone's style. Luckily, HomeAway has plenty of other choices, including:

  • 5,133 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 4,292 ocean-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 4,144 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a villa in Greek Islands?

If you want to reconnect with your loved ones under one roof but have enough space for everyone to do their own thing, that means renting a villa. Luckily for you, we've got access to the cream of the crop. In this destination, you have 8,100 rentals to select from. Rates start at £35 a night. If that doesn't match your family's taste, we've got a range of other self-catering accommodation options to select from, such as:

  • Apartment: 4,191 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £15 per night.
  • House: 4,035 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £22 per night.
  • Hotel: 2,041 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £16 per night.

Can I stay in Greek Islands in a large group?

The recipe for an unforgettable trip is chilling out with your favourite people in a fantastic new place. If you're hitting the road with a large group, HomeAway can help out. Why not take a look at the 1,816 villa holiday rentals available here? They're the leading choice for big groups of visitors. The holiday properties that can cater to large numbers here include:

  • If yours is a crew of 6, we have 6,944 rental accommodation ideal for that size. Book a night for as little as £25.
  • If you've got 5 in your party, you'll be thrilled to hear that there are 4,594 rental accommodation perfect. You can get one for as little as £16 a night.
  • Arranging a trip away with a group of 8? We've got 3,990 properties for rent that will meet your needs. Prices begin at just £34 per night.

So don't worry! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your mom, your sister and all your mates to Greek Islands.

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