There is something heady about the specific mix of sun, sand, whitewashed cliff-side abodes, crystal clear waters, fragrant bougainvillia and ubiquitous ouzo that makes even the most sensible types let loose just a little. And I’ve never been considered sensible. Once you’ve ticked off all the spectacular must-sees on guided tours in and around Athens (and there are a lot of them), it’s time to hit the islands to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Watching this sweet short film (that is essentially a love letter to gorgeous Crete, and to being young and carefree), I remember so clearly how surprised I was to find that it all looked just as good in person as in the travel brochures. The pace of life on the islands is slower, the world seems less complicated, and the sun never hides. Winemakers use donkeys to carry the just picked grapes back from the vineyards, and you may even find yourself riding a donkey up the steep hill on arrival at the port on Santorini… famous for its massive cliffs and dramatic black sand beaches.
The fresh olive oil produced in Greece is like the nectar of the gods, to say nothing of the succulent olives themselves. Here, you will bite in to a tomato and think, “Oh my – this is what they are supposed to taste like!”. Check out our recent article “13 Greek Dishes To Eat Before You Die” to create your foodie “must-eat” list before you even purchase your plane ticket.
The islands of Greece are many and varied, and the ferry and airline services between them are easy to use and frequent. So don’t miss out on Corfu, Rhodes or legendary Mykonos – but I’m warning you – don’t plan to move too quickly as you’ll find something to love about each of them. Make sure you get out on sightseeing, sailing and other boat tours here – as the islands are home to some of the most beautiful coastlines on the planet.
Book your Greek Island tour guide today and when you are there, just try your best to behave yourself! Well, try at least a little. Ok, you can just say you tried; that would be fine with us.