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Greece has some 6,000 islands and islets dotted around the Aegean and Ionian Seas, although only 227 are inhabited and just 78 of those have over 100 inhabitants.

Visit Crete.

Kerkyra - Corfu

Corfu is at its best in May. Covered in flowers the temperatures are ideal, the island is uncrowded and cheap to get to. If you only come to Corfu once try to make it during late Spring.

Meta-Travel Members By Pelekas Guide.

Just Corfu:
Reviews of accommodation, restaurants, excursions and places to visit - provided by visitors to Corfu.

Pelekas Guide:
A complete guide to the beautiful village of Pelekas, on the west coast of Corfu. A free minibus service operates throughout the day from three points in the village to both Kontogialos and Glyfada beaches.

Greek Islands

When Greek island hopping, don't do more than four islands in ten days or you'll waste too much time checking in and out, waiting for transfers and getting oriented.

Meta-Travel Members By Paros Paradise.

The largest of the Ionian islands, Cephalonia is an island of contrasts where Roman and Byzantine ruins provide a pleasant tour away from the beaches.

Chios is one of the North-eastern Aegean Islands, between the islands of Samos and Lesvos. The fifth largest island in Greece is only a few miles off the coast of Turkey.

Historical attractions on the uninhabited island, near Mykonos.


Evia Island Hotels.

Evia is the second largest island in Greece and quite undiscovered by tourists. Northern Evia is known for its green forests, rivers, spa and ravines and also for its wonderful beaches with crystal-clear waters. The capital of the island is Halkida.

Illios Studios:
Located between the two villages of Pefki and Artemisio, in northern Evia, the Ilios Suites offers a restaurant, bar, large-sized swimming pool, gym and even a playground for the children.

Ferries from Patra and Kefalonia dock at the island's capital, Vathi.


Kefalonia Island Hotels.

Picturesque and beautiful Greek harbour village on the Northern tip of Kefalonia, largest of the seven Ionian islands.

Just Kefalonia:
Reviews of accommodation, restaurants, excursions and places to visit provided by visitors to the island.

Kefalonia @
Kefalonia is believed to have taken its name from the hero Cephalus. Perhaps the name of the inhabitants, Cephaloi, comes from the word 'cephales' which may refer to Kefalonia's mountains, or to the fact that it is the biggest of the Ionian islands.
From its enchanting shores to its breathtaking natural mountains Kefalonia has a wild beauty which you will not find elsewhere; an island of surprises just waiting to be explored.

Kefalonia Resort Finder:
Jules lives on Kefalonia and can be found all over the island updating resort information and adding new resources to his resort finder.


Kos Island Hotels.

Day trip excursions to Turkey and Rhodes mean you can do much more than sit on the beach all day.

Just Kos:
Just how genuine the reviews are, is open to the imagination as some of the entries are not very literate and could have been posted by anyone. Of course, the point is that anyone can post their recommendations on Kos but some editorial control would probably make these sites more worthwhile to the visitor seeking serious information on the island.

The lush, green island of Lesvos, or Mytilini, is like no other Greek island. It is the third largest of the islands in Greece behind Crete and Evia. Virtually unaffected by the mass tourism that has turned other islands into amusement parks, Lesvos is the perfect place to visit for people who want to experience the real Greece.


Mykonos Island Hotels.

Probably the best known of the Cyclade Islands, Mykonos is trying to regain its respectable name after years of drug parties and gay visitors to its beaches.

Mykonos Web:
Directory of information relating to Mykonos. Includes an interesting sights and sounds section and a brief summary of the island's top attractions.


Paros Island Hotels.

Offers great beaches, lively towns and ancient sites.


The island of sun-worshippers is a mammoth 18 hours by ferry from Athens.

You can fly in 45 minutes, but we prefer the adventure by sea.

Rhodes Island Hotels.

Rhodes (Rhodos or Rodos in Greek), the beautiful island of roses, has a unique physical scenery that does not cease to impress its visitors. Also unique is its climate with more sunny days than any other place in Europe. With practically zero crime rate and friendly and hospitable people you'll be surprised how easy life in Rhodes can be.


Santorini is the southernmost island of Cyclades and is located between Ios and Anafi; 128 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus and 63 nautical miles from Crete.

Santorini Island Hotels.

Anteliz Suites:
This luxurious complex, in a traditional form of a Theran house, is situated on the very top of the cliff ridge between Fira and Firostefani village, facing Santorini's spectacular volcanic Caldera.


Geographically Skopelos is an Aegean island situated in the central-north-west Aegean, east of Pelion and north of Evia.

Skopelos Web:
Let Giannis Hatzitrakosas tell you more about the beaches, sights, how to get there and around and where to stay.


Zakynthos Island Hotels.

If you've never been to Greece before then Zante is a good choice.

Although not as typically Greek or as scenic as some of the other islands, Zante offers better than average standards of food, service and accommodation.

Many people come here year after year, and the main reason they give is the friendliness of the local people.

Just Zante:
A-Z guide to restaurants, bars, hotels and apartments on Zante. Recommendations come from visitors to the island. Check out what they thought or tell others about the places that made all the difference to your holiday.

Zante Travel Tips

Don't be afraid to travel on a flight-only basis. If you avoid the peak season you will have no problem finding accommodation.

Expect long delays at the airport. There isn't much in the way of seating or refreshments.

If you visit the shipwreck, wear sandals - the beach is actually sharp stones (often baking hot).

Avoid Laganas if you want a quiet night's sleep. Visit Vassilikos to see the true 'Flower of the Levante'.

Zante Guru:
Interactive guide to Zakynthos; the sixth of the Ionian islands, west of the Coast of Ilias.

Greek Ferries

There are over 500 ports in Greece offering more than 5,000 monthly boat and ferry departures around the Greek Islands.

Anek Lines:
Founded in 1967, Anek now has 11 vessels. Domestic sailings between Piraeus and Crete (Chania, Heraklio and Rethimno) and international sailings from Ancona and Venice to Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu.

Anen Lines:
Serving west Crete, Kithira and South Peloponnisos since 1999. Connects (Antikythira, Gytheion, Kissamos, Kythira, Piraeus) and (Kalamata with Kissamos and Kythira).

Blue Star Ferries:
(Piraeus, Patmos, Leros, Kos and Rhodes)
(Piraeus, Syros, Paros, Naxos, Ios, Santorini, Katapola, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissi, Astypalaia, Kalymnos);
(Piraeus, Patmos, Leros, Kos, Rhodes, Syros, Mykonos, Katapola);
(Piraeus, Syros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros);
(Rafina, Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Paros).

LANE Sea Lines:
Connecting Lassithi Prefecture (Agios Nikolaos, Sitia) with Pireaus, Rhodes, Kasos and Karpathos island.

Maritime Way:
Daily connections from Brindisi to Igoumenitsa and Patras.

Minoan Lines:
Sails to Heraklion (Crete) from Piraeus.

Superfast Ferries:
From Ancona and Bari to Patras, Igoumenitsa and Corfu.

Ventouris Ferries:
Daily sailings from Bari to Corfu and Igoumenitsa. Also sails from Bari to Durres (Albania).

Search the Open Seas database for Greek ferry schedules and tickets.

Sailing The Greek Islands

When thinking about sailing around the Greek Islands, try to avoid the high season swarm.

Greek Island Sailing Routes

Sailing in Greece is fantastic on the shoulder seasons of May/June and September/October. The weather is usually good, the seas are still warm and the marinas and docking are so much easier./p>

MG Yachts:
Sailing and motor yachts available for charter (with or without crew) in Corfu, Kalamaki, Kos, Lavrion, Lefkas, Rhodes and Skiathos. Includes information, photos, layouts of yachts, specifications, maps, weather and sailing tips.

Sail Greece Yacht Charters:
Founded by Giannis Makridakisand Vassilis Patiniotis, the Sail Greece Yacht Charters main base is located at pier 6 in Alimos Marina, Athens.

Yacht Now:
Go island hopping in Greece - full-text searchable Greek island database and an intelligent yacht chosen to help pick the right yacht for you and your budget.

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