The island of Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese and is one of the most cosmopolitan of the Greek islands. Rhodes is a very popular international tourist destination and has direct flights to major European cities.
It is a large island and you will need several days to explore it. Although Rhodes is famous for its medieval Old Town which is one of the Unesco World Heritage sites, wherever you go on the island you will be dazzled by its extraordinary beauty.
What you most definitely should visit in Rhodes is the Castle town of Lindos, the special beauty of the area of Prasonisi, the Green Valley of the Butterflies and the 7 springs. As for the beaches in Rhodes you can find countless and for every taste. In recent years, Rhodes has emerged as a popular destination for extreme water sports.
Lefkada is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea with a peculiarity. There is no need to board a boat to visit the island as it is well linked to the main land by a floating bridge.
The island became famous around the world during the decade of the 1960’s as the Greek tycoon Aristotle Onassis bought a small island called Scorpio close to Lefkada, upon which he married Jacqueline Kennedy, the widow of the murdered US President John F Kennedy. Scorpio was recently purchased from the granddaughter of Onassis, by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev for his daughter Ekaterina Rybolovleva.
Today Lefkada is a well developed tourist destination that stands out for its exceptional natural environment and its famous beaches, while in recent years it has become very popular for the enthusiasts of Wind and Kite surfing.
The island of Serifos is a Greek island in the western Cyclades with an area of 75 km2. Serifos is one of the most distinctive of the Cycladic islands. Livadi is its port, while Chora or the town of Serifos is the capital which is built on a high point of the island which in earlier times offered the inhabitants the necessary protection from pirate raids.
Serifos during the 19th and 20th century was an area of intense mining activity and signs of this activity are still scattered around the island. Arcade mines, rusted machinery, offshore loading of ore all of which creates a unique backdrop that makes Serifos a beautiful outdoor museum of industrial archeology.
Among the particular characteristics of the island besides the picturesque town of Serifos with its white-washed houses are several churches and chapels that are scattered all over the island as well as the famous Castle-Monastery of the Archangels. Also, I should mention that on Serifos there are some of the nicest beaches in the Aegean.
The island of Kea or Tzia is the closest island of the Cyclades to Athens being just an hour by boat from the port of Lavrio. Its area is 131 km2 and it is a relatively large island that offers many opportunities for exploration. Among the major attractions of Kea are the beautiful capital town Ioulida, the famous Lion of Kea and the archaeological site of ancient Karthaia.
But what will really impress you on Kea is the excellent network of paths that have been recently sign posted and can guide you around the island so you can enjoy the beautiful natural environment of Kea.
The island has numerous wildlife reserves, particularly migratory birds and some birds of prey. But what makes Kea stand out is its flora which includes more than 3000 species of plants, among them some very rare species of orchid.