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.
Santorini is a unique Greek island in the Cycladic island group and indeed in the entire world. Santorini has a unique charm thanks to its particular style of architecture and the volcano which has formed the wonderful caldera. These have made Santorini one of the most popular travel destinations in Greece and around the world.
Santorini is a travel photographer’s paradise as there is nothing on the island that does not deserve to be photographed. Although I love all the Greek islands Santorini remains my favorite.
Apart from the volcano and the unique landscape Santorini island has one of the most important prehistoric villages in the area of Akrotiri, while being famous around the world for its local products, mainly wine, fava beans and the Santorini tomato. Because Santorini is my favorite destination I will follow with many posts about the stunning island of Santorini so as to share with you its unique beauty.
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 Kythnos is a Greek island with an area of 99 km2 and is the closest island of the Cyclades from the port of Piraeus. The main port of the island is called Merichas and there are two large villages inland on the island. The capital town of Mesaria or as on the Greek islands more commonly known as ‘Chora’ and the picturesque village of Dryopida with its characteristic roofs.
The former name of Kythnos was Thermia and this is due to the hot mineral springs that exist in the village of Loutra. One of the hot springs gushes very near the sea which flows onto the beach of Loutra and you can use it freely.
The coastline of Kythnos is 104 km and along this coastline there are dozens of small and large bays which form beautiful beaches most of which are easily accessible. Kythnos has many other sights too such as monasteries, churches, windmills and several archaeological sites.
Patmos is a Greek island, which belongs to the Dodecanese. Patmos is a small island, just 34 km² but with a long history. On this very small island in the Aegean the Revelation of Saint John was written, one of the most important texts in Christianity.
Chora of Patmos, the capital of the island is a conserved medieval town, together with the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian which is located in the centre of the town have both been declared Unesco World Heritage sites.
Between Chora and Skala the port of Patmos, is the sacred Cave of the Apocalypse. The cave in which according to tradition, God dictated to St. John the text of Revelation.
The island of Spetses is an historic Greek island in the Saronic Gulf. At just 22 km2 in area this small island played a huge role during the Greek War of Independence in 1821 which liberated Greece from the oppression of the Ottoman Empire.
Spetses has an extensive history as a tourist destination and has always been well known for its cosmopolitan atmosphere. Nobles, grandees of wealth, artists and socialites chose Spetses over the years as a holiday destination or as a place to have their summer residences. Next to Spetses is the private island of Spetsopoula which has been owned by the Niarchos family since 1958.
In the port of Spetses you can find the Poseidonio Grand Hotel, a hotel with a history of over 100 years that can rival in luxury and architecture the best of any European hotel. While you can take the scenic route from the Spetses hotel to the Old Port either by horse and carriage or on foot, believe me it is one of the best rides in Greece.
Dimitrios Asithianakis is a photographer and photography teacher. You can find him on Facebook Dimitrios Asithianakis.