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​An A to Z of Travel: Greek Islands

Maddy Faulkner by Maddy Faulkner

Monday, 19th March 2018

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​An A to Z of Travel: Greek Islands

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A visit to Greece would be incomplete without a visit to some of the beautiful Greek Islands.

There are around 6,000 islands in total which are scattered throughout the Aegean and Ionian Seas. With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to pick the right one for you.

If you need help choosing the best islands, whether you are planning a family holiday, a romantic break, or if you just want to chill out on the beach for a week or so, we’re here to help with our suggestions.

Here’s our guide to the most beautiful Greek islands, including what to do when you’re there and where to stay. Download RoarApp from the App Store to find the best restaurants, clubs and more on your travels - it’s the perfect island-hopping companion!

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What to Do:

Santorini - think cliff top villages and whitewashed houses against the azure blue sea, and blissful infinity pools seamlessly blending into the horizon. It’s so easy to imagine yourself here, sipping on a cocktail without a care in the world.

It’s a tourist hotspot and naturally, a visit here requires proper planning and research in order to get the best hotel deals. That’s where we come in! Our travel offers provide great value for money to ensure you get the most out of your holiday.

If you’re in Santorini, a visit to the village of Oia is an absolute must. With spectacular views over the volcano of Palia and blue-domed houses amongst narrow, picturesque streets, it’s a photographer’s dream!

Wine-tasting, sailing, diving, hiking and archaeological sites are just some of the activities you can enjoy in Santorini.

Amorgos, part of the Cyclades island group, is a little off-the-beaten-track compared to the likes of Santorini. It’s known for its picturesque architecture, hiking paths and local culture.

Several ancient footpaths lead through the island’s rocky terrain, where you can discover the diverse flora and the island’s rich cultural treasures. The spectacular views at the top are like no other! The main town, Hóra, also has plenty to offer including an impressive 11th century monastery, Hozoviotissa, which boats a dramatic cliffside location.

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Where to Eat:

Santorini is renowned for its distinctive flavours and fresh ingredients. You can enjoy the best seafood at To Psaraki, which overlooks the island’s main fishing port. Stick to affordable mezédes, small tapas-like dishes which include delicious daily specials for an truly authentic meal.

Mouragio is a fish tavern situated in Katapola, Amorgos, with unbeatable views of the port. It serves seafood delicacies and traditional Greek cuisine, along with great appetisers and drinks.

Where to Drink:

The oldest jazz bar in Santorini, Kira Thira, is popular with both tourists and locals. Live music is regularly performed here and it has a great atmosphere, both during the day and throughout the evening as the sun goes down. It’s speciality is sangria, which is particularly delicious!

The party begins after midnight at Koo Club and Enigma Club, which both serve delicious cocktails and are frequently home to famous Greek and international performers during the Summer months.

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Where to Stay:

Perivolas, a selection of studios and suites carved from the cliffs in Santorini, are almost as breathtaking as their views overlooking the sea. The infinity pool is the main attraction here, along with the tranquil setting away from the bustling beaches below. Rooms start from £445 per night.

Hotels in Amorgos are numerous and vary in accommodation type. In Katapola, the main port of the island, you can find small, locally-owned hotels situated in renovated Cycladic buildings. Landeris Hotel is situated just a few minutes’ walk from the port and has pleasant rooms with incredible sea views. Rooms start from £45 per night.

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