The Greek Islands are renowned for their history and their beauty. A group of thousands of islands, some inhabited, some not, they represent one of the most ancient areas of the world and a destination growing in popularity for travelers from around the world. With so many islands to choose from, where do you begin? Coconut Club Vacations invites you to come with us as we reveal 3 of the Greek Islands you won’t want to miss.
- Where is it – the island of Rhodes is part of the Dodecanese Islands in the South Aegean. The largest of its group, it is not far from the coast of Turkey and is nicknamed the Island of Knights
- Why visit – what makes this island special? Rhodes is one of the most historic of the Greek Islands. Home to one of the first ancient 7 Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage protected ancient city, Rhodes has something for everyone from history to stunning sunsets.
- What to see – no visit would be complete without a visit to the Old Town which is also home to many of its most historic structures. Outside of the city however, don’t miss the beaches, the small town of Koskinoú, the Museum of Natural History and the remains of the Temple of Apollo.
- Where is it – Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades islands in the Aegean and is considered the heart of the culture of the region.
- Why visit – the island of Naxos has been famous for many reasons beginning with its ancient history and as a source of emery but for so much more. According to legend, Naxos was once the home of the Greek god Zeus. Today, the island is the location of many ancient sites of historical significance to the world.
- What to see – like other islands in Greece, beaches and historic sites make up the most significant sites of the islands today. This island is considered the greenest of the islands in the group and offers beautiful green valles and mountain top villages and castles you won’t want to miss. Don’t miss these, some of the most popular hikes in the region which are found here, the popular archeological museum and of course, the towers.
- Where is it – last on our list today is the island of Corfu. Situated in the Ionian sea, Corfu is part of the Ionian Islands and is the second largest. It and a number of small islands make up the northwestern edge of Greece.
- Why visit –most famous for Poseidon and Asopos, this island is one of the richest in terms of legend and lore of Greece. Corfu shows influences for a large number of cultures including French, Venetians and British. Its beaches and historic sites make it one of the most popular Greek Islands attracting thousands of visitors in the summer. Quite cosmopolitan from others, the island offers a large variety of opportunities in terms of recreation.
- What to see – no visitor should miss the old town of Corfu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the city are museums, ancient castles and promenades. Also must see are the islands of Paxi and Antipaxi and the famous beach at Canal D’Amour.
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