2022 – Kos, Crete, Corfu and Mykonos: a guide to Greece’s most famous islands | can be here

Corfu

Old house with bright red flowers in Kerkyra in Corfu.

Corfu is the northernmost island in the delightful Ionian Sea. On the east coast, two great Venetian-era castles guard the capital of the same name, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cobbled streets in pastel colors show the same here castleand picturesque churches, old caf├ęs and traditional taverns serving local cuisine. Its centerpiece is Liston, an arcaded walkway overlooking the sprawling green Spianada, where locals play cricket on summer evenings ÔÇô a custom that dates back to the 19th century when Corfu was a British protectorate for nearly 50 years. Beyond Corfu Town, the coastline gives way to clear waters and sandy and pebble beaches. The rugged interior is planted with olive groves, many of which date back more than half a thousand years, and from which Corfu produces some of the best olive oils in Greece. Hike the lower slopes of Mount Pantokrator to ancient Brithia, a village of 14th-century stone houses, some of which are now restored to show what rural life was once like.

Beach villa with private pool
Grecotel Corfu Imperial
Statue of Aphrodite

Comino, 11 km north of Corfu Town, is a lush peninsula covered with silver-green olive groves, fragrant pines, elegant cypresses and exotic palm trees. Here is the five-star Grecotel Corfu Imperial hotel It offers the most luxurious accommodations on the island. Expect waterfront rooms, suites, bungalows, and villas with private pools for up to 12 guests. Each is unique, some built in a minimalist contemporary style, while others are inspired by the lavish Venetian traditions of Corfu, with pastel-coloured facades, balustrade balconies and terracotta roofs. Guests can explore the resort’s rocky coastline, which is dotted with secret coves and beaches, as well as landscaped gardens with swimming pools. Along the main promenade, you’ll find a selection of bars and restaurants serving fresh local seafood and seasonal produce, as well as the island’s precious olive oil.

Mykonos

Sun loungers and fishing boat on Elia Beach, Mykonos
Marble Column in Delos.
Traditional loom and cloth.

The island of Mykonos, which emerges from the Aegean Sea, is famous for its fun nightlife. Cosmopolitan Mykonos Town is a maze of cobbled streets dotted with white-washed, Cyclades-style cube houses, cocktail bars, gourmet restaurants and chic boutiques. During the day, charming sun-kissed guests nap and bathe on the beautiful long beaches of the south coast – and for athletes, there is also windsurfing, kite surfing, water skiing and diving. After dark, many beaches host outdoor dance clubs with famous DJs. Day trip boats leave from the port for the rocky island of Delos. Believed to be the birthplace of Apollo (the sun god) and Artemis (the goddess of the moon), its proud stone temples and lions are today on the UNESCO list.

Aerial view of Grecotel Mykonos
Grecotel Mykonos Sea View
Pool view at Grecotel Mykonos

Grecotel Mykonos Blu overlooks the gorgeous Psarou Beach on the sunny southern coast of Mykonos. It is the perfect summer getaway. It has a lavish spa and an elegant and cavernous infinity pool built into the rocks. From here, steps lead down to golden sands, and hotel guests get free sunbeds and beach towels. The hotel consists of sea-view bungalows, suites and villas with private pools inspired by traditional Cycladic architecture. Think of the gorgeous Aegean interiors, where they are predominantly white with subtle blue details. Wake up to a generous Greek breakfast, enjoy a light sushi lunch and end the day with a romantic sunset dinner on the beach with a private waiter and custom menu planning.

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Ruins at Kos Castle, Greece
sailor
The capital of the island of Kos, Greece, and a view of the city and the marina at sunset.

The town of Kos is known for its palm-lined avenues, the great sailing port, and the 15th-century Nirantsia fortress that guards the entrance to the port. Behind the city stands Asklipeon Hill, a sanctuary and healing temple from the 3rd century BC. It was built in honor of Hippocrates, considered the father of medicine, who died in 460 BC. He was born in Kos. His famous book On Air, Water, and Places explored the relationship between health and the environment – he believed we thrive on good nutrition, fresh air, rest, exercise, cleanliness, and a temperate climate. It is possible that Hippocrates approved the eight-mile bike path that runs along the coast in the town of Kos, from Psalidi Beach to Pharos Beach. Popular with windsurfers and windsurfers, Psalidi enjoys steady crosswinds and has several windsurfing and windsurfing schools that offer lessons and equipment rentals. In the western part of the island, Plaka Forest is an oasis of pine trees, fresh spring water, terrapins and dozens of peacocks – kids love it.

Pool view at Grecotel Kos
Aerial view Grecotel Kos
Grecotel Kos Pool Villas

Grecotel LUX ME Kos Imperial is a family-friendly hotel in a great location just outside Kos Town. It is located near Psalidi Beach among landscaped grounds with exotic tropical plants, free-form pools with waterfalls, a turquoise lagoon and a pebbly beach. Outdoor activities include yoga, pilates, tennis, beach volleyball, windsurfing and diving. There is also a lavish spa with a wide range of health and beauty treatments and a heated indoor pool, as well as a range of seaside bars and restaurants serving healthy Mediterranean menus and special options for children. Accommodations range from elegant rooms and suites to cottages and villas, all designed to create an appropriately relaxed island vibe.

Crete

Grecotel Amirandez Boutique Resort
floating rooftop restaurant
Royal Courtyard Villa with Private Heated Pool and King Bed

About 5,000 years ago, a highly developed civilization called the Minoans lived on the island of Crete. Their main settlement was the Palace of Knossos, where they enjoyed beauty and comfort – ruins you can still visit today.

Built around a large central courtyard, the rooms are decorated with gorgeous frescoes depicting the exotic sport of bull-jumping, as well as dolphins, bluebirds, and lilies. It also has storage rooms for giant rooms amphora – Ceramic storage jars – filled with olive oil and wine. The fields around the site are still home to lush vineyards, some of which revive nearly forgotten local grape varieties.

View from the Ida Mountains, Crete.

Near the coast, Heraklion was originally the port of Knossos and in the 15th century it was fortified by the Venetians who also added elegant churches and fountains. In the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, you can see ancient finds from Knossos such as frescoes, painted pottery, and gold jewelry. There are interesting mountains inland – the ancients believed that Zeus, the king of the gods, was born in a cave at the top of Mount Ida (2456 AD).

Set amidst a delicate landscape with pools, a lagoon and gorgeous beaches, Grecotel Amirandes is located on the northern coast of Crete, 22 km east of Heraklion. It’s a family-friendly resort, offering activities related to a healthy and active lifestyle that Minoans would love. Yoga, aerobics, tennis and kayaking are available on site, as well as snorkeling and mountain biking nearby. Sophisticated dining options include Italian and East Asian cuisine, but the highlight is the rustic Cretan cuisine made with fresh, locally sourced ingredients and organic produce from Grecotel’s own farm, Agreco. Accommodations range from rooms and suites to bungalows and villas – the best of which have private gardens, an infinity-edge pool, and direct beach access with private beach huts.

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