Greece’s Beautiful Islands
The eastern Mediterranean is home to a wealth of beautiful Greek islands – each will welcome you with stunning surroundings, charming locals and fascinating mythology. With so many islands to explore and experience, a cruise is unquestionably the best way to visit these Greek delights and a Pullmantur cruise can ensure you arrive at each destination relaxed and refreshed.
There are around 6,000 Greek islands in total, although it is worth noting that most of these are nothing more than rocks and rubble. It is likely you will pass most of these rock islands to get to the 230 islands that are inhabited and awaiting your visit. This week, we take a closer look at the Greek islands you can visit on a Pullmantur cruise.
Situated in between Greece and Turkey lies the island of Mykonos, which is also part of the Cyclades island group. Of course, the main features of the island are the many golden and glistening beaches. No matter which side of the island you are situated, you will find a beach. Some of the more popular beaches include Platys Gialos, a family friendly beach on the south coast; Kalafati, a large and less developed beach on the east coast; and Agios Stefanos, a well-developed beach on the west coast.
If you fancy exploring the cultural and architectural highlights of Mykonos; the town centre presents a maze of tiny streets filled with many houses and churches. For a romantic and tranquil experience, Little Venice is, as the name suggests, a district filled with medieval houses sitting on the water. A perfect place to sip a cocktail and watch the sun go down.
Also in the Cyclades island group, Santorini greets all visitors with dramatic views filled with glisteningly white buildings topped with blue domes. These views gain legendary status when the sun sets over the island and are further complimented if you are able to watch it from one of the many bars.
It’s amazing to think this island was formed as a result of volcanic activity, and Santorini is always changing to this very day as a result. There are many beaches on the island, each of which presents a different colour of sand. Santorini is also renowned for the town of Akrotiri, a 3,500 year old Minoan town preserved in volcanic ash – similar to that of Pompeii.
Argostoli - Kefalonia
Argostoli is a town on the east coast of the Greek island of Kefalonia and is home to fantastic cobbled promenade, complimented by surrounding palm trees. A short wander into the town will allow provide access to number of cafes and shopping outlets.
Much of the architecture is reminiscent of the Venetian style, although much of it was damaged following an earthquake in 1953. The town was rebuilt shortly after, following the original layout, and plans for expansion are underway. The Drapano Bridge is a 900 metre long stone construction connecting Argostoli with the village of Drapano. It was built in 1813 to allow the villagers of Drapano to communicate with the island’s capital.
Chania – Crete
Chania is the second largest town on the island of Crete and, upon arrival into this stunning town; you will be greeted by a beautiful Venetian harbour. This harbour is complimented by a fantastic lighthouse at one end.
The Chania area is very easy to walk around and the Old Town is filled with shops, bars and restaurants where you can people watch or relax in the shade. A short journey away will take you to some of the beaches Crete has to offer. Beaches range from long strips of glistening golden sand, to smaller and more intimate stone shingle beaches.
If you want to experience everything these glistening Greek islands have to offer; look no further than Pullmantur Cruises. Our wide selection of itineraries can take you to fantastic destinations in regions such as the Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords, Baltics and the Caribbean.Tweet