Relax in the Greek Islands with Pullmantur Cruises this summer
The Greek islands offer some of the most charming destinations in the Mediterranean, with warm and welcoming locals, golden beaches and traditional towns and villages to explore. There are 6,000 Greek islands in total, although only 227 of these are actually inhabited, and they collectively form 7,500km of the country’s total 16,000km of coastline.
Despite there being so many islands to visit, each spec of land offers something different to see and experience. Luckily, Pullmantur Cruises will be operating sailings throughout the summer season that will enable you to visit a number of these spectacular islands. Each sailing departs out of the iconic Greek capital of Athens before offering passengers the chance to visit destinations including Mykonos, Crete and Santorini. This week, Pullmantur Cruises takes a look at each of these stunning locations and what you can enjoy during your time in each of them.
At 260km long and 60km wide, the Greek island of Crete is one of the nation’s largest and offers plenty to see and explore. Calling into Souda Bay, in the north-west of Crete, which provides a gateway to the island’s large city of Chania. This intriguing port town is reflective of the Venetian and Turkish influences, which are present throughout. This is particularly apparent at the Venetian port, which dates back to the late 16th century and is today lined with many charming coffee shops that offer ideal locations for people-watching. Alternatively, you can get a taste for the local atmosphere and culture at the Chania Municipal Agora, which is home to a vast marketplace and many souvenir shops. If you are looking to simply relax and soak up the sun, you may enjoy the 20km golden beach, which is located a short distance away.
Mykonos is one of the most popular of the Greek Islands, welcoming thousands of visitors every year. Throughout the summer, temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees, which means that the undisputed best place to go is one of the many long beaches. Alternatively, if you are looking to explore the cultural and historical highlights of the island, you may appreciate the Windmills in Mykonos Town – which date back to the 16th century. During your visit, you will be able to enjoy views of Little Venice, which is famous for its collection of picturesque medieval houses. A short journey by boat out of Mykonos offers the opportunity to visit the uninhabited island of Delos – a UNESCO World Heritage site that is renowned for its important archaeological sites.
Of all the Greek islands, it is safe to suggest that Santorini may be the most iconic. This semi-circular island was formed following a huge volcanic eruption which happened more than 3,500 years ago. This resulted in the stunning landscapes and scenery that you can admire today, while a view from atop of the hill offers a chance to admire the many white houses and blue domes. It is also an ideal location from which to admire the breathtakingly beautiful sunset. While there are plenty of beaches upon which to relax, there are also many sites worth exploring including the historic Minoan town of Akrotiri. Covered in volcanic ash, this settlement dates back to before the enormous eruption that shaped the island. It is home to many well-preserved buildings, ruins and household items that date back to the era.
Both Horizon and Sovereign will be positioned in the Mediterranean for the 2018 summer season, offering itineraries to some of the region’s most beautiful and iconic destinations. For more information or to make a booking, contact Pullmantur Cruises via the freephone number above or complete the online enquiry form and let us get back to you.