As an antidote to the usual gushing Greece holiday brochures we offer a more prosaic peek at holidays in Greece and travel in the Greek islands with unbiased reports and independent guides to the best Greek beaches.
The Greek islands are traditionally grouped into six significant clusters:
IONIAN: Located off the north-west coast of mainland Greece in the Ionian Sea the Ionian islands contain the popular holiday islands of Corfu, Kefalonia, Lefkas and Zante.
CYCLADES: The crowded group of islands in the central Aegean include the noted holiday islands of Mykonos and Santorini as well as the hideaways of Paros and Naxos.
SPORADES: This small island group lies off the east coast of Greece and includes Alonissos Skiathos and Skopelos.
DODECANESE: A loose string of islands that follows Turkish includes beaches of Kos and Rhodes as well as the less well known of Patmos and Leros.
SARONIC: These islands lie in the bays near Athens, and the main ones here are Aegina, Agistri and Poros.
We also offer a taste of holiday areas of mainland Greece with a glimpse of the HALKIDIKI region.
Each island group has its distinctive flavour, and each island within a group has its unique character. The most popular have an international airport and plenty of tourist attractions. More peaceful islands lie off the main tourist trail and, while some have airports, others need a ferry to reach them. Sleepy Greek islands are well off the tourist track and often only reached by ferry while offbeat islands await those seeking a more remote and authentic holiday in Greece.