Best places to stay in Cyclades, Sporades, Dodecanese and Crete Islands
To better understand Greece's character, we have decided to divide it into three regions, as we will explain below.
When travellers decide to visit Greece, the first thing that might come to their mind are the Greek islands. Whitewashed villages set on rocky hills above the deep blue ocean and bathed in bright sunshine. They are similar and quite different from each other at the same time. Mykonos and Santorini are the most famous and cosmopolitan islands with 5-star luxury hotels, but there are many other less visited options that retain their authenticity and charm. Some of these alternative islands include Andros, Folegandros, Koufonisia, Milos, Naxos, Paxos, Serifos, Syros and Tinos. Crete, Greece's largest island, is known for its rich history, beaches and breathtaking mountains. In Chania, the capital, we have B&Bs in the centre and you can explore the island staying in authentic villas, flats or small hotels and always with the friendliness and joy of the owners.
Cyclades: The Cyclades are a famous island group in the Aegean Sea, known for their traditional whitewashed buildings, blue-domed churches, and stunning beaches. Many islands like Mykonos and Santorini offer high-end accommodations with breathtaking views and world-class amenities, but have become very touristy and overpriced.
Dodecanese: Located in the southeaster Aegean, the Dodecanese islands are known for their historical significance and natural beauty. Accommodations range from luxury resorts down to authentic family-run guesthouses, but you will also find small boutique hotels and stylish self-catering apartments as well as seaside villas.
Ionian Islands: Situated on the western coast of Greece, the Ionian Islands have somehow escaped the mass tourism and with their lush green landscapes, crystal-clear waters, beautiful beaches and a unique Venetian influence are certainly an alternative. From Corfu, the most well-known island to Kefalonia and Lefkada you will find charming boutique hotels, self-catering cottages and holiday villas with stunning views over the ocean.
Sporades: The Sporades islands are located in the northwest Aegean Sea and are known for their unspoiled natural beauty and serene atmosphere.
Saronic Islands: Close to Athens, the Saronic Islands are easily accessible and offer a convenient island getaway.
Crete: As the largest Greek island, Crete offers a diverse range of landscapes, including beautiful beaches, rugged mountains, and ancient ruins. Accommodations in Crete vary from luxury hotels to budget-friendly traditional guesthouses and holiday homes. But you will also find stylish small boutique hotels in cities such as Heraklion and Chania that provide offer an authentic experience.