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The 6 New Summer Hotspots: 2016 Holidays in Greece

Everyone seemed to go to Greece in 2015, and it looks like they had a great time as 2016 is set to be just as busy! We really suggest early booking to get the best places. Looking forward to next year, these are the places we’re most excited about:   Paxos This small jewel in … Read More

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Greece is for Lovers

SNAPSHOTS OF SERIFOS As a well brought-up Greek girl with a strict father of a certain generation, I was never allowed to go backpacking round the Greek islands with a boyfriend – we were expected to bring friends home, and not go “cavorting around like Scandinavian tourists,” (apologies  to Scandinavian visitors, my father was of … Read More

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Assos – Kefalonia’s Sleeping Beauty needs a kiss

  Almost like a film set, the tiny harbour of Assos on the west coast of Kefalonia,  is improbably picturesque, with pastel coloured houses encrusting the small isthmus from which sprouts a pine-covered headland, crowned with a Venetian fortress.  The village enfolds in its plump and pretty arms a small beach and a perfectly limpid … Read More

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Kea or Tzia

  Kea-Tzia  is a mildly schizo island; to start with, it doesn’t know if it is Cycladic or something else,  if it is easy to get to or not, whether to build with stone or whitewash, whether it is a tourist magnet or simple and authentic,  it doesn’t know if it is barren and blasted, … Read More

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Surprising Syros

  Although it has an airport, Syros has somehow missed out on becoming a destination, all the more surprising when one takes a close look at it. The other Cycladic islands are variations on a theme, based on the aesthetics of fishermen and peasants; the iconic cubic houses, cane roofs and whitewash are the stuff … Read More

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Mitzela

For retro charm Mitzela is a pretty and old-fashioned fishing village in the Pagasitic Gulf, set amongst fertile hills with gentle shelving sandy beaches and local tavernas which are never in short supply of the fresh fish caught daily. It is a favorite with Greek families from the vicinity, and has remained unspoiled and undiscovered … Read More

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Kythnos “How sweet it is to do nothing, and then relax afterwards” (Spanish saying.)

  We are thrilled to introduce a new island to our portfolio of  destinations with lovely villas – and Kythnos is a particularly low-key and charming island, with very few villas and not much to do. Just what we like.  In fact, the glamorous Athenian owner of our new villa shook her head in wonderment … Read More

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Halkidiki

From Aristotle to Hang-gliding Just over an hour away from Thessaloniki, Halkidiki consists of a large peninsula that resembles a hand with three “fingers”  that juts into the clear blue Aegean. Kassandra, Sithonia and Mount Athos are the fingers, each with its own unique charm, history and magic. Kassandra is the scene of the Battle … Read More

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Milos

Minerals and moonscapes Milos is different: Largely unspoilt in spite of its astonishing tourist riches, and with huge tracts of nature reserve, it sits on the southwest extremity of the Cycladic Galaxy facing Crete, and lapped by the waters of the Cretan Sea to the south. It rivals Santorini in its weird and wonderful geological … Read More

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Ios

Ios  – The Innocent   Ios lies between Mykonos and Santorini, and is known as the burial place of Homer – Homer may Rest In Peace, but in summer, in Chora, no-one else does…. Ios is also known as a Party destination, popular among young people and groups of friends looking for a party holiday … Read More

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