Archive for ‘island portraits’ Category

Skyros

The Schizo island One half of this fascinating island is a lush, lazy, green Sporadic island like the sister islands of Skiathos and Skopelos to the north. Then, something strange happens and the southern end rears up large rocky masses that are as vigorous, barren and dramatic as any Cycladic island. The South shore has … Read More

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Skopelos

Greece’s Emerald Isle Skopelos, a large and mountainous island whose wild north shores are washed by the Aegean, whose placid southern bays offer shelter to yachts and swimmers, has more than a few parallels with the real Emerald Isle – Ireland. First of all it is green – virulently, vividly, viper-green – the colour set … Read More

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Meganissi

The secret island Meganissi is the little star of the Ithaca Archipelago. Along with Kastos, Kalamos, Arcoudi, Atokos  and the Prince’s Islands of Skorpios and Skorpidi, this gem of an island was until only 15 years ago, known only to Onassis, yachties and locals. There is nothing much to do, but oh, if you are … Read More

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Aegina

Only a 40 minute hydrofoil  ride from the port of Piraeus, Aegina is an easy and relaxing island in the Saronic Gulf. The frequent hydrofoil service means that it also serves as a commuter island to Athens, as well as being  a weekend home to many artists, painters, singers, writers, who all value its picturesque … Read More

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Mani

Simply gorgeous, rugged, wonderful waters, splendid small hill towns and villages, towers and turrets unique to the area, visible history and plentiful outcrops of archaeology.

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Serifos

Stone, Sea, Sky and the Aegean Light If you are looking for the quintessential authentic Greek island to fall in love with, Serifos could be it. Its wild, barren and mountainous landscape, small lush valleys and whitewashed houses nestled between steep rocky slopes and hills. Its perfect sandy beaches and brilliant blue waters hold a … Read More

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Sifnos

Immaculate and Idyllic Still with some virgin corners and aspects of old island life for seekers of peace and quiet, combined with high standards of hospitality for cosmopolitan visitors, Sifnos is probably the most popular of the Western Cyclades. The urban Greek has two questions upon arrival at a new place. Where do you get … Read More

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Skiathos

Beaches, Bars and Bouzouki Skiathos is a relatively small island in the group of five known as the Sporades. Skiathos is the closest to the mainland and the most visited out of the group, thanks to its international airport. One can also fly to Athens, drive to Agios Kostantinos and then take a hydrofoil or … Read More

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Spetses

An Aristocrat Among Islands With its easy access from Athens by car and water taxi, or fast and frequent hydrofoils, Spetses is to Athenians is what the Hamptons are to New Yorkers. An island of pines, bougainvillea and heady jasmine, of grand neo-classical mansions – built with the prosperity from its merchant sailors 200 years … Read More

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Syros

The welcoming island Syros- has been the capital of the Cyclades for over two hundred years, so has both cherished and upheld the quality of Cycladic culture; music, food, dance, etc, and also been quick to absorb the best of outside influences – it was a wealthy and peaceful island, protected from many common dangers … Read More

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Tinos

Miracles, Marble and Marzipan Tinos is the archetypal Cycladic island without the blight of too much tourism. A barren, mountainous mass with the typical dry terraces, rocky peaks, wide sandy beaches, azure waters and fertile valleys of the Cyclades. Aiolos, the ancient keeper of the winds, resided, they say, on the peak of mount Tsiknias. … Read More

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