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Holidays to Santorini (or Thira) are one for the bucket-list. Part of Greece’s Cyclades island group, do not miss a trip to the hilltop heaven, Oia. Topped with whitewashed buildings and set against the sparkling Aegean, most people head here for one reason, and one reason only! To catch one of the world’s best sunsets! While, its volcanic sights are just as impressive.
From its multi-coloured beaches in the east to its sunken caldera in the west, you’ll find glimpses of the island’s eruptive past right across its landscape.
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This island’s unique terrain has something to suit all tastes. Whether your Greece holidays are about a relaxing week soaking up the sun or you want to tick-off its bucket-list attractions. First on everyone’s itinerary is a sunset sitting, and you won’t be disappointed! Located on Oia’s highest peak, head to the Byzantine Castle ruins to witness one of the island’s most jaw-dropping views. Or, if you want to see this glowing spectacle while sipping Santorini’s best wine, Santo Wines Winery in Pyrgos promises both.
And when you’re done hunting down the best sunset spots, you could be hiking to the top of a volcano with a day in Nea Kameni. Only accessible via boat, the tough climb will be worth it once you see its incredible lava formations. For more volcanic beauty, take a cruise around the famous caldera. Not only will this take you right to the base, but you can also book a sailing which stops by some of its most famous beaches, like Red Beach at the ancient site of Akrotiri. Surrounded by crimson cliffs, this pebble-strewn cove is one of the island’s rarest natural wonders, after the caldera of course.
There’s just as much going on in the evening too! When you’re not grabbing a cocktail in one of Fira’s many atmospheric bars, you could be catching a film under the stars at an open-air cinema - one of the top things to do in Kamari.
But no trip to Greece would be complete without trying some traditional fare. From spots specialising in seafood to humble family-run tavernas, its restaurant scene is pretty impressive. Oh and don’t forget to try a Santorini salad! Made from capers, sun-dried tomatoes and cucumbers, it’s the island’s twist on a Greek salad.
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Mykonos holidays promise sandy beaches, whitewashed villages and a cosmopolitan nightlife. Part of the Cyclades, which also includes Santorini, Naxos and Ios, you’ll find this group of islands on the southern coast. Days here usually revolve around the golden beaches and swimming in the Aegean Sea, before heading to a waterfront restaurant for a laid-back dinner.
And if you’re not ready to call it a night after that, you can always stop by one of the many trendy cocktail spots, or perhaps a late-night club by the beach. This Greek hotspot is ideal whether you’re here with the kids, having a group break with friends, or want to fire up the romance with your partner.
This little island paradise offers plenty to see and do too. For an afternoon of tranquility, take a stroll to the seafront and witness yachts and fishing boats decorating the glistening Aegean. Or soak up the culture in town, renowned for its stunning architecture and colourful shopping streets. And remember to pack a camera – you’ll need it!
If your Mykonos holidays are all about sun, sand, and sea, you won’t be disappointed. The summer months are drenched in golden Mediterranean sunshine, blowing the UK’s unpredictable weather out of the water. Make the most of the warm temperatures at a range of beaches, from party hotspots to relaxing little coves where you can have a peaceful day with the little ones. Make sandcastles and paddle in the crystal‐clear sea to your heart’s content as you create memories to last a lifetime
Thrill‐seekers can unlock unique underwater ecosystems with action‐packed snorkeling and diving or try their hand at windsurfing on one of the island’s secluded beaches.
For a sample of the island party atmosphere, head down to Paradise Beach, where you’ll find world‐renowned clubs and a selection of bustling bars and restaurants. Located just 20 minutes outside of Mykonos Town, this open‐air clubbing venue promises non‐stop fun and entertainment for the younger generation.
Or make your way to Elia Beach and enjoy complete tranquility as you unwind on the soft, white sands and let your troubles slowly slip away. Renowned for being the longest beach in Mykonos, this fantastic location offers the ideal backdrop to your days in the sun. Here you can try out a range of watersports, enjoy a calm walk along the water’s edge, or simply relax in the shade on a sunbed.
When the time comes to explore, there are lots of things to see and do in the heart of Mykonos Town. If you’re staying there, you’ll have plenty of great attractions on your doorstep. From shopping at designer boutiques to visiting historic churches and art galleries, it’s ideal if you like to keep on the move when you go away. Spend your days basking in the glorious sunshine or wandering through the streets and discovering the island’s many hidden gems
Mykonos’ shops and boutiques offer a little slice of luxury and an incredible shopping experience. Meander through a maze of designer stores such as Louis Vuitton, Dew, and many other favourites. Make time to explore the individual Greek shops selling everything from clothes and jewellery to exquisite local produce.
When it’s time for a quick rest, stop for a bite to eat at one of the traditional restaurants and cafés and sample mouth‐watering delicacies to sate your appetite. Holidays to Mykonos promise a shopping haven you’re sure to fall in love with.
History and culture
Venture away from the shopping streets’ hustle and bustle and take a trip to the Mykonos windmills, where you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the town centre and beyond. One of the island’s most recognised landscapes, these whitewashed windmills sit atop a scenic hill, an iconic symbol of Mykonos’ rich agricultural history.
Head to the windmills at sunset to experience a mesmerising wash of colours over the Aegean Sea, the perfect way to share a romantic moment. Learn all about the island’s vibrant past with a guided tour of the mills, where you can discover everything there is to know about this beautiful location.
Whatever you’re hoping to find, holidays to Mykonos have so much to offer.
Mykonos has a reputation for its vibrant nightlife. Whether you stick to the capital’s hotspots or have some fun in the sun at a beach bar, you won’t be short of options. Take in the electric nightlife and enjoy an exciting selection of clubbing venues. If you wake up feeling a bit worse for wear, there’s nothing better than going for a refreshing dip in the sea, with the beautiful scenery as a bonus.
Mykonos is known all over the world for its vibrant LGBTQ+ scene. After the island began attracting gay artists in the 1970s, it’s slowly built up a reputation as one of the most glamorous and inclusive places to holiday. The island is diverse and welcoming, so you’re free to relax, unwind, and be yourself wherever you go.
By day, you can soak up the sun on one of the many gay beaches scattered across the island. For a relaxed atmosphere and a picturesque view of the bay, head down to Super Paradise Beach which offers an exclusive gay enclosure and plenty to keep you occupied. Sip on a cocktail or two and dip your toes in the clear, azure waters to cool down.
By night, you can make the most of non‐stop partying in prime locations such as Jackie O’ and Babylon. The central cluster of gay restaurants and bars are located in Mykonos Old Town. Still, it’s also worth a trip to Little Venice where you can party on into the night and enjoy the full summer celebration experience. On this island in Greece, everyone is welcome.
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Holidays to Skopelos are perfect for those in search of secluded bliss. The god of tourism seems to have overlooked this unspoiled paradise, partly due to its location. It doesn’t have an airport and can only be reached by ferry. Mostly untouched by development, Skopelos holidays give you a real sense of authentic Greek life. You’ll see locals fetching water from the fountains and hear the distant clang of goat bells as they amble across the cobbled walkways. No noisy cars rip through the Old Town either, as everybody walks.
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Skopelos is the epitome of a Greek island off-the-beaten-track. Still, there is plenty here to keep you busy, from hiking to scuba diving, island-hopping, to sunbathing. So whether you’re looking for a romantic escape, a relaxing family getaway, or a week of watersports, the ‘Emerald Island’ has a lot to offer.
One of our favourite places to visit in Skopelos is the Old Town. The settlement sits on the edge of a bustling natural harbour on a spectacular bay. You can follow its fascinating maze of terracotta roofs, cerulean blue shutters and arrow paved steps all the way up to the 17th-century castle. From here, soak up panoramic views over the Aegean waters. At the bottom of the town, you’ll find quaint taverns, shops and restaurants lining the port. On your way down, stop by the Museum of Folklore; it’ll bring you closer to the Skopelos culture.
An island of the arts, you’ll find exceptional textiles, carvings, ceramics and glassware here. To peruse the artisanal olive oils, hand-made jewellery and traditional amphora bowls, head into the Old Town or along its waterfront. If you feel like spending those euros on something really fancy, take a trip to Stafilos, and you’ll find rows of silver moulded bracelets in the onsite workshops. For some classic syrup-soaked Skopeliot fruit, island honey and fresh produce, make your way to the small village of Glossa. Greece is very much a cash-based society, so be sure to order your travel money before you go.
While there are no all-night clubs in Skopelos, you can certainly enjoy a late evening in one of the lounge bars in the Old Town or Glossa. The island has a very chilled out atmosphere, but there are some great music venues where you can go for a few cocktails and a dance. Many are lit up at night, with views over the Aegean and piles of cosy cushions, setting a great atmosphere for couples and intimate groups of friends.
Historical & Culture
While the emphasis is on relaxation, authentic Greek life and sun-soaked beaches, there are plenty of things to see and do in Skopelos. The ruined Venetian fortress is a must-see and gives a glimpse into the island's military past. Residents are also deeply religious, following the Greek Orthodox faith. Which is why you’ll find churches at almost every turn. An estimated 360 of them are dotted around the hillsides, while 100 are situated in the town alone.
If you’re looking for the sandiest beach on the island, with plenty of amenities, then Kastani is a must. Here you can enjoy cocktails and snacks at the bar before unfurling on the loungers or cabanas. The waters are clear, and the sand is mostly fine with tiny pebbles around the shoreline. The conditions are perfect for paddling with your little ones or snorkelling together for marine life. At night, the beach comes alive with music events hosted in the summer.
Thanks to its shallow shores, holidays to Skopelos have become a hit with families with younger children. If they love the sea, treat them to a BBQ sailing trip. They’ll not only get to become part of the crew for the day, but you'll reach some incredibly remote beaches, only accessible by boat. You might also spot a pod of dolphins on your tour. Another great experience is visiting the ruins of the Venetian Fortress in Skopelos Town or cycling through the scenic roads of Alonissos. There are plenty of things to do with the family in Skopelos, from sandcastle building on secluded sand spots to exploring ancient sites.
Amply named ‘the Emerald Island’, pine forests and olive groves engulf the landscape, making Skopelos holidays a hikers dream. You’ll find eight mountains to explore, with Mount Delphi (681m) being the highest. It sits in the centre of the island, in the dense Vathia forest. You can access the start of the 3km trek from Sentoukia. The second highest is Palouki which can be reached from Skopelos Town. This trail will lead you to some of the great monasteries along the way.
The sheets of green tumble down the hills of Skopelos onto unspoilt pebble beaches, graced by crystal clear waters. And while there are plenty of secluded bays to while away the hours, its underwater world begs to be explored by scuba or snorkel. Find dive centres along the north side at the port of Skopelos and over on the south side in Panormos. A great way to see the sheltered caves is by paddleboard or kayak, with tours and rentals available on Milia Beach. At Milia, you can also water ski, jet ski and tube across the Aegean.
Skopelos was thrown into the spotlight in 2008 when its sun-bleached beaches and lush greenery acted as the backdrop to the movie Mamma Mia! Abba fans might like to recreate movie moments while foodies will enjoy a slice of traditional Greek cuisine. Take a boat tour of the island to see the iconic Agios Ioannis Chapel, aka the wedding church. From here, you’ll head along the coast past Armaratos, where Sophie reads Donna’s diary, and then over to the Glysteri rock, which featured in Our Last Summer.
A short one-hour ferry ride will take you to the shores of the neighbouring island, Skiathos. Just as green and blue as its secluded counterpart, Skiathos is a cosmopolitan location, attracting A-listers with its glistening harbours and gourmet restaurants. Here you’ll find livelier bars and taverns. There are also over 60 beaches here, with the bustling Koukounaries and Big Banana drawing in the crowds. And don’t miss a trip to the small peninsula, Bourtzi. It’s drenched in lush vegetation, with a Venetian Fortress at its centre.
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