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Where To Stay In Greece To Avoid The Crowds
Greece is one of the most popular countries for holidays all over the world, and Greece is also a country that tackled the current health situation in quite a smart way, which has allowed a gradual but safe lockdown lift.
As a result, the country is opening to international tourism in quite an organized way and is receiving visitors from several countries in Europe and the rest of the world. So holidays in Greece are a dream that can still come true in the few next months.
However, it’s natural that people have some concern, and it’s only logical for you to try to safeguard your health and the health of your loved ones.
For this reason, it will undoubtedly be a great idea to visit the less popular islands which, although being quite off the beaten path, they are brimming with unique beauty and are perfect for a relaxing holiday in Greece… at the end of the day, who doesn’t want to put this year behind and enjoy a fantastic summer holiday?
Check The Solitary Areas In The Bigger Greek Islands
Although bigger islands such as Rhodes, Corfu, or Crete tend to be very popular Greek destinations, which will make you easily discard them for the risk of encountering overpopulated resorts, the truth is that these places are still ideal for an isolated holiday.
Southern Coast Of Crete
The vast territories of these big islands make it easier for you to find isolated accommodation. The southern coast of Crete, for instance, is an ideal place with small and often deserted villages, lonely beaches, and less accommodation availability.
The same applies to the eastern coast of the island. Corfu is another good example; the north of the island boasts different villages where it’s possible to rent a small house and have a lovely holiday. When it comes to Rhodes, the southwestern area of the island featured many peaceful spots as well as enchanting mountain villages.
Looking for an extra quiet holiday? Check out our guide to Corfu in winter!
Another fairly big island you could enjoy is Naxos, although it’s located in the center of the Aegean, and it’s quite a popular spot for summer holidays, there are several picturesque mountain villages where it’s quite easy to get away from the crowds.
The nearby island of Paros offers the same characteristics and can also be a good holiday choice to avoid crowded villages. On both islands, it’s possible to find lonely beaches to enjoy.
For Mykonos, we recommend the northern coast, while when it comes to Santorini, the areas of Vlychada, Baxedes, and Vothonas are good options to avoid the crowds.
Discover Any Of These Twelve Smaller Or Lesser-Known Greek Islands
The cluster of Greek Islands is immense, and it’s often very hard to decide which island to choose for your holiday. It’s fairly common to fall into the crowded island trap, choosing popular spots such as Mykonos and Santorini. This time, though, the conditions are all given for you to discover small Greek islands usually quite off the radar. Let’s see a few of them.
Lipsi is a very small island in the Dodecanese, perfect for a relaxing and isolated kind of holiday. There are a few spectacular beaches to enjoy, good local tavernas, and nightlife activities are reduced to a few bars and tavernas right by the port.
If you enjoy exploring, you can take a look at the lonely churches in the mountains or simply walk around the romantic alleys of the village.
Right opposite Naxos island, there’s a unique cluster of five small islands where isolating is not only easy but simply the way to go. All of them are home to landscapes of unique wild beauty with pristine seas and dreamy shores.
Donousa is one of the most beautiful of all, and it’s quite easy to reach taking a boat from Naxos port.
Only 10 minutes away by boat from Paros, the tiny island of Antiparos, in the center of the Aegean is a unique Cycladic Island to isolate, relax, and enjoy your summer in Greece.
Once on the island, you can discover the pristine beaches, the tasty seaside tavernas as well as visit one of the most spectacular caves in Europe, the Cave of Antiparos, home to spectacular natural formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
Located in the northern part of the Aegean Sea, Thassos is a unique summer destination in Greece. An island with plenty of sunshine during all the summer, Thassos boasts unique beaches where it’s also possible to enjoy water sports and the magnificent local cuisine.
Although the island is not really small, it’s quite off the beaten track, which makes it a perfect destination to avoid big crowds this summer.
Paxos, on the Ionian sea, is a beautiful small gem just a few miles ways from Corfu. In fact, the best way to reach Paxos is with a ferry departing from the port of Corfu. The capital of the island, Gaios, is a marvelous Greek village by the sea, made of small cobblestone alleys and picturesque, colorful houses.
A beautiful central square is a great place for dinner, while the beaches in the area are really unique. For a more exciting experience, you can rent a boat and reach the even smaller Antipaxos Island, home to one of the most stunning turquoise seas all over Greece.
The unique wilderness of Gavdos island translates into spectacular sand dunes, a large collection of lonely beaches, bizarre rock formations, and one-of-a-kind cedar forests that will literally make you fall in love with the place.
Gavdos is the southernmost post in Europe, and it can be reached taking a boat from the southern port of Chora Sfakion, on Crete.
Not as small as many of the islands mentioned so far, Karpathos is a perfect island in the Dodecanese to experience some time on your own. Thanks to its mountainous landscape, there are several isolated villages, both by the sea and on the mountains where you can rent a small house to spend your holiday.
For the same reasons, there’s an abundance of lonely beaches, some of them reachable only by boat, great for a social distancing kind of holiday.
Easy to reach from the port of Santorini, Anafi is one of those Greek islands that nobody seems to visit, but when they do, they can’t help but fall in love with the peaceful atmosphere and the Cycladic landscape. And don’t worry, despite being so close to Santorini, both islands seem to be a universe apart when it comes to crowds and lifestyles.
Life runs at a different speed in Anafi, with its one village and its ancient Greek traditions that seem to resist and survive our modern times. Just as the neighboring Santorini, the island has volcanic origins, therefore you will be able to admire a unique landscape made of imposing cliffs and rough sandy beaches. Most beaches on the island can be accessed on foot.
An ideal destination for those who enjoy subaquatic sports, Skiathos is an unknown Greek island that can be the answer you were looking for to enjoy a holiday in Greece minus the crowds.
This incredibly beautiful island belongs to the Sporades cluster, and it features a magnificent green landscape with crystalline coasts and an interesting marine landscape. Therefore, the island is perfect for snorkeling and immersions as well as for hiking and enjoying a variety of outdoor activities
This remote northern island, also part of the groups of the Sporades, can be reached from the city of Volos (not far from Athens by car or public transport) from where there are daily ferries and hydrofoils to Alonissos Island.
The perfect environment, if you love close contact with nature, the rugged landscape, and the small islands scattered around the archipelagos, make Alonissos a unique place to enjoy walks in the green pine forests. But, most importantly, Alonissos hosts the National Marine Park of the Northern Sporades, famous for being a natural refuge for dolphins, the Mediterranean monk seal, as well as endless varieties of rare seabirds.
Often considered of the prettiest islands in Greece, Astypaleia is a perfect destination for a peaceful and solitary holiday. Besides, if you are looking for a stunning Cycladic landscape, the island will not disappoint! The picturesque, whitewashed villages on top of the hill dominate the landscape of the island.
A row of traditional windmills with red roofs stand one next to the other as you make your way up to the Venetian castle and church crowning the hill on top of the settlement. From here, the views of the surrounding sea are fantastic.
There are several quiet beaches you can reach with a rental car or also hiking. The somewhat odd shape of the Astypaleia often described as a butterfly, splits the island into two different sections worth exploring.
Another Dodecanese island worth a visit is the tiny island of Symi, just a few kilometers from the coast of Turkey. The unique beauty of its port welcomes visitors with an array of colorful Neoclassical buildings and mansions standing amphitheatrically over the port of Gialos.
The small streets and cobblestone alleys of Symi are ideal for tranquil walks. You’ll be able to discover the village of Chorio, with old-time churches and classic domes, or even enjoy a friendly conversation with a local in one of the small cafés.
When it comes to beaches, the island offers great sandy beaches for families, as well as pebbly beaches and several secluded coves. For more adventurous experiences, the nearby islets of Agia Marina and Nimos are an outstanding opportunity for some quality time on your own.
These are some of the many islands that you can visit in Greece without being surrounded by crowds. And no matter what place to choose to visit, just follow the local regulations as far as social distancing is concerned, they will guarantee you and your family a safe, stress-free holiday, as well as complete, relax and unforgettable memories.
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