The Greek Islands are a rich mosaic of sun-kissed landscapes, fresh foods and vast culture set amongst the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Moving between islands is easy as skipping stones thanks to constant ferries, and the ancient culture is evident with an outlandish amount of museums and archeological wonders. Water sports are popular among all the islands with a variety of beaches of all colors and textures as well as lush valleys, mountains and romantic cities.
Finding accommodation on the Greek Islands is easy but sometimes intimidating, with hostel and villa owners waiting at ports for oncoming travelers. Knowing the best and most affordable areas is the trick. Generally more coastal areas away from town centers are cheaper and often more charming than those found in the hub of island life. Traveling between the two is simple and brief thanks to island transport and absent traffic.
Island shops are unique and colorful with delightful specialties like craft shops, traditional Greek jewelry or fresh fish and olive markets. Greece has a long and proud tradition of woven fabrics, pottery and crafts, ranging from t-shirts and souvenirs to high quality, locally crafted jewelry and antiques. Greek jewelry is well known for fine craftsmanship and classic designs.
In the way of local produce, the islands provide an ample choice of seafood caught right on their shores - fresh catches can even be seen hanging in the harbors - and with their numerous olive groves you can always find ripe olives spiced in the traditional flavors of Greece. As for variety, restaurants range from gourmet French and Italian to the traditional rustic dishes of Greece.
Surrounded by vibrant waters that shaped their history, the Greek Islands have a deep relationship with the sea. Experience the underwater volcanoes, submerged caves and thriving sea life by diving, or skip along the coastline with plentiful water sports. With the country steeped in history and folklore there are also an endless wave of museums and archeological sites to stumble across, whether it be the dramatic mythology of the Greek gods or the crumbling ruins of Venetian fortresses.
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