HOLIDAYS ON THE ISLANDS OF THE AEGEAN SEA
differing in their natural beauty due to the geographical location at the crossroads of three continents - Europe, Asia and Africa
Beautiful and different islands are in the northern Aegean Sea and have a very rich history. The nature generously awarded them with azure quays, a beautiful climate and an interesting cultural heritage. These famous islands have not only a bright past, but also a dynamic present, having turned into secular resorts that attract tourists from all over the world. Six fairly large islands and two islets smaller, scattered throughout the endless blue Aegean Sea connected by ferry communication with Kavala.
Thasos is one of the most beautiful and the greenest island of the Aegean Sea due to its rich flora - olive trees, pines, cedars, firs, chestnuts and other types of trees. That is why it’s called the "Emerald Island"! Thasos is very popular among tourists not only because of its paradise greenery, but also the presence of a large amount of different beaches and its proximity to Kavala make the island a very popular destination among travelers...
Located in the most northern part of the Aegean Sea the island of Samothrace is considered one of the most beautiful Greek islands can only compare to Santorini - a dark granite monolith suddenly emerges from the sea and soars over the surface of the sea for 1611 meters (Marmara Mountain). According to legend the top of this mountain was one of the residences of the ancient Greek gods, from where Poseidon followed the siege of Troy. There are a lot of archeological monuments on the island, because Samothraki was one of the largest cult centers in the region, the sanctuary of the Greak Gods, and one of the main attractions is the place where the famous statue of Niki Samotrakian (Winged Goddess of Victory), which is now in the Louvre of Paris .
Lemnos (Λήμνος) - the eighth largest Greek island located in the northern part of the Aegean Sea and has a volcanic origin. It is not as green as the neighboring Thasos, and there are no mountains on the island, only low hills, but nevertheless it does not lose its beauty and individuality from it, and the lack of a large number of tourists and a quiet, family beach vacation give Lemnos special charm. According to the legends of Ancient Greece, Lemnos belonged to Hephaestus - the god of fire and the island itself is associated with such heroes as Hercules, Odysseus, Minos, Aphrodite, Amazons and Argonauts. Due to its unique position at the crossroads of the sea routes, it determined the crucial role of Lemnos in the history of Europe and archaeological excavations showed that it was populated from the middle of the Neolithic, and the city of Poliochni is the oldest city in Europe. The island has amazing beaches with clear water, which makes it an ideal place for a quiet secluded holiday!
Lesbos (Λέσβος), the third largest Greek island, is located in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea, and acquired its world fame thanks to the ancient Greek poetess Sappho (born on the island in 630 BC), whose poetry sounded passionate love for the characters of both sexes . The island is not rich in dense vegetation and picturesque landscapes, but rocky beaches with a lot of olive trees (some of which are more than 500 years old) will not leave anyone indifferent. For lovers of archeology, there is something to do, as there are a lot of medieval and Ottoman monuments on the island, and you can see a Roman water pipe that was built more than three thousand years ago. For people who lead a healthy lifestyle, should visit the mineral hot springs, the springs of which are located at the crater of the volcano. The island has a large number of beaches for every taste, which perfectly complements the most beautiful sea, creating an exceptional atmosphere of relaxation and tranquility for all guests of the island.
Samos (Σάμος) is the most famous and visited island located in the eastern part of the Aegean Sea, but it is popular due to its contrasts: here the gentle sea harmoniously combines with the picturesque mountains, and the stormy nightlife - with a serene beach holiday. Samos is an excellent option for those who want to enjoy a secluded and quiet holiday, admire the beautiful scenery, sunbathe on the magnificent beaches and make interesting walks through the mountain valleys through pine forests and citrus orchards, as well as make cognitive excursions to ancient monuments - and here their a lot of, because it was on Samos, the ancient Greek philosopher Pythagoras was born. For fans of outdoor activities, the island has a great opportunity to dive and windsurf, and for gourmets of Mediterranean cuisine and real wine - it's just a paradise, because the famous Muscat wine "Wafi" is made only here.
Chios Island - one of the most unusual and interesting islands of Greece in the east of the Aegean Sea, attracts travelers with its indescribable atmosphere, climate, traditions and monuments of art, and its main value is unique nature and fabulously beautiful beaches. In ancient times, the island was the center of literature and sculpture, and here the famous Homer and mathematicians Hippocrates and Enopides were born, and today you can see unique historical sights. For a long time the island was a holiday destination for the Greeks, but in recent years it has been rapidly gaining popularity among foreigners through to its luxurious beaches surrounded by untouched nature, a variety of local villages that are not similar to each other and the hospitality of local people. Chios is ideal for a quiet family holiday, as there is no crowd of tourists and a variety of long sandy beaches, makes the island an ideal place to relax by the sea.
Greece is second (only the Japan is first) in terms of the number of long-livers, and as you probably already guessed, it is thanks to the long-livers from the island of Ikaria (Ικαρία), who have lived here since the Neolithic period. According to international studies, Icarians live unusually long and almost all live up to 90 years, and do not suffer from serious age-related diseases. What is the secret of longevity? Since ancient times Ikaria has been considered one of the best health resorts with unique hot springs and medicinal mineral water, where the temperature varies from 31 to 58 degrees, as well as there are sources of very useful drinking water. And on the island like honey, and the honey that does not occur anywhere else in the world, well, most importantly it is a measured way of life - here no one ever hurries, it is not accepted to fuss and worry. People here rest, enjoy nature, gain strength. Having visited once on this island you will understand that this is an ideal place for a relaxing holiday with its pristine nature, luxurious beaches and of course thermal mineral springs.
If you decide to retire and want a quiet and peaceful holiday - Welcome to the island of Agios Efstratios located in the north of the Aegean Sea, near the islands of Lesvos and Lemnos. The island has a base of volcanic origin and is ideal for a quiet holiday in nature, and sandy beaches with crystal clear waters stretching along the coast are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. This island is ideal for lovers of underwater hunting. The total area of the island is just 44 square km, and its waters are inhabited by seals and dolphins. The settlement on the island is only one - it is a port city and at the same time the capital is Hora with a population of only 250 people, the main occupation of which is fishing, animal husbandry, agriculture and tourism, so that during your stay on the island you will have the opportunity to enjoy fresh fish, dairy products, fresh vegetables and fruits of excellent quality and of course the hospitality of local residents.
PHOTO GALLERY OF ISLANDS OF THE AEGEAN SEA