Beautiful Greek Island Holidays
Located on the East side of Greece, the Dodecanese Islands are the biggest group belonging to the country. The “Twelve Islands” actually consists of 15 larger and 150 smaller islands, each one having crystal clear water, sandy or pebbly beaches but also unique, traditional settlements.
These Greek islands are full of characteristics that make them a top destination for a summer holiday. We got charmed by three major islands from the group and we’re sharing our favorites with you below. ? Check out below why the most beautiful Greek island holidays are in Rhodes, Kos and Symi.
1. Rhodes Island
There are 300 days of sunshine every year. Need we say more? ? There is more, though. Rhodes is one of the most famous destinations when it comes to Greek island holidays. The largest of all islands, Rhodes, is known for its ancient ruins, the medieval city of Rhodes and its surrounding beaches.
The city of Rhodes
Palace of the Grand Masters and the Street of the Knights
The city of Rhodes is considered to be the best preserved medieval town in Europe. It is the home of the Palace of Grand Masters and the Street of the Knights, which used to be the road where the “Knights of Rhodes” walked towards the Palace.
Fort Saint Nicholas
Rhodes was an important port for trades so Fort Saint Nicholas was built to protect the harbour. The impressive castle is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, such as the city of Rhodes.
The city of Lindos
In Lindos you can find the famous Acropolis, standing tall since the 6th century BC, when the first buildings were constructed.
The Acropolis consists of 17 ruins such as the Staircase of Propylaea, the Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, Columns of the Hellenistic stoa and the medieval gate.
Beaches on Rhodes Island
The most popular of all, Ladiko has a beautiful wild atmosphere. It is a tiny cove with a bit of shade form the trees surrounding the beach. Becomes really crowded in August because of the facilities it has, such as sun beds, beach umbrellas, cafes and restaurants.
It is more popular among locals, having rocky and pebbled beaches it is more suitable for a quick swim. Even though it is far from Rhodes, people still visit the hot medicinal baths.
2. Kos Island
Another amazing Greek island holiday? Kos, the second most popular island of the Dodecanese group. The southern side is more touristy, but you will find beautiful turquoise waters and sandy beaches in any part of the island.
Kos Town is the only bigger city from the island. The heart of the stylish city is in the harbor, where the most people are relaxing in the cafes and restaurants. Besides these, the port is also the place to go shopping or partying in the summer.
Another attraction in Kos is the Castle of the Knights of Saint John, a 14th-century fortification. Here you can also go to the Hippocrates Plane Tree which, according to the legend, was planted by Hippocrates himself.
Ancient healing centre
Kos city is full of history. One good example is its ancient healing centre, Asklepieion. The centre received its name is from the Greek God of Medicine, Asclepius. According to a legend, he was teaching and practising medicine on the Island of Kos.
The centre was built on three levels. On the lowest one used to be the medical school, on the mid-level are laying ruins of temples and the ancient healing centre. The third one is the most important one nowadays. Here lay the largest one of the temples and from up here you can get a nice view of the island.
Beaches on Kos Island
You will find soft sand and many opportunities to try out windsurfing or kite surfing. The beach is suitable for family holidays, there are restaurants, bars, beach beds & umbrellas for rent. Also, you’ll find trees which provide excellent spots for children.
A little cove with the most crystalline water from the island. Here, the water is colder then in other parts of the island. The place is popular with tourists as it is close to the bay.
3. Symi Island
Symi – the most picturesque Greek island holidays you can take. A tiny island with neo-classical yellow mansions and picturesque views. Symi is stylish, cosmopolitan and close to Rhodes. Beside the dreamy architecture, taverns are placed near the water and they offer spectacular views.
The island used to be known for its natural sponge form the sea. Nowadays you can still find little stalls around the island selling organic sea sponge.
Starting from July the Symi Festival takes place on the island. This is an annual theatre, dance and art festival which lasts until September when the high season ends.
To get from Gialos village to Horio you have to climb 500 marble stairs. This might sound a bit much, but the view you get makes it a worthy. You will have the chance to look at the popular symmetrical storey houses which used to belong to wealthy merchants from the island.
Beaches on Symi Island
Nos is the “town beach” because of its close location to Symi town. The beach is small and can be a bit crowded in high season. There are a few rocks in the water so you should get beach shoes.
It is 1 km far from the town. It has crystal clear water, as most of the Greek islands. As it is located in a bay there are no strong winds.
So, which one of these Greek island holidays is the perfect destination in your opinion? Let us know in the comments.
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