Guide to the Greek Islands
The Mediterranean is home to some of the most beautiful beaches a charming collection of towns and cities that will take your breath away. Throughout the summer, many cruise lines will operate itineraries within this region – taking passengers from the glamourous cities of southern France, to the intriguing architectural delight of Venice.
Travel slightly further east of Venice, however, and you will reach a group of calm and tranquil islands. Belonging to Greece, these islands offer all the charm of the Mediterranean, but with a fraction of the number of tourists. Arguably, this paves the way for a more authentic cruising experience and, throughout the summer and autumn seasons, Pullmantur can take you there. This week, we take a closer look at each of the beautiful island destinations you will be able to visit on the Greek Islands Cruise itinerary.
After departing Pireaus (Athens), you will almost immediately get an authentic taste of Greek culture upon seeing the beautiful white and blue buildings in Mykonos. This is a cosmopolitan town, with many good shops, cafes and restaurants dotted throughout the island, as well as a number of popular beaches. The windmills on the island – which were in operation throughout the 16th century - form one of the most iconic images of Mykonos. Your journey to these impressive structures is doubly rewarding upon seeing the magnificent sunset.
Souda Bay (Crete) Greece
The bay of Souda is situated on the north-west coast of the Greek island of Crete. It is perhaps most famously known for being the location of the boat-chase scenes in the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only”. Souda Bay is also known for its historical architecture, with the ancient city of Aptera of particular interest. In addition, there are also a number of forts located within the area, the oldest of which – Fortezza Fortress – dates back to the 16th century.
As well as being the most fertile of the Greek Islands, Rhodes is highly regarded as a treasure chest of beaches, architecture and history. Many people come to the island every year to relax on the golden sands and snorkel in the crystal clear waters – which provide an opportunity to see the colourful range of marine and coral life. One of the most interesting architectural sites to visit on the island is Asklipio, which houses many fascinating displays that depict a unique healing cult.
Patmos is highly revered among Christians for being the site at which Saint John the Theologian received his revelation. The cave in which this occurred is now fittingly known as the Cave of the Apocalypse and, in 1999, it also gained UNESCO World Heritage Status. Throughout the island, many monasteries have been named after Saint John the Theologian, while many pilgrims also visit the island due to the significant links with St. John the Apostle.
The blue domes of the white buildings are an icon of Santorini, which can be viewed from one of the many hills. The reason why the island is so rugged can be attributed to an enormous volcanic eruption on the island, which is thought to have taken place in the 17th century. From one you of the many hills, you can watch the magnificent sunsets – which will take your breath away. Alternatively, you can relax on one of the many warm and inviting beaches on the island.
From now until October 2017, Horizon will operate regular seven-night roundtrip sailings out of the Athens port of Piraeus to the Greek islands. All of these stunning destinations can be enjoyed while taking advantage of the all-inclusive package on board – which includes all soft and alcoholic drinks, meals, port taxes and much more.
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