Endless sunshine, magnificent landscapes, beaches you could write a book about – just some of the countless things that are part and parcel of a holiday to Greece.
But while the Acropolis is awe-inspiring and Santorini is a sight for sore eyes, there’s also an endless treasure trove of hidden gems to discover in this wondrous country.
From searching out a secluded cove to sitting down to dip freshly-made bread into tzatziki in a tiny taverna, we lift the lid on the secret side to these iconic islands.
While the Acropolis is awe-inspiring and Santorini is a sight for sore eyes, there’s also an endless treasure trove of hidden gems to discover across Greece this summer
Corfu has long been a favourite haunt for holidaymakers from around the world, but there are still plenty of surprises in store on this stunning island.
If you’re looking to discover the authentic pace of Greek village life, head to Sinarades, about 25 minutes away from Corfu town.
First documented in the 15th Century, this ancient village is set on the hills looking down on the awe-inspiring Agios Gordios beach, and was once moved away from the shoreline to protect it from pirates! A simple stroll around the narrow streets in the sunshine will have you feeling in tune with the locals: stress-free.
If you also want to dine like Corfiots, take yourself to the Chrisomalis, a charming taverna which has been serving up traditional dishes for over 150 years! Warm service is in the soul of this homely eatery, where you can enjoy pork chops, swordfish and souvlaki to your heart’s content.
Discover the village way of life in Corfu, where rural residents enjoy a similar pace to their ancestors
The largest of the Greek islands, there’s plenty to discover on Crete. From its history to its dreamy villages, it has everything those looking for a cultured slice of paradise could want.
But while all of the island’s coastline is wondrous to behold, there are some hidden havens that you can search out during your Grecian getaway.
Elafonisi, in the south west, is one them. Technically an island itself, you’ll have to leave the car behind and head down to it on foot. Don’t fret though – the translucent blue waters and golden sand will make the extra effort completely worth it.
Looking for something even more secluded? Set off on an adventure worthy of the Famous Five with a trip to Aspri Limni, a hidden beach which resembles a lake, thanks to the rock formations which surround it. The scenery is also home to a specially protected species of Cretian palm trees – giving you even more of a sense of being on your own private island.
While its beaches galore in Greece, you can always go off the beaten track and take in the pine-filled forests or a mountain trek
With views over the Ionic sea, it’s no surprise that Kefalonia has been a base for romantic movies.
But while there’s room for blockbusters on this dreamy destination, there’s plenty of opportunities for exploring a less mainstream side of island life.
Check out the small port town of Fiskardo in the north. This little water-side wonderland will leave you wanting more – especially as you’ll get to know the locals as you wander around.
Sit and have an espresso with the fishermen after they bring back their haul of squid or eat fresh baklava at Melina’s cafe. Like the area, it’s mouth-wateringly moreish.
Find your own private island with a barely-visited cove in Kefalonia
While revellers have loved to let their hair down on this fun-loving Greek island, there are acres of largely unspoiled loveliness; from mountains to forests to cliff-covered coves.
Why not head to Keri, a small town in the south west. There you’ll be at one with nature by skipping the tourist boats and hiring your own to swim with turtles. A small motorboat will set you back around €100 and you can set out on your own adventure.
After a day of diving and snorkelling, you’ll be ready for some Greek delicacies. Why not swap your usual set-up for a tiny taverna back in the town.
Try out Votsalo, where the simple outside area with tables bedecked in red and white cloth looks out on the sea. Dine on delicious grilled shrimp and steak as you raise a glass to searching out a hidden gem that you’ll always treasure.
You can hire your own motorboat in a quiet corner of Zante and go swimming with turtles
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