Glorious Greek Islands
With over 2000 islands, Greece is the perfect destination for some sun, sea and sand. However, with so many islands to choose from, how do you know which one is the best for you? Never fear, dear reader! We have all the information you need on these ocean-bound gems so you can decide on your perfect Greek holiday.
The biggest of all the Greek islands, Crete has lots to discover for the history buff, the enthusiastic hiker and the party animal.
The island’s capital, Heraklion, is home to one of the most interesting archaeological museums in Greece. It has a fantastic collection of Minoan – or ancient Cretan – pottery, jewellery and sculptures from as far back as 2000 BC. Combine the museum with a trip to the nearby palace of Knossos, to get a real sense of the architecture from this early period.
Crete is also a hiker’s paradise, with the incredible Samaria Gorge found in the south-east of the island. This 10 mile hike is not for the faint hearted, but the incredible views and the cold beer awaiting you in Agia Roumeli at the end of the trail makes it all worthwhile!
If you get the urge to explore even further afield, think about taking a day trip to nearby Santorini. This pretty little island is full of beautiful Greek architecture and ideal for capturing that postcard-perfect snapshot.
If you’re a nature lover, head for Zaktynthos (also known as Zante). From here, you can take a daytrip to the shipwreck at Smuggler’s Cove and in the summer, if you’re lucky, you might even spot a turtle or two!
Of course, there’s more to this island than nature spotting. The beaches here are second to none and the water is as clear and inviting as any island in the Med. Culture vultures should head to Zakynthos town, where the abundance of museums and historical buildings which should give the discerning traveller plenty to explore.
But if you would simply rather kick back with a ice cold beverage outside a taverna and watch the world go by… well, you can do that too!
For summer 2014, holidaymakers from Northern Ireland can enjoy this Greek gem, with departures from Belfast Int. now part of the Falcon Summer 2014 range!
With 34 blue flag beaches to choose from, there’s no shortage of places for sun worshippers among you to set down their beach towel and relax with a good book.
If you fancy a day trip, then rent a car and drive up Mount Pantokrator, which offers some stunning views. For those keen on the outdoors, there’s a reason why Corfu is often referred to as the Emerald Isle – there’s enough stunning greenery here to rival even our own Ireland!
If you have been to Greece before and think that you have seen it all, think again! Rhodes is a new Summer 2014 destination for Falcon, with a weekly flight from Dublin Airport and is well worth checking out, even if you have been to other Greek islands in the past.
Rhodes really has something for everyone. From dramatic historical architecture to charming rural towns and the thriving party scene at Faliraki, Rhodes attracts a wide range of holidaymaker.
Highlights of the island include Faliraki’s incredible waterpark, riding a donkey up to the breath-taking acropolis at Lindos and exploring the Old Harbour in Lindos Town, home to the legendary Colossus of Rhodes.
What’s your favourite Greek island? Let us know in the comments!