NEW YORK – Fodor’s Travel (FT) released the list of ’10 Secret Greek Island Getaways For Those Who Wanna Get Lost’ on July 15th and as you might expect, the lesser-known islands mentioned are off the trail beaten.
The first island on the list is Nisyros which FT calls “one of Greece’s best kept secrets” with its lava formations, natural hot springs and active volcano. âExplore on foot, taste the homemade soumada [a non-alcoholic almond-based drink], and let go, âFT reported, noting that few tourists have discovered the Dodecanese island. Regular ferries run from the village of Kardamena to Kos, and the island draws crowds on August 14 and 15 to celebrate the Dormition of the Virgin Mary when the faithful, some on all fours, make the pilgrimage to Panagia. Spiliotissa (Virgin Mary of the Grotto).
Donoussa, plastic-free, is second on the list as “the perfect place to go solo and hang out with new friends (or even a new lover),” FT reported, adding that “this no-frills wonder in the Cyclades has a supermarket, a few cafe-bars, a few taverns, a handful of beachesâ¦ and is perfect for wanderers – well-marked trails will lead you to sheltered beaches and crystal clear waters. â
Chryssi (Gaidouronissi) is “a small island point just minutes off the coast of southern Crete in the Libyan Sea,” FT reported, noting that “Chryssi means” gold “in Greek and is a mini paradise. with tropic-style waters, windswept sand dunes and a protected juniper forest.
It’s also known as’ Gaidouronissi ‘, Donkey Island, and’ is easy to explore thanks to its size – whole three miles, basically a walk around the block ‘and’ all the lazing around is along the way. its own ‘Golden Coast’, ‘aka Belegrina Beach, and the magic begins when you take a closer look at the pinkish sand beneath your feet, “FT reported, noting that” life on Chryssi is back to basics: no running water, no shade, no amenities, just Greek nature in all its glory. You are overdressed if you even wear a sarong. As for the food, the catch of the day, eggs and a sip of the island’s alcohol, the raki.
Tilos, âhome to the last dwarf elephants around 4000 years agoâ, a âsmall island in the Dodecanese is a must-see for nature lovers, geology enthusiasts and hikers, not to mention fossil enthusiastsâ, said reported FT, citing “majestic mountains, flowing waters, verdant valleys, stately homes, seabed with crystal clear waters and four traditional establishments” … [also]
Tilos is âthe first Mediterranean island entirely supplied with renewable energy, which explains the many charging points for cars and electric bicycles. Watch the sunset in Agios Antonios and who knows, you too might be one of the many loyal fans who live there now.
Sikinos in the Cyclades is âauthentic, peaceful and welcomingâ¦ [with] time-worn stone paths that lead you to secluded chapels, secluded bays and ancient sites, âFT reported, noting theâ crystal blue waters âandâ spectacular views âamongâ three picturesque villages and their small whitewashed houses, 61 churches, a sleepy harbor and plenty of wine.
Samothrace, perhaps best known as the island where Nike’s marble statue, the Winged Victory (now visible in the Louvre in Paris) was found, was also listed for its “lush forests on jagged cliffs for discover one of the highest waterfalls in Greece. , invigorating natural springs (vathres), hidden hamlets and pristine white sand beaches with emerald green waters, âFT reported, adding thatâ going to Samothrace means traveling to Alexandroupolis in northern Greece, and from there take a ferry, ” [where] “Within minutes of setting foot, the mystical energy hits you.” Considered to have “healing powers as it was once the sanctuary of the great gods”, the island served as a vantage point for Zeus to follow the Trojan War and now “also attracts climbers thanks to the imposing mountain. . Saos, the third highest mountain in the Greek Islands at 5,285 feet, âFT reported.
Skyros offers “unspoiled landscapes, beautiful Greek villages steeped in tradition, delicious cuisine and cherished centuries-old customs” as well as “one of Greece’s craziest carnival celebrations,” FT reported, noting “the aura of beautiful Hora with its traditional architecture built inside a Byzantine fortressâ¦ the unique miniature horse on the island, the Skyros pony and the exquisite wooden carved chairs and trunks of Byzantine inspiration. â
Lipsi in the Dodecanese “is the perfect place to get lost,” FT reported, adding that “this remote getaway of the fig, cedar and pine-strewn Aegean Sea off the coast of Leros is not one but 24 islets. dream (and protected) all in one place. Start your day with local “ladotyri” cheese, thyme honey and freshly baked bread, pack a picnic and water, and go on your own. unique village of Hora to discover dozens of hidden coves and incredible caves. â
Antipaxos is a ‘slice of paradise in the calm waters of the Ionian Sea near Corfu and off mainland Epirus … like a pencil-colored work of art calling you like a mythical mermaid’, FT reported, noting that âa protected pine forest and wild olive trees slide into the water of Antipaxos, which the god of the sea, Poseidon, created as a love nest for his future wife, the nymph Amphitrite. No cars, no noise, no worries. It will be just you, your towel and the white pebble or velvety sand beaches.
The Lichadonissia, “nicknamed the” Seychelles of Greece “… are the astonishing remnants of a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago,” FT reported, adding that “until recently only divers knew about this mini a complex of islets off the coast of central Greece and northern Euboea “and” choose from seven jewel islands with white sandy shores against a backdrop of trees in the middle of the sea … the waters of Lichadonissia are a must for spearfishing enthusiasts and adventure-seeking divers with a 25-meter (82-foot) WWII Wreck pool that is now home to colorful marine life.