It is hard to ignore the hype about the financial status of Greece these days. The media is little more than a melodramatic machine that is fueled by reaction. Our very terminology has evolved in recent decades from “The News to The Media” for the simple fact that what we see and hear is often nothing more than media to instill a reactionary response. Our shock value has so drastically decreased that ordinary “news” is not enough to keep us watching. And let’s face it; if we do not watch then media companies do not get advertising dollars.Read More
Our advice on the best vistas in Corfu, Crete and the Greek islands
The Greek islands are a perennially popular place to travel. Boasting millennia of culture and history and delicious Mediterranean cuisine and homegrown olives, lemons, fresh cheeses and incredible wines, it’s easy to get carried away indulging in gastronomy or museums.
But it’s worth thinking with a bit more perspective – literally – when you are planning a trip to Kefalonia, Corfu or Crete. One of the most inspiring – and invigorating – ways to explore the Greek islands in all their wealth, is to be guided by your eyes.
Thomas Cook currently have some great deals on Greek island getaways, such as holidays to Corfu from only £190 per person, so pick an island, set off, and explore.
Here are a few spots worth travelling that extra mile for so that you can find the perfect view.
Home to one of the world’s most beautiful sunsets. A lover’s paradise, a tranquil, trendy and visually beautiful island which boasts steep hills and constellations of whitewashed, flat-roofed houses overlooking the blue Ionian sea. Fly from Athens or arrive by ferry from other Greek islands.
Glorious Santorini, Greece
2. Chania, Crete
Take a trip to the rustic village of Pano Platanias for a gorgeous view both the rest of Crete and the outlying islands – including Theodorou, said to be a petrified sea monster which arises from the sea with its jaws gaping open. It’s also home to Kri Kri (protected wild goats). Take an outdoor seat at one of the restaurants in Platanias for the full effect. Thomas Cook are currently offering cheap holidays to Crete from only £215 per person, so there’s even more reason to explore this gem.
3. Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa, Amorgos
A quieter choice for those who prefer to stay away from the crowds of Crete or Corfu. The dramatic vista of the monastery, emerging as if from the cliffs themselves in stark white with slit-like windows, is a sight to behold. And once you walk up there, the view from its doors is equally breathtaking.
4. Old Town, Rhodes
Not a view per se, but for out-and-out medieval magic, dusky stonework and stunning trails of bougainvillea overhanging balconies and balustrades, the old town of Rhodes, a larger Greek island, is a must. Perfect for couples again, and an ideal spot for some tranquil away time from the water sports and wine.