Top 10 Greek Islands Highlights

The Greek Islands comprise over 6,000 islands and islets, spread across several archipelagos. Some host holiday resorts, while others consist of rural communities. In others, ancient temples sit amid cosmopolitan towns. Add beaches, pine forests, olive groves, spectacular coves and bays and the result is mesmerizing.

1- Corfu Old Town

The arcaded terraces of the Listón, the ancient fortresses and museums, and Plateía Spianáda, with its Venetian architecture, all combine to give Corfu Old Town its charm.

2- Rhodes Old Town

This city was occupied by the Knights Hospitallers (1309–1522), who left such magnificent treasures as the Palace of the Grand Masters and the City Walls.

3- Monastery of St John, Pátmos

Dedicated to St John, who reputedly wrote the Book of Revelation nearby, this 11th-century monastery is a UNESCO site.

4- Delos

According to ancient Greek mythology, this tiny unin habited island was the birth place of Apollo and Artemis. It also has remains of civiliz ations dating from the 3rd century BC.

5- Néa Moní, Híos

Containing one of Greece’s finest collections of mosaics, this 11th-century monastery was built by Emperor Constantine IX Monomachos.

6- Pythagóreio and Heraion, Sámos

The remains of Pythagóreio, an ancient Greek and Roman fortified port, and Heraion, a Neolithic temple, have put Sámos on the heri tage.

7- Crete

This popular Mediterranean holiday island is best known for its varied scenery and its Minoan archaeological sites, like the palaces of Knossos and Phaestos.

8- Palace of Knossos, Crete

The remains of the enormous Minoan Palace of Knossos give an incomparable insight into this ancient civilization.

9- Temple of Aphaia, Égina

A well-preserved Doric temple dedicated to Aphaia, the ancient Greek goddess of fertility, this structure dates
from around 480 BC. It stands on a hilltop covered with pine trees on the island of Égina.

10- Évvia

This long, narrow and largely mountainous island has been ruled in turn by the Macedonians, Romans, Venetians and Ottoman Turks. Their influence gives Évvia its inimitable character and distinctive architecture.

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