3 lesser known Greek Islands worthy of a closer look

 

Greece is a popular and well known destination which needs no further introduction. There are at least 6000 islands and islets and some have gained a worldwide reputation while others are still to be discovered not only by incoming guests but also from the Greeks themselves. We highlight 3 such destinations worthy of a pin in the travel map.

Limnos Island

According to mythology, Hephaestus had his forge on the island and thought the locals the art of processing copper. The island is located at the north part of the Aegean Sea and is an ideal destination for those looking for isolated and peaceful escapes. It is a volcanic island, featuring dramatic landscapes, sheltered gulfs, small hills, a variety of beaches and a rich inner village activity. While in the island, taste the local wine, Muscat of Limnos, which has already gained a reputation on its own. The capital, Myrina, is a seafront point of gathering, with small paved alleys, stone mansions and castles. Visit the lakes, the waterfalls near Kaspakas and the prehistoric settlement of Poliahni, which is the oldest Neolithic city in Europe.

Limnos

Lipsi

Lipsi or Lipsos Island which is a small group of islets at the northern part of Dodecanese near Patmos and Leros islands. Lipsi is a small hideaway for those looking for the Greek sun and the sea but away from the commercial over crowded sites. The capital of the island, Lipsi, offers hotel accommodation and a a variety of local produce worth tasting such as thyme honey (prepared in a local way), cheese and wine. Try the local touloumotyri cheese and also a variation of Cottage cheese. The women of the island also sell hand made loom woven fabrics. While in Lipsi, tour the churches and the monasteries, relax at the springs of Fountani or Pikri Nero or explore some interesting caves such as Ontas. The island offers small paved paths for trekking and sandy beaches for relaxation.

Lipsi

Kasos Island

Kasos Island is cited between the better-known islands of Crete and Karpathos. The landscape is mountainous and rocky and offers rare wildflowers and bird species. The island is known from Greek history chapters and a long nautical tradition. As a result the residential architecture follows the classical layout of the captain’s houses (kapitanospita) with white exterior and colored windows with high ceilings interior. While in the island, discover exotic and wild locations and taste local diaries, which are of the finest quality. Swim in the sparkling clear waters at the south part of the island and if you feel totally blending in with the locals participate in the festivals and the outdoor celebrations during the months of July and August.

Kasos

George Koletsos is Co-Founder of Kudos Life Experiences.

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  1. Greek Islands are like Paradise…yes, Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, Skiathos and Paros are the most popular ones. And these three are not that renowned… yet these may worth visits as well…

  2. Aline Dobbie says:

    I was asked to help promote four lesser known islands in The Cyclades….Milos, Sifnos, Ios and Paros and loved them all for their own spectacular beauty. Always interested in something on the path less trodden. Love Greek islands and indeed sailing in Greece.

  3. Jac Davies says:

    Great piece. Worth a look at getting away from the maddening crowds. You make a valid point in there being 6000 islands, there are probably some gems still out there.

    Cheers,
    J

  4. Margaret T says:

    Ahhhhh! On this rainy day in WI, I want to be there now, please!!!! I must go to Greece again. We thoroughly enjoyed Athens, Mykonos, Paros, Santorini and Crete…and it whetted our appetites for more!

  5. DAVID BLAKE says:

    Don’t bother with Mykonos and Santorini. They’re only worth bothering with as places you can fly to to go to other islands. Try the smaller islands, the real Greece.

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