Apart from mainland Greece, the country is made up of thousands of islands. Estimates range from 1,200 to 6,000 in total. However, the number of inhabited islands is somewhere between 160 and 230. The larger islands, for example, Crete and Corfu, attract thousands of visitors and tourists each year, but if you are looking for somewhere more intimate its worth considering the smaller, less well known destinations.
There are plenty of options to choose from including Skopelos, which is part of the Sporades group and is famous for the film Mama Mia, Spetse (The Saronic Islands), Lesvos, Lemnos, and Paleros (which is situated mainland Greece).
Time difference: GMT +2 hours.
Greece has a typical of a Mediterranean climate, with warm and dry summers and cooler winter. Periods of sunshine are generally seen throughout the year. Summers can be very hot with temperatures between 30 and 40 degrees Celsius in July and August. Winters are mild in the south and cooler in the mountainous northern areas. Rain can be expected anytime between November and March.
With stone cobbled streets, Spetses Town is typically Greek in style. It has plenty to offer including shops, restaurants, cafes and bars and also a fascinating fish market selling locally caught fish. Cars are not allowed in the centre of town, but you could always try travelling by horse or mule!
Church of Agios Ioannis Kasri
Situated on the island of Skopelos, The Church of Agios Ioannis is perched spectacularly on the top of a rock formation. It became famous when it was used as a location set for the film “Mama Mia” where many of the wedding scenes were filmed. From the church there are spectacular views of the coastlines of Skopelos and Alonisses.
Greece has an abundance of outstanding archaeological sites and the island of Lemnos is no exception. Ancient Poliochni is considered to be the oldest city in Europe with the first settlement dating back to 4000BC. Other sites on Lemnos include The Temple of Kavirio and Ancient Ifestia.