Usually at this time of year, I would be floating around the Greek islands on our yacht Fandancer, but I’m having a little break back in Englsnd by myself. I’ve had fun catching up with friends and family, and seeing my precious grandchildren again.
But I do think about the lovely places we have visited by yacht, and I came up with a list of my top ten favourite Greek islands. We’ve been to 42 in total so far, and they are all special and different, so it was difficult to pick a top ten…..
In no particular order..
Syros – the main town of Ermoupolis is the capital of the Cyclades island group. A bustling, busy place, we stayed here in a Greek apartment for six months over the winter while our yacht was out of the water.
Paxos – south of Corfu, this small island has three picturesque harbours, turquoise clear water and apparently only seven taxis! A magnet for cruising yachts.
Kithnos – lovely harbour, beautiful beaches. While driving round in a hire car, we met less than half a dozen vehicles all day. Not at all touristy.
Trikeri – a very tiny island in the Gulf of Volos. No cars, so the bins sre collected by miles. A lovely walk to the monastery.
Kalamos – a leaf-shaped pine covered island. One main busy harbour, a much smaller tiny harbour and s deserted village – fabulous.
Ithaca – the legendary home of Odysseus, popular with sailors.
Levitha – probably the smallest island we visited, often not found on many general maps of Greece. A good bolt hole from the Meltemi winds. One family, one taverna and 3000 goats…..
Meganissi – dozens of inlets allow you to find your own private anchorage. The hill towns of Spartachori and Katomeri give a flavour of the real Greece, away from the more touristy harbour town of Vathi.
Alonnisos – a quiet island, part of the Sporades, east of Skiathos. Lovely beaches, wonderful sunsets, amazing hill village to explore. Perfect
Agistri – a tiny island In the Saronic Gulf, SW of Athens, close to Aegina. Most of the tavernas, ferry port, and beaches are on the north coast.