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The Greek islands meld a sense of mysticism with timeless beauty! Magnificent sunsets, gorgeous beaches and a host of other activities will make a visit soothing and exhilarating by parts. The number of inhabited islands in the seas around the Greek mainland is around 200 and there are nearly a thousand more uninhabited ones of reasonable size, providing a wealth of options from bustling to secluded for a holiday.
One of the best points to start from is Santorini in the Cyclades group of islands, where you can watch the sun slowly dip into the water at Imerovigl or visit the fantastic sandy getaways of Peruvulous, which boasts silky black sand! You should also make time to go visit Crete, the largest Greek island, and Falassarna - the view from the top of this mountain has been known to move tourists for years now!
Apart from these great offerings, the Greek islands are also known to have some magnificent bays hidden away. Take a day to go visit Gramvousa and explore the Balos Lagoon and the remains of a Venetian fort, once said to be the sanctuary of pirates! The turquoise waters of Balos will make you wish you never had to leave. Another island worth visiting is Mykonos with one of its main attractions being Little Venice, where you can sip on some tasty cocktails while overlooking quaint windmills!
The cuisine of the Greek islands more than matches the magical beauty of its landscape. Start your meal with a massive gyro, sample some of the freshly made hummus and pitta bread or try out some of the lamb souvlaki! You should also try some apaki (Cretan cured pork) and finish up with some freshly made baklava (honey and pistachio filo morsels). With such an expansive list of dishes to choose from, one can expect to start salivating the moment you land on any one of the islands!
And these islands also promise a fair bit of adrenaline for those not too keen on a relaxed holiday! With an extensive line-up of beaches, travellers can go sea-kayaking, scuba diving, sailing and even parascending! Family adventures can include a long afternoon of cycling or snorkelling in the calm blue waters, with a host of marine wildlife to observe.
It can be easy, though, to forget your safety in all the excitement. No matter how well you believe yourself to be prepared, there is always a chance of a mishap. Flexicover, with its range of travel insurance quotes, will safeguard your interests at every turn. Whether you hurt yourself diving, lose your belongings at the airport or feel a bit under the weather, we have a range of single trip insurance, gap year insurance and long stay travel insurance that will help protect your Greek island adventure!
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