The Greek Islands: Heaven on Earth

The Greek Islands: Heaven on Earth

Greeks are quite proud of their heritage and often like to boast about the beauty and historical significance of their homeland. And rightly so, since Greece is considered by so many to be one of the most beautiful countries on earth.

Travel magazines, blogs and tv channels know that few places on earth conjure up the unique mythological references and scenic appeal that is associated with Greece. With its white-washed houses, charming villages, turquoise waters and romantic sunsets, Greece truly stands alone as one of the most interesting countries in the world to visit.

Greece is well known for its ancient civilization and countless contributions to the arts and western democracy. The country is steeped in rich history and cultural traditions not to mention world famous philosophers whose wisdom and insight are still taught in modern day education.

Almost 80% of the country is covered by mountains or hills making Greece one of the most mountainous regions of Europe. The country is also blessed to feature more than 1,400 islands (230 inhabited) scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas that are desirable vacation choices for families and couples alike.

The Greek islands enjoy an ideal climate, pristine waters and cozy distances between ports and coasts. Beaches are colored with white, black and gray sands (some are pebbled) and each island provides its own array of unique attractions, fun activities and delicious cuisine.

One of the most popular islands is Santorini, declared by The BBC and Travel & Leisure Magazine to be the world’s most beautiful island to visit. Santorini actually enjoys 300 days of sunshine every year, incredible sunsets and black sandy beaches. Interestingly, the rugged and asymmetric landscape of Santorini was formed by one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history back in 1620.

John Kalyviaris, owner of Concorde Banquets in Kildeer, cites Santorini as easily being his favorite island to visit. “My family has vacationed in Santorini and we have enjoyed it immensely time after time...the climate, beaches, food and genuine hospitality of the Greek people will always hold a special place in our hearts."

Finer travel agents in the Chicago area have booked flights to Greece for over 30 years and often recommend Santorini to families and honeymooners. Owner Vicky Callas of Arcadia Travel in Wood Dale says, “Santorini is no doubt the island of choice for so many vacationers, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the wonderful islands Greece has to offer."

Depending on what you’re looking for, the Greek islands offer many options to consider. For those looking to enjoy historical ruins, Crete is an excellent choice. Other islands are more suited for hikers and thrill seekers while Rhodes is a popular choice for families looking to relax. See links below for other exciting options.

So it’s certainly no wonder why the Greek Islands are such a popular destination for vacationers and anyone who just wants to experience the beauty and wonder of the country whose history dates all the way back to 11,000 B.C. Today, Greece and its many islands endure as the one vacation destination that will soothe the mind, body and soul like no other place on earth.