Five Greek Islands 
 to visit this summer 


Be holiday ready...

News:

Update 5th April:The FCDO had now removed Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete from their non-essential travel ban. Early suggestions are these 5 islands will therefore make the inital travel green-list when it is announced.


Testing requirements:

Negative PCR no more than 72 hours before arrival


When you're there:

At present, it is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places (both indoors and outdoors), in all areas of Greece. Restrictions vary regionally and the best place to check the current restrictions is here.


Traffic light status (predicted):

It is likely that traffic light status is going to vary depending on which island you are visiting - but it is looking likely that initially you will be able to travel to Rhodes, Kos, Zakynthos, Corfu and Crete.

It's looking likely that the Greek Islands are going to be top of the list for UK tourists this summer - so here are five Greek Islands you could choose for your summer holiday.

Crete

Direct flights normally available daily

Flight time approx. 4 hours

Time zone GMT+3

Largest of the Greek islands, Crete - mythical birthplace of Zeus and home to one of Greece's finest archaeological museums at the capital Heraklion - also enjoys some of Greece's best and warmest weather, sitting to the south of most of the country.

The island is larger and more populous than many European countries, and sustains both its own agriculture and vineyards, so there's enough to see and do to reward almost any length of visit. To the north of the island are bustling, cosmopolitan cities much as you'd find throughout Europe; the interior of the island boasts the White Mountains, ideal for climbing, hiking and other outdoor adventures. To the east is Agios Nikolaos, ultimately now a resort town but with some of its original Greek character; and on the southern coast are the most authentic and unspoiled beaches and villages. Something, therefore, for practically everyone, whether you prefer a week enjoying late-season sun amongst fellow holidaymakers or trekking out to avoid rubbing socially-distanced shoulders with the locals.


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Corfu

Direct flights normally available daily

Flight time approx. 3 hours 15 mins

Time zone GMT+3

On the opposite side of Greece (to the west) is the island of Corfu. Situated not far off the mainland this is an island which has been influenced by Venetian, French and British culture throughout its long history. This means it has some distinct architecture you might not find elsewhere in the Greek islands - such as the Liston Arcade which was built under French rule in the 1800s.



As with every Greek island, there are also a number of beautiful beaches to visit - some of the most popular can be found at Avlaki, Paralia Issos and Agios Georgios.

Rhodes

Direct flights available daily

Flight time approx. 4 hours

Time zone GMT+3

Rhodes (or as the locals say, 'Ro-dos'), is the 4th-largest Greek island in the Aegean Sea and the capital of the Dodecanese islands. Famous for its beaches and ancient ruins, we were lucky enough to visit to film one of our travel guides and we loved our time there.

Check out the guide for everything you need to know about a holiday in Rhodes, but our number one tip is to make sure you visit the old town - this is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe, and you can spend hours wandering the streets and taking in the sights of this famous walled city.

Rhodes | Travel Guide


When it comes to travelling in Rhodes, rest assured that we've been there, done that and eaten our body weight in halloumi along the way. Now we're back, we're ready to share everything we learnt from our travels throughout Greece, including the vital stuff about food, money, and transport.

Island hopping from Rhodes

Though we think Rhodes is worth visiting in its own right, it's also the gateway to the smaller Dodecanese islands which aren't directly reachable from the UK. There are ferry services that run throughout the islands, so here's a quick guide to some of the islands you can explore either when they come back on the travel corridor list, or if you're travelling and don't mind a stint in quarantine when you get back to the UK.

Halki (approx. 1 hr 15 mins) The smallest and quietest of the islands - visit for secluded beaches reachable on foot, seafront tavernas, historic ruins and an 'authentic' Greek experience.

Tilos (approx. 2 hrs) One of the most curious bits of trivia for the Greek islands, Tilos was home to Dwarf elephants and is the last place elephants lived in Europe. We're not making this up, really!

Nisyros (approx. 4 hrs) Nisyros is an active volcanic islands and one of the easiest volcanoes to visit - it last erupted in the 1880s. This has made it a unique landscape, with almost moon-scape craters and thermal springs you can bathe in.

Symi (approx. 2 hrs) Visit for the colourful harbour at Symi Town, the 18th-century Monastery and of course its beaches!

Zakynthos (Zante)

Direct flights available daily

Flight time approx. 3 hours 25 mins

Time zone GMT+3

Zante has become a pretty well known destination for partying, mostly centered around Laganas strip - so if that's what you're looking for after a long year indoors then excellent choice. But that being said it's also a great location to not party, and just chill out on a beach and in the amazing cerulean sea.

Be sure to check out Navagio beach - where you'll find the famous shipwreck nestled in a sandy cove. You're also likely to find the native instagram influencer in their native habitat!

If you're a conservation fan, then there's also the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, which was the first designated sea turtle conservation spot in the Med. Honestly Zante is a really charming island, with a ton of amazing beaches to choose from - it's a perfect summer holiday spot.

Kos

Direct flights available 5 days a week

Flight time approx. 4 hours

Time zone GMT+3

Last, but by no means least, there's Kos. To the east of Greece in the Dodecanese archipelago, the island is a stones throw from Bodrum the famous Turkish resort. Kos brings you an excellent blend of culture and relaxation - with some gorgeous beaches to choose from but also some excellent historic sites, such as the Plane tree of Hippocrates and the Asklepion. If you're travelling with kids (or big kids!), then there's also a couple of water park on the island - great to keep everyone entertained when you tire of the beach.




Island hopping from Kos

Though these islands can also be reached by ferry from Rhodes, the ferry time is much shorter from Kos. So - once more islands are added to the FCDO corridor, or if you're not worried about quarantining when you get home - hop on a ferry and get away from the crowds.

Kalymnos (approx. 1hr 20 mins) Visit for a laid-back holiday with beaches, diving, rock climbing and excellent tavernas.

Patmos (approx. 5hrs 20 mins) Known as the location in which the apostle John wrote the Book of Revelations, this is a significant site of Christian pilgrimage. There's a stunning cliff-top fortress which overlooks the Old town below.


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