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The most beautiful Greek islands, less tourist: Small Cyclades, Ithaca, Folegandros, Skopelos …

What are the most beautiful and less touristy islands of Greece? Among the most famous and popular destinations by tourists there are certainly Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes and many others where tour operators, major hotels, and aereporti have made this area the most popular summer destinations in Europe.

Nevertheless, Greece is a country that offers an infinite number of islands, namely 6,000, of which only 227 are inhabited. A unique phenomenon for our European continent.

Here are some islands that show the ancient and authentic face of Greece, for those seeking a vacation out of the ordinary, and especially away from destinations affected by mass tourism.
Small Cyclades. Among the less tourist destinations are undoubtedly the Little Cyclades, a mini archipelago in the south-east of Naxos, in the Aegean Sea consists of four islands: Koufonisi, Iraklia, Schinoussa and Donoussa.

Koufonissi, about 4 km long, up to ten years ago pocchissimi visited by tourists, has now become a fairly popular destination for Greeks but still less than the usual mundane overcrowded islands. With its beautiful long sandy beaches, considered among the most beautiful in Greece, this island offers a wild and relaxing atmosphere, very quiet and no noise of cars and motorcycles given the almost total absence of traffic. Chora is the only village where you can find the rooms for rent and taverns to eat good fish.
Iraklia is the largest by extension, about 18 km, but has only 115 inhabitants. This island is the place for those who want to spend their holidays in Greece of old. This is also a destination for those seeking a complete peace and quiet, enjoy walking along secluded paths and spend lazy days on the beaches often almost deserted. The island has two small villages: Agios Georgios (the port) and Panagia (the capital) where there are several guesthouses, three tavernas, a bar, a supermarket and a tourist office.

Schinoussa, very small and certainly the most wild offers a total of 17 beaches, all within walking distance strictly seen, even here, the absence of traffic. Turning around the island are the beaches of Mersini, Tsigoura, Almyri, Livadi and Liolios.

Donoussa, 13 km long, is among the Small Cyclades the most difficult to reach, but the white sand beaches and crystal clear water make this place an exceptional place. Among the beaches to visit: Stavros, Kedros, Bruising and Kalotaritissa. The island’s population is mainly collects in the village of Stavros, who is also the island’s port and where you can easily find the guest house.

Ithaca, well known because of the Homeric narratives that bind to the events of Ulysses, is relatively unknown to tourists. It is a destination that offers much for travelers interested in history, archeology and Greek mythology. Despite being an island became quite famous in years is still an unspoiled place with numerous isolated beaches, small fishing villages, inland villages and several ancient monasteries.

Folegandros, the southernmost of the western Cyclades located between Sikinos and Milos, is the prototype for the typical Greek island, with clear waters, white houses and a few windy alleys. The larger villages are Karavostatis port, Chora and Kastro and all three are worth a visit. And ‘it considered one of the Greek islands less affected by mass tourism because, without an airport, it is difficult to achieve. Folegandros you arrive by sea from the nearest island to it, as well as from Santorini and Mykonos.

Skopelos, the largest of the North Sporades, is little known by mass tourism, probably, again, the lack of a Aereporto, which discourages the lazy tourists. The island can be reached by plane to Skiathos and from there about one hour by ferry to Skopelos. It is a place full of greenery and unique beautiful beaches, considered among the best not only of Greece, but also in the world.

Even Alonissos is part of the group of the Northern Sporades islands. quiet island, almost uninhabited and surrounded by greenery, ideal for walking and especially for couples who love nature, whose idea of ​​nightlife is staying in a tavern while watching the sunset in front of the port of Patitiri.

September 2015: TEN DESTINATIONS IDEAL FOR TRAVEL

 

Fancy a holiday, here is selected for you the best destinations for the month of September.
Summer, vacation time, holidays, relaxing. Regardless of the chosen destination, either at the beach or in the mountains, in Italy or abroad, the desire of all is relax and pleasant days. Most Italians have already reached the resort towns, where they will spend the August or the following week, which promises to be hot. Many others, however, expected in September 2015.

Travel in September is a solution that offers many advantages: the weather is usually good, still hot enough to choose beach destinations, the prices are affordable and the holiday destinations generally less crowded than in July and August. And then, why not start in September? We selected ten ideal destinations for the month of September:

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In Europe, northern Germany offers breathtaking natural scenery. An ideal destination in September, attention this year to the weather forecast. Also in Europe, Austria and Switzerland will enchant you with their green, the mountain lakes, the enchanting scenery.
France awaits you with its cities. Provence is a viable alternative.
Portugal.
In Canada, a popular destination at this time is Quebec.
In the US West Coast, and in particular the City of Angels and San Francisco.
Africa: the resort on the Red Sea, Marsa Alam, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, but also Morocco and imperial cities, the desert.
In Italy all over the south and the two largest islands await you with their heavenly sea, the sun and the warmth of its people.
For a beach holiday, the Canary Islands, in front of the Morocco: Gran Canary, Fuerteventura, Tenerife.
The Balearic Islands, Spain. In particular, Ibiza and Formentera are exceptional in September. United disco the first and the second of the wild, both will welcome you with their crystal-clear sea and white beaches.
Greece and its islands, the sea and the white city: Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, Mykonos.

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Alonissos, the pearl of the Aegean

Belonging to the Sporades, the Greek island has nothing to do with mass tourism: here you can enjoy the charm of nature between stunning beaches and picturesque views

Although the crisis has crippled Greece, the people of travelers not give up the dream of a midsummer night. There are poles nightlife dear to the young which Ios and Mykonos but there are actually unknown to mass tourism, places where peace is on the agenda: to respond to the desire for peace is Alonissos that, along with Skiathos and Skopelos, It is part of the Northern Sporades. You, the ancient Ikos, located in the northern Aegean, is the farthest island from the mainland why preserves that aspect so intact and untouched; for those wishing to visit her, you can be reached via Athens from Italy with scheduled flights of the national airline, Aegean Airlines, after the graduation Skytax Wordl Airlines, has distinguished itself as the best airline in Europe in 2015 ; once they arrive by bus to Aghios Konstantinos proceed by ferry or, alternatively, you can opt for the airport of Skiathos served, as well as dall’Aegean, by Volotea, Blu-Express and Meridiana, then to embark sull’aliscafo that, in a few hours, you can reach its destination.

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The history of this island and very troubled, because, in 1952, with the arrival of phylloxera that began to ravage the vineyards from California, the agricultural sector was severely compromised; sometimes, as they say, the worst there is no end in fact, in 1965, the island was disrupted by a huge earthquake that brought the people to move in a hurry in the Patitiri abandoning their homes to find refuge in new earthquake-resistant buildings. To get a small summary of the history of this island, you can visit the Folklore Museum and the Northern Sporades, located behind the beach marina, a private pole owned by Kostas and Anghela Mavrikis that, from May to September, invites tourists to get into the tradition admiring everyday objects that tell the lifestyle of the local as well as make a complete picture of Greek history and the wars that have seen protagonist.

Once out of the museum you can savor the sparkling side of the island between souvenir shops, cafes and taverns where to sit back and enjoy the view as “Alonissos”, a tasty restaurant where you can try the specialties of the house. From here everything begins and everything ends Patitiri, with its picturesque port set in a small bay, is the starting point for any adventure, primarily the National Marine Park of Alonissos, established in 1992, a marvel jealously preserved that articulates in 2200 kilometers square of surface, habitat for about 300 species of fish, dolphins and she, the seal Monachus-Monachus, the rarest species in the world as well as endangered, protected from Mom, the Greek Association for the Study and the defense of Foca Mediterranean which, since 1988, is responsible for defending the marine and coastal environment. In order to know with their own eyes this paradise, it’s worth taking part in day trips aboard the “Gorgona” in the company of Captain Pakis Athanasiou driving, with his stories, at a time of wonders like the Blue Grotto, Peristera, Agios Demetrios then reach Kyra Panagia and visit the monastery, still under construction, where you can buy wine, olive oil, souvenirs and various sacred objects.
Its small size, it is about twenty kilometers in length, allow to discover it in full in a few days, which is by car or scooter: do not miss the old Alonissos, or its Chora, a place with a high level of romance set on the top of a hill where you fall in love those white houses full of fuchsia bougainvillea, a particularly scenic at sunset when the sun gives fascinating play of light and colors that illuminate immense. Here you can stroll among the shops, stopping off in one of the many restaurants and cafes as the “Taverna To Aloni” from whose terrace offers a climate of total relaxation, surrounded by the atmosphere simple and familiar while, to delight the palate, we think specialties such as the famous cheese cake, the tyropita.

Can not deny that Alonissos is renowned for its beaches that have a really authentic look because mostly shrouded by lush vegetation as Milia, located in the south-east of the island in a cove hidden in a thick pine forest: over here the stones, you can take advantage of a sandy area that takes nothing away from the intense blue of the sea. The mix sand and stones is also found in Kokkinokastro, very romantic at sunset when the sun sheds light on the big red cliff that forms a small cape; it was here that, apparently, was the ancient city of Ikos, and, to prove it, are the remains of the walls that emerge from the water. No less Chrisi Milia, the busiest beach of the island and because it turns admiring its golden sand and its position that sees fit in the heart of a lush pine forest and the beaches more rocky site north as Megali Ammos, Tourkoneri and Gialia.

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