Skopelos Island, Northern Sporades Island Chain
Skopelos is a pine covered island which was once an important Minoan settlement, ruled by Staphylos who was, according to myth, the son of Dionysus and Ariadne. Staphylos seems to have followed in his father’s footsteps by introducing wine-making to Skopelos; the site of his tomb, unearthed in the 1930’s, is now a small beach resort.
This is an island which has put tourism in perspective. Rich with olives, vines and orchards, and with a sizeable number of Greek visitors a year, this island in the Sporades has no need to go out of its way to attract foreign tourists. Those who do come are treated well. Neighbouring Skiathos gets the package tours (and the direct flights which make Skopelos accessible) while Skopelos gets the Grecophiles, the nature-lovers and the peace-seekers.
Kastellorizo Island, Dodecanese Island Chain
Kastellorizo is probably the most quiet and peaceful island you can find in the Mediterranean sea. Kastellorizo is a natural and biological Paradise. As there is no real interference a number of animals and plants developed very nicely. Among them water turtles, dolphins and the monachos seal. With no more than 300 inhabitants the little shuttle bus and the only taxi are two of the few modes of transportation on the island. There are nearly no streets in the town and harbour, which makes it ideal for family holidays. It’s just too small a place to get lost.
Samos Island, Dodecanese Island Chain
This large, Aegean island is a gorgeous, verdant place, which at one point is no more than 2 km. far from the coast of Asia Minor. It is covered with pure white sand beaches, picturesque villages, fishing harbours and it is famous for the production and the quality of its wine. The sweet variety of Samos wine has an international reputation.
The essential beauty of the nature, the historical sites that are spread all over the island and the charming mountainous landscape of Samos create a unique atmosphere which enchants the visitors and carry them in another era. In an era of myths, heroes and philosophers.