Once again making our way to the Greek Islands, we now journey to 3 more lesser known Greek Islands, perfect for those looking to get off the beaten path. Explore the islands of Alonissos, Kea and Lefkas and find out what makes these islands unique and great for travel.
Alonissos – An island which is part of the Northern Sporades in the Aegean Sea, Alonissos is a small island just 12 miles by 3 miles and is located east of the mainland. One of the first islands in the region to be inhabited, the island is home to many historic sites of interest. While agriculture is widespread on the island, tourism is its main industry today thanks to its beauty, culture and its history. A natural paradise, Alonissos is a popular destination for nature lovers as plenty of trails and roads wind their way through the island’s interior. From forests to orchards, land is just the beginning. Alonissos is also home to the National Marine Park of the Northern Sporades, one of the islands’ top destinations. Here visitors can enjoy not just the views but the many special animals which call this area home including the monk seal.
Kea – The least touristy of the Cyclades Islands, Kea or Tzia is known for its remote beauty, charm and sophistication as well. A hikers paradise, Kea is renowned for its variety as much as its beauty. Beaches to historic sites, this ancient island has a little of everything. Located in the Aegean, Kea is still peaceful but is gaining in notoriety by those living and visiting Athens thanks to its nearby proximity.
Although Kea has plenty of things to see and do regarding nature, history in this region is unique and long. Known for its bronze aged settlement called Ayia Irini which dates back thousands of years, this is just one remaining ancient site found here. The archaic Lion of Kea is another unique feature of the islands dating back to ancient times. Others including the valley of Vathipotamos, the temple of Asklipios and the temple of Pithiou Apollo are just a few more. Shopping, food, wine, local specialties and fine accommodations are just a few more reasons that Kea is gaining in notoriety today.
Lefkas – Famous for its beaches, vineyards and olive groves, Lefkas is a premier location for travel in the Greek Islands. While the beaches may be a bit more crowded than those on Kea, it is still remote enough that it is easy to find peace and solitude when traveling here. Lefkas or Lefkada is part of the Ionian Islands. Maintaining its charm thanks to strict building laws, Lefkas offers a little of everything for anyone. Famous for its roll in ancient myths including myths linking the island to both Odysseus and Aphrodite, history and myth are just part of its charm. Much greener than many other Greek Islands, Lefkas is home to waterfalls, quaint villages and more.
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