If you’re booking a timeshare break this year and are tempted by Greece, few places are more relaxing – and diverse – than its islands. Each offers a different experience and all of them come to life at Easter, with the wildflowers in bloom and the sun warming things up ahead of summer.
Here are five of our favourites to consider for your next Mediterranean escape, whether you’re already in love with Greece or are thinking of exploring its relaxing azure shores for the very first time.
Dramatic clifftop views, black sand beaches and its own unique boho-chic lifestyle make Santorini an idyllic escape for romantic getaways. Culture vultures will enjoy historical sites like Ancient Thira, and Ancient Akrotiri, while the famous Santorini Bienniale, the island’s unique art and culture event, runs until the end of September.
With its panoramic sea views and silhouetted windmills at sunset, few islands are more magical or photogenic than Santorini at dusk.
Crete lies far south, making it one of the warmest islands year-round. In spring, there’s lots to start exploring, especially “off-grid”, from the hard-to-reach and ruggedly beautiful Balos Lagoon, to the Samaria Gorge National Park, reportedly one of the most beautiful national parks in Europe.
Glamorous, busy and very late night party central in summer,Mykonos is perhaps at its most beautiful at Easter and then early autumn, when it’s quieter. Get lost in its whitewashed winding streets, people watch while you sip a cocktail in picturesque Little Venice, or claim your sunlounger early in the morning and finish that book you’ve been meaning to pick up again over freshly grilled fish and salad at one of the waterfront tavernas.
Beach experts will already know that Paris, the second-largest island in the Cyclades, has some of the most exquisite beaches. Santa Maria has a Caribbean island feel, while Kolymbithres Beach is rugged and wilder, with unique rock formations. On the sightseeing front, don’t miss the Panayia Ekatondapiliani Cathedral, the old-world village of Lefkes and the Marathi Marble Quarries.
Timeshare favourite and one of the most popular Greek islands, Corfu combines a rich history with pristine natural beauty. The village of Nymphes has some beautiful waterfalls, while the traditional fishing village of Roda is also worth seeing. The island has so many different parts, beaches and secret coves that it’s worth hiring a car to drive around it – as well as inland – to get a feel for local village life, away from the busier hotels and resorts. There’s even a cricket ground in Corfu town, where you can sip a ginger beer or freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar and water while you join Corfu’s café society for the morning and watch the action.
The hills come alive with purple and yellow wildflowers at Easter an so do the villages which have been “shut up” in winter…the shutters open, carpets are hung out to dry in the sunshine, with a whole new summer season of al fresco dining and balmy evenings just around the corner…
To view the Greek resorts available as exchange holidays, please visit the leading exchange organisation webs.