Northeastern Aegean Islands
More often than not, they are not your first choice: they are too far by boat, they are too big to get around so you need a motor vehicle of sorts and they surely are not the Cyclades, are they? Skip the initial narrow-minded resistance though and you are in for one of Greece’s well-kept secrets – the Northeastern Aegean Islands.
Keeping close company to the coast of Asia Minor as well as being a point of conflict through the years between Greece and Turkey, this group of 7 big islands and several smaller ones boasts a heavy-weight presence amongst Greece’s overall island population. Their historic agenda overflows with substantial facts - did you know that the word ‘lesbian’ comes from the island of Lesvos, birthplace of the ancient poetess Sappho, rumoured to be the first homosexual woman in history? Or that Anthony and Cleopatra of Egypt took holidays on Samos? These and many more little treasures await the informed traveller to Greece, who is willing to explore a lesser-known destination.
ease of reach: easy-peasy to heroic
best months: Apr. to Jun. & Sep. to Oct
great for: culture, activities, beaches
not so great if: you want to see the Acropolis
budget range: low to medium