Whether you want ancient ruins and plenty of culture, or good food and wine and the chance to relax on a beach, the Greek islands have it all. From Crete to Corfu, these are ten of the best Greek islands.CreteCrete is Greece’s largest island and boasts antiquities, excellent hiking and nearly year-long sunshine.Tourists tend to flock to the Minoan palace of Knossos. Once the capital of Minoan Crete, Knossos flourished for two thousand years before its destruction in 1350BC. The palace has been extensively reconstructed since. A visit to the archaeological museum is recommended, although be sure to arrive at the site before 10am to beat the crowds.Head to southern Crete for miles of empty sand dunes and explore the mountain villages where time slows to almost a standstill. The 16km-long Samariá Gorge has 50 canyons to explore and is popular with pilgrims and wild goats.CorfuFamous as the home of author and conservationist Gerald Durrell in the 1930’s, Corfu still … [Read more...] about Greece holidays: 10 of the best Greek islands revealed
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From fish and chips to Greek, there's no denying the variety of food on offer in our area - and those are just the places we've been to so far this year! With 2018 now already five months in, our weekly restaurant reviewers have been trying out a mix of the old and the new, the usual and the unusual. We started out with some winter warmers in cosy pubs and, along the way, have given all sorts of dishes a go including a seafood afternoon tea, roast dinners, Mediterranean cuisine and game pie. The Tilted Barrel What we said: "...this is the only restaurant I have ever been to where I very nearly instinctively took my boots off while walking over to the table. "I was decidedly unadventurous and opted for the battered Grimsby haddock, with hand-cut chips and mushy peas. "I desperately wanted it to be excellent as I was already in love with the place and, mercifully, it really was. The term “lightly battered” is often bandied about with no end product to back it up but the … [Read more...] about 20 restaurants we’ve tried this year from fish & chips to Greek
Set the moodYou only live twice, as the song goes - and when you've already been resurrected and are looking for safe refuge from zealots, Cyprus is the place to be. The Mediterranean island was so good that St Lazarus (yes, that Lazarus) supposedly spent his second life there and was appointed Bishop of Kition with his own church in what is now modern-day Larnaca. Lazarus reportedly only smiled once for the duration of his second life - however, Cyprus has plenty to keep other visitors happy. With direct flights from Dublin now running year-round, you'll receive a warm welcome from the dark and chilly winter or enjoy the hotter summer weather later in the year. There's plenty to do culture-wise, too - from churches to wine tasting, museums and fishing, or even a bit of bird watching. Guilty Pleasure Mezzes are the way to go - eat your weight in fish or meat accompanied by locally-grown oranges, lemons, olives, strawberries, halloumi and soft cheeses, drizzled with honey and … [Read more...] about Sweet Cyprus: Direct flights bring island within reach year-round
I must admit it was a double take moment when I happened to drive through Marshchapel to see the familiar Greyhound pub receiving an extreme makeover. The look of the traditional pub on the main road through the village, was swept aside over a matter of weeks and transformed into what is now, Kosta's Greek Taverna. With crisp whiter than white walls and azure blue fixtures and fittings - it does look like it has been picked up from a Greek island and set down in a Lincolnshire village. It's only the Victorian style pub building which gives it away. Curiosity got the better of us, as we watched with intrigue the new restaurant gradually take shape. We had previously dined out at The former Greyhound but felt the enormous menu was 90 per cent fried food and the interior had no clear identity so never returned. The obvious statement was - a Greek Taverna in Marshchapel, really? But the truth is, yes really and simply why not?! If it's not been done before, there's no reason not to think … [Read more...] about Does Kosta’s Greek Taverna serve up a smashing time?
The best Greek islands for families, whether your children are after sandy beaches, wild water sports, unspoilt island life or history and culture. 1. Rhodes, Dodecanese Best for: fly and flop If you’re after a bit of R&R, Rhodes’s east coast has a 30-mile stretch of well-maintained golden-sand beaches with warm, shallow water down its eastern coast. One of this coast’s big modern hotels, with their all-inclusive packages, should be just the ticket: everything is on your doorstep – kids’ clubs, water sports facilities, babysitting, wellness, restaurants and cafes, so you can switch off and truly relax. If you do venture out, don’t miss the magnificent Unesco-listed Rhodes Town on the island’s northern tip, which will take you back through the centuries, with its medieval fortifications and car-free cobbled alleys. Full travel guide to Rhodes View our best luxury holidays in Rhodes View our best escorted tours of Greece Stay: Mark Warner … [Read more...] about Which is the perfect Greek island for your family?