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With its emerald isles and sapphire seas, Greece has many island gems in its collection. And like rare diamonds, no two are the same. From the peaceful ports in Paxos to historic charm of Rhodes, there’s a Greek island for every taste and tempo. Here’s our pick of Greek island hotspots for a villa holiday like no other.

The Picturesque One…

Turquoise, calm waters act as a natural swimming pool between two limestone headlands covered in luscious greenery on Paxos.

Paxos may measure a mini 13km from tip to toe, but don’t let its size fool you. This tranquil island is jam-packed full of sensational scenery from centuries-old olive groves to picture-perfect ports and rolling hills that stretch as far as the eye can see. Enjoy the relaxed vibe of this unspoilt island with a leisurely al fresco meal at Loggos’ small fishing harbour, or a day trip to the tiny island of Anti-Paxos, where white sands and sprawling vineyards await. One thing’s for sure, the turquoise waters and sandy shores make for a relaxing beach break.

The Historic One…

The ancient ruins at the Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes Island

Craggy coves, blissful bays and glorious stretches of golden sand make up the mix of places to lay your towel on a Rhodes retreat. But not content with simply being a beautiful beach destination, Rhodes has a number of seriously spectacular strings to its bow. History hunters won’t have to look far with archaeological sites sprinkled across the island. From ancient ruins to medieval castles, you’ll jump through the eras as you explore this island. Head to the ancient Acropolis of Lindos where the ruins of the citadel stand tall against the stunning backdrop of the sea. 

The Charming One…

Luscious vegetation and soaring cliff faces at the Samaria Gorge in Crete

Whether it is rest and relaxation or action and adventure (or maybe a mix of the two) you’re looking for, Crete’s diverse landscape caters for every holiday type. Jaw-dropping panoramas appear wherever you turn, from the pink-shaded beaches of Elafonissi to cypress forests and sprawling vineyards. Make a trip to the heights of Mount Ida or the lows of the Samaria Gorge and take in the scenic sights. Or for a slower pace, the waterfront restaurants and narrow shopping streets of Chania make for a blissful afternoon in the Greek sunshine.

The Laidback One…

The idyllic village of Assos in Kefalonia, comprised of candy-coloured houses and mountainous backdrop

Think sleepy harbour-front villages and honey toned beaches coupled with luscious hilltops framed by swooping pines and you’ve got Kefalonia down to a tee. A haven for sunseekers looking for a slower-pace of life, this Greek gem has oodles of charm. Its carefree, laidback feel and natural beauty makes it the perfect place to get some ‘R’ and ‘R’. Hidden bays and sweeping coastlines offer a healthy dose of vitamin sea. And speaking of being waterside, the fishing port of Fiskardo and its candy-coloured Venetian houses are the perfect backdrop to a day of exploration or a bite to eat.

Are you ready to go Greek? From lovely Lefkas to peaceful Paxos, you can’t beat a Greek getaway!

Rebecca Blakeburn

Rebecca Blakeburn is a Senior Communications Executive at James Villa Holidays.

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