Off The Grid: Holidaying In Greece’s Hidden Islands

Desperately seeking sun? You’re not alone! With nothing but cold nights on the immediate horizon, you might wonder just where exactly the sun nipped off to, and when exactly it might rear its sleepy head again. Wonder no more. The sun’s gone on vacation and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll chase it all the way to Greece. Sun-kissed year round, the Greek islands are some of the best places in which to get a little warmth and head off the beaten track at the same time. Hungry to explore the path less traveled? These secluded Greek spots should be right up your alley.

One of the Greeks’ favourite islands, Lemnos is a hidden treasure and worthy of all the local hype. One of the larger islands in the region, Lemnos avoids the tourist traps of its smaller counterparts, offering up a varied selection of activities. Head to the Venetian castle perched above the capital, Myrina, and drink in the view stretching to the Greek mainland. Reward yourself with one of the best meals in town, courtesy of Grammofono, a boutique mezze eatery. Spectacular sights and great menus to boot, Lemnos brings some serious stuff to the table.

Famed as the site in which Icarus once plunged from the skies and into the sea, Ikaria has been a sight for intrepid explorers ever since. On the hunt for something a little different? Try giving the island’s radioactive hot springs a try. Don’t let the name put you off; the hot springs are beneficial to your health and completely safe. Spend the day exploring and curl up at night in your own luxury villa, courtesy of Toxotis Villas. Combining plush interiors, a great location, and peaceful privacy, the secluded spots provide the perfect place in which to wind down the evening.

With a population of just over one thousand, Meganisi is made up of three tiny villages. While not often considered a travel spot in its own right, the island attracts a fair amount of day visitors coming in from the nearby Lefkada. The island of Meganisi is best known for its beaches and, despite its small size, there are a large number from which to choose. Travel by foot or hire a boat for the day and tour the island’s white-sanded beaches. If you want to stay the night, try checking out The Teacher’s House, a contemporary holiday spot that offers the ultimate seclusion.

While the island of Paros is high up on travelers’ lists, the island opposite, Antiparos, rarely gets a look in. A quiet Greek haven, Antiparos is the antidote to the bustling streets of its popular neighbor, giving you the chance to really sit back and breathe. While the beach is a good place to start, you can get to know the island a little better by heading to its central cave. The steps might be somewhat of a challenge, but the view from inside is seriously worth the climb. Spend your evening and night at Beach House, one of the island’s most stylish hotels. Splash out on a luxury suite, grab a drink at the bar, and watch the sun go down.

Antiparos

One of the most popular Greek islands over the summer months, Kythnos is a lot more laid back during the off season, making for a perfect winter break. Close to Athens and packed full of thermal springs, the island is practically made for kicking back and relaxing. If beach views are your thing, try taking a sea taxi to the shores of Kolona, a small sandy strip connected to a tiny island. Spend your night in the secluded and luxurious K4 Kythnos, one of the island’s most sought-after holiday spots. With a terrace overlooking the ocean, the villa offers breathtaking views that you’re not likely to forget in a hurry.