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    Which Greek Island should you travel to in 2013?

    Greece has for many years been a popular holiday destinations, but with its many fascinating islands, it can sometimes be difficult to choose which you want to experience. 4 islands are our favourites and we will share exactly why we love them and what you should explore on your holiday. This theme will be covered in two blog posts and the next one will be posted next Monday. Hopefully this will give you a little inspiration for a holiday this spring or summer.

    Rhodes

    In recent years many tourists have moved away from Rhodes Town and in to large tourist resorts with all-inclusive offers. However, it is certain that they all at some point go to the famous bazaar within the walls of the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. Rhodes does, however, have many other attractions that are worth visiting. Between the Palace and the 28th October Street, is a modern shopping area with lots of clothes, shoes, jewelry and handbag stores. These shops include popular brands like Escada, Gant, Boss, Esprit, Max Mara, La Coste, Versace, Armani, Pepe Jeans, H&M, Zara, Mango, etc. Here the locals also shop and you are sure to find lots of great holiday finds.

    28th October Street runs from west beach to the big port in the east part of the island. The name of the street stems from the Italian occupiers in the 1930s and the large villas and green trees provide a welcoming spirit. Visit one of the relaxed cafes before you move on to experience the adventure of The Blue Lagoon with waterfalls, suspension bridges, a pirate ship, pirat bar and the glorious parrots. One of our favorite places in Rhodes Town, is the Nea Agora, which translates to the The New Market in English and is situated down by the harbor. Just inside you can taste different kinds of ouzo at prices that are from before the euro was introduced in Greece. The restaurants does not purport to more than they are, and it's possible to get reasonable meal with wine for about 10 Pounds. Try for example the fresh chicken or lamb from the grill.

    Lindos is, understandably so, the most famous tourist attraction in Rhodes. The beautiful white town at the foot of Athena Temple and knight castle, surrounded by sandy beaches, is a calm aread for the body and soul. Unfortunately, the organized excursions only stay on site for a few hours. We advise to skip any of the organized trips and give you the time to explore the lovely town or take a dip from one of the island's best beaches.

    Naxos

    The entrance to Naxos Town is dominated by the city's landmark, Portara. The more than 2500-year-old door leads nowhere, but the remains of an unfinished temple. Legend has it, that it was here the prince Theseus for inscrutable reasons left his Ariadne on the way back to Athens. Ariadne had otherwise helped him to kill the dreaded Minotaur in Knossos Palace in Crete.

    Naxos is a large and island with variety. It has everything a tourist could wish for: a lively urban life, the most beautiful sandy beaches, beautiful landscapes with green fields and picturesque villages between impressive mountains. Rent a convertible and take a tour of the island. Enjoy the scents of the flowers along the roads, let the magnificent vistas impress you and take a break in the village that appeals to you and drink a Greek coffee, for example, a Metrio with a little sugar.

    The goal of the trip could be to see Apeiranthos, which is a beautifully situated village 700 meters above the water. Stroll through the narrow streets, many of them marble-paved, see the Venetian houses with coats of arms above the door or go for lunch at one of the good restaurants with stunning views of the lush countryside.

    The Old Market is the friendliest part of Naxos town. It lies behind the promenade and has, with its mandatory restaurants along the quay, a maze of narrow alleys to explore. Around the corner you can find restaurants with small and a local greengrocer with cucumbers and tomatoes in bright colors. A sign shows the way to Naxos Café, where you can experience gentle world music and warm, strong raki with honey. Up in the pedestrianized alleys, you will find restaurants with little more specialisation than the usual Greek. Naxos has only a very small airport, unfit for charter flights, however it can be reached from Athens by ferries and car rental is available.

    Be sure to read about our other favourite Greek islands, Samos and Alonissos, next week Monday and please don't hesitate to contact us, should you have questions about car rental in Greece or other greet ideas for holidays in Greece.

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