Beautiful white sand beaches mirrored by whitewashed houses lined along the mountainside, the breathtaking Greek Islands are everything you expect and more. And with prices dramatically down this year, why not experience the mystical beauty which has captured the hearts of all who visit since the time of the Gods? The hotel price comparison site www.trivago.com presents the top 5 cheapest Greek Island escapes, so you can live like Aphrodite and Apollo -- If only for a week.
As the dollar rises, European prices have become not only more affordable, but favorable for Americans traveling overseas this summer. In addition, prices are down across nearly all major European cities, with Athens reporting the cheapest prices of all -- $106 per night, 26 percent less than in July 2011.
Greece, in addition to being one of the cheapest destinations to visit at the moment, also offers travellers an unparalleled experience through ancient ruins and breath-taking beaches. The beauty of Greece is one which has been appreciated by visitors and protected by the Gods for what seems like an eternity. So download a copy of The Odyssey to your e-reader, grab a wide-brimmed hat and dip into the turquoise waters of Mykonos. You'll see why even the Euro Crisis couldn't shake the mystifying beauty, delectable cuisine and rich history that Greece has to offer.
Kos may well be described as paradise on earth. It is not surprising to find that all who visit the island cannot seem to forget its natural beauty, pristine beaches and endless enjoyment. Explore the ancient market place, stroll through the Whitewashed buildings and take a cruise around the island. The hotel SENTIDO Mitsis Norida Beach, located in the main village of Kardamena, close to the castle and the neighboring village of Pyli, is an ideal spot for those looking for peace and relaxation. However, for adventure enthusiast, the five-star resort also offers the opportunity to partake in sports such as scuba diving before enjoying traditional dishes in the hotel restaurant.
"The island of Knights," located in the eastern Aegean Sea, is a favorite among international jetsetters. Perhaps because it is bathed in sunlight 300 days a year -- to perfectly mirror the words of the ancient Greek poet, Pindar, which stated that the island born of the union between the nymph Rhode and Helios, the god of the sun. Walk through the old town and you will immediately be part of an ancient tale which will unfold before your eyes, as though you've suddenly walked into the middle ages. As one of the largest Greek Islands, Rhodes has plenty to explore and experience -- enjoy the cool Aegean breeze and the clear, turquoise waters which surround the island. Guest of the five-star hotel can be found lounging by the pool or making their way down to the white-sand beaches.
"The island of winds," as it is called by the locals, is known for its extravagant parties, nightlife and steep prices -- but because prices are down now, Mykonos, one of the most beautiful Aegean islands, is not only offering visitors shots but also moments of undisturbed relaxation. This summer, visit Mykonos and see its undiscovered side, that of peace, warmth and affordability. Stroll through the streets, visit the beautiful beaches and bask in the white and blue of the traditional style houses on the island. The Hotel Dorion is a traditional boutique hotel built on the beach of Ornos, which in ancient times was called "Dorion," meaning a small gift from God. Which is exactly what Mykonos is, a gift from Apollo to Greece.
The island of Corfu amazes travelers with its Venetian air and plethora of options for enjoying the island. Corfu possesses a rare quality unlike most of the neighboring islands: the benefits of a big city while still giving its visitors the feeling of being on an island. Close to the Italian coast, you can see the Italian influence, however with strong Greek roots which date back to an era where Poseidon ruled the seas. Corfu is characterized by its locals, and a stroll through the streets will give provide a good overview of the beautiful island they call home. The Akrotiri Beach Hotel is located in Paleokastritsa, very close to the beach. Every room offers views overlooking the sea and all the amenities you would expect from a four-star property. On a nice day lounge by the pool and relax under the stars by night.
Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades and perhaps one of the most beautiful and undisturbed. The calm island is home to many beaches, abundant agriculture, rich history and many monuments -- the Byzantine churches, ancient temples and Venetian towers are just a few which will amaze you. According to Greek mythology, the young Zeus was even said to have been raised in a cave on Mt. Zas in Naxos. The Hotel Plaza Beach Plaka is built on the beach of Plaka, one of the largest beaches in Greece. So why not lie under the trees, relax and read a good book while enjoying the beauty this "divine" island has to offer.
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