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GREECE AND THE GREEK ISLANDS Nederlands English
Milos Fyropotamos Beach View from the taverna on Apandima Beach in the west of Antiparos Tsamadou beach, Samos Antiparos sea caves, Antiparos zee-grotten
Fira in Santorini Mystegna Lesbos Samos landscape, Pirgos flowers Oia in Santorini

Hans Huisman My name is Hans Huisman, I live in Amsterdam in the Netherlands and I am the super-fan of Greece its islands. I've been visiting the Greek islands for a long period and in they year 2000 I started a small website that just kept growing and growing. I go to Greece two or three times a year, usually in May, September and October. Over the years I've seen seen about forty islands and some of them I have visited more than once, sometimes up to ten times or more. I have visited the Cyclades, the Sporades, Corfu, the islands in the Northern Aegean, Rhodes and the biggest and the most beautiful of them all (for me so far): Crete. On this island I drove around for over a year to visit all kinds of places.

I try to make original texts and I make my own pictures to make the website personal and different from all the other websites about the Greek islands that are sometimes written by people that have never or hardly ever been there. I review the hotels, villas and apartments that I have visited and give my opinion of beaches and restaurants that I have visited. If it is good I will tell you this and if it is bad I will also tell you that. It is not possible for anybody to pay me to put an advertisement on my website.

If you navigate the islands on the left you will notice that some islands contain much more information than others. These islands that have more info and pictures are mostly my favourite islands that I visit whenever I have the opportunity (Crete, Mykonos, Samos, Patmos, Santorini, Milos, Thirassia, Paros, Antiparos). The website is regularly updated with new pages and new pictures, so check it from time to time. This is how it goes when you are a super-fan of the Greek islands.
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During my visits to Greece I have met many special people, made some good friends and I have seen beautiful beaches, special villages and nice hotels. You can read about that on this website. Who knows you can do something with my tips. I usually look for peace and quiet, so if you like that as well than maybe you can pick up some ideas. There is also a lot of information on naturist beaches and naturism on my website because I prefer this over the "ordinary" beaches with parasols and beach beds, where it tends to be more busy.

Hans Huisman & Truus de Graan Marianne Holleman I want to thank all the people that have contributed to my website with their tips, stories and pictures. Without people like Rita Woldringh, Truus de Graan, Carla de Goede, Marianne Holleman, Marjan Beintema and a couple of other people / correspondents that made contributions to this website it would be much less interesting. If you want to send in your stories and pictures than you can write me. If you want you can subscribe to my newsletter and get noticed when there are updates on the website and special offers and discounts for some of the hotels which can only be booked on my website!

Frankie Miles and Molly the Dog I also want to thank all my friends in Greece, like Lilian from Mike's Place in Antiparos, Arianne Geervliet from the Kastania Lodge in Crete, Anna from Ikia Studios in Paros, Anastasia and Mrs Soultana in Milos, Vivi from Kiklos Car Rental in Samos and many, many more. A very special thanks goes to the fabulous Frankie Miles in Almyrida on Crete, who has inspired us with her books about the island and who has always made sure our stay in Crete was unforgettable. Frankie is one of the sweetest people that I know. Besides writing wonderful books Frankie runs the travel agency Villas Crete Holidays that rents out a vast number of beautiful villas and some select beach front apartments. Frankie has set us up for many years and you can see quite a few of her villas on my pages of Crete.

Truus Hagman I dedicate this website to my mother Truus Hagman, who died on February 24th 2013 after a long battle with cancer. She was also a big fan of Greece and my first trips to Rhodes and Crete were with her. She always supported me with everything I undertook and never judged me. All she ever wanted was my happiness. Thanks mum for all those times you comforted me and thanks for all the times you made me laugh. Thanks for your time, your wisdom and your patience. Thanks for your unconditional love and for being proud of me all your life. You are an example of what a parent should be like. I turned out so well thanks to you. I will miss you so much, but you will always be here in my heart, not only as my mother but also as the best friend I ever had.

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CHARITIES THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT - SARA'S HOPE FOUNDATION

Saras Hope Foundation The Saras Hope Foundation was started by Ged and Julie Hoburn after they tragically lost their 16 year old daughter Sara to cancer. Inspired by Sara's bravery and positive attitude, the foundation aims to successfully manage a holiday retreat in Crete offering respite for children and young people with cancer. The foundations mission is to give families affected by the devastating impace of cancer, a much needed break from long hospital stays, traumatic medical procedures and cancer related treatments so that they may spend quality time together recuperating and enjoying life as normal family, strengthening relationships and creating happy memories. I hold a collection for these people.
Read more: click here. - Send an e-mail - stuur een e-mail.

Fourni beach Fourni town Fourni, Kampi Beach Corfu, Kassiopi
Corfu Town, Kerkyra A donkey near a windmill on Tinos Nopigia, Crete. Emporio in Santorini
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I have created a special page where you can find some answers to frequently asked questions. Please read them first and if you still have questions feel free to send me an e-mail. For questions about the ferries please check the internet...I don't know all the schedules, if it is possible and at what time and how much it costs :/, sorry... If you cannot find your connection from island A to island B than just assume there is none at the time that you want to and make another plan. If you want to go island hopping than stick to one island group. Going from Samos to Paros to Skiathos is not a good plan. If you want to visit the small islands and go hopping than take your time: seeing 4 islands in 1 week is also not a good plan. Take at least 2 days for each island, or better 3 and for the larger Greek islands take a minimum of a week. If you go to for instance Crete than a year is not enough to see it all.

If you want you can send me an e-mail if you have questions and you can write in my guestbook. Have fun on this website planning your holiday, looking for a hotel or the best naturist beaches, and have even more fun in Greece and on the Greek islands!

Leros Samos, Ormos Kini Beach, Syros Patmos
Agios Nikolaos, Crete, Kreta Balos Beach, Crete, Kreta Gramvousa A look at Paros from Agios Prokopios on Naxos.
SPECIAL HOTEL DEALS AND OFFERS ON MY WEBSITE

Every year I ask the owners of the hotels, apartments, studios and villas if they can do something extra for the visitors of my website and make an exclusive offer that I can put on my Greek Islands pages. It is a lot of extra work for me but I like it. This is my most special page called the hotel deals page. The offers you see below are exclusive for my "The Greek Islands" website and cannot be booked anywhere else. If you want to take these people up on their special offer than write in your e-mail that you are inquiring about this and that you saw the offer on this website.
Last minute Greece

MY FAVORITE LUXURY HOTELS, APARTMENS AND VILLAS

Below are some of my favorite luxury accommodations on the Greek islands. Most of them are private villas / holiday homes, sometimes with pool, sometimes with the beach close by. You might think it is expensive, but if you go with a number of people (for example with a number of friends or if you have children, with the whole family) than sometimes it can be cheaper than reserving in a good hotel, but the difference is that you have the whole place to yourself.

The peace and quiet, the luxury, and the fact that you have everything you need in your own villa make it even better. There are no other people around you and if there is a pool you have it all to yourself. Often there is a dishwasher, a washing machine and a complete kitchen. There have been places where I simply did not want to leave anymore, and where I only wanted to read a book, swim a bit and stare at the sea or the landscape. The back of the car is loaded at the supermarket and I sometimes even cook my own meals at "home", simply because I don't want to leave.

For us a reason to spoil and treat ourselves from time to time. The experience is really great! It doesn't even have to be expensive. The beautiful Villa Sophia for instance (sleeps 6, private pool, not overlooked, beautiful seaview) has very cheap prices and is just wonderful!!! Below is a list of fantastic accommodations on the beautiful island of Crete and other islands.

Villa Sophia's House Almirida Crete Villa Giorgos Gavolochori on Crete Atlantis House crete Villa Amalia in Megala Chorafia on Crete Villa Almyrida View on Crete
Sophia's House Crete
Luxury villa
with private pool
Villa Giorgos - Crete
Villa in the middle of
a pine tree forest
Atlantis House in Crete
Luxury village life
& garden with private pool
Villa Amalia - Crete
Luxurious and large top villa
Villa Almirida View - Crete
Large villa, beautiful view

MORE LUXURY APARTMENTS, HOTELS, VILLAS AND HOLIDAY HOUSES

For more luxury apartments, hotels, holiday houses and villas - click here. I have put on some beautiful luxury apartments and beach houses on Lesbos island, luxury apartments on Mykonos and Santorini and the most beautiful hotel on the island of Leros where every guest is treated as royalty.

Villa Athina in Kokkino Chorio, Crete tip Villa Athina is situated on a hilltop in Kokkino Chorio, a village just east of the city of Chania, in the area called the Apokoronas. In October 2012 we were one of the first visitors in this new house which is built in traditional style, with stone and round arches between the rooms and the terraces. The villa has a private pool and is set in a very private location (not overlooked). The view from the grounds of the villa and the various verandas is phenomenal. You look out over the sea, three peninsulas (Apokoronas, Akrotiri and Rodopos) and three islands, including Souda Island with its fortress and the island of Karga, that lies in front of the village of Almyrida. There are views over the bay of Souda,the naval base, the fort Izzedine and you see the cruise boats and ferries sailing in on their way to the harbour of Souda. On the west side you look out over the village of Kokkino Chorio with its church and behind it you can see the White Mountains. More information and pictures you can find on this page.

Bayview Bungalows in Makrigialos, Crete Bayview Bungalows are situated in the quiet seaside resort of Makrigialos in the south of Crete. They have an area of 88 m2 and are situated around a lovely large communal pool with sun beds. The decor is sleek and modern, yet very cosy. Each bungalow has two bedrooms (one double and one twin) and the master bedroom has an en suite with shower and toilet. There is also a bathroom with bath and toilet. In the large living area is a very comfortable L-shaped sofa with a coffee table. There is satellite TV (with good channels, not the crap channels that you sometimes find on satellite TV) and a DVD player. The living room flows into the area with the kitchen and the dining table. Outside there is also a 30 m2 terrace with comfortable seats and via a staircase you can go to enormous roof terrace to enjoy the beautiful sunsets with a glass of wine in your hand.

MY FAVORITE QUIET HOLIDAY HOMES, HOTELS, APARTMENS, STUDIOS AND VILLAS

Almost always I search the peace and quiet and I prefer staying in a place with a nice view. Below are a number of such accommodations: nice studios, apartments and hotels in a small and quiet village or sometimes completely separate from everything. A nice beach in the area is a plus. No busy roads with cars, no crowded discos in the area and only the silence. At these places you can relax and avoid mass tourism. Nice restaurants are in the vicinity, but if you want to go out all night and visit lots of bars and discos these are not your places.

Triopetra Villas Crete Studios Ioanna Samos Villa Prinolithos in Crete Mathio's Studios Patmos Dolphin Apartments Antiparos
Triopetra Villas Crete
Luxury and peace & quiet
in the south of Crete
Studios Ioanna Samos
Such a lovely village
100% recommended, top!
Villa Prinolithos Crete
Luxury private villa with pretty seaview
Mathio's Studios Patmos
Superspot, no cars
secret beach close by
Dolphin Apts. Antiparos
Beautiful and quiet
near the beach

MORE ACCOMMODATIONS IN A QUIET SETTING

For more of this type of studios, apartments and hotels, including nice houses on Samos (near a beautiful and quiet beach), apartments and bungalows in Crete and beautiful hotels on the islands Fourni and Alonissos.
For more quiet accommodations click here

Kastania Lodge tip Extra peace and quiet tip: Kastania Lodge in Crete (picture left)

I also especially want to recommend the Kastania Lodge (see picture on the left) in a small village just above Kissamos on Crete. They rent out one studio, one apartment and one house and all three of them are wonderful. It comes with a swimming pool. Very private, very quiet and my friend Arianne that runs it is super friendly. It is also not expensive. There are great views over the sea from the accommodation. A real gem! For the people that like to swim naturist style: the beach of Falassarna is not far away!

Heliotropio Hotel, Pollonia in Milos in the Cyclades Milos in the Cyclades

What an enchanting and beautiful island Milos is. I love it to bits. Especially the coastline, the cliffs and beautiful sandy beaches are breathtaking and unrivalled. The people are super friendly and the food is excellent. Our stay at the Heliotropio Hotel was fantastic and worth a real "supertip". It is a beautiful and peaceful place, right on a private beach and you look out over the bay with the boats, the village and one of the two larger beaches of Pollonia. The decor is very tasteful and it is fully equipped. We had a big porch and when you walked down the stairs you were on your own little beach. The large village beach is about a two minute walk away. A little bit further you find another quiet beach. Within 5 kilometer distance there are at least 4 more quiet sandy beaches.

Of all the 40 islands that I have seen Milos is the island with the best beaches, and also a good destination for the naturists. Besides on the more secluded sandy coves there is room for naturism on the beautiful large beach of Achivodolimni, an official naturist beach, and of course outside the high season on many more places. If you are looking for amazing landscapes, gorgeous beaches, azure blue waters, peace and quiet and terrific food than this is your island.

MY FAVORITE LOW BUDGET APARTMENTS, STUDIOS AND HOTELS

Below is my top five of cheap apartments, studios and rooms on the various islands: nice places and expensive. Some accommodations are really value for money and some are also very beautiful, like the stylish Ikia Studios with large and beautiful studios and apartments near the sea in the village of Aliki on the island of Paros: one of my favorites. They are in short, nice places for people that don't want to pay much money but still want a nice place to spend their holidays.

Ikia Studios and apartments Paros Top Hotel in Stalos Crete Nassos Guesthouse Lesbos Andros Hotels - Batsi - Maistrali Studios Aphrodite Beach Hotel & Apartments in Marathokampos, Samos
Ikia Studios Paros
Comfortable studios and
apartments on Paros
Top Hotel in Stalos
in Crete - cheap prices
and nice views
Nassos Lesbos
Cheap prices in this
guesthouse in Molyvos
Maistrali Studios Andros
Luxury studios incl. breakfast
near Batsi Beach
Aphrodite Beach - Samos
Studios & Apartments
near the beach

MORE LOW BUDGET APARTMENTS, STUDIOS AND HOTELS

There are more low budget accommodations on my website, such as good and cheap studios and apartments on Samos, Paros, Antiparos and Crete.
To see more low budget accommodations - click here, or go to the hoteldeals page for special offers.

MY FAVORITE VILLAS, APARTMENTS, STUDIOS AND HOTELS WITH A BEAUTIFUL VIEW

Below are some of accommodations with a wonderful view. There are plenty more hotels with beautiful views but these are a few of my favorites.

Elounda Solfez Villas Mike's Place Antiparos Villa Azure crete Skiathos Gea Villas Villa Almyrida View Crete
Elounda Solfez Villas
Luxury villa
can't beat the view
Mike's Place Antiparos
Beautiful views and I
love the owner Lilian
Villa Azure
Luxury and amazing views
wonderful private pool
Skiathos Gea Villas
Peace and quiet
& views, views, views
Villa Almyrida View
Private Villa
with a great view

Villa Bellevue tip

Extra beautiful view tip: Villa Amalia in Crete

The views from Villa Amalia on Crete are without a doubt truly magnificent. You look out over the Bay of Souda and two small islands and the naval base that are in front of the villa. On one of these islands is an old fortress. You will have naval vessels sailing in and out and see the fishing boats and tour boats go up and down to Chania. Also cargo ships and ferries sail by. A few times we saw a submarine in the bay. In the evening when the ferries depart from Souda with their lights on it is a festive sight. In the background you can also see the planes land and take off at the airport of Chania (the noise is neglectable, too far away). To the west you can see the mountains and the village Megala Chorafia that lies within the woods. In one way or another the evening skies here are often very beautiful and they have a special color: yellow or orange or pink, it is like looking at a painting. There are a couple of comfortable outdoor spaces where you can watch it all. On each floor there is a large terrace with table and chairs, and the garden (with BBQ) and also the pool look out over the beautiful bay.

The Windmill Hotel in Kimolos in the Cyclades

The Windmill Hotel on the beautiful island of Kimolos, Cyclades, previously known as the Doctors Windmill, dates from 1852 and remains one of the few authetic, traditional windmills in Greece today. It has been recently renovated to create an elegant boutique-style hotel. Its exceptional location, traditional design, professional management and small scale, combine to create a rare blend of intimate and attentive service, offered against a backdrop of the stunning Aegean Sea. Located between the port of Kimolos and the main village, the Windmill of Kimolos welcomes you to enjoy the commanding views over the bay of Psathi and explore the island formerly known as Arzantiera, the so-called Pirates Island.

Fata Morgana Studios in the Cyclades

Fata Morgana Studios on the island of Folegandros in the Cyclades. This is where we stayed while we were on Folegandros in 2011: the lovely Fata Morgana Studios in Chora. It is probably the accommodation with the best view of Folegandros island, so good that every now and then a stranger would walk in to take pictures of it. Sitting on our balcony we could see the Chora and the Panagia church on our right hand side, the sea with the islands of Sifnos, Sikinos, Paros and Antiparos in front of us and on the left hand side there was a beautiful landscape and even more sea with the islands of Milos, Polyaigos and Kimolos in it.

Hans Huisman, www.angelfire.com/super2/greece 2000 - 2014

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