The 5 best Greek islands to stay at

Jenai Laignel / 10 March 2016 ( 23 June 2016 )

The Greek Islands remain fantastic value for money, with something to offer everyone.

Perfect for those looking for peace and quiet, and the freedom to come and go as you please, the Greek Islands remain fantastic value for money.

Here we look at some hand-picked villas on five of the most popular Greek islands:

1. Kefalonia

Beautiful golden beaches and lofty mountains provide the scenic backdrop to the largest of the Ionian Islands. Made famous as the setting for Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Kefalonia reveals a glimpse of paradise at every turn.

Where to stay? Nestled in pretty lush green countryside close to the rural village of Antipata, the Villa Delfini (sleeps 4) is a delightful stone-built villa, offering fantastic views across olive groves and the Ionian Sea. Within a 10-minute drive is the quaint pastel-coloured fishing harbour of Fiskardo, where a variety of tavernas and winding streets can be discovered.

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2. Ithaka

Situated just off Kefalonia's north-eastern coast, Ithaka is ideal for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle, and enjoy a typical Greek holiday without the crowds. Famed as the homeland of Odysseus, Ithaka is covered in olive-clad mountainsides that plunge downward into crystal-clear, turqoise waters.

Where to stay? Villa Giannaros (sleeps 2) is nestled within a beautiful, tranquil countryside location only a few kilometres from Vathy, the island's capital. The property offers a fusion of modern, chic furnishings with a traditional Greek design. Outside, next to the swimming pool, is a fantastic stone bread-oven, barbecue and outbuilding housing a hot tub.

3. Corfu

Located between the heel of Italy and the west coast of mainland Greece, the verdant island of Corfu features rustic olive groves, magnificent mountains and pretty woodland. Ruled by the British between 1815 and 1864, the island retains its colonial feel.

Where to stay? Nestled on a small hillside on the outskirst of Gouvia (a short drive from Corfu Town), Stone Villa Georges (sleeps 6) has been well furnished throughout and boasts fantastic views across the neighbouring countryside and across to the mainland.

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4. Zakynthos

Zakynthos, often called Zante which is the old Venetian name for the island, is part of the Ionian Islands with beautiful sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. It is famous for its rich, green hillsides and for the quaintness of its mountain villages.

Where to stay? Eleni Villa (sleeps 5 ) is a wonderfully characteristic property that's just a five minute drive from the centre of Vassilikos village, with beautiful sandy beaches found a further few hundred metres away.

Beautifully built out of local stone, it has delightful wooden beamed ceilings and provides a high standard of tasteful furnishings throughout.

5. Crete

The largest and most southerly of the Greek islands, Crete is an ideal destination for unwinding in the Mediterranean sunshine. It was the heart of the Minoan kingdom from 2800 to 1450BC, making it the first advanced European civilisation.

Where to stay? Beautifully situated in a countryside location, Villa Nefeli (sleeps 6) fuses traditional modern and chic designs. Delightful views can be enjoyed from the terraces and pool area of the neighbouring countryside, mountains and out to sea.

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