Cosmos Guide to Greece: Swimming and sightseeing
Don’t think that once you’ve seen one beach or ruin in Greece, you’ve seen them all. Our top five recommendations will shake up your swimming and sightseeing expectations!
1. Explore a wild coast – Limni Keriou, Zante
Laganas is the place to party in Zante. But if you’re looking for something different, try the unspoilt village of Limni Keriou at the island’s tip. From here, you can explore Zante’s untamed west coast. Why not visit the Keri Caves or head out with one of two local scuba diving centres? Or, just kick back on Limni Keriou’s uncrowded beach.
Best for: Getting off the beaten track
Location: 12km from Zante airport – fly to Zante with Cosmos.
2. Choose from 60 beaches – Skiathos
The golden sands of Koukounaries beach on Skiathos deserve their fame. But there is no shortage of beaches to discover on this island – from family favourites such as the vast Megalos Aselinos, to out-of-the-way treasures like Kechria. It’s an easy stroll between some beaches, whilst others are only accessible by boat.
Best for: Picture-perfect beaches
Location: Fly to Skiathos with Cosmos
3. Mix island life with historic splendour – Rhodes
When we think of Greece’s past, most of us picture the ancient sights of Athens. But the medieval fortifications of Rhodes’ old town deserve our equal attention. Rhodes town’s captivating historic centre is World Heritage listed. It’s also surrounded by all the trappings of a holiday island, including beaches and nightlife.
Best for: Combining sightseeing with swimming
Location: Fly to Rhodes with Cosmos
4. Head for the hills – Crete
Crete’s mountains can provide more than just a stunning backdrop to your favourite beach. Venture inland from Chania to walk the 16km Samaria Gorge – Europe’s longest. You might be lucky enough to spot Crete’s rare wild goats, the kri-kri.
Best for: Getting closer to nature
Location: Fly to Chania, Crete, with Cosmos and take the daily round bus trip from Chania Central Bus Station.
5. Cycle around the sights – Kos
When it comes to Greece’s bigger islands, Kos is an easy-going alternative to bustling Rhodes. It’s also a great place to take in the countryside by bike. Take advantage of the island’s many bike rental shops and unhurried country roads.
Best for: Sightseeing by bike
Location: Fly to Kos with Cosmos