Travel off the beaten track in Greece

Jul 25, 2010 by

Travel off the beaten track in Greece

When most people visit the Greek islands they aim for the more developed resorts with large sprawling hotels and all inclusive complexes which have lost a lot of the charm, friendliness and character that drew people to Greece in the first place.

When booking a holiday in Greece try going a little of the beaten track, choose smaller resorts which may be a little further away from the airports but offer a more traditional feel and welcome. 

This is what Greece is all about!

Within the smaller villages you will find that hotels are replaced by smaller studios and family run apartments, the owner will make you feel really welcome and go out of their way to help you throughout the holiday.  They have so much ingrained local knowledge about what to do around their local area and can help you find many hidden gems of Greece and your chosen island.

Take for instance Loutro in Crete, its not even accessible by road and can only be reached by foot or by boat, there is a small handful of studios that you can just turn up at and rent, the owners will know your name by the end of your stay and most likely you will have become firm friends and looking to come back again next year. 

The village of Loutro has some excellent small local Tavernas serving up traditional Greek dishes all home cooked and freshly caught fish dishes.  You wont find many places like this back at home, the food on your table is usually locally grown, bred or caught and the fish is usually served up freshly caught from the sea that day.

Villages that are off the beaten track are usually less likely to attract the crowds and you might not even see another tourist for days.  Beaches can be your own private little hideaway for the day with the chance of seeing anyone else that day rare. 

There is so much potential in smaller villages and towns that are away from the main popular resorts and they can easily be found online through travel guide websites like Crete Holidays and Rhodes Holidays.  If you are going to book a holiday to Greece this year then try something different from the norm and ask your travel agent or travel website for off the beaten track holidays; or why not go it alone and book rooms and flights independent.

If you have any resorts that you think potential visitors to Greece my like then please email us at or comment below.

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  1. Mrs. C.A. Palmer

    Mother & daughter want Greek experience – not bright lights etc – relaxation and a bit of island hopping. Self-catering or room with breakfast liked any reasonable idea considered. price limited so realistic estimate appreciated.

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