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Travel bucket list: Greek island hopping

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I am ever so jealous of friends of ours who have just jetted off on holiday to the beautiful Greek island of Zakynthos, which we also call Zante here in the UK.  Home to the stunningly picturesque ‘Shipwreck Bay’ it’s a must see.  I visited as a rather temperamental teenager, 16 years old if I remember correctly, and I’ve wanted to return ever since.  Even through my teenage mood swings I was able to appreciate and see the absolute breath taking beauty of the Greek Islands.  As an adult I am dying for Ben and I to enjoy some luxury holidays to Greece so I can revisit these beautiful islands, explore the beaches and show Ben why I think Greece is one of the most incredible holiday destinations.

I was also lucky to visit Rhodes and Corfu with my mum and sister when I was a teenager.  We stayed in small hotels in Greek islands and sometimes in self-catering apartments, always getting the cheapest last minute deal possible.  I’d love to do a similar holiday as a family, but most of all I want to go Greek Island Hopping with Ben.  This may be a far-away dream, perhaps once the children have left home or if we ever feel comfortable to leave them and go so far when they’re a bit older, but it’s a dream that has to happen so I’ve added Greek Island Hopping to my travel bucket list.

Greece has a staggering 6000 islands.  Out of these, approximately 227 are not inhabited, so that’s an awful lot of exploring to be done!  Obviously some of these are very small and not accessible at all, so they can’t all be explored or easily travelled to.  The larger islands have airports, but some of the smaller ones can only be reached by boat.   Travelling to each sun drenched island across the turquoise waters does not sound half bad at all!  The islands are split into groups such as Saronic Islands, Ionian Islands, Dodecanese Islands, Aegean Islands and The Cyclades to name a few.  To make island hopping easier it would be best to visit a cluster of islands from the same group to see as much as possible and limit the time spent travelling from one to another.

I was going to write a list of islands I’d love to visit, but it’s so hard to narrow it down.  Once you start researching the islands you’ll discover they all look so inviting with their rugged coastlines, white dome capped buildings, ancient ruins, postcard perfect beaches, delicious cuisine and friendly laid back attitude.  I’d be happy to take a trip to any of them.  My only avoidance would be the party resorts as I prefer a quieter relaxing scene with plenty of early mornings to explore the wonders each island has to offer.