If you're a naturist and are reading these
pages with that interest in
mind the answer will be pretty obvious.
But few will want to spend every waking hour
flaked out in the
sun. The Greek Islands offer an enormous variety of different
of holidays with the feel of the place differing markedly from one
to the next.
If you're into lively night life, fish and chips, cheap lager and being
surrounded by hundreds of Brits, Corfu will surely suit. If (like
me) you prefer quiet places where you can simply relax and forget about
the pressures of everyday life, the smaller islands and hidden parts of
the larger ones such as Crete will undoubtedly have something to offer
for you. The Islands are surely the ideal place just to switch off.
When to go
Bear in mind that it gets HOT. July and
August will often see
temperatures well over 30 celsius; they are also the busiest times.
Some islands can become very crowded at such times. However it's
also the easiest time to travel between islands as extra ferries
during the peak season.
In June and September temperatures in the
mid 20s celsius can be expected,
and it's much less crowded. It is possible to see the odd rainy day
towards the end of September, especially in the Ionian and the more
islands. In Crete and Rhodes, however, good weather can be expected
well into October - but don't be surprised if it's sometimes windy.
May is a nice month to travel; however it is
still warming up and the
temperatures can be relatively cool.
The time of your visit may have a marked
effect on the naturist possibilities.
Some acknowledged nudist beaches become mainly textile during peak
but revert to their more natural state early and late in the season.
Package holidays are many and various,
although with the increasing popularity
of Turkey some of the big holiday companies are cutting back on Greece.
Some will take you to quieter destinations but the majority of packages
lead to islands with a direct air connection and no further. The
are that you know where you're going and you don't have to carry the
to pay for a hotel. You usually have a local rep to rely on for
A very practical alternative, especially to
the quieter destinatons
and outside the peak season (although the author has never had any
These days it's easy to book a no-frills flight online and a little
research in advance will provide you with information
about domestic flights in Greece (best booked in advance as they tend
fill up), ferries and hydrofoils. When you arrive at your chosen island
destination there will typically be numerous hoteliers at the port all
keen to rent rooms to you. They'll be happy to take you, either by foot
or by car or minibus, to look. Rooms can vary in quality, and if you've
got fixed ideas about the quality of room you want you may need to be
Travelling as a couple, we find that the best technique is for one to
whilst the other settles in a taverna for a drink and looks
after the bags.
That way there's no embarrassment about leaving the room if you don't
This way is generally cheaper than a package
holiday; you can
move around freely if you wish and I would highly recommend it.