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The 5 Best Things to do on the Greek Islands this Spring

By HarryTuesday 17th March 2015

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We love the Greek Islands in the spring. Both the crowds and the heat are more manageable than during the summer, which makes exploring the islands that bit easier! We think April and May are among the best months to go as the flowers are in bloom. To help you decide what to do during your visit to the islands, we’ve picked our top five favourite activities.

1)    Visit the Valley of Butterflies

5278313769_242d8c5992_z To the north of the island of Rhodes you’ll find a delightful natural reserve, The Valley of Butterflies (Petaloúdes in Greek). This unique part of the island is the only natural forest of Sweetgum trees in Europe, and these attract countless butterflies every year. Butterflies come here to breed around the end of May, but it’s a beautiful place to visit throughout spring when the flowers are in bloom. You can follow the shaded walk through thick greenery to see small rivers and waterfalls, which lead you up to the top of the valley to the area’s monastery. Remember to check out the museum, which provides lots of information on the reserve’s animals and plants. If you’re there when the butterflies are resting, try to keep noise to a minimum so as not to disturb them.

2)    Go hiking around Kefalonia

620984472_0835a17579_z Kefalonia is a great island for hiking, walking and cycling. It’s the largest of the Ionian Islands in western Greece, and we think it’s a really special place to visit when on your cruise holiday. You’ll have plenty of opportunities for holiday snaps whilst walking around this stunning island, such as the incredible view over Myrtos Beach, a beautiful secluded cove with pristine sands and bright turquoise waters, and an uninterrupted view out to the horizon. One of the most pleasant walks to do here is a countryside ramble through Paliki – a peninsular on the west of the island. This stroll is relatively easy and will guide you through a gentle landscape over low hills to pass by green luscious valleys, which stand out beautifully against the rest of the stony island’s landscape.

3)    Take a dip in the hot springs

10909333814_a42ffdd6ca_z The Greek Islands are a hub of volcanic activity, and this means that you’ve got a few choices when it comes to finding hot springs. Our favourite spot is Palia Kameni within the island of Santorini. The water here is lovely and deep, and you can enjoy a revitalising mud mask whilst bathing in the turquoise hot springs. Due to the rich volcanic soil, the island also produces some really fantastic wine, so be sure to check out one of our food and wine tours to find out more. If you’re simply keen to relax after your hot spring visit, check out one of the island’s beautiful multi-coloured sand beaches.

 4)    Step back through time

9451928431_03317dacb0_z With a history spanning over 4,000 years, the Greek Islands have more historical sites than you can shake a stick at. We offer some great excursions for history lovers, such as the Historic Rhodes Walking Tour which guides you through some incredible parts of the island, including its amazing walled medieval city. Also on Rhodes you’ll find the archaeological site, Lindos. This site is packed with things to see, including churches from the 13th and 14th centuries, Roman temple remains, and a Doric temple. You can find out more about these on our Journey to Lindos excursion.

5)    Dive into the deep

4661514_2a68416d28_z With its clear, warm turquoise waters, the Greek Islands attract colourful wildlife and are great for snorkelling and scuba diving. We recommend joining a group to head to one of the many sea caves that line the islands’ borders. Cave diving can be especially rewarding due to the rare animals that gather in the depths, and the colours that are seen when sunlight finds its way through the many overhanging cliffs. When scuba diving in the Greek Islands you’ll get the chance to see beautiful and rare species that converge around the hot springs beneath the water, such as pods of lobsters, and adorable seals. If you’re not keen on taking the dive, then the beautiful beaches such as those at Kefalonia double up as superb snorkelling spots, and the shallows are great for kids.

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