A Greek Island Odyssey

If you fancy an odyssey, there is only one place you can do it properly: following in the footsteps of mythical Greek hero Odysseus and his ten-year voyage home after finally winning the Trojan War from those troublesome Trojans.

It took Odysseus more than ten years drifting through the Greek islands to get home. But if you have less time, you could spend a week, say, hopping between them. Each island has its own spirit and culture. Some are famous for their beaches; others for their archaeological remains or their food. We can suggest a few itineraries, but just for an idea, how about a week-long trip between Mykonos, Delos, Naxos, and finishing up on Santorini:

You start on Mykonos, one of the glitziest Greek islands. It oozes glamour and shiny shops down twisting ancient lanes. You can sail into the old port of Hora and look up at the windmills that the town is famous for, and then sit at a seafront café in the town’s Venetian harbour while the sun slowly sets.

From there, the temples and delicate mosaics on the little island of Delos will mean you a pleasant morning’s historical study.

Naxos is another myth-soaked island – it was here that ungrateful Theseus abandoned his girlfriend Ariadne after she had shown him how to kill the Minotaur and then find his way out of the Labyrinth. The island may be full of heartbreak, but it’s also famous for local wine, so at least you can drown your sorrows afterwards.

And finally Santorini is special even among the finest Greek islands. It’s a place for anyone with an artistic soul attracted by the multi-coloured cliffs that rise out of the sea, blue-domed white houses, and the pervasive atmosphere of a place drenched in colour. A place to meditate after your drifting.

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