Legend has it that a giant labyrinth was once present in Knossos, on the Greek Isle of Crete, one that would host a giant Minotaur at its centre. This is in fact a well-known story, and you don’t need to be an expert of all things Greek in order to have at least heard of it.
But there’s one aspect about this myth that is symbolic of the place it refers to: a labyrinth is somewhere that reflects the difficulty of finding the right direction, a place where it’s terribly difficult to choose between turning right or left.
Like in a maze, as you’re faced with a list of dozens of different destinations, picking the best options for your Greek Island cruises could seem a puzzling experience to say the least.
While Crete is a world of its own, with unique traditions and history, many other islands are easier to group together and chosen according to your preferences. Paying homage to the country’s variety, we’d like to introduce three completely different destinations for your next Greek cruise.
A big part of the Aegean experience is about taking it easy: whatever port of call you decide to stop at, rest assured that swimming and sunbathing will be the most natural thing to do around the Cyclades. Thanks to a sea blue enough to rival the Caribbean and welcoming villages where the sound of the breeze is the loudest noise you can hear, the islands of Santorini, Paros and Crete are perfect for the water babies who need to take a break from the frantic rhythm of their everyday lives. To discover these isles, consider Marella Cruises’ Pearls of the Aegean or Norwegian Cruise Line’s Eastern Mediterranean cruises, both giving you a unique chance to explore the Cyclades.
If rugged, green, windy and untamed are among the qualities you value from a dream destination, you shouldn’t think twice about the Sporades Islands – they truly have it all. This group of islands to the east of mainland Greece are not afraid to impress, but are also capable of doing so away from the limelight. With pine trees, ancient buildings and countless opportunities for hikes, Skiatos, Skyros and Skopelos are the go-to islands for all nature lovers and those willing to discover the most exotic parts of the country.
Greece is the fulcrum of European history, and this is something that can be noted not only in the ancient monuments dotting the central and eastern parts of the country, but also in its western limbs, which don’t cease to surprise thanks to their unique architecture. For culture vultures looking to discover different aspects of the country’s heritage, nowhere is better than Corfu. With unexpected British, Venetian and French influences, the island’s towns have a proud spirit of their own. Not to be missed are the Palace of St. Michael and St. George, the town hall and the Liston, based on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. Make sure you take some time to explore the Spianada area too, when your Thomson Cruises or Royal Caribbean International cruise stops here.
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