Greek islands have a romance about them, as does Cyprus. Long lazy days with glorious sunshine, lounging by the pool or on the beach, then a stroll to a local taverna for a relaxed meal, with an evening stroll for a retsina or ouzo and the possibility of a little bouzouki music. Evenings are balmy here, with a backdrop of chirping cicadas and the odd braying donkey.
As for the views and countryside, you can escape surprisingly easily, to little villages tucked away, at times in the hills, where it seems as if not much has changed for years. A few café tables around the square with the click of tavli (backgammon) being played, and trees shading the men from the sun. You’ll be sure to find a church filled with icons and small shrines beside the roads. Rural life sets its own unhurried pace and you will have the chance to relax.
There are activities available, with walking trails, cycling routes and water sports. Greece is famous for its ships and motorboats, which allow you to explore the coastlines, with pretty coves and hidden beaches – perfect for a real escape!
Villas on the islands come in all sizes with great emphasis given to comfort and the outdoor way of life: dinner on the terrace by lantern light or a barbeque perhaps. It’s perfect here for couples, groups of friends and families – bring everyone and enjoy time together! After a few days winding down in your home from home, you’ll become enchanted with this gorgeous country.
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