North Aegean islands
Attending a traditional Greek festival, called panigiri, in Ikaria or exploring the lush nature of Samos? Going village-hopping in Chios or visiting the unique petrified forest of Lesvos? Swimming under the shadow of Limnos castle or exploring the virgin paradises of Samothrace and Thasos? The North Aegean islands are full of unexplored, hidden treasures, unforgettable experiences and authentic Greek hospitality. Scattered in the northeastern part of the Aegean sea, these islands are true gems and will charm you with their interesting history, wonderful beaches and delightful slow living lifestyle.
Samos is a place of lush vegetation, ideal for hiking and cycling. Walk along Kerkis Mountain, from Votsalakia in Marathocampos, to its peak, Vigla Mountain and while you hike you will see over 1,400 species of rare plants, many of which are endemic to the island, as well as dozens of species of birds of prey.
Chios is a mountainous island with only a few valleys formed in its south and east regions. The island is known for its picturesque landscape, and also for its Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and sparse rainfalls in the summer.
Greece’s third-largest island, after Crete and Euboea, Lesvos is marked by long sweeps of rugged, desert-like western plains that give way to sandy beaches and salt marshes in the center of the island. Further east thickly forested mountains and dense olive groves are set.