From the Ionian Islands in the west to the brilliant blue and white of the Aegean, the villages of Greece and its islands present a picture of incomparable beauty.
The variety of village life and building springs from a multitude of histories and influences, often through foreign occupation. Yet this cannot disguise the fact that these villages are all, in their separate ways, an expression of Greekness, one of the most durable ideals in history.
Here are the most beautiful villages created by that spirit. Complete with appendices of useful information for the traveller, The Most Beautiful Villages of Greece and the Greek Islands presents a fabulous picture of a culture largely lost to other countries of Europe, but loved by visitors every year.
'If you’re thinking about going on your own Greek odyssey around the loveliest places in Greece and the Greek islands, this is the book you’ll want at your bedside each evening as you dream of glorious afternoons sipping ouzo in sun-baked tavernas … exquisite' Mail on Sunday (Book of the Week)
'A visual delight, this book simply reinforces my wish to return to Greece, again and again. Its simplicity, its contrasts, the blinding beauty of the sky and sea are all shown here in dazzling photographs' Irish Independent
'A feast for the eye ... this book is full of stunning images' Hot Brands Cool Places
Introduction • The Mainland The Peloponnese: Arkadia, Messinia, Lakonia, The Mani Pelion, Epiros, Evritania • The Islands • The Cyclades • Other Aegean Islands: The Dodecanese, Chios, The Argo-Saronic • The Ionian • A Traveller’s Guide
About the Author
Mark Ottaway is the former ChiefTravelWriter at the The Sunday Times.
Hugh Palmer is one of most renowned photographers in the UK of gardens and rural life. He has contributed extensively to the Most Beautiful Villages... series.