Greek Islands: Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
) I was a frequent traveler, and have had itchy feet ever since. Now, with the kids at college, the opportunity arises once more and I plan to fit in some of the places I didn't manage to get to before, like the Greek Islands. Though I walked through the Acropolis while that was still permitted, as well as Delphi and other famous spots on the mainland, made it to Knossos and Crete, and enjoyed magical glimpses of other islands on a ferry trip, most remain a mystery to me.
here to begin? With a
guide naturally, always my preferred starting point. This one opens on a
page, a map, and gorgeous
photos with recommendations from other travelers. The introduction tells us that '
The Greek islands are simply about location, location, location ... It is simply magic.
' This is followed by the usual concise sections on
Food & Drink
(with a handy vocabulary list),
Greek Islands Outdoors
. At the back of the book are standard chapters:
(covering topics from
; and a
he meat of the guidebook offers detailed information on:
Athens & the Mainland Ports
Saronic Gulf Islands
Northeastern Aegean Islands
Evia & the Sporades
, and the
. In each of these sections, we learn about history; how to get to places and back again; about sights and activities; tours; sleeping and eating; entertainment and shopping. Of particular interest are color inserts, filled with enticing photos, on
(including coverage of water sports, land-based adventures like rock climbing, and eco-volunteering) and
Off the Beaten Track
(telling of places which '
offer much more than just the postcard clichés
he guidebook recommends spring and autumn as '
the best times to visit the Greek islands.
' So start planning a trip, but don't leave home without
Lonely Planet: Greek Islands
- though I wouldn't rely on its ouzo hangover avoidance advice!
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