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Why A Trip Through The Aegean Sea Should Be Your Next Holiday

By Rebecca O'Malley July 22, 2019

Presented in partnership with Crusieco.

The Greek Islands — one just isn’t enough. They offer something for every type of traveller: a retreat for love-drunk newlyweds, party animals, history buffs… The sun-drenched beaches and crystal-clear waters are a platform for dancing, water sports, relaxation or family fun and a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Oh, and THE FOOD! 

The Aegean Sea is cosied up between Greece and Turkey and is home to over 6,000 islands (of which only 277 are home to human populations). Why stick to one when you can hop between a handful? When you factor in the destinations sitting on the stunning Turkish coastline, there’s even more to explore, especially if you decide to travel by boat. 

We’ve given you our top picks for island hopping through the Aegean Sea. You might not be able to make it to all 6,000 islands (but definitely give it a go!) but we’ve lined up a location to suit every type of traveller.

Santorini (pictured above) is perhaps the best looking of the bunch and the most popular spot for newlyweds. Feast your eyes upon the infamous Santorini sunset as it sweeps across the white walled buildings and expansive sea views. Enjoy the sparkling sea waters as they playfully lap onto the volcanic sand and spectacular rock formations.

Mykonos is a must visit if you’re in the mood to party. This whitewashed paradise is both glamorous and serene, with more than its fair share of bars, restaurants and dancing spots. 

Crete is the largest of the Greek Islands and is home to thousands of years of ancient history.  Athens, the capital of Greece, is another must visit if you’re keen to explore the history of the region. A half-day tour is plenty of time to visit the Acropolis, the ancient citadel and UNESCO World Heritage Site that tells the secrets of the Parthenon and the ancient Greek world. Just venture up to the mainland. 

From Athens, you can hop on a boat and travel over to the Turkish Coast. Stop off at Kuşadası, a popular harbour town, for a well-deserved rest. The beaches across the coastline are pristine and the Dilek Peninsula showcases a wealth of natural beauty. If you’re yet to fill your quota of ancient ruins, be sure to check out the 13th Century Byzantine fortress on Pigeon Island

Travelling by boat is a great way to explore all of the aforementioned destinations. Not only will you be escorted from island to island, you'll also have the opportunity to soak up the island views from the sea. Plus, you'll only have to unpack once! It's a win-win-win!

Presented in partnership with Cruiseco. 

If you’re interested in booking a holiday to any of the above destinations, consider booking a cruise with Cruiseco, The Cruise Specialists. Cruiseco Celestyal Cruises showcase the best of the Aegean Sea and are designed to ensure each fly, stay and cruise holiday is perfect and ready to be enjoyed to its fullest. 

Eclectic Aegean Cruise departs on May 2, 2020. Idyllic Aegean Cruise departs on June 6, 2020. For more info visit cruising.com.au