By Robin.Gauldie

Escape the madding crowds on Corfu

The Union Jack flew over Corfu for half a century, and this bustling holiday island sometimes seems as if it’s still part of the Empire.

Samos: a greener Greek island

Until I visited Samos, my experience of the Greek islands had been limited to the arid, rocky little isles of the Cyclades, almost treeless except for carefully nurtured olive groves.

Life’s a beach at Kassandra

It takes less than an hour to get from the bustle of Thessaloniki to the beaches of Kassandra, so it’s not surprising that it’s a favourite holiday weekend spot for d

Paros: heart of the Cyclades

The first time I went island hopping, I went straight from Athens airport to the port of Piraeus and asked the man at the ticket office when the next boat was due to sail. Next

Ikaria: Greece's lost horizon

No wonder it took the outside world a long time to discover the Greek island of Ikaria. This isn’t an island that welcomes you with open arms.

Summer night fever in Zakynthos

Zakynthos claims it has more hours of sunshine than any of its rivals. That might be disputed (Rhodes makes the same claim). But why quibble?

Absolutely fabulous Mykonos

Sybaritic resorts, designer shopping and upscale boutique hotels have made Mykonos the jet-set island for the ‘it’ crowd since the 1960s - with, as a bonus, a style-c

Olympus: home of the gods

No wonder the ancient Greeks knew their gods lived on Mount Olympus. Much of the time, the 9,480ft summit is capped by clouds.

Close to heaven in Halkidiki

The Porto Carras Resort on the west coast of the Sithonia peninsula is a plutocrat’s dream, with a private marina, an 18-hole golf course, and a choice of three-star to fiv

Lively nights in Chania

Don’t choose a place to stay right on Chania’s harbour promenade if you over-value peace and quiet and a good night’s sleep. On a summer evening, the music

Beach life in Skiathos

Superb beaches, green hills and dazzling turquoise seas are the hallmarks of Skiathos, best known of a trio of islands in the Sporades group, within sight of the Greek mainland.

Old and new in Alonissos

You don’t expect an out-of-the-way island like Alonissos to be wired – but turn on your laptop anywhere in Patitiri, its main village, and you can click straight onto

Skopelos: the Mamma Mia island

Who would have thought the DVD of the film of a musical based on the hits of a 1970s Swedish pop group would, as if by magic, bring fame to a Greek island 30 years on? But – Abba cadabra!

Ancient Greece in your own time

Coach tours whizz you from Athens to Delphi and Olympia without pausing to soak up the atmosphere of Greece’s most evocative archaeological sites.

Secret Crete

Head for Crete’s wild and wonderful south coast to discover a world apart from the Venetian-chic hotels of Chania and Rethymnon, the opulent enclaves of Elounda and the relen

Lesbos: the foodie island

Some say the best ouzo in Greece comes from Plomari on Lesbos, and papalina (freshly salted sardines) from the Gulf of Kalloni make the perfect accompaniment.

Kalymnos: adrenaline island

Hanging by your fingers and toes from a sheer rock wall above the beaches of Kalymnos, you may well ask yourself: ‘What am I doing here?’ You can, if you want, come to

Head for Hydra

You could choose Hydra for a romantic break, a two-centre holiday combining the buzz of Athens with island charm