An extended article-tribute that praises the Greek islands was published on July 12 by the British newspaper, the Guardian, raising Greeks’ hopes to await a much bigger tourism flow this summer.
The text seems to mainly focus on the small Cyclades and the beauties they hide. Highlighting the simplicity as well as the authenticity of the Greek islands, they probably warn Greeks to preserve at all costs both the tradition and the simplicity which make them stand out and remain an authentic destination.
“The Small Cyclades are one of the few spots in Greece where you can still experience a low-key, laid-back island-hopping adventure – something which has all but disappeared from the bigger Greek islands, with their budget flights and boutique hotels. From Naxos a network of local ferries connects the islands of Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissi, Donoussa and Amorgos.
To be true to the spirit of island-hopping, you could simply take your pick from the hand-written signs waved at you by locals as you disembark at the quayside offering ‘rooms to rent’.”
Moreover, the newspaper describes the dozens of activities offered. From scuba diving to sea kayaking and swimming in caves near Keros, along with seals and dolphins in Schinoussa.
In spring and autumn the smaller islands offer a peaceful alternative to the more popular hiking trails of Crete and the Peloponnese, prompting the reader to make this trip.