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The Greek Islands are known for many things. Sometimes for their unique cultures or their history, perhaps even their beaches and nightlife. However, one thing people often forget about is the landscapes that will greet people when they arrive.

Every island has its own flair and character, although some are elevated above the rest by not just simple beauty, but unique and awe-inspiring wonders. So, if you’re travelling to the islands of Greece sometime in the future, make sure you read the list below, you might just make memories that last a lifetime.

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The Melissani Cave

Melissani Cave

Melissani Cave (c) flickr/Michal Kosacky

Taking a journey through the Melissani Caves feels more like you are entering a dream world than an old system of underground tunnels. Its wide, jagged entrance entices you in an exciting, yet slightly ominous way. The setting has an aura of mystery about it. Delving deeper into the cave, you’ll soon find yourself in its heart. A great pool sits encircled by steep rock walls coated in plant life, above lies an enormous opening; like a giant natural skylight. This allows sunlight to cascade into the water, illuminating it in a beautiful turquoise that reflects off the cave walls and makes the whole place come alive. This little paradise beneath the surface of Kefalonia, one of the Ionian Islands, is simply an unmissable experience.

The Samaria Gorge

Samariá Gorge

Samariá Gorge, Crete (c) flickr/Krzysztof Belczyński

Samaria Gorge is a place like no other. Just like the Melissani Cave, it would easily look the part as a scene of epic fantasies like Game of Thrones. Found on the island of Crete, the gorge is a mix of cliff edges, walkways, vibrant plant life and stunning views. The location is perfect for people looking for adventures or anyone who likes to appreciate the beauty of nature at it’s best.

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Santorini (c) flickr/Irene Grassi

If you journey north of Crete, you’ll soon come to a rather unusual island. Unlike the rest of those found dotted about Greece, which are home to white beaches and lush greenery, this island is contrastingly dark and out of place. The island of Santorini is indeed peculiar, but that isn’t surprising when you consider the island is the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. Lava from the eruption cooled as it met the waters of the Med, forming the landmass we now know as Santorini. On the island, you can experience otherworldly volcanic landscapes while enjoying the beautiful sights of the island from its many hiking trails. You can also visit the volcano that formed the island; careful though, as it’s still active.

The Giola

Natural sea water pool located on Thassos island in Greece

Natural sea water pool located on Thassos island in Greece

On the island of Thassos, there is a pool known as the Giola; built not by man, but by mother earth. Just like a rock pool you’d find by any seaside town, the Giola is just a pool filled with fresh Mediterranean water. However, it is much more of a spectacle than your average rock pool. The rock bed beneath gives it a stunning turquoise glow and the warm Mediterranean water combines with the sun to create a giant natural pool, and a glorious place to for a swim. There are no risks of being swept away, eaten by sharks or stung by jellyfish, it is just is a great spot for relaxing in nature’s bathing spot.

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Hot Springs of Samothraki

Hot Springs of Samothraki

Hot Springs of Samothraki (c) flickr/Dimitris Siskopoulos

Samothraki is a small island located near the coast of both Greece and Turkey and is perhaps a place very few people know about. However, while it might not have the pedigree of some of the larger and more well-known islands, it has something they don’t. Within the town of Therma are a number of hot springs. These glorious locations are easy to reach and offer a combination of incredible rock formations, plant life and beguiling waterfalls.

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