The first pay day of 2015 is here and it’s got me thinking, where I would like to go this summer. After quite a bit of research and a few late nights I’ve decided that I’d like to visit one of these Greek Islands.

Take a look at the Islands I’ve picked out below.

Crete

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The largest of all the Greek Islands, Crete has so much to offer. From the party resort of Malia to the quaint streets of Elounda Crete offers a resort perfect for you.

To the west of the island in the region Chania the landscape is dominated by the white mountains the beautiful National Park. A paradise for food and wine lovers Chania is the ideal relaxing resort.

The capital of the island, Heraklion, is an appealing year round destination that has a beautiful combination of urban spaces and greenery rising up the two mountain ranges. Apart from the long stretches of beach Heraklion has a range of activities perfect for keeping the kids entertained.

East of Heraklion is the lively destination of Malia that draws in young Brits every summer for long lazy days and late night drinking. There are a selection of cheap self-catering hotels as well as a few luxurious all-inclusive resorts that cater for the late night ravers.

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Corfu

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The second largest of all the Ionian Islands, Corfu is a lush green island off the west coast of mainland Greece. Benefiting from a mild climate all year round makes Corfu a popular choice to holiday.

One of the largest resorts on the island is Sidari in the north. Once a quaint fishing village it quickly grew to become the lively resort that it is today. The nightlife and a number of excellent restaurants is just the start. The main beach has been awarded the Blue Flag, meaning it has outstanding water quality, clean beaches, and the best life saving and disability access facilities.

Unlike Sidari, Arillas is still a relatively small resort that is ideal for families and couples who want a quiet atmosphere. Thanks to the soft sandy beach and shallow waters the coastal resort is perfect for kids who want to splash around in the sea. In the centre there are a variety of locally run taverns and restaurants that also have some lovely evening entertainment.

Heading further south to the capital of the island, Corfu Town is the biggest resort. Influenced massively by its own history and culture the town has many historical attractions including the Archaeological Museum of Corfu and the Corfuterra Gallery.

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Zante

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Last but not least is the island of Zakynthos or Zante that is also part of the Ionian string of islands. Zante has a lot to see and do even though it is a much smaller island than Crete and Corfu.

Kalamaki is a sophisticated resort in the south east corner of the island. Close to both the capital town and the larger and more popular resort of Laganas, Kalamaki is perfect for you to explore these destinations. The traditional slow paced Greek lifestyle still prevails, which is perfect if you want a chilled holiday.

A short distance from Kalamaki is the large resort of Laganas. The reputation of Laganas stretches far and wide thanks to its lively nightlife. However there is more to Laganas than this, it boasts possibly the best beach on the island and numerous attractions such as the turtle breeding ground and conservation centre.  If you want to book an action packed holiday this year then Laganas is perfect for you.

The capital of this paradise island is the aptly named town of Zakinthos. From here visitors can visit the most popular area on the island. Smugglers Cove known locally as Navagio is Zante’s most famous sight (pictured to the right). With its dramatic white cliffs, clear blue waters and small secluded beach that is only accessible by boat. A definite must see when visiting the island.

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