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When travellers think of the Greek islands, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Rhodes are probably the first to come to mind. But there is more to Greece than merely the best-known (and usually the most expensive or crowded) islands. If you go just a little off the beaten path, you will find a wide range of enticing destinations.

In the Cyclades, the Central Aegean group that includes Mykonos and Santorini, you will also find Andros, where many wealthy Athenians maintain villas, and tiny Amorgos, a genuine hideaway. Also in the Cyclades: Sifnos, Siros, Naxos, and Paros (perhaps not "quiet" but a great alternative to Mykonos).

Dodecanese, in the Southeast Aegean off the coast of Turkey and dominated by Rhodes, also includes tranquil Patmos and the sponge divers' islands of Symi, Kos, and Halki.

The Northeast Aegean is relatively far from Athens, though quite accessible. In this area you will find Lesvos, home of the ancient poet Sappho, and Samos, just 2 miles off the Turkish coast.

Still in the northeast but closer to Athens, the Sporades include Skopelos, which offers beautiful beaches and pine forests like those of its better-known neighbor, Skiathos.

The Saronic Islands include Poros, Spetses, and the artists' colony of Hydra; although these islands are only an hour south of Athens by ferry, fewer overseas visitors find their way here.

West of mainland Greece and south of Corfu lie Paxos and Lefkada, while just a bit further south are Cephalonia and Zakynthos, larger islands with lovely towns and beaches.

We offer properties throughout these Greek islands, in all shapes and sizes, including apartments, cottages, villas, and one-of-a-kind homes like converted windmills. Nearly all of our properties are on or near the coast, of course, within easy reach of beaches and watersports. On these less travelled islands, you may not find the extensive nightlife or resort facilities of an island like Mykonos, but you will enjoy many other rewards -- including secluded beaches and all the natural beauty the Greek islands are famous for.

If you do not see a particular island mentioned on this flyer, just ask; we may offer one or two properties there. This is only an introduction to our properties on the less well-known Greek islands. Please contact us for flyers describing specific villas and apartments.

Properties range from studio apartments to villas. The typical property includes 1-4 bedroom(s), 1-3 bathroom(s), living room, dining area, fully equipped kitchen, and often a terrace or balcony. Interiors range from simple and comfortable to tasteful and elegant, often in traditional Greek style. A few properties offer amenities such as telephone, color TV, dishwasher, and washing machine.

Typical peak rates range from studios at about $600/wk to 3-4 bedroom villas at about $2000/wk. Rates increase with amenities (e.g. a shared pool) or for exceptional locations. Many offer flexible start dates and 4-5 night minimum. Others require fixed start dates (e.g. Mon.-Mon.) and one-week minimum. Off-season rates available on request.

SERVICES. Maid service may be available. Linen and towels are usually included.

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