Set sail into the blues: Greece offers plenty of bucket-list experiences

(Right) There is still an active volcano on a tiny island in the middle of Santorini's caldera and you can climb up for a 360-degree view. (Far right) A postcard-perfect sunset from Santorini's Fira village. (Above) Almost 2,000 years old, this build
A postcardperfect sunset from Santorini’s Fira village. PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
(Right) There is still an active volcano on a tiny island in the middle of Santorini's caldera and you can climb up for a 360-degree view. (Far right) A postcard-perfect sunset from Santorini's Fira village. (Above) Almost 2,000 years old, this build
Almost 2,000 years old, this building in the famed ancient city of Ephesus was once a library and is now a tourist magnet.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
Mykonos’ shops line narrow lanes and sell everything from trinkets adorned with the iconic Greek evil eye to handcrafted leather sandals.
Mykonos’ shops line narrow lanes and sell everything from trinkets adorned with the iconic Greek evil eye to handcrafted leather sandals.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
Souvenirs from Mykonos, which show doors in myriad colours other than the common blue.
Souvenirs from Mykonos, which show doors in myriad colours other than the common blue.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
Milos (above) is a peaceful haven in contrast to the tourism-driven Mykonos. Because it is a smaller island with shallower waters, it is inaccessible to large cruise ships and the place is almost deserted.
Milos (above) is a peaceful haven in contrast to the tourism-driven Mykonos. Because it is a smaller island with shallower waters, it is inaccessible to large cruise ships and the place is almost deserted.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG
(Right) There is still an active volcano on a tiny island in the middle of Santorini's caldera and you can climb up for a 360-degree view. (Far right) A postcard-perfect sunset from Santorini's Fira village. (Above) Almost 2,000 years old, this build
There is still an active volcano on a tiny island in the middle of Santorini’s caldera and you can climb up for a 360-degree view.PHOTO: SUZANNE SNG

With their gorgeous sunsets, picturesque landscapes and ancient history, the islands of Greece offer travellers plenty of bucket-list experiences

You cannot help but feel blue when in Greece.

It is the good kind of blue, though. It is the blue of the sky and the sea, of painted shutters and domed roofs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 05, 2020, with the headline 'Set sail into the blues '. Print Edition | Subscribe