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Guest blog: Kefalonia – we read, we eat, we swim, we talk…

Sarah, one of our travel agent partners from Westway Travel in Wickford, Essex took a holiday with us in June to the beautiful island of Kefalonia.  Read about her stay on the largest of the Ionian islands. Tell me if this sounds familiar: Getting up in the

Exploring the Acheron River – The gateway to the underworld

You don’t have to travel far in Greece to come across a link back to the country’s rich mythology. There are archaeological ruins of ancient temples, natural landmarks said to be inhabited by deities, and of course many islands, mountains and cities whose names recognise the greats of

Highlights of Western Crete

If Greek hospitality is famous the world over, then Crete is considered the place where the welcome to visitors is the warmest of all. The largest and most southern of the Greek islands, Crete’s size means that beyond its beaches (of which there are many) there’s a

National Marine Park of Alonissos

Alonissos is popular with a small but loyal group of regular visitors, thanks mainly to its laid-back vibe, its quiet beaches and its network of marked walking trails. For nature lovers the waters surrounding Alonissos are also part of its appeal, along with the nearby uninhabited islands which together

A trip to The Sporades

The Sporades are a cluster of Greek islands in the northwest Aegean Sea. The four of them – Alonissos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros are known for their beaches, rugged natural terrain, coastal snorkelling and alluring island atmosphere. Alonissos has won a Gold Medal for the quality of the

Corfu and the value of TV publicity

The world of travel writing is a funny one. In an ideal world it is travel writers who first identify the most hip, trendy places to go in any particular year. The theory goes that they do the hard work in seeking out the undiscovered gems and

Reasons to love the Greek Islands: Eating out

  More than almost any other holiday destination, visitors to the Greek islands have a habit of returning year after year. Whether they go back to the same island and the same accommodation, or make a point of visiting a succession of different places, there’s something about the Greek islands

A relaxing retreat for two

Increasingly, we find ourselves living in a time-poor society. We live our lives at a fast pace, rushing from one place to another, searching for the next challenge and permanently connected to mobile technology. For many, myself included, finding a work-life balance that allows quality time to

Unique properties in Greece and Cyprus

At GIC – The Villa Collection we understand that every client is unique and that our featured villas must reflect the diverse requirements of our travellers. This is why we return to Greece and Cyprus ever year in search of new properties, selecting only those which tick

No Frills or Travelling in Style?

Back in 1994 when I joined GIC The Villa Collection, or Greek Islands Club as it was known then, we prided ourselves on offering an upgraded flight service. At a time when check-in desks, seat allocation, on board meal service and a baggage allowance was the norm,