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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

Taking it easy on Skopelos

Many of the Greek islands have undergone dramatic changes as they’ve developed to cope with the onset of mass tourism. Skopelos offers a refreshing contrast as it has been largely spared and retains its character as a traditional, working island where it is tourism that fits in

Go on… treat yourself!

Sometimes in life we want to treat ourselves and deservedly so. At GIC – The Villa Collection we understand that a holiday can be a personal reward. Wherever we choose to escape to in the world, a holiday can allow us the opportunity to relax and 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

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view

Is there anything better than opening your bedroom shutters to greet the warming rays of the morning sun; to relax on your balcony listening to the sound of the sea lapping at the rocks below; to watch the comings and goings of harbour life from your poolside

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,

Skopelos: Every Beach Tells A Story

Every bay, hillock and promontory in Greece has its fair share of tales to tell, but it seems that on Skopelos it’s the beaches that narrate the story of the island. Take Stafylos, only 4km from Skopelos Town, a nicely pebbled popular beach with umbrellas that don’t

Mamma Mia! It’s a new music festival on Skopelos

On the one hand Skopelos is keen to keep its reputation as a laid-back Greek island that has held back the ravages of mass tourism  and maintained its natural character. On the other hand when your island plays host to a movie as popular as Mamma Mia,

How Skopelos has survived the Mamma Mia effect

As successful movies go, Mamma Mia! is right up there as one of the big winners in recent years. It has the perfect combination of a happy (if oh-so-cheesy) plot, feel-good music sung by film stars who were obviously having a great time making the movie, and

Traditional Greece meets the world…..

For the last 50 years the small Ionian island of Lefkas has been promoting the message of peace, friendship and brotherhood among nations through music and dance. For one music-filled week in August the island’s activities are centred on the tiny capital of the island where the