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Notes from the field – Crete

  Crete is Greece’s largest island and a tapestry of unfolding countryside, stunning beaches, and ancient archaeological sites meaning it has something to offer everyone. Rosanna, our travel expert, recently travelled to the island and shares with us her personal highlights. Details of your favourite properties and

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

An Introduction to Meganissi

  Few Greek islands have been named as inaccurately as Meganissi. Despite the name translating as ‘Big Island’ Meganissi is quite the opposite, with a handful of settlements and a gentle, easy-paced approach to life which has for many years attracted holidaymakers in search of a relaxing Greek

The idyllic island of Paxos

If you want peace and quiet, beautiful scenery, unspoiled beaches, wonderful walks, fantastic accommodation, friendly locals and excellent food then the Ionian island of Paxos is for you. We fell in love with island and its people 25 years ago. It is a place that has captured

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

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

A holiday behind the headlines

Yesterday, Sunday 5th July, at about the same time the Greek voters were going to the polls about their referendum, we were driving along the Peloponnesian coast on the way to Kalamata airport. The three of us had just spent the most glorious fortnight in Stoupa, our

A stay at Villa Milos, Lefkas

It’s mid-August and the temperature is in the mid-30s. I have not been to Lefkas for many years and Sue, my wife, has never been. It was a last-minute decision to come here for a week and see what’s happening on the ground and for Sue to update our resort

The delights of Pomos in western Cyprus

Pomos lies in a dramatic position on the north-west coast of Cyprus, fitting tightly along the narrow coastal strip that lies at the foot of the Troodos mountains. Immediately to the north is the Turkish-Cypriot-controlled exclave of Kokkina (Erenköy in Turkish – not normally accessible to the