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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

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

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

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

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

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

Clueless in Corfu

Having holidayed in Greece for almost all of 38 summers, exploring more islands ending in ‘-os’ than I can remember as well as Athens, Halkidiki, Crete and Kefalonia, I find it hard to believe – and, to some extent, frustrating – that it’s taken me until now