Just as travel agents report big cancellations in bookings in Greece already for the summer of 2022, with fears of the less-deadly but more-contagious Omicron Variant likely to limit international travel, Conde Nast Traveller magazine listed its Best Greek Islands to visit.
They range from the obvious and overcrowded – Santorini and Mykonos – to the less-visited but even more charming, such as Ithaca, Folegandros, Symi and Paxos,
as well as regulars such as Crete, Corfu and Rhodes,
The article came out on Dec. 13, before Greece’s New Democracy government issued more restrictions for during and then after the holiday period and as Omicron has cut so much into airline staff that thousands of flights were being canceled.
Even if that abates in 2022, the number of cases could see more international travel limits in place for a third year of the pandemic that’s being spread by anti-vaxxers not required to be inoculated.
Picking from 200 destinations, the magazine picked Syros for its “culture and off-season cachet,” Sifnos for its food, Hydra as a weekend getaway “with the art crowd,” and Milos for its “photogenic and dramatic coastline.”
Naxos was recommended for its “endless sandy beaches,” Lefkada for sea and surf, Patmos for its “stark mystique,” Tinos for its tavernas and traditional villages and Astypalea for “escaping the crowds,” said Kathimerini.