Greek Islands

(Coordinatng author Korina Miller, Lonely Planet, £14.99)

The last time I was in Rhodes, I took a boat trip to Simi, where properties spill down like confetti to the steep hillside, their shadows tickling the waters’ edge. My next port of call was Halki in the Dodecanese. At a pretty harbour restaurant, I ordered lobster. As there was none available, I was asked if i was happy to wait for the next small fishing boat to dock. Relaxing, sipping red wine and taking in the beautiful vista, of course I was. Sure enough, a boat chugged into the harbour, a waiter popped out of the restaurant and brought back a fresh lobster to satisfy my indulgence. Seafood takes pride of place on many islands, and you cannot ask for it to be any fresher than that. Island hopping is a relatively simple task, and one not to be missed. With Lonely Planet as your guide, you have all the necessary information at your fingertips. Head into remote villages to experience traditional culture and sample local cuisine, and remember that eating out is a must. If you are heading to the islands for the first time, the suggestion is to visit in the shoulder seasons – late spring or early autumn, when the weather is softer and the crowds are slim. Included in the guide is a city map to Athens, must-visit recommendations, sustainable or green accommodation, a full colour food guide, and an island hopping plan feature. Now go and enjoy…