The Greek Islands (Paperback)
Betwixt sky and sea, drenched in sunshine and salty spray, like precious pearls the isles of Greece rise at random from the sea. Large and small, with "seaward and landward towns", frequently fortified and even with castles, with Lilliputian white villages, noble mansions and humble dwellings, steep cobbled streets, vines and olive trees, windmills and countless churches, their charm is irresistible, an open invitation for the visitor to get to know them better. It is no easy task to describe the beauty of the islands with their age-old history, remnants of monuments of all eras, legends interwoven with the past, bringing it to life with every step. Each island is a story in itself. There are over 3,000 isles and islets, of which only 167 are inhabited, the majority scattered throughout the Aegean Sea. With their picturesque landscapes, mild climate, lovely beaches and host of monuments, the islands attract thousands of visitors seeking relaxing and interesting holidays. This book is intended to give the visitor an overview of the islands' past history, as well as their contemporary aspect, so that he may enjoy their sea and sunshine and unique natural environment in the midst of hospitable folk.