Life on the Greek islands emerges from its sleepy winter slumber and resorts begin to prepare for the forthcoming holiday season. Slowly but surely the hum of daily life returns. Crete, the southernmost island featured by Sunvil, is a popular choice for those looking for spring sunshine. Walking in the Samaria Gorge, visiting the Venetian town of Chania, discovering the White Mountains (often capped with snow at this time of year) and dining at the numerous tavernas are just some of the highlights and offerings of the island.

Crete, Greece Crete, Greece

Easter is a major festival in Greece - bigger than Christmas - and Greek Easter celebrations are famed worldwide. All are welcome! Each island and village has its own special traditions – these may include parading the mummified body of the island’s saint through the streets followed by the hurling of pottery from upper storey windows (Corfu Town) to burning an effigy of Judas on the beach (Loutro in Crete). However, wherever you stay there will be a Good Friday candlelit procession from the church, Saturday night mass when every light goes on at midnight (and fireworks are despatched with little regard for health and safety!). Easter Sunday feasting on spit-roast lamb or goat accompanied by quantities of village wine. This is Greece at her best and a visit at this time is highly recommended.

Greek Easter Greek Easter

Cyprus and Sicily, two of the southern European destinations featured by Sunvil, are open to guests all year but come into their own as spring takes hold. Take a walk in the Troodos Mountains (Cyprus) or the Nebrodi National Park (Sicily), or visit the sites of historical importance on the islands such as the ancient kingdoms of Curium and Amathus (Cyprus), the Neolithic site of Khirokitia (Cyprus), the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento (Sicily), Palermo (Sicily) and the archaeological site at Selinunte (Sicily).

Palermo, Sicily Palermo, Sicily

Heading west, April sees the arrival of migrating baleen whales in the mid-Atlantic paradise of the Azores. Alongside the resident sperm whale and dolphin populations, the routes followed by these magnificent creatures around the nine island archipelago combine to make the Azores one of the best destinations in the world for observing cetaceans in their natural habitat. Try our 7 night whale and dolphin watching holiday on Sao Miguel.

Whale watching, The Azores Whale watching, The Azores

Across the Atlantic, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Peru and Brazil are excellent choices for a long haul holiday. Our 9 night Andes Connection holiday travels from from Ecuadorian capital of Quito to the port of Guayaquil through the Avenue of Volcanoes. All our holidays to Latin America can be tailored using our first-hand knowledge to suit your duration, budget and desired experiences.

Lake Titicaca, Peru Lake Titicaca, Peru
Chris Wright

By Chris Wright

1st January 2018



Chris Wright
Chris Wright

Chris is the Sunvil Group’s managing director and is not only responsible for the overall running of the company, the welfare of its staff, the fabric of the building, the efficient working of its computer systems but also for overseeing and contracting much of the accommodation on the GIC The Villa Collection programme. He is a very hands on managing director, a friend and helper to all, mad on aircraft and indefatigable. Chris joined The Greek Islands Club in 1993, after two years running a scouts’ holiday camp in Wales. He was responsible for maintaining The Club’s sailing boats on Paxos and generally acting as a rep for the villas. Sunvil Inherited Chris on purchasing GIC in 1998 and his abilities were quickly realised. He well deserves the top job.

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