As the heat of the summer season subsides, calm resumes across the Mediterranean. For walkers, along with the spring months and October, this is a wonderful time to explore Europe on foot. Our local representative, Julia on Alonissos has written a walking guide for the island for self-guided tours and the island of Samos is very good for independent walkers. We also offer guided walking holidays on Kythnos and Crete.

Crete, Greece Crete, Greece

Many of the destinations featured on our Greece holiday programme can be combined on a 14 night twin-centre holiday. Popular combinations include Kefalonia with Ithaca, Corfu with Paxos or AntiPaxos, Samos with Ikaria and the North and South Peloponnese. It is also possible to choose between Parga, Sivota, Lefkas and Meganissi, and between Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.

Apollonia Studios, Assos, Kefalonia Apollonia Studios, Assos, Kefalonia

The Azores archipelago in the mid-Atlantic is a paradise for walkers and outdoor enthusiasts. Explore volcanic lakes, craters and tunnels on foot or, if you a looking for a challenge, you can opt to hike Mount Pico, Portugal’s highest peak, with a guide.

Pico, The Azores Pico, The Azores

September is the time of harvest. On Cyprus, the wine villages celebrate the offerings of the land and throughout the month a host of festivals take place: Galata food festival, the grape festival in Koilaniou, Lofou, Arsos and Koilani and the Pastelli festival in Anogyra. We also love the Douro valley at this time of year and the wine estates of Sicily - there is nothing better than seeing the countryside alive with activity.

Douro Valley, Portugal Douro Valley, Portugal

A harvest of a different variety takes place along the west coast of Sweden. From 20 September lobster can be fished along this remarkable stretch of coastline, named by CNN as one of the most beautiful natural wilderness areas in the world. Join a lobster safari from Fjallbacka or just enjoy the delicacy at one of the many ‘Taste of West Sweden’ certified restaurants in the region.

Lobster pots, Sweden Lobster pots, Sweden

In the north, the Aurora Borealis has returned and you can combine sightings of this colourful display with outdoor experiences including foraging, wilderness skills, cooking, hiking, fat-biking, kayaking and yoga. With so many activities on offer and with autumnal glow in the nature, this is one of our favourite times to visit Swedish Lapland.

Aurora Borealis, Swedish Lapland Aurora Borealis, Swedish Lapland
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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