fbpx

How to Travel More Sustainably in 2022

After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s only natural that we’re looking forward to 2022 with cautious optimism, eager for our annual escape to the sun.

Pre-pandemic, the importance of sustainable travel was becoming ever more obvious, with many destinations suffering the effects of overtourism (though luckily not our peaceful, unspoilt Dodecanese islands). The recent UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP26, further heightened our awareness of the benefits of travelling sustainably.

While many people are aware of the looming climate crisis, it’s easy to feel a sense of helplessness, a feeling of ‘well, what difference can I make?’

Luckily there are plenty of small adjustments we can all make that collectively make a big difference. Here are our tips for how to travel more sustainably in 2022.


Melomakarona

A Taste of Greek Christmas – Melomakarona

The kitchen smells of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and sweet honey. We’re getting closer to Christmas and it’s that time of the year when we start baking the Greek traditional Christmas cookies. Our favorites are Melomakarona of course!

Melomakarona are traditional Greek Christmas cookies, that are served during Christmas time throughout Greece.

The word “melomakarona” is a combination of the two words “meli”, which means honey and “makarona”. “Makarona” comes from the ancient word “makaria” and means blessed.

Find the recipe below and you can also enjoy a bit of Greek Christmas with your family too. Happy Holidays and “Kala Christougenna”!


alimia halki

The History of Halki

Modern-day Halki is a picture of peace and tranquillity. An island seemingly frozen in time, with grand Italianate houses lining the harbour, fishing boats gently bobbing in the water, and a seriously laidback vibe.

But the tumbledown ruins across this small Dodecanese island hint at an intriguing past. Here’s everything you need to know about the history of Halki.


10 Best Things to Do in Tilos, South Aegean

  • November 10, 2021
  • Tilos
  • No comments

The island of Tilos in the South Aegean offers an idyllic alternative to the busier islands of Rhodes and Kos. Boasting tranquil beaches, mesmerising history, charming villages, and astounding birdlife and landscapes, Tilos is a holiday destination for those seeking an escape from the norm. Come to Tilos to feel rejuvenated and refreshed — we promise tranquillity and natural beauty abounds here.

If you’re keen to book your escape, check out our Tilos accommodation. And then add our favourite things to do in Tilos to your itinerary. That is, unless you intend to do absolutely nothing except relax!


5 Reasons to Visit the Volcanic Island of Nisyros

  • September 28, 2021
  • Nisyros
  • No comments

A volcanic land rising from the luminous blue waters of the Aegean, Nisyros is a cinematic feast for the eyes. The creation of the island of Nisyros is told in the pages of Greek mythology: the sea god Poseidon was giving chase to the giant Polyvotis when he decided to snap a piece off the island of Kos to trap Polyvotis underneath — this rock, having landed on top of its target, became the island we know as Nisyros today.


View of whitewashed buildings with blue roofs on Ios in the Greek Islands

17 of the Best Non-Touristy Greek Islands to Visit

The Greek islands are world-famous for their stunning natural beauty, making for quite the desirable holiday destination. But our islands are as diverse as our visitors who come from all around the world. Whether you’re seeking a tranquil escape from the norm or a nonstop party, you’ll find a Greek island to suit your travel style.

At Nissia Holidays, we love to help visitors uncover the true, authentic Greece beyond the typical tourist spots. Our Greek Island Getaways help you find the best non-touristy destinations to bask in natural beauty, traditional culture, fascinating history, and so much more. 

Whether you visit our favourite quiet Greek islands of Halki, Nisyros, and Tilos or you opt for any of these other non-touristy Greek islands, we hope you thoroughly enjoy your escape to our lovely paradise. 

Without further ado…

Our Favourite Non-Touristy Greek Islands to Visit


greek easter cookie

From the family cookbook: Greek Easter Butter Cookies

It is Easter in Greece and the all the usual preparations have began. Easter, as many other Orthodox holidays in Greece, is a great opportunity for family bonding and get togethers. We’ve shared recipes from our Greek islands in the past and you love them. Remember the popular Halki pasta recipe? So, we’ve decided to share another great recipe for you, this time it’s our favorite Greek Easter butter cookies, also known as “Smyrneika”.


painting holiday hero image

Painting Holiday in Halki 5-12/10/22

Our painting holidays offer the opportunity to explore the magical ‘Island of Peace and Friendship’, while learning a new skill or improving your painting technique in the company of a friendly group of people with shared interests and a mutual love of Halki and Greece.


Walking in Tilos

  • November 26, 2020
  • Tilos
  • 3 comments

Goats scramble around rocky hillsides, their bells gently tinkling. Bees buzz in bushes, gorging on fragrant thyme. Seabirds wheel out to sea, while raptors soar above rocky peaks. A light breeze tickles an oleander-strewn valley. The air is scented with oregano, thyme, rosemary and basil, and the floor is carpeted with wild flowers.

Walking in Tilos is a feast for the scenes. Little wonder that it’s one of the most popular activities, enticing visitors to the island time and time again. The shoulder months of April, May, September and October are perfect for rambling around the island, especially for birders, tempted here to witness migration.


Looking Ahead to 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has touched all of our lives, and our thoughts go out to our treasured guests and trusted partners who have been affected. It feels as though the world has been turned upside down and our lives transformed in unimaginable ways.