Greece has more Islands than you can shake a stick at, and each has its own personality. So, which island(s) to visit can sometimes be a tricky question. But, not to worry, We have created a list of our favourite Greek islands to make your job easier!
Santorini, often dubbed the “honeymoon island,” is well known globally as a romantic hotspot and perfect getaway for couples, and understandably so when considering the islands stunning architecture, gorgeous views, incredible sunsets, and unique landscapes. Let’s be honest, no trip to Santorini would be complete without sampling the local culinary and renowned locally produced wine!
Corfu was among the first Greek Islands to properly open its doors to tourism. The island has an abundance of beautiful beaches, magnificent scenery and Venetian architecture, making this holiday spot a genuinely versatile destination and one with fun for all. Be it partying all night in Kavos or exploring the ancient capital known as Old Town of Corfu (World Unesco site), Corfu really does have it all.
Crete is by far the largest island on this list and makes the ideal destination for families. The island’s enormous scale means there is a wealth of fun activities for all ages, from ancient ruins and Greek mythology to canyons, caves and snow-capped peaks. We would especially recommend visiting the more touristy areas of Heraklion and Chania for a flavour for the island’s bustling energy and Rethymno for a more traditional authentic experience.
Kefalonia is a true cultural centrepiece of the Greece Islands. The island’s rich history of inhabitants has resulted in a glorious cultural basket that only adds more personality to the already breathtaking landscape. Kefalonia is perfect for explorers looking to escape from the more touristy areas; the island offers a mix of beautiful beaches and endless rolling hills.
Naxos, like Crete, makes a great family retreat. The island has an endless number of beautiful soft sandy beaches and water sports to keep everyone entertained. The island’s western side winds make this a haven for kite/windsurfers or those wanting to learn! Despite the abundance of activities, Greek history litters the island; exploring ancient ruins like the temples of Apollo, Demeter, and Dionysus is a great way to enrich yourself.
Mykonos is well known to be the party & nightlife capital of the Greek Islands. In fact, Mykonos is the second most visited greek island (behind Santorini), with tourists flocking to the island’s beautiful shores in search of an exotic summer party. Fear not if this isn’t your scene; the island still has plenty to offer, including roaming the ancient city or relaxing in little Venice.
Paros is well known to be a quieter island than some of the others on this list and an excellent destination for those who love watersports with windsurfing, kitesurfing, scuba diving and boating popular tourist activities. If this isn’t your pace, fear not! The island boasts numerous historical features, for example, the magnificent Panayia Ekatontapyliani and a 13th-century Venetian castle among many traditional villages.
Hydra is a small elegant island located just to the west of Athens, and one thing is for sure, what Hydra lacks in size, it more than makes up for in character! One important point to note is that there are no cars in Hydra, the only means of transport are on foot, donkey or by boat! While here, tour the island’s beautiful shorelines and explore the many delightful seaside towns, where you’ll find fabulous traditional architecture and hiking trails.
Rhodes, just like Santorini, makes an idyllic honeymoon destination. The islands’ historical significance means that it is home to many historical gems, including the Medieval City of Rhodes, a well-known UNESCO world heritage site. Needless to say, there is also an abundance of local eateries and beautiful beaches with crystal clear blue waters for those simply looking to unwind.
Milos is considered by many to be the most beautiful of the Greek Islands. The volcanic island is home to a diverse range of unique coastline and caves, plus pristine white beaches. Not only that, Milos is home to endless hiking trails and tropical waters, making this an idyllic couple’s escape.