Which Islands Should you Visit

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...picturesque settlements, green surroundings and wonderful beaches

Greece is one of the rare places around the world where you have so many options to choose from. There are more than 200 islands, and each one of them has something special to offer you. So, how should one pick the best spot for one’s summer vacation? Read on to find out.

If stretching on a sandy Greek shore is what you dream of doing all day, there are plenty of beaches in the Greek Islands, fulfilling every single preference or taste.

The Cyclades islands are probably your ideal destination, Paros or Milos being the preferred locations. The Paros and Antiparos islands complex is among the very best for rest and relaxation.Enjoy the natural landscape and sun-drenched beaches of Chrissi Akti or Santa Maria (the former is suitable for families and the latter, bigger beach for all-day dance, cocktails and beach parties). Pounda welcomes sun-loving visitors who want to enjoy the crystal clear sea, the sun or even their favourite water sports!

The small islet of Antíparos is a must-see, lying southwest of Paros. An ideal alternative even for a day trip, take one of the small boats from Pounda or Parikia. Sun-kissed beaches like Kaloudia and Psaralikes offer unforgettable moments of serenity. You will experience magnificent sunsets, find unique souvenirs in the small shops of Parikia, or enjoy the numerous religious festivals taking place here in July and August.

Boats in Lesbos (Credit: ronsaunders47, Flickr)

Indulgent and luxurious Greek Islands

Are you in the mood for infinity pools, panoramic views, and fine dining? Then you might find paradise on one of the cosmopolitan islands, like Santorini and Mykonos.

Santorini is not comparable to any other place on earth. This is a destination of a lifetime, a pilgrimage for every traveller who truly respects themselves. Cruise ships, high-speed ferries and luxurious yachts fill up its port everywhere, bringing a rich, vibrant atmosphere unmatched by anywhere else in the world.

Fira is famously - around the clock – the most alive capital, full of expensive jewellery and fashion stores, unique souvenirs, exceptional restaurants and the heart of nightlife , cafés and bars. Don’t leave without taking a winery tour , or a special culinary delight experience.

Mykonos is also famous for a reason. Vibrant nightlife, terrific shopping, and the world known row of windmills on its capital town, are the iconic symbols of the island. A celebrities destination, full of sandy beaches and wild parties on the seaside.

Family-friendlyGreek Islands

Lefkada is easily accessible, since it is one of the very few Greek Islands that can be visited by car. The island is surrounded by a total of 24 islets, including the renowned island of Scorpios, property of Aristotelis Onassis. You will find remarkable Greek Islands sights, picturesque settlements, green surroundings and wonderful beaches. Small and enormous caves, waterfalls and springs are some of the mainland’s beauties. Although there are many family friendly Greek Islands, the kids will love exploring the varied, beautiful landscape of Lefkada.

GreekIslands for Culture Vultures

Are you attracted by our rich history or the arts? Your plans should then head towards the Dodecanese islands.

Visit Kos , the homeland of Hippocrates (father of medicine). All around Kos town you will find signs of the past, reminders of the civilisations that passed through its harbour. Pay a visit to the ancient city of Kos and observe important archaeological finds dating back to the 4th century. Its monuments are harmoniously connected to the traditional villages with whitewashed houses, the wonderful beaches with crystal waters, and the cosmopolitan aura of a sun shining island.

The city of Rhodes is highly regarded for a reason. Even today it  is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Cosmopolitan, with its own Italian rhythm, the medieval city of Rhodes welcomes the visitor with all its treasures beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Walk the famous cobblestoned Street of the Knights, and admire the Palace of the Grand Master , the most awe-inspiring building on the whole island.

Most Romantic Greek Islands

Planning to establish, enhance, or seal a romance? Here are the best Greek Islands for romantic getaways, weddings , and honeymoons.

Few visitors to Greece willingly miss the island of Santorini , the most mythical spot in the Cycladic Islands. It is considered to be the most sought after place for a romantic getaway in Greece. It attracts thousands of newly married couples, willing to spend their honeymoon enjoying exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of an active volcano in the middle of the sea to be photographed! This is a “wedding destination” island for couples from all over the world. A trip to Santorini with the other half is a dream for anyone who has seen at least one photo of the island’s famous Caldera and exchanging kisses beneath Santorini’s famous sunset is the ultimate romantic experience!

Skiathos and Skopelos are also enjoying a renaissance in tourism ever since the movie "Mamma Mia!" was filmed there. Yes, the amazing chapel on the rocks (where the wedding ceremony took place) really exists! It’s “Saint Loannis Chapel” in Skopelos ! Whether you want to hide yourself away from the crowds or dance until you drop, these Sporades Islands are a real treat for visitors and especially for young people seeking the freedom to ignore conventions!