There are all total about 1400 islands in the Greece territory, of which about 227 are inhabited. Here we look at the 5 best to visit and tell you why!
Since all islands are individually beautiful, so it is really difficult to make a list of the best islands in Greece. However, here a compilation of the best islands in Greece has been made with the travellers preference.
Greece has so much to offer, but there are only five islands that you must visit!
Santorini is one of the most popular destinations in Greece. It’s also known as “The Blue Pearl” because of its incredible natural beauty. This island is located off the coast of mainland Greece and is home to some of the most stunning views in the world.
Santorini with its large central blue lagoon is the diamond of all the Greek islands. The white sculptured villages nested on the cliffs overlooking the lagoon create the perfect backdrop for a romantic gateway. No wonder, the Santorini island is emerging as a wedding destination in Europe. The white and blue combination of the Santorini villages gives it the unmistakable and intriguing Greek charm. Ia is the most charming of all Santorini villages.
If you’re looking for an amazing destination with beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, then Zakynthos Island should definitely be at the top of your list. Located just south of Athens, this island offers visitors a variety of activities such as hiking, diving, snorkeling, and more. See here for our incomplette starters zante guide.
Crete, the largest and the most populous island of Greece is still among the list of the best Greek islands. Crete retains a confluence of modern life and an ancient charm. The beaches, the ancient ruins, the monasteries and the museums make Crete an ultimate travel destination for backpacking nomads of all age groups.
This island is known for its rich history and culture. It was once home to the Minoan civilization, which flourished between 3200 BC and 1200 BC. Today, you will find ruins of ancient buildings and temples scattered throughout the island.
Highlights - Balos Bay in Crete
Skiathos is one of the northern most islands in Greece, Skiathos is known for its stretch of beaches surrounded on all sides by pine forests. The blue of the water is of a deeper hue around the island of Skiathos. Most of the hotels are located along the pine covered hills on the west coast of the Skiathos harbour.
Rhodes is one of the most popular destinations in Greece. It is located off the southern coast of mainland Greece and is famous for its beaches, nightlife, and historical sites. There are several things to do in Rhodes, such as visiting the Colossus of Rhodes, which is an ancient statue of Poseidon. Another thing to see is the Old Town, which is full of cobblestone streets and narrow alleys.
Naxos: This is the largest and the most mountainous of all the Cyclades islands. A Venetian fort, right at the port of Naxos, makes the island of Naxos a special destination for the island travellers of Greece. A huge rectangular marble arch to an uncompleted temple overlooks the port over a nearby hill.
Naxos Teaser Video
If you love history, then you should definitely visit Corfu Island. This island was once part of the Byzantine Empire and is now home to the Corfu Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum features art exhibits by local artists and also hosts lectures and other events. The proximity to Italy means that is is influenced by architectural styles and resembles Italy more than Santorini.
With it's iconic windmills and white streets it is certainly beautiful. Easy to travel to popular for it's nightlife. Read more about Mykonos in our Mykonos Island Guide