This is the idea most of us have of the Greek Islands, considered the most popular sea destination in Europe.
So we’re going to help you by sharing a list of some of our favorite Greek islands.
For our first choice, we’re going with the classic and well-known Santorini.
If you are looking for the perfect blend of ingredients listed at the beginning of the article, together with a hint of romance and a bit of nightlife, then this island is perfect for you.
The rugged black sand beaches of volcanic origin, contrast with theblue sea and white houses of Fira, a village perched on the western side of the island from which you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets.
- The best beaches: Red Beach, named after the unique lava colored sand, White Beach, Kamari and Perissa.
- How to get there: You can fly directly to Santorini’s (Thira) National Airport or book cheap flights to Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” with EasyJetand catch a ferry to Santorini.
Paxi is one of the largest Ionian Islands and is close to Corfu. Although, it’s smaller and less known than the other Greek islands, it’s absolutely a perfect oasis of tranquillity for couples or any kind of traveler seeking privacy.
There are stunning beaches and restaurants in the main port of Gaios that serve fresh fish. The best time to enjoy the magical atmosphere is in the evening, right when the tourists that have come from Corfu to spend the day have left the island and you can sit at a table in a tavern to drink Ouzo, the popular anise-flavored aperitif.
- The best beaches: Soulanena, Kloni Gouli, Gianna, Kipiadi (accessible only by foot or boat) and Sterna Bay. But we recommend to go around the island and discover your personal favorites.
- How to get there: You can only reach the island by boat. You can take a ferry or speedboat from Kerkyra (Corfu) or from the Greek mainland in the town of Igoumenits
Mykonos is the best choice for those who want to party.
The laid-back vacation vibe is contagious and takes over anyone landing on this island. For this reason, Mykonos has become one of the most popular destinations in Greece.
Mass tourism hasn’t affected the beauty of the island yet, with picturesque houses and narrow streets full of Cycladic architecture and, not to mention, the crystal clear blue sea.
- The best beaches: Paradise Beach, Elia, Kalafati and Panormos.
- How to get there: Seasonal flights to Mykonos from companies like easyJet, Thomson Airways and Vueling (to name a few) to the Mykonos Airport. You can also fly to Athens and take a ferry to the island!
Mountains and rough back roads make this island the perfect pick for adventurous travelers looking for day trips to explore the rich wildlife.
You can come face to face with wild animals like exotic birds and dwarf elephants on the small and rural island of Tilos.
The beaches are rocky and difficult to access, but once you get there you’ll be able to enjoy the peace and quiet of nature, even during peak season.
- The best beaches: Eristos, Red Beach and San Antonio.
- How to get there: This Greek island doesn’t have an airport but you can fly to the island of Rhodes and go by boat. You can also reach by boat from Pireo, Mykonos or Athens.
Ikaria is located in the Aegean Sea, about 20 km from Samos. It was named after the Greek mythological God, “Icarus”, and the legend states that he fell into the sea near the island when he was trying to escape from Crete.
Ikaria’s beauty lies in its being so inaccessible: mountainous and wild, with breathtaking views. The small bays are mystical, and you’ll be able to enjoy its thermal waters and the island’s unique architecture which takes you back to the ancient Greece. Could this be why the Ikarians are some of the longest living people on the planet?
- The best beaches: Iero, Agios Giorgi, Therma (thermal hot mineral springs), Prioni and Kilosirtis.
- How to get there: Fly to Athens and take the ferry of Aegeon Pelagos on the Samos route.