The Greek islands have a special place in the world’s heart. Their special beauty and their highly awarded blue flag beaches are only two of the numerous reasons why. Every summer they attract hundreds of thousands of tourists and they are among the top destinations for Hollywood celebrities.
When my friends from abroad plan their visit to Greece, I’m asked the very same question, every single time: “Which island(s) should I visit”? Trust me, it’s not an easy response, that’s why I created the following list of my top 7 favourite islands for you to decide.
- Mykonos. The queen of the Cyclades and the most well-know island of Greece. In order to have fun in Mykonos, you need to be prepared to pay but it’s well worth it. Amazing beaches, relentless party and upscale fashionistas are what you can expect.
- Santorini. The result of one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in history, a true gem in the middle of the Aegean. Santorini is well known for its breath-taking sunset, as well as its magnificent views and volcanic beaches.
- Crete. It could easily be a country of its own. It’s food heaven, rich of history and landscapes and full of sandy beaches. Balos, Falassarna, Kedrodasos, Elafonisi and Moni Preveli are must-see beaches and amongst my favourites.
- Milos. Turquoise waters, pirate stories, volcanic soil, prehistoric settlements, surreal rock formations… Milos is a one of a kind experience I can’t get enough of.
- Paxos & Antipaxos (Paxoi). Two tiny little islands, that look like a painter’s masterpiece. With exotic beaches, emerald green waters and picturesque little villages really synthesize the uniqueness of this place. In Antipaxos you can find one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Voutoumi. People who seek relaxation in beautiful scenery along with a glass of fine Greek wine, away from the hordes of tourists, well, this is the place to be.
- Lefkada. You have definitely seen a picture of Egremni or Porto Katsiki, whether you know it or not, as they are among the most photographed and best beaches in the world. And they’re so very worth it. Lefkada is a popular attraction for kite/windsurfers, families and couples. Careful not to get too distracted from its amazing beaches and forget to take a cruise to Skorpios, the private island of the late Greek billionaire Onassis and the site of his wedding with Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Did I mention Lefkada’s waterfall?
- Koufonisia (plural). We are talking about an amazing duo, upper and lower Koufonissi, an unspoiled oasis next to the noisy neighbour Naxos. Forget about luxury and partying. Koufonissia are a place of simplicity and natural beauty with golden sand and green-blue, crystal clear sea. Peace of mind.
The list can go on and on, ‘cause I didn’t mention Thasos, Folegandros, Skiathos etc. but that would make your decision harder, wouldn’t it? The thing is that if you cross these islands of your list, you’ll have a spherical idea of what the islands of Greece are really like. You’ll be happy, and I’ll be jealous.
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