Many have dreamt of Greece’s white-washed buildings and turquoise seas, and many more will visit this magnificent country and begin to explore some of its 200-something inhabited islands. With such a great number making up the Greek Islands, each island still attains a sense of individuality with its own charm, landscapes, and community. The question begs, however, which should you visit?
The classic, probably most thought of destination of the Greek Islands, is well-known with good reason. Its stunning white-washed buildings and blue dome-shaped roofs are inviting enough. Add friendly locals and exquisite views, and it’s no wonder why visitors flock to Santorini. It’s a fantastic choice for Greek food, beautiful architecture, sunsets, and volcanic beaches, and especially great if it’s your first trip to the islands.
Of course, then there’s Corfu. Corfu is the cosmopolitan capital of Ionian Islands. With its beautifully beige and pale buildings and lush mountains it’s a superb mix of city life and adventure. Corfu offers characteristic charm plus a variety of art and history museums, nice beaches, and lots of greenery to explore.
A volcanic island in the Cyclades, Milos kindly offers up its gorgeous turquoise waters and rocky hills to its visitors. As it’s relatively quiet compared to its neighboring islands, it’s a great option for a relaxing getaway with unspoiled landscapes and sunny days by the sea.
The biggest of the Greek Islands, Crete presents a variety of landscapes and things to do. It’s an island full of history, too. With its larger size, tourists can enjoy a plethora of activities such as swimming, mountain-trekking, cycling, and horse-riding. Immerse yourself in its interesting towns and explore the island’s history and archaeological sites, too.
Koufonisia is a hidden gem of the Cyclades. It’s a small island measuring just 3.5 km, which means a lot of things. It means you certainly won’t need to rent a car. It also means small towns and boho charm. Koufonisia may be more difficult to access due to its size, but it’s charm will pull you in and its lush sandy beaches, unspoiled land, caves and grottos, and general walkability will keep you there.
“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek