Greece is a land of many islands, each with its own unique charm and beauty. While the most popular islands can be overcrowded and expensive, there are plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. From Milos to Paros and Naxos, there is a Greeck island for everyone. So why not make your next adventure a Greek island adventure?
As with any great Greek adventure, we are beginning the day off in Athens. This place is a gold mine for ancient wonders and is definitely worth exploring for a few days. However, keep in mind that it can be very hot and often very crowded.
Let’s be honest, the cause you are probably coming to Greece is to explore the Greek islands:
Santorini, Aegean Sea
Greece has over 200 inhabited islands, yet the vast majority of people only go to Santorini or Mykonos if they’re looking to party. Santorini is one of the most fabulous islands on the planet, but it’s seriously overrun with tourists.
If you come to Santorini, stay in Aya or Thera, and try to explore early in the morning or late at night when the tourists from the cruise ships aren’t there. Since the demand is so high during the summer season, the prices here will absolutely break the bank.
Remember those 200+ islands I mentioned? They are way more budget-friendly and less crowded, so I’m going to share some of my favorites.
Santorini: Things to do in Santorini
On the southernmost side of the sun-baked Sick Ladies islands, you’ll find Milos, which has even been voted the best island in Europe. The spring and fall months are the perfect time to visit since it’s the shoulder season and it’s less crowded, cheaper, and the temperatures are cooler, so it’s a bit easier to explore.
Milos is slowly becoming more and more popular as an alternative to the most crowded islands in Greece, so you should definitely head here as soon as possible. The best thing to do is to rent a boat and explore the coast. The best beach on the island is Sarakinko Beach, which looks out of this world with its bleached volcanic landscapes.
Milos Island: Things to do in Milo’s Island
Paros and Naxos Islands
If you are still looking for the white-washed houses and classic aesthetic of Greece found in Santorini or Mykonos, look no further than Paros and Naxos. I wanted to include these islands together since the Paros to Naxos ferry is only about an hour, and there is so much to see and do on both islands, so they pair well together.
Paros has a better nightlife and more trendy shops and boutique hotels, but Naxos is more laid-back and authentic, with historic archaeological sites. I recommend staying on Paros, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can take day trips to Naxos.
Kefalonia: Highly Recommended to Explore
Greece is a country filled with stunning islands, each with its own unique charm and beauty. Kefalonia is one such island that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Here’s why.
Getting to Kefalonia
Kefalonia can be reached by ferry, cruise, or flight. The island has a lot to offer, from its lush green mountains to its stunning beaches. The highlight of a trip to Kefalonia is undoubtedly Miertos Beach, where the water is unbelievably blue and the views from the highway above are breathtaking.
Besides the beach, the Melisani Caves are also a must-visit attraction. The caves are beautiful, but they tend to attract a lot of tourists, so it’s best to visit when there are no cruise ships in port. Another recommendation is to try some of the local dishes, particularly the famous meat pies that are unique to Kefalonia.
Zakinthos—The Most Beautiful Island in Greece
In my opinion, Zakinthos is the most beautiful island in Greece. The blue water here is simply breathtaking. The best way to explore the coastline is to hop on a boat and take in the stunning views. Getting to Zakinthos is easy, with regular flights from Athens.
Staying in Zante
Zante, also known as Zakynthos, is a popular island with plenty of backpackers and honeymooners. The island has an active nightlife, and there’s always something going on. The most famous beach on the island is Navagio Beach. While it is undoubtedly crowded, you can have the beach all to yourself if you catch a boat early in the morning. Driving along the cliffs also offers an epic view from above.
Corfu: A Playground for Nature Lovers
Corfu is the northernmost island in the Ionian Islands and is a paradise for nature lovers, hikers, and road trippers. The island has a lot to offer, but my favourite place is Cape Drastic in northern Corfu. The cliffs here look like carved sculptures, and the hike down to the beach has amazing views of the coast. At the bottom, there’s a little boat shop where you can go out to some of the beaches that are only accessible by boat.
Corfu is a big island, so renting a car is highly recommended. Corfu Town is also an interesting place to stay, with a lot of architectural influence from the Venetians.
Greece is undoubtedly one of the most fun and beautiful countries on the planet. Whether you’re looking for stunning beaches, lush green mountains, or charming towns, Greece has it all. Don’t forget to let us know which Greek islands are on your bucket list. For more bucket list destinations,