5 Greek Islands You Should Definitely Explore This Year

Greek islands are the perfect getaway from the stresses and exertions of modern life. Whether you want to dive into the crystal blue pools, eat delicious Greek food or maybe culture and history are more your thing, there’s sure to be a Greek Island for you.

The beach in Kefalonia Island Greece
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Greek Islands You Need to Visit

1. Sand In Your Toes — Kefalonia

Offering bucket loads of typical Greek charm, Kefalonia is the beach-goer’s dream. With over 30 beaches to choose from, you might choose to take on the waves with water sports and a fun-filled atmosphere on Lourdas beach, or take a short boat ride to Platia Ammos beach where you can seek a quieter spot to soak up the Greek rays in peace. Spend a day away from the sandy stretches, and embrace the island’s culture with a visit to some of the local monasteries and museums. You’ll return sun tanned and cultured. Perfect!

The architecture of Mykonos, Greece
G.S. Matthews

2. Where The Night Owls Go — Mykonos

If you’re a nut for nightlife, Mykonos is the place for you. Nestled in the traditional architecture and gorgeous beaches, you’ll find bars and clubs a-plenty in Chora, the capital of the island. But it doesn’t lack tranquillity, as the beaches will be calling your name too. Rest that hangover with the sun beating on your back — there’s no better way to cure a hangover, of course!

The Island of Elafonissos in Greece
Konstantinos Payavlas

3. Good Things Come In Small Packages — Elafonissos

Although tiny, Elafonissos certainly makes up for it in beauty. Unwind in the sunshine with a cocktail in hand, without the hustle and bustle of tourists. There are lots of restaurants to pick from too, where you can sample the local delicacies. Treat yourself this summer, with wine and yummy food. There, that should be enough to convince you!

The view while walking from Fira to Oia in Santorini, Greece

4. Sunsets, Sand and… — Santorini

White washed buildings, blue skies and spectacular scenery are what might come to mind when you think ‘Greece holidays’. If that’s so, Santorini is somewhere that will not fail to impress. Wind your way through the untouched streets of Megalochori and enjoy a glass of wine in its traditional square. Or journey to Imerovigli, renowned for its sunset viewing points. The town is based on a cliff and is the idyllic spot to escape from all your troubles.

The Marina on the Island of Crete in Greece
Theophilos Papadopoulos

5. All In One Place — Crete

The largest of all the Greek Islands, Crete is the one to visit if you’re looking for the full Greek experience. Witness the silky dunes and beautiful blue stretches of sea one day, climb rocky peaks the next, and maybe throw in a delicious Greek dish or two to keep your energy levels up. Crete has it all, without losing the traditional Greek feel, as it’s packed with magnificent archaeology and architecture that will impress even the experienced traveller. So, if you can’t decide between flip-flops or hiking boots, pack both, because Crete has it all!

So, what’s it to be — tranquil escape, eating delectable Greek food or an adventure experience? Either way, you’re sure to be mesmerized by the beauty of the Greek Islands. Room for one more in your suitcase?


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2018-12-22T18:41:25+00:00February 21st, 2016|Categories: Europe, Greece, TRAVEL|


  1. Nevin John February 22, 2016 at 1:55 am - Reply

    very beautiful photos and interesting article about Greek Islands. Great points included in the post.

  2. Mason March 6, 2016 at 5:20 pm - Reply

    Santorini has been on my list for years! Can’t wait to go one day

  3. Pondy Tourism March 9, 2016 at 3:54 am - Reply

    Kefalonia island is my favorite destination. And the photography of the 5 island is awesome. Especially my favorite Kefalonia.

  4. Maggie March 9, 2016 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Absolutely Fantastic posting!! lovely Pictures of Islands.I’d like to visit these places soon..

  5. Mark @TravelnPleasure March 31, 2016 at 11:15 am - Reply

    I love Greek Islands especially Santorini and Crete……the Islands mentioned in this list are among some of the best islands in the world….I will try and follow your recommendations.

  6. Jolene Ejmont April 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Ah Greece is my next MUST DO destination in Europe and hoping to get there next year!! Your photos and info just drove my wanderlust for this gorgeous country into high gear!!

    • Annette White April 17, 2016 at 3:14 pm - Reply

      It truly is an incredible country, with lots of yummy food. I hope you make it there next year!

  7. Tina Laureano April 26, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Greece is truly magical. Anytime life gets hectic, I close my eyes and imagine I’m back in Greece enjoying the warm sunshine. Thanks for the reminder of such an amazing place.

    • Annette White April 26, 2016 at 11:13 pm - Reply

      It’s funny because the first time I went there I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, but I ended up LOVING Greece so much!!! The food, the people and the beauty are definitely addictive.

  8. Brian April 30, 2016 at 5:35 am - Reply

    One of the countries I definitely want to revisit, especially one of the islands. Last time I was there I stayed in Parga on the mainland and it was absolutely idyllic, a beautiful place from which I have real fond memories. But I always hear about the islands and how amazing they are, so got to go and find out for myself. Especially now I have had another reminder from your photos and writing.

  9. Wilson May 13, 2016 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos absolutely excellent island

  10. John Parker July 7, 2016 at 4:48 am - Reply

    Every blog have perfect images, meet there destination!! Like it..

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