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There are more islands in Greece than wigs in Cher’s cupboard. Beyond the highly popular vacation spots like Santorini and Mykonos, there are hundreds of mesmerizing isles and mini-archipelagos to visit. You will want to see each island in this beautiful country if you have time. But honestly, Greece has so many beautiful islands that you will never seem to have enough time. 

So, to help you, below is a list of the top five breathtakingly beautiful Greek Islands that you need to explore. Though each island in the country is unique and stunning in its own accord, these five places are good points to start your Greek adventure.

 

  1. Mykonos

Let’s move from the romantic aura of Santorini to the posh and chic vibes of Mykonos. Spectacular beaches, expensive yachts, famous restaurants, never-ending parties, and five-star service: if you want to feel like a celebrity, Mykonos is your place. 

The beaches like Paradise and Platis Gialos are pretty crowded and famous. But if you want that pristine Cycladic island feeling, get a Greece car rent and go to Fokos in the north and Agia Anna in the south.

The memorable sights of white windmills and Little Venice are the must-see spots here. Though the windmills do not operate anymore, their striking view offers a remarkable photo opportunity. Also, visit the Armenistis Lighthouse that stands atop a hill and offers unforgettable views of the neighboring islands, sunsets, and sea.

Highlights

 

  • The windmills and Little Venice
  • Armenistis Lighthouse
  • Luxurious experiences
  • Beautiful beaches
  • The party scene

 

2. Santorini

Any discussion on Greek islands has to start with the beautiful and famous Santorini. Generations of painters and poets have immortalized the island in their work. And one visit here will tell you what got them fascinated. There is a lot to see on this island, from the remarkable Minoan ruins at Akrotiri to the beaches with black or reddish sand. If nothing else, simply sit and gaze out over the sea-filled crater at sunset to feel nature’s grandeur.

Any visit to Santorini would remain incomplete without checking out the wineries and vineyards of this region. Don’t forget to taste the native wine of the island called Assyrtiko white wine that is good. 

Highlights

  • Walk along with the Nea Kameni volcano
  • Scuba diving in the volcanic waters
  • Exquisite wine from ancient vineyards
  • Watching the sunset from the sea-filled crater
  • The rich history of Akrotiri: the Pompeii of the Aegean

 

3. Rhodes

Rhodes will be your top choice if you want to look at the Greek culture and ancient history. The island has a beautiful blend of traditional and cosmopolitan, modern and timeless, spectacular and straightforward. 

Though the Colossus of Rhodes no longer stands, the ancient palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes would still impress you. You will find the pretty village of Lindos with its acropolis about fifty kilometers south of the island. The medieval Old Town and the Valley of the Butterflies will also charm you in their way. Rhodes has so many places to see that one visit never feels enough. Additionally, you will get plenty of beaches to explore on this island.

Highlights

  • The UNESCO-listed old town
  • Valley of the Butterflies
  • The Grand Master of the Knights
  • The wonderful Lindos village
  • Plenty of beaches

 

4. Crete

If you are an out-and-out beach bum with love for history and culture, Crete will make you very happy. This beautiful and mystical island to the south of the Aegean Sea not only captures the Greek spirit but also enchants the heart of every travel enthusiast.

In terms of places to see, you can start from Knossos, which holds the title of being the oldest city in Europe. Also, make sure to visit Spinalonga, which earned the island’s name of the living dead because it served as a leper colony back in the day. The other three must-visit places here are Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Chania, and Samaria Gorge. After you are done exploring the historical sites, lounge around in the expansive beaches of Crete. It will be a holiday that you would want to keep revisiting.

Highlights

  • The ancient Knossos
  • Spinalonga
  • Samaria Gorge
  • The town of Chania
  • Heraklion Archaeological Museum

 

5. Corfu

Corfu is a popular destination in Greece known for its cosmopolitan Old Town, beautiful landscapes, and sandy beaches. However, Corfu is more than only a pretty face! It has a rich history with an astonishing number of influences from Russians, French, Venetians, and English. All of the cultures have left their mark on the island.

You can walk along with the Liston Arcade and Spianada Square while looking at the towering churches and forts. The labyrinthine alleys of Campiello will keep you mesmerized. And if you are on Corfu on festive days like Easter, the marching bands’ beat will keep you entertained. The cultural influences have also manifested themselves in the food of the island. Corfu has some of the best eateries ever.

Highlights

  • The Easter celebrations
  • Mon Repos
  • Achillion Palace
  • Diapontia Islands
  • Campiello alleyways

 

Bidding Adieu

The country and its beaches are sheer magic that will keep drawing you in time and again. You can be assured that your first visit is only the beginning. So, just book the tickets and immerse the unmatched beauty of the islands.