It’s not hard to see why Greece’s islands are among the world’s most popular holiday spots. From the little to the large, the bustling to the peaceful, the historical to the thoroughly modern – there’s something for everyone. Exciting and diverse, they cater for just about every kind of traveller.
But if you’ve set your eye on this corner of the world, it can be hard to know where to go. It’s true that each of these islands has a distinct personality, and it’s important you get the scene you’re looking for. Read on to find out which Greek island is best for you.
If you’re looking for VIP treatment…
Perhaps you like things to feel a little exclusive when you go away. If so, you’ll be delighted to know that two Greek islands readily cater for your tastes.
Both Mykonos and Santorini live up to their luxurious reputations. Glamorous Mykonos is ideal for those who want to spend their time dining al fresco on roof terraces and kicking back in cool cocktail bars. Meanwhile, dramatic Santorini is undoubtedly the home of Greece’s most upmarket villas and apartments, with cliff-side infinity pools aplenty.
If you’re looking for history…
History buffs can’t really go wrong whichever island they choose – this is Greece after all. The waters of the Aegean are the birthplace of civilisation as we know it. At any resort, you’ll never be far from whitewashed towns and ancient ruins.
But one island boasts a particularly impressive heritage. Rhodes is something of an open-air museum; covered in fascinating archaeological sites for you to explore at your will. There’s the beautiful hill-top acropolis at Lindos, which is best reached by donkey ride, as well as the sprawling remnants of the town of Kamiros. But perhaps most exciting of all is Rhodes old town. The winding, cobbled lanes of this walled fortress have been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. Best of all, it’s still a living, breathing city – full of cosy tavernas and hidden bars to explore.
If you’re looking for somewhere to party…
There’s no doubt about it; Greece’s islands host some of the hottest party spots in the Med. Any of the larger islands will have a party capital of their own, but there are a couple of standouts.
Kos is a real attraction, drawing clubbers from across Europe year after year. It’s particularly popular with the student crowd, looking to let off some steam and really get wild. If you’re looking to party hard, this is the island for you.
For a more laidback and cosmopolitan party scene, you can’t go wrong with Mykonos. Its narrow, whitewashed streets are littered with cosy cocktail bars, and you’re sure to stumble across a terrace party or two.
If you’re looking for somewhere family friendly…
Beautiful though they may be, the steep hillside towns of Santorini aren’t ideal if you’ve got little ones in tow. Fortunately, there are plenty of Greek islands that are – and have been – family favourites for decades.
One such spot is Zakynthos. Relatively flat, its beaches are long with shallow and gentle waters. Spots such as Tsilivi are home to some great, family orientated resorts; with swimming pools just metres from the beach and plenty to do, including a waterpark. Kos, despite its reputation for raucous nightlife, is another good shout. There are lots of large resorts here where you’ll find everything you need onsite.
If you’re looking for beautiful beaches…
Spectacular sandy stretches are what made this corner of the world so popular in the first place. But if the beach is all your holiday’s about, don’t miss these gems.
For possibly the most Instagrammable beach on the Med, head to Zakynthos’ shipwreck beach. This secluded cove is wrapped on all sides by towering white cliffs and hosts a very special feature. At its centre are the remains of a rusted, shipwrecked freighter ship – it’s like something from the movies.
But for some of the best beaches in the world, head to stunning Kefalonia. This quiet, mountainous island has an abundance of beautiful bays and coves. Highlights include the remote Antisamos beach, but Myrtos beach might just be Greece’s greatest.
If you’re looking for somewhere to explore…
From mountains to lakes, valleys, craters and ruins; the islands of Greece are an excursioners dream. But if it’s a non-stop activity holiday you seek, it’s got to be Crete.
Owing to its sheer size, Crete offers a practically endless list of adventures. One day you’ll be exploring the White Mountains in Crete’s west, trekking your way through the towering gorge of Samaria. Next you’ll be navigating the dark depths of Sfentoni Cave, before racing across the Cretan wilderness on buggy safari. If you’re looking for a holiday that doesn’t stop, this is certainly the island for you.
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