Greece is one of the most varied and beautiful holiday destinations in Europe, and with hundreds of islands to choose from, has something to offer every kind of traveler. Here are 5 top picks for your island-hopping adventure:
Most Beautiful: Santorini If you’re going to visit one Greek island, make it Santorini. On this former volcanic island, you’ll find the famous blue-domed churches, breathtaking views and some of the best sunsets in the world. Stay in Oia for a romantic, tranquil destination; it’s the smaller of the two towns on the island, and as picturesque as a postcard. Fira, the island’s capital, is the place to come for nightlife and a livelier scene.
Best Variety: Crete Greece’s largest island offers up the most variety in terms of landscape, activities beaches, culture…you name it, and Crete probably has it! From busy resorts to unspoiled mountain villages, deserted beaches and everything in between, you’ll find a distinct local culture, amazing food and plenty to do wherever you stay. The village of Rethymno is a backpacker favorite, combining the old town’s history and charm with miles of sandy, beachy paradise.
Best History: Rhodes One of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes is packed with fascinating history. Don’t miss the majestic walled Old Town fortress where the Knights of Saint John ruled in the 14th and 15th centuries. Other great sites include the Temple of Hera, archaeological site of Lindos and the fortified artist’s colony. Rhodes also offers splendid beaches and varied landscape and activities for the non-history buffs.
Best Parties: Mykonos If you’re planning to let loose while on holiday in the Greek lslands, don’t miss Mykonos. In the evening light, the island’s rocks and sand turn to pure gold as the island’s inhabitants and visitors from the world over gear up to celebrate life! Head to Paradise Beach for the full experience dancing all night at the clubs that never sleep! The next day, enjoy the impossibly gorgeous beaches, scuba diving, and jet skiing in the crystal waters.
Best-Kept Secret: Skiathos With lush, green forests and over 60 sandy beaches (including Koukounaries- rated one of the best beaches in the world), Skiathos should definitely make your “don’t-miss” list. It’s a bit more difficult to access than some other islands, but more than worth the effort, just make sure you rent a car from Skiathos airport to allow yourself the freedom to explore! Skiathos Town is full of friendly people and amazing food, and the island is perfect for gorgeous hikes followed by ample beach time.