Which Greek island should I visit?

There are a total of around 200 inhabited islands across Greece, and it’s estimated as many as 6000 total, so which, if any, should you visit? Here are 10 of our favourite picks, and information on what each destination has to offer:

Crete - The fifth largest island in the Mediterranean, Crete is a fantastic pick for anyone wanting a well-rounded trip exploring, eating and relaxing! Highlights include the Minoan ruins and the charming cities of Heraklion and Rethymnon, not to mention some of the best beaches in the country!

Kos – Another great island for beaches, and a favourite for family holidays and all-inclusive resorts! If you’re one to keep active on your holidays, Kos is also one of the only “Bicycle-friendly” islands with plenty of designated parking spots and cycle routes, such as the 13km stretch from Psalidi to Faros beach.

Rhodes – With miles of beaches, a forested, mountainous interior, Crusader castles, frescoed churches, and eight sunny months a year, Rhodes is a winner for all kinds of visitors. The walled old town of Rhodes is a must see with its sandstone architecture, flying buttresses over cobbled streets, minarets and palm trees scattered throughout.

Kefalonia - A Great choice for beaches, Kefalonia is the largest island in the Ionian Sea, home to crystal-clear waters, stunning stretches of sand, picturesque villages and rich biodiversity. Snorkeling and diving fans may get the chance to encounter the rare “caretta caretta” sea turtles that take refuge here, in addition to the monk seals “monachus monachus”.

Zante - Well-regarded as the Party island of Greece, Zante is home to lively nightlife and bustling beaches. This mostly accounts for the southern coastline of the island however, further north you’ll find forested wilderness and traditional rural villages, and spectacular scenery on the west coast. The trademark of Zakynthos (Zante is the Italian name for the island) is the scenic Navagio (Shipwreck bay) beach, with white pebbles and perfect turquoise waters.

Corfu is a great island for history buffs and culture seekers - filled with western influence from its Venetian, French and English inhabitants, it has a truly multicultural charm. It’s also known as  “The emerald island”, the greenest Greek island with olive trees, vineyards and alluring mountain peaks. It also doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to beaches, the beautiful Nissaki and Mirtiotissa are highlights of the island.

Mykonos is a location that oozes luxury, and its accommodation is no different. It’s another great island for nightlife, with as many stylish beach bars and pink-hued sunsets as you can manage. It’s also an ideal spot for water sport enthusiasts! Known as the “Island of the Winds”, it attracts surfers and sailors from around the globe.

Santorini is also an island lavish with luxury - an ideal break for couples looking to get away from it all with sunsets, delicious wine and beautiful buildings. The whole island is a photogenic experience, from the tumbling towns built on the side of an extinct volcano to the iconic white washed buildings and rich blue sea.

Naxos is filled with appeal for nature lovers – High mountains, fertile valleys, lush green gorges, stunning seascapes and traditional villages perched high on hilltops. It is also famous for its wide variety of cultural events and traditional fairs, including the Naxos artist Festival, Wine Festival and the Fisherman’s Feast held in September each year!

Milos - An island for adventurers, Milos’ volcanic sand beaches and the mind-blowing volcanic coastal formations are a sight to behold. The Rainbow-colored Klima Village is also a must visit, with two-story fishing houses each with their own unique colour, and two ancient acropolises to explore in the wider area nearby.

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