The Islands of Greece are filled with the most breathtaking countryside where you can feel a world away from everywhere else. Santorini, Mykonos, Skiathos, Corfu, Rhodes and Samos which are beautifully diverse in size and distance across the country of Greece.
Top 10 Best Greek Islands to Visit in 2016
We present ten of the most popular islands, a beginner’s list of classic Greek destinations :
Santorini – Santorini This volcanic island is incredibly steep, which means the famous and colourful towns that cling to the cliffs offer incredible views at every step. The unique architecture, stunning setting, local wine industry and desert climate led the BBC to name Santorini “the world’s best island” in 2011.
Mykonos – Mykonos is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Greek islands. It is well-known for beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts and wild nightlife. I spent a week on the island and indulged in delicious food, epic sunsets and some of the best parties I’ve ever been to.
Zakynthos – Zakynthos (Greece), also known by its Italian name Zante, battles against heavy package tourism along its eastern and southeast coasts. Underneath the brouhaha it is essentially a beautiful island with western and central regions of forested mountains dropping off to unreal turquoise waters…
Crete , Greece – If you have to choose one island to visit in Greece, it’s easy to make a case for Crete. Its diverse landscape features everything from ancient ruins to gorgeous beaches, and you can spend a day doing anything from shopping in Agios Nikolaos to hiking the Samaria Gorge.
Paros – Probably the most typical of the Greek islands and a convenient base for island hoping around the Cyclades due to its excellent ferry connections. The beaches, the nightlife and the accommodation choice are all above average and many holiday makers return year after year. Most nightlife is concentrated in picturesque Naousa, and you can easily find quiet and isolated beaches if all you want is to relax and enjoy the blue waters.
Corfu – Fine beaches with freezing cold waters on the eastern side attract thousands of visitors every summer and as in every large tourism-orientated Greek island the range of holidays one can enjoy is vast.
Rhodes – Rhodes Castle, Greece was originally built in late 7th century as a Byzantine citadel. After the Knights Hospitaller occupied Rhodes and some other Greek islands in 1309, they converted the fortress into their administrative centre and the palace of their Grand Master. In the first quarter of the 14th century, they repaired the palace and made a number of major modifications. The palace was damaged in 1481and it was repaired soon after.
Skiathos – Greece ~ Skiathos is a lush green island covered by a thick pine forest and considered as a protected environment. The island is very popular and can get really crowded during July and August by people attracted by the wonderful long and golden sandy beaches of the island which are boarded by trees and have crystal-clear waters.
Samos – Samos is an island ruled by legend and beauty. Samos its a home of important monuments and historical tales, mountains and hiking traits, and immaculately organized beaches. If you wish to please your palate, the best opportunity to taste all varieties of wine is the wine festival organized during the first ten days of August atVathy, where you only buy one glass and refill it as many times as you like – or can handle.
Chios – If Greece has a magical island, Chios is definitely it. This lesser-known isle sits happily in the northeastern area of the Aegean Sea. Chios is most famous for its cultivation and production of a mastic, an aromatic resin that forms in teardrop shapes that comes from trees growing in the fertile Mastihohoria region. Next time you’re planning for a vacation, do not leave Chios off your list, the beaches are pretty awesome, too!