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Greek islands: TOP-10 places you obviously must visit




When spring comes, a new tourist season begins in Greece. Holidays in Greece are not only Athens, Meteora and rock monasteries. The charming Greek islands will pleasantly delight you with magnificent beaches, the cleanest endless sea, interesting places and wonderful cuisine.

Greek islands
Greek islands. Photo: Ronald Saunders https://www.flickr.com/photos/ronsaunders47/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Greek islands you obviously must visit: 10. Syros (Σύρος)

Greek islands are scattered in the sea as whole archipelagos. One of the islands of the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea is Syros. It is less known than Santorini, thus it is better place for those looking for a relaxing, leisurely holiday. Here, unlike on Santorini and Mykonos which are packed with tourists, you can fully experience the real Greek hospitality. There are many historic buildings and churches in the narrow streets of the island. And in cozy little restaurants you can always try the freshest and incredibly tasty local dishes.

Syros on map

Syros
Syros. Photo: Paula McMillen https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)
Syros
Syros. Photo: Jenny Brown https://www.flickr.com/photos/jennyellenbrown/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Syros
Syros. Photo: Paula McMillen https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)

Greek islands you obviously must visit: 9. Elafonissi (Ελαφονήσι)

This island is considerably less known than neighboring Crete. However, the untouched local nature is protected. Pink sand and clear warm water are perfect for those who like to spend their days at the beach. During low tide you can walk here right from Crete. Just 200 meters along the sandbank, and you are practically on a desert island.

Elafonissi on map

Elafonissi
Elafonissi. Photo: Nikos Roussos https://www.flickr.com/photos/comzeradd/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
Elafonissi
Elafonissi. Photo: Nikos Roussos https://www.flickr.com/photos/comzeradd/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
Elafonissi
Elafonissi. Photo: Nikos Roussos https://www.flickr.com/photos/comzeradd/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
Elafonissi
Elafonissi. Photo: Georgios Michalogiorgakis https://www.flickr.com/photos/michalogiorgakis/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Greek islands you obviously must visit: 8. Skyros (Σκύρος)

This island is often mentioned in history and mythology. They say that it was here that Theseus died after he was thrown off a cliff.

The landscape of the island is peculiar. Neat houses are built on the slopes of the forested mountains. There are many caves on the coast. Magnificent local beaches will certainly conquer at first sight. This place is appreciated by lovers of yoga and surfing.

Skyros on map

Skyros
Skyros. Photo: Jim Makos https://www.flickr.com/photos/jim-makos/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)
Skyros
Skyros. Photo: Jim Makos https://www.flickr.com/photos/jim-makos/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)
Skyros
Skyros. Photo: stu smith https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/)
Skyros
Skyros. Photo: Agnee https://www.flickr.com/photos/eviagreece/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Greek islands you obviously must visit: 7. Naxos (Νάξος)

It is the largest island in the Cyclades archipelago but there are fewer tourists here than on the famous neighboring Santorini and Mykonos. And that is great! Olive groves, fishing and sightseeing are what Naxos will delight its guests with. Here you can also enjoy water activities.

Naxos on map

Naxos
Naxos. Photo: TimOve https://www.flickr.com/photos/timove/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Naxos
Naxos. Photo: TimOve https://www.flickr.com/photos/timove/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Naxos
Naxos. Photo: TimOve https://www.flickr.com/photos/timove/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Naxos
Naxos. Photo: TimOve https://www.flickr.com/photos/timove/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Greek islands you obviously must visit: 6. Monemvasia (Μονεμβασιά)

Located very close to the Peloponnese, this small rocky island is 1 kilometer long and only 300 meters wide. The isthmus connecting it with the Peloponnese was formed in 375 A.D. as a result of an earthquake. The medieval fortress and Byzantine churches are well preserved, and ancient squares together with narrow streets create a unique flavor here. You can stay overnight in hotels located in medieval buildings.

Monemvasia on map

Monemvasia
Monemvasia. Photo: askii https://www.flickr.com/photos/askii/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
Monemvasia
Monemvasia. Photo: askii https://www.flickr.com/photos/askii/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
Monemvasia
Monemvasia. Photo: Andrew Baldwin https://www.flickr.com/photos/thebaldwin/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Greek islands you obviously must visit: 5. Astipalea (Αστυπάλαια)

One of the Dodecanese islands in the warm Aegean Sea hosts many valuable historical sites which are the heritage of the Hellenistic and early Christian times. The highlight of the island are the white houses located on the hills. The island is great for outdoor activities.

Astipalea on map

Astipalea
Astipalea. Photo: Eva D. Chatzaki Follow https://www.flickr.com/photos/chatevad/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Astipalea
Astipalea. Photo: Gio Pan. https://www.flickr.com/photos/fratzola/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Astipalea
Astipalea. Photo: Eva D. Chatzaki https://www.flickr.com/photos/chatevad/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Greek islands you obviously must visit: 4. Thasos (Thassos) (Θάσος)

Greece’s most enchanting natural wonder. The island is prized for its clean water and air. It is perfect for lovers of silence and fans of antiquity. For its magnificent vegetation, the island is often called “emerald”. You can only get here by ferry.

Thasos on map

Thasos
Thasos. Photo: jdujic https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdujic/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
Thasos
Thasos. Photo: jdujic https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdujic/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)
Thasos
Thasos. Photo: jdujic https://www.flickr.com/photos/jdujic/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Greek islands you obviously must visit: 3. Kefalonia (Cephalonia) (Κεφαλλονιά)

The largest of the Ionian Islands. The local beach of Myrtos is considered the most beautiful in all of Greece: located between two mountains, it creates a secluded and relaxed atmosphere. The Fortress of St. George, the Venetian Castle, Lake Melissani and the Drogarati Cave will not leave indifferent fans of historical and natural attractions.

Kefalonia on map

Kefalonia
Kefalonia. Photo: Darko https://www.flickr.com/photos/dvolic/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Kefalonia
Kefalonia. Photo: Dan Taylor-Watt https://www.flickr.com/photos/dantaylor/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Kefalonia
Kefalonia. Photo: Mike_fleming https://www.flickr.com/photos/flem007_uk/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Greek islands you obviously must visit: 2. Mykonos (Μύκονος)

This island in the Aegean Sea is one of the most popular. Celebrities often rest here. Rocky hills, antique ruins, windmills, dozens of churches and cozy narrow streets will allow you to go beyond an ordinary beach holiday.

Mykonos on map

Mykonos
Mykonos. Photo: büys https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Mykonos
Mykonos. Photo: Christina Kekka https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Mykonos
Mykonos. Photo: C.K. Tse https://www.flickr.com/photos/cktse/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Greek islands you obviously must visit: 1. Santorini (Σαντορίνη)

One of the most beautiful and iconic islands in the world, Santorini is incredibly popular for romantic getaways.

Santorini on map

Santorini
Santorini. Photo: Maggie Meng https://www.flickr.com/photos/snowfish2014/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Santorini
Santorini. Photo: Maggie Meng https://www.flickr.com/photos/snowfish2014/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Santorini
Santorini. Photo: David Fowler https://www.flickr.com/photos/cramnic/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)
Santorini
Santorini. Photo: paPisc https://www.flickr.com/photos/papisc/ (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)