Although there are more than 6,000 islands in Greece, the majority of them are uninhabited. However, if you fancy an island-hopping holiday, there are still a hefty 227 inhabited islands to choose from.
While there’s nowhere near enough time to visit them all on a standard two-week holiday, we thought we’d help you sift through the good ones. Here’s a list of some of the most popular destinations (with ferry links) that might help conjure up some inspiration when planning your Greek getaway.
Ferries in Greece (Image by Wallygrom)
As one of the oldest cities in the world, Athens is a great spot to start your holiday. The country’s capital, it doesn’t just give you a genuine glimpse into the Greek culture, but you’ll also be able to check some of the most famous landmarks including the Acropolis and the Parthenon. To see ancient relics from all over Greece, tour the Acropolis Museum.
Ferries Run To: Crete, Samos, Lesvos, Mykonos, Rhodes, Aegina, Kefalonia, Spetses and Santorini
Greece’s answer to Ibiza, Mykonos is an ideal destination to visit if you’re looking to dance until dawn. Known for its nightclubs, the island is also home to a vibrant gay scene. The white sand beaches and classic tavernas are great places to visit during the daytime and recuperate in time for the evening. However, it’s not all partying and sunbathing and the traditional windmills at Chora are well worth a visit. The 16th-century structures are a focal point of the island and stem back to the times when the island produced large quantities bread and wheat.
Ferries Run To: Athens, Santorini, Naxos and Paros
Known for its spectacular sunsets, Santorini is one of the most photographed Greek islands and is instantly recognisable by its blue-domed, white-washed churches. A holiday here can be incredibly relaxing and the island has some one-of-a-kind beaches from the black pebbled beach at Kamari, to red and white sand beaches. For the best views of the much celebrated sunsets throughout the whole island, go to the small coastal town of Oia. Be sure to get there early though to avoid the crowds and ensure you snag a good spot.
Ferries Run To: Athens, Crete, Mykonos and Naxos
Visited by a million holidaymakers each year, it’s fair to say that Corfu is one of the most popular islands. And there’s no surprise why – as Corfu has something for everyone from fantastic beaches to nightclubs and even Europe’s largest waterpark, which is guaranteed to appeal to both children and adults alike. Don’t miss Achillion Palace, a stunning 19th-century structure with an archaeological museum inside and landscaped gardens surrounding the grounds.
Ferries Run To: Patras, Bari (Italy), Brindisi (Italy), Sandara (Albania) and Venice (Italy)
Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands and is known for its legendary cuisine, which historically, has ties to Venetian food. However, Cretan cuisine isn’t just tasty but also features some of the healthiest dishes too such as stuffed aubergine and baked fish cooked in light sauces. One of the most picturesque places in Greece, it also contains ancient Roman, Turkish and Minoan remains. However, while it might be scenic, it’s also known for its nightlife, with destinations such as Malia famous throughout Europe.
Ferries Run To: Athens, Ios, Paros, Santorini and Mykonos
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