Greece owns more than 6,000 islands, but just 227 of them are inhabited. However, this does not deter tourists, who flock here to enjoy the stunning scenery and take advantage of the good weather all year round.
Some of the most popular Greek islands for different types of holidaymakers are below;
This is perhaps the most popular Greek island, with millions of people visiting it each year. It is famous for its pristine beaches and offers an extremely vibrant nightlife. The best beaches on the island are located towards the north and the northwest. The island is suitable for all ages. In Corfu, people can take a trip to see the location where the Hollywood movie, The Blue Lagoon, was filmed, or they can go up into the mountains to get away from the soft sands and turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea.
This is the biggest Greek island and is located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a popular port where many Greek cruises drop anchor. The capital of Crete is Herakalion. This Greek island is known for its archaeological sites, ancient cities, beautiful resorts and pristine beaches. The west coast is the preferred destination, with its lush cover of evergreen trees, while the east coast is drier and also hotter. The centre of Crete has imposing mountains, which attract numerous mountain climbers.
This Greek island is located close to the Turkish coast and is part of the Dodecanese Islands. It is just 45 kilometres long, but boasts of some beautiful and panoramic beaches. The island has a flat terrain, making it a popular destination with cyclists. In fact, cycling is the preferred form of transportation to get around. Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. The beautiful villages on the island can be spellbinding and the modern marina is a great place for sailing and other water activities.
Even Rhodes is part of the Dodecanese Island, but it is the largest in the chain. It is the perfect Greek island to enjoy the best of Greek and Turkish cultures. The capital of the island is the city of Rhodes, which is renowned for being one of the world’s best preserved mediaeval cities. In addition, the island boasts of several quaint and charming villages, like Lindos, which is famous for having all its restaurants on rooftops. The cafes and shops are delightful places to spend time and relax. Rhodes has around 32 Blue Flag beaches which is a testimony of its pristine beaches. Some of the best beaches are Afandou, Agathi, Anthony Quinn and Fournoi.
Located in the Aegean Sea, Mykonos is popular for its hospitable locals, azure waters and beautiful beaches. The ambience on the island is warm and friendly, and it is amazing to see how the architecture on the island blends seamlessly with the surroundings. From sandy beaches to mountains to meandering alleyways and cobblestoned roads, Mykonos has it all to make it an unforgettable holiday. The island is extremely vibrant and has an energetic nightlife.