Last Updated on January 2, 2022
Here you can find our insider guide on the top best Greek Islands to visit in Greece, including best islands to relax, have partying, off the beaten track, chilling out, history, beach, family and romantic holidays, plus useful advice for several types of holidaymakers.
Greek islands are world famous when it comes to have a great holiday with sun, beach, sand, history and lively nightlife. There are dozens of islands to choose from and each one offers great holiday opportunities whatever kind of travel and holidays you look for.
Best Greek Islands to Visit
Rhodes (best for history lovers)
Rhodes can be considered as the most visited of the Greek Islands. It is famous for its ancient culture and historical sites such as its medieval old town that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The site was once home to Colossus that is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
The lovely alleyways will lead you to the walled Old Town area, where you’ll feel like you are living in the ancient times or perhaps in the Game of Thrones. Rhodes also has great number of fine sandy beaches, as well as great secluded beaches. where you won’t get disturbed.
Santorini (best for romance)
Santorini is one of the most visited and popular holiday islands in Greece. The island was formed by a volcano eruption in 1600 BC. This collapsed the center of the island and formed a crater that is called caldera, which is today offers a stunning views from the clifftops of the islands.
The island is very beautiful with its lovely boutique hotels, blue-domed churches, and whitewashed houses along the cliffs, with the picturesque sea views from any direction, and offers fantastic cultural attractions.
You can enjoy the perfect sunset over the sea at the remnants of the volcano, or experience the Greek food, olives, relax with a glass of wine in one of the best bars, or enjoy the best beaches in Santorini.
Crete (best for a piece of everything)
Crete is the largest Greek island famous for its stunning landscapes, cultural and outdoor attractions and historical sites. The Agios Nikolaos is a pretty town of the island, that is set around a saltwater lake providing a setting for eating out activities along with the great Crete dishes.
The island is also home to five golden beaches, plus a water park that is great for families with kids. The nightlife in Crete is also very lively with trendy cocktail bars and restaurants serving until the early hours of the day.
The interior part of the island is also home to the White Mountains, providing great outdoor sports activities such as hiking and trekking.
Lesbos (best for chilling out)
Lesbos is a beautiful island and famous for its beautiful beaches, pretty towns and cultural attractions. The island has desert-like landscapes, forests with millions of olive trees and sandy beaches.
Birdwatching and hot springs are the most famous facts of the island. You can observe more than 300 species of bird, as well as healing springs of Levos, and have a unique experience on the island.
Corfu (best for families)
Corfu is a very family-friendly island to head for. It is also very close to the party town of Kavos. The island has lovely beaches along the green-hilled coastline, as well as traditional tavernas and family-friendly restaurants offering fresh caught fish, pastas and great Greek food.
The town center of Corfu is very beautiful with its cobbled streets, trendy cocktail bars, restaurants and boutique shops. The beaches in Corfu are also great with lots of water sports plus a waterpark. You can also enjoy the fun outdoor sports activities in Corfu.
Symi (best for hiking and outdoors)
Symi is one of the most beautiful Greek Islands, as you’ll witness a perfect scenery with the colorful neoclassical houses rising up along the cliffs over the sea and which will make you feel like they are all painted by an artist.
The island is a mountainous one situated about an hour ferry trip from the Rhodes Island, and is divided into two areas that include Yialos and Chorio.
Yialos is lower town that offers great dining places, as well as pretty boutiques. Chorio is the upper town that is more traditional and offers stunning views over the harbor.
The island also offers great walking tracks for nature lovers. They are all very well marked and easy to follow.
Mykonos (best for partying & clubbers)
Mykonos is a lively Greek island that can also be considered as the Greek version of Spain’s world famous Ibiza. You’ll definitely enjoy the island’s day and night time activities, and lovely streets full of young holidaymakers having fun.
The island is popular with young and single travelers having fun at the trendy and chic bars, pool parties and clubs.
Antiparos (best for relaxing)
Antiparos is a chilling island and famous for its being a relaxing one of the Greek Islands. The island is situated about a mile across Paros, and offers a slower pace of life. The island is lively with its narrow cobbled alleys, traditional whitewashed houses and variety of olvely boutique hotels that are all lined with beautiful paths, and scented with pink and purple bougainvillea.
You can explore the island by renting a bike and admire the beautiful views and landscapes or enjoy your beer in one of the great tavernas and bars.
Ithica (best for going off the beaten track)
Ithica is an undeveloped one that is situated about 45-minute ferry trip from the Kefalonia island. A popular place for the ones who like getting off the beaten track. You’ll find lush green hills and valleys that are very suitable for hiking and trekking.
You’ll definitely admire the stunning views from above and find plenty of archaeological sites to explore as this place was once the homeland of Homer’s Odysseus. You can also enjoy the nights at the several traditional tavernas of the island.
Skyros (best for healthy lifestyle holidays)
Skyros is a laid-back island having an fantastic aura which will be great opportunity for yoga, self caring and lifestyle type holidaymakers. The island is also home to the annual Goat Dance festival, a pagan festival that you’ll come across men dressed as goats and as women.
You’ll also find plenty of great places to eat and drink on the island to enjoy the deliciosu food.