Greek islands are some of the most beautiful travel destinations in Europe and depending on what your situation is, a trip to a greek island might be the perfect trip for your wedding, your honeymoon or your family holiday.
The best greek island really depend on your situation and what you are looking for from your vacation in Greece.
The best greek islands to visit at least once, are:
But not all greek islands are the same and the best time to visit them actually might differ.
All of them are extremely idyllic locations and a top 10 wouldn’t make any sense as they are all equally beautiful (at least in my greek eyes!)
And I can tell you that because I am actually Greek and I have been to all of them!
(yes…you will find greek island travel guides on the internet from people who have been there once or twice and are not even greeks…).
So, I am explaining here what are the differences and what is the best greek island for you depending on your situation and who are you traveling with.
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Ok….so without further ado, these are the best greek islands :
Santorini is the most famous greek island and there are many good reasons for that.
Believe all the hype and all the instagram pictures you have seen.
This island is amazing and you have to visit it!
When it comes to honeymoons, Santorini is the place to have your ideal honeymoon as the island offers some of the most romantic hotels in Europe.
It is indeed the ideal location for couples but it has lots of things to do for families and solo travellers too.
There is a ton of things to do in Santorini and there is no shortage of activities and amazing restaurants you can visit and enjoy a romantic dinner.
Mykonos is the second most famous greek island with millions of tourists every year.
Mykonos is all about the amazing nightlife, incredible parties, celebrities boats and lovely sandy beaches.
Mykonos though has some of the most amazing beaches and beach bars in the world.
Some of the most famous chefs in the world have established restaurants in Mykonos and some of the most famous DJs play every year in the nightclubs of Mykonos.
But Mykonos is not only about partying.
The island offers amazing opportunities for a relaxing trip as it has some of the best hotels in Greece with incredible 5 star service and amenities.
Also, Mykonos town is one of the most picturesque and cute among the greek islands.
Just to warn you: Mykonos is super expensive so get prepared to pay New York, London and Tokyo prices at the restaurants.
Crete is the biggest greek island and definitely one of the most beautiful in the meditteranean sea.
Crete is a big island.
It’s almost the size of Hawaii ‘s big island, so you definitely need a car to move around
Crete is famous for each unique beaches , the amazing local food and produce, the hospitality of its local people and the thousands of years of history.
Crete is full of impressive hotels and all-inclusive resorts that make it an ideal destination if you are in the hunt for an islands that has everything.
The biggest cities of Crete are Chania (West), Rethymnon (West), Heraklion (East), Aghios Nikolaos (East).
In fact, Heraklion city (the capital of Crete) is the 4th biggest city in Greece (population wise).
It is not advised to visit Crete for 2-3 days .
You need at least a week in Crete and even during that time you will only be able to see 20-30% of the island.
You definitely need your own means of trannsportationin Crete (preferably a car) unless you will only be staying in your all inclusive resort and you are not interested to see the rest of the island.
Cretan food is probably the best in Greece and you will be surprised by the large portions and the free stuff you will be offered in every restaurant (free fruits, deserts and local drinks at the end of the meal)
Corfu is one of the bigest islands in Greece and it has a completely different landscape compared to Santorini and Mykonos. The scenery is much greener but the sea water is still incredibly blue and crystal clear.
Corfu is an island at the sea between Italy and Greece (Ioanian sea) and the italian influence is spread all over the island.
The greek name of Corfu is : Kerkyra
Corfu has been a famous tourist destination for the last 70 years and there are many good reasons for that.
The island is full of beautiful beaches and picturesque towns and villages.
You need at least a week in Corfu as it is a pretty big island.
It is nearly impossibel to combine a visit to Corfu along with another greek island like Santorini or Mykonos because these islands are on the other side of Greece and you need to travel through Athens. Doable but not smart…
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