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The Best Greek Islands to Visit in 2022/23

Author: Charlotte Boswell

Famed for their sparkling seas, white-washed villages, blue domes and mouth-watering cuisine, the Greek Islands are synonymous with Greece. With over 200 islands to choose from, and each with their own charm and character, here are our top Greek Islands to visit in 2022.

1 Milos

Milos
Milos

A volcanic island located in the heart of the Aegean, Milos boasts an otherworldly landscape made up of lunar-like rock formations, sparkling turquoise waters and pink sandy beaches. Whilst Milos is quickly growing in popularity, it currently remains relatively quiet and untouched, offering a great sense of local and authentic character. As Milos has been inhabited since the Bronze Age you will find many ancient archaeological sites to explore, however, the island’s sheer natural beauty is the main reason to visit. Take a boat trip to discover hidden caves, swim in the pristine sea and sample some of the region’s best seafood.

Best for: Aquatic adventures | Ethereal landscapes | Local hospitality

2 Crete

Crete
Crete

Steeped in Homeric history and legend, Crete is the largest of the Greek islands. Home to one of the country’s most diverse landscapes, it is a richly varied island boasting long sandy beaches, deep ravines, rugged mountains and palm forests. As the birthplace of Zeus, there are several impressive ancient sites peppered across the island including Heraklion’s Knossos Palace – home of the Minoan civilisation. To the west, the beautiful city of Chania is a must-see; explore the narrow lanes and pretty harbour which are punctuated with remarkable Venetian and Turkish architecture and atmospheric tavernas.

Best for: Greek history | Year-round sunshine | Adventure

3 Sifnos

Sifnos
Sifnos

Located in the heart of the Aegean, Sifnos is fringed by sandy beaches and dotted with white-washed monasteries. This little-visited island however is best known for its foodie reputation as it was where Nicholas Tselementes wrote the first Greek cookbook in 1910. Forget the usual Greek fare and expect staples such as revitháda (baked chickpeas) and mastello (lamb in red wine and dill) usually slow-roasted in a locally made earthenware in a wood-fired oven. Sifnos is just the right balance of unspoiled authenticity and understated luxury.

Best for: Foodies | Off-the-beaten-track |Authentic Greece

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4 Santorini

Santorini
Santorini

Santorini is synonymous with Greece; it conjures up images of white-washed churches topped with blue domes, caldera views and spectacular sunsets. As the crown jewel of the Cyclades, Santorini is the most romantic of Greek Islands making it a perfect for a honeymoon or couples’ holiday. Avoid the crowds at Oia and Fira and opt to stay somewhere a little quieter and more authentic such as Pyrgos – you can still experience the famous Santorini sunset here. The volcanic island is also known for its excellent wine due to its fertile ground that harvests the exceptional Assyrtiko grape.

Best for: Romance for couples | Wine tasting | Sunsets

5 Naxos

Naxos
Naxos

The largest of the Cyclades Islands, Naxos is a playful paradise which offers some of the region’s most beautiful beaches. As the nuptial isle of the god of wine, Dionysus, and the home of impressive Mount Zas, there are many scenic and historic landmarks to see in Naxos. Visit the villages of Stavros and Apiranthos for spectacular mountainous and coastal views, stop at Halki and explore the olive groves and Byzantine churches and see the 17th century-built Bazeos Tower, a former monastery. The island also boasts stunning beaches including Agios Prokopios, Aliko and Pyrgaki.

Best for: Families | Sandy beaches | Historical landmarks

6 Hydra

Hydra
Hydra

If you are looking to spend a long weekend filled with culture, history and relaxation, look no further than Athens and its surrounding islands including Hydra. Less than two hours by ferry from the Greek capital, Hydra offers a chic and relaxed getaway perfect to slow down after a few days exploring the ancient sites of the city. Most of the action on the island is centred around the beautiful waterfront and harbour which oozes style and charm – think boutique shops, elegant restaurants and independent galleries.

Best for: A long weekend | Art | Stylish elegance

7 Rhodes

Rhodes
Rhodes

As one of Greece’s top travel destinations, Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands home to a coast of golden sandy beaches and a complex and intriguing history. One of the island’s main draws is the medieval citadel located in Rhodes Town; think Byzantine churches, minarets, synagogues and Roman ruins. Lindos is also a must-see when in Rhodes, home to a magnificent acropolis which overlooks emerald cliffs, pastel houses and slate cliffs. To the south of the island, see historical ruins at Kamiros, faded frescos in Agios Nikolaos Foundoukli, hilltop castles in Monolithos and the beautiful peninsula of Prasonisi.

Best for: Ancient architecture | Traditional cuisine | Historic towns

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8 Corfu

Corfu
Corfu

Corfu is one of the most romantic and beautiful islands of the Ionians. Known as the Emerald Isle of Greece, Corfu is home to pine-clad hills, olive groves, lush forests and cypress trees; a spectacular contrast to the blue seas. It is often said the island boasts some of Europe’s best beaches. The northeast coast is dotted with quaint fishing towns and idyllic bays such as Nissaki and Keraisa, and further to the north lies the quiet yet atmospheric towns of San Stefanos and Gouvia. A highlight however is historic Corfu Town – full of charm, the capital combines Venetian, British and French colonial influences.

Best for: Authentic character | Lush landscapes | Family fun

9 Paros

Paros
Paros

Home to whitewashed houses, golden-sand beaches and rolling vineyards, Paros is one of the Cyclades’s most charming islands. Expect all the character and beauty you’d find on Mykonos or Santorini but with a much quieter, relaxed atmosphere. The harbour hamlet of Naousa provides a photogenic base with white-washed chic cafes and bougainvillea-covered tavernas, where the main town Parikia is home to cultural attractions and a lively nightlife. Whilst in Paros it is highly recommended to take a boat trip to neighbouring and smaller Antiparos – dive not turquoise waters, explore secluded bays and caves and enjoy freshly caught seafood.

Best for: Boat trips | Bustling harbours | Lively nightlife

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