Best Feature: The long hot summers – the climate in Crete is just right.
From the multi-coloured beaches and steep mountains to the stunning vistas, Crete holds some of the most unique sights of all the Greek Islands. So if breath-taking views, fresh cuisine and cool sea breezes are your bag, then this island is the ideal choice for you. And perhaps even the island best to visit first, to help ease you into our list of must-see Greek islands.
Best Feature: The stunning vineyards – the perfect place to while away a sunny afternoon.
The largest of all the Greek Islands, Kefalonia was well and truly put on the sightseeing map after it served as the backdrop for the 2001 Hollywood blockbuster Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. A haven of remarkable scenery with rocky landscapes, vast green forests and beautiful vineyards, it’s no surprise that years down the line, this island still brings in flocks of tourists keen to witness the beautiful coastline and the remote beaches.
Best Feature: The fascinating journey through past civilisations – perfect for the culture vulture.
There’s no doubt that the fantastic climate (that’s 300 plus sunshine days a year by the way) and the balmy Aegean Sea are two of the main draws of Rhodes, but we guarantee you, you will also be amazed by the sheer weight of history when you do visit. The island is packed full of culture, offering plenty of experiences to familiarise yourself with its rich and fascinating history. For example, head to the atmospheric Old Town – a weave of cobbled streets taking you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire, or head further south to Lindos, a traditional Greek mini town with pretty sugar cube houses which lead you down to a beautiful, turquoise bay.
Best Feature: It’s a total party island – one the young will never tire of.
Beautiful people, beautiful island. At first glance, Mykonos is where the young, trendy and drop dead gorgeous flock to for a fortnight each year. However, that doesn’t mean the average Joe like you or me wouldn’t fit in perfectly – it’s a party island to suit the masses. The minute the sun sets, the partying starts, the long lie-ins the following day ensue, the lazy afternoons set in and then …. you find your second wind, you spruce yourself up and you do it all over again. Disco dancing with a view, we like to call it.
Best Feature: The beautiful views. Probably some of the most beautiful you will ever lay witness to.
Take one look at Santorini, a unique, half-moon shaped island formed by a volcanic eruption 1000’s of years ago, and you’ll see why it’s always at the tip of everyone’s tongue when speaking of some of the world’s most romantic destinations. Popular with honeymooners, luxury travellers and holidaymakers who are keen to sample the island’s natural beauty, Santorini boasts some of the most superior and breath-taking views of all the Greek Islands. The volcanic earth of the island means the beaches are dark and sandy, like nothing you would have laid your eyes on before. All this, plus the beautiful sunsets make Santorini the ultimate destination for romance.
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