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The Best Greek Islands To Visit

With thousands of islands and a stunning mainland as well, choosing a vacation spot in Greece can be hard. There are about 200 inhabited islands, with Mykonos and Santorini being two of the most popular, but there's an island for every type of traveler. Whether you're looking for rich history and culture, wineries, hikes, a laid-back beach vibe, a party island, or anything in between, this guide can help you decide which is the right one for you.


Best Greek island for nightlife: Mykonos

Mykonos has picturesque towns, luxury shopping, and a vibrant beach and nightclub scene. Often referred to as the Ibiza of Greece, this cosmopolitan island can definitely be on the pricier side, especially during peak seasons.

Best Greek islands for beaches: Paros, Kefaloniá, Zakynthos, Ios

Although you pretty much can't go wrong with choosing any Greek island for its beaches, these four are often considered some of the best. With glittering turquoise water and white volcanic sand, these islands have a variety of popular scenic beaches, as well as smaller quieter ones for those days you just want to lay under the sun with a good book.


Best Greek islands for food: Sifnos, Crete

Those seeking fine authentic Greek cuisine must check out Sifnos, the island known for its foodie reputation. Crete is also famous for its gastronomy, with the Cretan diet being considered the model of the Mediterranean diet.

Best Greek islands for hiking and nature: Andros, Corfu, Folegandros, Santorini

These lush Greek islands are some of the best for epic nature experiences, including hikes, walking tours, diving, snorkeling, wind surfing, and more.


Best off-the-beaten-path Greek islands: Hydra, Tinos, Skiathos, Anafi, Ithaca

If you're planning a vacation somewhere under the radar, these islands might be your best bets. Just because they're not as popular with international tourists, doesn't mean they're not stunning.


Best Greek islands for culture and history: Delos, Rhodes, Corfu, Aegina

Greece has plenty to explore for all the history buffs out there. Greece has nurtured some of the earliest Western civilizations, and these islands have Greek traditions, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, old streets, and ancient ruins.

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