Having a hard time choosing a destination for your sailing vacation? Let us help you! Greece is a country that has a great selection of islands to visit and explore. There are more than 200 Greek islands to choose from – it all depends on your preferences.
We’ve divided the islands into several categories and prepared a guide that will make things a little bit easier. Keep reading and find out which Greek islands are the best for singles, couples and families, where you can find peace, where you can party etc. Charter a yacht on Greek islands and spend the best time sailing the Mediterranean.
Best Greek islands for honeymoon
When it comes to choosing a honeymoon destination, Greek islands are on the very top of the list. Moreover, the top 3 Greek islands that have proven to be ideal for the newlyweds are Mykonos, Santorini and Corfu.
Mykonos is mostly known for its vibrant nightlife so if you and your better half are party animals and you want to spice up your honeymoon, this island is a great choice. It has some of the best bars and clubs of all Greek islands, but it also has great restaurants where you can enjoy delicious traditional food. However, Mykonos is not just a party island, it offers lots of hideaways as well as beautiful white sand beaches where you can relax and recharge your batteries after nights of partying.
Moreover, if you’re looking for a real romantic getaway with your spouse, opt for Santorini. This beautiful blue and white island is famous for its breathtaking sunsets and amazing views – your Instagram followers will be so jealous of you!
However, be aware that Santorini is extremely popular among couples so don’t be surprised if it gets crowded in high season. If you decide to charter a yacht or a catamaran, you’ll be able to escape the crowd and spend romantic evenings far away from prying eyes. While you’re there, visit the villages of Thira, Imerovigli and Oia.
If you’re a nature and culture lover, then Corfu is a great island for your honeymoon. Take a history lesson by walking the streets of Corfu, a city strongly influenced by the Venetian style, or spend your honeymoon in an active way – rent a bike or a scooter and explore numerous nature beauties. Corfu is also known for its beautiful beaches, one of which is situated in the Canal d’Amour (Love channel).
The legend says that all couples who swim there remain in love forever. It’s worth visiting, isn’t it? After a swim, you can go to one of many taverns and try the regional delicacies, and then end the night in the city of Kavos in one of the local bars or clubs.
Other recommendations: Crete, Lesbos, Rhodes.
Greek islands closest to Turkey
If you’ve decided to spend your vacation sailing the Aegean Sea, you’ll have the opportunity to visit both Greek and Turkish islands. There are a few Greek islands that you can visit as a day trip from Turkey.
Just a few miles from Bodrum you can find Kos, one of the Dodecanese’s islands and a real sailing paradise. This island offers a little bit for everyone – Greek and Roman ruins for those who enjoy history, bike rides for the adventurers, clubs for those who like to party and turquoise water of the Aegean Sea for those who enjoy water activities.
Chios is another island that is worth visiting if you’re sailing in Turkey. Only 4 miles from Çeşme, Chios is famous for its mastic. While you’re there, do a little bit of shopping at city markets and buy all sorts of mastic-based products, take a break in one of its waterfront restaurants or sunbathe on the black pebbles of Mavra Volia beach.
Other Greek islands that are close to Turkey: Rhodes, Samos.
Best islands for families
If a family vacation is what you’re looking for, there are some amazing Greek islands you can take your loved ones to and spend the best family vacations.
Due to a versatile kid-friendly entertainment program, Rhodes is extremely popular among families. There are lots of beaches with shallow waters where kids can practice water sports or snorkeling (Faliraki, Agathi), places where you can take them on excursions (Valley of Butterflies or Marine Aquarium) and restaurants where the entire family can enjoy the traditional Greek cuisine.
Crete is Greek’s largest and most affordable island and yet another location that is ideal for a family vacation. This historical island offers a great variety of activities for the entire family. There are lots of accessible sand beaches with shallow waters (Elafonisi), water parks, adequate parks for children to play and for parents to relax in, lots of museums that offer guided tours for kids etc. The opportunities are endless.
Other recommendations: Corfu (budget friendly), Lefkada, Zakynthos (for teenagers).
Greek islands close to Athens
The capital of Greece, Athens, is a great starting point for your sailing vacation. There are 3 ports that connect Athens to the islands: Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrion.
From Piraeus, you can sail to Aegina, the island of the pistachio nuts. If you don’t like big crowds, this island is ideal for you. Magical Aegina has kept its charm and stayed far away from mass tourism. Its beautiful architecture, numerous beaches and a simple way of living might make you want to move there, so be careful!
Hydra is a great island to visit if you’d like to escape the traffic noise – motor vehicles are forbidden on Hydra! If you’re an adventurer, you’ll enjoy spending time there because Hydra is a real mecca for hiking enthusiasts.
Also visit: Agistri, Poros, Spetses.
Quiet Greek islands for escaping the crowds
If you’re one of many people who like to spend their vacation in peace and quiet, we have a solution for you too!
If you’re looking to escape technology and modern life, then Anafi is the island you have to visit. Situated at the very edge of the Cyclades, Anafi’s architecture reminds so much of Santorini.
However, Anafi has something that Santorini doesn’t – unspoiled exotic sand beaches and peace. The village of Chora and Mount Kalamos are two of its most valuable treasures. Moreover, chartering a yacht to get there will be the best decision you ever made!
Even though it’s famous all around the world as the mythical island of Odysseus, Ithaca is not as famous among the tourists. This beautiful island is a great sailing destination due to numerous bays that are ideal for diving explorations and great beaches that you can access with your chartered yacht. Explore the unexplored villages of Ithaca, go back in time following the routes of Odysseus and spend the most relaxing holiday ever.
Also visit: Ikaria, Kalymno, Leros.
Best islands for couples
As it was already mentioned, Greek islands are extremely popular among couples. We have already suggested some options for honeymoon, but here are a few more islands you can visit with your loved one.
Situated between Mykonos and Santorini, Paros Island is a great destination for a more laid-back holiday. Paros offers a great combination of modern and traditional.
While you’re there, you can practice windsurfing and kiteboarding, do a bit of sightseeing in historical villages, try out local delicacies in waterfront restaurants, go on wine tasting tours or simply enjoy the sun on one of Paros’s sand beaches, such as Santa Maria or Golden Beach Paros.
Milos, the island of Aphrodite, is another suggestion for couples. The volcanic soil of Milos has created the dream sight – rocks painted in orange, red and pink combined with emerald colored sea. Because of this, Milos has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Cyclades.
Moreover, discover the caves of Kleftiko and sail the area that was once ruled by the pirates, take a swim in Sarakiniko Bay whose all-white rocks landscape will leave you breathless and finish your day strolling the streets of Little Venice.
We also recommend: Corfu, Crete, Kefalonia, Mykonos, Rhodes, Santorini.
Best Greek islands for partying
After a long day of swimming and sightseeing, there are two types of people: those who can’t wait to go to bed and those who can’t wait to party. If you’re in the second group, keep reading.
There is no doubt that Mykonos is the most popular party island in Greece. This island is great for singles and couples who like to party ‘till dawn as it offers lots of clubs and party beaches.
Visit Psarou Beach and sip drinks all night long in Nammos club. If you’re in for an intense house music party, head to Cavo Paradiso on Paradise Beach and enjoy the beats of famous DJs from all around the world, such as Tiesto, Axwell and Alesso.
Zakynthos or Zante is another Greek island with an awesome party scene. For nights of entertainment, visit the southern part of the island that offers some of the best bars and clubs in Europe, such as Catakomves , Rescue club or Factory club. However, if you enjoy loud music and big crowds and you’re into meeting new people, don’t miss out on Zante!
We also recommend: Corfu, Ios, Kos, Paros.
All that’s left for you to do after reading this article is to hire a yacht on Greek islands and finally find out why people can’t stop praising this magical sailing destination. Charter a yacht today and enjoy your summer sailing the Mediterranean.