Ten Best Greek Islands

Ten best Greek islands Mykonos

With more then 6,000 islands and islets surrounding Greece, sailors are very uncertain which one to choose as their vacation destination. There is a great variety between of islands, and most of them are so beautiful and so charming that a person cannot easily choose which one to visit. In order to make your decision easier, we bring you the list of best Greek islands you need to visit.

10 Kos


Kos is one of the most popular islands of the Dodecanese, just behind Rhodes. Diversity is the main word when it comes to this beautiful island – it consists of many beautiful beaches, landscapes, historic sites and quiet places that are ideal for family vacation, but on the other hand, it can be a pretty good place for people seeking parties and fun. Kos is also well-situated – it can be a starting point for many Greek island cruises and daily trips to other islands.

The best beaches on Kos:

Lagada, Agios Stefanos, Xerokambos, Agios Thelogos, Camel, Tigaki

9 Milos

Ten best Greek islands Milos

The small island of Milos is known for its volcanic history, barren landscape and beaches with white sand, especially on the southern side of the island. It has 70 beaches and most of them are hidden, which makes this island a perfect spot for a quiet and calm vacation. One of the most famous ancient Greek sculptures The Aphrodite of Milos was discovered on Milos, an island with less then 5,000 inhabitants.

The best beaches on Milos:

Hivadolimni, Sarakiniko, Papafragas, Kapros, Pachena, Pollonia, Papikinou

8 Paros


Paros is a Greek island historically known for its great white marble, which is today one of the main tourist attractions. If you are looking for a great nightlife scene, Paros will not disappoint you. It is located in the central Aegean Sea which makes it a great base for Greek island tours and daily trips. Paros has a lot of beautiful sandy beaches ranging from the quiet to the crowded ones, where a lot of windsurfing competitions take place. Attractive nightlife, restaurants, culture heritage, beautiful beaches and location make Paros one of the best Greek islands.

The best beaches on Paros:

Lageri, Faragas, Martselo, Aliki, Monastiri, Golden Beach, Piso Aliki

7 Naxos


Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades suitable for a family vacation due to the fact that it is not crowded, which allows people to quietly enjoy their holidays. The western side of the island is well known for amazing beaches with exotic water and soft sand. Mikri Vigla Beach is one of the most popular places on the whole island because it is considered to be the best kitesurfing and windsurfing spot in the whole Cyclades.

The best beaches on Naxos:

Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Alikos, Kastraki, Mikri Vigla, Plaka

6 Kefalonia

Fiskardo village, Kefalonia island, Greece

Blue-flag beaches, perfect weather, attractive Mount Enos, striking caves and tasty local cuisine make Kefalonia a safe place on the list of the best Greek islands. This island became planetary popular after the filming of the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, starring Penelope Cruz, Nicolas Cage and John Hurt. Like Naxos, Kefalonia is a popular summer destination for couples and families. It has atypical coastline, which makes it a unique spot on the map of Greek islands.

The best beaches on Kefalonia:

Kimilia, Petani, Fteri, Kaminia, Myrtos, Makris Gialos

5 Rhodes


Rhodes is the most cosmopolitan of the Dodecanese islands and is located near the Turkish coast, in the south eastern side of the Aegean. It has a strong cultural heritage and historic monuments like the medieval Old Town, the Acropolis of Lindos, the Governor’s Palace and the Temple of Apollo. Rhodes became worldwide famous because of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. On the south side you can find high-rise resorts and modern luxury hotels which present an absolute contrast to the Old Town, a beautiful place from the past.

The beast beaches on Rhodes:

Ostria, Agios Pavlos, Agathi, Traounou, Traganou, Oasis, Tsambika

4 Corfu


Similar to Rhodes, Corfu is the cosmopolitan capital of the Ionian islands. Colonial influences of France, Great Britain and Venice can be seen all over the island – Venetian architecture, wonderful beaches and attractive monuments are just a few of many reasons why so many people visit this beautiful Greek island. Even though the island has a lot of artificial resorts and hotels, stunning sand beaches, perfect restaurants with local cuisine and untouched parts are what attracts a lot of tourists right here.

The best beaches on Corfu:

Voutoumi, Porto Timoni, Bataria, Rovinia, Marathias, Arillas

3 Crete


Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and the fifth largest in the Mediterranean Sea. It has a strong historic importance due to its connection with the Minoan civilization, the earliest known civilization in Europe. Crete is on the map of the best Greek islands because it offers a wide range of activities – from mountain climbing, hiking, swimming, gorge trekking to exploring many historic and archaeological sites. Western Crete has beautiful and stunning beaches, historic monuments and breathtaking mountains you just need to visit. This island is one of the sunniest spots in the Mediterranean and it has a climate with stronger winds, which is great for sailing addicts and people seeking an adventure.

The best beaches on Crete:

Elafonissi, Marmara, Kedrodasos, Triopetra, Falassarna, Balos Lagoon

2 Mykonos


The list of Greek islands without Mykonos is not a real one. This party island has had a crazy nighlife scene long before rave culture was invented. If you want a full-on luxury experience, Mykonos is the right place for you. It even attracts celebrities who visit this beautiful island regularly. Cycladic architecture and magnificent beaches show other side of the island – it is not just for party people; you can enjoy long walks through streets of Chora, see gorgeous sunsets from Little Venice, or swim in exotic beaches like Paradise, Kalo Livadi or Super Paradise. Mykonos is not just one of the best Greek islands, it is one of the most popular and beautiful ones in the whole world.

The best beaches on Mykonos:

Ekia, Kalo Livadi, Platis Gialos, Ornos, Fokos

1 Santorini


The king of all Greek islands, beautiful Santorini was a site of one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the world history. It is worldwide famous for its stunning sunsets, an active volcano, white houses and luxury hotels and resorts that made him one of the most popular honeymoon destinations around the globe. Most of the beach resorts are located on the southern side of Santorini, which is reserved for couples and families. Santorini deserves to be on the top of the list of best Greek islands not just because of its historic importance, but also because it is truly one of the most beautiful places on our planet.

The best beaches on Santorini:

Perivolos, Vilchada, Perissa, Eros, Kamari, White Beach, Kambia

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About the Author: Lucija

Lucija is a marketing specialist at SailingEurope. Experienced Video Journalist with a demonstrated history of working in the broadcast media industry. Adventurer, traveler and sailing enthusiast.

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