Top 10 Most Beautiful Greek Islands That Will Enchant You

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Alex O'Brien

Alex O'Brien

Last updated:  2021-08-17 11:40:43

Greece is one of the most beloved Mediterranean summer destinations, and for numerous reasons. The country has a long coastline, and many beautiful islands are the main tourist spots during hot summer days. Greece is also full of ancient ruins, beautiful nature, and vivid nightlife, especially on the islands. There are many excellent places to spend your holiday and fully enjoy your vacation. Hence, you just need to pick a spot that suits you the best and bring your summer beach outfits. We'll try to help you by introducing the most famous Greek islands that will enchant you in every way. So, without further ado, grab your favorite summer drink and let's take a look at the best of the best among them.

10. Corfu Island

Beautiful turquoise waters surrounding the Corfu Island (Photo: arshopenby/pixabay.com)

One of the most affordable Greek islands is not to be underestimated, as you can find superb budget accommodation here. Beautiful Corfu town with its narrow stone-paved streets and charming restaurants will sweep you away. Its unique combination of cosmopolitan and traditional architectural style is quite charming. The town is full of history, so you might wanna explore it a bit.

The main tourist spots are among the island's east coast, as sandy and pebbly beaches take turns. Most of the small towns and villages are more suitable for families and for those seeking peaceful vacation. However, on the south part of the island is Kavos, which is a different story, as this is a party place attracting young people looking for fun. The most beautiful beach on the island, Paleokastritsa, is on the west coast. This gorgeous location with crystal clear waters will enchant you, though the sea can be pretty cold.

9. Cos/Kos Island

Kos is a paradise for windsurfers (Photo: andrewpark0010/pixabay.com)

Kos or Cos is the birthplace of the father of medicine, Hippocrates. This Greek island is located just a few miles from the Turkish coast. The island has a reputation as the sunniest in the Dodecanese group, yet we must say it's also the windiest.

Kos has it all, including beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, budget and luxury hotels, vivid nightlife, and excellent surfing options. The main attraction is the capital of the island Kos, with the picturesque old town, stunning promenade, and a lovely marina. Moreover, in the evening its streets become vivid and full of entertainment. As we mentioned, Kos is windy, and for that reason, it's trendy among windsurfers and kitesurfers, offering an ideal condition for these activities.

8. Thassos Island

Thassos Island is suitable for a peaceful vacation (Photo: alexman89/pixabay.com)

If you are looking for a peaceful vacation, beautiful sandy beaches, and lush vegetation, then Thasos is the right place for you. Moreover, it's popular among hikers, as the island has great trails spread all around it.

Limenas is the capital and the main port of the island. This charming little town is modern, but it also kept its ancient walls and harbor. However, the largest town on the island is Limenaria, as one of the main tourist spots. It has a stunning sandy beach and a lot of restaurants and cafes. 

Potos is a bit more vivid and attracts younger people with a variety of restaurants and cafes. However, this is a more family and tranquil type of holiday, so the nightlife is not as exciting as on other islands.

7. Skiathos Island

Beautiful Koukounaries beach is surrounded by a thick pine forest (Photo: dimitrisvetsikas1969/pixabay.com)

It might be a small island area-wise, but Skiathos doesn't lack a beautiful coastline, as 66 magnificent beaches are spread all around the islet. With a reputation of an island with affordable prices, it's a part of the National Park, home to rare animals like Mediterranean seals. Moreover, it's a perfect place to explore nearby islands with lush vegetation and pristine beaches.

The capital Skiathos town has an old part and charming harbor. Along the main pedestrian streets are scattered lovely small restaurants and bars. Moreover, this is a primary spot for nightlife on the island. The most attractive beach here is Koukounaries beach. This sandy beach, splashed with turquoise waters, is surrounded by thick pine forest. 

6. Cephalonia / Kefalonia Island

Stunning beauty of Myrtos beach at Kefalonia Island will sweep you away (Photo: Great2Travel/pixabay.com)

Ideally positioned in the central part of the astonishing Ionian Sea, beautiful Cephalonia is perfect for nature lovers. The west part of this lovely island consists of mountains, steep cliffs, and rocky coastline. Yet, the east side has beautiful sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages. The island is full of fascinating bays and caves, so it's a paradise for adventure seekers. Moreover, Cephalonia or Kefalonia is a place with great food and excellent drinks, especially Robola and Muscat wines.

Most of the island beaches are awarded the Blue Flag for their cleanliness. The best and the most famous beach is Myrtos, with white sand and turquoise waters surrounded by steep cliffs.

5. Zakynthos Island

Navagio Beach in Zakynthos is one of the most beautiful European beaches (Photo: Walkerssk/pixabay.com)

The incredible natural landscape and fabulous beaches are the main attractions of fascinating Zakynthos Island, settled in the heart of the Ionian Sea. Moreover, gorgeous beaches are home to the endangered sea turtle species, laying their eggs in the warm sand. One of the most beautiful European beaches is on Zante island, the famous Navagio (Shipwreck) beach. Picturesque white sandy beach with magical turquoise waters, surrounded by dramatic towering cliffs, is one of the island's trademarks. 

Besides gorgeous beaches, the central mountain part of Zakynthos is full of sleepy stone villages surrounded by pine forests and scattered monasteries. The architecture of the island's capital, Zakynthos Town, is mainly influenced by Venetians. Charming Solomos Square and Agios Markos Square, circled by paved streets, are the main shopping areas. Among the central tourist spots, Laganas stands out as a party destination.

4. Rhodes Island

Beautiful bay at Lindos town on Rhodes Island looks quite charming (Photo: steel902/pixabay.com)

Home of the famous Colossus, Rhodes Island is full of ancient ruins and historical places to visit. Moreover, it has stunning beaches and plenty of diverse places to stay. Rhodes Town is known for beautiful pristine Eli beach, for its charming old part and modern area with high-end fashion boutiques. Moreover, it's trendy among younger people seeking fun and vivid nightlife.

South of Rhodes Town is beautiful Kalithea with stunning beaches and a calm sea, favorite among those seeking peace and quiet. Furthermore, to the south is a vibrant Faliraki, with both luxurious and budget hotels. Yet the main attraction of the place is its vivid nightlife. One more exciting place on the island is a charming Lindos with an impressive acropolis surrounded by cliffs and emerald coves. Moreover, this location is known for its superb hotels and resorts. The main tourist spot with luxury hotels located on the windy west part of the island is Ixia.

3. Santorini Island

Santorini has the best views from the top of the caldera (Photo: contact1435/pixabay.com)

One of the most dreamy Greek islands for sure is Santorini. This island has stunning beaches made of black volcanic sand, which makes them more appealing. However, the main attractions are the hotels settled up high on the top of the caldera. The beautiful and luxurious hotels decorated in Greek style combining white and blue colors and luxuriously equipped, offer gorgeous views.

The ones who have stayed in Santorini became mesmerized with the stunning sunsets, as this is a lifetime memory. People often joke regarding Santorini's beaches, as the most beautiful ones are hard to get to, and the road is only accessible on a donkey. But don't be discouraged, as you can walk or take a boat ride to them.

2. Crete Island

The mesmerizing beauty of the pink sandy Elafonisi Beach on Crete Island (Photo: jarekgrafik/pixabay.com)

The largest Greek island attracts various travelers. Due to its large area, Creta is suitable for everyone. The main tourist spots are on the north part of the island, as the south coast is windier and wilder. So going from the east, the jet setters will find a perfect place for themselves, as the charming town of Agios Nikolaos and Elounda have the reputation of a high-end luxurious stay.

In the central part of the island are small towns and villages suitable for family vacations. Still, the charming Rethymno Town offers the most fun for the younger population seeking a good time. On the western part is Chania, known for fun activities, excellent hotels, and sandy beaches. And not to forget one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, Elafonisi beach, located on the southwest part of the island, recognizable by its pink sand.

1. Mykonos Island

Beautiful old windmills dominate Mykonos island (Photo: benibeny/pixabay.com)

Mykonos Island became a jet set's playground. During the summer, this is the must-visit destination for celebrities. Why is that, you might wonder? Mykonos gains its reputation as a hotspot for parties, and besides excellent beaches, it has luxurious hotels and resorts that attract rich people. 

The clubbing scene on Mykonos is a major hit on the island and the highest-selling point among those with a bit deeper pockets seeking a good time. Moreover, the island is highly rated among the LGBT population, as they have gay-only resorts. So this island is what they like to call home, as they feel liberated.

There are many more beautiful Greek islands, smaller and less accessible, but not a bit less gorgeous. However, we couldn't fit them all on our list, so we leave them for you to explore.

Have you visited any of the islands on our list? What is your favorite one? Please tell us your impressions in the comment section below. 


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