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With long hot summers, impressive landscapes, glorious beaches, ancient ruins and delicious local food there is always a perfect island in Greece for everybody’s tastes. Our short guide to six of the most stunning Greek islands will help you decide which island is right for you.
There’s plenty of activities to keep you busy during your holidays. Enjoy amazing beaches including the Red Beach or swim at Ammoudi Bay and Kamari Beach. Embark on a boat tour to one of the many caves and lagoons, or alternatively hop on a boat journey to explore the neighbouring islands in style. Explore the island’s picturesque villages and discover hidden paths and alleys. Visit Santorini’s former capital Pyrgos and be amazed by panoramic views of the entire island. If you like hiking, explore the caldera path between Fira and Oia, walk around 130 meters up the crater, or head to the northern coast and admire the views of Santorinis’ volcanoes. Don’t miss a donkey ride either from the Old Port up to Fira or from Amoudi Bay up to Oia. For those who love wine we strongly recommend that you take a wine tour to one of the vineyards located in the countryside of the island.
Whether you prefer relaxing on a golden sandy beach or exploring the islands top cultural sights, there’s plenty of things to do and see in Corfu. From historical highlights including the crumbling Venetian buildings, impressive fortresses, the Kassiopi and Byzantine Castle and the Andivouniótissa Museum to the natural beauty of Paleokastritsa, a village in the northwest of the island, you will be spoiled for choice for things to do and see on the island.
Swim the famous Canal d’Amour, the most romantic spot in Corfu, or visit the charming fishing village of Kassiopi. If you want to get away from the tourist crowds, trek through Corfu’s lush green mountains and witness up close the olive and cypress trees that paint the landscape.
For those who seek a bit of adventure embark on a diving experience as this island has a reputation for being one of the best scuba diving spots you can find in Greece.
Considered one of the safest destinations in Greece, this island is a favourite for families. The range of family friendly resorts and incredible beaches are the primary draw, but the activities on offer such as cycling, sailing, the Natural History Museum of Heraklion or to the Aquaworld Aquarium also stand out for adults travelling with young children.
To escape the beaches, you can visit famous sights including the islands iconic windmills, ‘Little Venice’ with its medieval houses looming over the water’s edge, Lena’s House Museum and the Municipal Folklore Museum.
Admire incredible views while drinking cocktails at sunset in Little Venice, and once the sun goes down enjoy one of the many popular clubs in Hora or watch your favourite film in one of the open-air cinemas.
Weather: Summers are hot and sunny, and winters are mild and wet.
Flight time: Around 3 hours.
Language: Greek and its dialects are the main languages spoken, the locals are very friendly and the majority speak English.
Best time to visit: High season runs from late June until early September. April and May are superb for wild flowers and green landscapes. October to March is the coldest period.
Getting around: Take your summer holiday to Greece to a whole new level by renting a car. You’ll have access to remote and amazing destinations, far away from the crowded tourist areas. Ask us how to get discounts with rent a car. If you prefer, public transport is a reasonably good option to get around the main islands.