If, like many others, you’re considering a holiday to Greece this summer, you might be in need of some direction when it comes to choosing which Greek island is right for you. Greece boasts over 2,000 islands, so making a decision on which one to visit could prove a little daunting. So let me help make things a little easier for you, with my pick of some of the best below.
Best for beaches: Kefalonia
The island of Kefalonia basks in breathtaking beauty and I dare you not to fall in love with its authentic charm. Visits to traditional Greek fishing villages such as Assos and Fiskardo will fill your camera’s memory card, but it’s the island’s stunning beaches that truly captivate everyone. You’ll find beautiful bays with azure waters around every corner, but the most famous of them all is Myrtos Beach and it’s easy to see why in the picture above.
Best for history buffs: Rhodes
Rhodes is an incredibly popular island with British holidaymakers in particular, thanks to its excellent beaches and vibrant nightlife. But those aren’t the only things that make it such an ideal holiday destination. There’s also a wealth of history to be explored across the island. Wander the narrow, cobbled streets of Rhodes Old Town or visit the picturesque village of Lindos with its ancient Acropolis overlooking the resort.
Best for scenery lovers: Thassos
Thassos is often referred to as the ‘Emerald Isle’, so that gives you an idea of just how stunning its landscape is. Think lush, green countryside, rolling mountains and golden beaches and you’ll be on your way to imagining your ideal holiday in Thassos. It’s one of the more ‘unspoilt’ Greek islands, so visitors here take advantage of this by going on long hikes, taking in the panoramic views and peaceful atmosphere as they go. Head to the Archangelous Monastery for spectacular views across the Aegean Sea to Mount Athos.
Best for budding explorers: Crete
The island of Crete might be home to some of the best beaches in all of Greece, but there’s far more to the largest of the Greek islands than just that. Its multiple ancient sites and varied terrain makes it perfect for those who struggle to spend all day attached to their sun loungers. Explore the ancient city of Knossos, take a boat ride to the former leper colony of Spinalonga or trek through Samaria Gorge and the White Mountains.
Best for night owls: Kos
There are many things that Kos is famous for: it’s got amazing beaches, it’s perfect for families and it’s a haven for sailing enthusiasts. But perhaps the biggest crowd draw to the island is its fun and vibrant nightlife. In particular, the resort of Kardamena is popular with groups of young holidaymakers who want to make the most of its golden beach by day before partying the night away on the aptly named ‘Bar Street’ after the sun goes down.
Which is your favourite Greek island? Or which one would you be most likely to visit? Let me know in the comments below.