3 Greek Islands That Keep Things Traditional

It’s no surprise that Greece is one of the most popular destinations for British holidaymakers. Warm, Mediterranean summers, breathtaking beaches and delicious local cuisines make it an all-round winner, if you ask me.

There are a handful of resorts that have given into the demands of tourism, leading them to get somewhat crowded in the summer months. But there are still plenty of traditional Greek islands that have kept their charm and continue to provide an authentic experience to their visitors. Let me share with you three of the best.


Kefalonia boasts a beautiful mountainous landscape, dotted with quaint little fishing villages leading to glistening aquamarine waters. And the beaches? The beaches are some of the best in Greece, especially Myrtos Beach with its lush forest backdrop.

If you can drag yourself away from the enticing shores, the island is also home to countless traditional tavernas, beautiful monasteries and medieval castles a plenty. And here’s an interesting fact for you: the filming of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin took place there too.


Think traditional Greece and you think whitewashed buildings, narrow cobbled streets and stunning scenery. Well Santorini has it all. In fact, the traditional settlement of Oia in Santorini is so spectacularly beautiful that it is perhaps the most photographed place in the whole of Greece.

The island has an air of luxury about it and the location itself is incredibly unique as its formation is from a volcanic eruption. Each little village is ‘perched’ on the rim of the crater. A visit to Santorini will leave you longing to return, if only to see just one more magnificent sunset.


Okay, so I’m bending the rules here. Not an island, but a bustling seaside city on the country’s mainland, with picturesque villages such as Stoupa and Agios Nikolaos to stay in nearby. Kalamata is home to more than just the olives. The city sits in the heart of an ancient region, with world renowned archaeological museums and sites on its doorstep.

Aside from the historical sights and attractions, you’ll find an excellent beach stretching 4 kilometres across the length of the city; so good, in fact, it’s been awarded Blue Flag status. Along here is a great choice of tavernas, cafés, bars and Ouzo restaurants to tempt your taste buds with. Tempted? Find out even more in our Kalamata destination guide.

Where is your favourite place to visit in Greece? Have you considered any of the above for your next holiday? Leave a comment below and let me know.

  • David Sink

    Symi. The best island by a mile.

    • SadieGeoghegan

      Symi looks lovely! Will have to try and see it for myself 🙂 - Sadie

  • Lynette MacDonald

    have been to both Kefalonia and Santorini, Santorini is my favorite island, but my husbands is Skiathos

    • SadieGeoghegan

      You both have great taste in Greek islands, Lynette! 🙂 - Sadie