Good Morning and happy Thursday, friends! Are you looking for THE best islands to visit in Greece? If yes then keep reading. I am one of the biggest fans of Greece. I think it has an amazing climate, beautiful nature and interesting ancient history. A long time ago I had this little book called ”500 Greek Islands” and right there and then I fell inlove with Greece.

Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you’ve been to Greece once, twice or fifty times, I’m almost certain you’ll wanna go back and see so much more. Well, this is what always happens to me in Greeceat least.
That’s why I wanted to share some of the best islands in Greece you should think of visiting.

1.Lefkada

best islands to visit in greece
Porto Katsiki Beach

Leefkada is a beautiful island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece. The island has a connection to the mainland by a causeway. Lefkada is known for its beautiful beaches, colorful villages and the bluest water ever.

Lefkada is very famous for ist beaches! The beaches are sandy, with turquoise water, surrounded by wildly beautiful nature. You are going to fall in love with those sandy beaches.

I can recommend you these beautiful places:

  • Porto Katsiki Beach

    Probably the most famous beach in Lefkada. Porto Katsiki Beach is located on the south west coaes of the island. It is beautiful, but it can get very crowded during July and August. Therefore you need to get here early in the morning or later in the afternoon if you want to get a good position as this beach is very famous and lots of tourists want to visit it.
    It’s a pebble beach, not a sandy beach, but this makes it more interesting. You may also need to have water shoes because there are pebbles. There is a parking, but it’s paid- 10€ Euro per car. The road to the beach is fascinaitng, with a lot of spots to make a panorama pictures. The beach is surrounded by incredible hills which make it accessible only by 80 steep steps descending along the cliff. Remember to purchase food and drinks before you descend all the stairs..going back up under the hot sun can be challenging. This beach is just a must see in Lefkada. You can also visit by boat. Beware of rocks falling! Keep a safe distance from the cliffs.

  • Kalamitsi Beach

    This beach is also located on the west coast of Lefkada. The road is extremely dangerous, but if you manage to continue till the end of the road, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view! There is a tavern right in front of the beach and the food is great. I think Kalamitsi beach is one of the most amazing beaches. The interesting part is that because of the heavy winter the waves crash on the cliffs and move massive stones and change the whole beach! I recommend not to swim very far of the shore! The current are strong and do not forgive mistakes.

  • Egremni Beach

    Egremni is a remote beach located on the south west coast of Lefkada.  It will blow you away with crystal clear turquoise water and pebbles. Unfortunately the beach is not accessible after a big earthquake a couple of years ago. You can still visit by boat!
    You can go to Nidri and take a boat tour -it takes 1,5 hours to reach the beach and it should be about 20- 25€ per person and it’s worth every
    penny. No tavern around! Bring your own food, drinks and umbrella.
    Do not get close to the cliffside as rocks are still falling.

  • Kathisma Beach

    This is a great location, easy ti get to.  No surrounding high cliffs, but also very beautiful. You can get there by bus from Lefkas Town if you don’t have a car. There are a lot of sunbeds that are free of charge if you purchase something. There are also paid sunbeds that are not in the restaurant, I think they cost 9€. The water is absolutely gorgeous and the sunset is very romantic. The sea can get very wavy and has a tendency to pull you in. So you need to be a confident swimmer.

  • Agios Nikitas Village
    A lovely small village with a sweet clean beach. There are a lot of taverns with delicious food.
  • Sivota Village
    Another small beautiful village with a harbour and nice taverns around the water. There is no beach.

2.Crete

most beautiful places in greece
Elafonisi Lagoon
elafonissi lagoon
Elafonissi Beach
Falassarna Beach - Caribbean Flair in Greece
Chania Old Town
creta beaches
Falassarna Beach- Amazing Turquoise Water
Tasty Greek Food

If you look for the best islands to visit in Greece, then you have to visit Crete! Crete ist the largest island of Greece and it has everything from fine-sand pink beaches at Elafonisi to the White Mountains. The Ideon Cave was the birthplace of Zeus, according to Greek mythology. The Island is large with so many amazing places and it’s not really possible to see everything in just one vacation!
The island has mesmerising secret beaches to explore, rugged mountain peaks with snow, breathtaking big cities and traditional villages with goats and donkeys. There are miles of olive trees and vineyards, palm trees, and desert-like landscapes. There are mesmerising Byzantine churches and monasteries, many of which are open to visitors. There are ancient ruins scattered everywhere. Everything that should be seen in Greece can be found here.

Check out my Crete Travel Guide!

3.Athens

must see in athens

Athens is capital of greece and the heart of Ancient Greece, a powerful civilization and empire from the past.
A must see is the Acropolis, a hilltop citadel topped with ancient buildings like the colonnaded Parthenon temple. The Acropolis Museum, along with the National Archaeological Museum, preserves sculptures, vases, jewelry and more from Ancient Greece.
Athens contains the remains of several ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance.
Athens can be pretty hot during the day, but mornings and late afternoons are fine. But it would be best if you don’t visit in August.

4.Mykonos

best area to stay in mykonos
best area to stay in mykonos

Mykonos-the party animal of the greek islands. Mykonos is an island  in the Aegean Sea. It’s popularly known for its summer parties. The beach bars play music. Massive dance clubs attract world-renowned DJs and typically stay open well
past dawn. Iconic landmarks include a row of 16th-century windmills, which sit on a hill above Mykonos town.
It’s a beautiful place, but not suited for a relaxed quiet vacation. If you seek quiet and peaceful, you should go to Kefalonia!

5.Kefalonia

Asos Village
Marina of Asos Village
Sunset At The Old Lighthouse
Delicious Greek Food
To the Monastery
Kefalonia is my abosolute favorite island! It’s quiet, peaceful and stunningly beautiful. Kefalonia is located in the Ionian Sea, west of mainland Greece. It’s has sandy coves and dry rugged landscapes. Its capital, Argostoli, is built on a hillside overlooking a narrow harbor. Kefalonia’s coastline is made up of limestone cliffs, bays and short strips of white sand, like Myrtos Beach in the north. Many beaches are only accessible on foot or via narrow twisting roads. The greek food is delicious as always :)) Some beaches are so wild and untouched, surrounded by sheer cliffs and turquoise waters. Kefalonia is great for a romantic/honeymoon vacation for couples. Don’t forget to check out my Kefalonia Foto Diary!

6. Meteora

The Meteora is located on a rock formation in central Greece and it’s hosting one of the largest and most complex built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Mount Athos is another greek orthodox monastery, that is very important and conservative. The six monasteries in Meteora are built on cliffs that dominate the whole area.

This place will leave you speechless!

7.Delphi

Ruins of the ancient temple of Apollo at Delphi, overlooking the valley of Phocis.

Delphi is a town on Mount Parnassus. It’s located in the south of Greece. It’s the site of the 4th-century-B.C. Temple of Apollo.The temple was once home to a mystic oracle. This archaeological complex contains the remains of the sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena Pronaia, as well as an ancient stadium and theater. Delphi Archaeological Museum displays artifacts found among the ruins.
Great place to feel spiritual and  feel the connection to nature.

8.Halkidiki

Halkidiki is a beautiful region in northern Greece. Here you can find Mediterranean forests that lead to sandy beaches in secret bays.  The region is known for Stageira, the birthplace of Aristotle.

Halkidiki combines beautiful cities, mesmerising beaches and ancient culture- a must see!

9.Zakynthos

Zakynthos Famous Ship Wreck Beach

This island is also in the Ionian See and it is famous for it’s mesmerising beaches and beautiful nature. The Zakynthos Island is one of the most popular tourist destinations for a vacation in Greece.
The Navagio Beach is also called the Shipwreck beach, because if the 1980 shipwrec, covered in sand. This mysterious beach can be accessed only by boat. This place is really amazing and worth the boat trip! The water is crystal clear and blue and you can see the shipwreck closeup. The beach is really crowded, but what do you expect from such a popular destination. I could highly recommend this place.

10.Rhodes

Rodos island is a fantastic holliday destination. Here you will find beautiful beaches, amazing mediterranean food, great wine and an amazing historic old town.
The Island is also called The Island of the Knights, beacuse of the King of St. John who ruled the island from 1310 to 1522. The fortification of Rhodes will amaze you.
I wanted to share with you some of the best things to see in Rhodes.

Acropolis of Lindos

The ruins of this ancient citadel will amaze you! This is such a fascinating place, really breathtaking. If you have any interest in history, culture, or just amazing views this is a must-see. It’s about a 10-15 minute uphill walk from Lindos Square, but it’s worth the walk up. I recommend you to visit the site in the morning. It gets very hot during the day, so bring water! The village below is a great surprise, small little streets with plenty of shops and cafes. It’s 12€ to get in, free for children.
 

Explore The Rodes Old Town

In this magnificent old city, it’s easy to get lost in all the twisting and turning little streets. In this amazing medieval old town, there are more taverns and bars I have ever seen in one place. The walls and buildings are several hundred years old and mainly in good condition. The walls and buildings are several hundred years old and mainly in good condition. In all, Rhodes Old Town is definitely worth the visit. No one could go to Rhodes without visiting the old town!

Enjoy The Delicious Greek Food In Rhodes Old Town

The Castle of Monolithos

Here you will find the ruins of a 15th-century castle built on a cliff. It’s beautiful to see the ruins of the castle and the little chapel inside of the castle. The view is stunning, so don’t forget your camera! There is no entry fee.
 

11.Thasos

Thasos is a major Greek island in the north of the Aegean sea. It can be easily reached by ferry from the city of Kavala or Keramoti. The green landscape and mesmerising beaches are reason enough to visit! It’s best to have a car and drive around to see everything.

Check out my Thasos Travel Diary!

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