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What is the Best Greek Island to Visit?

Updated on December 18, 2016

The Answer: It depends.

I have seen this question in many travel forums and have answered it a few times myself--after requesting more information about the person and their likes.

For instance, Mykonos is one of the most visited islands and although it is visible from my island of Paros I have never set foot there. Santorini is the island where the most beautiful photos of Greece come from yet I advise people to visit it briefly and then more on to another island with better beaches and lower prices.

Now it is your turn to respond.

Which Greek island do you like? Please vote below or make a comment.

Cheers, Michael

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Surf Ancient Greece

In Greece there are abundant opportunities to learn about the birthplace of western civilization while enjoying modern beach culture. You can justify a hedonistic lifestyle of sun, sand and sea as an educational field trip--and don't forget the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet!

Many well known antiquity sites are literally a stone's throw from sandy beaches. Our Parosparadise website has more specific information while our Visit-Ancient-Greece website provides a guide to major locations in ancient Greek history.

Ancient city at Lissos, Crete


Islands that we have been to

Do you want some help deciding where is best for you to visit? Try reading about our adventures on various islands. You may find you like the same things we do--or maybe say "That's not for me!"--either way you learn something. Our site is

Milos: A geologist's paradise. Interesting for the rest of us with white sand and chalk beaches and minerals not found elsewhere.

Sifnos: A delightful collection of villages. Stay in one and have breakfast in another because the island is small and cosy.

Amorgos: A touch of old; a touch of new in dramatic scenery. Enough off the beaten path to still have an authentic old Greek experience.

Santorini: consistently rated one of the top ten views in the world. Best seen at off-season for cruise lines.

Ios: The under twenty-five's party island. Others have been know to enjoy it too.

Naxos: Big, beautiful and varied. Rent a scooter and wander; that's what we have done several times.

Tinos: Even bigger, maybe more varied; well worth the visit.

Folegandros: Unique culture; old Greece in a microcosm. Best visited during the summer as very little open year around.

Syros: Sophisticated: big town or small city; great for a fun filled weekend.

Crete: Has everything; a must see. Biggest of all and full of antiquities, more modern history, quaint towns and super beaches and mountains and gorges and . . .

Mykonos: The epitome of glitzy night life with the prices to match.

Typical Greek Island Beach near town
Typical Greek Island Beach near town


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      othellos 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. They are so many beautiful islands that is very difficult to decide. I have visited most of them but I like those that not too many people discovered yet. Thanks for sharing:)

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      sassysanoe lm 5 years ago

      As a teen I saw this fabulous picture of the most cleanest streets and white stucco buildings all along a pristine coastline and from then on I said I must one day Go to the isle of Santorini !!!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i would love to visit these islands. love greek islands.

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      Visiting Greece is on my bucket list, so any island would do for me!

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      Treasures By Brenda 5 years ago from Canada

      I haven't been to Greece so I can't offer any suggestions.

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      lofiegos lm 5 years ago

      Hey! I have been to Santorini, Samos and Mykonos last year with my wife and let me tell you that it was one of the greatest experiences of our lives! The environment, the beaches, everything was just great! Love Greek islands...will be back some day...! :)

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      piarejuden 6 years ago

      Greece is my dream destination! Thanks for all the info on the best places to visit in Greece!!

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      Rob Hemphill 6 years ago from Ireland

      I visited Crete over 20 years ago and absolutely loved it, then last year we had a fabulous holiday in Kefalonia. Again, it was a wonderful island with plenty gorgeous beaches. The Greek Islands are special.

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      ionlabs 6 years ago

      I want to visit them all

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Greek Islands are just awesome. I hope I get to learn more of these Islands.

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      margproperties 6 years ago

      For me Greek islands will be my choice.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      All Greek islands are lovely and if i ever had to leave Cyprus, the Greek islands would be the obvious choice

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      ThadeusBluff 6 years ago

      I absolutely love Crete!

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      NoYouAreNot 6 years ago

      They're all so lovely! But then, I'm Greek -- it's only natural to be prejudiced, no?

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      thebestvillas 7 years ago

      Greece is been awesome and just enjoyed it for a couple of times.Florida villas

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      Nicole_Anderson 7 years ago

      Having just returned from a Greek holiday in Parga I am keen to explore more of this great country and I was thinking of one of the islands so this lens is very interesting. Thank you for sharing...


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      thebestvillas 7 years ago

      I think Rhodes will be the best Greek Island to visit.Florida villas

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      this was an wonderful lens describing the history of the amazing Greek islands. thanks for this wonderful post. among the above listed islands, Crete was my choice because of its beautiful scenery and the friendly local peoples. - fraternity shirts

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      Loved Greece and visited there three times and had an absolute ball.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens!! It's an absolute truth that these Greek isles are like heaven on earth. If I have to describe this place in one word then that would be âOutstandingâ If you are visiting Greece than donât miss Santorini. We were there for two weeks and we get to explore this place very well. Spectacular ruins, gorgeous sunsets and most importantly there people are very warm and inviting.

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      Santorini gets my vote!

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      electronics-reviews-online 7 years ago

      Great Lens. It must be so beautiful where you live. I'd love to be able to retire someplace like someday.

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      Michael Shepherd 7 years ago from Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

      Another advert/comment left as a vote:

      "Athens: The home of the gods! I love Aphrodite or Venus (Roman Mythology) above them all."

      The link for Venus I found useful to those looking for adult costumes:

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      Michael Shepherd 7 years ago from Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland

      Someone left the following comment in the voting section: Silly question but works it out for you!

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      Meloramus 7 years ago

      I've sailed to most of the Ionian islands and have also visited Crete. Greece is one of my favourite countries and feel very inspired by your lens. I need to visit more islands!

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, it's difficult to decide which one, I would love the opportunity to one day visit a Greek island!

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      Jenny-cr 7 years ago

      I think you can't just pick one Greek Island, there are a few worth visiting.

      Find cheap hotels in Greece.

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      strobo 7 years ago

      really great travel/ I want to live on Bali...

      Acai Ultima

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Each island has its own unique character but my favourite is Kefalonia for so many reasons.

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      digitalnotes 8 years ago

      the very idea of visiting somewhere warm and wonderful as the greek islands makes a confirmed cold weather hiker shiver a little. Keep up the good work. down rectangular sleeping bags

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      actually I like them all, every one of them is unique! Greek island hopper

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      Lake-District-Designer 8 years ago

      I will keep this list as I can't find Greece on this Late Hotel Rooms site which seems a bit remis!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I will put this on my wish list. It looks so inviting.

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      Patricia 9 years ago

      I would love to visit a greek island!

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      GHouse 9 years ago

      Hi!! Just come to see your nice lens. I did my travel lens too. It's about my hotel in hua hin Thailand. Hua Hin is a charming town of clean white sandy beach. If you come to Thailand, please visit us.

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      traktor7 9 years ago

      great lens! 5 stars from me:)

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      isabella lm 9 years ago

      Nice work done for this lens! And hope to see it soon in the brand new group for the World's Best Islands

      Keep on good job! 5*

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Thanks for the heads up about Greece. Cool links you have here. I'll take your advice!

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      Greece-Temperature 9 years ago

      Great information. I really liked Kalymnos the most although haven't visited them all. Check out my lens on the average temperature in greece.

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      beachbum_gabby 9 years ago

      wonderful review of the Island in Greece. Greece is a wonderful place, rich in historical events.

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      dtbs 10 years ago

      interesting lens! thanks for sharing this info! please check mine out at----------------> Kava Kava.

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      krisManuel 10 years ago

      I will be there one day :)

      Thanks for leaving me some feedback :)

      Hopefully I can get some feedback for my brand new lens on the Verve! thanks!

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      bdkz 10 years ago

      What a neat lens! I gave you 5 Stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      billyannecrews 10 years ago

      I definitely have to get myself to Greece!

      It is so beautiful!

      Billy Anne Crews

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      gigifitrakis 10 years ago

      indeed the athens airport needs couple of more hotels. And your lens needed some more 5* stars!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Great Lens! 5 stars and thanks for adding it to Travelmania.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Thanks For Joining My World Travel Group!

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      maxy 10 years ago

      Useful lens, great work! Hope you check out my phone card lens!

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      Tony Payne 10 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nice lens, 5 *****.

      The first greek island I visited was Corfu back in 1978. It was already getting to be a place for the party crowd to visit, but the resort I stayed at was at least quiet and out of the way. I loved the food, scenery etc, but I imagine now it's spoiled like so many other places.

      Rhodos has some interesting places to visit, like the main town and port, and the town of Lindos, and the valley of the butterflies, but I don't remember a lot else of interest.

      I would love to visit some of the other small islands, and of course to see the spectacular ruins of mainland Greece.

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      thomasz 10 years ago

      Interesting lens. Nice info.

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      Petee 10 years ago

      Nice 5* lens. This is one place I would love to take a cruise to we had a great time on our Alaska Cruise.

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      isabella lm 10 years ago

      this is a great lens too!

      we expect you join our Greece Group!

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      ChristopherScot1 10 years ago

      Any Greek island seems like it would be fun to visit.

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      ina mar 10 years ago

      Great lens! Pls visit my Magical Trip To Europe (including a stop to Santorini)!

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      KimGiancaterino 11 years ago

      I really love Hydra, and hope to get back someday. No cars and so much beauty!

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      Ellen Brundige 11 years ago from California

      Great lens, and I hope it keeps growing! I've added it to the lensroll of my Ancient Greece Odyssey lens. It will take me a while to get to my Greek Islands photos, but hopefully I should have a few to add to your lens eventually. :)


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