Amazingly, the country of Greece has over 1,400 islands, so if you’re ever planning to take a trip over to Europe to explore Greece, it’s essential you plan ahead and decide which islands you will be visiting beforehand.
Now, this isn’t an easy decision to make, because out of the most popular tourist islands, there’s actually a wide variety of reasons why you should visit and what is on offer. Here’s a brief guide to our top four Greek islands and why you should try and avoid visiting too many of them in one trip.
Why should I visit Crete?
The island of Crete is perhaps the most well known Greek island, and for a good reason too – it’s where you’ll find the very best of traditional Greek food. The Cretan cuisine on offer in the island’s restaurants will be fresh local produce that tastes a whole lot different. From the best cut meats to the most delicious local cheese, Crete is where you should be if you consider yourself a food traveler and want to experience the best Greece has to offer on a dinner plate.
Why should I visit Santorini?
Santorini is often labeled the most beautiful of the Greek islands, and as soon as you step off the plane and head down to the coastal areas, you’ll see why with your very own eyes. Everywhere you look, you’ll see stunning landscape views, from the top of the rocky mountains to the edge of the sea. The beauty of Santorini stems back to 1600 BC when the island was formed from a volcano, so expect picturesque rugged hillsides and gorgeous crystal blue waters.
Why should I visit Mykonos?
If you want to visit an island already popular with fun-seeking tourists, then Mykonos is the place for you. It’s often described as Greece’s answer to Ibiza, so expect to find a buzzing island full of party-goers wanting the fun you’d usually find back in the U.S during spring break. The streets of Mykonos town are lined with the very best restaurants, bars, and clubs, offering you a sunset drink to soak up the lively atmosphere, and then plenty more after dark too.
Why should I visit Naxos?
To get the most authentically Greek experience, then we highly suggest spending most of your time on the island of Naxos. Here, you’ll find the most beautifully quaint towns and villages along the coastline and further inland too, showing you everything you need to know about traditional village life for local folk. Within the best tourist destinations you can sip a freshly ground coffee in a cafe, people-watch in the heart of a town square, or even explore the ruins of an ancient castle.
Why should I skip some of them?
One of the most fulfilling ways to visit Greece can be to island-hop from one location to the next, but sometimes, this can take away a lot from your overall experience. You may spend far too much of your time traveling, when you could be fully immersing yourself in one particularly fantastic place to visit. Most Greek traveling experts suggest that one, two, or three islands are the best number to visit, depending on how long your trip is. These should also be in close proximity to each other to avoid high transportation costs and long traveling hours.