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Whether Crete, Santorini or an insider tip like Chios or Limnos - there is something for everyone Greek island. Read here which one suits you best and how varied a vacation here can be. You will of course get offers for your next Greece vacation on top!

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Overview of the Greek islands

1. Rhodes | 2. Kos | 3. Crete | 4. Santorini

5. Mykonos | 6. Naxos |7. Corfu | 8. Samos

9. Zakynthos |10. Kefalonia | 11. Skiathos

12. Thassos|13. Karpathos

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1. Rhodes

With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine in the year the island of Rhodes is one of the sunniest regions in Europe. Rhodes is the fourth largest island in Greece in the southeast of the Aegean Sea and has a lot to offer. Attractive places on the island are the capital Rhodes in the north, but also the popular tourist resort Faliraki with its five kilometer long sandy beach and a great water park.

In Rhodes Town you should take a walk through the historic old town, which was built in 1988 UNESCO world cultural heritage has been declared and is waiting for you with the imposing Grand Master's Palace. The charming and typically Greek town of Lindos with its Acropolis is just as popular. After a tour of the island and sightseeing, you can finally relax on the beautiful beaches or let off steam in various water sports. Here you can spend a dream vacation in Greece.

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  • 3,000 hours of sunshine a year
  • Best travel time: April to October
  • Perfect for: families and all inclusive holidays
  • Highlights: Colossus of Rhodes, great beaches
  • Worth reading: travel guide for Rhodes

2. Kos

Kos scores above all with its diversity. Make numerous nightlife options in the island's capital Kos a popular party island, while dreamy and secluded beaches on the north coast are the perfect Beach paradise are. There is also no lack of sights. In the capital Kos, you can expect many bars and restaurants as well as the coveted Embros-Therme, which leads directly into the open sea. Just under four kilometers from Kos town, you will also find the archaeological site of the Asklepieions. Here you can not only admire an important, former healing facility, but also enjoy a fantastic view. If you just want to relax, I can recommend the beaches of Tigaki in the north of the island or Agios Theologos in the southwest of the island.

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  • Clear and varied
  • Best travel time: May to November
  • Perfect for: relaxation and party holidays
  • Highlights: Asklepion, Embros-Therme
  • Worth reading: travel guide for Kos

3. Crete

Crete is one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean. Culture and history in Heraklion and Rethymno, hiking and adventure in the southwest or relaxation on the many beautiful beaches are just a few of the highlights. For this reason, it is advisable to rent a cheap rental car to discover the island, its beautiful nature and the most important sights on your own. The ancient one Palace of Knossos in the north of the island is just one of the many Crete landmarks. Also worth a visit are Chania and Rethymno, the best preserved Venetian cities in Crete.

The is particularly popular Samaria Gorge in the southwest of Crete. A hike here takes between five and eight hours. Those who prefer to lie down on the beach and relax are in the right place in the north - here you can expect beautiful beacheslike Elafonissi Beach and Balos Beach.

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  • Ideal for exploring by rental car
  • Best travel time: April to November
  • Perfect for: All types of vacation
  • Highlights: Impressive beaches and great hotels
  • Worth reading: tips forCrete

4. Santorini

Santorini is that Main island of the Cyclades and is located in the southern Aegean Sea. It is considered the most beautiful Cycladic island and is located directly across from a still active volcano. Santorini is known for its bright white houses, which with their blue domes shine in competition with the sea, but also for the black and red beaches, the windmills and the winding streets. One of the biggest highlights here is without a doubt the spectacular sunsets in the beautiful village Oia. If you don't want to miss this highlight under any circumstances, then take some well-intentioned advice to heart: Don't run up to the old fort like all the other visitors, but rather reserve a nice seat in one of the many restaurants for the early evening.

Another and just as popular place on Santorini is by the way Imerovigli, in which you have quite a few luxuriousPrivate apartments with infinity pool can find. Somewhat cheaper but just as beautiful Kamari.

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  • Popular with photographers
  • Best travel time: May to October
  • Perfect for: luxury vacations
  • Highlights: sunsets
  • Worth reading: tips forSantorini
  • Here you will find the most beautifulPrivate accommodation in Santorini

5. Mykonos

In the romantic one Cycladic island of Mykonos you immediately think of the many white houses and windmills, wonderful golden dream beaches and great parties! If you are looking for an exciting night life, this island is the right place for you. The beaches in the north are quieter than those in the lively south, which is more suitable for party-goers. The is particularly popularElia Beachin the south. At night, the party-goers cavort in Mykonos Town. If you don't feel like partying, you can also spend a nice evening in one of the many restaurants. The island is next to hers wild party life and the beautiful beaches are also known for culinary delights. Among the must-see sights on the island are the churches built in a unique style such as the most photographed Panagia Paraportiani Church.

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  • Trend target for instagrammers
  • Best travel time: May to October
  • Perfect for: luxury vacations and good parties
  • Highlights: sunsets
  • Worth reading: tips forMykonos

6. Naxos

Naxos is an enchanting island in the Aegean Sea and the place where the god father Zeus grew up. Mountains, valleys, rivers, caves and sandy beaches surrounded by dunes and cedar trees - it is above all the multifaceted landscape that distinguishes it from its neighboring islands.

The impressive old ruins and sculptures are at least as beautiful as the landscape. The symbol of the island is the portara - an old stone gate that once housed an ancient temple and is now one of the most photographed sights of Naxos. Behind the stone gate you can at sunset enjoy a breathtaking view. To really relax between all the sightseeing, I recommend theAgios Prokopios Beach. Various water sports are offered here. In the evening, it's best to visit one of the many small taverns run by locals, treat yourself to a freshly caught fish and a Greek wine with it - wonderful!

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  • Multifaceted
  • Best travel time: April to November
  • Perfect for: nature lovers
  • Highlights: beaches and historical monuments
  • Worth reading: tips forNaxos

7. Corfu

The most beautiful sunset Corfu you enjoy the Kaiser’s Throne viewing platform, on the top of the Pelekas hill. The platform is also worth a visit during the day when the sun is still high in the sky. Then you see why Corfu as greenest island in Greece referred to as. Visit some of the more than 250 villages in Corfu with a rental car, which are wrapped in dense greenery and let yourself be inspired by the splendor of flowers. One of the best places to swim is definitely this Bay in Kassiopi and the Paleokastritsa Beach. Or how about a diving trip in Corfu?

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  • Greener than any other island
  • Best travel time: May to October
  • Perfect for: road trips and beach vacations
  • Highlights: Green landscape and fantastic beaches
  • Worth reading: Corfu tips

8. Samos

Are you looking for an extraordinary Greek island, then this is the sunny one Samosin the east of Greece the right one for you. Breathtaking landscapes that invite you to go hiking, numerous cultural assets and idyllic bays await you on almost 500 km². Samos is the perfect destination for a vacation that combines culture, sport and relaxation.

Do you still rememberPythagoras from the math lessons of your school days? The Greek philosopher has his roots on the island of Samos and so you will of course also find souvenirs of the natural scientist: The cave of Pythagoras is the ideal destination for a short hike, you will be rewarded with the surroundings of fascinating rocky landscapes and a wide view of Samos. Also the Potami waterfalls are worth a trip and offer you a pleasant refreshment. You can also get them at the nearby Potami Beach, which, along with Livadaki, Kerveli and Tsamadou Beach, is just one of the magical beaches on the island.

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  • Exceptionally diverse
  • Best travel time: May to October
  • Perfect for: hiking holidays
  • Highlights: Great beaches and diverse nature
  • Worth reading: tips forSamos

9. Zakynthos

Steep cliffs and lush green shape the island Zakynthos as well as the numerous beautiful bays and the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea. One of the most famous and beautiful beaches is the breathtaking Navagio Beach, also known as Smugglers Bay. This bay is surrounded by high and steep rock walls and can only be reached from the sea. Due to its popularity, this beach is often very crowded, so that the somewhat quieter Kalamaki Beach in the southeast of the island is more suitable for relaxed sunbathing.

The small turtle island of Marathonisi is also really heavenly and definitely worth a boat trip Turtle Island called, on which, with a little luck, you can even watch the cute little Caretta-Caretta turtles hatch. Another excursion tip is Agios Sostis, also called Cameo Island, a small idyllic island with a beach bar, and the Keri Caves, impressive rock formations that can be explored on a snorkeling tour.

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  • Instagram hotspot
  • Best travel time: May to October
  • Perfect for: Relaxed hotel vacations
  • Highlights: Smuggler's Bay and Turtle Island
  • Worth reading: tips forZakynthos

10. Kefalonia

The sapphire blue water is surrounded by untouched nature and lonely bays, impressive monasteries and grottos in the small village of Skala and the so-called black fir, which cannot be seen anywhere else in the world - once there, you will quickly see why Kefalonia gladly as Paradise for nature lovers designated.

The most popular and largest beach in Kefalonia is the Myrtos Beachwhich is also referred to as a "piece of heaven". But also the reddish beach Xi, which is perfect for families with its shallow water and gentle waves, as well as the small bay Sarakiniko are real eye candy. If you fancy a trip, you should definitely visit the stalactite cave, which is not far from the tourist town of SamiMelissani visit and take a boat tour there - a true natural spectacle awaits you here. At least as popular are the Drogarati cave, which according to a speleologist is said to be over 150 million years old, and the Assos Castle, one of the largest castles in Greece.

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  • Paradise for nature lovers
  • Best travel time: May to October
  • Perfect for: hotel vacations and nature experiences
  • Highlights: Melissani stalactite cave
  • Worth reading: tips forKefalonia

11. Skiathos

Skiathos is a small but fine island in the northern Sporades, a group of islands in the Aegean Sea. Despite an area of ​​just 50 km², it should by no means be underestimated: More than60 wonderful beaches line the small Greek island, which especially knows how to enchant with its dreamlike landscape. Those looking for relaxation and connoisseurs are particularly in good hands here. Small, picturesque harbor towns with their bays and the surrounding taverns, which are surrounded by Mediterranean olive trees and pine forests, invite you to sunbathe and feast.

Particularly popular beaches on Skiathos are Vromolimnos and Koukounaries Beach in the south and southwest of the island. Here the water is crystal clear, the sand is wonderfully white and fine and there are also numerous water sports on offer, including Sailing, diving and paragliding. If you want to visit something besides all the relaxation, you should definitely stroll through the capital of the same name, visit the Evangelismos tis Theotokou monastery, which is not far away, and also the Castro castle, which gives you a fairytale view of the Aegean Sea.

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  • Beach beauties on every corner
  • Best travel time: May to October
  • Perfect for: those looking for relaxation and connoisseurs
  • Highlights: beaches and bays
  • Worth reading: tips for Skiathos

12. Thassos

The Greek island Thassosenchants its visitors with intense colors - it is not called the green island for nothing. In emerald colors if it shines in full splendor, if you stroll through the alleys of the small towns, pink flowers and white houses catch your eye. Stroll through the villages and discover the beautiful Convent of Archangelou Michael or the mountain village of Kastro with its cozy tavern, which offers you a breathtaking view of the landscape. If you want to see more of the island, then take a full-day island tour on Thassos. The Atspas and the Saliara beach, also called Marble Beach, with crystal clear water and absolute tranquility on you. Here you are surrounded by dense forests and the wide Aegean Sea. It is best to come here in the off-season, because then not too many tourists get lost on the beautiful white beaches.

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  • Dreamlike backdrops
  • Best travel time: May to October
  • Perfect for: relaxation and nature
  • Highlights: Archangelou Michael monastery and the historic mountain village of Kastro
  • Worth reading: tips forThassos

13. Karpathos

The second largest island in the Dodecanese is the island of Karpathos. A first plus point is that most holidaymakers are drawn to the well-known neighboring islands of Crete and Rhodes, which makes Karpathos almost one Insider tip makes. If you like surfing or hiking, the Greek island offers you the perfect basis for this: Magical landscapes and the crystal clear sea compensate for every effort and simply make you happy. But you will also get your money's worth in culinary terms on Karpathos: In the pretty mountain villages there are small taverns that offer you the dishes of the greek cuisine bring you closer, a delicious wine and on top the best view of the Aegean Sea - just perfect! With a full stomach you can have a wonderful rest in the small bays and jump into the turquoise shimmering sea for a refreshment. One of the most popular sandy beaches is in the west of the island: the Agios Nikolaos Beach. But also at Apella Beach and the Kira Panagia Beach, which is right next to a gigantic, natural rock face, offer a breathtaking location for relaxing days on the beach.

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  • Insider tip for autumn
  • Best travel time: May to October
  • Perfect for: activities in nature
  • Highlights: Deserted beaches and crystal clear sea
  • Worth reading: tips forKarpathos

Five insider tips for islands in Greece

Are you looking for peace and relaxation, want to stroll through olive groves far away from tourist strongholds and watch the fishermen mending their nets at the port? Then you should get this 5 insider tips for the Greek islands notice.


A great tip for island holidays in Greece is the small island Amouliani (Ammouliani) in the Chalkidiki region. You only need 10 minutes with the ferry from the mainland from Tripiti to here. This makes the island a popular day trip destination for locals. That is why it can get crowded here in midsummer - but in the off-season, Amouliani is an insider tip for beach holidays and relaxation. With a little luck you will find spacious and well-furnished holiday homes for the whole family right by the sea.There are only a few hotels and holiday villas on the 12 km² island, so it is best to book your accommodation in advance.

To do's on Amouliani

  • Boat and snorkeling tour around the island.
  • Tips for one Beach visit: Alykes Beach, Agios Georgios Beach, Faka Beach, Megali Ammos Beach.
  • Worth seeing: The small island of Drenia with natural beaches.

Paros and Antiparos

In the middle of the Greek Aegean are the small Cyclades islands Paros and Antiparos (Andiparos), which with a mixture of sleepy villages, good food and small beaches seem made for a sunny holiday in Greece. The journey to Antiparos is uncomplicated and within 15 minutes by ferry from the larger sister island Paros and there is no lack of accommodation with a view of the sea on either island.

To do's in Paros & Antiparos

  • Visit the pretty town of Parikia in Paros.
  • Exploring the beaches Kolimbrithres and Delphini Beach on Paros.
  • Visit the impressive cave of Antiparos with its underground paths and numerous stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Tips for the Beach visit: Fanari Beach, Saint George Beach, Soros Beach, Sifneikos Beach.
  • Worth seeing: Kastro with a Venetian fortress and great streets.


The island is also surprising and magical Chios in the eastern Aegean. In addition to crystal clear water, you will also find some photogenic places, abandoned villages and paths that hide a surprise around every corner. The island can be reached daily by ferry from Athens, but you can fly to Athens and continue with a small plane to Chios. The way is definitely worth it, because in contrast to other Greek islands this one is well developed for tourism, but never overcrowded.

To do's in Chios

  • Visit to the place Pyrgi, whose house facades painted with geometrical figures cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
  • Exploring the island, which has olive groves and vineyards. Be sure to try the local delicacies.
  • Tips for your Beach visit: Mavra Volia (black sand beach and crystal clear water), Kato Fana Beach, Emporios Beach.
  • Worth seeing place: Anavatos. The Byzantine place was considered a model settlement of its time. Today only an impressive landscape of ruins remains of the medieval village, which can be explored on an excursion.


Another insider tip among the Greek islands is Limnos in the Aegean. The quickest way to get to the little beauty is by plane via Athens, while the ferry trip takes just under 19 hours. Here, too, it shows again that it can be worthwhile to switch from the typical tourist hotspots to the insider tips, because Limnos is clearly quieter and originalr than the big sisters Crete, Corfu and Co. There are some wonderful beaches to discover, many beautiful places to explore and loads of fantastic delicacies to enjoy.

To do's on lemonade

  • Favorite place: The golden dunes in the north of the island.
  • Tips for the Beach visit: Agios Ioannis Beach, Megalo Fanaraki Beach, Kokinovrachos Beach.
  • Place to visit: Die Ruins of Hephaestia, an ancient theater from the 5th and 4th centuries BC. Today there are occasional performances in a unique setting.


Turquoise sea, pretty, white houses and rustic taverns - you will find all of this on the Cyclades island Serifos. You can get there by ferry from Piraeus, there is no airport. But there is a lot of original charm, around 40 different beaches worth seeing and many great accommodations with sea views or direct beach access. If you're looking for the perfect photo location, look out for the little chapels that you can find all over the island. These are often right by the sea and are perfect spots for a photo session at sunset.

To do's on Serifos

  • Visit the island's capital Serifos with its windmills, churches and the Venetian castle.
  • Tips for the Beach visit: Sikamia Beach, Malliadiko Beach, Ganema Beach, Psili Ammos Beach and many more.
  • Place of interest: the church of Agios Konstantinos.

Map of the Greek Islands

It's best to plan one Island hopping tour to the most beautiful Greek islands. Some of them are not that far apart so that you can simply take a ferry over to them. The map gives you a good overview of the location and size of the different islands.

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