Greece is a truly beautiful place filled with history, culture and breathtaking sights. Greece has a plethora of amazing islands which are perfect for holidays as well as honeymoon getaways. Greece islands have many ancient archeological sites and wonderful beaches.
They are also famous for their cultural and historical heritage coupled with a remarkable blend of modern features. Visitors are often wowed by the enticing glimpse of the ancient relics, picturesque beaches and numerous temples.
There are more than 6000 habitable and inhabitable islands in Greece. Having an Island hopping pass is very helpful when seeking an all rounded experience. Before travelling through the breathtaking destinations and wonderful beaches here are some travel preparation tips.
Here are some great destinations in Greece Island you must visit:
Santorini is arguably the most famous and most picturesque island to visit in Greece. The island is surrounded by spectacular beaches, classy restaurants and the turquoise waters. The scenery consists of volcanic beaches whitewashed houses and meandering streets and pathways.
Mykonos is the party capital of all Greek islands. It has the best beach parties and trendy clubs that party all night long. Mykonos is always full of life and features a cosmopolitan society. Paradise beaches host the most wicked summer beach parties with great music, all day and night.
This lovely serene town got its name from the Nafplios the Greek mythic son of godPoseidona. Nafplio is a stunning port town that has always flourished and once served as the capital of Greece.
Nafplio has some fantastic museums, ancient forts and busy seaside metropolis. Visit the Palamidi fortress and take a journey through time when venetians built it, defended it until the Greek revolution.
In addition to the ancient history, Nafplio caters for the affluent with some great restaurants where you can eat delicious Greek food. There is a big harbor where yachts and cruise boats are docked.
Rhodes is the capital and largest island of the Dodecanese archipelago. Visitors love Rhodes because of its great beaches and perfect blend of paradise and history.
Rhodes’ Old Town has a historical significance as it is the home of the Colossus of Rhodes. The medieval city of Rhodes is also UNESCO heritage site.
Visitors can expect perfect mix of charming old towns, paradise beaches and archaic history. Rhodes has some great swimming spots along the beaches which are lined by luxurious hotels.
Meteora is located in Thessaly on the Northern side of Greece and home to one of the ancient monasteries in the world. The monasteries were built centuries ago on top of cliffs. The topography of Meteora consists of valleys and unique huge column blocks of rock that tower over the ground Meteorais listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. Meteora is a popular religious destination site with at least 50 monasteries that are open to visitors. The largest Orthodox monastery is known as MegalonMeteoron which is perched high upon the cliffs providing visitors with a great view. A good time to visit includes religious holidays like Christmas or Easter.
Zakynthos is part of the Ionian Islands, with great weather and hospitable people. Visitors love the wide sandy beaches where they get to see lots of sea turtles. There are also many underwater caves for snorkeling or scuba diving. The island is home to huge chalk-white cliffs along with fir trees and olive groves.
Corfu is a great destination for holiday makers located in the Northwest Coast of Greece. Corfu Island is where you can expect to find the best remains Venetian architecture and ruins, especially if you visit Perithia and Corfu old town. There are plenty of Castles that were used by authorities to counter pirates in the high seas.
Corfu is also home to a paradise of sandy beautiful beaches on offer. For visitors who want to enjoy some alone time away from crowds; it is very easy to find your own perfect stretch of beach to rest and enjoy your time. Corfu is located in a mountainous part of the country; you can take a hike and explore the forests which are full of fir trees and towering cypresses.
Crete is the largest of all the Greek islands and is divided into four perfect prefectures. Crete is incredibly stunning and not so crowded, mainly because of the geographical area it covers.
Visitors mostly stream in the peak season of July to have a taste if the rich cultural and historical sites Crete has to offer. Crete has some of the deepest gorges in all of Europe.
- Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge is an 18 kilometer Gorge and is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It home to the amazing Samaria Gorge hike where visitors can take a challenging hike experience.
The hike duration is approximately 5-6 hours- which is great for endurance training for athletes with rocky cliffs to each side of the gorge. The site is open to visitors from May to October.
Some Greeks believe that Knossos was the birthplace of the Bronze Age during the reign of King Minos. Visitors can expect to find many relics if the Bronze Age dating back over 5 millennia.
The Palace of Knossos has refreshing alternative for visitors who love ancient ruins, pottery and relics. The site is open all summer and half day during winter. You can catch a glimpse of the legend of the Minotaur and Labyrinth at the hall of kings.
Heraklion is the Cretan capital located along the coastal strip. Heraklion is a major transport center with an airport and ferry services for visitors from neighboring places like Knossos. It is home of the Heraklion Archeological Museum It is a great place for viewing old archeological collections dating back to the Venetian era. The museum has exhibits that cover a period of more than 4000 years. Art lovers can get exhibits from the Roman period; Minoan era as well was Neolithic era.
Chania is located on the western side of Crete on the mountainous side overlooking the great Aegean Sea. The old town used to the capital of Crete and has cobbled romantic alleys, perfect for evening strolls on foot. Chania also has a Venetian harbor with lots of eateries, cafes and restaurants.