Best Islands to Visit in Greece

Famous Platia Ammos beach in Kefalonia island, Greece


My favorite island in Greece is Santorini. If you can only make visit one island make it Santorini. Loaded with great boat tours, wine tours, fantastic hotels, amazing restaurants, and awesome things to do. Along with Crete, Santorini is the best island in Greece in the winter and shoulder seasons when it still has plenty to do.

Best Greek island for views and beauty: Santorini.

Oia in Santorini.

Ammoudi Bay for fresh seafood and incredible sunset views.


The best nightlife and clubbing in Greece is found on Mykonos. Also has great beaches and a surprisingly charming capital village, Mykonos Town.

Ornos is one of my favorite beaches in Greece.

Little Venice in Mykonos Town. Filled with small restaurants and trendy clubs.


The largest Greek island and rich with beaches, historical sights, hikes, and small cities. So big that if you only have a week it’s good to limit yourself to only this island. If you have two weeks it makes a great pair with Santorini.

Chania is the most charming town on Crete and a great base for exploring western Crete.

Rethymnon has a cool old town and good beaches walking distance from most hotels.

4. Naxos

The most family-friendly island in Greece is Naxos. Great beaches and the main town is crammed with wonderful tavernas serving some of the best food on the Greek islands. The inland villages are marvelous to explore.

The town beach in Naxos Town – shallow and very kid-friendly. Even better beaches are a short drive down the coast.

Naxos Town has some of the best restaurants in Greece.


If you want quiet idyllic beaches, an unhurried charm, and fantastic local restaurants then Antiparos is a great choice. It’s reachable only by boat from nearby Paros.

The beaches of Antiparos are quiet, secluded, and some of the best in Greece.

Nearby Paros is busier and has two of the most charming towns in Greece, Naoussa (above) and Parikia (the ferry port). Either island makes a great base for exploring the other.

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