Islands of Greece: which to choose

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Which to choose among the islands of Greece with the most beautiful beaches, located largely in the Aegean Sea and including Crete, along with other numerous archipelagos very renowned for beach holidays.


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The islands of Greece, which make up about a fifth of the Greek territory, are more than 3000, of which only 167 are inhabited, conventionally divided into various groups.

Crete, the largest island, is located in the south, while in the center, in the middle of the Aegean sea, there are the Cyclades Islands, which include Mykonos, which is the most popular island.


The Dodecanese is located in the south-east, the Euboea island, quite large, is located near the coasts of mainland Greece.

Then there are the northern Sporades to the north and, between the Peleponnese and Attica, the islands of the Saronic Gulf and the Argolic Gulf.

Other important islands for last minute Greece trips are Cyprus and Corfu.


Santorini is an island of volcanic origin, where the beaches are black like lava, in contrast to the intense blue of the sea, to see the Fira, the country with white houses, from where you can admire unforgettable and romantic sunsets.

The most beautiful beaches are Red Beach, dark red shades, White Beach, white sand, Kamari and Perissa, where more equipment is available for swimmers.

Paxos, near Corfu, is one of the major islands of the Ionian Sea, little known but ideal for those who want to relax and sunbathe on the magnificent beaches, in complete tranquility.


In Gaios, the main center of the island, you can taste excellent freshly caught fish.

Soulanena, Kloni Gouli, Gianna and Kipiadi are among the most beautiful beaches, the latter highly recommended as, being accessible only on foot or by boat, it offers the best naturalistic experience.

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Mykonos is the island that offers the greatest possibilities for fun, characterized by the magnificent landscapes that also characterize other Greek islands, with narrow streets that wind between very picturesque houses.

Paradise Beach, Elia, Kalafati and Panormos are the best beaches on this island.

Tilos is a mountainous island, recommended excursions on inaccessible paths to discover wildlife and lush nature.

The beaches, of rocks and stones, are uncomfortable to reach and for this reason little frequented, but certainly ideal for lovers of absolute peace.

Among them the best are Eristos, Spiaggia Rossa and San Antonio.

Ikaria, whose name derives from Icarus, a character from Greek mythology who, according to legend, plunged into the Aegean sea near this island.

The wild nature makes it very attractive for fans of the beautiful panoramas, enjoyable by climbing even at an altitude.


There are also several very beautiful bays and beaches including Iero, Agios Giorgi, Therma and Prioni.

Skyros is part of the Sporades, aegean archipelago.

What strikes at first sight is the contrast between the north and south of the island, one with a luxuriant nature, the other, on the contrary, arid and devoid of vegetation.

The most beautiful beaches include Atitsa, Palamari, Gyrismata and Ahrounes.

Gavdos boasts an untouched nature, with scarce tourist reception but some of the most beautiful beaches, inhabited by a few people who live here isolated from the world.

Recommended the beaches of Ioannis, Gios and Potamos.


Milos is the place where Venus de Milo was found, a statue symbol of Greek beauty.

Located southwest of the Cyclades, it is characterized by a landscape with a very clear and rocky terrain.

With dozens of bays, it includes some of the most beautiful beaches, such as Sarakiniko, Papafragas, Pollonia and Papikinou.

Top 10 Best Greek Islands (August 2020)


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