Let’s avoid the easy answer. Yes, every single Greek island is the right one for everyone, but to be more specific, we will present the islands that suit you best, depending on your preferences. Before we list a bunch of isles, it is important to state that the majority of Greek islands offers a great variety of activities, experiences & sights and are worth visiting.
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Greece’s nightlife is famous and its epicenter during summertime is the Greek islands. Zakynthos is the preferable destination in the Ionian Sea if you want to experience memorable nights. In this beautiful isle, you can find everything you need to have a great time, from jazz and blues bars to packed, loud clubs.
Cyclades, which is a group of islands in the middle of the Aegean Sea, is full of tiny places like Naxos, Koufonisia, Ios, Sifnos, Amorgos and Paros. Although these islands are small, they are quite developed, as they host thousands of young tourists every summer. Bars, clubs, cafes, and gorgeous beaches offer a lot of choices for a fun night out.
Last but not least, we can’t make a list of cosmopolitan islands without mentioning Mykonos. A part of the Cyclades, Mykonos might be the most famous Greek island, as every summer it is the destination for innumerable millennials that want to have a great time. Mykonos has an abundance of loud beach bars, clubs and live stages that host incredible parties with artists from all over the world. Dancing, partying and drinking never looked better.
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Greece can also be a good destination for people who just want to unwind and spend their time in a calm, beautiful place. Ithaca is a nice, appealing destination. Visiting Ithaca, you are sure to understand why Odysseus tried so hard to get back home.
North Aegean and specifically Ikaria island is a great choice for those who prefer relaxing over partying. Young and older people from all over the world visit the thermal baths of Ithaca that can allegedly cure arthritis, skin and neurological diseases.
The Dodecanese is another group of islands in the Aegean Sea, where you can relax in tiny places like Symi, a mountainous, gorgeous island. Astipalaia is a small island between the Cyclades and the Dodecanese and is home to 300 people. It is the closest you’ll get to living on your own island. The Cyclades are cosmopolitan, but they also include quiet and peaceful island destinations like Kythnos, Anafi, and Donousa. These are all worth visiting as they are simple and astonishingly beautiful.
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There is no need to mention that Greece is a country full of historical sites and museums. If you want to spend your summer swimming and sunbathing, but you’d also like to learn about the history of ancient civilizations, Greek islands are definitely for you. Venetian and Frankish castles can be found in Zakynthos and Corfu in the Ionian Sea and in Paros and Rhodes in the Aegean. Most of these places retain the style and architecture of the old towns, so strolling along the cities will be fascinating. But the opportunities to admire the remnants of older civilizations don’t end in the cities’ limits.
Aegean and Ionian isles like Kithyra and Santorini are full of excavations that reveal their vast history. Ancient sites blend perfectly with newer temples, buildings and castles to create a dazzling spectacle. Crete is a huge island and with even bigger history. A few kilometers outside the city of Heraklion, you will find Knossos, the oldest European city. Palaces, paintings on the walls, and incredible constructions create a landscape like no other.
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The plethora of Greek islands allows business travelers the opportunity to make quick trips and enjoy the beautiful sea, while also working and being close to airports and big cities. Places like Poros, Kea, and Andros in the Aegean offer all luxuries that any bigger island would while at the same time they are easy to access and leave if necessary. Kefalonia, Corfu, Rhodes and Mytilini are much bigger islands with international airports and a more cosmopolitan vibe for those who prefer working, but also having eventful vacation.
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Visiting Greece is a huge experience on its own. For those who seek more than mind-blowing views and fun nights, Greece has to offer adrenaline boosts in the form of extreme sports. Even in small islands like Anafi and Milos, tourists can go hiking and trek on the mountains admiring the sunset above the blue, Greek sea.
The best view has to be the one in Lefkada while paragliding above that gorgeous island of the Ionian Sea. In the horizon, you’ll be able to see Zakynthos where people are base jumping.
In Santorini, tourists dive in the underwater parts of the isle where they visit dark caves and colorful riffs. Rock climbers travel in the quaint island of Kalymnos every year to explore its land. Windsurfing in Paros is the greatest way to exploit the windy weather of the Greek islands.
Greece is a great country to visit no matter what kind of experience you are looking for. In Greek islands, you can find it all. Relaxation, parties, extreme sports and, of course, history are all blended together seamlessly and allow each and every traveler to have a memorable time.