Best Greek islands and destinations

Here is our list with the best Greek islands and mainland destinations in Greece. A country of amazing beauty, Greece is one of the most popular places in the world for summer holidays. The Greek destinations vary from cosmopolitan Greek islands to secluded places in the mainland. In order to visit as many Greek destinations as possible, many visitors actually hop from one island to the other during their holidays, or drive around the mainland to get off the beaten track.

This is a guide with the best Greek islands and mainland destinations, ranked by popularity. This ranking is based on our data as a travel guide and not on the official data and statistics of the Greek Ministry of Tourism. You can also filter the list by best Greek islands or best mailand Greece destinations. You can also view all Greek locations by regions.

Athens (Attica)

Athens

Attica

The capital of Greece, Athens is famous for its long history and the amazing sightseeing. A trip to Greece is not complete without a visit to Athens. The best place for walking, as all sightseeings are found in close distance to each other, Athens is also a transportation hub to the Greek islands.
Why Athens: Archaeological sites, architecture, history, lively city, museums, nightlife, culture, great Climate, amazing gastronomy, festivals, long weekend getaway, family destination, alternative destination, underground scene.
Highlights: Acropolis, Plaka area, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Acropolis museum, Archaeological Museum, Temple of Poseidon.
Tips: Suggested stays: 3 nights, no car needed. Can be also your starting or ending point to your trip to the Greek islands.
Where is Athens: Athens is the Capital and the largest city of Greece.
How to get there: The Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” is only 30km away from the city center and receives National and International flights every day. Athens has also 3 ports (Piraeus, Rafina & Lavrio) that connect the Greek mainland with the islands of Cyclades, Dodecanese, Saronic, Eastern Aegean and Crete by ferry. There is also a Railway Station (Larissis Train Station) linking Athens to Northern Greece & Thessaloniki, but also with other European cities and Turkey. Last but not least, Athens has two central Bus Stations (Kifissos & Liossion) that connect the Greek Capital with almost every Greek town.

Santorini (Cyclades)

Santorini island

Cyclades

40min from Athens

5-8hrs from Athens

Considered as the best Greek island and frequently included among the most romantic destinations in the world, Santorini is visited by millions of tourists every summer. You will get impressed by the steep caldera, the amazing sunset, the improssive villages such as Oia and the red and black sand beaches (Red beach). Do not miss a trip to the volcano, whose top can be seen from any spot of the caldera. For swimming, head to the southern side of Santorini, where most beach resorts can be found.
Why Santorini: Most Popular Greek island, Couple & honeymoon destination, High class restaurants, Design boutique hotels, Amazing views and landscapes, Beautiful architecture.
Highlights: Oia village, Red beach, Active Volcano, Famous sunset, Minoan Site of Akrotiri, Wineries, Archaeological Museum.
Tips: Suggested stays: 5 days, Car rental is recommended, Island hopping opportunities.
Where is Santorini: Santorini belongs to the Cyclades islands group and it is easily accessible from Athens.
How to get there: Santorini has an international airport and frequent ferries depart from the ports of Athens.

Mykonos (Cyclades)

Mykonos island

Cyclades

40min from Athens

3-5hrs from Athens

Famous all over the world for the exotic beaches and the crazy nightlife, Mykonos is the second most popular Greek island, after Santorini. In the day, relax under the hot Greek sun and dance in the beach bars of Paradise beach and Super Paradise beach. In the evenings, head to the main town Chora and see the sunset from Little Venice, walk around the narrow streets and have fun in the all-night bars and clubs.
Why Mykonos: Party destination/ nightlife, popular destination, luxury holiday, fine dining restaurants, design boutique hotels, beautiful organised sandy beaches, famous clubs, DJs and beach bars, famous beach parties, amazing architecture, sea sports.
Highlights: Party, Little Venice, Windmills, Super Paradise beach, Psarrou beach, Day tour to Delos.
Tips: Suggested stays: 5 days, Car rental is recommended, Ideal island hopping to Santorini, Paros, Naxos.
Where is Mykonos: Mykonos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and actually in its center.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens (Piraeus & Rafina) everyday. Mykonos has also an International Airport.

Heraklion (Crete)

Heraklion

Crete

50min from Athens

9.5hr from Athens

1.5hr from Rethymno

Note: Heraklion is not an island but a region of Crete island. The region of Heraklion on Crete island has lively beaches on the northern side and secluded, family places on the southern side. In between, visitors will drive by mountainous villages that keep the traditional paces of life and interesting ancient sites, including the world-famous Minoan palaces of Knossos and Phaestos.
Why Heraklion: Popular destination, family friendly, luxury hotels, party destination, archaeological sites, nightlife, great gastronomy, nice beaches.
Highlights: Knossos palace, Phaestos palace, Matala beach, Agiofaraggo beach, Malia beach.
Tips: Suggested stay: 5 nights. Car is strongly recommended. From Heraklion you can continue your trip to Rethymno and Lassithi.
Where is Heraklion: Heraklion is a region of Crete and Heraklion town is the capital of the island.
How to get there: There are frequent Ferries from Athens (Piraeus) everyday. Heraklion has also an International Airport and can be reached by plane. Furthermore, there are connections to other major towns of Crete by bus.

Corfu (Ionian)

Corfu island

Ionian

1hr from Athens

The most cosmopolitan island of the Ionian Sea, Corfu, was among the first Greek islands to open to tourism. With an amazing town of Venetian architecture, many sightseeings and wonderful beaches, Corfu island attracts thousands of visitors every year. Paleokastritsa is the most famous resort, but beautiful places to stay can be found all around the island.
Why Corfu: Family friendly, architecture, lush vegetation, aristocratic, vintage, beautiful Town, romantic destination, museums, gastronomy.
Highlights: Town of Corfu, Achillion Palace, Mouse island, Palaiokastritsa beach, Sidari Canal d’Amour beach, Glyfada beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 1 week, car is necessary.
Where is Corfu: Corfu belongs to the Ionian islands group and is accessible from Patra and Igoumenitsa (Greece) but also Bari, Ancona, Venice (Italy).
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Igoumenitsa and Patra everyday. Corfu is also accessible from Italy by ferry (Venice, Bari, Ancona). Corfu has also an International Airport and is accessible by plane too.

Rhodes (Dodecanese)

Rhodes island

Dodecanese

60min from Athens

12-17hrs from Athens

The best and most cosmopolitan island of Dodecanese, Rhodes is located in the south eastern side of the Aegean. This island is perfect for all ages and tastes. You will find both organized and secluded beaches, busy waterfronts and small portsides, monasteries and ancient sites. Most of all, you will love the Medieval Old Town. Walk along the paved streets of the Old Town and you will have the sense that time has stopped in the time of the Knights.
Why Rhodes: Popular destination, family friendly, luxury, culture, history, beautiful architecture, UNESCO Site of Cultural Heritage, high class restaurants, amazing beaches, clear waters, honeymoon destination, nightlife.
Highlights: Palace of Grand Master (UNESCO Site), Acropolis of Lindos, Valley of Butterflies, Panagia tou Bourgou, Saint Paul beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 1 week. Car is strongly recommended. Ideal island hopping to Simi.
Where is Rhodes: Rhodes belongs to the Dodecanese islands group and is accessible from Athens but also from Kos and other islands.
How to get there: There are ferries to Rhodes from Athens (Piraeus) 4-5 days per week. Rhodes is also linked with other islands such as Kos, Crete, Patmos, Karpathos and more. Furthermore, Rhodes has an International Airport, so you can also reach the island by plane too. Also note that Rhodes is connected by ferry with Marmaris (Turkey).

Zakynthos (Ionian)

Zakynthos island

Ionian

60min from Athens

1hr from Kyllini

Famous for the wonderful beaches and the lively nightlife, Zakynthos island (or Zante) is a great destination for all ages and tastes. The youth will love the organized beaches and the noisy bars of Laganas, while families will relax in the resorts of Vassilikos. The most famous spot of Zakynthos is certainly Navagio, a gorgeous bay with exotic blue water and a rusty shipwreck on shore.
Why Zakynthos: Popular destination, family friendly, party destination, amazing beaches, breathtaking landscapes, turquoise waters.
Highlights: Shipwreck (Navagio) beach, Blue caves, Marathonisi islet.
Tips: Suggested stays: 4 nights, car is strongly recommended, ideal island hopping to Kefalonia.
Where is Zakynthos: Zakynthos (Zante) belongs to the Ionian islands and is accessible by ferry from Kilini port (Western Peloponnese).
How to get there: There are Ferries from Kilini everyday. Zakynthos has also an International airport.

Kos (Dodecanese)

Kos island

Dodecanese

55min from Athens

11hrs from Athens

Kos is the third biggest Greek islands of the Dodecanese island group and a place that has it all! Sandy beaches, amazing places for sightseeing, palm trees, peacocks(!), vivid nightlife, luxurious hotels, water sports centers and more.
Why Kos: Popular destination, history, family friendly, beautiful beaches, lush vegetation, windsurfing.
Highlights: Ancient Asklepieon, Thermes beach, Ancient Gymnacium, Kos Town, Kastri islet.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 week. Car is strongly recommended. Ideal island hopping to: Patmos, Rhodes, Kalymnos.
Where is Kos: Kos belongs to the Dodecanese islands group and is accessible from Athens but also from Rhodes, Crete and few more islands.
How to get there: There are ferry connections to Kos from Athens (Piraeus), Rhodes and few more islands. Kos has also an International Airport, so you can also reach the island by plane too. Also note that Kos is connected by ferry with Bodrum (Turkey).

Chania (Crete)

Chania

Crete

50min from Athens

9hrs from Athens

Note: Chania is not an island but a region of Crete island. The westernmost region of Crete island, Chania amazes visitors with the Venetian-style Town, the beautiful beaches, the interesting sightseeing and the lovely nature. Do not miss the Venetian port of Chania Town and the trips to Balos beach and Elafonissi beach, two beaches with exotic crystal water.
Why Chania: Picturesque town, architecture, family friendly destination, romantic destination, luxury hotels, exotic beaches, amazing landscapes, great gastronomy.
Highlights: Elafonissi beach, Chania old town, Ballos beach, Falassarna beach, Sfakia village, Fragocastello fortress, Samaria Gorge.
Tips: Suggested stay: a week, car is strongly recommended. From Chania you can continue your trip or make a visit to Rethymno.
Where is Chania: Chania is a region of western Crete.
How to get there: There are frequent Ferries from Athens (Piraeus) everyday. Chania has also an International Airport and can be reached by plane. Furthermore there are connections to other major towns of Crete by bus.

Paros (Cyclades)

Paros island

Cyclades

40min from Athens

3-5hrs from Athens

One of the most cosmopolitan Greek islands of the Cyclades, Paros is famous for its Cycladic architecture, the wonderful beaches and the vivid nightlife. A drive around the island will bring you to traditional villages with white sugar houses and paved paths, while the countryside is scattered with small chapels. Golden Beach and New Golden Beach are very popular for windsurfing, while great beaches are also Kolymbithres and Santa Maria.
Why Paros: Popular Cycladic destination, high class restaurants, design boutique hotels, nice architecture, party destination, sea sports (kitesurf and windsurf).
Highlights: Ekatontapiliani Monastery, Kolympithres beach, Marchello Beach, Naousa town, Lefkes village.
Tips: Suggested stays: 5 days, car is recommended, ideal island hopping to Naxos, Koufonisia, Amorgos. Day tours to Antiparos.
Where is Paros: Paros belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is very close to Naxos.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens everyday. Paros has also an International Airport.

Halkidiki (Macedonia)

Halkidiki

Macedonia

1hr from Thessaloniki

Famous for the amazing beaches and the lovely nature, Halkidiki gets very popular in summer with both Greek and foreign visitors. The first peninsula of Halkidiki, Kassandra, has the busiest resorts, while the second peninsula, Sithonia, is calmer. The third peninsula, Mount Athos, is a monastic community and entrance is allowed only after special permission.
Why Halkidiki: Lush Nature, few picturesque villages, beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, family destination, high-class restaurants and hotels, beach bars.
Highlights: Kavourotrypes beach, Armenistis beach, Cruise to Mount Athos, Vourvourou beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 4 nights. Car is strongly recommended.
Where is Halkidiki: Halkidiki is a coastal region in the North of Greece and belongs to the region of Macedonia.
How to get there: You can reach Halkidiki by car/bus/taxi. The nearest Airport is Thessaloniki "Makedonia" Airport. From there you can rent a car or take a bus or taxi to Halkidiki. Also, note that there are KTEL buses that connect Halkidiki with many villages and towns around Macedonia and with Athens, too. There are central bus stations in Polygyros, Nea Moudania, Neos Marmaras and near the airport of Thessaloniki.

Naxos (Cyclades)

Naxos island

Cyclades

40min from Athens

4-7hrs from Athens

Naxos is our team's favorite island! Although it is surrounded by very popular Greek islands, Naxos has kept its family style and the reason why it attracts more people every year is its authenticity, great beaches and food. Located in the centre of Cyclades, Naxos offer amazing beaches on the western side and picturesque mountainous villages in the countryside. All beaches of Naxos have exotic water and soft sand, while Mikri Vigla is considered among the best windsurfing and kitesurfing spot in the Cyclades.
Why Naxos: Gastronomy, endless sandy beaches, small private beaches, archaeological sights, hiking, traditional villages, sea sports destination (kitesurf and windsurf), family friendly destination.
Highlights: Plaka beach, Agios Prokopios beach, Chora, Portara, Chalki village, Apiranthos village.
Tips: Suggested time: a week, car rental is strongly recommended, ideal island hopping to Paros, Koufonisia, Amorgos, Tinos, Mykonos.
Where is Naxos: Naxos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is very close to Paros.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens (Piraeus) everyday. Naxos has also a national Airport.

Skiathos (Sporades)

Skiathos island

Sporades

45min from Athens

3hrs from Volos

An island with cosmopolitan atmosphere, Skiathos is known for the sandy organized beaches, the lively bars and the lush green background. Do not miss the amazing beaches of the southern side and a boat trip to the exotic beach of Lalaria. Skiathos became widely famous when scenes of the Hollywood movie Mamma Mia were filmed there.
Why Skiathos: Popular destination, lush vegetation, architecture, quaint, hiking, nature, amazing Beaches, emerald waters.
Highlights: Town, Lalaria beach, Koukounaries beach, Evangelistria Monastery, Banana beach.
Tips: Suggested stay: 3 nights. Car is recommended. Ideal island hopping to Alonissos and Skopelos
Where is Skiathos: Skiathos belongs to the Sporades islands group.
How to get there: Ferries depart for Skiathos from Agios Konstantinos port, from Volos and Mantoudi port in northern Evia. There are no direct ferries from Athens. In case you are traveling from Athens, you need to reach Volos or Evia by KTEL bus and then take the ferry to Skiathos. Furthermore, Skiathos has an International Airport and can be reached by plane too.

Kefalonia (Ionian)

Kefalonia island

Ionian

55min from Athens

3.5hrs from Patras

Over the last years, and especially after the filming of the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin on the island, Kefalonia is getting more popular as a world destination. Famous for the exotic waters and the green landscape, Kefalonia is a great summer destination for families and couples. Myrtos is the most photographed beach of Kefalonia, but equally beautiful are the beaches of Antisamos, Makrigialos and Lourdas.
Why Kefalonia: Amazing beaches, turquoise waters, breathtaking landscapes, lush vegetation.
Highlights: Myrtos beach, Antisamos beach, Melissani cave, Fiscardo village.
Tips: Suggested stays: 4 nights, car is recommended, ideal Island hopping to: Ithaca, Lefkada, Paxi.
Where is Kefalonia: Kefalonia belongs to the Ionian islands group and is accessible from the towns of Western Peloponnese: Killini and Patra, from Brindisi (Italy) and from several Ionian islands.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Kilini and Patra, from Brindisi (Italy) and from other Ionian islands (Zakynthos, Ithaca, Lefkada, Paxi) everyday. An international airport is available.

Lefkada (Ionian)

Lefkada island

Ionian

65min from Athens to Aktio

5.5hrs from Athens

World famous for the exotic beaches of the western side, Lefkada island is a wonderful place for summer vacations. Porto Katsiki, Egremni and Kathisma are the most photographed beaches on the island, while there are other less-known beaches with such amazing water. In Lefkada, you will also find picturesque seaside villages and romantic spots to have a drink in the evening. The island is also very famous for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Why Lefkada: Amazing beaches, turquoise waters, breathtaking landscapes, sea sports, lush vegetation, popular destination.
Highlights: Porto Katsiki beach, Egremni beach, Kasthisma, windsurfing & kitesurfing, Agios Nikitas village, Sivota, Sea lakes.
Tips: Suggested stays: 5 night, car is recommended, ideal Island hopping to: Kefalonia, Ithaca.
Where is Lefkada: Lefkada belongs to the Ionian islands group but is linked to mainland Greece with a bridge.
How to get there: You can reach Lefkada by car or bus from Athens. Also by ferry from Ithaca and Kefalonia. Also, an airport is located nearby.

Karpathos (Dodecanese)

Karpathos island

Dodecanese

60min from Athens

20.5hrs from Athens

Karpathos is arguably one of the most beautiful Greek islands of the Dodecanese! Situated on the southern part of the Aegean Sea, between Rhodes and Crete, Karpathos has a rather secluded location. Thanks to its position, Karpathos has yet to be discovered by mass visitors, thus it boasts an unspoiled landscape! The southern side of the island is touristically developed, while the southern side keeps its raw natural charm.
Why Karpathos: Beautiful scenery, tradition, beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, nice food, unspoiled landscape, natural charm, Windsurfing destination.
Highlights: Olympos Village, Kyra Panagia Beach, Apella beach, Saria islet, Ancient Potideon.
Tips: Suggested stays: 5 nights. Car is strongly recommended. Ideal Island hopping to Kassos, Rhodes, Crete.
Where is Karpathos: Karpathos belongs to the Dodecanese islands group and is accessible from Athens but also from Rhodes, Crete and few more islands.
How to get there: There are regular ferry connections to Karpathos from Athens (Piraeus), Rhodes and few more islands. Karpathos has also a International Airport, so you can also reach the island by plane too.

Thessaloniki (Macedonia)

Thessaloniki

Macedonia

60min from Athens

6hrs from Athens

6-7hrs from Athens

The second-largest town of Greece, Thessaloniki is located on the northern side of the country. It was founded in the 3rd century BC and took its name from the half-sister of Alexander the Great, Thessaloniki. With a busy beach promenade, large shopping malls, interesting sightseeing and vivid nightlife, Thessaloniki is a nice base for excursions in northern Greece and a transport hub to Halkidiki.
Why Thessaloniki: Architecture, history, lively city, museums, archaeological sites, nightlife, culture, amazing gastronomy, festivals, long weekend getaway, family destination, alternative destination, underground scene.
Highlights: White tower, Beach promenade, Ano Poli, Aristotel square, Agia Sophia, Rotonda, Arch of Galerius.
Tips: Suggested stays: 2-3 nights. Car is optional.
Where is Thessaloniki: Thessaloniki is the second biggest town of Greece and is located in the Greek Northern Mainland, in the region of Macedonia.
How to get there: You can reach Thessaloniki by plane. The Makedonia International Airport is located 20 km away from the city center. Also, you can reach Thessaloniki from Athens and many other Greek cities by bus and train.

Milos (Cyclades)

Milos island

Cyclades

40min from Athens

4-5hrs from Athens

A lovely island of western Cyclades, Milos is one of the most beautiful Greek islands. It keeps a calm atmosphere even in high season. Due to its volcanic background, Milos has barren landscape and crystal beaches, especially on the southern side. Do not miss the fishing village of Klima, with the colourful boat garages along the beach front, and a boat trip to Kleftiko caves, an amazing spot with rocks in the middle of the sea and exotic water.
Why Milos: Amazing landscape, beautiful beaches, ideal for couples, Photogenic & Instagramic.
Highlights: Boat tour to Kleftiko, Sarakiniko beach, Klima.
Tips: Suggested days: 5 nights, Car is recommended, Island hopping to Kimolos, Santorini, Sifnos.
Where is Milos: Milos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is very close to Kimolos.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens (Piraeus) everyday and a few from Athens (Lavrio).

Ios (Cyclades)

Ios island

Cyclades

Among the most popular Greek islands in the Cyclades, Ios is mostly frequented by youth due to the vivid nightlife with all-night parties. However, Ios has something to offer to all ages. Visitors will love the picturesque architecture of Chora and the crystal, sandy beaches of Mylopotas and Manganari. A hike around Ios will also bring you to secluded places and amazing hilltops.
Why Ios: Party destination & nightlife (for youth), beautiful sandy beaches, nice restaurants, design boutique hotels.
Highlights: Windmills, Tomb of Homer, Manganary beach, Mylopotas beach, Agia Theodoti beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 4 nights, car is recommended, ideal island hopping to: Santorini, Folegandros.
Where is Ios: Ios belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is accessible from Athens (Piraeus).
How to get there: There are frequent daily ferries from Athens (Piraeus) and from Santorini (International airport).

Delphi (Sterea)

Delphi

Sterea

2.5hrs from Athens

One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, Delphi is also known as the Naval of the Earth. In the ancient times, this was the most famous oracle of god Apollo and people from all over the Mediterranean would come to ask for advice. The most famous sights of Delphi are the temple of Apollo, the ancient theatre, the ancient stadium and the Archaeological Museum.
Why Delphi: UNESCO World Heritage site, archaeology, nature, amazing views
Highlights: Temple of Apollo, Ancient theatre, Athena Pronea Sanctuary, Ancient stadium, Archaeological museum.
Tips: A day tour from Athens or a 1 night stay. Can be combined with a visit in Arachova village and Mount Parnassus.
Where is Delphi: Delphi is an UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most important Archaeological sites of Greece located in Mainland Greece in the Region of Sterea.
How to get there: The best way to reach Delphi is by a day tour from Athens. There are also buses that depart from Athens (Liossion Bus Station). The bus trip lasts about 3 hours.

Meteora (Thessaly)

Meteora

Thessaly

4hrs from Athens

One of the most impressive spots of Greece, Meteora is located on the northern part of the country. They are actually huge granite rocks in the middle of a valley and on top of these rocks monasteries were built in the Byzantine times. The sight as you approach Meteora is stunning and so is the view from Meteora down to the valley. Mount Athos and Meteora are considered the holiest regions in Greece.
Why Meteora: UNESCO Cultural and Natural World heritage site, amazing views, incredible landscape, history, architecture, religion, hiking and rock climbing destination, nature, emblematic.
Highlights: Monastery of Agios Stefanos, Monastery of Agia Triada, Monastery of Varlaam.
Tips: Suggested stay: day tour from Athens or 1 night. Car is optional.
Where is Meteora: Meteora is located in Thessaly region in Northern mainland Greece.
How to get there: Meteora is accessible by bus, car & organized tours from Athens, Thessaloniki and Halkidiki. Also it can be reached by train from Athens, Thessaloniki and few more regions. The closest train station is located in Kalambaka where you have to take a car or a taxi to continue your trip. Last but not least, the nearest Airport to Meteora is Nea Anchialos National Airport in Volos. However, If you want to travel by plane, then you should better fly to Athens or Thessaloniki in the first place, as Eleftherios Venizelos and Makedonia Airport operate all year round and then continue your trip by bus/car/organized tours/trains.

Nafplion (Peloponnese)

Nafplion

Peloponnese

2-2.5hrs from Athens

The seaside town of Nafplion is a popular holiday destination all year round. Lovely beach resorts surround Nafplion and get much frequented for family summer holidays. A walk around the Old Town of Nafplion will bring you to ample squares, paved streets and elegant mansions. Do not miss a visit to Palamidi Fortress and to the Castle of Bourtzi. Nafplion is also a convenient base for daily excursions and cruise trips to the Saronic islands.
Why Nafplion: Picturesque town, History, romantic destination, Family destination, History, Architecture, Road trip.
Highlights: Old town, Akronafplia, Palamidi, Beach promenade, Boat trip to Bourtzi, Tolo beach, Arvanitia beach.
Tips: Suggested stay: 2 nights. Car is recommended. Day visits to Epidaurus and Mycenae.
Where is Nafplion: Nafplio is in Peloponnese, in the region of Argolida.
How to get there: You can reach Nafplio by car or bus. Frequent buses from Athens (Kifissos bus station).

Amorgos (Cyclades)

Amorgos island

Cyclades

Located on the southern side of Cyclades, Amorgos island is a secluded island that keeps its calm paces even in high season. Famous for its traditional architecture, the crystal beaches and the barren landscape, Amorgos is a lovely Greek island to relax during your summer holidays. Do not miss the Monastery of Hozoviotissa, built entirely against a rock, and the beach of Agia Anna, where scenes from the film The Big Blue were shot.
Why Amorgos: Wild landscape, Gastronomy, Ideal for couples, Hiking, Alternative lifestyle.
Highlights: Chora (main town), Monastery of Hozoviotissa, Venetian Castle, Church of Agia Anna, Tholaria village.
Tips: Suggested days: 3 nights, Car rent is obligatory, Ideal for island hopping from Naxos, Donousa & Koufonisia.
Where is Amorgos : Amorgos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and it is easily accessible from Athens.
How to get there: Only accessible by ferry. Amorgos has two main Ports: Aegiali and Katapola. Ferries depart from Athens (Piraeus) everyday to Katapola and few days a week to Aegiali.

Hydra (Saronic)

Hydra island

Saronic

The jewel of the Saronic Gulf, Hydra is a popular destination since the 1960s, when it became a highly artistic centre and a meeting spot for renowned writers, painters and actors of that time. This is an island with both cosmopolitan and traditional vibe, elegant mansions, picturesque coves and many hiking trails.
Why Hydra: Small island, great architecture, hiking, museums, culture, vintage, aristocratic, picturesque, cosmopolitan, car free, proximity to Athens, quick getaway.
Highlights: Bastions, Koudouriotis mansion, Kaminia beach, Hydronetta beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 1-2 nights, cars are not allowed, ideal island hopping to: Spetses, Poros.
Where is Hydra: Hydra belongs to the Saronic islands group and is in short distance from Athens.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens (Piraeus) & from Metoxi in Peloponnese every day.

Spetses (Saronic)

Spetses island

Saronic

An island with vivid traditional architecture, Spetses is a great for relaxing holidays. A walk around the main town will bring you to elegant mansions, intereating churches, ample squares and spots with beautiful view to the sea. Cars are prohibited in the town and transport is done on foot, by bicycle or with the lovely horse carriages. Do not miss the museum of Bouboulina, a heroine of the Greek Revolution, just above the port.
Why Spetses: Small island, architecture, hiking, museums, culture, vintage, aristocratic, picturesque, ccosmopolitan, nightlife, car free, proximity to Athens, short getaway.
Highlights: Old Harbor, Church of Agios Nikolaos, Bouboulina Museum, Agioi Anargiri beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 1-2 nights, cars are not allowed, ideal island hopping to: Hydra, Poros.
Where is Hydra: Spetses belongs to the Saronic islands group and is in short distance from Athens.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens (Piraeus) & from Ermioni or Port Xeli in Peloponnese every day.

Parga (Epirus)

Parga

Epirus

45min from Igoumenitsa

Located on the north-western coasts of Greece, Parga is a seaside town with a lovely island style. At the entrance of the port, there is a small islet with a chapel on top, while a Venetian Castle stands on the hilltop above the town. Apart from the lovely port, Parga also stands for the amazing beaches. Valtos, Lichnos and Sarakiniko amaze visitors with their crystal water and the blue-green colour.
Why Parga: Lush Nature, picturesque villages, beautiful beaches, hiking, family destination, calm and easy-going.
Highlights: Town of Parga, Valtos beach, Venetian Castle, Acheron River, Day trip to Paxi, Ottoman castle.
Tips: Suggested stays: 3 nights. Car is recommended.
Where is Parga: Parga is a region in Epirus and is accessible by ferry from Kilini port (Western Peloponnese).
How to get there: You can reach Parga by car or bus. If you decide to travel to Parga by bus from another Greek city, you will have to take a bus to Preveza city first and then take another bus to Parga. You can also reach Parga by plane. The nearest airport is in Preveza (65 km away) and then you can rent a car or take a taxi.

Rethymno (Crete)

Rethymno

Crete

10hrs from Athens

1.5hr from Chania

Note: Rethymno is not an island but a region of Crete island. Located between the busy regions of Heraklion and Chania, Rethymno on Crete island keeps its calm paces even in high season. Visitors will love the Venetian style of Rethymnon Town, the traditional inland villages, like Anogia and Spili, and the lovely beaches, ideal for long relaxing days under the sun.
Why Rethymno: Picturesque town, architecture, family friendly destination, romantic destination, beautiful beaches, great gastronomy.
Highlights: Old town of Rethymno, Preveli beach, Arkadi Monastery, Agia Galini beach, Fortezza fortress.
Tips: Suggested stay: 5 nights. Car strongly recommended. You can continue your trip to Chania or Heraklion.
Where is Rethymno: Rethymno is a region of Crete, between Chania and Heraklion.
How to get there: There are no direct ferries to Rethymno. So, you can travel to Rethymno through the Ports and International Airports of Heraklion and Chania and make a bus/taxi/car connection to Rethymno. Ferries and flights are very frequent to Chania and Heraklion.

Koufonisia (Cyclades)

Koufonisia island

Cyclades

Located on the southern side of Naxos, Koufonissia is famous for the exotic beaches and the relaxing atmosphere. Only Pano Koufonissi is inhabited, while Kato Koufonissi is visited with a boat trip for the nice beaches, naturism and free camping. Most beaches in Koufonissia are accessible on foot or by bicycle. Dive in the exotic, blue-green water and experience the most relaxing holidays.
Why Koufonissia: Sandy beaches with turquoise waters, family friendly (no cars), small islands, calm and easy-going, free camping and naturism (Kato Koufonissi).
Highlights: Pori beach, Gala, Day tour to Kato Koufonisi.
Tips: Suggested stays: 2 nights, not car needed, ideal island hopping from Naxos, Amorgos, Donoussa.
Where is Koufonissia: Koufonissia belongs to the Cyclades islands group and more especially in the "Small Cyclades islands" group. It is very close to Naxos.
How to get there: There are ferries from Athens (Piraeus) few days a week. There are also ferries from Naxos to Koufonisia everyday.

Ithaca (Ionian)

Ithaca island

Ionian

Famous as the home of Ulysses, the legendary hero of Homer, Ithaca island charms you from the first moment. With verdant background and picturesque villages by the sea, Ithaca is a truly relaxing place. Unwind your mind from stressing thoughts and let this peaceful vibe of Ithaca overcome you. A hike around the island will bring you to fabulous spots and secret coves with blue green water.
Why Ithaca: Picturesque, lush vegetation, emerald waters, small island, romantic destination, calm atmosphere.
Highlights: Vathi village, Kioni Village, Skinos bay, Filiatro beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 3 nights, car is optional, ideal Island hopping to: Kefalonia, Lefkada.
Where is Ithaca: Ithaca belongs to the Ionian islands group and is accessible from the ports of Killini (Peloponnese) and Astakos (Aitoloacarnania).
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from the ports of Killini and Astakos everyday. Also frequent ferry connections from Kefalonia and Lefkada.

Chios (Eastern Aegean)

Chios island

Eastern Aegean

50min from Athens

8hrs from Athens

Located on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea, Chios is a traditional island with intense Medieval character. It is famous for the Medieval villages with the geometrical designs on the walls, the mastic production and the Byzantine monasteries. Most beaches in Chios are secluded and unorganized. The most famous beach is Mavros Gialos.
Why Chios: Beautiful scenery, tradition, beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, nice food, unspoiled landscape, natural charm, family friendly destination, hiking.
Highlights: Pyrgi village, Mesta Village, Mavros Gialos beach, Volissos village, Anavatos ghost village, Mastic Museum.
Tips: Suggested stay: 5 days. Car is strongly recommended. Ideal island hopping to Oinousses, Psarra.
Where is Chios: Chios belongs to the Eastern Aegean islands group.
How to get there: There is a ferry connection with Athens (Piraeus) 3 times a week. Chios is also connected by ferry with Kavala (Northern Greece), Lesvos, Mykonos, Syros and few more islands. Furthermore, Chios has a National Airport, so it can be reached by plane too. Last but not least, it is linked with the port of Cesme in Turkey.

Lesvos (Eastern Aegean)

Lesvos island

Eastern Aegean

50min from Athens

13-16hrs from Athens

Known as the birthplace of Sappho, Lesvos is a lovely family destination. All around the island, there are vast olive groves, traditional villages, clean beaches and interesting sightseeing. Apart from Mytilene, the capital of the island, very picturesque is also the region of Molyvos. Apart from high-quality olive oil, Lesvos is famous for the production of ouzo.
Why Lesvos: Nature, architecture, history, gastronomy, family friendly destination, beautiful beaches, hiking, picturesque villages.
Highlights: Castle & village of Molyvos, Petra beach, Petrified Forest, Agiassos village, Roman Aqueduct, Mytilene town.
Tips: Suggested stays: a week. Car is strongly recommended.
Where is Lesvos: Lesvos belongs to the Eastern Aegean islands group.
How to get there: There are frequent ferry connections with Athens (Piraeus), Kavala (Northern Greece) and some other islands such as Syros, Mykonos, Ikaria and Chios. There are also ferry connections with Turkey and the port of Ayvalik. Furthermore, Lesvos has an airport and can be reached by plane too.

Lassithi (Crete)

Lassithi

Crete

50min from Athens

10hrs from Athens

Note: Lassithi is not an island but a region of Crete island. Outside the busy resort of Elounda, the prefecture of Lassithi on Crete island gives a true and deep sight in the traditional Cretan life. A drive around will bring you to amazing beaches, interesting monasteries and seaside villages. Even in high season, Lassithi remains the secludest region of Crete.
Why Lassithi: Family friendly, luxury hotels, great gastronomy, nice beaches, remote places, calm atmosphere, beautiful landscapes.
Highlights: Vai palm beach, Spinalonga islet, Ha gorges, Ierapetra village, Agios Nikolaos town.
Tips: Suggested stay: 4 nights. Car is recommended. You can continue your trip to Heraklion.
Where is Lassithi: Lassithi is a region of Crete. It is in the Eastern side of Crete and can be easily reached through Heraklion.
How to get there: Although Lassithi has two ports (Agios Nikolaos and Sitia), the best way to travel to Lassithi is through the port and International Airport of Heraklion. Heraklion has frequent Ferries from Athens (Piraeus) everyday and receives many flights. There are bus and taxi connections from Heraklion to Lassithi.

Olympia (Peloponnese)

Olympia

Peloponnese

5hrs from Athens

45min from Elis

Olympia is known as the birthplace of the Olympic Games. The first ancient Olympic Games took place in 776 BC and they were dedicated to the cult of Zeus. In Olympia, you can see the temple of Zeus, the temple of Hera, the Ancient Stadium, the workshop of Pheidias and other constructions. The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is also among the most interesting museums in Greece.
Why Olympia: History, Impressive Archaeological sites, Nature.
Highlights: Ancient stadium, Temple of Zeus, Temple of Hera, Museum of Olympic games.
Tips: Suggested stay: Day visit. Car is recommended. Road trips to Pylos, Kalamata & Kyparissia.
Where is Olympia: Olympia is in Peloponnese, in the region of Ilia.
How to get there: You can reach Olympia by car or bus. If you travel by bus from Athens (Kifissos bus station) you have to reach Pyrgos first and then make a bus connection to Olympia. Last but not least, there are day tours and private transfers to Olympia from Athens.

Epidaurus (Peloponnese)

Epidaurus

Peloponnese

2hrs from Athens

Among the most popular archaeological sites of Greece, Epidaurus is located on the north eastern side of Peloponnese. Mostly famous for the Ancient Theatre with the amazing accoustics, this site is visited by thousands of visitors every year. The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus hosts important theatrical performances in summer.
Why Epidaurus: History, Ancient Theatre, Festivals, Archaeology, Lush Nature.
Highlights: Ancient theatre, Greek Festival, Ancient stadium, Archaeological museum, Small theatre, sanctuary of Asklepios.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night. Car is recommended. The trip can be combined with Nafplion, Mycenae and Porto Heli.
Where is Epidaurus: Epidaurus is in Eastern Peloponnese, in the region of Argolis.
How to get there: You can reach Epidaurus by car or bus. There are also day tours from Athens.

Porto Heli (Peloponnese)

Porto Heli

Peloponnese

2.5hrs from Athens

3.5hrs from Athens

Although Porto Heli is mostly known to Greek tourists, its large port gets very busy in summer with many private yachts and fishing boats that moor there. The lovely beaches of the area attract many families looking for calm vacations. Porto Heli also serves as a good base for daily excursions in this part of Peloponnese and as a transport hub to Spetses island.
Why Porto Heli: Family destination, Fancy hotels, Lush vegetation, beautiful beaches, cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Highlights: Boat trip to Spetses, beautiful beaches.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night. Car is strongly recommended. Continue your trip to Spetses.
Where is Porto Heli: Porto Heli is in Peloponnese, in the region of Argolida.
How to get there: You can reach Porto Heli by car or bus. If you travel by bus, you reach first Kranidi or Nafplio and then make a connection to Porto Heli. Alternatively, you can travel to Porto Heli by ferry from Athens (Piraeus).

Ikaria (Eastern Aegean)

Ikaria island

Eastern Aegean

55min from Athens

6hrs from Athens

Located on the Eastern Aegean sea, Ikaria is one of the worldwide famous Greek islands, mainly due to the longevity of its inhabitants and the Ikarian diet.
Once you set your foot in Ikaria, you’ll feel like a world away from the mainland! It is the perfect place to recharge, away from the hectic everyday routine. On this island, time seems to slow down and nobody takes life too seriously. Sure enough, the island’s laid-back atmosphere is one of the main reasons why Ikaria is so popular. But not the only one!
Why Ikaria: Wild scenery, surfing destination, alternative lifestyle, camping destination, thermal spa destination, hiking, naturist destination, clear blue waters.
Highlights: Nas beach, Seychelles beach, traditional festivals, surfing, church of Panagia Theoskepasti, Evdilos town.
Tips: Suggested stay: 5 nights. Car is strongly recommended. Ideal Island hopping to: Fourni.
Where is Ikaria: Ikaria belongs to the Eastern Aegean islands group.
How to get there: There is a ferry connection with Athens (Piraeus) 3 times a week. Also, Ikaria is connected by ferry with Kavala (Northern Greece), Samos, Syros, Mykonos and few more islands. Last but not least, Ikaria has a National Airport, so it can be reached by plane too.

Antiparos (Cyclades)

Antiparos island

Cyclades

30min from Paros

Antiparos is a small island of the Cyclades, just opposite Paros. It is the island where famous actor Tom Hanks has his summer house. There is only one village and it is called Chora. This small island is considered the alternative of cosmopolitan Paros and it is renowned for it beautiful and design villas. The atmosphere is very relaxing there. Nightlife is lounge and mostly concentrated in few bars of Chora. There is also a very popular nightclub called "La Luna". The beaches along the eastern side of the island have crystal water and soft sand.
Why Antiparos: Small island, sandy beaches, design villas, calm and easy going, alternative, camping destination, hippy style, fancy restaurants.
Highlights: Cave of Antiparos, Chora, Soros Beach
Tips: Suggested stays: 3 nights, Car rent is recommended, Ideal island hopping from Paros or day-trip from Paros.
Where is Antiparos: Antiparos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is easily accessible from Athens through Paros.
How to get there: There are no direct ferries from Athens. You can only approach Antiparos through Paros island. Small boats from Paros to Antiparos connect the two islands. There are frequent ferries from Athens to Paros. Note that Paros has an international airport.

Syros (Cyclades)

Syros island

Cyclades

40min from Athens

2-4hrs from Athens

Syros island is a gem not yet discovered by foreign tourists, and it mostly receives Greek visitors. A walk around Ermoupolis, the capital of the island, will bring you to elegant mansions, beautiful churches and large squares. The town gets very lively in the evenings with the nice bars at the waterfront. The beaches of Syros are nice and clean, surrounded by many accommodation.
Why Syros: Family friendly, nice restaurants, architecture, culture.
Highlights: Ermoupoli town, Town Hall, Ano Syros, Apollo theatre, Vaporia quarter, Galisas beach, Possidonia beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 3 nights, car is recommended, island hopping to: Mykonos, Andros, Tinos.
Where is Syros: Syros belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is easily accessible from Athens.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens every day. Syros has also a National Airport.

Pelion (Thessaly)

Pelion

Thessaly

4.5hrs from Athens

Pelion is a region for all seasons. Mount Pelion is actually a peninsula in central Greece, between the Aegean Sea and the Pagasetic Gulf. The eastern side of Pelion gets very popular in summer for the gorgeous beaches and the exotic water. The central part of Pelion is more suitable as an autumn and winter destination, due to the mountainous villages and the lush green nature.
Why Pelion: Lush nature, picturesque villages, beautiful beaches, mountainous, all year round destination, architecture, tradition, amazing views, gastronomy, hiking, cycling, outdoors activities.
Highlights: Tsagarada village, Makrinitsa village, Portaria village, Milies village, Mylopotamos beach, a trip with the Steam train.
Tips: Suggested stay: 4 nights. Car is strongly recommended.
Where is Pelion: Pelion is located in Thessaly region in Northern mainland Greece.
How to get there: Pelion is accessible by bus or car. If you visit it by bus, you have to reach first Volos and then take the bus to one of the villages of Pelion.

Mystras (Peloponnese)

Mystras

Peloponnese

2.5-3hrs from Athens

In the Medieval times, Mystras was the second most important town of the Byzantine Empire, after Constantinople. In fact, Constantinos Paleologos, the last Byzantine Emperor, was a governor of Mystras before his coronation. Today, the archaeological site of Mystras is surrounded by walls and has many Byzantine churches with interesting frescoes in the interior. On top of the hill, there is the Palace of the Despots.
Why Mystras: History, Impressive Archaeological UNESCO World Heritage site.
Highlights: Byzantine churches and frescos, Palace of Despots, Archaeological museum.
Tips: Suggested stay: Day visit. Car is recommended.
Where is Mystras: Mystras is a UNESCO World Heritage castle in Peloponnese, in the region of Lakonia.
How to get there: You can reach Mystras by car or bus. From Athens, you need to take the bus to Sparti and then from Sparti another bus to Mystras.

Kalymnos (Dodecanese)

Kalymnos island

Dodecanese

55min from Athens

11hrs from Athens

An island with long tradition in sponge diving, Kalymnos is beautiful place with barren landscape. Due to this wild rocksides, Kalymnos has developed over the last years as a popular rock climbing destination. In fact, a rock climbing festival takes place there every year. With lovely beach resorts and relaxing vibes, Kalymnos is a nice island for family vacations.
Why Kalymnos: Calm and relaxing, beautiful scenery, worldwide rock climbing destination, nice beaches.
Highlights: Pothia town, Myrties beach, Rock climbing, Telendos islet, Sponge factory.
Tips: Suggested stays: 3 nights. Car is recommended. Ideal island hopping to Kos.
Where is Kalymnos: Kalymnos belongs to the Dodecanese islands group.
How to get there: Kaymnos is connected to Athens (Piraeus) by ferry, few times a week. There are also ferry connections from Kos, Rhodes, Leros and Patmos. Kalymnos has also a National Airport, so it can be reached by plane too.

Mycenae (Peloponnese)

Mycenae

Peloponnese

1.5hr from Athens

The archaeological site of Mycenae is located in the north eastern side of Peloponnese, in close distance to Nafplion. It is mostly famous from the story of the Trojan War, as Mycenae was the kingdom of Agamemnon, the leader of the Greeks in the war. Visitors in Mycenae are impressed by the giant walls, constructed by Cyclops according to the myth, and by the Treasury of Atreus, the vaulted tomb of Agamemnon.
Why Mycenae: History, Impressive Archaeological site.
Highlights: Lion gate, Treasury of Atreus, Archaeological museum.
Tips: Suggested stay: Day visit. Car is recommended. You can combine your trip with a visit to Nafplio and Epidaurus.
Where is Mycenae: Mycanae is an archaeological site in Peloponnese, in the region of Argolida.
How to get there: You can reach Mycenae by car or bus.There are buses from Athens., Nafplion and Argos. You can also do an organized day tour from Athens.

Sifnos (Cyclades)

Sifnos island

Cyclades

Located on the western side of Cyclades, Sifnos island is developing over the last years as a place for both families and youth. Families will love the calm beaches with delicious restaurants, while the youth will get excited for the lively beach bars that stay open till the early hours. In Sifnos, do not miss the picturesque village of Kastro with the lovely church of Seven Martyrs at the entrance.
Why Sifnos: Calm and easy-going, hiking, gastronomy, simple & chic style.
Highlights: Seven Martyrs church, Apollonia village, Platys Gialos beach, Monastery of Chrissopigi, Sifnos trails.
Tips: Suggested stays: 3 nights, car is recommended, ideal island hopping to: Milos, Folegandros, Ios, Mykonos.
Where is Sifnos: Sifnos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is in a relatively small distance from Athens.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens (Piraeus) everyday.

Folegandros (Cyclades)

Folegandros island

Cyclades

An island of Western Cyclades, Folegandros stands out for its impressive Chora and the relaxing atmosphere. Constructed along the slopes of a hill, Chora has lovely narrow paths and white sugar houses. A cobbled path up from Chora leads to the church of Panagia, which offers amazing view to the Aegean Sea. The beaches of Folegandros are secluded and have clean water.
Why Folegandros: Romantic destination, unspoiled by tourism, small remote island, calm and easy-going.
Highlights: Kastro, Church of Panagia, boat tour to Karavostasi beach, Ano Mera.
Tips: Suggested stays: 3 nights, car is not necessary, ideal island hopping to: Sifnos, Milos, Serifos,Santorini.
Where is Folegandros: Folegandros belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is easily accessible from Athens.
How to get there: There are ferries from Athens (Piraeus) to Folegandros everyday.

Tinos (Cyclades)

Tinos island

Cyclades

Although it is mostly famous for the miracle-working church of Virgin Mary, Tinos is also an island for relaxing family vacations. The beaches on the southern side of Tinos have clean water and they are protected from strong winds. Worth to visit are the mountainous villages of the countryside that stand out for the traditional vibes and the picturesque architecture: Do not miss Pyrgos and Kardiani. Scattered in the inland of Tinos are lovely chapels and dovecotes.
Why Tinos: Gastronomy, surfing destination, traditional villages, Architecture, Hiking, Museums, Culture, Religious destination.
Highlights: Dovecotes, Kolympithra beach, church of Evangelistria, Halepas museum, Pyrgos village, Kardiani Village, Volax village.
Tips: Suggested stays: 4 nights, Car rental is strongly recommended, ideal Island hopping to: Andros, Mykonos, Syros.
Where is Tinos: Tinos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is easily accessible from Athens.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens (Piraeus and Rafina ports) everyday.

Paxi (Ionian)

Paxi island

Ionian

A small island on the south of Corfu, Paxi (or Paxous) is famous for the lush greenery and the beautiful beaches. The picturesque seaside villages of Paxi will offer romantic strolls day and night. Do not miss a boat trip to Antipaxos, a tiny islet with most exotic water. A nice place for relaxing family vacations, Paxi is also popular for hiking.
Why Paxi: Small island, lush vegetation, emerald waters, picturesque, calm atmosphere, romantic destination.
Highlights: Antipaxos island, Voutoumi beach, Gaios village.
Tips: Suggested stays: 2 nights, car is optional.
Where is Paxi: Paxi belongs to the Ionian islands and is accessible by ferry from Igoumenitsa and Corfu.
How to get there: There are Ferries from Igoumenitsa everyday.

Andros (Cyclades)

Andros island

Cyclades

Although it is located very close to Athens, the island of Andros keeps its calm, family vibes in summer. The picturesque architecture of Chora is the most distinctive characteristic of Andros. You will love the narrow cobbled streets of Chora, the amazing view to the Aegean and the elegant mansions. The beaches in Andros are crystal and relaxing.
Why Andros: Family friendly, hiking, museums, nice beaches, nature lovers.
Highlights: Goulandris Museum of Modern Art, Tourlitis Lighthouse, Katakilos waterfalls, Panagia Thalassini church, Tis grias to pidima beach, Achla beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 4 nights, Car rental is recommended, Ideal island hopping from Tinos.
Where is Andros: Andros belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is in short distance from Athens.
How to get there: Only accessible fy ferry. Frequent ferries from Athens (Rafina & Lavrio port) available everyday.

Patmos (Dodecanese)

Patmos island

Dodecanese

Famous as the island where Apostle John was inspired the Apocalypse, Patmos is a small island with spiritual vibes. The most characteristic sight of Patmos is the Monastery of Saint John, just above Chora. Do not also miss a visit to the Cave of the Apocalypse. Around the island, there are lovely beaches to enjoy a day under the sun.
Why Patmos: Calm and relaxing, beautiful scenery, amazing architecture, UNESCO Site of Cultural Heritage, simple and chic vibes, cosmopolitan, culture, hiking, beautiful beaches.
Highlights: Chora & Saint John Monastery (UNESCO Site), Cave of Apocalypse, Kampos beach, Day trip to Arkoi and Marathis islets.
Tips: Suggested stays: 3 nights. Car is recommended. Ideal island hopping to Lipsi, Rhodes, Kos.
Where is Patmos: Patmos belongs to the Dodecanese islands group and is accessible from Athens by ferry.
How to get there: There are ferries from Athens (Piraeus) to Patmos 3 times a week. Alternatively, you can travel by plane to Kos, Rhodes, or Leros and make a ferry connection to Patmos.

Thassos (Eastern Aegean)

Thassos island

Eastern Aegean

1-2hrs from Kavala

Called the Emerald of the Aegean, Thassos is located on the northern side of the Aegean and very close to the mainland. With lush forests and fabulous beaches with blue-green water, this island attracts many families and romantic couples. Thassos is also popular with hiking, as the hiking trails will lead you to Byzantine towers, nice caves and secret coves.
Why Thassos: Calm and easygoing, archaeology, history, quaint, hiking, nature.
Highlights: Giola Lagoon, Ancient Agora, Ancient Theatre, Ancient Marble Quarry, Golden beach, Alyki beach.
Tips: Suggested stay: 5 nights. Car is strongly recommended.
Where is Thassos: Thassos belongs to the Eastern Aegean islands group.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries every day from Kavala and Keramoti. The nearest Airport is in Kavala town.

Samos (Eastern Aegean)

Samos island

Eastern Aegean

55min from Athens

12-17hrs from Athens

Among the most popular islands of Greece, Samos keeps its family atmosphere even in high season. Due to its large size, tourism on Samos is spread and not concentrated in few resorts. Visitors are charmed by the blue-green waters, the traditional villages and the interesting ancient sites. Hiking is also popular in Samos, with many trails leading to secret coves, waterfalls and small villages.
Why Samos: Archaeology, history, lush vegetation, amazing beaches, wineries, nature.
Highlights: Tsamadou beach, Pythagorion village, Pythagorion Archaeological Museum, Sanctuary of Heraion, Karlovassi village, Tunnel of Eupalinus, Tours to Turkey.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 week. Car is strongly recommended. Ideal Island hopping to Ikaria.
Where is Samos: Lesvos belongs to the Eastern Aegean islands group.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens (Piraeus). Also, ferry connection with Syros, Mykonos, Ikaria, Chios and few more islands. Furthermore, Samos has an airport and can be reached by plane too. Last but not least, Samos has frequent ferry connections with Kusadasi (Turkey).

Astypalea (Dodecanese)

Astypalea island

Dodecanese

60min from Athens

10hrs from Athens

Although Astypalea island (or Astypalaia) belongs administratively to the Dodecanese, its architecture looks very Cycladic. The shape of Astypalea ressembles to a butterfly. Due to the small size and the secluded location, tourism is not much developed. The picturesque main village is constructed along the slopes of a hill, with a Venetian castle at its top and offers great view to the sea. With romantic atmosphere and secluded beaches, Astypalea is ideal for peaceful vacations.
Why Astypalea: Calm and relaxing, beautiful scenery, alternative destination, beautiful beaches, charming village, amazing views.
Highlights: Chora, Venetian castle, Windmills, Vatses beach, Livadi beach.
Tips: Suggested stay: 3 nights. Car is recommended. Ideal island hopping to Rhodes, Naxos, Paros.
Where is Astypalea: Astypalea belongs to the Dodecanese islands group and is accessible from Athens but also from Rhodes, Naxos and few more islands.
How to get there: There are regular Ferries to Astypalaia from Athens (Piraeus), Naxos, Rhodes and few more islands. Also, Astypalaia has a National Airport, so you can reach the island by plane too.

Monemvasia (Peloponnese)

Monemvasia

Peloponnese

4hrs from Athens

Monemvasia is among the most impressive and romantic towns in Greece. The Medieval Castle of Monemvasia is entirely built against the slopes of a huge rock, connected to the mainland through a narrow pathway only. This town was constructed to be invisible from the mainland in order to escape enemy attacks. When the sea is clear, from the top of Monemvasia you can see the mountainpeaks of Crete.
Why Monemvasia: Amazing Medieval Castle town, Romantic destination, History, Beautiful views.
Highlights: Medieval town, Church of Christ Elkomenos, Archaeological museum.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night. Car is optional.
Where is Monemvasia: Monemvasia is a Medieval Castle town in Peloponnese, in the region of Lakonia.
How to get there: You can reach Monemvasia by car or bus. There are buses from Athens and Sparta.

Skopelos (Sporades)

Skopelos island

Sporades

Skopelos gives a breath of relaxation from the first step on the island. With the verdant landscape, the virgin beaches and the impressive views to the Aegean, Skopelos is an inspiration for romantic couples and families looking for calm holidays. Do not miss a walk around Skopelos Town and a visit to the Byzantine Monasteries of the island. Skopelos became famous when scenes of the Hollywood movie Mamma Mia were filmed at the Church of Agios Ioannis Kastri.
Why Skopelos: Calm and easygoing, lush vegetation, architecture, quaint, hiking, nature, emerald waters, family destination.
Highlights: Town, Mamma mia church, Panormos beach, Stafylos beach.
Tips: Suggested stay: 3 nights. Car is recommended. Ideal island hopping to Skiathos and Alonissos.
Where is Skopelos: Skiathos belongs to the Sporades islands group.
How to get there: Ferries depart from Agios Konstantinos port, from the port of Volos Town and from Evia (ports of Kymi and Mantoudi). There are no direct ferries from Athens. In case you are traveling from Athens, you need to reach Volos or Evia by KTEL bus and then take the ferry to Skopelos. Alternatively, you can travel by plane to the International Airport of Skiathos and then take the ferry from Skiathos to Skopelos.

Aegina (Saronic)

Aegina island

Saronic

Very close to Athens and with regular ferry connection, Aegina island is small charming island, ideal for family holidays. The beaches in Aegina are organized and shallow, which makes them safe for children. Also the picturesque seaside villages provide romantic background for promenades. In Aegina, do not miss the Ancient Temple of Athena Aphaia in the centre of the island.
Why Aegina: Small island, proximity to Athens, quaint, nice tavernas, short getaway.
Highlights: Temple of Athena Aphaia, Tower of Markellos, Moni islet, Perdika beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 1-2 nights, Car rental is optional, ideal island hopping to: Agistri, Poros.
Where is Aegina: Aegina belongs to the Saronic islands group and is in short distance from Athens.
How to get there: There are many ferries from Athens (Piraeus) everyday.

Kythira (Ionian)

Kythira island

Ionian

50min from Athens

7.5hrs frm Athens

A secluded island on the southern side of Peloponnese, Kythira offers all the relaxation you need in holidays. The entire island gives a sense of purity and tradition. A drive around Kythira will bring you to mountainous villages where life has stopped few decades ago, to secret coves with crystal water and interesting sightseeing, like monasteries and caves.
Why Kythira: Beautiful beaches, picturesque villages, away from mass tourism, nice landscapes, calm atmosphere.
Highlights: Castle of Chora, Kaladi beach, Waterfalls, Antikythira island, Avlaimonas village, Diakofti beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 5 nights, car is recommended.
Where is Kythira: Kythira belongs to the Ionian islands group but is located south of Peloponnese.
How to get there: Ferries from Neapoli depart every day. There are also ferries from Gythio 3 times a week and ferries from Athens (Piraeus) once a week. Kythira has also a national airport.

Alonissos (Sporades)

Alonissos island

Sporades

Alonissos charms visitors with the relaxing atmosphere and the green background. Less busy than Skiathos and Skopelos, this island has lovely seaside villages that provide a romantic setting in the evenings. A walk around Chora, constructed on the slopes of a mountain, gives great view to the Aegean and to the traditional life of the locals.
Why Alonissos: Calm and easygoing, lush vegetation, quaint, hiking, nature, amazing beaches, emerald waters, family destination.
Highlights: Chora village, Agios Dimitrios beach, Day cruise to Marine park, Kokkinokastro beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 3 nights. Car is recommended. Ideal island hopping to Skiathos.
Where is Alonissos: Alonissos belongs to the Sporades islands group.
How to get there: Ferries depart from Agios Konstantinos port, from the port of Volos Town and from Kymi in Evia. There are no direct ferries from Athens. In case you are traveling from Athens, you need to reach Volos or Evia by KTEL bus and then take the ferry to Alonissos. Alternatively, you can travel by plane to the International Airport of Skiathos and then take the ferry from Skiathos to Alonissos.

Serifos (Cyclades)

Serifos island

Cyclades

An island unspoiled by mass tourism, Serifos contains all the beauty of Cyclades: picturesque village constructed on the hilltop, clean beaches and amazing view to the Aegean Sea. Although it is only two hours ferry ride from Athens, it doesn't get crowded in summer. It keeps the perfect atmosphere for relaxing holidays. In the day, enjoy the hot sun and the clean sea, while in the evening head to Chora for a lounge drink.
Why Serifos: Family friendly, beautiful beaches, simple & chic style.
Highlights: Chora village, Piazza Square, Old Mines, Ganema beach, Livadi beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 4 nights, car is recommended, island hopping to: Milos, Sifnos, Kythnos.
Where is Schinoussa: Serifos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is in a relatively small distance from Athens.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens (Piraeus & Lavrio port) everyday.

Lemnos (Eastern Aegean)

Lemnos island

Eastern Aegean

60min from Athens

19hrs from Athens

Lemnos is an unspoiled island, perfect for family vacations. Although Lemnos has a beautiful varied landscape and interesting sightseeing, it has escaped mass tourism, probably due to its large size and the long distance from Athens. A drive around the island will bring you to secluded golden beaches, many ancient sites and traditional villages.
Why Lemnos: Amazing landscape, calm and easy-going, sea sports (kitesurfing and windsurfing), beautiful nature, nice beaches.
Highlights: Sand dunes, Cape Falakro, Myrina town, Ancient Ifestia, Plati beach.
Tips: Suggested stay: 5 nights. Car is strongly recommended.
Where is Lemnos: Lemnos belongs to the Eastern Aegean islands group.
How to get there: Lemnos is connected by ferry with Piraeus port and Lavrion port in Athens. The ferry from Piraeus lasts longer (24 hours) so many travelers prefer to depart from Lavrion port. There are also ferries from Kavala (Northern Greece). Furthermore, Lemnos has a National Airport and can be reached by plane too.

Poros (Saronic)

Poros island

Saronic

Due to its close distance to Athens and its small size, Poros island is popular as a weekend destination. The lovely coves with blue green water, the verdant background and the picturesque town gives Poros a relaxing atmosphere. The island is also used as a base for sailing trips around the Saronic Gulf. The most popular beaches in Poros are Askeli and the Love Bay.
Why Poros: Small island, picturesque, lovely town, lush vegetation, proximity to Athens, quaint, short getaway.
Highlights: Clock tower, Russian dockyard, Love Bay beach, Askeli beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 1-2 nights, car is optional, ideal island hopping to: Spetses, Aegina.
Where is Poros: Poros belongs to the Saronic islands group and is in short distance from Athens.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens (Piraeus) & Galata in Peloponnese every day.

Skyros (Sporades)

Skyros island

Sporades

40min from Athens

Skyros is geographically located just in the centre of the Aegean and opposite the island of Evia. This is the least tourist developed islands of Sporades and receives mostly Greek visitors. With secluded beaches, clean water and green landscape, Skyros is perfect for relaxing family vacations. A walk in Chora will bring you to elegant mansions, ceramic workshops and a Byzantine Castle on the hilltop.
Why Skyros: Calm and easygoing, lush vegetation, architecture, quaint, hiking, nature, nice beaches, emerald waters, family destination.
Highlights: Town, Atsitsa bay, Folklore museum, Skyrian ponies, Molos beach, "Clean monday" traditions.
Tips: Suggested stay: 3 nights. Car is recommended.
Where is Skyros : Skiathos belongs to the Sporades islands group.
How to get there: There are frequent Ferry departures from Kymi in Evia. There are no direct ferries from Athens. In case you are traveling from Athens, you need to reach Evia by KTEL bus and then take the ferry to Skyros. Furthermore, Skyros has an National Airport and can be reached by plane too.

Gythio (Peloponnese)

Gythio

Peloponnese

3.5hrs from Athens

Located on the south eastern side of Peloponnese, Gythio is a beautiful town that spreads around a large port. The region stands for the long sandy beaches, the clean water and the mountainous villages. Gythio serves as a convenient base for excursions to Mani, an abrupt and secluded region with traditional towers. Opposite the port of Gythio, there is a small island that can be reached through a narrow pathway.
Why Gythio: Quaint, Tranquil, Picturesque, Family destination, calm and easygoing.
Highlights: Gythio town, Mavrovouni beach, Ancient theatre, Historical museum, Lighthouse, Shipwreck.
Tips: Suggested stay: 2 nights. Car is strongly recommended.
Where is Gythio: Gythio is a town in south Peloponnese, in the region of Lakonia.
How to get there: You can reach Gythio by car or bus. From Athens, you have to take a bus to Sparti and then change to another bus to Gythio.

Simi (Dodecanese)

Simi island

Dodecanese

The tiny island of Simi is regularly visited as a day trip from Rhodes or for a short summer break. The main village is spread amphitheatrically around a port and offers impressive view to the Aegean Sea. In short distance from the village, there are small beaches with clean water. The most important sightseeing of Symi is the Monastery of Panormitis, on the southern side of the island.
Why Simi: Small remote island, calm and relaxing, beautiful scenery, picturesque, clear blue waters.
Highlights: Town, Monastery of Panormitis, Pedi.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night. Car is not needed. Ideal Island hopping to: Rhodes, Tilos
Where is Symi: Symi belongs to the Dodecanese islands group and is located near Rhodes.
How to get there: Simi is connected to Athens (Piraeus) by ferry, few times a week. The trip from Athens to Simi is very long (20 hours),so many travelers chose to travel to Simi through Rhodes. Rhodes has an International Airport, so you can reach Rhodes either by plane or by ferry and continue your trip to Simi by ferry.

Kythnos (Cyclades)

Kythnos island

Cyclades

Although it is only two hours ferry ride from Athens, Kythnos is not a touristic island. Due to its close distance to the mainland, it is mostly frequented by Athenians in summer weekends. With two picturesque villages, Chora and Driopida, and nice, secluded beaches, Kythnos is a lovely place for short break. The most famous beach of Kythnos is Kolona, which is actually a narrow stretch of land dividing the sea in two sides.
Why Kythnos: Small island, family friendly, Cclm and easy-going.
Highlights: Kolona beach, Chora, Driopida beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 2 nights, no car needed, ideal island hopping from Kea.
Where is Kythnos: Kythnos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is accessible very close to Athens.
How to get there: There are ferries from Athens (Lavrio & Piraeus).

Kyparissia (Peloponnese)

Kyparissia

Peloponnese

3hrs from Athens

Mostly a family holiday destination, Kyparissia stands out for the relaxing atmosphere and the calm beaches. The Old Town is built around the remains of a Byzantine Castle, on the hill top above Kyparissia, while the New Town is built between the hill and the sea. This town serves as a convenient base for daily excursions in this part of Peloponnese.
Why Kyparissia: Family destination, nice beach, traditional town, calm and easy, ideal for road trip.
Highlights: Medieval castle, Town, Beach, Peristeria ancient site.
Tips: Suggested stay: 2 nights. Car is recommended. Road trips to Pylos, Kalamata & Olympia.
Where is Kyparissia: Kyparissia is in Peloponnese, in the region of Messinia.
How to get there: You can reach Kyparissia by car or bus. From Athens, you take the bus from Kifissos bus. The nearest airports are in Kalamata and in Athens.

Leros (Dodecanese)

Leros island

Dodecanese

55min from Athens

9.5hrs from Athens

An island great for calm family vacations, Leros is a small island with relaxing atmosphere. Agia Marina and Alinda are the most developed places but with no mass tourism. The Medieval Castle and the underground War Museum are the most impressive sights on the island, while a walk along the portside under the moonlight will leave you with the most romantic impressions from your summer holidays.
Why Leros: Calm and relaxing, beautiful scenery, nice beaches, away from mass tourism.
Highlights: Church of Agios Isidoros, Medieval Castle, Flour mill, Traditional windmills.
Tips: Suggested stays: 2 nights. Car is recommended. Ideal island hopping to Patmos, Kalymnos, Lipsi.
Where is Leros: Kos belongs to the Dodecanese islands group and is located between Patmos and Kalymnos.
How to get there: There are ferry connections from Athens (Piraeus) to Leros 4 times a week. Also, Leros is connected by ferry with Rhodes, Kos, Patmos and other islands. Furthermore, Leros has a small National Airport with flights from Athens.

Elafonissos (Peloponnese)

Elafonissos island

Peloponnese

5hrs from Athens

A tiny island on the southern side of Peloponnese, just below Laconia, Elafonissos is famous for its Carribean-like beaches. With exotic crystal water and soft sand on the shore, this island is very popular for camping. The most famous beach is Simos, which is actually a long stretch of sand dividing the sea in two parts.
Why Elafonissos : Amazing beaches, exotic waters, golden sand, small island, easygoing, calm, tranquil.
Highlights: Simos beach, Main village.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night. Car is optional. You can continue your trip to Monemvasia, Kythira or Gytheio.
Where is Elafonissos: Elafonissos is a small island south of Peloponnese.
How to get there: Elafonissos is connected by ferry with Pounta, a small port near Neapolis town in the south of Peloponnese. You can reach Pounta by car or bus. There are Buses that transfer you to Neapoli from Athens, Tripolis and Kalamata. The nearest Airport is in Kythera. There are not direct ferries from Kythera to Elafonissos. You have to take the ferry from Kythera to Neapoli first and then the ferry from Pounta to Elafonissos.

Nafpaktos (Sterea)

Nafpaktos

Sterea

3hrs from Athens

Although it is not that famous to foreign visitors, the Venetian architecture of Nafpaktos make it among the most beautiful towns in Greece. A strong Medieval Castle stands on top of a hill above the town, while the picturesque harbor gets very busy in summer. A large beach starts from the port and extends for long, while many other lovely beaches are found in the surrounding region.
Why Nafpaktos: Picturesque, calm and relaxing, family destination, nice beach.
Highlights: Venetian Castle, Statue of Cervantes, town beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 1 night. Car is recommended. Trip can be continued to Mesolongi and Western Greece.
Where is Nafpaktos: Nafpaktos is a small town located in the Western Greek Mainland and more specifically in the regional unit of Aitoloacarnania of the region of Sterea.
How to get there: Buses link Nafpaktos with many locations in Sterea and Peloponnese. From Athens, you can take the bus from Kifissos Bus Station and reach Nafpaktos via Rion - Antirion cable bridge within a 3-hour trip.

Arachova (Sterea)

Arachova

Sterea

2.5hrs from Athens

A mountainous town in close distance to Delphi and only three hours drive from Athens, Arachova is the most popular winter destination in Greece. It gets so busy for the lively nightlife and the three ski centres of Mount Parnassus. In Arachova, there are many luxurious accommodation and wooden chalets for your stay.
Why Arachova: Winter destination, ski resort, traditional villages, mountainous, forest, nature, hiking, outdoors activities.
Highlights: Beautiful village, skiing in Mount Parnassus, visit the Archaeological site of Delphi.
Tips: Suggested stays: 1 night, car is strongly recommended.
Where is Arachova: Arachova is a village located in Mainland Greece in the regional unit of Boeotia in the region of Sterea.
How to get there: Arachova is 160 km away from Athens and is easily reached by car or bus. Buses depart almost everyday from Liossion bus station in Athens.

Anafi (Cyclades)

Anafi island

Cyclades

Anafi is a tiny island very close to Santorini. It stands out for the barren landscape and the secluded beaches. Its only village is located among rocky cliffs, beaches are accessible mostly on foot and small chapels are scattered along the landscape. Tourism on Anafi is not at all developed but visitors will find the basic amenities for a comfortable and relaxing stay.
Why Anafi: Small remote island, unspoiled by tourism, (free) camping destination, calm and easy going, beautiful beaches, alternative, hippy style, hiking.
Highlights: Kalamiotissa Monastery & Kalamos rock, Kleisidi beach, Roukouna beach, Chora.
Tips: Suggested days: 2 nights, car rent is optional.
Where is Anafi: Anafi belongs to the Cyclades islands group and it is accessible from Athens and Santorini.
How to get there: Only accessible fy ferry. Ferries from Athens (Piraeus) and Santorini to Anafi are available a few days a week.

Kea (Cyclades)

Kea island

Cyclades

A beautiful island only one hour from the port of Lavrion near Athens, Kea (or Tzia) is a secret gem, still undiscovered by foreign visitors. This island stands for its traditional vibes and the barren scenery. Although it gets frequented by Athenians in summer weekends, the rest of the year is far quiter than other Cyclades islands. Explore the clean beaches, the nice villages and the hidden natural treasures. Ideal for relaxing and privacy all year round.
Why Kea: Family destination, small island, calm and easy-going, hiking.
Highlights: Stone lion, Monastery of Panagia Kastriani, Ancient Karthea, Koundouros beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 2 nights, car rental is recommended, ideal island hopping to Kythnos island.
Where is Kea: Kea belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is very close to Athens.
How to get there: There are ferries from Athens (Lavrio) everyday and the route takes 1 hour.

Kimolos (Cyclades)

Kimolos island

Cyclades

Tiny and beautiful, the island of Kimolos is only 30 minutes ferry ride from Milos. Although it is very close to a tourist Greek island, Kimolos has kept its quiet and traditional character. The most popular areas on Kimolos are the port and the village, however if you do some trekking on the island, you will find more picturesque and remote places. Most beaches of Kimolos are accessible on foot and have amazing water.
Why Kimolos: Small remote island, calm and easy-going, alternative, hippy style.
Highlights: Prasa beach, Boat tour to Polyaigos, Skiadi.
Tips: Suggested stays: 2 nights, no car needed, ideal island hopping from Milos.
Where is Kimolos: Kimolos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is accessible from Milos and Athens.
How to get there: There are only direct ferries from Athens (Lavrio) to Kimolos every Friday. The most common way to approach Kimolos is through Milos. Small boats from Milos to Kimolos connect the two islands.There are ferries from Athens to Milos everyday.

Donoussa (Cyclades)

Donoussa island

Cyclades

Donoussa is a tiny island located in the centre of the Cyclades island, to the east of Naxos. Although Donoussa was inhabited in the ancient times, it was gradually abandoned due to raids of pirates in the Middle Ages. When piracy in the Aegean Sea was confronted, residents from neighbouring Amorgos island settled on Donoussa. Now it is one of the remotest islands in Greece, where you can enjoy real traditional life and secluded beaches.
Why Donoussa: Small remote island, unspoiled by tourism, calm and easygoing, alternative, hippy lifestyle, free camping destination.
Highlights: Kendros beach, Boat tour to the caves.
Tips: Suggested stays: 2 nights, Car is not necessary, Ideal island hopping to Amorgos, Koufonisia, Naxos.
Where is Donoussa: Donoussa belongs to the Cyclades islands group and more especially to the "Small Cyclades group". It is easily accessible from Athens.
How to get there: There are ferries from Athens (Piraeus) to Donoussa few days a week.

Meganisi (Ionian)

Meganisi island

Ionian

Meganisi is a small island just opposite Lefkada, accessible by boat from Nidri. Although it does not have the impressive landscapes of Lefkada, Meganisi is a lovely island for few relaxing days. The beaches are actually small coves with blue green water, reflection from the green nature of the island. The pace of life is calm and traditional.
Why Meganisi: Small, calm, remote island, beautiful beaches, lush vegetation.
Highlights: Vathy village, Megalo Limonari, Spartochori, Fanari beach, sea cave.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night. Car is not needed.
Where is Meganisi: Meganisi belongs to the Ionian islands and is near Lefkada.
How to get there: You can reach Meganisi by ferry from Lefkada (Nydri). There are frequent ferry connections.

Zagorochoria (Epirus)

Zagorochoria

Epirus

Nature is blooming all year round in Zagorochoria, a mountainous region on the northwestern side of Greece, just between Ioannina and the Greek-Albanian borders. With the amazing nature and the picturesque villages, Zagorochoria makes a perfect autumn and winter destination. Worth to see is the Gorge of Vikos, the second deepest gorge in the world, after the Grand Canyon.
Why Zagorochoria: Lush Nature, picturesque villages, mountainous, all year round destination, architecture, history, tradition, amazing views, gastronomy, hiking, cycling, rafting, canoe kayak, outdoors activities.
Highlights: Vikos Gorge, Papigo village, Rocks pool, Voidomatis river, Sarakatsani Shepfold Museum, Plakida bridge, Monodendri village.
Tips: Suggested stays: 4 nights. Car is strongly recommended.
Where is Zagorochoria: Zagorochoria is a region consisted of different villages located in Epirus, in the Northwestern mainland of Greece.
How to get there: You can reach Zagorochoria by car or bus.The central bus station of the region is located in Ioannina. All buses with direction to Zagoria villages depart from that point. Therefore, you have to reach Ioannina first and then take another bus.
If you want to reach Ioannina by bus from Athens, you have to take the KTEL bus from Kifissos bus station. You can also reach Ioannina National Airport by plane and then you can rent a car or take a bus to Zagorochoria.

Ermioni (Peloponnese)

Ermioni

Peloponnese

3hrs from Athens

Located on the north eastern side of Peloponnese, Ermioni is mostly frequented by Greek tourists. This small seaside town has a lovely beach promenade and many secluded beaches to enjoy a day under the hot sun. It is regularly used as a base for daily excursions in this part of Peloponnese. Just opposite the bay is the island of Hydra, that can be reached by hydrofoil from Ermioni.
Why Ermioni: Quaint, Tranquil, Picturesque, Family destination, calm and easygoing.
Highlights: Town of Ermioni.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night. Car is optional.
Where is Ermioni: Epidaurus is in Eastern Peloponnese, in the region of Argolis.
How to get there: You can reach Ermioni by ferry from Athens (Piraeus), car or bus.

Kalavryta (Peloponnese)

Kalavryta

Peloponnese

2.5hrs from Athens

Located on the northern side of Greece, the mountainous town of Kalavryta is visited mostly by Greek tourists. Due to its beautiful nature and the ski centre, Kalavryta is an autumn and winter destination. Interesting sights to see in the region are the Monastery of Mega Spileo, the Monastery of Agia Lavra and the Cave of the Lakes. A hike around Kalavryta will also bring you to traditional villages and spots with great view.
Why Kalavryta: Autumn- Winter destination, Ski, Snowboard, Mountainous, Lush Nature, History, Traditional village, Architecture, Hiking.
Highlights: Monastery of Agia Lavra, Skiing in Helmos, Mega Spilaio Monastery, ride with Cog train.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night. Car is recommended.
Where is Kalavryta: Kalavryta is in Peloponnese, in the region of Achaea.
How to get there: You can reach Kalavrita by car or bus. From Athens, you take the bus from Kifissos bus station to Aigio and then make a bus connection to Kalavryta. There are also buses from Patra. The nearest airports are in Athens and in Patra.

Sikinos (Cyclades)

Sikinos island

Cyclades

Sikinos is a pure Cycladic island located between Ios and Folegandros. Its capital, Chora, is one of the most traditional Cycladic settlements and the island is surrounded by nice beaches. Some of them are organized, while others are perfect for complete isolation. Apart from the port beach, the other beaches in Sikinos are accessible on foot or by boat. The only sightseeing on the island is the Byzantine Monastery of Episkopi.
Why Sikinos: Small remote island, away from mass tourism, hiking, calm, easy-going and low profile style.
Highlights: Chora village, Episkopi Monastery, Panagia Pantochara.
Tips: Suggested stays: 2 nights, no car needed, island hopping to: Santorini, Folegandros, Ios.
Where is Sikinos: Sikinos belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is in a relatively small distance from Athens.
How to get there: There are few ferries per week from Athens (Piraeus & Lavrio ports).

Schinoussa (Cyclades)

Schinoussa island

Cyclades

Schinoussa is a tiny island located to the south of Naxos and very close to Ios and Amorgos. Schinoussa has only a few inhabitants and paces of life there are slow and traditional. The wild landscape, the isolate beaches, the hospitality of the locals and the true Cycladic style amazes visitors. This is a great island to enjoy pure privacy.
Why Schinoussa: Small remote island, gastronomy, away from mass tourism, calm and easy going, alternative style.
Highlights: Psili Ammos beach, Chora.
Tips: Suggested stays: 2 nights, No car needed, ideal island hopping to: Naxos, Amorgos, Koufonisia.
Where is Schinoussa: Schinoussa belongs to the Cyclades islands group and more especially to the Small Cyclades islands group.
How to get there: There are ferries from Athens (Piraeus) to Schinoussa few days a week. There is a daily ferry from Naxos island.

Agistri (Saronic)

Agistri island

Saronic

A small island in close distance to Athens and Aegina , Agistri island attracts visitors with the calm ambience and the crystal beaches. Skala is the most popular resort of Agistri, while a tour around the island will bring you to many nice coves with blue green water. Few of these coves are naturist places. The evenings in Agistri are romantic and great for walking under the moonlight.
Why Agistri: Small island, proximity to Athens, quaint, nice tavernas, short getaway.
Highlights: Chalikiada beach, Aponissos beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 1 night, no car needed, ideal Island hopping to: Aegina.
Where is Agistri: Agistri belongs to the Saronic islands group and is in short distance from Athens.
How to get there: There are frequent ferries from Athens (Piraeus) everyday.

Nisyros (Dodecanese)

Nisyros island

Dodecanese

Nisyros is a beautiful little island, which belongs to the Dodecanese island chain. Still untouched by mass tourism, Nisyros is one of those peaceful and laid-back islands. It has emerged as a great alternative destination.
Why Lipsi: Calm and relaxing, amazing scenery, volcano, picturesque villages, hiking.
Highlights: Mandraki village, Volcano, Nikia village, Lies beach, Paleokastro.
Tips: Suggested stays: 3 nights. Car is recommended. Ideal island hopping to Kos, Tilos, Rhodes.
Where is Nisyros: Nisyros belongs to the Dodecanese islands group.
How to get there: Nisyros is connected to Athens (Piraeus) by ferry twice a week but since the trip is very long, many travellers find it better to travel by plane to the International Airport of Kos and then, take a ferry from Kos to Nisyros.

Fourni (Eastern Aegean)

Fourni island

Eastern Aegean

Fourni is a complex of islands located between Samos and Ikaria. Almost hidden from the rest of the islands and far from the port of Piraeus, Fourni is the ideal destination for backpackers, couples seeking for isolation and families who want to escape the noisy crowd of the city center. Most activity is concentrated in the Town and many beaches can be accessible on foot.
Why Fourni: Small remote island, calm and relaxing, beautiful scenery, picturesque, clear blue waters.
Highlights: Kassidi beach, Ancient quarry, Psili Ammos beach, Main village, Acropolis.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night. Car is not needed. Ideal Island hopping to: Ikaria.
Where is Fourni: Fourni belongs to the Eastern Aegean islands group and is located near Ikaria.
How to get there: There is a ferry connection with Athens (Piraeus) 3 times a week. There are also ferry connections with Ikaria and Samos.

Iraklia (Cyclades)

Iraklia island

Cyclades

Geographically located between Naxos and Ios, Iraklia is a small island that remains untouched by mass tourism. There, you can enjoy some truly relaxing vacations, away from large crowds and noisy spots. Tourism on Iraklia is not developed a lot, except for the basic amenities. Beaches are isolate, villages are traditional and people are welcoming. In Iraklia, visitors will find the purest aspect of traditional Greek life.
Why Iraklia: Small remote island, free camping destination, calm and easy going, nice beaches, alternative, hippy lifestyle, hiking
Highlights: Cave of Saint John, Livadi beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 2 nights, Not car needed, ideal island hopping to: Naxos, Amorgos, Koufonisia.
Where is Iraklia: Iraklia belongs to the Cyclades islands group and is accessible from Athens (Piraeus) but also from Naxos.
How to get there: There are ferries from Athens (Piraeus) to Iraklia few days a week and a daily ferry from Naxos island.

Halki (Dodecanese)

Halki island

Dodecanese

A tiny island close to Rhodes, Halki distinguishes for its traditional architecture, the lovely waterfront and the secluded beaches. In the centre of the island, there is an abandoned village with a strong castle on the hilltop. This village and many beaches around Halki can be reached on foot. Distances are short and this makes Halki is a great place for hiking.
Why Halki: Small remote island, calm and relaxing, beautiful scenery, architecture, picturesque, clear blue waters.
Highlights: Nimporio, Medieval castle, Potamos beach.
Tips: Suggested stays: 1 night. Car is not needed. Ideal island hopping to Rhodes.
Where is Halki: Halki belongs to the Dodecanese islands and is located near Rhodes.
How to get there: Halki is connected to Athens (Piraeus) by ferry, few times a week. The trip from Athens to Halki is very long (20 hours), so many travelers chose to travel to Halki through Rhodes. Rhodes has also an International Airport, so you can reach Rhodes either by plane or by ferry and continue your trip to Halki by ferry.

Tilos (Dodecanese)

Tilos island

Dodecanese

Tilos is a small, remote island of Dodecanese, located between Nisyros and Rhodes. Its small villages and secluded beaches attract tourists that are looking for an alternative destination. Tourism is not much developed on the island, except for the necessary facilities. Nightlife is little on Tilos, as there is only one bar that opens in summer in the abandoned village of Mikro Chorio.
Why Tilos: A small remote island, calm and relaxing, beautiful scenery, quaint, clear blue waters.
Highlights: Ghost village, Livadia beach, Megalo Chorio, Eristos beach.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night. Car is not needed. Ideal island hopping to Rhodes, Kos, Simi.
Where is Tilos: Tilos belongs to the Dodecanese islands group and is located near Rhodes.
How to get there: Tilos is connected to Athens (Piraeus) by ferry, few times a week. The trip from Athens to Tilos is very long (17 hours), so many travelers chose to travel by plane or ferry to Rhodes or Kos and continue the trip to Tilos by ferry. Rhodes and Kos have International Airports.

Lipsi (Dodecanese)

Lipsi island

Dodecanese

Lipsi is a beautiful island of the Dodecanese island group, located between Patmos and Leros. Thanks to its small size, lack of mass tourism and long distance from Athens, Lipsi is one of those Greek islands that has emerged as a peaceful destination for relaxing holidays away from the hustle and the bustle.
Why Lipsi: Small remote island, calm and relaxing, beautiful scenery, quaint, clear blue waters, amazing beaches.
Highlights: Platis Gialos beach, Katsadia beach, boat tour to Surrounding islands (Aspronisi, Marathi, Arkoi), Eat seafood at Dilaila restaurant in Katsadia Beach.
Tips: Suggested stay: 2 night. Car is optional.
Where is Lipsi: Lipsi belongs to the Dodecanese islands group.
How to get there: Lipsi is connected to Athens (Piraeus) by ferry, few times a week. There are also ferry connections to Patmos, Leros, Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos.

Mesolongi (Sterea)

Mesolongi

Sterea

3.5hrs from Athens

A small town in western Greece, Mesolongi spreads around a large sea lake. Actually, this sea lake provide the main economical sources of the inhabitants, through fishing and producing fish roe. Tourism in Mesolongi is not much developed but it constitutes a nice break on your traveling around the country.
Why Delphi: Nature, calm and relaxing, beautiful scenery.
Highlights: Sea lake, Tourlida islet, Garden of Heroes, Kostis Palamas Museum.
Tips: Suggested stays: 1 night. Car is recommended. Trip can be continued to Nafpaktos and Western Greece.
Where is Mesolongi: Mesolongi is a small town located in the Western Greek Mainland and more specifically in the regional unit of Aitoloacarnania of the Region of Sterea.
How to get there: Buses link Mesolongi with many locations in Sterea and Peloponnese. From Athens, you can reach Mesolongi by bus from Kifissos Bus Station or by private car. On your way from Athens, you will pass through the amazing cable bridge of Rion-Antirion.

Patra (Peloponnese)

Patra

Peloponnese

3hrs from Athens

3.5hrs from Athens

The third largest town of Greece, Patra is geographically located on the northern side of Peloponnese. Although it is a busy town with interesting places to visit in the surrounding region, Patra is mostly famous as a gateway to Europe. Daily ferries from Italy arrive in the port of Patra, serving thousands of visitors from European countries. Many ferries to the Ionian islands also depart from Patra.
Why Patra: Architecture, History, Lively city, Museums, Nightlife, Culture, Amazing Gastronomy, Festivals.
Highlights: Medieval Castle, Church of St Andrew, Roman Odeon, Beach Promenade.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night.
Where is Patra: Patra is in Peloponnese, in the region of Achaea.
How to get there: You can reach Patra by car or bus. Frequent buses from Athens (Kifissos bus station). Also, since Patra is a big Port, there are ferry connections to Italy (Bary, Brindisi, Ancona, Venice and Trieste) as well as to some Ionian islands (Ithaka and Kefalonia). Last but not least, Patra has a International Airport 40 km away from the city center.

Sparti (Peloponnese)

Sparti

Peloponnese

3.5hrs from Athens

In the ancient times, Sparti was the most powerful city-state of Greece, along with Athens. It had developed a strong military power and a strict society formation. The modern town of Sparti is among the few Greek towns that have been constructed according to an urban plan, presenting little tourist interest. The remains of the ancient town lay in close distance to the modern town.
Why Sparti: History, Museums.
Highlights: Archaeological museum, Trip to Mystras.
Tips: Suggested stay: Day visit. Car is recommended. You can also continue your trip to Monemvasia, Gythio and Elafonissos or Mani (Limeni, Areopoli, Gerolimenas, Oitilo).
Where is Sparti: Sparti is in Peloponnese, in the region of Lakonia.
How to get there: You can reach Sparti by car or bus from Athens. There are frequent buses from Kifissos bus station. There are also frequent bus connections from Kalamata. The closest Airports to Sparti are in Kalamata and Athens.

Mathraki (Ionian)

Mathraki island

Ionian

A tiny island on the northern side of Corfu, Mathraki is almost isolate even in high season. Due to its remote distance and the small size, Mathraki has not developed in tourism. It is mostly visited as a day trip from Corfu or by people looking for totally private vacations. There is very rare transport to get around Mathraki and distances are covered on foot, which makes it a nice place for hiking.
Why Mathraki: Small, calm, remote island, beautiful beaches, lush vegetation.
Highlights: Chorio village, Portello beach, Kontrakas beach.
Tips: Suggested stay: 1 night. Car is not needed.
Where is Mathraki: Mathraki belongs to the Ionian islands and is near Corfu.
How to get there: You can get to Mathraki by a local ferry from Corfu that operates 3 times per week.

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