Greece is a country that has a significant amount of territory, with much of this spread over hundreds of islands. You could easily spend months exploring this fascinating and historic area!
Some islands are famous for their beaches and natural features, while others have a significant nightlife scene or strong cultural traditions.
The islands can be grouped into broad clusters, and while many are inhabited, there are also plenty of smaller islands and outcroppings in the ocean that have no one living there at all. After traveling to many beautiful destinations in Greece, I created this guide of helpful tips for traveling to the Greek islands to help you plan your own trip!
Here’s a quick guide to some of the best Greek islands that offer visitors unique experiences!
The Best Beaches: Naxos and Paros
The Best Natural Beauty: Crete
The Best for Low-Key Luxury: Antiparos
The Most Charming: Hydra
The Most Romantic: Santorini
The Best for College-Aged Partying: Ios
The Best for 20 to 30-Something Partying: Mykonos
Check out more about my favorite picks my quick guide to the best Greek Islands to visit!
What to Expect in the Greek Islands
The Greek Islands offer a fairly laid-back culture and one where there is an emphasis on enjoying life and everything it has to offer. (You can expect plenty of good food and drink during your trip!)
Some islands have a much stronger tourist culture than others, so this can dictate how many people you are likely to encounter that speak English.
Many of the islands are volcanic in origin, which tends to give them quite distinctive and dramatic scenery. This is particularly seen in Santorini, which has stunning villages making it one of the most romantic destinations on the islands.