Greece has to be one of the best holiday destinations on the planet for everybody. Greek Island hopping is on the top of everyone’s bucket-list but with over 220 inhabited islands it can be quite overwhelming trying to work out which are the best Greek Islands to visit on your holiday.
Whether you are looking for the best Greek Island for couples or the best Greek Island for families, groups or solo, we’ve broken it down and listed some of our favourites to make it easier for you.
A bit about the Greek Islands
It’s important when planning a trip to the Greek Islands to understand a few fundamental things about them, particularly what groups the best greek islands for families are located in and where those groups are located in relation to each other. A lot of people set out planning very unrealistic itineraries hoping to island-hop between places that are actually hundreds of kilometres from each other and a logistical nightmare.
There are 6 main island groups and Crete as well as a stand alone destination. Crete itself is huge and is like visiting a country of its own so it deserves a decent length of stay. The Cyclades islands are the most photographed and visited and are home to Santorini and Mykonos as well as Paros, Milos, Naxos and many more beautiful white sugar-cube dotted islands.
The Dodecanese are to the East of the Cyclades and are very close to Turkey. The most populace and popular island is Rhodes with Kos, Patmos and Symi nearby. North of the Dodecanese are the Northern Aegean Islands which include Lesvos and Chios. The closest island group to Athens are the Saronic islands in the Saronic Gulf. They include Hydra and Spetses which are both car-free and are easily visited as day trips.
To the north-east of Athens are the Sporades islands including Skiathos and Skopelos and have been made very famous in recent years due to the movie Mama Mia.
Lastely the Ionian Islands are in the far west of Greece near Italy. They are very popular with families and include Corfu, Kefalonia and Zakynthos. Some of these island groups, such as the Ionian and Sporades do not connect to others by ferry and you would have to consider flights and/or driving in order to visit them all.