Five Enchanting Greek Islands That Will Take Your Breath Away

Discover some of the most beautiful island resorts in the world

Greece, a land of ancient myths and philosophy is the cradle of Western civilization, but also a home to more than two thousand islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian seas. With 3,676 kilometres, Greece has the longest coastline in the Mediterranean Basin.

We will explore some of the most breathtaking Greek islands that you must visit.

Crete

Crete is the largest Greek island, as well as the fifth largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. The island of Crete lies in the southernmost part of the Aegean Sea. It has a distinct climate, culture and history, owing to its unique position, separated from mainland Greece.

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Heraklion, the capital of Crete and the site of an imposing Koules Fortress, built by the Venetians in the 16th century.

A birthplace of Europe’s oldest civilization, the Minoans, Crete has a 5000 years long history. Must see sites in Crete include the famous Knossos Palace, a large Bronze age archaeological site, once the center of the Minoan Civilization, Heraklion Archelogical Museum, and the massive 16th century Venetian fortress in Heraklion, the island’s capital and the fourth largest city in Greece.

Crete is also renowned for its black-sand beaches and also has many diving sites.

Lefkada

One of the three major Ionian Islands, Lefkada is located off the coast of Western Greece. The island is famous for its beaches, some of which are counted among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. If you are looking for a peaceful holiday, Lefkada is the perfect solution, as the island is mostly rural, with a rugged hilly interior and long sandy beaches.

Lefkada’s most beautiful beaches are located on the island’s Western coast. Be prepared for long hikes, since some of the beaches are reachable only by boat.

Skiathos

Part of the Northern Sporades island chain in the Aegean Sea, Skiathos is perhaps one of the lesser known Greek islands. It is relatively small, but has some of the most impressive beaches in Greece. The island has only 6000 inhabitants, but its many churches, parks and restaurants have everything necessary for an engaging holiday.

A picturesque capital of the island, and its typical Mediterranean architecture
A picturesque capital of the island, and its typical Mediterranean architecture

Skiathos has much to offer to those with an adventurous spirit. Lalaria beach with its white cliffs rising out of the pristine blue sea will leave you in awe. The beach is reachable only by boat from the island’s capital.

The island is covered in pine trees, making it an ideal location for nature tourism.

Mykonos

Along with Tynos, Syros, Paros and Naxos, Mykonos is a part of the Cyclades, an island group in the Southern Aegean.

Mykonos is one of the most popular tourist sites in Greece, and is widely known for its extremely rich nightlife. The island’s capital, Chora, has a traditional Greek ambient and architecture. One of the landmarks of the island are its windmills, located above Chora.

Cephalonia

The largest Ionian Island, Cephalonia will not leave you disappointed. The island is rugged and mountainous, while its coast is lined with secluded caves of stunning natural beauty. Cephalonia’s wild beaches, white limestone cliffs rising over the deep blue waters of the Ionian are a heaven for all those who want to spend an unforgettable vacation

Melissani Cave (Greek: Μελισσάνη) or Melissani Lake, also Melisani is a cave located on the island of Kefalonia, Greece.
Melissani Cave (Greek: Μελισσάνη) or Melissani Lake, also Melisani is a cave located on the island of Kefalonia, Greece.