The Greek islands offer a magnificent amount of choice for the sun seeking holiday maker. From stunning beaches, quite local tavernas through to world famous party resorts, there is something for everyone. There are actually over 6,000 islands and islets belonging to Greece, with only 78 of them having a population of over 100 people. The most popular islands sit in the Ionian and Aegean seas, with islands such as Corfu and Kos being popular with tourists from all over Europe. Smaller islands such as Paxos offer quiet and peaceful holidays whilst resorts such as Kavos and Faliraki attract some of the clubbing world’s biggest DJ’s.
One of the best things about holidaying on a Greek island is the variety you have available to you. Most of the islands feature a beautiful mix of scenery with mountains and hills to explore and walk through, just minutes from a sandy beach. If you fancy escaping the hustle and bustle of your resort, then within minutes you can be relaxing amongst jaw dropping scenery, miles from anyone.
Getting to the Greek Island of your choice is extremely easy. Direct flights to the larger islands can be purchased from the UK’s airports, and within three to four hours you could be enjoying the warm Mediterranean climate in your own piece of Greek paradise. Travelling around from island to island could not be easier, with many people choosing to take in more than one island per holiday. Ferries depart regularly from the major island’s ports, making getting to the smaller islands extremely easy and hassle free.
Greek Island Highlights
So which Island should you choose for your next holiday? With so many islands to pick from, finding the one that suits you best can be a challenge. To help you out, we’ve listed a few of the most popular islands and explained what each one has to offer.
Situated in the Ionian Sea, Corfu has earned itself the nickname ‘The Emerald Isle’ and has a large amount of destinations catering to every taste. From the relaxing north coast and towns like Acharavi, where you can pass the days chilling out on the beach with a backdrop of mountains behind you, to the world class party resort of Kavos on the southern tip of the island, whatever holiday you’re after the chances are that Corfu has something for you. To keep you and your family entertained, we’d recommend taking a trip to the top of Mount Pantokrator or exploring the venation architecture of the capital, Corfu Town.
Skiathos is one of the most popular Greek islands for families and features around 60 beaches, most of which are sandy and perfect for spending the day in the sun. Located in the Aegean Sea, Skiathos has plenty to keep you busy. The northern coastline is scattered with white cliffs and caves, perfect for exploring and finding a quiet little cove to relax away from the crowds. For an interesting day out, you should definitely put the small peninsular village of Bourtzi on the list. Lined with pine trees and venetian buildings, it’s the perfect place to explore and experience some of the local culture.
Kefalonia is another top destination in the Ionian sea, offering a wide range of chic hotels, villas and family resorts. Whilst being close to the neighboring Corfu, many holiday makers will tell you about Kefalonia’s unique feel and atmosphere. Kefalonia is also one of the best Islands to start your island hopping trip, with easy access to islands such as Ithaka, Lefkada, Scorpio and Meganissi. As far as attractions on the island go, the most popular include the Mycenaean tombs, Mount Ainos and The Melissani lake; a beautiful underground lake that can be explored via small rowing boats.