These Are the 5 Best Greek Islands to Visit and What to Do on Each
Nothing compares to a dreamy vacation spent in Greece. Between the white-washed buildings, crystal-clear waters, Mediterranean food, and endless sunshine, it really is a little slice of heaven on earth. And since Instagram seems to always be flooded with breathtaking Grecian content, you're probably itching to plan a trip to any of the country's beautiful islands (or a return trip if you've already been!). With over 200 to choose from, narrowing down your options can be tricky. So we're breaking down five of the best Greek islands to visit and all of the things you absolutely cannot miss when you get there.
For bohemian spirits and couples seeking a romantic getaway, Folegandros is the place to be. While it may be tiny, it makes up for its size with an abundance of striking sights. The small island has a stunning landscape, emerald-green waters, untouched beaches, and one of Greece's most gorgeous white-washed towns, nestled atop a cliff. Honeymooners and wellness-lovers will want to grab a room at Anemi Hotel (also home to the island's first and only yoga studio) for sweeping views of the sea and local experiences.
While the dramatic coastline of this island makes it a standout, Milos still remains relatively untouched by many travelers. To make the most of this Cycladic gem, rent a four-wheeler and explore as many of the breathtaking beaches as possible (there are over 70!). Beyond the cliffside views and aquamarine swimming holes, there are ancient castle ruins, charming fishing villages, and adorable harbor-side towns. Whatever you do, make sure you catch a sunset from Plaka's Venetian castle and live like a local at the family-run, picture-perfect Milis Houses.
There's a lot more to Naxos besides it being the largest island in the Cyclades, from enchanting mountaintop villages and endless sandy beaches to its charming port town, delicious Naxian cheeses, and locally made citron liquor. The beautiful windsurfing beach of Mikri Villa and sparkling Kastraki are two of the many sandy beaches that won't disappoint. Insider tip: stay at Phoenicia Naxos for unmatched views of neighboring Paros, impeccable hospitality, and homemade breakfast every morning.
Tinos is a tranquil escape that's ideal for those wanting to experience authentic Greece. With more than 50 tiny villages sprinkled across the island, thyme fields, vineyards, and laid-back beach bars, it's one of the country's best-kept secrets. Unlike nearby Mykonos, you won't find a plethora of visitors taking over the perfect waves and local tavernas. Whether traveling with a big group or just a few, we suggest staying at the stylish and peaceful Diles & Rinies.
Possibly the most popular island in all of Greece, Santorini is known for its black sand beaches, bright blue domes, and stunning caldera views. To experience all that it has to offer, step outside of the overly Instagrammed areas of Fira and Oia for cliff-jumping in Ammoudi Bay, Kamari's black sand beach, and the pristine village of Pyrgos. Beat the sunset crowds and watch the sun go down over the Aegean Sea from your very own private balcony at Santo Maris Luxury Suites & Spa — a quick seven-minute walk from the center of all the action.