Seven Must-visit Greek Islands
By Chrissa Krassa
Greece is as famous for its many beautiful islands as it is for its rich history and culture, its phenomenal food and wine, and its many fine luxury hotels and resorts.
To help you get the best of your next visit to this beautiful European nation, be sure to read LuxuryGreece.com’s list of the top seven must-visit Greek Islands.
One of the most beautiful islands in Greece, Crete is also one of the country’s best-known tourist destinations. The island of Crete is unique not only for its beautiful beaches, but for its impressive mountainous scenery and villages, too. The island is also famous for its tasty local cuisine and its nightlife, as well as its many fine luxury hotels. To fully appreciate the special beauty of Crete, you should definitely plan on visiting it.
Rhodes, a beautiful island in the Aegean Sea, has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Mediterranean for many years. This beautiful destination offers many unforgettable experiences, including getting to know the magnificent Medieval City of Rhodes. You can also swim at any number of fantastic beaches, or take in such wonderful attractions as visiting the Acropolis of Lindos. Finally, don’t miss the chance to enjoy tasting the many delicious local traditional food.
One of the most beautiful Greek Islands, Thassos is located in the Aegean Sea in northern Greece. The island is extremely fertile, lush, and full of greenery, which truly gives it a special identity. The island has many beautiful, clean beaches, too, which are popular amongst tourists. If you love tasty food, you will definitely enjoy the local cuisine, including its local produce and fresh caught fish. Apart from the sea, in Thassos, if you are a nature lover, you will find many excellent trails and paths to explore. Finally, be sure to visit the Archaeological Museum of Thassos for a great overview of this wonderful island’s rich history.
One of the most attractive islands in Greece, Kefalonia – the sixth largest of the country’s many islands – belongs to the Ionian Island chain. This beautiful and colourful island is famous for its wonderful beaches overlooking the Ionian Sea, and during the summer months is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region. The capital of the island, Argostoli, is an extremely picturesque town, while the town of Lixouri also deserves a visit. A unique attraction of the island is the incredible Melissani Lagoon.
Lefkada is one of the most popular Greek islands to visit – and is also one of the easiest to get to. It is located in the Ionian Sea and, along with Evia, is one of only two islands in the country that can be reached without having to take a boat or ferry – it’s instead connected by a bridge to the region of Aitoloakarnania. Lefkada also boasts fantastic beaches, as well as delicious local cuisine.
The beautiful island of Paros is undoubtedly one of the best tourist spots in the Aegean Sea. It’s a popular vacation destination not just for its excellent beaches, but also its small picturesque towns such as Naoussa and Parikia, which are guaranteed to delight you. The local gastronomy of Paros is also excellent and worth exploring, and the island has many world-class accommodation options, including a number of fine luxury hotels and resorts. You should not miss a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Paros with its many wonderful artefacts and exhibits.
Finally, be sure to add visiting the island of Chios to your Greek Island bucket list. Located in the Aegean Sea, Chios has its own unique color and flavor. Here you’ll find beautiful mountains, wonderful beaches, and magnificent cuisine. It’s also where you’ll find the famous historical Mastichochoria region, the only place in the world where they produce Mastiha, a product made from the sap of a rare island tree which is used to produce such things as liqueur, sweets, and cosmetics. A special area of the island is Kampos, which will excite you with its impressive mansions and its unique architecture.
Chrissa Krassa has been involved in the tourism sector since 2000 as the Director of the Philoxenia Tourism Exhibition. She is co-founder of Top Tourism, a non-profit company promoting Greek tourism and culture. She is also ambassador for Greece to the World Food Travel Association.