Greece is one of those countries that you will never get tired of visiting. With thousands of small islands and a magnificent mainland, it’s a place that gets better with every trip. That’s why a trip to some of the most beautiful islands in Greece is a must.
From stunning islands like Kefalonia, to larger (and gorgeous) islands like Crete – each has its own unique charm, mountains of delicious Greek food to eat and plenty of stunning beaches to dive into.
Take a look at 19 of the best and most beautiful islands in Greece that you should visit this year. You’ll love it!
Yes, I know… I’m probably starting with the most obvious Greek islands, but for good reason. I am convinced that Santorini is one of the most famous and possibly the most beautiful islands in Greece.
With its hilltop villages and stunning scenery, it is one of the unique Greek islands that has been largely shaped by volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. Legend has it that the island is actually the home of Atlantis, which was swallowed up by the sea thousands of years ago.
Either way, you’ll love it. Try some of the island’s delicious cuisine and explore some of the beautiful sites to see when you arrive.
Also, don’t forget to check out the incredible tours while in Santorini (see below). They have everything from vineyard tours to sunset cruises around one of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Also, they can all be canceled 24 hours in advance.
Mykonos is an amazing place, especially with all the little shoulders and quaint towns (which are also very picturesque).
Be sure to wander around the cobbled streets of Mykonos Town, take a tour of Delos Island and visit the monastery of Panagia Tourliani.
Oh yes, don’t forget to check out the island’s famous windmills too! They are beautiful at sunset.
For a tasty bite, head to M-Eating for some of their freshly caught sea bass. It is truly one of the most beautiful islands in Greece that you should explore.
You can see all the Mykonos tours below. Just don’t forget about a tour of the island of Delos (it’s nearby). It is very historical and worth a visit.
Located in the western part of Greece, Corfu is one of the big northern islands that you should definitely visit.
Now, it’s a common misconception that Corfu is all about package holidays and boozy boys’ nights out. For most of the island this could not be further from the truth. Yes, there are some areas that cater to the party crowd but the majority of the island is so gorgeous and an ideal place for our travelers to explore.
Be sure to visit the dramatic Cape Drastis, visit the Vlacherna Monastery and see the stunning Canal d’Amour.
Crete is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in Greece.
The best thing about Crete is that there is so much to see, which means you can easily fit in a week or two just on the island. Oh, go a month if you want!
While you’re exploring the island, head to Spinalonga Island to see the historic fort, take a boat to the isolated Greek village of Loutro, and cruise around the Balos Lagoon. You will get some epic views.
Rhodes was the first Greek island I visited… and what an identity it was. While you’re there, visit the village of Lindos, see the Acropolis and medieval sites of the old town.
For some tasty treats, check out Ta Kardasia if you’re looking for some authentic Greek food . They make the best moussaka in all of Rhodes.
Part of the Cyclades island group, Amorgos is one of those islands that is a little off-the-beaten-track, especially compared to places like Santorini.
The best thing about Amorgos is that you can spend your trip literally ‘island time’, chilling, eating fresh seafood that arrives every morning and seeing amazing sites like; Hozoviotisa, monastery on the cliffs.
For the best appaki chicken, head to Chora and Transistoraki’s restaurant . Just make sure to arrive early or be prepared to wait for a table. This place is busy with locals and visitors.
Located in the Ionian Sea, Zakynthos is an amazing island to visit. With places like Navagio Beach, Blue Caves and Porto Limonesa, you’ll be spoiled for choice of places to explore.
Of course, most of us travelers to the island will definitely want to check out Navagio Beach, which means a lot of boat trips to get to the beach.
The water is truly amazingly blue and you will get some of the best views you could wish for. As a popular spot, expect it to get a bit crowded but it’s a must-see while you’re on the island.
Don’t forget to visit the nearby island of Marathonisi and see the turtle hatchlings too.
Another beautiful place in the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia is one of the beautiful islands in Greece that you should definitely visit.
Be sure to visit the historic hilltop capital of Argostoli, explore the amazing Melissani Caves and also visit Myrtos Beach.
Although you are not allowed to swim in Melissani Cave, you can take a boat tour of this amazing place.
It has to be believed.
Lefkada is one of the handful of beautiful islands in Greece that can be reached by road from the mainland. Located just off the coast and connected by bridges and causeways, this is a truly special island to visit after exploring the magnificent sights of mainland Greece. You will find it a bit quieter (with visitors) than many other Greek islands.
Spend your days with a well-earned dive at Porto Katsiki and enjoy all the food at Basilico Restaurant (in Nidri) which makes the best-grilled calamari.
Located in the Aegean Sea, the island of Paros is 80 km north of Santorini. Spend some time in Naoussa’s old port, take a dip at Kolymbitres Beach and head to the pier at Markakis Restaurant (Piso Livadi).
You really won’t find a more authentic Greek taverna.
Andros is a mountainous and dramatic island that you will want to visit. A cluster of mountain ranges and rugged coastal villages, you’ll definitely find Andros a throwback to the past. For a beautiful, sandy beach, head to Agios Petros. On the other hand, if you are looking to explore some historical sites, visit the Monastery of Panachrantos.
Also, if you want to feed your inner explorer spirit – head to the dramatic Cave Foros. This is really amazing.
Close to Crete, Milos is a stunning little volcanic island that really reminds me of Santorini – especially with the dramatic coves and cliffs.
One of my favorite spots, especially for a little cooler time, is Phiropotamos. It is a great place for diving.
For dinner with a view, head to Medusa Restaurant for their fresh seafood. You will not be disappointed.
Antipaxos is a small island with only 20 people living on it, so expect a warm welcome! The easiest way to get to Antipaxos is a very easy ride from the island of Paxos itself (which is about 2 km away) as long as you can hire a boat.
Now, this island is really small, so you might want to consider visiting for a day trip, especially during the summer months when the beaches and scenery are too good to miss.
Syros is a popular little island for city dwellers in Athens for a short break, and it’s easy to see why. It is a magnificent island to explore. Wander around the narrow streets of Hermopolis, see the beautiful Apollo Theater and head to Allo Yialou for some typical island food.
Inouses Island is only 3 km from mainland Turkey and is small compared to islands like Crete, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting. The island is absolutely beautiful! You can also hire a boat and skipper and visit Pasas for a day trip.
Just make sure to take plenty of supplies like water and grub. It’s great for a little escape.