Did you know that Greece has over 3,000 islands, out of which 227 are inhabited?
With that many unique islands, your challenge is choosing which ones to visit! For that reason, we want to make it a bit easier for you and picked our top five Greek islands you should discover during your first few months in Greece.
Just an hour from the port of Piraeus, Aegina is the island closest to Athens. On Aegina you will have Greece summarized, from ancient temples to beautiful Byzantine churches, a delightful port town, delicious local cuisine, and a swimming season that lasts until late autumn.
Hydra is another island not far from Athens (Piraeus Port). Depending on how fast your ferry is, it will take you only 1.5–3 hours to get to this piece of paradise.
This list would not be complete without Greece’s largest island (and the fifth largest island in the entire Mediterranean).
Despite the population of over 640,000 people and a few big cities, it still offers that island feel, especially if you visit some of the world’s most beautiful beaches located right on Crete.
Crete is worth visiting even if you aren’t looking for a typical sunny vacation. Stunning history, plenty of entertainment options, hiking trails, and divine Cretan cuisine make this island a fantastic spot for everyone to visit.
Plan at least a week for Crete!
We’re pretty sure this iconic image of Santorini is what first comes to mind when you think of Greece. That is because it’s been used as one of the symbols of Greece, with its pristine blue water, white architecture, and Greek Orthodox church.
Santorini is a volcanic island in the Cyclades group of Greek islands. It is famous for dramatic views, stunning sunsets from the town of Oia, a very unique sort of wine called assyrtiko, and naturally, its very own active volcano.
Very close to Athens, the island of Sifnos is just perfect for foodies. Mouthwatering local recipes such as slow-cooking stews, chickpea balls, and caper salad will make you never want to leave this island.
In addition to super yummy food, Sifnos will amaze you with breathtaking scenery, charming whitewashed houses, and glittering sandy beaches.
Which Greek island from our top five will you visit first?