Greece has stunning islands (around 6000 to be precise), and choosing which one to visit can be a bewildering process. So, let us help. We’ve whittled our recommendations down to our top five.

Zakynthos

The island of Zakynthos, with its crystal clear aquamarine waters, rugged underwater topography and abundance of sea life, boasts some of the best snorkeling and diving locations in Greece. Most of the diving shops are located on the south of the island, around the towns of Laganas, Keri and Marathias. Some of the best dive sites include Lakka, the Keri Caves and Marathia.

Mykonos

If it’s a party you’re after, look no further than Mykonos. Famed the world over for its hedonism and feel good vibes, this is where you’ll find a practically infinite number of bars, clubs and energetic restaurants, and live music everywhere you look. The main party spots are Paradise Beach and… um… Super Paradise Beach (inventive!). Have fun.

Crete

For the more studious among you, maybe consider Crete. This large island is rich with culture and history, and boasts some of the most interesting sights in the Mediterranean. A highlight is the Minoan Palace of Knossos, an archaeological site dating back to the Bronze Age, when the palace was the beating heart of the ancient Minoan civilization.

Kefalonia

Ah, Kefalonia, you absolute beauty. Also spelled Cephalonia, this idyllic Ionian island enjoys some of the loveliest beaches in Greece. The most famous of the lot is Myrtos Beach – a crescent of powdery white sand lapped by warm turquoise water, and surrounded on all sides by majestic cliffs. Other unmissables include Antisamos Beach, Skala Beach, Petani Beach and Xi Beach.

Santorini

Santorini is one of the most romantic islands in the world. Famed for its blue-domed churches, linen-white buildings and black sand beaches (this island is actually a volcano!), Santorini will take your breath and steal your heart. Eruptions of Santorini volcano, which created the Greek island of the same name, are linked to drops in sea level. The volcano that created the island of Santorini, a popular tourist destination in Greece, tends to erupt when the sea level drops substantially, according to data from the past 360,000 years.


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