With its plethora of islands - over 227?! - Greece isn’t exactly lacking on the archipelago front, and because of that were struggling to decide which one(s) we’d like to relax and explore next summer. I’ve only ever been to Corfu, and that was only for one night before we took the ferry over the Ionian Sea to Albania, so my personal knowledge of the Greek islands is severely lacking.
Was wondering if anyone can offer some recommendations, please.
Ideally we’d like somewhere not too touristy. So not Mykonos. Somewhere with quiet, picturesque villages, nice hikes, beautiful beaches etc. A compact island that’s easy to travel round, either by public transport or by foot. So not Crete.
We know where we don’t want to go but we don’t know where we do…
Never been, but I know someone who goes to Milos at every opportunity, so that one is probably nice. Think it’s where they found the Venus de Milo, which makes sense really doesn’t it now I think about it
I’ve been to Santorini twice (once with family, once with my wife) and loved it both times. We had a car so can’t vouch for how easy it is to get about with public transport, but we could get to the other end of the island and back in a day.
It is maybe a bit touristy but not to any degree that we found a problem. But maybe we are a bit touristy.
Plenty to do, you can hop on a boat to the caldera, they’ve got vineyards you can visit, and I think there was a Roman archeological site/museum too unless I’m getting my islands confused. And other bits and pieces to check out around the island. Enough activities to fill a week up anyway, and lots of nice restaurants etc
We stayed in Oia in this hotel/apartments both times, hosts were lovely and it was in a good spot
The only Greek island I’ve been to is Symi. It’s tiny but lovely. I know someone who has been going for years so went on his recommendation. There’s not an awful lot to see there but it’s very peaceful. It’s basically one big rock so there’s plenty of hiking to be done. There’s a monastery there that you can visit and if you’re into boats there’s boat stuff you can do. We mostly just got a taxi boat to the beach and ate and drank.
Kefalonia is nice. I’m mainly dropping in to inform any at-it Brits that the emphasis is on the final A in Kefalonia, not the O.
I’ve been to enough of the islands that I mostly can’t remember one from another. Lesbos was my favourite but it was a long time ago that I went and it may be very different now that it’s full of refugee camps.