3 of the Best Destinations in the Greek Islands

The Greek Islands are a dream destination but if you count every craggy outcrop, as well as all of the larger inhabited isles, the number of Greek Islands totals roughly 1,400; a number that no one would ever feasibly be able to conquer in their travels. That’s why I’ve elected to take a bite size approach and so without further ado, here is a selection of 3 of the best destinations in the Greek Islands to help you narrow down which is the right one for you among the masses of choice...

Chania Crete

The largest and certainly one of the most beautiful Greek Islands, Crete, oozes appeal and can cater to all different tastes. All visitors here are united by their love of hot weather, gorgeous beaches and attractive landscapes. As the capital, Heraklion usually snags the attention of most visitors but I think Chania is a finer choice; as a port town, it makes a nicer base for a week long holiday with a charming atmosphere and rich examples of its Turkish and Venetian past.

With amazing beaches just a stone’s throw away, you can while away the days in a blissful haze of sun, sea and sand complimented by tasty Greek cuisine. If you fancy a day trip or two, choose from the selection of hire cars in Chania Airport and cruise through the likes of Topolia Gorge en route to Agia Sofia church, built within a cave and engulfed by impressive stalagmites and stalactites. You could also take a peek at the village of Kissamos where you can cool off on yet another stunning beach, Falasarna beach and watch a truly fantastic sunset.

MykonosMykonos

Island and capital share the same name when it comes to Mykonos. You’re probably familiar with the scenes of ‘Little Venice’ on the island, where alfresco dining meets the sea, while whitewashed buildings and traditional windmills give the island a classic Greek feel. The capital is laced with a labyrinth of cobbled streets which bustle with locals and holidaymakers alike throughout the summer with the many sights, sounds and smells to entice you.

There are a number of cultural attractions to delight you during the day including a visit to the local Maritime Museum and a wander down Matoyianni Street amongst plenty more. The town is often considered one of the prettiest across the network of islands and just stopping for a coffee and watching the world go by from outside from the cafes here makes for an afternoon well spent. Nearby, there is plenty to see and do as well as plenty of gorgeous beaches to laze upon, of course. Unless you really love people, consider travelling just outside the peak season instead, in say June or September to get the best from your visit.

Hora Skiathos

Also known as Skiathos Town, Hora is the capital of this midsized slice of heaven! Unlike the classic scenes of Santorini with its white washed buildings, Skiathos is a much lusher island favoured for its pine forests and red tiled roofs speckling the hillsides. The island as a whole is a great shout if you are looking for both beauty and plenty of hustle and bustle as it’s by far the most visited of the Sporades Islands.

Hora itself has so much going on that you can easily spend a good few days here without any fear of getting bored. The main street is the best place to descend upon during the evenings with endless bars, restaurants and clubs to ensure you are kept entertained. During the day the boundless beaches, more than 60 in fact, will soothe your souls (and perhaps your head!) as you sunbathe beneath the blissful Grecian sun. If you tend to get a little bored of the beach, don’t worry; why not take to exploring the cobbled streets of the town centre in search of some local souvenirs or tasty treats? Be sure to explore the medieval site of Kastro, perched high up on a cliff, which was the largest medieval town in Europe from the 12th – 19th century, until it was abandoned. With so much going on here and in the surrounding vicinity, Hora is definitely holiday worthy!

This is just a very brief introduction to the highlights of Greece; of course there are many others to choose from and many delights which extend beyond the main towns. What do you think are the best destinations in the Greek Islands? Share your highlights with us; which restaurants, secluded beaches and historic sites have you stumbled across and where?

Bio: This article was submitted by Kerri Ware, a keen traveller who plans to explore the world in between her days spent working for Economy Car Hire, a holiday car hire company based in the UK. Follow them on Google + for helpful holiday hints and inspiration.