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Which is the best Greek Island holiday destination (Greece)?
HI, which islands could we go to via ferry or hover from RHODES? really loved our 1 day visit to RHODES town from a cruise ship so fancy staying for a week in RHODES and visitng another island -how do i find out which ferries i can catch to where from RHODES?
also should we stay in Ixia, Lindos or rhodes town itself. we like nice restaurants, plenty going on (but not clubbers or young!), good bars and the chance to talk to local people
we stayed in AG NIk Crete a couple of years ago and really loved the balance of quality harbour bars and fun bars, cafes-we stayed a 20min walk from centre and seemed to have the best of both worlds-lovely hotel, walk to town past authentic restaurants where we met greek people running their businesses with pride and quality and plenty to watch/see and do in the centre of AG NIK -hubby wants to go same again but I want to see more of this wonderful part of the world!
Why has no one mentioned KALYMNOS. We have been going there for nearly 20 years now & I know others have been going for even longer. Known as the Sponge Divers Island. Tourism is very low key. The people are extremely friendly.
It is cheaper even than Kos. Has some spectacular views. Met a young couple on the way out this year who were Santorini fans. Spoke to them on the way home & they had loved their holiday in Kalymnos. Try it.
Help I am stuck where to go in greece would like nice beach and scenery and a lively nightlife but not lager louts. I am thinking of crete but don't know which resort is best. Also is Kardemena in Kos ok in September or will it be all lager louts or is there anywhere better suited to a lively 40 year old, with nice bars, restaurants and scenery? Please help
There is a terrific place on the southeastern coast of the Peloponnese named Monemvassia. Very nice beaches to visit in the village or some kilometers far like Elafonisos, Plytra, etc. Monemvassia is a magnificent still alive castle with tavernas, cafes, bars, small shops. I think very romantic and scenery and not too noise. It is easier if you rent a car from the airport in case you have many days of spending in Greece, because you will have the chance to go around visit many places of Pelloponnese, such as Sparta, Githion, Kalamata, Nafplion, etc. I suggest to give all these names in google and see photos. Each place has its own butty. Good Luck!
I have been to Rhodes, Kefalonia, Zante and I'm going to Crete tomorrow! Kefalonia and Zante are the smallest, Kefalonia is quite a bit nicer and more interesting with the mountains and the history and the remains of the earthquake in the 80's. Zante I can't remember to well as I was 7.... the only thing I remember about it was breaking my nose on the swimming pool steps! Rhodes is quite a bit bigger and busier however there is more to do and Lindos is amazing (go there later in the day otherwise it gets too hot!). There are many beaches and picturesque landscapes with a lot of nice bars and restaurants, I stayed in a villa in a village called Psinthos (
) and it was spectacular with the views as it was right on a hill. Also it was one of the only 2 villas in the village so as it had no hotels it had almost no tourists what so ever (apart from us and a german family) and you really experienced greek life, but somehow it had 7 restaurants! Only a 10 minute drive from a brilliant beach, so if you want a quite holiday with beaches and sun go to Rhodes!
Me and my boyfriend are thinking on going on holiday in early september (which is in two weeks away as we want a last minute deal) and i have no idea which Greek island to choose.
We are both in late twenthies and would like something with nice beaches, culture and things to do as we both like to explore not just sit by the pool. I def wouldnt like place too crowded with lager louts...but restaurants, pubs and bars would still be needed (but not crowded with lager louts) readign the comments i am thinking of Lefkada but not sure.
Any help or advise would be very much apprecited. Thank you very much
edited November 2011
I was in
two weeks ago.This year's pick for summer holidays. I was nicely suprissed. I didn't expect that the "mainland island" as we call it here (i'm Greek) would have some of the most beautiful beaches i have ever seen. The most famous beach is "porto katsiki" but i was more impressed by "egremnee"(?????????) which is the Greek word for "cliffs" since the beach is situated at the bottom of a quite steep cliff (there are steps of cource). Lefkada city is very beautiful and full of bars, the atmosphere is very civilised ( no drunk people screeming and puking). Nydri is another lively town full of real italian restaurants (owned by italians) and greek tavernas with excellent fresh fish. Prices are a little higher than average but well worth it.
Lefkada is a very good choice. IMO it's better to stay in the east side of the island (Lefkada is divided in west and east by a mountain) which is more lively at nights and go visit the incredible beaches at the west side during daytime.
edited May 2012
I don't think there is a best Greek Island holiday destination. It really depends on your tastes...
If you want more information about Greek islands, i suggest you visit this site:
You can have a look here, where we have a list of all the
holiday resorts in Greece
edited November 2011
There is a really useful discussion here on best Greek Island holidays destinations:
edited April 2012
Try to come in Paxos, deserves every penny from your Holiday budget. In Paxos you can see one of the most beautiful sunset you imagine, you can go to Antipaxos, a small Paradise only 20 min. with a boat, where many people everyday go and have their daily swim.
I went there twice last year, one in Easter and one in first days of September, never had such a good time.
All I can say is SPETSES SPETSES SPETSES! I can't say it enough times! Only 3 hours from Athens so easy to get to and it is so beautiful! It is not really a foreign tourist destination but where the Greeks go on holiday!! Great food great people, great beaches. You can make it as relaxing or as busy as you like. The island is very small so easy to get to most places by either motorbike, bicycle, boat or you can take a horse and cart! You can people watch in the main town or easily find a secluded and private spot on one of the coves round the island. And in reply to a previous post (apologies if someone has already answered this) Phraxos Island in The Magus written by John Fowles is SPETSES. And if you have read the book you will actually be able to go and visit the places that are mentioned).
edited May 2012
I have been twice in Spetses its fantastic island I can admit that, but its not the best island
Hmm try going to somewhere that is very historical. It might amaze you.
There is no single best Greek island--there are so many, with such different histories and geographies. If I were picking one as my only visit I would go to Santorini/Thira. It has a volcano to visit by boat, a gorgeous black sand beach, and one of the best archeological sites in the country. http://www.santonet.gr/archaeology/akrotiri.htm The volcano preserved details you don't expect in a 5000 year old city. I'd stay in Oia on the Northern tip, where you can enjoy the spectacular view and eat in tavernas carved into the volcanic tuff.
For a change from the usual dry white Greek island, you could visit one in the Northern Sporades where lovely beaches spread out from forested slopes. After Mamma Mia this group is much better known than before, but you can move on from Skiathos to one of the lesser visited islands in the group, Skopelos or Alonisos.
My husband and I would like to visit the Greek isles in Sept or October ...we are renting a villa in Sicily from the 22nd of Sept to the 29th, 2012. Any suggestions re preferred time to do the islands ... before or after our time in Sicily. Is the weather significantly different? Which islands are not to be missed. We want to see about 3-4 islands, stay one or two nights in each. Does anyone know if there are ferries or flights from Sicily to any of the Greek Islands? We love history, architecture, ruins, art, quaint villages; we enjoy meeting locals and experiencing the local life, good food and quiet taverns, not into partying. I am having trouble finding info on ferries or any groups that sponsor this kind of trip.. Also need guidance re hotels, B and B's, do we need a car to get around, etc. Any help would be most appreciated.
I would recommend the islands of Crete and Rhodes in Greece for the whole package! Amazing historical attractions and archaeological sites as well as natural beauty and cultural riches. The best time to go is after the summer rush, in September, in my opinion.
I am going to greek islands last 2 weeks Sept with a friend. Don't know which one to pick out of so many. We've both been to the islands before but not together. She's 70 and I'm 50 we're not boring old farts, but we're not old swingers either... we would like entertainment some evenings, some sight seeing/nice beaches/tavernas... obviously not over the top like Kavos /Malia. Any helpful advice for good places to stay would be great.
edited July 2013
I would say that most of you are so right about all that, but pls tell me did you ever been in Antipaxos? its a small paradise that during summertime there is party everywhere, also the beaches there are green, it looks like Carribean but I think its better there.
edited February 2014
I think Paros is a worth visiting island with a vast field of interests and for all ages to enjoy!
you can do from horseback riding, yoga, scuba diving, kite/wind surf, hicking, visit historical and ancient sites, take walks on picturesque villages, or just lay under the sun!
Paros has many many beaches to discover. i live here many years and still have beaches to find out!!
there are plenty beach bars also! some are full party style, some more chilled.
Paros has nice nightlife with multiple choises in music styles!
multi budget accomodation helps you get what you want, and last but not least food! never a problem in Greece!!
Everyone tell about the most beautiful Islands of Greek which are famous and known due to their beauty.I like them also.I,m a tourist by profession and travel to many Islands and beaches and some of above mentioned Islands of Greek.I like these Islands and me and my friends have a great fun out there.I miss that moments.
So which islands have you visited Jerry ,I lived in Greece and have travelled extensively through Greece and the Greek islands. As each have a character of their own, which do you like and why?
We have been to most of the bigger Greek islands and to Parga on the
mainland. We have enjoyed them all in different ways. The Greeks are
very welcoming and I'm sure wherever you go you will enjoy it.
edited August 2014
It allows you to select among 70+ criteria and then recommends the best Greek island that meets these criteria.
It is prepared by professional Greeks who know the islands, thus providing credible advise.
Thank you Spyros, this is a great site.
i am greek and living in
the last 10 years. i am working as a dj in Evinos bar at Parikia the main village of the island. i fell in love with the island at first sight! Paros is an island that satisfied all kinds of needs of the visitors as it has a big variety of choices in beaches, accommodation, activities, nightlife, sightseeing and food offcourse!
it's natural beauty is breathtakin'
you' re welcome to discover it and collect memories of a lifetime
enjoy your holidays in the greek islands!!
My favourite is definitely Crete of all the islands. Good variety and big enough to explore for a few days. Although very touristy, there are still bits of the island where you can hide and forget all the crowds. Good unbiased info about Greek islands can be found at this site
For me the best island is Rhodes for sure! The island of knights castels, greek antiquity and fun! You can find there everything you need!
Amazing places! Hire a car in advance on www.luxury-car.gr, take a discount, get ur car directly from the airpsrt and travel all over the island! You must see the Lindos, the Old Town of Rhodes, Filerimos, Prasonisi!
I would recommend zakynthos we went to alykanas last year it's a really quiet town the locals are lovely
can someone please tell me where the best place in greece is to go for a quite holiday in greece im taking my mum who is 65 and had a rough time lately so gonna surprise her thanks for any help
Crete.Cania.I invite you to my home for the rest. family vacation near the sea!
edited December 2015
Many people overlook the magnificent attraction of Samos island. This might be the greenest island in the Aegean Sea. It's natural beauty is stunning. We stayed last season in Karlovasi town where we were treated as family, had great adventures in the lash forests with professional guides and also we were amazed by the traditional events that where hosted there.
Santorini is the best for me! Too beautiful but also crowded. If you have enough time, you need to include it into your programme.
Hi there, this is a great thread. I was hoping for some advice? A group of us are considering a Greek Island holiday, a big getaway with all our families, all of us together. I am not sure where we could go that is entirely child friendly... It would appear that a lot of the islands and resorts are about the nightlife and the partying. Between us we have kids ranging from the ages of 12 to 17 and we want a holiday that's of course about the beach and relaxation, but we would ideally love an island or resort that caters to kids as well and keeping them entertained too with appropriate attractions/activities etc. Is there a resort anyone would care to recommend, that could possibly cater to us? I am aware this may be somewhat of a tall order, but any advice would be helpful. Thanks.
edited November 24
I would suggest Cyprus and in particular North Cyprus. The Turkish side.
You fly to Larnaca from the UK and 30 minutes drive later you are in Kyrenia.
Kyrenia is great for families no loud discos very family orientated. Great beaches.Algadi beach is where the wild turtles live.
They drive on the same side as in the UK and they use 3 pin UK plugs!
Its much cheaper than the south. You can use pounds or Turkish lira. Fantastic exchange at the moment.
Kyrenia town centre is quaint with a beautiful harbour and nice restaurants.
Car hire is reasonable and there are lovely sights to see. Bella Pais Abbey and Laurence Durrells home with olde worlde shops and a restaurant called the Tree of Idleness.
Wild donkeys still live in the Karpas ( the pointy end of North Cyprus)
Kyrenia castle the, Wednesday bazaar where you can buy everything.
You can also go to Nicosia for the day and see the Buyuk Hahn and the famous Ledra street.
Do google all these sites. I have a home here and highly recommend it
Apartments or villas are reasonable to rent and there are some very good 4 star hotel resorts
edited November 24
I suggest you take heed of Alethia's advice, it sounds like she really knows what she's talking about here. Cyprus will make for an ideal family holiday. For a little more information, see the Cyprus guide
If you, however, have your heart set on Greece, then check out
this recent article
published by The Telegraph which outlines the best Greek islands for families. It covers a lot of what you are after, looking at entertainment and activity for the kids, but a lot of them have fabulous beaches for you to relax and unwind - everybody wins! The first on the list is Rhodes, which I must agree is lovely, offering RnR coupled with great water sports and activity for children. Check out the Rhodes guide
should you want more information. Be aware though, it tends to be packed in summer - you may want to look at a less popular/obvious time of year should you want to truly relax.
I do hope that helps you. I think Alethia certainly is correct though in her assertion that Cyprus may just be the place for you. Do your research and I'm certain you'll find something to suit your holiday needs.
I can highly recommend the neighbouring isles of Skiathos and Skopelos. although they may be increasingly more crowded thanks to their "Mamma Mia" fame, they still offer unbeatable natural beauty, fabulous beaches and great local restaurants and village experiences.
Hi all. Sorry for my delayed response. Appreciate the info. Cyprus? Now that sounds great too, I will look into it. I hadn't even thought of it. It also sounds like Rhodes could be just the spot, so we will have to do some research and decide. I will report back when we know where we're jetting off to! I'm so looking forward to it. Thanks for all the information, most helpful.
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