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Which is the best Greek Island holiday destination (Greece)?
Paleocastritsa in Corfu. Look it up. It also has adults only hotels and appartments.
edited May 2010
I would reccomend Crete very interesting island where a lot of archeological sights to see, beautiful beaches and sea. And its quite big island you definetly wount be bored, and there are also excurions to Santorini you can go for 1-2 days there, it is a VERY BEAUTIFUL Island here some web-sites about Crete.
I would go for Crete too there are a lot of places to see. And they are all so different! And the local cousin is just the best!! Here you can see some information about Crete www.crete-hotels.us
I visited Kefalonia last year and I had a great time. I stayed at Assos, a graphic village, well organised but not too crowded. I went to Fiskardo, where I enjoyed an amazing sunset and I loved it. Myrtos, Petanoi, Makris Gialos and Antisami are the most beautiful beaches, which have crystal clear waters. Lastly, I visited Melisani Cave from where I took marvelous photos. For more info and photos you may visit my blog
Lesvos is another beautiful island in Greece. The best spot to see the sunset is Molivos. Some beautiful beaches are Petra, Sigri, Eressos and Vatera. If you visit this island you should visit the fossilized forest in Sigri.
If you go to Crete head west and south away from the tourist traps in the north east. Go to the tourist strip and you could be anywhere with sun, neon lights, burger bars & countless shops selling all sorts of tat. West of rehymnon the real Crete begins and although Chania is touristy its a lot better than the reorts in the east.
If you like the idea of an island hopping holiday it can be done on one island by using the ferries along the south coast from paleochora to Chora Sfakion A few small beautiful village paradises at least two can only be accessed by foot or ferry. Plenty of things to do & see & not a neon light anywhere. A bit more difficult to get there but well worth it< more like the real Crete.
I perssonally think that Kos is......with Kefalos being the best resort if you want peace and quiet and a nice chilled holiday.
It is also one of the cheapest Greek Islands.......I have a friend who went to Znate in May and was paying 2.5 Euro for a beer this beer is 1.5 Euro.
I came back from Kefalos at the end of June and the prices where the same as they where last year,apart from the petrol which is now on a par with England
edited November 2010
My opinion is that you can go at Chania or Rethymno, the best places in Crete. It has wonderful beaches, amazing caves, historic monuments, and of course authentic Greek restaurants- tavernes, as we call them. Chania and Rethymno, which are close to each other, are two amazing places in Crete- actually is the half Crete- but if you have the time visit it all.
Have a nice trip
I've been researching the islands suggested here, but I need help in picking ONE island close to Athens to see w/ my friends-
We have limited time in Greece (3.5 days), plan on seeing Athens, and an island- What would you recommend to see??? We're going there in September-
Also- any hostel/inexpensive Hotel recommendations?
Sorry can't help you with that one.......I didn't realise that you was on such a short time scale and wanted to be near to Athens...
I have however done a search for you and come up with this site......
Hey, I'm researching on ideas too even though I'm Greek and I've done most islands mentioned here. Concerning S's question... Man your time is limited! So much to see in Athens alone! But thankfully all Greek islands are beautiful and there are a few that are very near to Piraeus [Athens' port]. Anyway, you can do both Aegina and Agistri, which are about only half an hour distance from Piraeus [with the fast ferry, called dolphin]. I used to go there over the weekend when i was working in Athens. I loved the second for a more quite one, it's also more green and you can do free camping. Aegina is bigger so you'll have more to do, but i don't think you have the time to do many things anyway... Have fun and welcome to Greece in advance!
Our group (4 adults) plans a trip to Greece next late March/early April. We only want to go to one island that is small enough to see most of in a week, but not so small there aren't English-speakers in town in case we need something other than food/drink/hotel. Little interest in visiting nightclubs, ruins, beaches or museums, but a lot of interest in beautiful seascapes, goats, local olive oil, lots of fish/seafood/sardines, and of course a few tavernas. If we can rent a sailboat for a day, that's even better as we are pretty capable with boat and map. Where to go?
Kos is definetly small enough to see in a week, but March /April is 'out of season' so depending where you are flying from you would have to get seperate flights and accomodation. Out of season can prove to be expensive for the flights with most having to change at Athens, maybe with a long break.
The season starts the 1st of May...the old village of Kefalos offers some amazing views as doe Zia..Out of season fish is sold on the main street in Kefalos and there are many locals who would be willing to pass the time of day with you...and a lot have a good command of English.
If you are intrested in going out of season join my forum and the members on there wil go out of their way to help you with your quest..
I agree with benji
Every island has its own individual beauty but Pelion is a unique place to go. It used to be a summer destination around early 90's, but now it's all year round. It combines winter holidays and summer holidays, since you get the sking center on one side and the beautiful beaches on the other.
Needless to say that its location makes it easy to reach from both north and south Greece.
A good website to check for accommodation is the following
Thank you for your time
edited July 2011
it's very difficult to chose only one... every island is the best for some particular characteristics:
-. Best neoclassical harbour: Symi
-. Best for parties: Mykonos
-. Best view: Santorini
-. Best for food: Anywhere and nowhere
-. Best uninhabited island: Farmakonisi
-. Best for wildlife: Tilos
-. Best classical site: Nas, Icaria
-. Best for holiday reading: Corfu
-. Best new age holiday: Skyros
-. Best undiscovered island: Gavdos
if you are 35 years old and more ,and you are looking for quite and cultural places you should visit KARPATHOS.
Karpathos is a quite island , with cultural villages , beautiful small beaches and not to warm.
To karpathos you can go by air(athens ,rhodes ,amsterdam ,scandinavia and germany) and by boat(athens ,rhodes ,heraklion and santorini)
IF you are looking for undiscovered island its Gavdos. I have bin there already 3 times. More info you can find on
But take your time with you.
Visit the brand new Sifnos site
to learn everything about sifnos island before visiting it..
You can follow website at his facebbok page at
to join the group and getting all latest news....
My opinion is that the best place is Corfu. And is Corfu because there you can find holidays for all the ages for all the cultures and for all the ... wallets. I was June and stayed in a newly build hotel with name Hotel Corfu Secret. I made online reservation here www.corfusecret.gr and i had a really wonderful week in Corfu. Ok an island can be famous for nightlife, other for nature and other for monuments. Believe me Corfu is famous FOR ALL.
Great debate guys!
Having visited a few I would say my favourites would be Pefkos in Rhodes, Kefalos in Kos and Perivolos/Perissa in Santorini.
Didn't really enjoy Halkidiki or Thassos as much as the above.
Guys & Gals,
This seems like a great thread so I thought I would keep it going, myself and my girlfriend are visiting Greece in July/August for 3 weeks and are looking to do some Island hopping, we are in our 20's & early 30's so want to see lively and also quiet (romantic) places, also if we could do some diving it would be great.
I'm also wondering what accommodation is like, don't mind doing hotels, hostels or campsites as long as they are clean and safe with a few bars close by.
Also don't want to waste too much time travelling to each island but also happy enough to travel overnight and sleep on boat if needs be.
Looking forward to any information or tips.
Thanks in advance
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:
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