Which is the best Greek Island holiday destination (Greece)?



  • edited September 2009
    Just back from a week in Corfu with my 3 teenagers, i can highly recommend anywhere between Nissaki and kassiopi for peace and quiet and beautiful views. Hire a boat and go round all the small coves and beaches. The rich people go around here so no larger louts, just nice tavernas(no good for party night life) but very relaxing. My kids enjoyed the aquapark for a day out as well but beware very hot, in the 40s and lots of wasps and mosquitoes so take your sprays.
  • edited September 2009
    Hi i am Dave, and I'm half Greek and half a bunch of other stuff! The island I recommend is Kefalonia. It is a beautiful island with plenty of blue flag beaches, like the famous Myrtos Beach near Assos. There are also beautiful and quaint little villages and towns, like Argostoli and Fiskardo and Sami. There are nightclubs and restaurants in the towns. I went to Kefalonia a few years ago, and I loved the island very much, and also, since I come from Kefalonia, I would go there if I were you. You will not regret it.
  • edited September 2009
    Hi, I have been to Crete, Halkadiki, Athens, Poros - and have been to Thassos twice, guess which one I like the best! The reason I love Thassos is because it is still hasn't been spoilt by too many clubs and English lager louts! But there is some nightlife if you want it. The Island is really green with lovely sandy beaches. The people are fantastic, as is the food, and it hasn't become too touristy which is one of the reasons I love it so much - maintains its greekness - great. I do want to try another greek island, well more than one as I love Greece. Am thinking about Kefalonia, Naxos, Paros or Ios - ooh decisions decisions.
  • edited 9:36AM
    Hi, I'm Sed,
    My wife and I are planning a trip to Kos in Sept 2009 amd we're really struggling on our budget!!!
    We want to take our daughter (Zara) on a holiday as her first birthday is 17th Sept and mine is 13th Sept, so a family holiday is ideal. We do, however have a strick budget of 600 pounds and we must fly from Birmingham, as it will be really difficult from London/Manchester with a 1 year old!!!
    Does anyone know of cheap accomodation there, or even cheap flights????
    Any help with any of these would be greatly appreciated, please help!!! :)
  • edited 9:36AM
    Sed - a package deal is nearly always cheaper when traveling to these resorts. Look around your high-street and in the papers for last minute deals to Kos for the family.
  • edited 9:36AM
    Looking for advice on where to go in June of 2010.. Son is graduating from College - majoring in art would like to go to Greece - some of the Islands - I thought 3-4 days in Rome, 3-4 days in Athens and then pick about 3 of the Islands 3-4 days each. We are coming from the US. Any advice/suggestions would be greatly appreciated. We don't need to stay at fancy hotels - want to experience the culture on a budget but at the same time be safe. Thanks!
  • edited September 2009
    hi, I've been to many islands and loved them all. Why not try Parga on the mainland, it really has an island feel. It is also close to corfu, paxos, kefallona, meganissi etc so there is plenty of island hopping to do. You also have mainland sights to see, such as meteora, well worth seeing.
  • edited September 2009
    Hey Guys,

    Just got back from a 7 day trip to Kos, (flew from Paris to Athens to Kos with Aegean).

    Had a great time! Ended up staying at one of the mega-style resorts just outside of Kos town - not usually my cup of tea, but at this time of the year (mid september) it wasn't too full. The plan was to stay a night and scope out other accommodation on the island, but we ended up staying the entire time at the mega resort - it was spotlessly clean, had a great breakfast included, and we were upgraded to a suite.

    I think this time of the year is a good time to go - it wasn't too busy, weather was great, scooter hire was cheap! Kos has some interesting archeology sites, some nice beaches and some great tavernas (the best we found were on the water just south of Kos town). We had a great time scootering around the island visiting some of the more remote villages. A very relaxing holiday!!

  • edited 9:36AM
    Two questions for travel in Greek Islands in December:

    - Can anyone recommend a travel agent for this season in the Greek islands?
    - Any comments on visits to Naxos?
  • edited 9:36AM
    GREECE!!! oh man!!! just returned from an AWESOME island hopping trip from Greece! Did two weeks on six islands and WAS THAT FABULOUS.. only complaint however... TIME WAS TOO SHORT!!! we did the more famous islands and loved all of them.. Santorini my personal fav though!! my girlfriend was all in awe with all of them.. accmdation was SUPBERB!!! and we busy planning our next trip in August AGAIN nxt year!!! and actually to go look for a plce to buy on one of the islands!!

    so.. whoever wants to go... wherever you wana go!!! do it in ALL GREEKSTYLE!!! no mattr where you are in greece.. as long as the vibe is right, your sandy-feet up high and you can see crystal clear blue waters... ENJOY!!! see ya'll in HELLAS!!!!

    happytraveller from southafrica!!
  • edited 9:36AM
    happytraveller - your Greece trip sounds amazing. Which islands did you visit - any favourites? How did you get around?
  • edited 9:36AM
    I am going to Greece next April, I would like to see orthdox easter celebrations, is there a place where tradition is not spoilt by tourism ? Any recommendation island or mainland, not yet booked.
  • edited 9:36AM
    If you want a taste of greece go to utube :anita 1938: and see my videos on our travels around greece
    We have visited about 48 islands and also the mainland every island has its own individual charm, but the place that the Greeks like to keep secret is the Pelion Peninsular on the mainland were it is pure magic.
  • edited 9:36AM
    We had almost 5 weeks in Greece just over two years ago and I'm yearning to go again. Two of those weeks were spent on Santorini and Folegandros. We hired quad bikes to get around Santorini. The island lived up to what I had anticipated and I loved every minute. The sunsets were unforgettable. Folegandros is a virtually untouched island with three distinct areas - the Port of Karavostasis, Hora and Ano Meria. It is a place where you can meet the locals, have home cooked meals, see greek culture first hand and really relax. Next time Crete.
  • edited July 2011

    One of the most beautiful islands in Greece is Lefkada, which lay in the Ionian sea. The beaches are absolutely amazing, spectacular. There is a perfect combination between the green mountains and the turquoise waters of the sea.

    For the guest who wants to see some greek orthodox easter celebrations i would say that everywhere in Greece is overcrowded during these celebrations. The most famous place is Corfu island.

  • edited 9:36AM
    hello , me and my partner and our two 12 year old twin daughters are planning a week holiday to Greece in the summer ( july-august ), we have been looking on the internet for apartments and villas and fancy one of the greek islands , trouble is there are so many to choose from. a good sandy beach suitable for swimming is a must for the girls , and we don't want anything to busy with a lot of nightclubs and your typical english larger louts! basicly we're looking for a quiet, relaxing family holiday, that doesn't push our budget. Anybody have any suggestions ?

    best wishes
  • edited 9:36AM
    Hiya everyone, hope you can help. I am longing to visit a greek island and as there are so many to choose from I could do with some advice. I am newly single, so I dont really want to visit romantic soppy places, however I am not a mad partygirl either, I just want some well deserved rest and relaxation.....any suggestions? Thank you x
  • edited 9:36AM
    I am going to Athens in June, and I am interested in taking a ferry from Athens to Ios, staying there for a couple nights, then taking a ferry to Mykonos. I can't find any information on the ferry schedules from Athens to the Greek Islands, and ferries between the islands. Could someone please help me out, possibly offering a schedule of the ferries in the summer, or any other advice? Thank you!
  • edited 9:36AM
    Yesir3 - I too have the same concerns. I have been unsuccessful finding information regarding the ferry schedules from Athens to the islands. I will be arriving in Athens mid-afternoon , but this worries me because I feel I will not be able to make the ferries heading out to the islands. I am interested in Mykonos, and then from there we'll see the next destination. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
  • edited 9:36AM
    I have visited Corfu, Andros, Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos, Limnos, Chios and Karpathos. I prefer quiet, not overcrowded places. With nice beaches,nice villages, little traffic, interesting landscape and the possibility for exploration of the island.
    With that in mind I can recommend most of these islands. But Skiathos, Skopelos and Corfu is a little to crowded for me.My number one would be Karpathos. Fantastic scenery, wild mountains, all kinds of beautiful beaches, lovely greek mountain villages, and a relaxing and romantic family atmosphere all over the island. And a capital of 25oo inhabitants. A perfect size for quiet evenings at the local tavernas. Still a towncenter, where you can enjoy local life and mingle between locals and tourists. If you need parties and heavy cultural sightseeing you should pick another island. An average tourist on Karpathos is there for the fifth time I would guess. Once Karpathos, always Karpathos.
    Chios is authentic and bigger, with lots of culture to see. The tourism is very moderat. You can explore Chios for weeks. The beaches vary, but I would not visit Chios if I just wanted a beach-holiday.
    Limnos has mostly greek tourists. Quiet and with nice beaches. But the island is rather flat, and in my opinion a little boring to explore.
    Still I can recommend these three island for people with the same approach as mine.

    Have a nice trip!
  • edited 9:36AM
    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.
  • edited 9:36AM
    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
  • edited 9:36AM
    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 http://greektraveler-ifigeniaki.blogspot.com/.

    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.
  • edited 9:36AM
    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.
  • edited 9:36AM
    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

  • edited 9:36AM

    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?

  • edited 9:36AM
    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......

  • edited 9:36AM
    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!
  • edited 9:36AM
    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?
  • edited 9:36AM
    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..
    Ka xx
  • edited 9:36AM
    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 http://www.gopelion.gr

    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
  • edited 9:36AM
    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)
  • edited 9:36AM
    IF you are looking for undiscovered island its Gavdos. I have bin there already 3 times. More info you can find on http://www.gavdos.org/
    But take your time with you.
  • edited 9:36AM
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  • edited 9:36AM
    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.
  • edited 9:36AM
    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.
  • edited 9:36AM
    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
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