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Find the Greek Island that Will Best Suit Your Personality

The beautiful Little Venice in Mykonos, Greece

Crystal-clear waters, historical sites and breathtaking landscapes are just some of the things that attract people to the idyllic Greek islands. Find out which island is best suited for you with our Greek island travel guide.

The unique and diverse Greek islands are a true paradisiacal escape, leaving you with over 200 islands to explore. However, choosing where to go can be difficult. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of the best islands to choose from based on your personality.

Mykonos – For the Night Owl

The beautiful Little Venice in Mykonos, Greece
Little Venice, Mykonos

Release your party animal at Mykonos, a part of the Cyclades island group alongside Santorini and Paros, and Greece’s answer to Ibiza. A stomping ground for clubgoers, the cosmopolitan isle has a buzzing nightlife, limitless elegant beach clubs and a vibrant LGBTQ+ scene that has made it a prime destination. For a quieter night, head over to Little Venice Mykonos, the charming old town with houses – some restaurants and bars – perched on the edge of the sea. Looking for the best restaurants in Mykonos? You’re in for a treat as there are endless options. However, Kastro’s is a must-visit Mykonos restaurant for authentic Greek food and impeccable views – its romantic feel is unmissable!

Where to stay in Mykonos

The price range for Mykonos hotels varies. But if you’re looking for high-end accommodation, we recommend Cavo Tagoo Mykonos, an aesthetically pleasing 5-star hotel by the beach. For affordable lodging, try Alexandros Mykonos, a 2-star hotel set in a white building with a communal pool.

Tip: Go on a day trip and take a ferry from Santorini to Mykonos or Athens to Mykonos.

Santorini: For the Romantic Soul

Santorini, Greece
Santorini is the perfect romantic getaway

If you’re a romantic soul looking for a Greek island that will best suit your personality, Santorini is for you. Sitting halfway between Athens and Crete, the island is perfect for those looking for a romantic getaway. It’s undoubtedly the most famous Greek island and with good reason! A volcanic eruption took place in the 16th century BC, creating the alluring island we know today with whitewashed buildings, blue domes, steep cliffs and unforgettable sunsets. y- it has a myriad of deep-blue waters and coarse sand to enjoy. Foodies will love gourmet restaurants, but if you want to stick to local cuisine, we recommend Almira Restaurant, a Santorini restaurant serving seafood, Mediterranean and Greek cuisine while overlooking the ocean. Adventurists should consider taking the volcano tours to learn about Santorini’s rich history. Santorini is on the pricey side due to its popularity, but don’t let that discourage you – it’s worth a visit.

Where to stay in Santorini

Stay at a Santorini cave hotel for the ultimate experience, such as Perivolas Hotel – a 300-year-old cave hotel set on the cliffs high above the Aegean Sea with an impressive infinity pool. 

Tip: Go island hopping and take a ferry from Piraeus Port from Santorini to Mykonos or from Athens to Santorini. Alternatively, you can fly directly to the island. 

Zakynthos: For the Beach Bum 

Zakynthos is beautiful island in Greece
Zakynthos with its postcard views

Located in the Ionian Sea, the island of Zakynthos, or Zante, is a well-known summer resort surrounded by natural landscapes and see-through waters. Think white beaches, sea turtles, and hilltop villages – you really cannot go wrong here if you are a beach lover. The mesmerising island is also the home of the famous Navagio beach (Zakynthos shipwreck), sometimes referred to as Smugglers Cove, an ideal spot for your Instagram-worthy pictures with its turquoise waters and sulphur caves in the background. But don’t stop there. Experience the blue caves Zakynthos, a natural attraction only accessible via boat, to witness the unreal blue hues of the waters.

Where to stay in Zakynthos

Zakynthos hotels offer incredible views, giving you endless options, including Bitzaro Boutique Hotel, a contemporary hotel situated minutes from the beach.  

How to get there: take the 1-hour ferry from Killini port or fly from Athens.

Corfu: For the Foodie

Corfu is an ideal weekend getaway
Corfu, Greece

Food is one of the main reasons people travel to Greece and each island has its own unique dishes and flavours influenced by the region. Corfu’s cuisine never disappoints. Located in the Ionian Sea, the isle’s green hills are home to some of the best olive and kumquat trees, making Corfu one of the most famous producers of olive oil, jams and liquor. Influenced by Italian flavours, local food like porpetas, Italian-style meatballs cooked in a tomato sauce, and pastistadas, a beef stew served over bucatini pasta are only a couple of delicious dishes that the island has to offer. Immerse in the island’s multi-cultural heritage by sampling mouth-watering dishes on a food tour. Whilst here, explore Corfu beaches, including Nissaki Beach, an intimate location with a rocky backdrop.

Where to stay in Corfu

Nissaki Beach Hotel is a great pick if you’re into boutique-style accommodations with easy access to the beach.

How to get there: easy to get to by plane or ferry

Samothraki: For the Thrill-seeker

Explore a different side of Greece at Samothraki
Explore a different side of Greece at Samothraki

Located in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea, Samothraki is surprisingly closer to Turkey than Greece. Adrenaline junkies who love outdoor experiences will enjoy this place as it’s filled with waterfalls and granite cliffs. There is plenty to do here, from hiking to canyoning, rappelling through waterfalls or scuba-diving in the crystal-clear waters in search of underwater caves. The somewhat untouched island may not be as popular as the other islands on the list, but the idyllic isle is worth visiting for summertime explorations. Come here to experience a different side of Greece, which combines mountain terrains and lush forests with colourful waters. 

Where to stay in Samothraki

You won’t find over-the-top resorts in Samothraki. Intimate places, such as Samothraki Village Hotel with a private sea-view balcony.

How to get there: Take the ferry from Alexandroupoli Port.

Delos: For the History Buff

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Delos is home to one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. A tiny island just off the coast of Mykonos, it’s perfect for lovers of ancient history and mythology. Also known as the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo, the island’s tourist routes and buildings are developed around its historical sites, making your visit feel like you’re taking a walk through history. Be sure to visit the House of Dionysus, a Greco-Roman-type building, and the Temple of Isis, a Roman temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess. As excavation work is still in progress, you might even stumble upon some new finds.

How to get there: Daily ferries are leaving from Mykonos, Naxos and Paros.

Kythira: For Nature Lovers

Kythira, Greece is a nature lover's dream
Get the ferry to Kythira

Kythira isn’t the easiest island to reach as it lies opposite the southeastern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula. But that’s what makes Kythira one of Greece’s best-kept secrets. Known as the birthplace of Aphrodite, the island is a unique beauty due to the wildness of the landscape. The walking trails, ancient ruins and lush valleys make it the ideal place to connect with nature and avoid the usual tourist spots and busy summer nightlife. Instead, you can expect to find mediaeval architecture influenced by the Venetians and quaint villages.

How to get there: Take a flight from Athens and ferries from Neapolis and Gytheio.

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