Traveling to Greece is on just about everyone’s bucket list. You can’t help but daydream about gorgeous sunsets along the Mediterranean Sea or sinking your toes into the notorious black sand beaches. Or maybe you picture yourself drinking a cup of coffee while setting sail aboard a gulet charter that takes you to places you never thought you would see.
If you weren’t aware, Greece has 227 different islands. There are different clusters such as the Ionian Islands or the Cyclades islands. With so many options to choose from, it may feel impossible to narrow down where you plan to go. Well, look no further because we’ve got you covered.
If you are looking for the ultimate guide to your top five Greek islands to visit, keep reading. We’ll take you to some of our top destinations like Corfu, Naxos, Zante, Santorini, and Mykonos.
Along the western side of Greece, right near Italy, is an area of islands known as the Ionian islands. These are by far one of the most breathtaking sets of islands that are worth visiting, specifically Corfu. It’s filled with so much history within its city to explore or you can hike throughout the various hilltop ruins such as Angelokastro, or Angel’s Castle.
A unique way to explore Corfu is through a gulet charter. Through Sail In Greece’s Corfu gulet charter cruise, you’ll experience sailing for eight days around different locations on a cabin charter. We highly recommend that if you are going to be taking a journey to Greece that you embark on an adventure that takes you through hidden coves and natural environments you may not have the opportunity to see otherwise.
This quaint little island is home to just over 7,000 people. One of the best times to visit is in the fall because you will find that there are fewer tourists and more locals around. It gives you that small island feel and no matter where on the island you go, you are extremely close to the water. You’ll find more secluded beaches that offer privacy amongst the rocks or you can head over to another coast which may offer more options such as snorkeling.
While you’re there, make sure to check out Panormos Beach with its golden sand and crystal clear water. This beach does require a car to access, but it is well worth the drive. Or if you plan on staying near the port, you can also check out Agios Georgios which is only a ten-minute walk from when you get off of the boat.
If you want to spoil yourself on your Greek adventure, we suggest taking a tour through Zante. Also known as Zakynthos, the island is known as a summer resort location and there is no question as to why. It’s the southernmost island of the Ionian group and is well known for its Caretta-Caretta turtles as they come there to lay their eggs.
If you’re looking to give yourself a luxury experience, try onboarding a Zante cruise aboard the M/S Aphrodite. It seats up to twenty passengers and offers fine dining options as you explore the island for seven nights. Or, depending on the season, you may have a delicious Captain’s dinner aboard one of Sail in Greece Zante cruise’s other gulets such as Hemera, Harmonia, Eros, Panagiotia, or Auror.
But of course, how could we possibly forget one of the most well-known, romantic islands of them all? This island of Santorini, filled with white architecture and blue rooftops along the Aegean Sea, is one of those places you see on the front of postcards. About 15,000 people live on this beautiful island and it is a gorgeous place to visit any time of year.
The main villages in Santorini are Oia and Fira, located along the volcanic cliff sides of the island. There is a hike you can take that brings you from one point of the island to the other over the course of six miles. You’ll pass through Firostefani and Imerovigli along the way, giving you the ability to see the island in its entirety.
You’ll end your hike by watching the iconic sunset overlooking the ocean and dine out with delicious Turkish-influenced cuisines. What more could you ask for than the most picture-perfect way to end a gorgeous hike along the cliffs?
Mykonos is an island that is known for its thriving nightlife so if you are looking to dance beneath the stars of Greece, this is the spot for you. Luxurious hotels and fine dining are nearby, but if you are looking for something a little off-the-beaten-path, you may want to check out Agia Anna Beach. There are minimal tourist spots here such as watersports or beach bars which makes it the perfect little spot to hide away for a day at the beach.
If you are looking to find a blend of culture, history, and a friendly atmosphere, you will definitely want to consider treating yourself to a Mykonos Greek Island Cruise by Sail in Greece. It provides an opportunity to relax by the ocean while also having the element of socialization with friends both new and old aboard the gulet. This is a great option for people who are looking to throw a bachelor or bachelorette party or are going to be hitting the open seas with friends.
No matter where you decide to go on your vacation to Greece, you will want to make the absolute most out of your time there. Your best bet is by creating a unique experience that caters to what you want your dream trip to be. Sail in Greece offers both intimate and large party gulet cruises through Greece.
Don’t settle for flying when you could have the opportunity of a lifetime to set sail to multiple different islands around the Mediterranean sea. The only step left is to book your trip!