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What is the most beautiful Greek Island?

Friday, February 27th, 2009

With over 6000 of the things you might be wondering where to start when picking a Greek Island to visit. It helps that there’s only inhabitants on 227 of them and then further helps that only 78 of them have over 100 people living on them. But then that’s still 78 to choose from and it’s a very hard choice. So what is the most beautiful Greek Island? This might have a few people disagreeing but here is a very short list to start you off.


Santorini is postcard island and the one you’re probably thinking of when you started reading this. You can fly to the island from Athens in 40 minutes or in the summer get a high-speed boat from Piraeus. It’s become quite a hot-spot now on the tourist trail and, although there’s no denying the sheer beauty of the island, it’s quite a lively place especially at night so expect somewhere good to party.


Where the great Odysseus is said to come from and part of the Cefalonia and Ithaca Prefecture, Ithaca is a beautifully different island that has some rocky parts and is an overall a little more sophisticated in some ways from all the others. It has the largest natural harbour in the world for a start and the beaches all around the coast-line are beautiful white sand with crystal clear waters. Vathy Town on the southern side of the island is the capital but still a stunning and charming little fishing town in many other senses.

Milos Island

Part of the Cyclades set of islands, Milos is paradise. Famous for its statue of Venus of Milo, also known as Aphrodite the Goddess of love and beauty, but now on display in the Louvre in Paris. The unique lunar landscape makes the island seem like something from another world altogether. You’ll see pure white for miles around until you reach the blindingly blue seas that sweep into the cracks in the bays. If you want to get as near as you can to one of the most heavenly beaches on earth then try Papafragos beach and you’ll think you were the first person to ever set eyes on it.


You could say the best has been saved until last. Paxos is simply a stunning place on this earth. It’s about 20kms from Corfu and only has around 2000 permanent residents. Thanks to a lack of airport, Paxos has remained unspoiled and largely unknown to many on the tourist trail. A boat drifts in now and then but it’s a peaceful place with very laid back and friendly locals. There’s enough bars and restaurants for you to be kept busy in the evenings too and the capital Gaios is the best spot for this. If you’re thinking of a place to honeymoon then this is one.

Panoramic view of Santorini by Wolfgang Staudt

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15 responses to “What is the most beautiful Greek Island?”

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  1. Mary says:
    March 12th, 2009 at 17:49

    Great island! we were last year there for a week! I reccomend it to all!

  2. Keith M Warwick says:
    April 7th, 2009 at 07:45

    Santorini is spectacular but too hot in August – high season. It reached a record 46 degrees C when we were there and two locals died. It was unbelievably hot! All the cats came into out kitchen area for the air conditioning!

    I think Tinos is underestimated: its my favourite. The people are really friendly and warm, the food is good and the island is stunning during the spring and summer. The hundreds of dovecots scattered around the place, it’s artistic heritage, with its sculpture school (Tiniot marble is beautiful), combine to give it a charm all of its own.

    The beaches are lovely too!

  3. says:
    July 6th, 2009 at 03:15

    My favorite Greek islands

    Great for couples and for more of a quiet summer vacation. The food and shopping is very good on Santorini. There are also plenty of beautiful beach spots.

    Ios is recommended for party animals and is loads of fun. The parties on the beach in the day are well worth a look.

    An excellent choice for great discos, parties, shopping and eating.

  4. blessingsgoddess says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 09:22

    It must be an impossible task to single-out the most beautiful Greek island. I’ve been to quite a few, and all have their own unique qualities.

  5. lovegreece says:
    August 16th, 2010 at 12:06

    I vote for Santorini & Mykonos….two very different islands but each incredibly beautiful. Santorini very romantic and scenic but Mykonos has wonderful beaches, shopping and clubbing. I desperately want to go back!!!

  6. Santorini car hire says:
    October 1st, 2010 at 14:14

    Santorini would be my first choice.. I love Paxos too because of serenity


  7. Greek Islands says:
    February 19th, 2011 at 14:04

    I spent a week on Samos, which is close to Turkey, and hence has a bit of that country’s character to compliment the laid-back island style of the Greeks. I considered other choices too, but it comes down to what you are looking for: If you are young and like to party, try Mykonos. For history, diversity and loads to see and do try Crete. For classic white-washed houses, perfect beaches and azure blue sea, go for Santorini. Corfu is huge, and a little overtouristed, but still plenty to offer. Lesbos is really nice, and the local Lesbians are very welcoming. Two “secret islands” that get rave reviews for their authentic Greek character and beauty are Syros and Amorgos – I think one or other of these tiny islands is where you should be heading. Enjoy!

  8. RachaelB says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 18:58

    Ithaka is indeed a beautiful island but it is misleading to say the beaches are white sand- there as far as I am aware not a proper sandy beach on the island. Plenty of lovely stoney beaches however- but don’t visit expecting bucket and spade beaches because you will need to head to Kefalonia for that

  9. german says:
    June 22nd, 2011 at 15:49

    I came to Milos after your comment, previously visiting Kos and Karpathos and I’m really dissappointed, mostly concerning the lack of professionalism in the gastronomy area (tabernas, restaurants), plus the fact that there are only 1 important tourist city-port and some beach towns with no alternative charming villages in the inside of the island if you are looking for something authentic… local people don’t have the dodecanese warmth nor you cannot find any live traditional local music anywhere… just for a couple of days to see the beaches (which are very nice, but thinking in a context, it is an island of only beach+eat and not much else… definitely not the best I’ve seen… Apella in Karpathos is thousand times nicer !!!)

  10. Santorini Travel says:
    April 5th, 2012 at 17:18

    All the Greek islands have something different to offer. But traveling to Santorini is something very unique.

  11. Santorini easy car rentals says:
    March 31st, 2014 at 16:19

    i think Santorini is perfect for couples. In my opinion its also the most romantic place to have your wedding !

  12. Accordo San says:
    March 31st, 2014 at 16:29

    Paxoi island is amazing, but i would vote for Santorini, for its unique landscape and views..

  13. Santorini easy car rentals says:
    March 31st, 2014 at 16:34

    I would vote for Crete and Santorini . ..

  14. Jacinto says:
    May 12th, 2014 at 17:54

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  15. M. J. Tibor says:
    July 22nd, 2014 at 00:41

    I would mention Kos island as well, the birthplace of Hipocrates, father of modern medicine.
    Amazing ruines can be found there amongst which the ancient ruines of Asklepeion hospital can be found.
    If you are looking for beaches, both white sand and rocky one are plenty available. It’s a truly unique and original island that still keeps tradition.
    I definitely recommend Kos to everyone that loves Greece. God Bless!

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