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.
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