Welcome to paradise! A gorgeous country on the Mediterranean Sea, Greece is an essential destination for anyone and everyone. You might already know what a gorgeous place it is, but you might not realize how many diverse places there are to explore.

Greece has a wide variety of islands in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, all of which are located in the southernmost part of Europe. The two largest islands are Crete and Rhodes. Crete is known for its white-washed houses and red-tiled roofs. Rhodes is famous for its ancient temples built into the sides of cliffs

Yes, you read that right!

While I’d love to see them all someday there are just a dozen islands that make up the core of the Greek islands that we know and love. I first visited Greece during The Yacht Week and it was love at first sight. The people, food, beaches, and lifestyle will pull you in and make you want to stay forever. you’ll never want to leave.

Which Greek Islands to visit?

Where you live depends on the type of life you want to lead and where best suits your needs and wants. Whether you’re looking for a quiet, relaxing existence or a busy, lively atmosphere, there’s something here to make your search simple and pleasant!

So grab your bikini, and let’s run through a quick guide to the best Greek Islands to visit.

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Athens

While it is technically not an island, Athens is often used as a jumping-off point for any Greek adventure. With a history dating back to 5 BC, the capital city of Greece is one of Europe’s great historical centers. There is just SO much for any history buff to take in!

Wander the sacred sites of Athens, including the Acropolis and Parthenon.

I strongly recommend checking to see if there are any city tours of your city. In addition to being a great way to learn about a city, it’s also a great way to get into that cities culture. The tour I took lasted over three hours and took me into all the archeological sites in Athens. It definitely was the best way

Three days to explore Athens will provide you with the perfect amount of time to see the very best of the city. You could even get a good idea of all points of interest within 48 hours. The city is a beautiful place, and you’ll want plenty of time to explore it.

Before you head to the Monastiraki Flea Market, make sure you pick up some souvenirs and a few fresh fruits. It’s a perfect spot to grab a few inexpensive items, as well as a few treats for your vacation.

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Mykonos

When you are looking for a great party on the Med, Mykonos is the ultimate destination. Dance the night away, wake up at noon then lay out in the sun until it’s time to go again.

Mykonos is a great place to party on the island. The best beaches and party spots are: 1. Mykonos Beach Club: With the most beautiful beach, this spot is always bubbling with action. An outdoor bar and restaurant, along with a pool and jacuzzi, the Mykonos Beach

After a night out I came back to my boyfriend for a romantic retreat. We stayed in the Myconian Collection for a chill time.

Not that you need anymore convincing, but here are 20 gorgeous photos to inspire you to visit Mykonos!

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Santorini

When you see those Greek postcards of white buildings glowing in front of an endless turquoise sea, you are probably looking at a shot of Santorini.

For a first-time visitor to Greece, this is the perfect spot for a vacation.

One of the most romantic places in Greece is definitely Santorini. If you’re going to be spending time with your loved one, there are a few places you need to visit. We recommend visiting Oia and Theodosia for a romantic and beautiful getaway. This place offers many great things to do for lovers: breathtaking views Andronis Boutique Hotel and Andronis Arcadia.

Looking for some great places to visit? Check out the beautiful views of Santorini in these photos!

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Crete

Crete is one of the most remote islands to reside in. Because of this reason, Crete tends to attract fewer tourists. However, don’t let that fool you: this place has a lot to offer especially if you have time to explore the vast terrain on this dynamic island.

Renowned as the birthplace of Zeus, Crete is a top pick for history and Greek mythology lovers.

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Corfu

If you’re looking for a luxurious vacation spot, Corfu is the island for you. There are gorgeous resorts and villas dotting the coastline that offers everything you ever wanted to know about.

For a romantic honeymoon or girlfriend getaway, look no further.

Corfu is a prime destination for culture vultures. Since being under Venetian French and British rule, the island has developed a unique culture. If you love sumptuous resorts while also loving to explore the local scene, this is the Greek island for you.

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Rhodes

Near Turkey in the southeastern Aegean Sea, you’ll find the stunning Dodecanese islands. Rhodes is the biggest of these islands and it’s one of summertime’s top picks. While much of Europe is cold, Greece included, Rhodes, is warm from early April until well into October. November is the best month to visit Antarctica.

Another top destination for history lovers is an island called Rhodes. It is home to the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This must-see attraction is a sight not to be missed.

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Hydra

One of the Greek Saronic Islands, Hydra is located in the Aegean Sea between the Myrtoan and Argolic gulfs. You might have seen this island as a backdrop for a number of movies, but it remains a popular place for vacationers. Celebrities from all over the world own homes here and it is a great place to place for night sky viewing.

This is a great place to visit, but it’s not a good place to live. In fact, cars are banned in the city of Hydra so you’re more likely to see locals riding donkeys than driving Ferraris.

I had a lovely time sailing the Saronic Islands in Greece and would recommend taking your time getting around.