The 5 Best Greek Islands to Daydream About
With travel suspended indefinitely and uncertainty around summer escapes abroad, trips will have to wait until the crisis is over. However, there’s no harm in lusting after the places we’d love to visit once all of this is over! Here are Finance Monthly’s five favourite Greek islands – because some breathtaking scenery feels like the best way to mentally escape from our current reality.
If being in proximity to gorgeous beaches is your top priority when choosing the best Greek island for your trip, then look no further than Skiathos. With its 60 white-sand and pebble beaches lapped by an almost Caribbean-coloured sea and backed by lush pine forests, the island guarantees a mixture of truly unspoilt beauty and vibrant nightlife around its bustling harbour. The island also offers an excellent selection of trails and every summer, it becomes a hub for cultural events, concerts and art exhibitions.
Where to stay: Olivia’s Villas of Luxury
With its rugged cliffs, sea caves and clear azure water paired with exquisite Greek tavernas and an abundance of water sports to try, Zakynthos offers much more than the crazy nightlife it’s famed for. Wildlife lovers also flock to the Ionian island to see the endangered sea turtles, which lay their eggs on Zakynthos’ white sands every year.
Where to stay: Olea All Suite Hotel
Mykonos needs no introduction. Loved by countless celebrities and famed for its beautiful beaches, glitzy bars and quaint old town, it is one of the most glamourous islands not just in Greece, but in the entire world. In addition to its lively nightlife, the island also offers an array of stylish restaurants, amazing boutique shops and ultra-chic hotels.
Where to stay: Cavo Tagoo Mykonos
As one of the most popular destinations for weddings abroad and honeymoons in the world, Santorini is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway. With its iconic white buildings and endless views of the deep blue Aegean Sea, the island is a truly special place that should be on everyone’s bucket list.
A little-known fact is that Santorini is also a great destination for wine-tasting. Its crisp dry whites and an unfortified dessert wine called Vinsanto could be sampled at several local vineyards which host tastings.
Where to stay: Katikies Kirini Santorini
With its Unesco World Heritage-listed medieval old town and the Acropolis of Lindos, it’s safe to say that Rhodes is the best Greek island for history lovers. It’s a place where the Byzantines, Greeks, Venetian and Turks all left their marks, but the island offers much more than well-preserved ruins. From stunning beaches and postcard-worthy vistas to traditional tavernas, there’s something for everyone in Rhodes.
Where to stay: Lindos Blu Luxury Hotel & Suites