When you think of Greece a few islands may spring to mind. Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes and Corfu are all incredible islands that welcome huge numbers of tourists each year but for those seeking the best islands for getting off the beaten path and looking to escape the crowds whilst discovering beautiful locations that encapsulate “Authentic Greece”, we have a selection of lesser-known Greek island gems to add to your travel plans in 2022.
Arriving into the blissful port of Emborios, visitors to the tiny Dodecanse island of Halki are greeted with a view of Pastel-coloured houses with red-tiled roofs clustered around a horseshoe-shaped bay and taverna tables sprinkled along the quayside where colourful boats bob. Authenticity, relaxation architecture and secluded beaches are just some of the reasons to visit this charming little island. For those looking to visit more than one island pair Halki with the iconic Rhodes for the ideal island hopping adventure.
Colourful buildings greet you as you arrive into the lively port of Symi. Relaxation and outstanding seafood are easy to find on this enchanting island. As one of Greece’s best kept secrets, Symi has so much to offer including the picturesque village of Chorio, the beautiful Panormitiis Monastery and dozens of isolated pristine beaches tucked away in secluded coves. Visit three delightful Dodecanse islands on an island-hopping holiday that combines sensational Symi with Rhodes and Kos.
You might not have heard of Aegina but this island with its amazing ancient architecture and colourful port that was once the capital of Greece will transport you back in time. Greeks choose this idyllic island for their holidays and its easy to see why. Pretty olive groves, historic temples and more than 20 beaches make it a glorious lesser known treasure that is waiting to be explored. The perfect destination to explore the Saronic Islands and Athens, combine a trip to Aegina with the Greek capital, Poros or Spetses.
Picturesque villages and blissful beaches make Poros the perfect island for a relaxing retreat. The first thing you will notice as you reach Poros by ferry is its iconic Clock Tower. Explore the island further and you will discover lush pine forests the stunning Zoodochos Pighi Monastery and plenty of sheltered coves. For couples a visit to “Heart Island” of Poros – a tiny island shaped like a heart featuring a small church is a must. Great options for combining Poros with on a bespoke holiday include Athens, Aegina and Spetses.
Naxos may be the largest of the Cyclades islands but it certainly a lot quieter than its neighbours. Whitewashed, sugar cube houses with painted blue doors and windows, small chapels, arches and endless narrow paved alleys, give the island’s capital town Chora a labyrinth feel. Soft white sand beaches including the highly recommended Plaka beach offer plenty whilst The Marble Gate of Portara, Kouros of Apollonas statue and Temple of Demeter are certainly worth a visit. For those in search of stunning sunsets and romance a holiday to Santorini, Naxos and Mykonos will not disappoint.
A Sporadic Island that offers outstanding natural beauty, hiking opportunities, a National Marine Park and plenty of scenic beaches, Alonissos is a delightfully diverse destination. Quaint villages with traditional houses offer authentic Greek charm and combined with its many orchards, meadows and majestical coastline, there is so much to admire about alluring island. Combine Alonissos with Skiathos and Skopelos for a unique Mamma Mia experience.
Discover off the beaten track villages, unspoilt beaches and an island that is more popular with Greeks than foreign tourists. Paxos is just seven miles long but has over 30 white pebbly beaches with crystal clear blue sea. Holidays to this lesser-known gem offer an easy-going way of life ideal for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Corfu, Sivota and Parga are all excellent choices when looking to combine a visit to perfect Parga with another destination.