The Best Greek Islands to Visit in Summer

Whitewashed houses, blue windows, cloudless skies, glistening turquoise waters, and an abundance of flowering bougainvillaea trees. If the thought of all of this doesn’t have you dreaming of Greece then, we don’t know what will! We have listed the best Greek islands to travel to or to even hop around if you’re feeling adventurous. On these islands, you will not be disappointed as you immerse yourself in the Greek way of life.

Did you know that there are over 6,000 islands/islets in Greece and only 227 of them are inhabited?

Santorini 🌺

First on our list, and I’m sure on many others, is Santorini. This location is the most popular location on the Greek islands and is one of the world’s top Summer holiday locations. Known for its gorgeous whitewashed buildings paired with their bright blue windows, breathtaking views, ​​blue dome churches, and a myriad of colourful beaches this is a MUST for your travel bucket list.
This ranks as the top Greek island for a number of reasons. Not only does it offer many romantic settings, but it also has plenty of natural landscapes to enjoy and an array of relaxing beaches including its famous red beach. This means that Santorini is the perfect location for any occasion!
Oia, Santorini At Sunset

Skopelos 💒

Calling all Mamma Mia! Fans! If you fell in love with the setting of the musical masterpiece that is Mamma Mia, then you need to head over to Skopelos. Home to the quaint and iconic chapel, Agios Ioannis, as seen in the film as well as Glysteri beach and Agnontas village, Skopelos is definitely a contender in one of the best Greek islands to visit.
In addition to its fame on the screen, this island is a wonderful island that stands out for its lush vegetation, its exotic beaches, and its picturesque villages. Home to true traditional Greek architecture this is an island that will throw you back in time and allow you to immerse yourself in tradition and culture.
A Morning In Skopelos Town

Symi ⛵

A stunning but slightly less well-known island in Greece. The island of Symi tends to be forgotten as a top location in Greece due to its neighbours Kos and Rhodes luring in the tourists and party-goers. However, Symi is a charming little island with a number of colourful Neoclassical style houses lining Gialos harbour and its mountainous landscape.

Its peaceful atmosphere and photogenic setting contribute to its beauty as one of the top Greek islands on our list. Enjoy phenomenal views of the bright blue waters of the Aegean Sea in every corner of this town or head down to the beautiful beaches to cool off and take in the Summer heat. After a day of fun in the sun, head to one of the many restaurants along the port to enjoy some freshly caught seafood.
The Majestic Island of Symi, in Dodecanese, Greece.

Kos 🏖️

Known for its historical sites, beautiful beaches, and lush vegetation, the island is visited by almost 1 million tourists every year!  With fabulous weather, a number of stunning beaches, brilliant all-inclusive resorts, there is no wonder this is such a popular location for tourists abroad!
Despite being a fabulous spot to bring the family to enjoy the amenities of your hotel, Kos is bursting with history and culture that tourists can explore when wandering the streets of its Old Town.
Kos is also known for its booming nightlife as a number of party goers visit each year to make the most of its town’s de-facto nightlife district. The main action is found around two streets – Diakon and Nafklirou – home to most of the town’s bars and clubs.
Kos, Griechenland

Tinos 🌊

A rare location in Greece that boasts stunning tavernas, sandy beaches and marble villages. Tourists who visit Tinos will walk through alleyways sculpted and lined with marble from years and years ago. This is definitely one of Greece’s hidden gems but recent years have seen tourist numbers starting to climb here and we can see why!
This little Cycladic jewel has so much to offer anyone looking for an authentic Greek holiday away from the crowds and who want a chilled and relaxing Summer holiday. Tinos is home to a number of scenic villages and quiet, pristine beaches as well as a world of mouth-wateringly good restaurants dishing up true Greek cuisine.
Tinos is sure to amaze its visitors.
Tinos, Greece

Starting from Skratch? Here Are a Few Tips to Get Started:

Greece - Facts before you go


🇬🇷 Greek


💶 Euro

Time Zones

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5-10% is common in restaurants.

Known for

🏠 White-brick buildings

🌅 Beautiful coastline

🌺 Flowering bougainvillaea trees

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Imogen Kemp
August 30, 2023

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