12 best greek islands you have to visit this summer



There are so many Greek islands to visit during summer that it would be impossible for you to see them all. I mean, we are talking around 6,000 islands. That's a lot.


That is why I made this list (much shorter than 6,000, of course) where I explain to you everything you need to know about the best Greek islands to visit. From how to get there, what to expect and help you choose which island or islands are perfect for your holiday style.


To book a ferry, check out all the ferry routes available on my favourite website Ferryhopper.


12 best greek islands you have to visit this summer

If you plan to visit a Greek island, I advise you to visit Greece during the summer season because winter in Greece can be pretty cold.


During the summer months in Greece, you will enjoy stunning beaches and swim in crystal clear waters.


Maybe spend one day or more on a sailing boat, with the wind between your hair, watching your skin getting tan and staying at some beautiful accommodation.


12 Most Visited Islands in Greece

Greece is all this and much more. You are going to fall in love with the quite relaxed lifestyle. The delicious and fresh food, the people, everything about Greece is going to make you wish never to go back home.


Did I say enough to convince you to plan a vacation in Greece? I am sure I did.

So, without further ado, here is my list of the most beautiful and visited Greek islands.


which greek island is the most touristy?
Me and my fiance' in Santorini

Which Greek island has the most tourists?


Santorini island is the most visited island in Greece, with its 2 million tourists that choose it as a destination for their holiday. Most people, visit Santorini during a Greek cruise, so they don't have the chance to explore it as it deserves.


Many tourists or travellers, only visit the most important towns on the island, the famous Fira and Oia. They are absolutely stunning, on top of a cliff, but there are many more areas of Santorini that are well worth a visit.


samothraki island, greece, one of the least touristy island

Which Greek island is the least touristy?


Samothraki island, also called Samothrace, is one of the least touristy Greek islands. Mostly for foreigners because it is not very known outside Greece. It's instead, particularly popular among Greeks who love to spend their holiday there.


me and my father in Kefalonia island
Me and my father in Kefalonia

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12 Most Visited Islands in Greece, kos island

1. Kos island:


Located in the south-eastern Aegean Sea, Kos is the third-largest island and the second most visited island in the Dodecanese after Rhodes.


Kos is the perfect island if you love tall palm trees and long, very long sandy beaches. It is also famous for its landscape and many archaeological sites, left there to be explored by Romans and ancient Greeks. A very famous excursion is the boat tour to visit the famous volcanic island of Nisyros.


In Kos, you will find also many wonderful activities to book, to make your vacation the best ever, from Jet Ski, Boat Tours, Jeep Tours, parasailing, windsurfing and much more. Check on Tourscanner all the activities available on the beautiful island of Kos.


12 Most Visited Islands in Greece

Here you will visit an important archaeological site, the first healing holistic centre, the Asclepeion, dedicated to Asclepius, the first doctor-demigod in Greek mythology.


On the island, you can also enjoy some wonderful beauty treatments, from a Spa day to some relaxing body scrub and oil massage. You can also book a fabulous 9 day Grecian Goddess Yoga herbal hiking retreat (maybe with your girlfriends) and visit a thermal natural spa beach right on the island.


You will love exploring the main town with its large squares, modern buildings with shops, bars, and restaurants.


You will enjoy local food after visiting the medieval district, the Nerantzia Castel of the knights of Saint John, the ancient Greek agora ruins, the Roman ruins, and the old arbour.


12 Most Visited Islands in Greece, kos island

How to get to Kos island?


There is an airport in Kos well connected to many European cities. You can also reach the beautiful island of Kos after visiting Athens by spending 11 hours on a ferry from Athens port Piraeus or by plane from Athens airport.


Otherwise, there are ferries from Rhodes, Leros, Patmos, and Kalymnos if you prefer to visit other islands before or after. Check out the ferry websites I used to travel to Greece, Ferryhopper, the best ferry websites to reach the Greek islands.



To know more about Greece, check out "The Most Complete Guide of Greece" where you can find all the information you need to know to plan your next dream vacation.


12 Most Visited Islands in Greece, santorini island

2. Santorini island:


Situated in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is part of the Cyclades islands. Its mountainous landscape was shaped by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC. It is one of the most famous and photographed islands globally.


Tourists spent hours taking stunning pictures in its two principal towns, Oia and Fira, located on top of cliffs above the underwater crater.


Check out "The Most Complete Guide of Santorini" to get all the information and tips to plan your next dream vacation.


santorini island

These two picturesque towns are the perfect places where to enjoy the famous Santorini sunsets.


Many say the best sunset is from Oia, probably the most famous sunset spot in Greece. Visitors wait for hours, hoping to capture a stunning picture.


In Santorini, you can find fantastic accommodations. From little cheap hotels near the beach to hotels with an infinity pool on top of the cliff, and also stunning suites with a private cave pool.


12 most visited islands in Greece, santorini

Santorini is an island for everyone. It has bars where to party all night, top of cliffs restaurants where to enjoy a romantic dinner while losing your sight looking at the sunset with your loved one, but it also has friendly family hotels along the southeast side, where kids can play at the beach.


You can book delicious food and wine tastings (Santorini's wine is very famous), romantic photoshoots with a private photographer or a Santorini photography expedition to explore all the best places to take stunning pictures.



12 most visited islands in Greece, santorini

Santorini is not only a beautiful island where to take stunning pictures. Santorini also offers wonderful activities (that I highly recommend booking in advance because of high demand), from day trips and excursions to visit the famous hot spring, the volcanic island and Thirassia island.


Wonderful activities are also the horseriding tour on the beach, a catamaran cruise with bbq lunch included, a sunset cruise and much more. You can find all the activities available in Santorini on Tourscanner, the best website for activities around the world.


12 Most Visited Islands in Greece, santorini

How to get to Santorini?


Santorini has an international airport very well connected to most of the European capitals.


Still, if you are planning to visit other islands before or after, you can easily reach Athens by ferry from 4 to 10 hours (it all depends on which ferry you choose, of course, the faster one is also the more expensive).


Many islands are easily reached by ferry from Santorini, like Milos, Kea, Crete, Rhodes, Kasos, Chali, Naxos, Paros, Sifnos, Syros, Mykonos, Ios, and many more.


Check out the best ferry website to reach the Greek islands, Ferryhopper, where you will find all the ferry routes available in Greece.


To know more about Greece, check out "The Most Complete Guide of Greece" where you can find all the information you need to know to plan your next dream vacation.


12 Most Visited Islands in Greece, skiathos

3. Skiathos island:


Skiathos island is part of the Sporades, and it is also the closest to the mainland.


It is a very well known island, famous for its active nightlife, exceptional natural landscapes, and beautiful beaches (like every other Greek island) although you are going to also find some naturist spots, just in case you want to get rid of the swimsuit signs on your skin and of course, for the mouthwatering food.


There are also many little villages to try regional specialities after admiring ancient masterpieces from the middle ages.


skiathos island

Skiathos offers many activities for everyone, from a romantic visit to the famous Mamma Mia Island tour to see the famous little church in Skopelos, a wine tasting tour, Pelion boat trip to Poseidon's Cave, Canyoning and much more, have a look on Tourscanner to find all the activities available.


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How to get to Skyatos?


You can get there by ferry from the mainland ports of Volos, Thessaloniki, Mantoudi, Agios, and Kostantinos.

If you come from Athens, you will need to drive or catch a bus direct to the port of Volos (3.5 hours) and then catch a ferry for Skyatos (1.5-2.5 hours).


To book a ferry, check out all the ferry routes available on my favourite website Ferryhopper.


12 Most Visited Islands in Greece, zante island

4. Zante/Zakynthos island:


Located in the Ionian Sea, Zante or Zakynthos is where you will visit one of the most famous beaches in Greece, Navagio beach.


This beautiful beach, also known as Shipwreck Beach, is an exposed cove that appears in most videos, postcards, or articles about the beautiful Greek beaches.


Zant offers any kinds of outdoor activities, like ceramic making experiences, road tips, turtles cruise, ATV safari and much more. Check out on Tourscanner all the activities available in Zante.


12 Most Visited Islands in Greece, zante

You will entirely fall in love with its aquamarine blue water and its white sand.


Zante also offers a vibrant nightlife with many bars, clubs, and boat parties after having a delicious Greek dinner in one of its many restaurants.