All of them? Joking aside, that’s a bit of an impossible question to answer.
With 6000 islands to choose from – only 227 of which are inhabited – there’s enough secluded beaches, ancient history, simply epic food, dramatic nature, charming towns (and people) to fill a lifetime of travels.
That’s why we’ve chosen some champions to represent the many Greek island holiday possibilities – from adventure hiking to wine and dining – and to give you a sense of the wonder they have to offer.
Top things to do:
- Take a boat to tucked away Lalaria Beach
- Explore the Bourtzi fortress on the waterfront, and the Chora’s old town
- Dive and see a shipwreck up close
- Go to the dark side of sea and sun at Perissa Black Sand Beach
- Watch the sun set over Santorini and the caldera (preferably while sipping a great wine)
- Soak in the sights on the scenic 9 km Fira-Oia hike
Crete – for those who want history (and food) on a grand scale
- Shell out for Crete’s signature snail dishes
- Go off the beaten track to see eye-opening natural wonders at Samaria Gorge and the Elafonissi lagoon (best reached from Chania on the west of Crete)
- Travel back in time at Knossos, one of the major Greek archaeological sites
Rhodes, Dodecanese Islands – for a place where culture is in full bloom
- Take a tour of Kritinia, a 16th century Venetian fort, and the sea-facing Lindos Acropolis.
- Spend a day relaxing on the quiet, golden sands and clear waters of Agtathi Beach.
- Get lost in the narrow, nameless streets of the Old Town.
- Admire the pretty patterns on the building facades in Pyrgi village
- Develop a taste for the aromatic mastic gum, which graces everything from pastries to liquor
- Pay your respects at one of Greece’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Nea Moni Monastery
- After a day of adventure, replenish yourself with fresh seafood at the harbor tavernas in Pothia
- Take a calm day trip to neighbouring Telendos
- In between dives and climbs, take time to relax at Kantouni Beach
- Swim in a infinity pool made of rock by the sea at Giola lagoon – or at one of Thassos’ many blissful beaches
- Visit the picturesque Monastery of Archangel Michael, perched on a cliff with a view of the Aegean
- Taste Thassos’ fine olive oil and dishes like pitarakia – a light, tasty courgette fritter
- Swim and soak up sun by day, sweat and dance to world-class DJs by night at Mykonos’ famous beach clubs
- Try out windsurfing at Kalafatis
- Stroll around the well-preserved, Instagram-friendly streets of Mykonos town and see the powder-white walls of Paraportiani Church
- Explore the abandoned town of Old Perithia – and the wild fruit trees, vineyards and Venetian ruins around it.
- Take your pick of the 6 heavenly beaches of Paleokastritsa
- Find your way around the Venetian old town
- Walk the trails of Mount Ainos National Park, and Fiskardo
- Watch the sunset at Myrtos Beach – and get a view from above if you can
- Fall deeply in love with Melissani Cave, or explore the depths by scuba diving at Fiskardo
- Indulge in the beauty of Hozoviotissa Monastery, and the oh-so-pretty white houses of Amorgos town (Chora)
- Taste local delights like Xerotigana – fried pies filled with white beet and fennel
- Snorkel in the deep blue waters, or sit back at Ayia Anna Beach, where The Big Blue was shot
- Enjoy an ouzo at one of the tavernas on the coast – and try out Symi’s famous mini shrimp
- Make your way to Nos, Agios Georgios, Agios Nikolaos, Nanou, Marathounta or Faneromeni beach… any beach really
- Climb the 500 stone steps of Kali Strata to see the postcard-worthy town from above
- Visit the Solomos Museum – and the Byzantine Museum in Solomos Square – to immerse yourself in local culture and history
- In addition to famous Navagio, visit Laganas beach – it’s where the endangered loggerhead turtles lay their eggs
- Take a trip to the Venetian Castle, which stands where the Acropolis once did
- Rejuvenate in the pool at Therma Beach, where hot springs meet cool sea water
- Visit the medieval settlement of Palio Pyli
- Explore the Ottoman quarter and end the day with fennel pie, fresh fish and proper tsípouro (or ouzo) at Pote tin Kyriaki – the name translates to “Never on Sundays”, and should give you an idea on opening times
- Visit the protector of the island, the 15th century Castle of Agia Mavra
- Lounge and swim in the shadow of cliffs at Porto Katsiki
- Find some time to explore the Dimossari Waterfalls
- Climb up to see the rectangular marble arch of Portara – or see the island from a thousand metres above at Mount Zas
- Visit a 6th century Byzantine monastery at Panagia Drosiani
- Get away to secluded Alyko or Plaka Beach
- Explore Heraion of Samos
- Visit Pythagoreio Archaeological Museum
- Climb to the cave of Pythagoras