Greece, albeit its current issues as a nation, is one of the most beautiful countries that there is in the world. It does have an unfair advantage though. Greece is home to thousands of islands that are all as scenic and as beautiful as you could ever imagine. Many of these islands are small spots of concentrated paradise. With literally thousands to choose from, its hard to pick exactly which island would best for your holiday. So here is a quick guide to a few of the countries best islands to visit and soak up some Grecian culture.
This is a tiny island near Turkey, just a short boat ride away in fact. Chios is the perfect island for sightseeing, especially for someone who loves ancient history. In the center of the island is Nea Moni. Nea Moni is an 11th century monastery that is still in pretty good shape considering how long its been around! You can also make your way to the south of the island to see ancient medieval villages and the walls and towers that once protected them.
If you love taking holiday to explore a bit of nature, then this is the island for you. This northern island is a home to plenty of beautiful sandy beaches and pine covered hills. There is a nature conservatory on the island and there is plenty of wildlife to look in on as you walk around the forest trails. You can also see monasteries, Byzantine churches, and visit plenty of museums.
Another island near Turkey is Rhodes. This island is the perfect mix of history and relaxing holiday. Rhodes is known for its historic Old Town, Temple of Apollo, the Governor’s Palace, the Rhodes Footbridge, and the Acropolis of Lindos just to name a few. But it isn’t all about history for a holiday on this island. There are plenty of beachfront resorts to take in the sun and small villages to get some modern Greek culture in.
This is largest of all of the Greek islands. This may also be the island that has the most variety of activities and things to do. There are several options for hiking, bike riding, swimming, gorge trekking, and much more. As any part of Greece there is also great history to experience. You can visit Knossos Palace from the Minoan civilization and several archaeological sites scattered throughout the island. Crete flights are not hard to find either. If you can find a cheap Crete flight, why not go?
Maybe the most famous of the Greek islands, Santorini speaks for itself. The whitewashed buildings set against the back drop of a deep blue ocean set the stage for a dramatic view that is hard to believe is real. The cobblestone streets of the city are lined with cafes and tavernas filled with Greeks doing what they do best, enjoying life.