With breathtaking views, a rich and ancient history, vibrant culture at every turn and an atmosphere made for fun under the Mediterranean sun, why not treat yourself to a memorable escape to the glorious Greek Islands.
From small and intimate islets with secluded bays lapped by the warm cobalt waters of the Mediterranean to iconic party islands perfect for letting your hair down and dancing the night away. More than just the birthplace of democracy and philosophy, Greece and her islands are the playground of the East Mediterranean- blending adventure and experiences together like nowhere else.
Here are our top 12 Greek islands to explore on a Greek island yacht charter.
Both the Capital and the largest city in Greece, Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and home to iconic 5th-century landmarks such as the Parthenon and the Acropolis. Enjoy a spot of retail therapy in the heart of the city in Ermou Street, with 1 ½ km of store-lined avenue. Kolonaki Square is arguably the best place to stock up on designer clothes before kicking back with a coffee and people watching. Aegeon Beach is the perfect place to drop anchor and soak up incredible views of mainland Greece and the Aegean ocean, near enough to the city to enjoy the best it has to offer while being just far enough away to enjoy some peace and tranquillity.
When it comes to natural beauty, Milos is often regarded as the jewel of the Cyclades due to its breathtaking volcanic landscape that paints the beaches in a kaleidoscope of colours from red, orange, pink and white. Surrounded by crystal clear, emerald waters, it’s definitely one to visit if beach life is what you’re looking for. Be sure to check out Little Venice and the Catacombs while you’re here, along with catching a glimpse of where the Venus de Milo was discovered. Paleochori and Papafragas beaches are both great spots to set as your base when stopping off at the beautiful island of Milos.
Home to the Chrysopigi Monastery, secluded beaches and a food scene that will satisfy every taste bud, Sifnos is a treat for all of the senses. More of a relaxation destination than a party island, it’s awash with pottery, protected coves and gastronomic delights. Appolonia is where you’ll find the best selection of places to eat, drink and shop, exploring boutique stores, hidden back streets and small workshops. Kamares and Faros beach are both perfect for yacht charters to the Greek islands, providing easy access to the mainland while making the most of the stunning island backdrop.
As one of the most famous Greek islands for tourism, you’re guaranteed plenty of things to see and do in Ios. Home to the Tomb of Homer and some of the best beaches in Greece, it truly bursts into life at night. As the sun sets over the island, bars, clubs, and cocktail lounges open their doors to the crowds, with some of the best-known DJ’s entertaining the masses. For a secluded escape, head to Paralia Pikri Nero beach or Valmas cove, where the calm waters are made for snorkelling and swimming away from the tourists. Or, simply take in the sunset aboard your yacht, where your chef will serve you fine-dining culinary delights to accompany you on this perfect evening.
Possibly one of the most iconic Greek islands, Santorini should feature on every yacht charter itinerary. Whitewashed houses cling to the towering cliff sides, while the main towns are awash with history and culture dating back millennia. Home to some of the finest white wines in the world, the island combines stunning vineyards and olive groves with a natural volcanic backdrop, merging modern with traditional, creating one of the most romantic settings on the European continent.
Along with Ios and Mykonos, Paros is a popular destination for those who appreciate a party atmosphere. While full of historical and cultural gems such as Panagia Ekatontapiliani, it’s when the sun sets that it truly starts to shine. For day lovers, traditional villages, secluded coves, and historic landmarks await. Another benefit of Paros is its location, placing it in the heart of the Cyclades and making it a hub of boating and transportation to the entire region.
With a fertile mountainous landscape, Naxos is home to traditional agricultural villages, Medieval Venetian mansions, never-ending stretches of beach and fascinating ruins. Agios Prokopios, Plaka beaches are all perfect for long, lazy days under the Mediterranean sun, while evenings are more subdued and relaxed than the neighbouring party islands. While the largest of the Greek Cyclades, it relies more on agriculture than tourism, making it the perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy a more traditional way of life.
When it comes to Greek party islands, Mykonos takes the crown as the most popular. From sprawling beach parties and colossal dance clubs to lively beach clubs and cocktail lounges like Nammos Beach, most people rise with the moon and set with the sunrise here. Of course, as with everywhere in Greece, there are two sides to every island. Some of the top sights to see in Mykonos are the 16th-century windmills above Mykonos town and Alefkandra (Little Venice). Food is also a massive draw to the island, with fresh seafood, traditional cuisine, and local wines being among the best in Southern Europe.
This small, private island has long been off-limits to tourists apart from a tiny rocky outcrop that permitted visitors to enjoy the beach. However, its recent sale is seeing the island become a luxury resort and retreat. Famous as the place where Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis in 1968, it is surrounded by lush forests, crystalline waters, soft sand beaches and gorgeous views.
The largest of the Ionian islands, Kefalonia is arguably home to the best natural landscapes in all of Greece. Towering limestone cliffs, small secluded beaches, lush tropical foliage and whitewashed stone villas create a picture-perfect destination. Melissani and Drogarati caves provide the backdrop for romantic adventures, while Echinades is best explored aboard your yacht charter. From exquisite food and drink to mesmerising ancient sites, it’s easy to spend an entire week here and still have plenty to see and do.
Picturesque and with a more traditional atmosphere, it is the perfect place to explore cobbled streets, boutique restaurants and quaint ports. Unlike many of the other Greek islands, Hydra has stood still in time, with no cars, moped, or bikes to be seen. Transport is done via a tenderi, helping to preserve the history and architecture that draws so many visitors each year. Naturally, beaches here are equally as beautiful and typically tend to be much less crowded than on the nearby islands.
Corfu has earned itself a reputation of being one of the best hotspots for European tourism due to its resort-studded coastline, cosmopolitan old town, mouthwatering cuisine and lively nightlife. Beaches are a big hit here, with long stretches of white sand, warm azure waters and plenty of private coves to enjoy. Architecturally, influence from the British, French and Venetians have shaped it into one of the most diverse islands to visit.
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