For beach bums, the ultimate getaway might just be Greek Islands vacations. These exotic islands, with their stunningly gorgeous beaches, charming villages, fresh cuisine, and healthy approach to life deliver exactly what every warm-weather trip should: pure pleasure. From sunbathing on the golden shores to devouring fresh fish while watching the sunset, beach holidays in Greece are the stuff dreams are made of. The one complicated thing is choosing an approach. There are many Greek Islands to choose from and some are more populated than others. Travelers should take an individual approach to the planning process, and choose an island—or multiple islands—that suit their personality.
With more than 6,000 islands total, it might seem impossible to narrow down your choices for Greek Islands vacations. The truth is, many of the pictures you’ve seen come from a short list of favorite islands, and these are often the ones that are convenient to reach for international travelers. There are endless ways to get off the beaten path in the Greek Isles, but if you don’t want to spend your entire trip traveling to get there, you might want to narrow your focus to include some highlights such as Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, and Corfu.
Contrary to popular belief, beach holidays in Greece can be planned to fit with different budgets. There are endless opportunities to spend money, from 5-star luxury hotels and expansive villas to more modest accommodation, such as small family-run guesthouses and vacation rentals. The other biggest factor for cost is time of year. The Greek Islands are wildly popular in the summer months, but if you’re willing to visit in spring and fall, you will experience cheaper prices along with some cool sea breezes. If budget isn’t a concern, you might want to squeeze in as much as possible. Santorini for example, is called the Diamond of the Greek Isles. Here visitors will find white-washed villages nestled into volcanic cliffs, all looking out over the Aegean Sea.
Greek Islands vacations are all about the scenery. While yes there are opportunities to head out on boat tours and fishing expeditions, or even work on your tan on the beach, some would argue that the best places to be are perched higher, where you san soak in all the views. If you’re looking particularly for golden beaches, choose Mykonos. This island is known for its bronzed, young clientele and gorgeous white-washed buildings. What was once a sleepy fishing village has been transformed into a destination of choice for the jet set. Some travelers find it too crowded at peak times during the summer, but if you’re looking for a place with a buzzing atmosphere, this is it.
Another top spot for beach holidays in Greece is Crete. As the largest (and most varied) of all the Greek Islands, you will find many things in one place here. If you’re looking for one island that offers beaches for relaxing, mountains for hiking, and ancient cities for exploring – the best choice is Crete. Beyond these three favorites, another great spot is the island of Corfu. Reminiscent of Italy, this beautiful island is ideal for travelers who want the focus of their trip to be more than just the beach. Here, you will eat wonderful food and take in all the gorgeous architecture on top of sunbathing and boating. No matter where you choose for your Greek Isles getaway, you will be hooked on the seductive lifestyle.