A Greek island for everyone

It's no secret that the ambience and beauty of the Greek islands have been luring visitors for many years.

But did you realise that some are even more compatible for various reasons?

For instance: food fiends love Kasos.

What to see: An island junkie’s nirvana, the history of Kasos is inextricably linked with that of the Greek Revolution, as you’ll learn at the Nautical Museum.

Getting there: You'd better like boats. A lot. That said, if you want to break up the journey you can travel there via Crete.

Did you know? From Mediterranean parrotfish to delicious Kasiot cheeses, the island is full of locavore foodie delights. The people of Kasos have been producing cheeses of excellent quality for decades.


Colourful Klima village (© Perikles Merakos)

For romantics, Milos is very popular.

What to see: The volcanic sand beaches (any or all of them) as well as the mind-blowingly gorgeous, alabaster white volcanic coastal formations at Sarakiniko.

Getting there: Frequent daily ferry service from Piraeus.

Did you know? Milos was formed not with a single bang like Santorini but rather from successive underwater volcanic eruptions over hundreds of thousands of years.


One of the world’s most famous sunsets (© Perikles Merakos)

Another one for romantics - Santorini

What to see: Principally what isn’t there – where there used to be more island, now there is the world’s most dramatic volcanic caldera, and much of the scenic thrill of Santorini is simply to gaze out over the sea-filled crater, especially at sunset. Don’t miss the spectacular Minoan ruins at Akrotiri or the beaches, some of which have reddish or black-coloured sand.

Getting there: As the most popular Greek island, hands down, Santorini is also one of the most accessible islands, with frequent ferry service from Piraeus (and from Heraklion in Crete in summer), as well as regular air connections from Athens. From Piraeus, count on as little as four hours and 50 minutes or as much as seven hours and 45 minutes to get there, depending on the ferry.

Did you know? Santorini’s native Assyrtiko white wine is exceptionally good.


Hohlakoura bay on Lipsi (© Visualhellas.gr)

Escapists prefer Lipsi

What to see: Beaches like Platys Gialos and Tourkomnina (sandy) and Hohlakoura and Papantria (pebbly), to name just a few.

Getting there: Ferries leaving Piraeus, with stops, will take from eight to nine hours.

Did you know? Lipsi is the mythical island of Kalypso, the nymph who drew Odysseus into her fold for seven years.

Also consider: Any island after November.


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