Thinking of travelling to Greece? We’ve got 8 reasons why you must include a visit to the Greek Islands on your European holiday!
1. Endless Variety
You know what they say, “variety is the spice of life” and if you’re looking for variety; then the Greek Islands is certainly the place to find it!
On one hand you’ve got Mykonos, which is unquestionably the party capital of all the Greek Islands and home to some of the biggest music festivals in the world, whilst over on Paros, things are a lot slower-paced, allowing you to sip on your frappe surrounded by Greeks playing backgammon.
2. Delicious Food
Greek cuisine offers an incredibly rich and diverse array of foods, which flavours change with the season and geography – they are also the culmination of thousands of years of tradition. From the unique fried cheese appetizer of Saganaki to the more traditional souvlaki, you’ll find an endless smorgasbord of mouth-watering dishes in the Greek Islands.
Food is an important aspect of Greek culture; so don’t miss out on the opportunity to try authentic Greek dishes whilst island hopping.
3. Killer Drinks
Did someone say shots? Well this is the Greek Islands; so yes, they probably did!
When you’re in the Greek Islands, you simply have to try ouzo – no other drink is as uniquely Greek or as closely linked to a culture as ouzo is to Greece. Before you down your shot, make sure you toast “yamas” – which means “cheers” in Greek!
4. Stunning Beaches
Red Beach, which earns its name from the iron-rich rocks in the surrounding cliffs, is undoubtedly one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in Santorini. Because of its size and popularity, Red Beach can become quite crowded – so be sure to secure your spot before midday or rent an umbrella and a pair of chaise lounges for €8 and relax!
Other notable beaches are Mylopotas Beach in Ios and Paradise Beach in Mykonos.
5. Amazing Weather
The Greek Islands are blessed with a beautiful Mediterranean climate that is ideal for travel all year round, but summer is really when the islands come alive!
With temperatures often soaring above 40 degrees during the peak summer season, the Greek Islands are a hive of activity with everyone fighting for shade or a space on the beaches.
6. Gorgeous Scenery
Whilst the Greek Islands is known for its party atmosphere, it’s also hugely popular for its bewildering beaches, sheltered bays, coastal caves and further inland, its ancient villages, monasteries and world-class museums.
Did you know that you can watch a sunset in Oia so spectacular, that the crowd applauds when it goes down? Now that’s some sunset!
7. Epic Nightlife
The Greek Islands is known for its party reputation and whilst the intensity of partying varies from island to island, destinations such as Ios are a haven for younger party animals looking to dance into the early hours of the morning.
Make sure you check out the world famous Slammer Bar – it’s located in Chora’s main square in Ios. Guests have the chance to put on a helmet, take a shot and get hit on the head with an object by the bartender!
8. Easy Connections
With so many islands making up the Greek Island Archipelago, there are literally hundreds of ferry route variations, which can be somewhat overwhelming. Fortunately, package holiday tours have solved this issue by offering an easy alternative to navigating the Greek Islands on your own.
Our Greek Island Hopping tour is a fantastic way to travel between the islands whilst enjoying the Greek culture, beautiful beaches and epic nightlife along the way.