Greece is a country that I’ve wanted to visit for a really long time and will probably be quite high up on the list once we start planning our next family holiday. It’s one of those places that has everything I could want – history, amazing food, vibrant culture, fantastic activities, nightlife, and white sandy beaches – what more could a girl want from a holiday destination?! With this in mind, I’ve been doing some reading about the different Greek islands and have learned that there are some ideal places for each different type of holiday maker, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned:
Best Island for Families
The best places to go in Greece for a family are the Greek Islands, and one of the most popular islands for families is Naxos. But there are many others that are also kid-friendly and great for families. Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes, and Corfu are four more that have great beaches, cool towns, and a family-friendly atmosphere. Santorini is typically thought of as a couples’ destination but there’s a lot to see and do and it’s still a great family destination (especially if your kids are a little older, say, 6 and up).
Best Island for Pure Luxury
Mykonos and Santorini can both offer you countless and high-end accommodation facilities which will make your stay unforgettable. Whether you stay in a 5 star hotel or in one of the many luxury Greece villas available to rent, you can experience great services in dining, and transportation. Mykonos is mostly flat with a dry landscape while Santorini is completely different. Mykonos has long swathes of beach and plenty of seaside streets, while Santorini has an epic caldera view, unlike anywhere else in Greece. What’s more, the island features volcanic beaches, vineyards and towns set high above the caldera which make up for an impressive panoramic view which you will not find in Mykonos.
Best Island for Nightlife
One of Greece’s most popular islands, Corfu boasts long stretches of spellbinding coastline and nightlife venues that’ll have you dancing on tables the minute you waltz through the door. Start your night in the historic Old Town with a chilled cocktail in chic surroundings. Make your next moves at the beach club, Pazuzu. Just a few steps away from the crystal clear waters of the Ionian sea, the stylish venue is constantly churning out fantastic parties to the beats of world famous DJs all summer long. Dance the night away against the backdrop of jaw-dropping sunsets and one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful landscapes. Check out some fake ID reviews before you hit the clubs to ensure you can still get into the best places even if the Greek drinking age is different from your drinking age at home.
Best Island for History
The largest island in Greece, Crete boasts 600 miles of coastline. There are several picturesque towns such as Chania and Rethymno. Crete has some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Soak up the sun on Balos Beach, with its crystal clear water. Crete is also a great destination for hikers. Samaria Gorge is the longest trekking gorge in Europe, at 11 miles. In this famous Greek National Park you can spot animals like the Cretan goat. There are also some fascinating historical sites and ancient ruins on Crete. Knossos is the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on the island.
Best Island for Relaxation
Also known as Eubopea, Evia is the second largest island in Greece. Evia island is easily reached by road or by ferry. Evia produces some high quality white wine, particularly on Lilantio Plain near Halkida. Avantis Estate is an award-winning winery in the village of Mytikas. Thermae Sylla Spa and Wellness Hotel is a five star hotel that has welcomed celebrities, royalty and politicians such as Winston Churchill since opening in 1896. Guests are drawn to the hot thermal pool and hydrotherapy treatments. This is considered to be one of the best thermal spas in the world. There are 80 hot springs in the town of Loutra Edipsou, which has attracted visitors since ancient times. The water is rich in calcium, iron and magnesium.