Have you decided to have your holidays in Greek Islands this summer ? We know, they are too many and it’s hard to choose one of them. The Telegraph will help you. The experts of it have made a list of the best islands. Here they are:
Best for beaches: Zakynthos
Zakynthos is the third biggest island in the Ionian sea following Cephalonia and Corfu. It is most known for it’s stunning Shipwreck bay, which was inspiration and mission of the trip along my curiosity to see other beaches of the island.
Fame of the Navagio beach has driven tourism of Zakynthos and unfortunately it has paid it’s dues. Island has lost some of it’s natural charm and untouched beauty. Overwhelmed by cheap hotels, plastic restaurants and bars, you have to drive far away from the city to see the true beauty of the island. While only several beaches are left unspoiled, those couple will be the best you have seen in a while.
Best for families: Corfu
Corfu was one of the first Greek islands that opened its doors to tourists, and since then, has evolved into an international tourist centre, attracting visitors from all over the world, and offering well-equipped and modern tourist facilities. Despite the fact that the tourism rate here is among the highest in Greece, Corfu has managed to keep its authenticity. Almost all villages and especially the capital CorfuTown seem untouched, retaining their local colours. Due to the size of the island, visitors can find peace and quiet, amazing crowded and deserted beaches, interests for families, all in one.
Best for history and culture: Delos
It’s a UNESCO world heritage site. It’s an ark of history, floating lazily on the waters of the Aegean Sea, just a few miles away from cosmopolitan Mykonos. It’s a chance to walk around the revival of the glory of the Greek civilization. It’s the head priest of the Cyclades, the birthplace of the immortals. It’s Delos.
Best for hotels: Mykonos
Welcome to Greece’s most famous cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades. According to mythology, Mykonos was formed from the petrified bodies of giants killed by Hercules. And did you know that the island took its name from the grandson of Apollo, “Mykonos”?
Set out on a journey to discover a fascinating world where glamour meets simplicity. On Mykonos celebrities, college students and families mingle together to celebrate the Greek summer. Whether you are an entertainment junkie out for a real good time, or a visitor who wishes to explore the island’s history and tradition, Mykonos will certainly meet your expectations.
Best for food: Crete
Crete stands free of mainland Greece, complex and proud with wild, mountainous terrain and a strong traditional culture. Cretan cuisine is renowned both in Greece and internationally for its unique ingredients and flavours. Based on simple techniques, it’s the variety of local produce that distinguishes the dishes: mountain herbs and greens, bulbs, unique cheeses, fresh fish, the famous Cretan oil, and raki a bracing grape brandy.
Best for wine: Kefalonia
Kefalonian wines are among the most sought after in Greece for their fine quality and excellent taste. According to Homer, the wines were already well- known at the time of Trojan wars, hence the local experience in the art of wine- making derives from the ancient times. During the centuries, the Kefalonian wines had been enjoyed by the Spanish-Venetians, French and British occupiers of the island and it has been only after the WWII and following the 1953 earthquake that producers improved their methods, thus enabling the exquisite taste to be captured, and, literally, bottled. As a result, production volume increased and consequently, wines became widely available.
Best for couples: Symi
Known for its small and clean beaches, vibrant festivals and colorful neo-classical houses, Symi offers couples a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere paired with fantastic architecture to explore together. From anywhere on the island, couples can get a stunning view of the ocean, and a promenade along its port sets the mood for many romantic evenings spent with a special other.
Best for views: Santorini
Actually, on an island with so much beauty, the best views of Santorini are hard to choose. It’s not because there are few or the places are inaccessible to the public, no, but rather because at every turn and just a few steps down the path you stop and believe you found it again. You discovered the best view. And it’s true until you find the next one a few minutes later.
Best for nightlife: Rhodes
Rhodes is famous for its nightlife. More than famous. It was notorious. Places like Faliraki were featured on international television for the behavior of the young people there. Now there is good news and bad news. Rhodes is not what it used to be. The good news is that it is probably better than anywhere you have been lately. The bars and clubs are not jammed with people except during high-season. That means you can walk down the street and find a place that plays the kind of music you like and probably be able to have a drink and a conversation and maybe even dance if you are so inspired.
Best for watersports: Lefkada
Lefkada is an unparallel destination for the lovers of sea sports. If you are one of them, put on the friskier of your moods and give in to an adrenaline party at the hot spots of the island.