Think of Greece and it conjures up images of glistening beaches, ancient ruins and picturesque seaside villages. But with hundreds of islands to choose from, how can you find the right one to suit you? Here at Holiday Lettings, we’ve picked some of our favourite islands and highlighted what makes them special. So, whether you’re looking for an action-packed family holiday in Zante or a blissful escape in Santorini, your Greek adventure is just a few clicks away…
Great for: couples, romantic breaks, luxury rentals
Famous for its stunning sunsets, blue-domed churches and sprawling vineyards, Santorini has a dreamlike quality that lends itself perfectly to honeymoons and romantic getaways. The island curves round a giant lagoon in the Cyclades, offering spectacular views from the whitewashed towns overlooking the azure ocean. Perissa and Kamari are two of the island’s best beaches, while the famous Red Beach near Akrotiri is a favourite with archaeology buffs. It’s no surprise that this instantly-recognisable island is one of the most popular with holidaymakers the world over.
Great for: museums, culture, nature
With its green and luscious landscape, pristine beaches and fascinating historical sites, Corfu is one Greek island not to be missed. If you want to experience life like a local, head to a secluded seaside village, such as Agios Stefanos, Afionas or Palia Perithea, where you’ll be treated to fantastic views of the valleys. One of the best ways to see the sights is with a bus tour where you can hop off and on all day, exploring landmarks such as Achilleion Museum and Corfu Old Town.
Great for: beaches, watersports, wildlife
Also known by its Italian name, Zante, this gorgeous Greek island has the best of both worlds – facilities, attractions and long sandy beaches in the more popular areas, and traditional rural villages away from the tourist trap. Head to the west coast where you’ll find breathtaking limestone cliffs and crystal-clear waters, or watch the sunset from the cliffs of Keri and Kryoneri.
For endless beaches and exhilarating watersports, pick a place in Lagana, Tsilivi, Argassi or Kalamaki. And if you’re interested in wildlife, the protected Loggerhead sea turtle resides in this area, so why not book a tour and see this beautiful animal for yourself?
Great for: scenery, peaceful escapes, picturesque villages
If it’s a relaxing escape you’re looking for, Paxos won’t disappoint. From sunbathing to snorkeling, fine-dining to hiking in the mountains, there are so many ways to unwind when you book a rental here. Take a stroll through ancient olive groves before enjoying a warm welcome and some succulent seafood at a traditional taverna. Or spend the day exploring the east coast with its sandy beaches, enchanting coves and views of the Greek mainland.
Great for: party vibes, group holidays, shopping
This seductive destination is a haven for party-goers, jet-setters and celebs. The island is humming with energy and attracts a diverse crowd that thrives on its stylish nightlife and coffee shop culture. The beaches in the south are where it’s at, and you can waterski, windsurf or parasail until your heart’s content. If you’d like a little more privacy, set off for the more secluded northern beaches where you can simply soak up the sun and conserve your energy for the night ahead.
Great for: family-friendly stays, culture, scenery
Exotic Cephalonia, or Kefalonia as it’s also known, is the largest of the Ionian islands and, if you think you’ve seen it before, it was the filming location for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin! With its sparkling azure waters, glittering beaches and emerald-green mountains, visitors are sure to fall in love with its natural beauty. Take a tour of the caves in Melissani, explore the ancient monastery of Agios Gerasimos or spend the day popping in the tavernas and shops at Argostoli Harbour. There’s so much to keep the whole family happy on this warm and welcoming island.
Great for: cuisine, historical landmarks, outdoor activities
It’s easy to see why Crete has been a popular holiday destination with families for many years. From wandering around the Venetian and Byzantine castles of the region to paddling in the sea at the glorious Blue Flag Elafonissos beach, toddlers, teens and grown-ups alike will be in their element. Delve into the history of the island at the Museum of Natural History and the Historical Museum of Crete before enjoying a family-sized ‘dakos salad’ – a dish comprised of tomatoes, barley rusk, olives and feta. At the end of a busy day, watch the sun go down by the pool at your private holiday rental.
Great for: ancient monuments, fine dining, beaches
Also known as the ‘Knights’ island’, Rhodes has a fascinating history just waiting to be discovered. Visit Rhodes Old Town where you’ll find winding alleys, elegant mansions and a medieval castle; you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale! Visit the Rodos Museum of Folklore where you can find out more about life as a local in ancient Rhodes. Kids will love a day out at the waterpark or the petting zoo, whilst grown-ups can look forward to a banquet of traditional Greek mezze in the evening.