Nightlife, Beaches and Culture on the Greek Islands
Boasting 227 inhabited islands that are surrounded by clear blue waters and glorious beaches, it’s not hard to see why Greece is such a popular tourist destination. In fact, some of these islands have become so popular that their entire economy is now centered around the tourism trade. But with so many great destinations on offer, choosing the best island for your holiday in Greece can be tricky. Luckily, our guide to some of the best Greek islands is here to help. Whether you want to relax on the beach, soak up some of that famous Greek culture or party until the sun goes down, there’s an island for just about everyone!
Best for Nightlife: Mykonos
Greece’s answer to Ibiza is known for housing some of the country’s very best beaches, but it’s the incredible nightlife that attracts most of the island’s holidaymakers. Every summer the island comes alive with sun seekers and celebrities who spend their days sunbathing and their nights moving between its myriad of bars and clubs.
The only real downside of Mykonos is how expensive it is, so you might want to save your pennies while before you leave. Also, think about how you’re going to cut down expenses whilst you’re floating from club to club on the thumping sounds of the lastest dance anthems. There are plenty of affordable hostels available, the local food is cheap and great, pick up a local sim card (make sure your phone is unlocked before you leave), and spend time admiring the natural beauty on your own rather than indulging in expesive tours.
Best for Sightseeing: Rhodes
Though there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy sunbathing and nightlife in Rhodes, there’s also plenty of culture to take in too, and the island was once home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the ‘Colossus’. One of Greece’s earliest holiday destinations, Rhodes’ medieval Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there are plenty of museums dotted around to punctuate those days lounging on the beach and nights spent discovering the vibrant nightlife.
Best for Architecture: Hydra
Hydra is one of the prettiest Greek islands, and thanks to a strict development policy there’s a whole host of beautiful architecture there that has been wonderfully preserved. The large houses dominating the hills and the pretty harbour are real highlights! The island is also home to some basic nightlife and wonderful beaches.
Best for Scenery: Santorini
Many people claim that if you’re only going to visit one Greek island you should make it Santorini, and it’s not hard to see why. As well as breath-taking views and its distinctive white and blue architecture, this volcanic island is also home to one of the most stunning sunsets in the world. While the black and red sand of the volcanic beaches might not appeal to everyone, Santorini offers the perfect mix of tranquil romance for couples and vibrant nightlife for younger holidaymakers.
Best All Rounder: Crete
As the largest of the Greek islands, Crete really does have it all and it’s the perfect all-rounder destination that will suit just about every kind of holidaymaker. From a distinctive local culture and old towns such as Chania and Rethymno to deserted beaches, unspoiled mountain villages and the best food of any Greek island, there’s so much on offer in Crete that you won’t be able to experience it in just one trip and there will always be something new to discover no matter how many times you return.
This was written by Dave Holcroft of www.globocation.com a website dedicated to independent travel and all things backpackerish! He’s seen a bit of the world on a shoestring shorter than you can care to imagine. He also enjoys writing in the 3rd person…