5 Lesser known Greek Islands that you must visit

When it comes to islands, Greece has no shortage of them. For the locals, living on these islands is akin to living in heaven on earth and for the tourist, they are a great place to spend their vacations.

When it comes to holidaying in Greece most people usually think of Crete, Santorini, and Rhodes. While they may be beautiful and well worth a visit, why not visit these slightly lesser-known islands this time around.

1. Folegandros (Cyclades)

Folegandros is the unknown Santorini. Here you will find picturesque villages with white houses and blue roofs.

Compared to the sister island of Santorini, Folegandros is a perfect place for a peaceful and relaxed holiday in Greece. You can taste the authentic Greek cuisine in the traditional taverns, admire nature and relax on the quiet beaches of the Cyclades islands.

Among the most beautiful beaches on the island are Angali, Katergo Beach, and Agios Georgios.

If you’re looking for beach entertainment, nightlife, and places to visit, you probably won’t be happy on Folegandros. This island is a place for everyone who is looking for relaxation, tranquility, and deceleration.

2. Naxos (Cyclades)

Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades.

It is one of the all-rounders among the Greek islands. Here you will find beautiful beaches, untouched nature, a lot of space for hiking, and exciting nightlife. There are also mountain villages, ancient ruins, and long sandy beaches. In the main town of Chora, people celebrate in the bars and taverns.

The interesting sights on Naxos are the capital Chora, the Demeter temple, and the ruins of Portara of Naxos.

The most beautiful beaches include Plaka, the family-friendly Sahara Beach, and Mikri Vigla.

3. Skiathos (Sporades)

Skiathos is a small island in the northwest of the Aegean Sea. The island is best known for its beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife.

Along the coast of the islands, you will find many oat towns with nice taverns where you can taste traditional Greek cuisine.

There is also a variety of sandy and pebbly beaches to suit all tastes in Skiathos. The most beautiful beaches include Vromolimnos with its golden sand, Megas Gialos, Lalaria Beach, and Koukounaries Beach.

The interesting sights on the island are the 14th-century castle, the mysterious Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria, and the Alexander Papadiatmati House.

All in all, the charming Greek island is perfect for those who are looking for beautiful sandy beaches and are not so concerned about the holiday budget.

4. Amorgos (Cyclades)

Located in the Agean, Amorgos rises from the sea in its oblong shape, reminiscent of a gigantic snake. Visitors regularly hold their breath as they land on Amorgos.

The easternmost island of the Cyclades looks like a natural, inaccessible, almost hostile fortress. Its precipitous shores drop into emerald waters and one cannot help but be awed by the numerous craters dominating the landscape from afar.

Here you will find meandering paths, enchanting chapels, stone windmills, and traditional villages in a place steeped in history. 

The monastery of Hozoviotissa, nestled in the rugged rocky landscape, is one of the most important historical sites in the entire archipelago.

Visitors and fans of Amorgos are only too happy to swap their flippers for hiking boots to explore the interior of the island. The rugged and rocky landscape is perfect for short or long trekking tours.

If you Google Amorogos, you might come across the meme “the 25th island of Greece”. Fans of the video game “Among Us” know what we are talking about. So if you weren’t already impressed with what this 25th island of Greece has to offer, here is another reason for you to visit the island

5. Kefalonia (Ionian Islands)

Kefalonia is the largest Greek island in the Ionian Sea between Greece and Italy. The island is a beautiful destination for those looking for peace, relaxation, and a diverse natural landscape.

The natural sights of Kefalonia are also the main attractions on the island. For example, visit the Drogarati stalactite cave with a 2 km long labyrinth of bizarre stalagmites and stalactites or take a tour to Lake Melissani.

Other sights include the island’s capital, Argostoli, the Church of Agios Spyridonas, and the Lighthouse of St. Theodore.

Myrtos on the Kefalonia coast is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. Other recommended beaches on the island are Xi Beach with red sand and Platis Gialos Beach.

There are almost no attractions on the island that could be of interest to children and teenagers. If you want to keep the kids entertained during a family vacation, then you should rather choose another island from our list.

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