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Travel guides are frequently asked which is the best. An impossible question to answer because it depends on who is asking. Browse this site to help choose the Greek island that matches your preferences.

Some Popular Greek Islands

small harbour on Milos

Milos — A geological experience

Like Santorini, Milos is built in a volcano caldera. It’s minerals and volcanic rock give it a colorful appearance. More info and photos here.

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Paros — Something for everyone

Being a ferry hub makes Paros the island-hoppers favorite. Multiple sandy beaches so families, singles, couples, whoever can have their own. Plus small villages and city night life–quick overview here.

Hydra — Easy relief from Athens

The car-free island with neo-classical mansions has a very relaxing yet cosmopolitan vibe.

Crete — The Big Island with Everything, including Knossis

Home of ancient peoples and myths, this big, bold island is the Texas of Greece–independent until joining Greece in 1913.

Naxos — Big brother to Paros is very loveable.

Mountain villages and remote beach towns make Naxos perfect for exploring, especially by motor scooter. Read more here.

Sifnos — Collection of favorite villages

Green, mountainous and beautiful, this smaller, low populated island is a string of quaint, pleasant villages. See some photos here.

Skiathos, most popular of the Sporades group

Another green Greek island with plentiful beaches and youthful nightlife.

Rhodes, unique history of medieval knights

Beach resorts, ancient ruins and medieval castles, what more could want from a Greek island?

There are something like X thousand islands in Greece. So the handful shown on this site are just to whet your appetite to explore further. See NEXT PAGE for more on individuality of each island as well as why their residents live longer.
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Major Island Groups

Cyclades: Archetypical white houses with blue shutters; most popular with good ferry service; mostly dry and rocky.

Dodecanese: More remote and small, except for Rhodes. Each unique, especially Simi.

Sporades: Wild and forested; unique wildlife; only four are inhabited.

Saronic: Near Athens yet clean and neat; cosmopolitan; cars often not welcome.

Ionian: Northern and green; European influences; distinctive.

Crete: Big island with everything; unique culture; Greece’s Texas.

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