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Greece's sun-kissed islands, with their clear and warm seas, cobalt skies and jasmine-scented summer nights, are a dream holiday destination. But why settle for the usual? Greece boasts 227 inhabited islands, each with its unique charm and quirks. Beyond the popular holiday hotspots of Corfu and Mykonos, there are numerous under-the-radar islands waiting to be explored. Escape the crowds and enjoy lazy days on secluded beaches or wander through ancient olive groves along winding paths. Some islands are ideal for touring with dramatic landscapes, while others are car-free and offer a peaceful retreat. Greece is a top summer destination, and its hidden islands offer a unique and unforgettable experience that should not be missed.

If you're looking for an authentic Greek island experience that's not overrun by tourists, we've got you covered. Check out our top picks for lesser-known islands that are off the beaten path. Who knows, it might just inspire your next holiday destination!

 

 

Tilos Tilos

Tilos

Nestled in the Dodecanese archipelago, Tilos offers an escape from the bustle of popular tourist hotspots like Rhodes and Kos. Unlike its busy neighbours, life on Tilos is serene and peaceful. Explore craggy mountains, hidden beaches, and fields of wildflowers. Spot rare birds and visit medieval castles while taking in sublime sea views. Discover the island's remote monastery and a cave of dwarf elephants. This is the perfect destination for those seeking an authentic and simpler way of life. Nature lovers and hikers are drawn to Tilos, but it's also a pioneer in environmental issues. With no large hotel developments or noisy nightlife, Tilos is a place to unwind and step back in time.

 

Ikaria Ikaria

Ikaria

Located in the Eastern Aegean Sea, Ikaria is a breathtaking Greek island that boasts sandy beaches, lush green hillsides and awe-inspiring mountains. It is linked to Greek mythology through the story of Icarus. Its thermal springs are renowned for having a unique chemical composition. There are countless reasons to visit this outstanding destination, including the island's unparalleled lifestyle, renowned festivals, traditional dances, and local customs. Swim in the crystal-clear waters, enjoy the beautiful gorges, and savour local delicacies such as fresh fish and fragrant wine. Discover the secrets of Ikarian longevity and experience the island's essence.

 

Lemnos Lemnos

Lemnos

Lemnos (or Limnos) is a stunning island situated between Lesvos and Thassos in the northeastern Aegean Sea. This idyllic location boasts white buildings, terracotta roofs, and groves of shady trees and gardens that provide a real village feel. Despite its beauty, Lemnos has remained relatively unexplored by tourists, meaning even in peak season, visitors can enjoy the large sandy beaches with plenty of space to themselves. For those looking to experience local traditions and an authentic Greek lifestyle, Lemnos is the perfect destination.

Chios Chios

Chios

Chios is an island that should be on everyone's bucket list. Nestled in the North Aegean Sea near Turkey, it is famous for its medieval villages, a UNESCO-recognized monastery, and its legendary mastic trees. With a rich history dating back to the Neolithic period 8,000 years ago, Chios is full of surprises and contrasts. The coastline alone is breathtaking, boasting stunning beaches like the darkly pebbled Mavros Gialos and the soft sandy Komi Beach. Inland, you can meander through the winding paths of picturesque villages that are well-known for their distinct medieval architecture. You can also explore the famous mastic groves and learn about the production of this uniquely Chian sap. Chios is a multifaceted island that offers something for everyone. The local residents, called Chians, are eager to share their history and culture with visitors, making it a must-visit destination.

Kythira Kythira

Kythira

Nestled between the Aegean and Ionian Seas, just off the southern tip of the Lakonian Peninsula in the Peloponnese, lies the tranquil isle of Kythira. Home to a small population of less than 4,000, spread across 40 villages, this remote island offers incredible natural beauty. From vibrant green valleys to hidden gorges and precipitous cliffs that dip down to the glistening turquoise sea, Kythira is a sight to behold. Its ancient Chora is a picturesque wonder, with enticing whitewashed streets and a 16th-century Venetian castle waiting to be explored. Stroll through the alleyways and discover charming little shops and authentic tavernas, offering delicious Greek cuisine with stunning sea views.

 

Syros Syros

Syros

Despite being the capital of the Cyclades, Syros has remained relatively untouched by tourism. However, this is a blessing in disguise as this lesser-known Greek island is a true gem of the archipelago. With a unique blend of Catholic and Orthodox denominations, Syros has a rich history that is well worth exploring. The historical capital of Ermoupoli is a stunning mix of colourful neoclassical buildings and Cycladic architecture, reflecting the island's fascinating cultural identity.

 

Skyros Skyros

Skyros

Escape from the crowds and immerse yourself in authentic Greek culture on the southernmost island of Sporades – Skyros. This idyllic island boasts untouched natural beauty and a rich history that has shaped its unique character and strong traditions. Discover the charming whitewashed main town, Chora, also known as Skyros. Located high above the sea and facing inland, it was built to evade pirates. Follow the winding main street that ascends past the square to the Venetian kastro above. Along the way, you'll encounter characterful village shops, chapels, colourful cafes, and authentic local restaurants. Skyros' relative isolation has allowed it to develop its own distinctive culture and traditions. With limited tourism, the island's economy is still primarily based on farming and fishing. Skyros is truly a must-visit destination for anyone seeking an authentic Greek island experience.

 

Alonissos Alonissos

Alonissos

Alonissos is a stunning island with a distinct personality. Its rugged natural landscape features olive and pine trees that stretch down to the crystal-clear azure waters. As the most remote island in the group, it is home to the National Marine Park of Northern Sporades, a sanctuary for dolphins, the Mediterranean monk seal, and rare seabirds. Explore the picturesque capital and harbor of Patitiri, with its gorgeous stone-paved waterfront and medieval castle that boasts breathtaking views of the sea.

 

Agistri Agistri

Agistri

At just 13 square kilometres, the island of Agistri is the smallest in the Saronic chain and often goes unnoticed. However, visitors are bound to be surprised by the island's charm and natural beauty. The coastline boasts several stunning bays and beaches, while the sweet-scented pine forest covers the breathtaking landscape. Though Agistri may not be as cosmopolitan as other Greek islands, it is a perfect destination for nature lovers. The island's exotic beaches, such as Aponisos in the south, and the scattered traditional villages that dot the area make this Saronic gem an essential stop on any island-hopping itinerary. Additionally, its close proximity to Poros, Aegina, Spetses, and Hydra – all of which are just a short boat ride away from Athens – makes Agistri an ideal base for exploring the region's many treasures.

 

Samos Samos

Samos

Located off the coast of Turkey in the Eastern Aegean, Samos is renowned for its breathtaking scenery and is often referred to as the queen of the Eastern Aegean. It's a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, perfect for contemplation. Samos is also known for its association with famous philosophers and scientists of antiquity, including Aristarchus, Epicurus, and Pythagoras, who all chose to live and teach on this stunning island. You can indulge in the epicurean lifestyle, immerse yourself in a simple yet fulfilling life, gaze at the stars, savour the wine, swim in the sea, or explore the mountain trails. If you're planning a Greek island hopping adventure, Samos is a must-see destination that will leave you captivated.

 

Sifnos Sifnos

Sifnos

Sifnos, known as the culinary capital of the Cyclades, offers more than just delicious food. This island boasts beautiful beaches, charming villages, historical sites, hiking trails, and unforgettable nightlife. The food culture on this island revolves around chickpeas and clay vessels, and revithia, a brothy chickpea stew cooked in earthenware, is a must-try. You will also love the fried chickpea balls, manoura cheese, slow-cooked lamb, honey pie, nougat wafers, and soft almond sweets. Besides its culinary delights, Sifnos is also renowned for its ceramics. Many studios and workshops across the island use Sifnian clay and time-honoured traditions to produce beautiful Cycladic-style pottery.

Amorgos Amorgos

Amorgos

Amorgos, one of the Cyclades' most remote yet stunning islands, remains relatively undiscovered. Its elongated shape and picturesque mountain tops, which soar to 821m, provide breathtaking views and the perfect escape for nature enthusiasts. Unlike the more developed islands, Amorgos offers a traditional way of life that has yet to disappear. The clear waters surrounding the island make it a paradise for beachgoers. The charming capital town, situated halfway up the island above the south coast, boasts whitewashed buildings, Venetian fortifications, and a plethora of cafes and tavernas to explore. A short walk along a cobbled donkey path will lead you to the majestic Hozoviotissa Monastery, built into a cliff overlooking the sea and still occupied by a small group of monks since 1088. Amorgos is a unique island that provides an authentic experience of Greece's warm hospitality. In the summer, join the locals at one of the many village festivals and immerse yourself in the island's rich culture.

 

Greek Island hopping holidays with Sunvil

Experience the classic Greek holiday without any hassle with Sunvil's island hopping holidays! Our team of destination experts will plan the entire trip, including all transfers and ferries, so that you can sit back and enjoy the journey. You can rely on our local agents and representatives on the ground for support and information whenever you need it. Moreover, in case of any ferry changes, delays or cancellations, we will re-book the ferries and accommodation automatically at no extra cost to you. Our holidays are incredibly flexible – you can either design your own itinerary or seek advice from us. With no restrictions on the duration of your stay, you can take all the time you need to explore the real Greece on your island hopping adventure.

 

The Sunvil Family

By The Sunvil Family

6th September 2023



The Sunvil Family
The Sunvil Family
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