The Islands of Greece are a bucket list destination for most, and it’s easy to see why. Crystal clear waters, iconic history, mouthwatering food, friendly locals, and stunning white villages that cling to cliffs overlooking the sea—you can’t go wrong. So, grab your sunscreen and sense of adventure, we’re sharing six must-see places in the Greek Isles you cannot miss!
The town of Heraklion is not only amazing in itself but centrally located. Here, you can walk paths through valleys covered in vineyards and olive groves, stopping for a taste. From Heraklion, you’re also very close to Knossos, where legend says King Minos imprisoned the Minotaur in the labyrinth. And after a hearty day, you should settle into one of Heraklion’s landmark hotels, GDM Megaron Heraklion.
Santorini couldn’t be more different from Crete. Farmers venture out from their white villages to work their terraced wheat and barley fields with donkeys. You’ll move through a landscape that sweeps down to the sea. The Fanari Villas are a must, with their pinch-yourself views of the Aegean. The classic white-washed building sits right on the edge of the Santorini’s caldera with ringside seats for sunset.
While most visitors to Naxos make it a day trip, we recommend staying overnight! Relax in the incredible Naxos Island Hotel and enjoy the opportunity to get off the beaten path for a personal guided countryside walk near the white-washed village of Kourounohori. There, you’ll find an ancient marble quarry with a fascinating sight: the unfinished statue of a kouros.
Perhaps the most iconic spot in the Greek Isles. Explore the popular beach town and relax at cafes alongside the azure water and visit the town’s shops, all while admiring the incredibly picturesque village.
Nearby Mykonos, the island of Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Greek mythology believes is the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. It is one of the most important archeological sites in the entire Mediterranean and you’ll get an opportunity to see Doric temples, an amphitheater, the iconic Lions of Delos, and even houses bedecked with mosaics. Your day here will give you a memorable glimpse into ancient Greek life.
Spend a day admiring and learning about the incredible history of Athens. You’ll take a guided visit to the Acropolis and learn about its significance in ancient Greece. Later in the day take a leisurely walk to Filopappos Hill where Theseus battled the Amazons. Here you can relax while admiring the incredible view of Athens and the Acropolis.
If you’d like to do all these activities, plus a little more, without the hassle of logistics—join a Classic Journeys culture and walking trip to The Greek Isles. You’ll have the trip of a lifetime!