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Top 10 Greek Island for Summer holidays

For those of you who have visited the beautiful country of Greece, you know it's an experience like no other. For those of you who haven't, let me tell you: it's time to plan your summer vacation there. The islands in Greece are some of the most stunning places in the world. Whether you're looking for relaxation or adventure, there's something for everyone here. Here are a few tips on where I'd recommend visiting based on what type of vacationer (and budget) you are:



Kos

Kos is a Greek island located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, just off the Turkish coast. It’s well-known for its beaches and its popularity as a tourist destination. The town of Kos has many restaurants and bars, making it an ideal place to eat and drink while you enjoy your vacations on this beautiful island.

You will also find plenty of things to do when visiting here: swimming, scuba diving, windsurfing and more!




Kefalonia

Kefalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, located in the west of Greece. Its coastal areas are characterized by tall cliffs and beautiful beaches like Lixouri, Fiscardo and Skala. The island has a mountainous interior with most of its population living there. Kefalonia has a rich history that dates back to antiquity when it was inhabited by Greek settlers from Sparta who arrived at least as early as 730 BC. It was later occupied by Venetians and Genoese before being conquered by Napoleon in 1797 during his campaign against Austria; then became part of independent Greece following the Greek War of Independence (1821).

The island has many archaeological sites such as Paleopolis, Pyrgos where you can see ancient ruins from different periods such as Roman baths dating back to 1st century AD!



Santorini

A volcanic island in the southern Aegean Sea, Santorini is a popular tourist destination. It has a large number of beaches and beautiful churches and monasteries. The island also has an active volcano which erupts every 12-48 years.


Naxos

Naxos is a Greek island situated in the Cyclades archipelago. The largest and most populous island of all the Cyclades, Naxos has been inhabited since antiquity. It was created by the massive volcanic explosion of Thera that occurred around 1630 BCE, which was one of the largest volcanic eruptions for thousands years.

Beaches are perhaps what you expect from an island like Naxos; however, there is more to this island than just beaches. There are also many places where you can see ancient ruins and beautiful landscapes that will make your stay on this lovely Greek island unforgettable.




Crete

When it comes to Greek islands, Crete is the one that offers the most diversity and has something for everyone. For starters, it’s the largest of all Greek islands and therefore has more things to explore and do than any other island. You can go hiking through the beautiful landscape or visit one of several archaeological sites such as Knossos Palace or Gortyn Archaeological Site.

If you are looking for some relaxation during your summer holiday, head to one of its many beaches! If you like nightlife, there are plenty of places where you can go dancing until late into the night with live music playing in the background.



Paros

Paros is a Greek island located in the Cyclades, south of Naxos and west of Mykonos. It is a popular tourist destination, with many archaeological sites and a vibrant nightlife. The beaches are also very beautiful.

It has been inhabited since at least Neolithic times, as evidenced by one of the most important archaeological sites on Paros, called Kastri; it has been estimated that this site was inhabited around 5500 years ago!

We recommend visiting during your summer holidays on Paros because you can enjoy its mild climate with temperatures ranging from 18 to 35 degrees Celsius (64 to 95 Fahrenheit) all year round!


Rhodes

  • Rhodes is a Greek island in the Dodecanese, lying off the southwest coast of Turkey.

  • Rhodes is an island of contrasts: from its sunny beaches to its historical sites and ancient ruins, it's a great destination for any type of traveler.

  • The oldest city in Europe, Rhodes was founded by the three sons of Zeus and Helios (the Sun God), who were set to rule over the three continents that separated the known world until Hercules joined forces with them to defeat them and take control over all seven islands that make up Greece today.

  • After centuries under Ottoman rule, Greece won back sovereignty over what was then called "Rhodes" during WWI, making it one of their most prized possessions ever since then (this can also explain why they're now considering extending their lease).



Corfu

Corfu is a beautiful island, one of the most popular in Greece. Located in the Ionian Sea, it's famous for its many beaches and historical sites. The town of Corfu is an architectural jewel with narrow streets, neoclassical buildings and Venetian fortresses. It's also home to some fantastic restaurants serving up delicious food and plenty of places to shop for local

souvenirs.



Mykonos

Mykonos is a Greek island in the southern Aegean Sea. It is part of the Cyclades, and its capital city is Mykonos. The island is famous for its vibrant nightlife and cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Mykonos has been inhabited since at least 3000 BC, when it was known as Meligunis (Μελιγυνής). In ancient times, it was called Ophiussa (Ὠφιούσσα), or Ophiussa Sebaste (Ὀφιούσσα Σεβαστή) after King Ophiusa who ruled over this land during the 3rd century BCE. It was also known by its Latin name Nisi ("Island of Nisi").

Of course, one of the most important things you'll do while visiting this island is to enjoy yourself as much as possible! It has plenty of attractions that will keep you busy all day long - so come with an open mind ready for anything!



Samos

Samos is a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea, located south of Chios, northeast of Lesbos and northwest of Patmos. It is separated from Turkey by the narrow Mycale Strait; in ancient times it was colonized by Ionian Greeks. Samos is part of the Northern Sporades group (the other main island being Skopelos).

The municipality has an area of 290.065 km2 and the main town Samos city has a population around 32000 (as per 2011 census). The largest towns are Vathy or Vathi, also known as Vourliotes (Βουρλιότες) which is close to Mithymna and Kefalos (Κεφαλός). There are other smaller towns such as Pythagoreio where visitors can see old mansions with intricate woodwork on their façades.


There are so many amazing Greek islands to visit! I hope this list will help you decide which of them is right for your next vacation.



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