4 of The Best Greek Islands to Escape the Crowds


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Greece is renowned for its stunning islands, each offering unique experiences and breathtaking landscapes. While popular destinations like Santorini and Mykonos draw large crowds, there are lesser-known locations that provide tranquil escapes with equally captivating beauty.

Here, we’ll guide you through four of the best Greek islands where you can enjoy a peaceful holiday away from the hustle and bustle.

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1 Lefkada

Often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbours, Lefkada offers pristine beaches, lush greenery and charming villages. Connected to the mainland by a causeway, it’s easily accessible yet remains relatively uncrowded.

You could book a luxury Greek villa and hire a car for ease of transport. Porto Latsiki beach is a must-visit, known for its dramatic cliff and turquoise waters. Spend time soaking up the sun and going for a swim with your nearest and dearest.

Other highlights include the bustling yet serene town of Nidri, with waterfront tavernas, shops and cafes. From here, you can hike to the waterfalls of Dimosari which are a haven for nature lovers.

2 Folegandros

Folegandros is a picturesque island famed for its traditional Cycladic architecture and serene atmosphere. It’s an ideal destination for those seeking tranquillity and authentic Greek charm.

During your stay, visit the quaint village of Chora, with white-washed buildings, narrow streets and stunning views over the Aegean Sea. There are footpaths here perfect for exploring, one of which takes you above the town to the beautiful hilltop church of Panagia.

After exploring, head to one of the island’s many beautiful beaches for some R&R, such as Agali, Katergo or Chochlidia.

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3 Alonissos

Part of the Sporades archipelago, Alonissos is the dream destination if you love the great outdoors. The island is home to the National Marine Park, which Lonely Planet says was created “to protect the endangered Mediterranean monk seal and several rare seabirds”.

You can enjoy boat trips here and “may spot dolphins, turtles, Eleonora’s falcons or migrating whales”.  

As well as exploring above the surface, there are plenty of opportunities for diving. You can discover incredible sites such as the Blue Cave, where you can set your sights on plenty of marine life.  

If diving into the depths isn’t for you, simply relax on the beach, enjoy a boat trip to neighbouring islands or tuck into Greek dishes at traditional tavernas.

4 Sifnos

Sifnos, located in the western Cyclades, is known for its rich culinary traditions and unspoiled landscapes. This island is perfect for food lovers and those seeking a slower pace on holiday.

If you head here, spend some time in the island’s capital, Apollonia. It offers a lively yet laid-back atmosphere and has plenty of excellent dining options.

By day, relax at the long, sandy Kamares beach or the charming Vathi beach, where you can unwind with a book or enjoy gentle sea swims.

You could also visit the picturesque Artemonas, which is the largest village on the island. Wander through narrow streets to discover beautiful neoclassical mansions and enjoy amazing views of the island from the hillsides.

By choosing these lesser-known destinations, you can enjoy a more intimate and genuine Greek experience, away from the hustle and bustle of the more popular tourist spots.

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