12 Spectacular Places You Must Visit On A Greek Island Hopping Holiday

Travellers who are going to Greece for the first time might feel overwhelmed with the number of choices of places to go to. After all, this archipelago boasts of thousands of islands that are just waiting to be visited. While Athens is always a popular tourist destination, many veteran visitors of Greece often say that the islands are where you should go if you truly want to see the beauty that Greece has to offer. To help you plan your itinerary, check out the 12 spectacular places you must visit on a Greek island hopping holiday.

1. Santorini

Perhaps the most pictured place in Greece outside of the ancient ruins, everyone is familiar with the shots of domed whitewashed houses. If you are travelling with a lover and you want to enjoy a luxurious getaway, this is the perfect place to go to.

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2. Skopelos

If you are familiar with the movie Mamma Mia starring Meryl Streep, Skopelos is the island where it was filmed. Here you can see the unspoiled scenery and beautiful beaches. You can even wander around the olive groves found inland.

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3. Mykonos

Mykonos island is particularly famous for the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the exciting nightlife, the picturesque Cycladic architecture and the magnificent beaches that make holidays in Mykonos a magnificent experience. If your aim is to party, Mykonos has some of the best nightclubs and bars for you to enjoy.

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4. Zakynthos

Visit this place for Shipwreck Bay, a beach only accessible by boat. It might be hard to get to, but the beach is so picture-perfect that it is surely worth the trip.

5. Corfu

This is the perfect destination for those travelling with their families. It has the best of both worlds. You can check out some of the ancient ruins found on the island, enjoy the coastline with your family and even explore some of the vineyards found there.

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6. Skiathos

This island may be tiny compared to others, but it already has around 60 beaches to visit.  You’ll find beaches lined with golden sand, family-run restaurants and high-end restaurants and even a yacht harbour in this serene island.

7. Milos

If you want the beauty of Greece without the hustle and bustle of the crowd in the more popular sites, this is the place you should go to. You’ll find the unspoiled landscape in this beautiful volcanic island. Visit the rock formations and fishing villages to get a taste of the island life.

8. Kos

This island found in the Dodecanese island group boasts of not just pretty villages but so many beaches you can choose from. Enjoy the laid-back vibe at the beach, but if you want to party, head on over to Kos Town for a night of fun and drinks.


Aside from the beaches and hillside villages that you should visit, you should also not miss out on trying the local delicacy of snails. You can have them fried, steamed or even grilled, whatever you want, it will all taste good!

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This place may be more popular with the religious crowd, but it also houses the caves of Patmos, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it a place worth visiting.

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11. Folegandros

This place is perfect for those who really want to see how it is like to live life on a Greek island. There may only be a few places to visit here compared to the other islands, but that is the charm of this island.

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12. Athens 

The capital of the country is a great starting point to your Greek holiday trip. Here most attractions can be reached by foot. See the historic sites of the Acropolis and the Parthenon. After you’ve had your fill of the capital, you can head on to the Piraeus harbour and start your exploration of the islands.

If you’ve finalized the places you want to visit, make sure you buy Hostelbay.com Greek ferries pass to get from one island to another. Check out the site as they offer many routes through the islands, so you’ll know which route to take for your holiday.

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