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Greek Island hopping is the best holiday ever, and we can prove it

It's a given – Greece is paradise. There are endless things to see, do and eat, but how do you decide where to start when you have 200+ islands to choose from? The answer is Greek Island hopping.

Get a little taste of a few places for a well-rounded Greek experience and you won’t regret it. With island hopping, you can sample several islands in one trip – from nibbling Cretan cheese for lunch to partying on Mykonos as the sun sets. Here's our guide to the best islands, so you can plan the best Greek Island hopping adventure of a lifetime...

If you want to eat...

Top spot: Crete

The island is full of locally grown goodness and the culinary scene is thriving. Here, you’ll find the tastiest and freshest fare around, such as Cretan cheeses and Sarikopitakia (a cheese pie, of course!).

Second pick: Tinos

Maybe it’s the artsy vibe of the island, the authentic Greek culture or the fact that it’s not as touristy as some of the others, but there’s something about Tinos food that makes it legendary. Think wild mushrooms, creamy artichokes and salty capers – this is Greek salad heaven.

Third in line: Sifnos

Because this island seems to just breed amazing Greek chefs. It’s THE island to try gyros (a Greek-style kebab), there’s plenty of local red wine to try and classic Greek vine leaves.

 

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If you want to party...

Top spot: Ios

Hands down. If you’re on Ios, you can find dancing and music somewhere 24/7. Ios is home to daily pool parties, amazing beach bars and crazy night parties. Far Out Resort is a definite legendary must-do if you’re looking for a good time.

A close second: Mykonos

There are some great beach bars on the island and amazing beach clubs – with white-washed architecture as your backdrop. There are some almost Ibiza-level clubs as well so do some planning beforehand to book entry tickets. For super cool sunset vibes, head to Scorpios; for dancing head to Astra.

 

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Third runner-up: Rhodes

Great clubs, bars, pubs – there’s an amazing selection of every kind of party you need in Rhodes. Rhodes Town is the beating historical heart of the island and the harbour area has plenty of cocktails bars.

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If you want to do nothing but chill...

Top choice: Corfu

If you’re looking for some peace and quiet, beach time and jaw-dropping landscapes, Corfu is where it’s at. There’s a reason why it’s so popular for honeymooners, and that’s because it’s a great place to do a whole lotta nothing. Arkoudilas Beach is a stunner or head to the beautiful Foresta Nisos.

Second pick: Santorini

The sunsets, the views and the street music make for the perfect atmosphere to either park yourself in a chair with a good book and some food, or just leisurely wander the days away with no real plan. For dramatic black sand visit Perissa, while Perivolos Beach has plenty of sun loungers to choose from.

Other great options: Hydra, Symi, Milos and Mykonos

Because even party-goers need to chill out during the day in Mykonos, and the lesser known islands just ace those island vibes.

 

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If you want to sightsee the day away...

First pick: Santorini

The architecture alone in Santorini is worth the visit – you’ll be snapping a million photos, trust us. Add in the legendary sunsets, the great selection of ancient ruins and gorgeous churches, and you have enough material to keep your Insta feed stocked for months.

 

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Second pick: Crete

Monasteries, check. Ruins, check. Lagoons, harbours and beaches, triple check. Churches, caves, wildlife – it’s all in Crete.

Definitely do as much Greek island hopping as you can and find see it all in the likes of great options like Mykonos, Rhodes and Delos too!

If you want to get off the grid...

First pick: Hydra

Because nothing says off the beaten track like hiking your way around a peaceful paradise. On Hydra there are plenty of natural springs, amazing hilltop hiking trails and it’s also a great place to try horse riding. Leave your phone at home (or in your hotel room) for this one and you won’t regret it.

Second pick: Koufonisia

This lesser-known island is a great place to fish. Here, you can forget about the tourists and just enjoy the beautiful coastlines because the beaches are gorgeously remote and quiet.

 

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Runners up: Andros, Patmos and Skyros

Harder to get to, more authentically Greek and just awesome all around, these smaller islands are 100% worth a day trip.

If you want to try watersports...

First choice: Paros

Windsurfing, scuba, shipwreck diving, gorgeous beaches, kayaking and sailing – Paros is the ideal picturesque place to do ALL of the water things. Plus, the island is quiet than Santorini or Mykonos but just as charming.

 

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Second pick: Mykonos

There are so many drop-dead gorgeous beaches on Mykonos with stunning white sand and crystal clear water, and more snorkelling than you’ll know what to do with.

More great options: Zakynthos, Lefkada, Naxos

The list goes on and on. Greece is where to be if you wanna be in or on the water.

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