Are you planning to go to Greece for a tranquil break but don’t know where to go? With thousands of islands to choose from, deciding where to go on your Greek holiday can be daunting. But the good thing about these islands is that they each have a unique charm that appeals to travellers seeking a relaxing break. To give you an idea of what the best islands are, here are the top Greek islands for a tranquil break.
Santorini is a breathtaking island known for its dramatic views, romantic sunsets, and white-washed villages. It’s part of the Cycladic group of islands, along with Mykonos and Paros. The volcanic island has become a popular destination for honeymooners, but it also appeals to every type of traveller, including those looking for a tranquil break.
Santorini is famous for its quintessential, white-washed houses perched on cliffs overlooking the gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea. While you're here to relax, you should take time to explore the island by strolling through its lovely villages. Wander through the narrow streets and alleyways and admire the beautiful Greek architecture contrasted with colourful bougainvillaea flowers. You’ll also stumble upon fascinating structures, including cave dwellings and abandoned chapels built of volcanic rocks. If you need to rest between walking, head to the cliffside tapa bars and restaurants for mouth-watering Greek specialities.
The stunning sunset is often the main reason travellers would come to Santorini and something to look forward to on your visit to the island. One of the most popular spots to watch this romantic view is in Oia, a picturesque village in the north of the island built on top of cliffs.
As the largest of all Greek islands, Crete offers numerous things, whether you prefer a pampered vacation or a fun-filled getaway. The island is simply stunning, boasting beautiful beaches, enthralling ruins, scenic hiking trails, and incredible food and wine. Best of all, you will find plenty of beautiful villas in Crete, perfect for those seeking a tranquil break.
With over 600 miles of coastline, Crete is a paradise for beach lovers. If you want to spend your days relaxing at the beach, check out Elafonsi. It’s a gorgeous beach renowned for its pinkish-soft white sands, perfect for relaxation. In the northwest part of the island, you’ll find Falasarna, a resort area with vast sections of relatively untouched beaches. After a day at the beach, explore beautiful cities like Heraklion or Chania. Both cities have lots of great places to shop and have your dinner.
Crete is famous for its wine and is responsible for almost 20% of the wine industry of Greece. Thus, one of the best things to do on the island is to visit wineries and sample the island’s most delectable wines, from Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc.
Rhodes is another Greek island perfect for a tranquil break. It lies in the southeast Aegean Sea, close to the coast of Turkey. In fact, the famous tourist town of Marmaris is only a few miles away. Rhodes is an island steeped in culture and history. It’s also home to many beautiful beaches, some of which are yet to be discovered.
Built during the 14th Century, Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a beautiful Old Town that’s a joy to roam around. Getting lost in its narrow streets and alleyways is one of the best ways to explore this charming island. One of the attractions you should see is the Acropolis of Rhodes, which you’ll find on the southeast of the island, about 31 miles away from the Old Town.
Of course, like any Greek island, the highlight of your visit to Rhodes is its fabulous beaches. You’ll find many to choose from – others are best suited for water activities like swimming and snorkelling, while some are in secluded areas, ideal for those who are into nude sunbathing.
Mykonos is renowned for its party scene, so it might not be the first island that comes to mind if you’re heading for a tranquil break in Greece. However, there’s more to the island than its bars and clubs. It has many beautiful beaches, lovely towns, and an incredible food scene.
Aside from those beaches crowded with partygoers, you will find many other beaches in Mykonos that are quieter and more suitable for relaxation. Visit Ano Mera, a small town exuding a laidback vibe with beautiful and tranquil beaches. Ano Mera is also a popular spot for hiking, with many trails leading to the surrounding rocky hills and secluded beaches. Mykonos Town is also a fun place to stroll around. Although it’s often bustling with tourists, especially in summer, it’s a lovely spot to enjoy a relaxing stroll, especially in the harbour area.
Mykonos is also a place for glamour, making it a top destination for a luxury trip to Greece. You will find some luxury rental villas in Mykonos, where you can relax and enjoy upscale amenities, including a private pool.
Like Santorini and Mykonos, Naxos is part of the Cyclades group of islands best known for its fascinating ancient sites, stunning scenery, and numerous beaches. Offering plenty of opportunities for relaxation, from lounging at the beach to marvelling at magical sunsets, Naxos is worth visiting if you’re looking for a tranquil break in Greece.
Explore Chora, the island’s capital city, and home to beautiful houses featuring the iconic, white-washed Greek architecture with blue-painted windows. During your scenic stroll, make your way to the harbour, where you’ll find mooring yachts and fishing boats. The harbourfront has numerous shops and cute cafes where you can stop for refreshments.
Surrounded by shimmering blue waters, Naxos is famous for its exotic beaches. There are well-organised beaches with facilities like showers and sun beds, while others are almost empty and are a bit secluded. Some of the most popular beaches in Naxos are Agia Anna, Mikri Vigla, Plaka, and Agios Prokopios.