6 Greek Islands You Must Visit

Too many Greek islands to choose from? Confused by terms such as Ionian, Aegean, Cyclades etc? Here are 6 Greek islands you should definitely visit on your Go Sail Greece tour!

Zakynthos (also known as Zante)

Zakynthos, situated in the Ionian Sea on the west side of the Greek mainland, stands out among the Greek islands. It has two names – Zakynthos and Zante. Zakynthos is its correct and official Greek name, but as it was under the control of the Venetians for centuries, its Italian name of Zante (which was also used by French and English occupiers afterwards) has stuck in common usage.

Well-known for its breathtaking beaches, including the iconic Shipwreck Beach, the island also boasts charming hilltop villages, timeless monasteries, and enchanting natural landscapes. Zakynthos is a haven for the endangered Loggerhead sea turtles, who annually lay their eggs in the pristine white sands of its shores. Explore the mystical Blue Caves, wander through Zakynthos Town, savour some local dishes and keep an eye out for those turtles!

The Go Sail Greece tours start from Zakynthos on the Ionian to Aegean route, or finish in Zakynthos on the Aegean to Ionian route, which means it is the perfect island to stay for a few extra nights on, before or after your Greece Sail week!

Kefalonia

Kefalonia, also known as Cephalonia, is one of the largest and most picturesque islands in the Ionian Sea. Explore the breathtaking destinations, including the pristine Myrtos Beach, charming Assos village, the Melissani Cave, Mount Ainos, and the lively capital, Argostoli. Rich in history, the island also hosts nesting turtles on its shores. Explore Kefalonia’s beauty, from historical sites to the tranquillity of its landscapes.

Ios

Ios is a part of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea, situated between Naxos and Santorini. Ios has numerous beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear waters. Among the most popular ones are Mylopotas Beach, Manganari Beach, and Gialos Beach. The main village of Chora is known for its lively nightlife, with numerous bars and clubs, attracting a younger crowd looking for a lively party atmosphere. There are many beach bars and nightclubs that stay open until the early morning hours.

Besides beaches and nightlife, Ios has great hiking routes and interesting archaeological sites.

Mykonos

Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands in the Aegean Sea and is also part of the Cyclades archipelago. Mykonos is as well-known as Ios for its vibrant nightlife, attracting partygoers from all over the world. Mykonos Town is particularly famous for its clubs, bars, and beach parties that continue into the early morning hours. The nightlife scene caters to various tastes, from sophisticated cocktail bars to energetic dance clubs.

The iconic windmills are one of the most recognizable symbols of Mykonos, along with ‘Little Venice’ – a charming neighbourhood with narrow streets, boutique shops, and waterfront restaurants, making it a popular spot for romantic walks!

Lefkada

Lefkada, also known as Lefkas, is a beautiful Greek island located in the Ionian Sea, off the western coast of mainland Greece. Lefkada is connected to the mainland by a floating bridge, making it easily accessible by car. Besides, renowned for its stunning beaches with crystal-clear turquoise waters and fine white sand. Some of the popular beaches on the island include Porto Katsiki, Egremni, Kathisma, and Agios Nikitas. These beaches are surrounded by cliffs and breathtaking landscapes.

Our Go Sail Greece boats dock in the main tourist resort, called Nydri (also spelt Nidri). Whilst not being the prettiest town in the Ionian, Nydri has gained a reputation for friendliness and an excellent array of good quality restaurants and bars.

Agios Nikitas, a picturesque fishing village situated on the northwestern coast of the island has turned into a tourist destination thanks to its narrow streets, traditional houses, and seaside tavernas making it a charming place to visit.

Santorini

Santorini, is a breathtaking (and probably one of the most popular of all) Greek island located in the southern Aegean Sea. It is renowned for its unique geography, characterized by rugged cliffs, white-washed buildings, and stunning sunsets. The island is essentially a volcanic caldera formed by a massive volcanic eruption in the second millennium BC. The resulting landscape is unlike any other in the Cyclades. The village of Oia is famous for its stunning sunsets, considered one of the most beautiful sunset settings in the world.

Santorini has a thriving wine industry, known for its distinctive Assyrtiko white wine. The island’s volcanic soil and unique climate contribute to the production of high-quality wines.

Beyond sightseeing, Santorini offers various activities such as hiking trails along the caldera, boat tours to volcanic islands, and exploring the charming streets of Fira and Oia.

Just like Zakynthos, Santorini can either be the Go Sail Greece tour starting or finishing point – it is the last island on the Ionian to Aegean route, or starting island on the Aegean to Ionian route. This means it is the perfect place to stay for a few extra nights, before or after your Go Sail Greece week!