Did you know that there are more than 3,000 Greek islands? And that of these, 113 are inhabited? These are certainly impressive numbers! One thing is for sure: a single holiday is not enough to see them all! But you are sure to be delighted with any Greek island you choose! Beautiful beaches, blue sea, cultural highlights, and delicious food await you everywhere. Do you enjoy active holidays? Then you can look forward to a great variety of outdoor sports, and all this in a spectacular setting.
During these months it is often difficult to get to the islands, as many ferries only run once a week in winter. Another challenge during these colder months is finding suitable accommodation and places to eat.
However, from April to October the islands are a true holiday paradise! In July and August, it can get very crowded and extremely hot. For us, the best holidaying months are May, June, September, and October!
Winters are also mild, but rainfall increases, especially in January and February. The water temperatures range from 17° in winter to up to 28° in summer. The warmest Greek island is Rhodes. For an overview take a look at Greek weather averages throughout the year.
With so many islands to choose from, this is not an easy question to answer. As we love authentic Greece, we often avoid the well-known islands like Rhodes, Corfu, and Mykonos, especially during the summer.
In our opinion, you are more likely to find the “real” Greece on smaller islands like Paxos, Ithaka, Sifnos, Amorgos, Symi, Lipsi, and Nisyros.
The Corfu Trail on Corfu and the E4 Trail on Crete are among the most well-known long-distance hiking trails in Greece. There are also numerous signposted hiking routes on Sifnos, Kythera, Andros, Tinos, Ithaca, and in the north of Kefalonia.
Island hopping is probably still the most popular form of travel in Greece, especially among younger travelers. And it is certainly worth it! As each island is a world of its own, there is plenty to see and discover in each destination.
Island hopping is especially worthwhile in the areas that offer regular ferry connections such as on the Saronic Islands, the Cyclades, and the Dodecanese Islands. You can find all ferry connections between the Greek islands here.