As everyone knows, the Greek islands are one of the most vibrant touristic destinations in the world. Now, the prestigious travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler has published a list of the 14 most beautiful Greek islands that everyone should visit at least once.

Hydra

The landscape of Hydra and the color of its waters (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).

According to the magazine, there is nothing to worry about if Hydra lacks many beaches as it is always possible to find a rock to dive into some of the purest waters of the world.

Corfu

The Coast of Paleokastritsa, Corfu (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).

Conde Nast describes Corfu as the cosmopolitan capital of the Ionian, a charming mix of different colonial influences, including Italian, British and French.

Mykonos

Elia Beach, Mykonos (Courtesy of The Tiny Book).

An island made of exclusive experiences and wild party evenings which, according to Cone Nast Traveler, has attracted glamorous hedonists from the 1960s.

Kefalonia

Famous beach Mirtos on Kefalonia.

A landscape that continues to meet every expectation, the magazine puts Kefalonia as one of the Greek islands nobody should miss exploring at least once in their lifetime.

Santorini

The landscape of Oia, Santorini.

Of course, Santorini is a jewel that could not escape this prestigious list. The result of a volcanic eruption below the heart of Santorini 3,500 years ago, leaving, as a result, a collection of black-sand beaches, vertical rocks of psychedelic shades and rumors about the myth of Atlantis.

Zante

Navagio beach, the most famous landmark of Zante.

The greenest island in Greece, according to Conde Nast, has earned its place in the list as well. It is a place where landscape is king and travel experiences are endless.

Crete

Islet of Gramvousa, Crete

Home to ancient ruins, snowy peaks and countless beaches of incredible diversity, Crete also found its place on the list. With a sunny climate almost all year round, Crete is well known for its gastronomy and its authentic lifestyle.

Rhodes

Lindos, Rhodes.

Conde Nast Magazine tells us that when writer Lawrence Durrell arrived in Rhodes after World War II, he found an island destroyed by centuries of crusades and conquerors. However, since then, Rhodes has reinvented itself as one of the top destinations in Greece.

Symi

The landscape of Symi island.

According to the magazine, Symi is the island with the most beautiful port in Greece. However, this tiny gem in the Aegean has certainly more to offer to those who visit.

Naxos

Portara, Naxos (Courtesy of Gabi Ancarola).
Portara, Naxos (Courtesy of Gabi Ancarola).

The impressively green island of Naxos has lots to offer to those seeking a full Greek holiday experience. It is rich in ancient sites, amazing gastronomy and spectacular beaches. According to Conde Nast, it is no wonder that it was described by Herodotus as “the happiest of the islands”.

Tinos

Three day trips from Santorini.
Agios Petros Beach, Tinos (Courtesy of GTP).

Short of words to describe the religious island of Tinos, Conde Nast also places the island on the list. Tinos is the ideal place for a relaxing holiday with the family.

Andros

The unique lighthouse of Andros.

Its impressively rich vegetation made the magazine include Andros as one of the Greek islands to visit since it is truly differentiated from its neighbors in the Cyclades. Ancient Greeks used to call it Hydrusa because of its many waterfalls and springs.

Sifnos

Church of the Virgin Mary, Sifnos.

With a glorious fame originating from its gastronomy, here you can forget all about the souvlaki and the moussaka. Conde Nast Magazine tells us that in Sifnos, chickpeas and capers are the leading characters in the local taverns.

Astypalea

The magnificent Castle of Astypalea.
The magnificent Castle of Astypalea.

Known as the butterfly of Greece due to its shape, Astypalea is a relaxed island with a slow rhythm and an elemental lifestyle. It is an easy reach from Athens.

Patmos

Patmos travel guide (digital format)
Check Gabi Ancarola’s travel guide to Patmos, exploring all the holy places on the island.

An island with a character developed from the medieval monastery of Saint John, Patmos is not only a religious center but also a refined place to visit in the Dodecanese.