Greece has a total of 227 inhabited islands, each with its own unique charms. Here we pick the top 10 secret Greek islands begging to be explored.
This lovely isle is criss-crossed by the Sifnos hiking trails – 19 clearly marked footpaths. Maps are available, and trails are colour-coded and graded for difficulty!
You’ll find one of the best campsites, shaded by cedar trees and bamboo glades, on Antiparos. Much loved by young, alternative Greeks, it dates from the 1970s, when hippies and escapists would take refuge here.
The white beaches of tiny Koufonissi give onto translucent waters of magnificent blues and emerald-greens. Warm and shallow, they are ideal for families with kids.
Amorgos is one of the most beautiful Greek islands in the Aegean Sea.
On the southern edge of the Cyclades, near Santorini, this island is wild and rocky, with dramatic cliffs plummeting down to the sea. The main settlement, Chora, is a huddle of whitewashed cubic houses, draped in bougainvillea and hibiscus.
Remote islands, far from the modern world, are often refuges for rare animals. Alonissos, with its pinewoods and olive groves, and surrounding tranquil waters with six more tiny islets, has been declared a National Marina Park.
Mediaeval villages, a diverse landscape, beaches with wild beauty, ‘miraculous’ masticha, Chios is much more than just an island on the edge of the Aegean.
Extreme sports enthusiasts are drawn to dramatic landscapes, and Kalymnos, with its arid, mountainous interior, offers some of Europe’s most challenging climbs.
Patmos, in Dodecanese island group, is a significant Christian pilgrimage site. Its Cave of the Apocalypse is where John is said to have written the Book of Revelation.