When many people think of Greece, they picture the well-known and widely visited islands such as Santorini, Mykonos, Rhodes, and Crete—and who could blame them? These islands are so beautiful that they almost feel like they’re straight out of a dream. But while it’s easy to overlook some of the lesser-known Greek islands, their underrated beauty deserves just as much praise as their more popular counterparts. Here are the top 10 most beautiful islands in Greece you’ve never heard of.
Kassandra is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. It’s located west of Chalkidiki and is the largest of the Northern Sporades, which are a group of islands off the east coast of mainland Greece. The island is only accessible by boat or airplane and has a population that hovers around 500 people.
Skiathos is a small island that is part of the Sporades group and the closest to Skiathian mainland. It has a long and interesting history which includes many famous visitors such as Lord Byron, Mark Twain, Aubrey Beardsley, and Queen Victoria. The locals are great storytellers and you’ll hear stories of ancient heroes while enjoying a coffee or wine at one of the cafes.
Amorgos is a Greek island located on the eastern side of the Aegean Sea. One of the most interesting aspects of this island is that it does not have any cars on it, and instead, relies on donkeys for transportation. This lush green mountainous island is full of ancient ruins and some of the clearest, bluest water you will ever see!
Andros is a Greek island with the highest mountain in the Cyclades. The island’s population was around 4,500 inhabitants as of 2011. The capital city is Kyriamadi (pop. 1,900). Andros has one of the best-preserved villages on the Aegean Sea, which are often featured as postcards.
Siros is a small island in the North Aegean Sea that’s popular for its olive and grape plantations. It has a population of about 1,200 and is known for its vast, picturesque landscapes. Siros’ beaches are filled with pebbles, unlike the typical white sand you see on other Greek islands.
Telendos is a small island off of the coast of Santorini, and it is a bit less touristy than some of the other islands. The beaches are clean and clear, with plenty of shade for those who want to avoid the sun. Telendos also has an abundance of wildlife and vegetation that you don’t see on Santorini or Mykonos.
Kithnos is a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. Kithnos has a population of about 650 people and is approximately six miles long. The island has been inhabited since the Neolithic Age, around 4,000 BC. The ruins on the island are from this time period. Kithnos was a major producer of wine for ancient Athens during the Hellenistic Era, or the time period between 336 BC and 31 BC when Athens was an empire and not just a city-state.
Naxos is a popular tourist destination for people looking to stay on an island with plenty of beaches and sunshine. The capital city of Naxos is Chora, which is also home to one of the largest archaeological sites in the Cyclades. The Archaeological Site includes a theater and other ancient buildings that were built into the side of a hill.
Mykonos is one of the most popular Greek islands, and it’s known for its beautiful beaches and nightlife. The island is also a popular spot for celebrities to visit because of its low-key vibe. Mykonos has an international airport that makes visiting the island easy. There are hotels to suit all budgets, so you’re sure to find something that suits your needs.
Symi, Greece is an island located on the eastern coast of the Peloponnese and is considered to be one of the most beautiful islands in Greece. For those looking for peace and quiet, this is the perfect island for you. The landscape has been untouched by mass tourism and it’s not uncommon to have pristine beaches all to yourself on this little slice of paradise.