Did you know that Greece has more than 6,000 islands dotting the Aegean and Ionian Seas? It is, therefore, a little surprising that most make a quick dash for Santorini or Mykonos. Yes, Santorini with its rocky, dramatic cliffs hugged by white-washed houses is achingly beautiful. And Mykonos does have an enviable nightlife rarely found elsewhere. But there is so much more to see.
With just a little effort, you can discover hundreds of tiny Greek gems with a smattering of locals, a few colorful fishing boats, the odd vine-covered taverna and a spectacular sights that you’ll have, to the most part, all to yourself. Here’s our pick of 5 of Greece’s best secret islands. Just don’t tell anyone else.
Though it’s relatively large for a Greek island, Alonnisos is remote and rarely visited by travelers. This island is perfect for those who want to leave their cell phone behind with their daily responsibilities and truly get down to some peace and quiet. The mountainous island is lush with sweet-smelling Aleppo pines, fruit trees and rows of vines, while its rocky coastline is peppered with pretty harbor villages. If you’re interested in wildlife, you’ve come to the right place. You won’t have to look hard to catch a glimpse of dolphin pods jumping out in the bays, lazy Mediterranean monk seals basking on the beaches and rare seabirds nesting along the clifftops.