Updated: Oct 9
For solo adventurers seeking a unique experience, Greece offers an array of breathtaking islands. Whether you're a history buff, a beach lover, or a nature enthusiast, there's an island in Greece that caters to your desires.
Greece's islands are a treasure trove for solo travellers, offering a diverse range of experiences that cater to different interests and preferences. Whether you're seeking a tranquil escape, an adventure-filled journey, or a cultural immersion, the Greek islands have it all. So, pack your bags, embrace the spirit of adventure, and embark on an unforgettable journey of self-discovery in the best islands of Greece.
To help you choose the right Greek island for you, I have split the islands into three broader categories. Click on the each island within the three categories to learn more!
Additionally, make sure to tune into the My Greek Island dedicated Podcast episode, where George and I will dig into some of the below destinations in a bit more detail.
Large Greek Islands
These Islands are very well connected to the mainland. They usually have international airports and can be reached easily via ferry. Due to their size, this means that you’ll probably need a car to get around, but on the plus side, they also offer an abundance of activities and sightseeing. Within this category you can find infromation about: Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, Kefalonia and Naxos
Iconic/Popular Greek Islands
Secluded Greek Islands
For those of you that prefer a more relaxed and secluded holiday, the following islands will tick all your boxes: Hydra, Gavdos, Small Cyclades and Ithaki. For the first three islands in this category, click here to also tune in to the My Greek Island podcast episode on Top islands without a car.
Large Greek Islands
A Diverse Haven for Adventure
Crete, the largest Greek island, is a haven for solo travellers seeking a mix of history, culture, and adventure. Explore the ancient ruins of Knossos, hike through the breathtaking Samaria Gorge, or simply relax on the stunning beaches of Elafonisi and Balos. Crete truly has something for every solo traveller, making it an ideal destination for exploration and self-discovery.
My Greek Island has you covered if you would like to visit the region of Chania in Crete. Click here to read the dedicated blog post, or listen to the dedicated podcast episodes on the region:
Additionally, click on the link below to purchase the My Greek Island e-book accompanied by an interactive map, featuring a 7 day itinerary to cover the region of Chania.
A Living Museum of History
Rhodes, located in the southeastern Aegean Sea, is a paradise for history buffs. The medieval Old Town of Rhodes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, invites solo travellers to step back in time and wander through its ancient streets. Marvel at the impressive Palace of the Grand Master or explore the ancient ruins of Kamiros and Lindos.
A Tapestry of History and Natural Splendour
Situated in the Ionian Sea, Corfu is a captivating island that seamlessly blends history, culture, and natural beauty. The UNESCO-listed Old Town of Corfu, with its Venetian architecture and narrow streets, is a delight to explore. Visit the impressive Corfu Fortress or wander through the vibrant Spianada Square. Don't miss the chance to savour local delicacies at the traditional tavernas and experience the lively nightlife in the cosmopolitan town of Kavos.
Greek Paradise Unveiled
This Mediterranean paradise beckons travellers with its enchanting blend of natural beauty and rich history. Picture-perfect beaches, such as Myrtos Beach, with its striking turquoise waters, leave visitors awestruck. The island's diverse landscape boasts lush forests, dramatic cliffs, and captivating caves. Delight your taste buds with authentic Greek cuisine and local delicacies, while immersing yourself in the warm hospitality of the islanders.
Make sure to tune in to the two dedicated episodes of the Podcast to Kefalonia:
A Hidden Gem of Authenticity
For solo travellers seeking a more laid-back and authentic experience, Naxos is the perfect choice. This charming island offers a unique blend of stunning landscapes, quaint villages, and ancient sites. Explore the winding streets of Naxos Town, visit the imposing Portara monument, and make sure to visit the village of Apiranthos for mouth-watering local cuisine.
Iconic/Popular Greek Islands
A Postcard-Perfect Paradise
With its iconic, blue-domed churches, whitewashed buildings, and stunning sunsets, Santorini is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque islands in Greece. Solo travellers can explore the narrow cobblestone streets of Fira or Ia, soaking up the unique atmosphere and enjoying panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the volcanic beaches or take a boat tour to the nearby volcanic islands.
My Greek Island has you covered if you would like to visit Santorini. Check out the dedicated blog posts:
Also tune in to listen to the dedicated podcast episodes:
A Geologically Marvelous Island
Located in the southwestern part of the Cyclades, Milos is a geologically diverse island that fascinates solo travellers with its volcanic landscapes, pristine beaches, and unique rock formations. Explore the catacombs of Milos, visit the ancient theatre of Klima, or take a boat tour to the famous Kleftiko caves. With over 70 beaches to choose from, solo travellers can unwind and enjoy the untouched beauty that Milos has to offer.
A Paradise of Pristine Beauty
Also known as Lefkas, Lefkada is a hidden gem among the Greek islands. Located in the Ionian Sea, Lefkada captivates solo travellers with its stunning beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters, and rugged cliffs. Solo adventurers can also explore the secluded beach of Egremni or indulge in water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing at Vassiliki.
Click here to listen to the dedicated episode on Lefkada.
A Party Paradise with a Twist
Known as the "Ibiza of Greece," Mykonos is known for its vibrant nightlife and glamorous beach clubs, and being LGBTQ+ friendly, with travellers arriving from all over the world. But there's more to Mykonos than just parties. Delve into the island's rich history by visiting the iconic windmills or explore the charming streets of Mykonos Town, with its labyrinthine layout and charming shops. Consider also a day trip to the mythological birthplace of Apollo, the island of Delos.
Secluded Greek Islands
Nestled in the Saronic Gulf, Hydra stands out for its unique charm. Unlike many other Greek islands, motor vehicles are prohibited here, making the island a peaceful oasis where the only sounds you hear are the gentle waves lapping against the shore. Its stone houses with terracotta roofs create a picture-perfect setting, making it a favourite among artists and photographers.
A Remote Escape
Located south of Crete, Gavdos is the southernmost point of Europe and offers a secluded escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. With a permanent population of under one hundred people, the island exudes a sense of untouched beauty and wilderness. The island's laid-back atmosphere and unspoilt landscapes create a unique opportunity to disconnect from the outside world and connect with the raw beauty of nature.
A Cluster of Delights
The Small Cyclades, comprising of Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonisia, and Donoussa, are a group of tiny islands in the heart of the Cyclades archipelago Iraklia and Schinoussa are ideal for those seeking peace and quiet, with hiking trails that lead to stunning viewpoints. Koufonisia, on the other hand, are livelier and more known for their exquisite sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife. Donoussa, the least developed of the four, offers a serene and authentic experience of Greek island life.
A Mythical Journey
Ithaki is a destination steeped in myth and history. The island's landscapes are a mesmerizing blend of lush greenery and azure waters. Apart from its mythological significance (for those of you that have read Homers “Odyssey”), Ithaki offers captivating hiking trails that lead to ancient ruins, hidden coves, and breathtaking viewpoints. Exploring the island feels like embarking on an epic adventure of your own.
My Greek Island Tips
These are just a few of the best islands in Greece for solo travellers and I hope this post will give you some inspiration for your future travels. With so many different islands to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect one for your next trip. But before I say goodbye...Here are some additional tips for solo travellers planning a trip to Greece:
Book your flights and accommodation in advance. This is especially important during the peak season (June-August).
Consider visiting Greece during the shoulder seasons (May-June and September-October), when the weather is still warm and sunny, but the crowds are smaller.
Be aware of the local customs and etiquette; This includes dressing modestly when visiting religious sites, and not taking photos of people without their permission.
Pack accordingly, as the weather in Greece can be hot and humid in the summer.
Greece is a very social country, and people are generally very friendly and welcoming. Be prepared to make new friends and have a great time!
With a little planning, you can have a safe and enjoyable solo trip to Greece. Check out also the Bitesize Greek episodes of the Podcast and use some Greek words and phrases during your trip.
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