Greece’s islands are pretty close to paradise – the secluded white coves, deep blue water and sun-kissed cobblestones tug at our rain-soaked British hearts. We’re not the only ones with a love for idyllic Greek island holidays, however, as the Emir of Qatar recently bought six islands in the Ionian Sea for a cool £7.35 million.
While a private archipelago is the stuff of dreams, dipping your toes in the sparkling sea doesn’t have to be a fantasy. With Santorini’s blue-and-white cliffside villages, Crete’s history and resorts, and Rhodes’ sunny beaches and ruins, you won’t be starved for choice.
Whether you’re planning a summer holiday or just daydreaming, put your worries behind you and jump in as we take a look at three of the best Greek islands in a Pinterest round-up.
This volcanic island is incredibly steep, which means the famous and colourful towns that cling to the cliffs offer incredible views at every step. The unique architecture, stunning setting, local wine industry and desert climate led the BBC to name Santorini “the world’s best island” in 2011.
Greece’s largest island offers something for every daydreamer, whether you want to visit party towns (Inbetweeners, anybody?) or isolated resorts, palm forests or popular beaches. Go hiking through stunning river gorges, take a foodie tour or explore ancient palaces of Europe’s first civilisation… or just relax, wandering the island’s old-world towns and stunning coastline.
Fashionable Rhodes is not just one of the most popular Greek islands – it is one of the most popular holiday destinations in all of Europe. With an average high temperature of 22.5 degrees, picturesque coves and beaches, ancient history to spare, and delicious local wine, olives and citrus fruits, it’s easy to see why.
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Images, top to bottom: arturpe, Carol David, Mel Orndorff, Alex Esteban, Alia Thayne, Stacie Rader, Rosi Rosa, Eve Schott, Fran Foster Blasquez
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