Introduction to the Greek Islands

If it's always happy hour somewhere in the world, then that somewhere is probably the Greek Islands, home of the neverending summer holiday. In a word, the region is paradise. Soaked in blue, drenched in sunlight and beaming with vivacious energy, the Greek Islands is where you'll find all the essentials of a perfect holiday, and then some.

Booking a Greek Islands holiday may seem like a no-brainer but deciding the best Greek Islands to visit is less so. Spread throughout the Mediterranean, Ionian and Aegean seas off the coast of Greece, the Greek Islands amass to up to 6,000 in total, with around 227 of them inhabited. Naturally, the most popular island of the region, Crete, is also the largest. Crete's main drawcard is its promise of sprawling beaches matched with plentiful accommodation. Like Crete, Mykonos is home to equally spectacular beaches, although they are often overshadowed for the island's party-hard reputation.

But wait; there's more. Then there are the spectacular islands of Rhodes with its abundant classical history, the white-washed buildings of Santorini, the rural bliss and beach parties of Corfu, Cephalonia's ancient artifacts and pebble beaches, and the list goes on and on. You can choose to set sail and island-hop your way around the region sampling the beach parties, nightlife and ouzo, or simply plonk yourself down in the sand of your favourite Greek Island locale.

In the end, choosing which island to stay on is like making the choice between fresh haloumi and fried haloumi - either way you're in for a cheesy good time. So wherever you decide to stay, the trick is to live out your Greek Island holiday with no regrets, embrace the neverending summer holiday with both arms and toast to happy hour at any time of day.


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