Things to Do in the Greek Islands

The primary attraction for the Greek Islands is the ocean; every island has stunning beaches that will let you enjoy the sun’s rejuvenating rays before taking a dip in the glorious water.

After relaxing on the sand, make sure you allow time to appreciate the unique architecture of the towns; the white-washed buildings are most impressive on Santorini. If you’d like to supplement your day time activities with night time pursuits then head to Mykonos, which boasts great bars and clubs. History buffs will appreciate Rhodes, the island where once the Colossus once stood.

Tour Gramvousa Island and Balos Bay

Gramvousa Island’s white sands and blue waters make it a top place to visit when holidaying in the Greek Islands. Getting there is easy; boats depart from Crete’s Port of Kissamos and only take an hour to arrive. When you disembark, take some time to explore the old Venetian Castle, which was built between 1579 and 1584 and houses a rich history. After exploring and swimming, you can take a small fishing boat a short distance to Balos Bay, where crystal clear water and stunning beaches await you. Try to go on the boat tour in the spring, when Gramvousa Island’s 400 different plants look their most magnificent.

Hike the Fira Trail

Santorini is home to one of the most spectacular hiking paths: the Fira Trail. The path follows half of the volcanic caldera, from Fira up to Oia. Along the way, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the volcano, the Aegean Sea and the beautiful living surrounds of Santorini. This hike is about 10 kilometres long and can be completed in a leisurely pace within three to four hours. Take advantage of the main shopping street of Fira, and take plenty of photographs along the way. If you can, try and conclude your hike up at Oia just before sunset.

Step back in time in Rhodes Old Town

Explore medieval history in a city that’s entirely enclosed. Old City of Rhodes is located in the north-east part of the island and is split up according to Western style, with the low town in the south-west and the upper town in the north. Enter one of many gates and behold history in galleries and museums.

Go Scuba Diving

Discover a new side to Greece by scuba diving around the islands. Chios Island provides visitors with a range of dives, including cavern, wreck, wall and reef diving, and there’s a high chance you’ll observe some artifacts. Santorini is another fantastic diving spot, with much to see around its islands and volcano crater. Don’t worry if you’ve never been scuba diving before; many diving centres offer classes for beginners, and after a short, introductory course, you will be able to explore Greece’s hidden underwater gems.

Relax in hot springs

After trekking around Santorini, you can take some time to relax your muscles in Nea Kameni’s hot springs. Nea Kameni is an active volcanic island in the middle of the Santorini caldera. You can reach these hot springs by taking a boat that departs from the Old Fira Port.

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