Best Greek Islands for Views

by Cristina on May 10, 2010

by Cristina | May 10th, 2010  

With over 160 Greek islands which are inhabited and other hundreds of small uninhabited ones, travelers are definitely spoilt when it comes to choosing the best place to spend their vacation. Most islands boast absolutely incredible scenery and it’s very hard to choose only some to list here.

Still, we’ve searched and asked around and came up with a list of several islands which definitely attract thanks to the incredible views.

Santorini

santorini-view-1The incredible sunsets and sunrises which can be seen here, along with the volcano views and white-washed houses definitely make Santorini the best island for views. One of the most romantic Greek islands, Santorini definitely invites everyone to fall in love with the island. Sipping a traditional wine while looking at one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world is an experience you won’t forget easily.

How to get to Santorini

The easiest way to get to Santorini is by air from Athens. If you book ahead of time you can fly from Athens to Santorini on Aegean Airlines for about €75 one way, all taxes included.

During the summer season there are plenty of flights into Santorini from different European cities.

>>read more about Flights to Santorini

A very beautiful and romantic way to get to Santorini is by ferry, either from Athens (Piraeus) or from different Greek islands. An economy seat on a high speed ferry from Athens costs €52 per person one way and you can book ferry tickets here.

>>read more about Ferries to and from Santorini

And if you cannot decide whether to fly or take a ferry, make sure to read about Getting from Athens to Santorini .

Where to stay in Santorini

Being a very popular island among tourists, Santorini is not cheap at all. However, with careful planning you can find affordable Santorini hotels . Rooms in Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Oia offer the best views of the volcano but are also quite expensive. There are also hostels in Santorini which are affordable and can offer a different view of the island. Please remember that some hotels and hostels are only open between May and October.

Crete

crete-view-1Crete doesn’t offer dramatic landscapes like Santorini, but definitely has a lot to offer in terms of excellent views. The sandy beaches, azure waters, historical website, the traditional way of life and beautify scenery will make you love the island.

Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and you will find a lot of things to do here. It’s a good idea to choose an area to explore in detail and rent a car for day trips.

How to get to Crete

The easiest way to get to Crete is by plane from Athens. There are direct flights both to Chania and Heraklion. If you book ahead of time, a one way ticket to Heraklion on Olympic Air starts at €62 per person. Out of the two airports, the cheapest flights always land on Heraklion.

During the summer season there are charter flights from many European cities into Crete. Many low-cost carriers offer direct flights into the island.

>>read more about Flights within Greece

A very romantic way is to get to Crete by ferry either from Athens or from other Greek islands. An economy seat on a high speed ferry from Piraeus to Herkalion costs €36 per person one way and you can book ferry tickets here.

Read more about:

>>Ferries from Athens to Crete
>>Ferries from Santorini to Crete
>>Ferries from Mykonos to Crete
>>Ferries from Crete to Gavdos (and return)

Where to stay in Crete

Being such a popular travel destination, Crete is dotted with hotels catering for all kinds of budgets. The entire island is beautiful and can be visited year round so choosing the best location really depend on what you plan to do here.

Amorgos

amorgos-views-3If you don’t exactly like the hustle and bustle of places like Crete or Santorini, then Amorgos will be a great choice for you. You can soak up the traditional Greek island atmosphere with narrow streets, white-washed houses and hidden tavernas.

The most dramatic view is that of the Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa which seems to be hanging above the water. It is built in a cliff and the views are absolutely breathtaking.

How to get to Amorgos

Amorgos doesn’t have an airport. However, the closest airports are on Naxos and Mykonos. Once you get there you can take a ferry to Amorgos. Ferries are also available from Athens and some Dodecanese islands .

Read more about:

>>Flights to Mykonos
>>Ferries in Greece

Where to stay in Amorgos

Amorgos is not an island for those who prefer luxury resorts so we are happy to tell you that the hotels are affordable and suit any budget.


Photo credit:

Santorini sunset
Crete village
The Monastery of Panagia Hozoviotissa

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jozef May 14, 2010 at 7:49 am
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im going to be in athens for my entire holiday and i saw from this site that i can visit a nearby island called aegina! so im planning on spending 2to3 days there, the info said that its about an hour and half with boat from athens!

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