If you want to avoid the crowds and the more popular islands (Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, and Rhodes) and are looking to experience authentic, peaceful, and captivating Greek islands, we have put together a list of the Top 5 Lesser-Known Greek Isles you should add to the list for your next summer visit to Greece.
Located on the western side of the Aegean, on the edge of the Sporades, you’ll find one of the least developed Greek islands. Alonissos will entice you with its lush, green landscape, traditional architecture, stunning beaches, and a gorgeous little harbour that is pretty both day and night. This is the perfect destination for those looking for a laid-back getaway; offering rest and relaxation. Here you will find a wonderful Marine Park, featuring the Caretta caretta sea turtles and Monachus seals, and you can also hike around and discover lovely pine forests, dense vegetation, cedar trees, and wild herbs of all kinds.
Boasting spectacular azure waters and charming architecture, Paxos is one of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Located on the Ionian, it boasts some of the most stunning and exotic beaches in the world; as well as a wonderful natural landscape with lush vegetation. Combining a cosmopolitan feel with natural beauty, Paxoi is a Greek island that has been described by many visitors as a “paradise on earth”. Stroll around the main port Gaios, which features a lovely harbour, and the main town offers a wonderful range of shops, taverns, cafes, and charming villas.
This mainly undiscovered island is a small and authentic destination located on the southeast side of the Cyclades. Untouched by mass tourism, Anafi is known for its raw, natural beauty. Boasting a “sparkling” main town, crystal clear waters, charming alleyways, historical churches, unique architecture, and interesting archaeological sites; visitors are able to unwind and soak in a Cycladic feel without the crowds. Although there aren’t many beaches, there are a few lovely ones to choose from including Agios Nikolaos, Katsouni, Klisidi, Roukounas, Flamourou, and Prasies.
Located in the Northern Aegean, this mountainous island boasts waterfalls, wild natural beauty, ancient history, and mysterious traditions. Great for those that love a bit of adventure, here you can challenge yourself with the mountain trails of Mount Saos or Fengari (the highest peak in the Aegean), take part in rafting, trekking, crossing gorges, as well as diving into magical waterfalls. There are also plenty of beaches including Therma, Karkani, Pachia Ammos- and make sure you take the boat across to Vatos- it’s well worth the effort.
If you are looking for a stunning island filled with charming villages, traditional local cuisine, adventurous activities, and breathtaking beaches surrounded by lush greenery- look no further than Thassos. This emerald green island escape is located in the Northern Aegean and offers visitors a wonderful range of boutique hotels, authentic local delicacies, great hiking trails, and rich culture and history. With a unique landscape that can’t be found anywhere else on the Aegean, Thassos is an ideal Greek island experience.