I'm looking for some advice on which Greek island to pick for my next holiday. Having never been before and with so many beautiful islands to choose from, I'm not sure where to even begin. My boyfriend and I would be looking to go for a week in mid-July. We'd be flying from the UK.
Having spent our last couple of holidays traveling around different locations (tour of various places in France, Amalfi Coast, Dalmatian coast in Croatia), we are really keen to have a more relaxed holiday, basing ourselves in one place and just enjoying that location rather than worrying about renting cars and travelling around. With this in mind and with us only going for seven days, we also want somewhere easy to get to from the UK.
We’re looking for somewhere with stunning landscapes and views, in close proximity to beautiful sandy beaches, where we can also explore pretty towns, indulge in food and meet friendly people. Harbours are a bonus (we love harbours so bustling bars dotted around one would be great).
While I love the beach, my partner is not one for spending the day sunbathing, so we'll need somewhere with a bit more going on than just a simple serene retreat. Ideally, we’d like somewhere where there are nice towns for us to explore – shops and stalls to wander around, nice restaurants and bars etc. While we don’t want a crazy partying nightlife, we would like somewhere with atmosphere in the evenings. We’re also interested in activities like renting a boat, boat trips, renting buggies etc.
Locations we’ve considered so far:
• Mykonos - My partner is interested in Mykonos (I think its reputation as being a popular luxury destination has something to do with this), however, while I love the traditional Greek look of the white and blue streets, I’m concerned that Mykonos is more of a party island compared to what we’re looking for. I’m also worried that it’s expensive. Similarly, does Mykonos have nice beaches and views or does the landscape not compare with the luscious greenery of the Ionian islands?
• Kefalonia – I’ve also been looking at Kefalonia, which I know won’t have the typical white towns but with all the greenery, sandy beaches and bright blue water, look beautiful. However, does this island have things going on or is it very quiet?
I’ve seen Paros recommended quite a lot, but don’t know much about it, and see that there are no direct flights from the UK.
Santorini is a must for us in the future – it’s on our bucket list but not for this year.
These are just the main two we’ve looked at so far but any recommendations would be great!