Hi I have only 5 days that I can take to visit the Greek Islands from London. I've booked a flight to Athens already but I want to make the most of the short break. Can you please help me for suggestions on which is the best island to go to for a nice balance of beautiful (sandy) beaches, nightlife and picturesque surroundings? I'm hoping to catch a hydrofoil from athens to speed up the time to the island.
If you want good nightlife then the cyclades are a good choice..Naxos, or Paros. Santorini is gorgeous everyone goes for the sunsets but the beaches are not the best, as they are black sand!
Andros is 2hours from Athens lots of private small beaches and tavernas.
I find every Greek island has something to offer. They are all so pretty.
just got back from my first visit to greece yesterday. suffering from the post-holiday blues at the moment. fell in love with santorini, it's fantastic looking. but if you're looking for sandy beaches and great nightlife i'd say mykonos.
thanks for the tips! hmmm but which out of mykonos, paros and naxos has the better beaches. I want to take some good photos of some white washed greek houses on cliff tops - will I find them on those islands??
Out of the three the best beaches (and party places) are to be found in Mykonos easily. But if you want something picturesque, then Santorini is your island, but that would be on the expense of the beaches there (especially if you've been to Mykonos before).
The white washed houses on cliff tops is a Santorini trademark
be practical.....from the 5 days you skip 2 for travelling.that leaves 3 for enjoying.....so i would suggest something more close than the cyclades.saronic islands......short traveltime.....closest are aegina and agistri.from there if you want you can make a great combination with athens or the adjoining islands,like poros, as an example.or, stay in one ,and relax.