Choosing From the Periodic Table of Greek Islands

So you want to visit Greece do you? Ok then, Greece is made up of about 6,000 islands – which are you going to visit?

“Hold up,” you might be thinking, “not all of those islands are inhabited, so it isn’t like I have 6,000 options from which to select.”

Fair enough, you are absolutely correct. According to Greek travel site,, only 227 of the Greek islands are inhabited. So that narrows it down quite a bit.

meldoy is facing this very dilemma and has asked for advice over on the Lonely Planet Thorn Tree forums.

We have 2 weeks and would like to limit ourselves to 2-3 islands. We’re not interested in night life or shopping – we’d like a quiet place with some good hiking, good food and scenic villages. Any ideas?

Though only a couple of fellow travelers have posted suggestions at the time of this writing, between the two of them they have offered detailed advice on more than 10 of the Greek islands, replete with ideas as to how long to stay and what to do on different islands.

If you have suggestions that could help meldoy make a decision please consider posting them on the thread. Or, if you are yourself considering a trip to the Greek islands you might want to checkout the suggestions in this thread to prepare for your own trip.

Read the thread in its entirety: Which islands?

Image by Pitichinaccio (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons


  1. We are including Greece on our vacation next year and have including Athens, Crete and Santorini. Originally we were going to do Naxos instead of Crete so that we could take a day trip to Delos and Mykonos. We chose Crete because of the Palace at Knossos and because my kids really liked the picture of Starwood’s Blue Palace.

  2. One tip for those thinking about it. Using BA Avios you can get from Santorini to Vienna very easily on their partner Niki. Seats are open almost every day of the week. I think that was also true of Mykonos. If you do that you can add an extra city and not have to backtrack. Also, for the curious, Athens was as a pain to get to. We are using Flying Blue points from an Amex transfer to fly in from Amsterdam

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