“Santorini has been crowned as the best island in Greece for holidays in the relevant ranking of Conde Nast Traveler for 2023.
According to the leading travel magazine, the island is ideal for honeymooners and tourists visiting Greece for the first time. Conde Nast described the view of Santorini‘s caldera as a “romantic cliché”, but it still “takes your breath away”. Santorini’s unique and wild landscape was shaped forever by a catastrophic volcanic eruption some 3,500 years ago, leaving black sand beaches and dizzying cliffs in psychedelic hues.
The lesser-known Syros took second place in the coveted Conde Nast ranking. According to the magazine, the picturesque island hosts various festivals celebrating dance, film, classical music and jazz, as well as rebetiko, which was first created by local musician Markos Vamvakaris and is a form of Greek blues. Although the beaches of Syros are not as spectacular as those in some other popular parts of Greece, the island has a fast-growing reputation as a “foodie”.
Corfu completes the top three of the ranking and is known for its green landscapes and beaches. Conde Nast describes the island as the “it girl” of the Ionian archipelago with a “charming collision” of Venetian, British and French influences. While the interior of the island features olive groves, lush greenery and pastel-colored houses, Corfu is reminiscent of Tuscany, but also boasts some of the best beaches in Europe.
For sandy beaches, tourists can head to Naxos, the fourth-ranked island, with its powdery sand, which is perfect for children to play.
Kefalonia came fifth on the list and was described as the ideal place for a “relaxed family holiday”.
The best Greek islands for holidays in 2023
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Best for: Honeymooners and first-timers
Cooing American and Chinese honeymooners line up to take selfies as the sun sinks behind Santorini’s caldera, the flooded volcanic crater. That view may be a romantic cliché, but it still takes your breath away. A volcanic explosion blew out Santorini’s heart 3,500 years ago, leaving black-sand beaches, vertiginous cliffs in psychedelic hues, and swirling rumours about Atlantis in its wake. The eruption also preserved the ancient city of Akrotiri under layers of ash, and created fertile ground for exceptional Assyrtiko grapes and Vinsanto wines. (Sample them at Sigalas and Vassaltis wineries, paired with delicate dishes that let the grapes sing.)
Apart from a boat trip to the smouldering crater of Nea Kameni and hot springs at Palia Kameni, there’s not much to do but gaze at the mesmerizing views …Read more
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