Greek Islands


  • Exotic, ancient, atmospheric: sugar-cube villages, white-sand beaches, domed monasteries, classical sites, the sparkling sapphire Aegean Sea.
  • A new breed of intimate high-design hotels on trendy islands contrast with simple, rustic accommodations on lesser-known ones. High-rises and large resorts are rare.
  • Great variety—from jet-set Athenian hideaways to sleepy, rocky outposts that have hardly changed in centuries. The most popular islands are Santorini and Mykonos.
  • If you want everything to run like clockwork and require first-class transportation, this might not be your ideal getaway, as you'll be walking and taking ferries and local buses, not to mention the odd mule.
  • Good buys: fishermen's hats, stoneware pottery, Metaxa brandy, handmade leather sandals and worry beads.



Summer is high season, with July and especially August almost too crowded for comfort. On many islands, spring is a bargain and quite lovely, with blankets of wild flowers and a breezy warmth. Most places are closed in winter, so November to March is off-limits.


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