Greece’s most peaceful islands to visit this summer

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Greece’s iconic islands are famous for their beauty and culture, but popular destinations like Santorini and Mykonos can be overwhelming. For those seeking tranquility, there are lesser-known gems that offer serene beauty and authentic experiences without the crowds.

According to ekathimerini.com, a recent travel article by The Times highlights 16 relaxing Greek islands that promise a peaceful and unforgettable summer:

  • Aegina: Just a 30-minute hydrofoil ride from Athens, Aegina is often overlooked by overseas tourists, making it an ideal escape.
  • Astypalea: Butterfly-shaped Astypalea, located between Santorini and Kos, is a hidden treasure boasting crystal-clear waters. 
  • Lipsi: Legend has it that Odysseus was enchanted by Calypso on the Dodecanese isle of Lipsi. Today, visitors are more likely to be captivated by its pristine beaches.
  • Andros: the second-largest Cycladic island, offers lush greenery and scenic hiking trails. 
Milos island
  • Folegandros: Located between Santorini and Milos, Folegandros is known for its breathtaking sunsets. 
  • Nisyros: Just a short ferry ride from Kos, Nisyros boasts a volcanic landscape with dark sands and hot springs. 
  • Syros: Once a major commercial hub, Syros now charms visitors with elegant architecture and cultural institutions in Ermoupoli. 
  • Meganisi: Overlooked in favor of Kefalonia and Lefkada, Meganisi remains a tranquil spot.
  • Alonissos: is part of Greece’s first national marine park, home to rare monk seals and diverse marine life, a haven for nature lovers. 
  • Agistri: Just an hour from Athens, Agistri offers pine-covered beaches and a relaxed vibe.
  • Milos: famous for the Venus de Milo sculpture, features dramatic volcanic landscapes like Sarakiniko’s moon-like shores. 
  • Patmos: Less crowded due to limited ferry connections, Patmos boasts stunning beaches like Psili Ammos.
  • Kythira: the birthplace of Aphrodite, offers golden beaches and ancient ruins. 
  • Kastellorizo: Near Turkey’s coast, Kastellorizo is a hidden treasure with colorful houses and a rich history. 
  • Serifos: Close to Milos and Mykonos, offers quiet beaches (Livadakia is a highlight) and charming towns.
  • Sifnos: The island is renowned for its culinary heritage and hosts a food festival every September.

Source: ekathimerini.com

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