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3 Greek Islands To Visit This Summer

With summer just around the corner, I’ve found myself spending a lot of time dreaming about sunny holidays. It always happens to me at this time of year – one minute I’m embracing all things cosy and hygge, and then all of a sudden I’m craving gorgeous vibrant sunsets, fresh tasty food and cocktails supped by the pool.

One of my favourite destinations to visit during the summer months is Greece – the weather is always glorious, the views are spectacular and the delicious food is just to die for. I’m not sure you can get more perfect than the Greek islands for a summer holiday in Europe and it’s definitely one of the destinations at the top of my bucket list this year.

One of the difficulties though is choosing which island to go to – there are just so many gorgeous ones to pick from! However, I’ve done my research and managed to whittle the list down – here are 3 Greek islands to visit this summer…

1) Santorini

3 greek islands to visit this summer santoriniOkay, okay, I know it’s a huge cliche to want to visit Santorini, but that doesn’t make me lust after it any less. There’s something about the contrast of the beautiful white buildings against the deep blue sea that just screams summer and I’ve heard that the sunsets are a thing of wonder. I’d love to spend a long weekend here soaking up the sunshine and taking in the views – preferably over a glass of wine or three.

Stay: You don’t have to fork out for an expensive hotel to get those gorgeous ocean views – Airbnb has got you covered.

Read more: The Instagrammers Guide to Santorini

2) Mykonos

3 greek islands to visit this summer mykonosIf you’re after a destination that mixes glamour, beauty and fantastic nightlife, then Mykonos is the one to get on your list. The vibe is often described as Saint Tropez meets Ibiza and the island is teeming with fab restaurants, luxury hotels and boutique clubs. If history is more your thing then be sure to make the trip to nearby Delos, a UNESCO world heritage centre that is steeped in Ancient Greek mythology.

Stay: If you’re looking for a bit of luxury then Grace Mykonos is the place for you. This boutique spa hotel boasts unbeatable ocean views and incredible service.

Read more: 9 Places To Visit In Mykonos

3) Rhodes

3 greek islands to visit this summer rhodesRhodes is the only Greek island on this list that I’ve visited before, but I loved it so much that I’m itching to go back. It may not be as hip or trendy as Santorini and Mykonos, but it has everything you could possibly want from a summer holiday destination – incredible fresh food, beautiful sandy beaches and plenty of culture. Head to Lindos to check out the acropolis or visit Anthony Quinn bay for a spot of snorkelling.

Stay: If you want to be in the heart of the action, then one of these beautiful villas in Rodos Town will be the perfect base for you.

Read more: Your Guide To Visiting Rhodes

Have you ever been on holiday to any of these Greek islands? Which one would like to visit most?

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  • Argghh I was looking at holidays to Greece last night and it’s impossible to narrow it down to which island I want to visit. I narrowed it down to Mykonos and Santorini but I really can’t decide between the two!


  • I really want to travel to Santorini & Mykonos. I heard the latter is super expensive but it would be worth it to enjoy the windmill clad island.

    Rhodes is also stunning. So much history and plenty to see and do over a two week period like we did! Hire a quad and get exploring! It’s so much fun because you can off the beaten track unlike hiring a car!

    Bee xxx

    • I loved Rhodes so much when we went – so much to explore there. I bet having a quad was amazing! x

  • We stayed at Santorini for our honeymoon and it was fab. I don’t think we chose the best area to stay though but we had our own terrace with sunloungers and jacuzzi so we were very happy! x


  • Sophie

    Ohhhh Sophie this made me want to book a summer holiday SO much! I’ve never been to Greece at all but I’m hoping 2017 might be my year to make it over there. Like everyone else I’ve always wanted to go to Santorini but all three of these are strong contenders I reckon!
    Sophie xxx

  • Ooooooooooooh Sophie you have made me CRAVE a big ole greek salad and a glass of cold wine by the sea! I absolutely love Greece. I have been to a little island called Zakynthos with a few pals and it was dreamy! I have always wanted to go to Santorini though, I meeeeeeean the white and the blue <3 it is heaven! Immy x

    • Ooooooh I bet that was such a good holiday! x

  • Hayley Rubery

    OH babes this post is killing me! I’d absolutely LOVE to visit Santorini/Mykonos – it’s the dream isn’t it?! Just looks so bloody dreamy – it’s definitely on my travel bucket list, that’s for sure!

    Hayley xo

  • Lauren Wilkinson

    I visited Rhodes a couple of years ago, it was actually a surprise trip I arranged for Andrew’s 30th, and it was beautiful. I’ve been lusting after Santorini for what feels like a lifetime!! x

  • I’m heading to Mykonos in June and I’m SO excited! Santorini has always been on my bucket list too, maybe next year…

    Jess x

    • Ahhhhhh I’m so jealous! You’ll have the best time 🙂 X

  • Lizzie

    They all look so beautiful, I’d love to visit Mykonos, this hotel looks incredible! 🙂

  • I’ve not been to Greece in so long but I am so desperate too!

    • It’s definitely on my hitlist this summer! x

  • Wedding Biz Academy

    This is very timely!! We are looking at Greece this year having decided against it last year in favour of Menorca. We have to please us (2 middle aged cronies) & a 16 yr old teenager!!! Rhodes is looking good!

  • Oh the Greek Islands. They’re just so beautiful right? Each one is so different and I can’t wait to explore more of them in the future. Top of my list would definitely be Santorini and Mykonos but I’d love to go back to Zante and Crete too 🙂

    • Ooooh, I’ve heard great things about Crete! x

  • Can I visit them all? Greece is so beautiful! I’d love a trip to Santorini and Mykonos! Rhodes is my favourite Greek Island but I also really like Kefalonia too! xo

    • Oooooh, I’ve never been to Kefalonia, I’ll have to put it on the list! x

  • I love Greece so much (it’s probably one of my favourite european countries to visit), and I’ve been lucky enough to visit all three of these islands! We only visited Santorini and Mykonos for a day each while on a cruise, but I loved them so much that I’m dying to go back to both of them. Santorini was just so stunning!
    xo April | April Everyday

    • Oh wow, I bet you a cruise is a great way of seeing a few islands all in one trip! x

  • I’ve been to quite a lot of Greek islands, and they’re just as picturesque as these amazing photos! I loved Santorini, but Thasos was one of my faves as I saw Dolphins swimming close to shore, or Kos because of the amazing architecture! Love love love Greece! Definitely save and get yourself to Santorini! 🙂