Even if you don't want to go too far, you will still find beautiful places, and the Greek coast is prepared for you with very advantageous offers and dream landscapes. Always one of the most popular European destinations, the Greek islands once again prove to be the paradise of summer travelers who plan a dream getaway in a splendid setting.
Greece holiday – General things
No matter which island you decide to choose for your trip, it is certain that you will need to know some general things.
At the chapter Transport, the Greek islands are very accessible. Most of them have their own airport, but being at a very short distance from Romania, many tourists even choose to go by personal car (something that will help them later on the island), passing through customs in Giurgiu, through Bulgaria and then through Greece. Those who choose the land option should know that, in addition to fuel, they also have to pay the Giurgiu - Ruse bridge toll, the vignette in Bulgaria, a highway toll in Greece and then the price of the ferryboat to the chosen island. Thus, all these will cost together even around 100€.
However, those who prefer the plane will need transportation on the island. All islands have a local transport system that connects the most important beaches and resorts, but a better option, to save time, can be to rent a car, for €20-50 per day (in all airports and big cities you will find places you can rent from). You can also choose the taxi, and the fare in Greece is around 1€ per km.
How about accommodation, the offers will be very diverse. On the one hand, you can choose accommodation in the big cities on the islands, to have easier access to beaches, restaurants and attractions, but you should know that tourist resorts are also a very convenient option, especially for families with children.
So, now that you've gone through some details about the technical side of a vacation here, we also present you 6 islands in Greece that you should consider for your vacation:
The island Corfu (Kerkyra), located on the northwest coast of Greece, is a favorite among tourists. With a long history as a port, the island welcomed traders from all over the Mediterranean and beyond. From culture, cuisine, untouched nature, long beaches and sunshine, to adventure sports and historical tours, Corfu ensures that every moment here can be as active or as relaxing as any tourist needs. Famous for the hospitality of the locals, Corfu offers a special experience, including families with children, remaining a safe option for everyone.
On the island there is a airport, and the most advantageous direct tickets depart from Bucharest, where you will pay only €40 for a return flight, operated by the Ryanair company, which takes less than 2 hours.
Being a very popular island, the prices here they are a bit higher: a coffee will cost you from 2€, for a meal at a restaurant you will take out of your pocket from 15€ for one person, renting a sunbed and an umbrella costs from 10€, accommodation starts from €30 per night for a room for 2 people (but the price increases quickly in hotels that offer more facilities).
The main town has the same name as the island, but you'll find it resorts and resorts all along the coast of the island, and the most famous are Sidari, Acharavi (in the north), Barbati, Benites (in the east), Kavos (in the south) and Paleokastritsa (in the west).
At the chapter BEACHES, you will have to orient yourself mainly according to the area where you are staying, but there are also some beaches that you should not miss, such as Porto Timoni (a beach in the bay, where you can enjoy wild nature, turquoise water and big stones), Agios Spyridon (adored by the young) and Glyfada (suitable for families).
And if you want to include a few more in the days spent here tourist attractions you can visit the Cathedral of St. Spyridon in Corfu town, the Achilleion palace, the Old Fortress or the Angelokastro castle.
As the largest of the Greek islands, Crete (Kriti) is a blend of the best that Greece has to offer to those looking for a unique holiday experience. With long beaches, authentic villages, stunning nature and scenery, the island is another favorite option for tourists. Cretan cuisine is also considered to be one of the best in the country. For outdoor lovers, the island is home to wonders, including hiking trails, the spectacular Samaria Gorge, along with one of Greece's highest mountain peaks, Idi. It's nearly impossible to experience everything this island has to offer in one visit, but if you choose well, you'll be rewarded with an unforgettable vacation.
There are 2 in Crete airports (Heraklion and Chania), and if you prefer to get here by air you will find very good offers, starting from €50 round trip, for a direct journey of only 2 hours.
In terms of costs, Crete remains one of the islands with prices slightly above the Greek average, but still affordable, very similar to the prices in Corfu: sunbeds for €9 per day, accommodation starting from €30 per night for a room for 2 people, restaurants where you will pay from €13 for a the person.
The main towns on the island are Chania and Rethymno, both of which exude a unique charm, but also resorts from the seaside are loved by tourists. Most are located in the northern area, and we must mention the resorts of Gouves (very quiet), Hersonissos (an option for those with a higher budget, preferred by young people), Agios Nikolaos and Rethymno.
beaches in Crete are another strong point, because it is impossible to be disappointed, no matter which area you choose. Some beaches worth seeing are Falasarna (with fine sand, perfect for children), Balos (actually a lagoon, offers a fantastic landscape, with turquoise water and white sand), and of course Elafonissi beach, one of the most popular beaches in the whole world , known for its pink sand.
Being an important place from a historical point of view, you will also find a few here tourist attractions important if you don't want to limit yourself to the beach: the Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, the archaeological site of the Knossos palace, the Koules Fortress and the Diktaion Andron cave (where Zeus is said to have been born).
From all-inclusive resorts to hidden villas and 5-star luxury hotels, the island of Rhodes has been one of Greece's most popular holiday destinations for decades. According to Greek mythology, the island of Rhodes was home to the very sun god, Apollo, so you'll find sunshine here all year round. With its specific Greek setting, marked by amazing nature, and an exotic, medieval and authentic air at the same time, the island is a safe choice for any tourist. In addition, it is one of the few islands where you will see both the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea.
It is on the island Airport Diagoras, so transportation is affordable. Return tickets start from €60, and Aegean Airlines operates direct flights that last around 2 hours.
The prices here they remain very affordable, and on average you will spend around 2.5€ for a coffee, 12€ for a meal at a restaurant, 7€ for renting a sunbed and from 30€ per night for a room for 2 people in a hotel.
The main town on the island is also called Rhodes and is located on the northern tip of the island. You will find many more here stations perfect for tourists, such as Kallithea, Afandou, Lindos (facing the Mediterranean Sea), Kremasti and Ixia (facing the Aegean Sea).
How about BEACHES, the island offers quite a variety, with diverse settings, from urban beaches to wild beaches. Among the most adored beaches are Elli, Tsambika (both with fine sand and clear water, also suitable for children), Traganou (with cliffs, white sand and turquoise water) and Paralia Antoni Kouin (a beach with a wild setting).
You can't miss either tourist attractions main attractions in Rhodes such as the Temple of Apollo, the Valley of the Butterflies, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes and the Acropolis of Rhodes.
You can also learn more about Rhodes here.
When it comes to describing the island of Zakynthos, floating in the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, it is difficult not to use superlatives. One of the most beautiful islands in Greece, it will take you to an idyllic and peaceful atmosphere, in a fascinating natural setting, among colorful beaches, imposing rocks and unique plants. Amazing, fascinating, wonderful, delicious, enchanting, the island is a real hidden treasure for tourists.
Although it is a small island, there is one in Zakynthos airport, so you don't have to worry about the road! The price of a return flight starts from €50 if you buy the tickets in time, and the most convenient direct flight is operated by Blue Air, taking less than 2 hours.
The prices on the island are very accessible, compared to the somewhat more crowded Greek islands. A coffee here costs €2, a sunbed €7, a meal at a restaurant starts from €10, and for accommodation you will pay from €25 per night for a room for 2 people.
Zakynthos is the main town on the island, but you will also find a large number of stations holiday resorts, the most popular being Kalamaki, Alykes, Alykanas (all quiet, suitable for families with children), Argassi and Laganas (somewhat more suitable for young people)
Being a somewhat smaller island, you won't find a very large number of BEACHES, but you won't be disappointed with the ones here either. Worth mentioning is Navagio beach (probably the most famous beach, with white rocks, fine sand and turquoise water, where you will also see the shipwreck that has become the symbol of the island), Gerakas beach (one of the largest beaches here), Porto Limnionas (a wild place), Daphne beach (secluded and quiet) and Tsilivi beach (recommended for families with children).
If you have enough time to visit a few tourist attractions, consider the National Maritime Park, the Blue Caves, the Port and the Monastery of Anafonitria.
With the beauty and variety of landscapes, fine beaches, ancient air, picturesque mountain villages and excellent accommodation, Thassos embodies the image that tourists have of what a Greek island means. Thassos has the advantages of an efficient tourist infrastructure, friendly locals and a road system with regular bus services running around the island. It is one of the most attractive of the Aegean islands, firmly established on the package holiday map.
However, Thasos is one of the islands that does not enjoy airport, so you'll have to find a slightly more complicated route. You can fly to nearby airports (from Kavala or Thessaloniki), and later from the airport you can take a bus and later a ferryboat. However, most tourists choose to go here by car, the distance from Romania being only 600 km.
The prices here are not exactly the lowest in Greece, but compared to other seaside places, Thasos remains affordable. A coffee costs around 3€, a meal at a restaurant 15€, renting a sunbed costs 12€ per day, and for accommodation you will pay from 30€ per night for a room for 2 people.
The main towns of the island are Limenas and Limenaria, however resorts from here real treasures remain, offering tourists the most beautiful experiences. The most popular are Potos (in the south), Skala Potamia (in the east, perfect for families with children) and Prinos (in the west).
And of course, the beaches have earned the reputation of the island, so they will be the favorite spot on the island. You'll find beaches all along the coast of Thasos, but don't miss Golden Beach (with fine sand, perfect for little ones), Psili Ammos (where sunbeds are free) and Giola (actually a pond by the sea).
At the chapter tourist attractions the island does not enjoy a very wide collection, but you will be able to visit the Archaeological Museum, the Ipsarion mountain, the Archangel Michael Monastery and even the unique museum of the Sotirelis Olive Oil Factory.
Expensive, fun for singles, couples and families alike, an island made to look good on postcards and photos posted on Facebook, Mykonos is one of the most famous Greek islands. Intense nightlife, with clubs that never stop and some of the best restaurants and hotels in Greece, this is a true luxury island, although it is not out of reach for tourists on an average budget either. And of course, the natural setting doesn't disappoint either, because here you'll find charming waters, white sand and the famous blue-and-white houses.
Such an island could lack one airport, so don't worry about the road. Direct flights start from €60 round trip and the journey takes just over an hour and a half.
As I already said, in Mykonos the prices they are a bit more spicy, so don't forget your card. A coffee here costs from 3€, a sunbed can even start from 20€, and to dine at a restaurant you will pay at least 25€. The accommodation is not cheap either, because a room for 2 people starts from 100€ per night.
The main town is named after the island and is a favorite option for tourists, but don't forget that you will also find all along the seashore stations luxurious for tourists, such as Agios Stefanos or Plati Gialos (one of the quiet options, also suitable for children).
beaches in Mykonos lives up to the expectations of tourists, waiting for them with fine sand, clear turquoise water, modern amenities and facilities, but also a lot of cleanliness. The most popular beaches are Ftelias (in the north), Paradise, Psarou (in the south), Kalafati (in the east) and Kapari (in the west).
And to make the trip worth the money spent, don't miss the opportunity to visit a few tourist attractions important ones, such as the Panagia Paraportiani harbor, Little Venice, the Armenistis Lighthouse and the windmills that have become a symbol of the area.
So, whether you are looking for complete relaxation, a beach holiday, want to explore Greek history and culture, discover nature or have fun at night, in the Greek islands you can find it all. No matter which island you choose (or maybe even islands), you can be sure that you will have one of the most beautiful vacations of your life!
In case you are thinking about a possible vacation in the places presented, we will leave you a list of links to help you organize your trip: