Everyone is familiar with the popular Greek island destinations, but there are many smaller, less well-known islands that are the perfect escape from the crowds of tourists where you may experience the real, unspoiled Greece!
Let’s look at three islands that are overlooked by most tourists simply because they are largely unknown.
Antiparos, a Greek island away from crowds
Antiparos is a small Greek island in the southern Aegean in the central Cyclades archipelago. It is but only a stone’s throw away from Paros, which is where you can access the ferry to cross over to the quaint island.
One natural wonder that has been enchanting visitors to the island for centuries is the Cave of Antiparos.
The entrance to the cave is guarded by a small 18th century church which is also worth checking out, called Agios loannis Spiliotis (Saint John of the Cave).
There are wonderful, relaxing beaches on the island as well as a typical small-island sense of hospitality, meaning you will find quaint tavernas and restaurants where you feel like family while enjoying traditional Greek food.
Koufonisia, the perfect island for long walks along the beach
Not the easiest place to find, Pano Koufonisi is located between Naxos and Amorgos.
There are actually two islands in the Koufonisia complex, namely Pano and Kato Koufonisia, both which can be visited by ferry from Naxos and Amorgos. Pano Koufonisi is inhabited unlike Kato Koufonisi.
Now that you know how to get there, here is what you will find on Pano Koufinisi. This is the perfect island for relaxing, taking long walks along the beach, or taking a dip in the sparkling blue sea.
There are tavernas and shops in Chora where you will also find some accommodations if you wish to make your trip to this small island more than just a day trip.
Serifos is a gem with 74 different beaches
Serifos is a small island of about 75 square kilometers and is located in the Cyclades. You will find this hidden treasure, which is often overlooked by tourists, between the island of Kythnos and Sifnos.
It is the ideal Greek island to visit if you don’t want to be surrounded by tourists—mostly due to the fact that no one knows it even exists!
This island is accessible from a ferry at the port of Piraeus and other islands of the Cyclades group.
As soon as you arrive on Serifos at the port of Livadi, you encounter beautiful sandy beaches against an impressive view of the capital, Serifos, or Chora, dotted with white homes on the slopes of the hill.
The island is practically a complete circle and boasts 74 beaches all around its shoreline, where you will find everything from water sports and secluded natural coves to relaxing beaches.
Many of the beaches have tavernas nearby, so you can always relax with a home-cooked, traditional Greek meal for lunch, dinner, or both!