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The most beautiful and cheapest islands of Greece

Greece, with its azure waters, pristine beaches, and rich history, offers an idyllic escape to countless breathtaking islands. Here are my five most beautiful islands in Greece together with the five cheapest islands to visit during your next holiday. Making sure that your dream Greek island getaway doesn't break the bank.

islands of Greece

How many islands does Greece have?

Greece is a haven for island enthusiasts, with a staggering number of islands dotting its seas. While the exact count may vary depending on how one defines an island, Greece is estimated to have approximately 6,000 islands and islets scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas.

Out of the thousands of islands in Greece, around 227 are inhabited. Each of these inhabited islands offers its own unique character, traditions, and natural beauty, making them enchanting places to visit and explore.

Island in Greece

Which are the most beautiful islands of Greece?

Choosing between 227 islands is not an easy choice but these five islands have something truly unique. From iconic cliffside villages to UNESCO World Heritage sites, these five islands are definitely worth visiting.


The Jewel of the Aegean With its iconic whitewashed buildings perched atop dramatic cliffs, Santorini boasts a distinctive beauty unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Its breathtaking sunsets paint the sky in a symphony of colors, casting a spell on all who witness them.

The island's volcanic beaches, adorned with unique black and red sands, provide a striking contrast against the crystal-clear waters. Santorini's allure lies in its mesmerizing combination of dramatic landscapes, vibrant sunsets, and exquisite architecture.

Santorini Greece
Santorini Greece

Don't miss the enchanting village of Oia, famous for its blue-domed churches and mesmerizing sunset views. Take a leisurely walk through its charming narrow streets and immerse yourself in the magical ambiance.

Oia Santorini
Oia Santorini


The Cosmopolitan Haven Renowned for its vibrant nightlife, Mykonos offers an alluring blend of scenic beauty and pulsating energy. The island's picturesque Cycladic architecture, with its narrow, winding streets and colorful bougainvillea, creates a postcard-perfect setting.

Mykonos boasts some of the most magnificent beaches in Greece, such as Paradise and Super Paradise, where you can indulge in sun-kissed bliss. Beyond the glamour, Mykonos possesses an undeniable charm that captivates visitors from all walks of life.

Mykonos Greece
Architecture Mykonos

Discover the captivating neighborhood of Little Venice in Mykonos Town. The colorful houses, built right at the water's edge, create a dreamlike atmosphere. Enjoy a stroll along the promenade, dine at waterfront restaurants, and soak in the picturesque views.

Little Venice in Mykonos
Little Venice in Mykonos


A Tapestry of Rich Heritage and Natural Wonders Crete, the largest Greek island, combines history, mythology, and breathtaking landscapes to offer an enchanting experience.

From the awe-inspiring Palace of Knossos, the ancient Minoan capital, to the rugged gorges of Samaria, Crete offers a tapestry of natural and cultural wonders. Its secluded coves, crystal-clear waters, and stunning beaches, such as Balos and Elafonissi, are a testament to the island's diverse and captivating beauty.

Blue water Crete
Blue water Crete

Explore the extraordinary Balos Beach and Lagoon, a natural wonder with turquoise waters, pinkish sands, and a tranquil lagoon. Reach it by boat or take a scenic hike, and experience the paradise-like setting firsthand.

Balos Beach Crete
Balos Beach Crete


Nature's Emerald Isle Nestled in the Ionian Sea, Corfu is a verdant paradise renowned for its lush landscapes and emerald waters. The island's charming old town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, enchants visitors with its Venetian architecture and narrow alleys.


Corfu's coastal gems, including Paleokastritsa and Kassiopi, showcase pristine beaches fringed by dense olive groves and towering cliffs. The island's natural beauty and serene atmosphere make it a true haven for nature enthusiasts.

Paleokastritsa Crete
Paleokastritsa Crete


Known as the "Turtle Island," Zakynthos mesmerizes visitors with its stunning landscapes and azure waters. The island's most iconic attraction is Navagio Beach, also called Shipwreck Beach, featuring a shipwreck nestled among towering cliffs.

Navagio Beach
Navagio Beach

Zakynthos also offers picturesque villages, hidden coves, and the opportunity to spot endangered loggerhead sea turtles, making it a true gem in Greece's island crown.

Turtles Zakynthos
Turtles Zakynthos

What are the cheapest islands to visit in Greece?

While the Greek islands offer a wide range of prices, there are a few options that are generally more affordable for budget-conscious travelers.


Known for its affordability and warm hospitality, Naxos combines beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, and traditional villages, making it an ideal choice for budget travelers seeking an authentic Greek experience.

Naxos Greece


This charming island offers a perfect blend of affordability and beauty. With its traditional Cycladic architecture, stunning beaches, and vibrant nightlife, Paros is a budget-friendly destination that doesn't compromise on aesthetics.

Paros Greece


Home to the magnificent UNESCO-listed Medieval City of Rhodes, this island offers a wealth of history and culture. In addition to its historical sites, Rhodes boasts affordable accommodations and dining options, making it an excellent choice for budget travelers.

If you're planning a visit to Rhodes, don't miss out on exploring the island's extensive public transportation system. Check out my blog about public transportation on Rhodes to learn about the various options available, including buses and taxis, to help you navigate the island efficiently and conveniently.

Speaking of the island's beauty, be sure to read our article on the local beaches of Rhodes to discover the pristine shores that dot the coastline.

Rhodes island
Rhodes island


Offering a tranquil escape and a glimpse into authentic Greek island life, Milos is a budget-friendly destination with a wealth of natural beauty. Known for its volcanic landscapes, Milos boasts unique rock formations, picturesque fishing villages, and stunning beaches like Sarakiniko, with its moon-like white volcanic rocks. Exploring Milos provides an affordable yet awe-inspiring island experience.

Milos Island Greece

Book your excursion to the most beautiful islands of Greece

Do you want to experience a stress-free moment on the islands? Book an excursion to discover the most stunning places and meet people along the way!

Greece's islands hold an unrivaled allure, each possessing its distinct charm. From the awe-inspiring cliffs of Santorini to the vibrant ambiance of Mykonos, the natural wonders of Crete, and the lush landscapes of Corfu, Greece's islands are a paradise waiting to be explored.

Beautiful island of Greece

But for those on a budget, Naxos, Paros, and Rhodes provide affordable options without compromising on beauty. Embark on a journey to these captivating islands, and let their beauty cast an everlasting spell on your heart. See you in the next article!

Keep on exploring & Fly Along!


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Hi I'm Emeline

I am a Belgian lady, traveling solo around the world and sharing my best tips with you! My dream is to become a full-time travel blogger. Read more about my journey to get there.

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Prepare your next adventure


Are you planning your next holiday, but you don't know where to start? Here are my favorite websites that I use to plan my trips.


With Skyscanner, you can find the best deals on flights to any destination in the world. Filter on where you want to go and voilà!


If you are looking for cheaper accommodation, try hostels! With Hostel World, you will find the best hostels worldwide for the cheapest price.

Car Rental

Book a car before arriving at your destination to start a carefree holiday. I rent my cars on the sites of Sunnycars, or Momondo

Tours & Excursions

My favorite app to find new excursions and things to do in a destination is GetYourGuide. There is something for everyone!

But what about travel insurance, safety, flats, and local advice?

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