23 July 2024

Unconventional Greek Islands for Peaceful Getaways: A Guide to Hidden Gems in Greece

Greece is full of magical spots for peaceful moments and hiking. From the mesmerizing Cycladic stones to the untouched places of the Ionian Sea, this summer will be unforgettable on the 16 recommended Greek islands that offer experiences without overcrowding,” according to the British Times regarding the traditional list of unconventional Greek destinations announced every year. The top three of the list are the beautiful Aegina, Astypalaia for unexpected discoveries, and the mythical and legendary Lipsi.


Following are Andros, which stands out in Greece for its authenticity, the sunsets in Folegandros, the volcanic Nisyros, the cultural Syros, and Meganisi for peaceful getaways. The list is completed by Alonissos with its wonderful natural marine park, Agistri which combines city and sea, Milos with its eerie landscapes, Patmos with its impressive beaches, Kythira with its wild natural beauty, Kastellorizo for explorations at the edge of Greece, Serifos for couples, and the “delicious” Sifnos with the gastronomy festival held every September. Representatives of the destinations in the list set the tone for this year’s season:

A tourist year with high visitation rates from abroad is predicted. Additionally, according to a major booking platform, Lipsi is in 6th place among the top trends for Greek vacations. Our effort for the development and promotion of a sustainable destination that maintains its pristine natural environment perfectly aligns with the characteristics of our time,” stated the Mayor of Lipsi, Fotis Mangos.

Alonissos is evolving into a ‘magnet’ for fans of activities, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Quality services without unreasonable costs, local cuisine, stunning exotic beaches, diving, nature-loving, and trips to the marine park are our ‘passport’ for a place on the ‘map’ of international non-mass destinations. The awards we have achieved this year in popular foreign media outlets demonstrate Alonissos’ openness to new and established markets that show their preference for 2024,” said the President of the Tourism Committee of the Municipality of Alonissos, Diogenes Theodorou.

Astypalaia means sustainability, tradition, and nature. We create and promote a new destination model where the visitor enjoys azure waters, fairytale villages, historical monuments, and homely hospitality with modern sustainable terms. This combination attracts tourism from Europe, America, and many distant countries,” noted the Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Astypalaia, Kostas Kampylis.

Andros has quality features that make it an oasis of authenticity near Athens without high prices. The continuous alternation of mountainous landscapes with virgin beaches, gastronomy, and the variety of villages, monasteries, and paths offer a different perspective of the Cyclades. Visitation has increased outside the high season, a trend we seek to maintain,” added the Appointed Municipal Tourism Advisor of Andros, Nikos Moustakas.

Positive messages are coming in for the tourist season in Sifnos. Gastronomy along with pottery, nature, trails, sea excursions, and traditions are the ‘DNA’ of the destination. We give weight to cultural, athletic, and gastronomic initiatives that contribute to extending the tourist season, such as the Cycladic Gastronomy Festival of Nikolaos Tselementes,” emphasized the Deputy Mayor of Tourism of the Municipality of Sifnos, Yannis Rafeletos.


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