5 Greek islands for nature lovers

The best Greek islands for nature getaways

Are you fan of nature? Do you wish to discover off-the-beaten-path Greek destinations with great natural beauty and an impressive variety of landscapes?

On Ferryhopper, we have created a list with some of the best Greek islands to experience nature and enjoy eco-holidays.

5 islands for nature lovers

Our list with 5 of the best Greek islands for nature getaways:

  1. Sikinos
  2. Alonissos
  3. Ithaki 
  4. Lemnos
  5. Samothraki

Explore the islands, find useful tips and choose the best nature destination for you.

Peaceful Sikinos

Sikinos is an idyllic destination in the southern Cyclades. It has beautiful hiking trails, wild landscapes and untouched beaches.

Hiking in Sikinos is a must to explore the ancient settlements of the island as well as its picturesque churches. The impressive natural landscapes, the secluded beaches, as well as the views of the Aegean Sea will take your breath away.

We recommend visiting the spectacular Mavri Spilia cave, which is only accessible by boat and it’s one of the largest caves in the Cyclades.

Hilltop villages in Sikinos

The villages of Kastro and Chorio on the top of a hill in Sikinos

“Green” Alonissos

Alonissos is a destination of great natural beauty in the Sporades island group. The island is part of a large marine ecosystem, home to hundreds of plants and animals, including the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus).  

The beaches and bays of Alonissos are impressive with lush beachfront forests. Diving, hiking and sailing are some of the top activities to try on the island.

We suggest that you hike in the gorge of Kastanorema to experience the wild landscape and the unspoiled nature of the island.

Port in Alonissos

The picturesque port of Patitiri in Alonissos 

Mythical Ithaki

Ithaca (or Ithaki) is a small paradise in the Ionian Sea. The island that is linked with the journey of Odysseus will charm you with its impressive nature and some of the best beaches in the Greek islands.

It's worth exploring Ithaca's hiking trails that often lead to secluded beaches, archeological sites and old monasteries. The breathtaking views of the Ionian Sea and the lush green scenery of Ithaca are ideal for relaxing holidays.   

We recommend visiting the beautiful coastal village of Kioni on the northeast part of the island, as well as the beautiful caves.

Beach in Kioni, Ithaca

Swimmers enjoying the sun in Kioni, Ithaca

Charming Lemnos

Lemnos is a secret gem in the North Aegean Sea. The island is perfect for nature lovers as the diversity of the landscape and its geological variety are stunning. Rocks, caves, dunes, beaches with golden sand, wild birds, rare flowers, and plants are just a few of the elements that make up Lemnos’ impressive habitat. 

One of the top experiences in Lemnos is visiting the landscape of Ammothines in the northwest of the island. Ammothines is a vast area with sand dunes, rolling hills and low vegetation that resemble a desert.

Gorge in Lemnos

Hiking through a beautiful gorge in Lemnos

Dreamy Samothrace

Samothrace (also called Samothraki) is an island in the North Aegean, considered paradise on earth for nature lovers. The wild natural beauty of Samothrace will impress you and make you feel like you're part of a fairy tale. You can hike through forests and gorges or swim in waterfalls, natural pools and beautiful beaches. 

We recommend following the trails to the gorges and natural rock pools of Saos Mountain and dive into the refreshing waters. The most famous trail is that to Fonias river, where you can find the largest waterfall on the island, Kleidosi, with water falling from a height of 35 meters. 

Traditional village in Samothrace

Houses in the picturesque Chora of Samothrace

Whether you belong to those who love to explore nature or you simply enjoy some nature-gazing, these destinations definitely worth a visit.

Choose your favorite nature destination, check all the available routes on our Map of Ferries and book cheap ferry tickets online on Ferryhopper. Pack your hiking gear and bon voyage