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The best quiet holiday destinations

A list of 9 Greek islands to practice social distancing

The lockdown is over and summer is finally here! Are you already planning your holidays in the Greek islands? Do you want to continue practicing social distancing and keep an air of isolation in your holidays? Read our list with the best islands for quiet holidays, to escape the crowds. 

The top 9 quiet Greek islands

Here’s a list of 9 Greek destinations where you can enjoy some quiet, solitary, time this summer according to location, landscapes and types of holiday they offer:

  • Patmos
  • Koufonisia
  • Anafi
  • Gavdos
  • Agistri
  • Ithaca
  • Samothrace
  • Schinoussa
  • Iraklia

Note: The situation due to COVID-19 remains fluid and new regulations are expected to be set soon. Follow all Ferryhopper updates regarding coronavirus so that you can find the latest information for the Greek ferry schedules in 2021.

Patmos, the impressive

Patmos is a charming island in the Dodecanese and an ideal destination for peaceful holidays. The ferry connection between Patmos and Piraeus is served frequently and the ferry ride lasts 8-9 hours.

The traditional architecture of the island, the picturesque villages and the beautiful natural landscape make an ideal scenery for walks and strolling around. You should visit the historic center of the island in Chora, with its narrow alleys and whitewashed houses. The island has some great hiking trails that lead to spots with an amazing view or to secluded beaches. The beach of Psili Ammos is one of the prettiest beaches in Patmos, and we recommend eating local delicacies at the beach taverna with a wonderful view. 

The Monaster of Patmos

The historic center of Patmos and the monastery of Agios Ioannis Theologos

Koufonisia, the emerald

Koufonisia belong to the Small Cyclades island group and they are perfect for beach holidays. The ferry trip from Piraeus to Koufonisia can be from 4 to 7 hours depending on the vessel type.

Koufonisia consist of 2 islands, Ano and Kato Koufonisi. In Ano Koufonisi you will find amazing beaches with crystal turquoise waters, rocky bays, and natural pools as well as bars, tavernas, and small shops. The beaches of Pori and Gala are among the most impressive ones on the island. Ano Koufonisi is small and you can walk the whole island in about 3 to 4 hours.  

If you are looking for a secluded destination for total relaxation then you should visit Kato Koufonisi. The small island is uninhabited, it has only one taverna, and you will encounter very few people. The beaches and trails of Kato Koufonisi are amazing and we recommend spending one night there, in your sleeping bag, under the starry sky. 

turquoise waters in Koufonisia

 The sea caves of Xylobatis in Ano Koufonisi

Anafi, the minimalist

Anafi is located in the Cyclades, next to Santorini. Unlike its celebrated neighbor, Anafi is a quiet Greek island and ideal to escape crowds and enjoy some peaceful time by the sea. You can get from Piraeus to Anafi by ferry in about 10 hours.

The island has beautiful sandy beaches and a wild natural landscape. There are also some spectacular trails, with the one that leads to the mount Kalamos being a must. Kalamos is the second-highest monolith in Europe after Gibraltar and the 360 view from its top is breathtaking. Anafi’s Chora is a true gem of the Aegean, with traditional architecture, small shops, as well as a few bars and restaurants that often organize DJ nights or live Greek music. 

The Monolith of Anafi

Quiet moments by the beach in Anafi

Gavdos, the pristine

Gavdos is located in the southernmost tip of Greece, and Europe. It’s one of the quiet holiday destinations and a suitable place for relaxing and carefree moments. The trip from Athens to Gavdos can be approximately 14 hours, including a ferry ride from Piraeus to Chania, a bus ride from Chania to Paleochora, and a ferry from Paleochora to Gavdos. Can you think of a better destination to isolate, away from the city?

The island beaches are heavenly, surrounded by sand dunes and cedar forests. The best way to discover the wild natural beauty of Gavdos is by its hiking trails. The island is small and it has less than 100 permanent residents. There are a number of rooms available but most travelers prefer to camp in one of Gavdos’ amazing beaches. 

A hammock on a sandy beach of Gavdos

Relaxing at the beach of Sarakiniko in Gavdos

Agistri, the idyllic

Agistri is a small island in the Argosaronikos gulf. It is one of the quiet Greek islands and, combined with a relaxing pace, as well as its beautiful nature. Agistri is perfect for a getaway close to Athens as the ferry trip from Piraeus to Agistri is just 1 hour.

The island is small so you can easily walk or cycle around. Agistri is famous for its clear blue waters and idyllic beaches. Swimming, snorkeling, or diving are popular activities on the beaches of Agistri. We recommend visiting Aponisos and Chalikiada, for their amazing sea and surrounding nature.

Crystal beach in Agistri

The crystal waters of Chalikiada beach in Agistri

Ithaca, the epic

Ithaca is one of the smallest islands of the Ionian, but it is considered one of the most beautiful. It is located near Kefalonia and is an ideal destination for those seeking beautiful landscapes, magical seas and quiet holidays in Greece. You can reach Ithaca by ferry in about 3.5 hours, starting from the port of Patras.

The island has a deep blue-green sea and places with rich natural beauty. It is the first choice for couples and families, as it combines the romantic character with a relaxing atmosphere. Although small, it has a large number of options for sightseeing, as it has a long history and culture. Do not forget to visit one of the mountainous villages of Ithaca, to taste delicious traditional food and drink tsipouro with a view of fairytale landscapes.

the Kioni harbour in Ithaca

The idyllic Kioni harbor in Ithaca.

Samothrace, the adventurous

It is considered a heaven on earth, as it is one of the quiet Greek islands with great natural wealth. Samothrace is ideal to feel absolute freedom in your vacations, to explore the wild yet magnificent landscapes and start a magical adventure. You can travel to Samothrace from Alexandroupolis, in just 2 hours.

The main characteristic of Samothrace is its pedestals. These are large natural pools on rocks, with crystal clear cool water. The water comes from the mountain Saos, while you will find majestic waterfalls on its slopes. It is worth mentioning that the island gathers mainly young campers. If you are looking for adventurous holidays, new acquaintances and complete decentralization, Samothrace is your next destination!

Green lush vegetation in Samothrace

Pass through the lush vegetation in Samothrace

Schinoussa, the calm

Schinoussa is one of the smallest islands of the Small Cyclades and is known for its beautiful beaches and the ultimate sense of relaxation. It is ideal for quiet Greek island holidays, the clear blue waters of the Aegean in the background. Schinoussa is connected by ferry to Piraeus and the journey takes about 7 hours.

In Schinoussa you will relax on sandy beaches, you will taste delicious Cycladic food accompanied by cool ouzaki. At the same time, for the most adventurous travelers, there are several options for outdoor activities, such as hiking, water sports and climbing in the gorge of Harakas. All you will need in Schinoussa is good company as there is no worry about transportation, huge budget or checking your mobile -even the swimsuit, in some places, is optional-.

 Calm blue sea in Schinoussa

Amazing sandy beach with blue waters in Schinoussa

Iraklia, the tranquil

Iraklia also belongs to the Small Cyclades and is one of the most quiet holiday destinations in the Aegean. It is a destination where you can spend peaceful moments by the sea. At the same time, it has a wild beauty, which offers many outdoor activities. You can travel by ferry to Iraklia from the port of Piraeus, while the journey takes 6.5-7 hours.

Vacations in Iraklia are perfect for all travelers, especially if they seek relaxation and tranquility. On the island, you will swim in the clear blue waters of the Cyclades, you will explore and hike on its paths and you will enjoy the idyllic view. Furthermore, you will try exquisite Cycladic recipes, with fresh seafood and local products. Do not miss to go for a tour with the local boats and visit uninhabited islands and pristine beaches.

Sea view in Iraklia

Admire the view of the calm sea in Iraklia

If listening to nature sounds is an essential condition in your holidays, have a look at our list of the best islands for nature lovers.

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