The most popular Greek islands for 2021

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As we're getting ready to welcome 2022 into our lives, let’s take a trip down memory lane. Word has it 2021 was not the best year ever (wonder why) and we agree. But we’ll always have the Greek islands!

From the verdant Ionian islands to the diverse islands of the Dodecanese and the all-time-classic Cycladic archipelago, the Greek islands have once again delivered when it comes to creating precious memories!

Let’s see which Greek islands made it to the top-visited list for 2021.

View to the Aegean Sea over a ferry hatchway

Our favorite hatchway-interrupted Aegean Sea photo for 2021

Which are the most visited Greek islands for 2021?

While we’re still waiting for the beautiful islands of Oinousses and Psara (which you probably haven’t heard about) to make the list, the most popular Greek islands for 2021 come as no surprise!

But it’s a good reminder that there are some islands in Greece that will always find a way into our hearts.

Lose your mind with the most popular Greek islands for the past year:

Yes, it’s me, Santorini

Santorini is famous all over the world and there’s a reason or two. The volcanic island is one of the prettiest in the Cyclades and its unique morphology attracts millions of people every year.

Vacation in Santorini consists of walking in Oia for amazing photos with a white-and-blue background, exploring the exceptional Prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri that was covered in lava, spending hours on beaches of volcanic origin, trying delicious food in Pyrgos, and so much more!

The harbor of Fira in Santorini

The quaint port of Fira in Santorini

Crete from east to west

The largest island in Greece always makes it to the list! Crete offers a plethora of experiences both for travelers who are after city breaks with all modern amenities, as well those of you who prefer the easy-going way of life found in its remote villages.

In 2021, we once again visited Crete to lose sense of time at the Gorge of Samaria, one of the most ecologically important in Europe, eat like never before in Chania, swim at the beaches of Matala, Balos and Elafonisi, and drink intoxicating (and at times free) raki!

The islet of Spinalonga off the coast of Plaka village in Crete

Aerial view of the islet of Spinalonga and the village of Plaka in Crete

I got Paros on my mind

Whether in 2021 you partied in Naoussa, relaxed at Parikia or traveled to Paros just to make the ferry crossing to Antiparos, one thing is certain: Paros is for everyone! This is why it’s one of the most popular Greek islands.

Truth is though, we know exactly what you did last summer in Paros: swimming at the pretty Kolymbithres beach, visiting the Panagia Ekatontapiliani church, going on a day trip to Lefkes and partying hard at Punda Beach Bar. 4 out of 4?

The beach of Kolymbithres in Paros

The magical Kolymbithres beach in Paros

The Naxos hot potato

This is an actual potato we're talking about: the famous potato of Naxos found in all restaurants of the island cooked in many different ways. But apart from the potatoes, there’s much more to see and do in Naxos. This is why it’s one of the most popular islands in Greece so many years in a row.

Travelers enjoy windsurfing at Mikri Vigla beach, they take amazing photos at “Portara” which dates back to the 6th c. BCE and go on trips to the beautiful village of Apeiranthos.

Tip: every September, the “Potato Festival of Naxos” takes place on the island.

Cycladic house with garden in Naxos

Traditional Cycladic house with a beautiful garden in Naxos

Mykonooooooo -oh god, not again- ooooos

This is how this goes: “hey guys, how about we go on a trip to Greece this summer? I’m thinking beautiful villages, all-day partying, sandy beaches and delicious food. Any ideas?”. Actually, there are many Greek islands that match this description, but they have nothing on Mykonos!

The intense nightlife, delicious cocktails and luxury accommodation of Mykonos make the island one of our favorites, but this is just for starters! In Mykonos, you can try water sports at Kalafatis, taste the delicious kopanisti cheese at the tavernes, attend local festivals and take the boat to the islet of Delos. The must-dos of Mykonos are endless!

Windmills over a seaside restaurant in Mykonos

Restaurant with a stunning view to the windmills of Mykonos

Breaking the law in Milos

There’s an urban myth going around that couples visiting Milos will surely break up within weeks. Well, we checked with our super savvy Customer Support Team and no one broke up after visiting the island in 2021 (at least not because of the island).

Here’s what they did instead: splashed around the beaches of Kleftiko and Sarakiniko, tried flaounes and the delicious pitarakia and made everyone on Instagram jealous by taking photos at the village of Mandrakia, where the famous syrmata are (check it out)!

The lunar rock formations of Sarakiniko beach in Milos

Lunar-like rock formations at Sarakiniko beach in Milos

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