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The Greek Islands are made up of an estimated 6,000 islands, of which only around 227 are inhabited. Many of these islands are popular tourist destinations due to their natural beauty, not to mention the fantastic weather they experience for most of the year.
The beauty of the Greek Islands is that each one is unique. Santorini is popular with couples on their honeymoon, as the whitewash buildings and stunning sea views create an incredibly romantic backdrop! For those who want to party on their holiday, Mykonos, Corfu, Ios and Zante are known for their nightlife. Meanwhile beach lovers will love unwinding on the sandy beaches of Naxos, Rhodes, Kos, or Crete.
As there are so many Greek islands, there is something to suit parties of all ages and interests. Whether you are looking for a family holiday packed with memories, a romantic getaway, or a week of partying with friends, the Greek Islands can cater to you.
Dublin airport offers direct flights to several Greek islands during the summer season including Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu and Crete. If you plan on island hopping during your holiday, ferries can be taken from one island to another and some domestic flights operate too.
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Mykonos is known for its nightlife. There are many beach bars, night clubs, DJ sets and international parties to be enjoyed. It certainly earns its nickname of ‘The Party Island’. Other honourable mentions include Corfu, Ios, Zante and of course Crete which is home to Malia.
You will find countless fantastic restaurants on the Greek islands serving the finest authentic Greek and international cuisine. A holiday here is not complete without trying traditional dishes like Moussaka, Taramasalata and Gyros!
Crete is an excellent choice for families. Here you will find many family friendly hotels, interactive museums, beautiful beaches, kayaking opportunities, an aquarium, and waterparks.
While visiting the Greek islands, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches. We recommend a visit to Naxos or Kos, which are home to some of the most beautiful beaches the Greek islands have to offer.
On the island of Mykonos, you will find a range of trendy stores and boutiques, perfect for some retail therapy. There are also many quirky souvenir shops dotted throughout the island selling handmade jewelry.
The Medieval Rose Festival takes place annually in June on the islands of Rhodes and is a fun festival for couples and families of all ages! Street theater, medieval music and storytelling can be enjoyed.
The best time to visit the Greek islands is during the summer season. Temperatures range between islands, but you are sure to experience sunshine and degrees in the high twenties on all of the islands, making it the perfect time to visit for a sun holiday!
Euro is the currency used in Greece.
The Greek islands are two hours ahead of Ireland (GMT+2).
Ferries and some domestic flights can get you from one island to another. A lot of resorts are small enough to be explored by foot, although many companies offer bike rental, a fantastic way to see the beauty of the islands!