The Greek Isles You May Not Know. The islands of Greece are increasingly one of the most popular destinations for summertime travelers and those traveling via private yacht. Islands like Mykonos and Santorini tend to see the most visitors especially during peak travel months, but just because tourism is high, doesn’t mean you’ll feel overcrowded.
In fact, if you consider touring Greek islands that are a bit further out in the waters of the Aegean, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at your nearly unknown, untouched discoveries. Wild scenes and true hospitality await you amidst an entirely different Greek experience than you’ve ever had. Take a break from the mainstream to discover the treasures Greece has to offer.
Also known as the Aegean’s Butterfly, Astypalaia is a far-flung island located where the Dodecanese mountain range meets the Cycladian islands. Named after the butterfly because of the island’s beauty and shape, Astypalaia boasts hundreds of years of history. It won’t be hard to fall in love with the incredibly welcoming local population, beautiful beaches, and whitewashed homes. There is even a castle and fortifications on one side of the island. These were built as protection against pirates in the 1200s and today tower above the hills and valleys below. Bougainvillea flowers lined the alleys that twist and turn down to the port. There’s even talk of buried pirate treasure on this island. In Vastes, you can head to Negrou Cave. The caves can only be reached via boat, and because of its location is steeped heavily in pirate lore and buried treasure myths. But who knows? If you’re not up for treasure seeking, how about some adrenaline-inducing climbing along the limestone cliffs at Ftera? And finally, Astypalaia’s beaches are incredible, such as Kaminakia – tranquil, laidback, seclusion and you can take in the clear waters at your own pace.
Another island sheltered by anonymity, Schinoussa, is located in the Cyclades chain. This island is a favorite among sailors and swimmers alike. There are nearly 20 pristine beaches dominating this incredible paradise. There’s a small population of about 250 locals, who sustain their living with agriculture and farming, as well as fishing in the waters of the Aegean. The two villages are connected by trails through the hills – one of which offers and incredible awe-inspiring view across the waters to Santorini.