With quarantine restrictions still in place, there are very few places that people can travel to. Exercising caution, you may want to consider traveling to the Greek islands if you’re interested in going somewhere quiet and peaceful.
In order to escape the hubbub of the tourist season during this summer, here are five quiet Greek islands to consider for your next vacation.
The Island of Kimolos
Kimolos is next to the famous Milos island; its name is derived from the Greek word, “kimolia,” which means “chalk.” This is because of the white argyle clay powder that is found everywhere on the island, including their wonderful beaches. See more of Kimilos’ beaches at inspire4travel.
Kimolos has plenty of strange geological formations, which makes it stand out from the rest in terms of its natural beauty. Unfortunately, there’s no airport on the island, but you can land in Milos and then take a ferry across.
Staying at Irakleia Port
Irakleia is a port town, so many of its attractions are focused on the water. And for good reason: the crystal-clear waters are an absolute treasure to swim in. With only about 100 residents on the island, there isn’t that much to see but it’s the perfect getaway if you want to spend a few quiet hours alone with just the waves lapping at your feet.
The Butterfly Island of Astypalaia
Astypalaia is actually shaped like a butterfly, and lies between the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, though it shares its beauty with both. The main village is built at the highest point of the island, providing you with beautiful 360-degree views of the beautiful ocean and the other islands. Unfortunately, the island isn’t very well known for its beaches, but there are beautiful hiking paths for all experience levels.
The Quiet Island of Halki
Considered “the island of peace and friendship,” Halki is a quiet island that is without an airport. A ferry travels from Rhodes every few hours, so you can stay as long as you want without having to worry about getting back. Unfortunately, the ferry rides from the other island can be quite long, ranging from a few hours to about 22, depending on which island you’re leaving from.
Taking a Trip to Ikaria
Ikaria is considered one of the most exceptional Greek islands because of how peaceful and quiet it is. Named after the myth of Icarus, the island isn’t known for operating all day. In fact, you may have a hard time finding any stores open afternoon, since everyone is likely taking a nap by then.
The island is rife with activities, from lounging on the beach, to surfing, to hiking the island’s many trails.
Late summer is usually the busiest time of the year for these islands, so be sure to plan accordingly, both to maximize your peace and enjoyment, as well as social-distancing yourself from others. Also, be sure to plan ahead by checking what are the requirements for traveling to the Greek islands.