“Greece lays claim to 6,000 widely scattered islands and islets, of which 227 are inhabited,” writes The Times, in a recently published article titled “10 Best Quiet Islands.” Some islands – step forward Santorini and Mykonos – have such pulling power that they’re often swamped in peak season.
“But if holidaying in a tourist magnet isn’t quite your thing, the good news is that there are scores of isles where things remain much sleepier. Avoid those that are known for giant resorts or where cruise ships frequently call and you can still find spots as magical as they appear in Greek mythology. From quiet Cycladic outposts to untrodden Ionian or Sporades beaches, these are the less-crowded islands we love most,” the article reports.
The UK newspaper places Andros at the top of the list for its authenticity, beautiful landscapes, kind-hearted residents and hiking trails. The list also includes Folegandros for its sunsets, Nisyros for views of the volcano, Syros for satisfying cultural interests, and Meganissi for its serene getaways.
The list of “quiet” destinations is completed by Alonissos for its wild nature, Milos for its otherworldly landscapes, Patmos for its sublime beaches and mystical ambience, Agistri for excursions, and Kythera for its idyllic environment.
“We have started a focused and organized publicity campaign, as Andros offers in the post-Covid era what Greek and foreign travelers are looking for, such as activities in nature, a mix of organized and unorganized beaches and, above all, genuine hospitality. After a satisfactory season this summer, tourist flows continue in September,” says the Deputy Mayor of Tourism of the Municipality of Andros, Nikos Moustakas.
“The intense feelings of religiosity, the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the island’s unparalleled natural beauty create a combination of experiences that move our visitors, from elsewhere in Greece and abroad. Infrastructure projects, tourism actions and cultural initiatives enrich our appeal as a destination, and contribute to enhancing visitor numbers,” says the Mayor of Patmos, Lefteris Pentes.
This article was previously published in Greek at kathimerini.gr.