Greece has more than 100 habitable islands. There is fast classification that can help a tourist to choose which of them is ideal as a destination. The four more popular group of islands for vacation are the Cyclades islands, the Ionian Islands, the Sporades islands and Argosaronic Islands. In this article you can see briefly the pros and the cons of each of the group, so you can decide the one that suits you.
Cyclades* group of islands:
+ Close proximity in Athens
+ Amazing picturesque houses are painted in the vivid colours of white, blue/green.
+ Some of them have very interesting geography due to the volcano of Santorini. Milos, Anafi and Santorini are some of them.
+ The boat tickets are affordable
+ There are some very cheap air tickets if you book in advance
– Quite rocky and Not verdant scenery.
I will refer to the 3 of the 4 biggest Sporades islands: Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos.
I will not refer to Skyros because it is a very different and interesting case, which needs a whole article.
+ Full of Vegetation
+ Really Beautiful Big Beaches. (Mamma Mia was Directed there!)
-Not that picturesque houses. There are nice big poshy houses but if you are looking for traditional architecture those islands are not what you are looking for.
+ Full of Vegetation
+ Fantastic Beaches.
+ Nice houses
-For some the best beaches you need a small boat to reach it.
– They are a bit away from Athens. 5-11 hours by boat/car.
+ Very close proximity to Athens
+ Absolutely picturesque houses
+ Very elegant islands: Spetses, Ydra and Poros
+ More mainstream and cosmopoletic islands: Aegina and Agistri
-Not a easy accessible beaches by buses.
– Despite their near distance to the capital city the ticket are a bit pricy.
*Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Eschati, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos, and Thira or Santoríni.
** Corfu, Paxi, Lefkada, Ithaki, Kefalonia, Zante, Kythira
*** Aegina, Agkistri, Spetses, Hydra, Poros, Salamina (despite its extremely cheap ticket Salamina is not really suggested to tourists. Nothing really to see there).