Culture & Travel

11 March 2024

It's entirely possible to have a fantastic vacation without breaking the bank. Especially for those itching to go abroad but haven't found the opportunity yet, visiting the stunning islands of our neighbor, Greece, is now a reality. Thanks to the visa application that kicked off in March 2024, traveling to 10 Greek islands sans visa woes is now a breeze. Consequently, folks keen on soaking in the breathtaking vistas of the Aegean and Mediterranean from the Aegean islands have already begun securing their spots. So, which Greek islands offer visa-free vacations? In this article, we've curated a list of 10 islands where you can jet off to without worrying about visas and relish in nature to your heart's content.

Chios Island

Chios Island, boasting natural splendor and pristine beaches, tops our list. It has retained its historical charm and is renowned for its mastic resin production. Visitors to Chios Island can create unforgettable memories exploring not only its natural wonders but also its rich historical heritage. 

Chios

You'll encounter numerous structures dating back to the Middle Ages, from Byzantine castles to mosques reflecting Ottoman architecture. Chios is also famed for its beaches. If you're planning a getaway here, don't miss out on basking in the sun at the renowned Elinda, Mavra Volia, and Komi beaches.

Lesbos Island

Another Greek gem that captivates with its natural beauty and historical significance is Lesbos. The island boasts numerous picturesque spots where you can indulge in the trifecta of sea, sand, and sun. Additionally, Lesbos offers captivating discoveries with its ancient cities, volcanic cliffs, and waterfalls. You can lounge on famous beaches like Vatera, Petra, and Molyvos, capturing stunning memories amidst unique natural landscapes.

Samos Island

Known as the birthplace of Pythagoras, Samos Island draws tourists with its historical ruins. The island is dotted with buildings from both Byzantine and Ottoman eras, making it a haven for history enthusiasts. If you have a penchant for exploring historical sites, Samos Island will enchant you. The most popular beaches for soaking up the sun and sea are Kerkis, Potami, and Tsamadou.

Samos island

Patmos Island

Patmos Island holds significant historical importance as the place where the Book of Revelation was penned. Numerous historical structures adorn the island, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Churches, monasteries, and remnants of ancient civilizations mesmerize visitors. And of course, like every other Greek island, Patmos boasts beaches where you can savor the sea. The most renowned ones include Grikos, Kamari, and Psili Ammos beaches.

Leros Island

Leros Island, steeped in historical significance, bears the scars of the Second World War. During the war, the Italians established a naval base here, leaving behind many ruins. Adventurous souls will find the island's tunnels waiting to be explored a fascinating point of interest. For those seeking sun and sea, Alinda, Gourna, and Xirokampos beaches offer the perfect retreat.

Leros

Kalymnos Island

You can make unforgettable memories on Kalymnos Island, a top destination for adrenaline junkies. We mention adrenaline because there are numerous cliffs for rock climbing. Plus, there's a route suitable for climbers of every level, from beginners to pros. For those craving a dip in the sea and stunning vistas, we recommend visiting Myrties, Masouri, and Vathy beaches.

Kos Island

Famed as the birthplace of Hippocrates, this island boasts numerous significant landmarks from the Middle Ages. From castles to ancient cities, a voyage of discovery awaits. Additionally, picturesque beaches like Psalidi, Kefalos, and Kardamena amplify the island's allure.

Kos

Symi Island

Symi Island offers some of the most enjoyable routes among the Greek islands. It promises a dream vacation with its winding streets, vibrant houses, seafood restaurants, and historical remnants. This island, perfect for lodging, captivates with its stunning beaches such as Agios Nikolaos, Nanou, and Pedi.

Rhodes Island

Rhodes Island is undeniably one of the most renowned in our country. It boasts numerous significant landmarks from the Middle Ages, including castles, residences, and places of worship. The island also holds a rich historical heritage waiting to be explored. Famous for its beaches and charming spots, Rhodes invites you to take a dip in its most popular beaches like Faliraki, Tsambika, and Anthony Quinn, while savoring unique flavors in its cafes and restaurants.

rodos

Meis Island

Being the closest Greek island to our country, Meis Island is a popular choice for day trips. With historical churches, beaches, restaurants, cafes, and bars, this island, resembling a quaint fishing village, offers an ideal destination for short-term excursions.

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