Beyond Santorini and Mykonos: Greece’s hidden gems

Skip the most crowded touristic spots and explore some of Greece’s hidden scenic spots

By ARBOOX Staff • February 4, 2024

Folegandros, Greece
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Santorini and Mykonos are well-known for being two of Greece’s most touristy islands. Let’s face it: they’re basically everywhere on the internet and on Instagram. Both islands are great places to visit because of their amazing picture spots, food, beaches, etcetera. However, when it comes to crowds and tourists, these islands make it to the top of the list. Luckily for our readers, here at ARBOOX, our staff has sat for a couple of hours to research some of Greece’s less-known and less crowded islands, so you don’t have to!

Now sit back, relax and enjoy our top five list of under-crowded and underrated islands to visit in Greece.

1. Folegandros

This small island located south of the Aegean Sea has the traditional Cycladic architecture you’d expect to find in Santorini: whitewashed homes, blue roofs, narrow streets, colourful and picturesque spots and crystal clear beaches. The island’s three villages, Chora, Karavostasis, and Ano Meria, are connected by a paved road. Folegandros is not only a beautiful place to visit, but also a great place to stay at.

Chora, Folegandros, Greece
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2. Symi

Symi is one of the most magnificent of the Dodecanese islands in Greece. This place is very well-known for its colourful houses, which can be seen as soon as you approach the port of the island. The town offers a breathtaking scenery, making it a perfect spot for pictures. Its refreshing beaches welcome visitors to swim in the southeastern Aegean Sea.

Houses of the island

3. Milos

This island offers wonderful paradise beaches and volcanic landscapes, like the colourful rock formations of Kleftiko. It also features a rich history, since it was the site where the Venus de Milo (Aphrodite) statue that is now on display in the Louvre museum was discovered in 1820.

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4. Amorgos

Despite being a quiet and calm island, Amorgos offers Cycladic architecture, mysterious caves, astonishing nature scenery and marvelous beaches. It is also known for its charming streets and fantastic sea views.


5. Koufonisia

Koufonisia offers a supernatural scenery with turquoise waters and sandy beaches, as well as a lovely and welcoming town inland. Inside the village you can visit the Panagia church that’s built on ancient ruins. Walking around the island is easy, fast and a super pleasing experience because of Koufonisia’s serene atmosphere.