Best 6 Greek Islands to Visit in April

Best 6 Greek Islands to Visit in April

Greek islands are famous for their summer vibes, but what many people don’t know is that the Greek Islands are great to visit in April too. In this article, we will present the best islands to visit in April and the reasons. First, the weather is sunny but the Mediterranean heat has not yet struck. With that weather, you can combine swimming in the beautiful Crete and also walk across the Samaria Gorge. Moreover, you can walk in the picturesque Cycladic islands, like Santorini and Naxos, and at the same time avoid the crowd that gathers there during Summer.


Crete is the largest and one of the most diverse Greek islands. Due to its length, Crete is busy throughout the year. However, since it is located in the southern part of Greece, in April its beaches are less crowded than in July or August. So you can turn the beautiful Elafonissi beach into your private experience. Additionally, Cretan cuisine is very popular, but during the summer, their restaurants and tavernas are mass-producing to cover their needs. But in April you can experience the local delicacies to their full potential, without the need to book a table. Locals will have the time to talk to you and treat you with their products. Lastly, if you are a fan of outdoor activities, Samaria Gorge is one of Europe’s longest canyons. In Spring, you can cross the Gorge avoiding the excessive heat.


If you are a Greece enthusiast, then you most certainly are familiar with Santorini. With its blue and white small houses and narrow streets, and built on the slope of the caldera, Santorini offers majestic views of the island and the Aegean Sea. Famous for its iconic sunset, during April you can admire the view without you getting packed. You can also explore Oia, the most well-known village on the island, you can walk easily in the narrow passageways, go shopping, and explore the cave houses that are carved into the rock face on top of the cliff.


Naxos in the heart of the Cycladic islands is almost 3 hours away from Athens. You are welcomed to the port by the captivating Portara, a captivating large ancient door built of stone. The sea might be a little bit cold yet in April, however, you can wander around the island. Naxos Chora offers excellent and fresh seafood. You can see fishermen showing off their “loot” and you can pick some fish to try. In the southern part of the island, near Apollonas village, and in the quarry, you can see the Kouros of Apollo. It is a statue 10.7 meters tall. There are two smaller statues in the villages of Naxos.


Corfu is a beautiful island in the North-Western part of Greece and one of the best islands to visit in April. It is an island known for its Venetian architecture and forestry scenery. In April, the Winter is long gone, and the flowers of the island are blooming and smelling wonderful. As Spring unfolds you can walk through the kantounia, the narrow streets of the town. You can explore two ancient fortresses or hike through the olive groves. One of the biggest attractions of the island is the Achilleion Palace. It is a museum full of Renaissance paintings and statues, and on its balcony, there is a large statue of Achilles. From there you can have a great view of the whole island. Lastly, Corfu offers plenty of local dishes, which you can try.


Tinos is more famous for its religious heritage, especially on the 15th of August. But this island is a hidden gem, full of secluded beaches, historic churches, and majestic landscapes. Volax is a village with a lunar landscape, with valleys surrounded by rocks. Another famous village is Kalloni, full of stone arches and flower courtyards. Lastly, Pyrgos is a village that resembles a museum. It has traditional architecture and sculptures. Moreover, visitors can drink ouzo while tasting fish at the seaside.


Rhodes is located in the Dodecanese, and in the heart of its town lies the famous Medieval Town. It is the oldest continuously inhabited medieval city in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage site. In April, the island awakens from its winter slumber, and it’s full of sun. Visitors can explore the medieval streets of Rhodes Town and the Palace of the Grand Master. Moreover, Rhodes offers a variety of local wines which you can try by the beach, or while wandering around its beautiful villages.

So, Greece is not only about Summer, but there are Greek islands that are best to visit in April. There are islands for every taste both in the Ionian and the Aegean Sea. From the picturesque Santorini island to the blooming Corfu island, and the medieval Rhodes to the rugged landscape of Tinos, Greece in April offers options for everyone. And at the same time, these options offer an escape from the crowd of the Summer and the excessive heat.

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