Alternatives to Greece’s famous holiday islands: seven destinations


Located in mainland Greece on the coast of the Ionian Sea, Parga offers beautiful beaches, affordable prices and interesting sights. The favorite of both Greek and foreign tourists is primarily the beach destination, and in Parga you can enjoy not only the turquoise sea water but also the warm climate: in the summer season the temperature is on average 30 degrees.

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Parga, located on the mainland, is an affordable holiday destination.

Parga is an affordable and easy travel destination, as Aurinkomatkat and Apollomatkat offer trips to Parga.


How would it sound to vacation on an island that can be reached from the mainland by road? Located on the Ionian Sea, Lefkas is only 50 meters from mainland Greece. Lefkas is an excellent beach resort, as the island has a total of 117 kilometers of coastline. The best sandy beaches are Porto Katsiki and Egkremnoí.

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The wonderful beaches of Lefkas guarantee successful vacation days.

You can easily enjoy the beach atmosphere with a ready-made trip, and for example Tjäreborg, Aurinkomatkat and Apollomatkat offer holidays to Lefkas.


Picturesque Thassos corresponds to many people’s idea of ​​a dream vacation island, because the northernmost island of Greece is a green revelation that pampers beach vacationers with more than a hundred beaches. In addition to beaches and nature, Thassos’ assets also include perfectly preserved historical sites, whose history stretches back to ancient times.

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In the summer of 2020, it will be even easier to get to Thassos, as more and more travel agencies include the island in their selections.

Thassos is located in the Aegean Sea, close to mainland Greece, and is only a short ferry ride from the mainland.


The island of Symi, located right next to the Turkish border, makes visitors fall in love with its colorful harbor, relaxed village atmosphere and ruggedly beautiful scenery. The island’s number one destination is definitely the capital city of the same name, which consists of two parts, but the beaches and Natural Sites are also attractive.

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The port of Symi is a place that should not be missed.

Symi is located a short distance from Rhodes and is a popular day trip destination, but there is enough to do on the spectacular island for an entire vacation. The ferry ride from Rhodes to Symi takes 1-1.5 hours, depending on the operating ferry company.


Located in the Aegean Sea, north of the holiday island of Kos, Kalymnos is a green island whose dramatic landscapes will not leave you cold. Active vacationers will love the island’s first-class climbing opportunities, but Kalymnos also has beautiful sandy and pebble beaches. The most popular beach villages are Mirties and Massouri.

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Kalymnos is a great beach destination, but it is also great for a climbing holiday.

It is easy to travel to Kalymnos from Finland, as the island is included in the selection of Tjäreborg and Apollomatki, among others.


The green and diverse island of Zákinthos, located west of mainland Greece in the Ionian Sea, is known for its wonderful Smugglers’ Cove beach, but the island also offers other things to see. Atmospheric beach towns, more beautiful beaches and green cycling routes make all kinds of travelers enjoy their vacation.

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Navagio beach is one of the most famous landscapes of Zákinthos.

The travel offer from Finland to Zákinthos is good, and you can get to the island with, for example, Tui and Aurinkomatko.


Located off the coast of Turkey in the Aegean Sea, small Leros is a peaceful holiday destination where you can enjoy the authentic Greek local atmosphere and the best aspects of the islands: peace, turquoise sea water and white villages. The island belonging to the Dodecanese island group is not yet a favorite of the masses, but Leros offers the most necessary services for a successful vacation.

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Leros is a small and beautiful island.

During your vacation, you should also visit the islands of Lips and Patmos, located a short distance away, which are easy day trip destinations. Trips from Finland to Leros are made by, for example, Apollomatkat.

>> Read also: Make the adventure of a lifetime in Greece and go island hopping – easy tips for first-timers

Text: Inka Khanji
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