5 Insta-worthy Greek Islands that aren’t Mykonos

Carly Williams
Social Media Editor

It’s no secret Mykonos and Santorini are on the exy side. The Dodecanese stunners will suck your wallet dry before you have a chance to dine out on the epic slo-ro lamb shoulder.  So, we’ve rounded up the best nearby Greek Isles, that aren’t so generic, and won’t break the bank.

The Greek village of Naousa is postcard perfect. Think quaint white alleyways with pops of bougainvillea and seaside restaurants and bars. Photo: Getty


You’ll still get the party vibes of Mykonos, especially in the main town of Naousa. For a couple of Euros you can take the bus out to Santa Maria Beach for cocktails and more crystal-clear water. There’s a nearby winery and horseback riding for those who’re keen on adventure.

An orthodox church on a corner of Naousa idyllic village narrow streets. Photo: Getty


One for the history buffs. Old Town Rhodes is surrounded by a wall from the ye’ olde ancient times.  The cobblestone streets serve medieval vibes and the castle-like Palace of the Grand Masters will blow you away.  Head to Lindos for a turquoise swim and donkey ride up the hill for views of the whole bay.

The beautiful cove at St Pauls Bay Lindos, Rhodes. Photo: Getty


A secret gem just 20-minutes off the coast of Turkey. The harbour is one of the most picturesque in Europe and you can take an easy boat ride out to the nearby Blue Grotto sea cave to nab your new profile pic #stunning

Kastelorizo’s harbour is one of the prettiest in Europe. This is the view from the ancient fortress side. Photo: Getty

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Just eight kilometers in length, Lipsi is a cosy island to set up shop away from the tourists. We’d go just for the myzithra – the island’s famous cheese specialty of goat’s milk and seawater.

The crystal clear waters of Lipsi – a secret gem of the Dodecanese. Photo: Getty


The Samaria National Park hike, the Venetian castle on the beach, endless ruins and traditional Sarikopitakia (that’s cheese pie for those playing at home.) These are some of the pleasing attributes Crete has to offer. And we haven’t even started on the beaches.

A typical beach on the Isle of Crete. Photo: Getty
The famous greek cheese pie. Photo: @mylittleexpatkitchen
A traditional market in Chania, Crete with all of the treats. Photo: Getty

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