The Best Undiscovered Greek Islands

When most people think of Greek islands, places like Mykonos, Santorini, Crete, and Rhodes pop into their head.  These islands are iconic and beautiful, and this is probably why they are overrun with tourists, especially during the high season in the summertime when Greek island-hopping is at its busiest. 

But Greece has around 200 inhabited islands to explore, and a lot of them are just as beautiful and interesting as the most famous hotspots, though less known. If you’d like to find the best undiscovered Greek islands that only the locals really visit, read ahead. 

You can avoid the crowds, go to Greece like a local, and most of all, discover places most tourists haven’t seen.

The Best Undiscovered Greek Islands

Explore Greece like a local by visiting these amazing undiscovered Greek Islands!

1. Paxoi (or Paxi)

A string of islands located in the Ionian Sea, Paxoi tends to be quiet and devoid of foreign crowds, but it sports some of the most beautiful beaches and clear waters in the Mediterranean Sea. Most beaches here are small and quiet, without the beach bar culture of other Greek hotspots.

Some of the beaches, including the ones considered especially beautiful on the west coast, are not accessible by land, so if you’re touring the Ionian on a boat, or are up for catching boats out of the main port towards the beaches, Paxoi is probably a good fit for you, especially if you want to prefer calm, clear waters over beach parties. In some places, you can even see the ocean floor at a depth of 30 meters.

The largest islands are Paxos and Antipaxos. Recommended beaches on Paxos include Marmari, Kaki Langada, and Achai Bay.  If you would like to explore the west side beaches, and the stunning caves in the cliffs of Paxos, take a day trip in a boat from the main city of Gaios, or from Lakka. Monodendri and Levrecho are probably amongst the busiest beaches on the island, and the former also has watersports to offer. The best beaches on Antipaxos are considered Vrika and Voutoumi.

2. Folegandros

Folegandros is a relatively tiny island in the Aegean Sea, and it usually passes unnoticed by tourists despite its location between tourism powerhouses Santorini, Paros, and Mykonos. However, many Greek tourists looking for a quiet, relaxing escape have favored Folegandros over the years for its picturesque town and beautiful beaches. 

Angali Beach is the jewel of Folegandros, but there are many other shores to visit as well, though perhaps not easily accessible by car. Most people drive to Karavostasi, and walk to other beaches from there.  The walks around the island are some of the most mesmerizing in Greece, and visitors always remark on the peaceful silence they experience on this island. 

Folegandros - an undiscovered island in Greece
Folegandros – an undiscovered island in Greece

3. Syros

Syros used to be quite an important island in the Aegean Sea, as it’s main town, Ermoupolis, was once the biggest port in Greece, and is still the capital of the Cyclades. For those interested in culture, history and architecture, Syros is definitely the undiscovered Greek island you want to visit.

The port in Syros is still a bustling, busy place, day and night. A few streets in from the waterfront, the beautifully constructed Town Hall towers over a huge town square. In the evening, the square is full of kids on the town hall’s gigantic staircase, and people enjoying coffee (learn how to order coffee in Greece), drinks, or Syros’ famous sweet (loukoumi) in the cafes located all around the square. 

You can enjoy a classy night at the Apollon Theater, constructed in the 19th century, view one of Michelangelo’s original paintings or get lost in the charming winding cobblestone alleys of Vaporia, a little further up from the town center, and marvel at the 19th century neoclassical buildings all around you.

During the day, try heading to the beaches in Vari, Kini, Foinikas, and Agkathopes. If you want to continue exploring the island, head up to Ano Syros, a historic town towards the island’s peak that has been around since medieval times.

4. Antiparos

Right next to the more well-known islands of Paros is a smaller island called Antiparos, which is now becoming a popular choice for Greeks on vacation. In addition to nice beaches and a few nightlife spots, it features an extensive cave system for the more adventurous tourist, and a Venetian castle built in medieval times.

There are a few good beaches, and you can choose your destination based on your preferences. If you want a lounge chair and easy access to beach bar, Livadia is your best option, while families tend to prefer Psaraliki. For a more secluded spot, try Panagia, or if you’d like to be daring and try a nudist beach, Camping Beach is always an option.

Antiparos - one of the best undiscovered Greek islands
Antiparos – one of the best undiscovered Greek islands

5. Lefkada

Located south of Kerkyra in the Ionian Sea, Lefkada is a large, lush island with striking blue waters, plenty of small charming farming towns, a beautiful marina, and a busy capital city. During the summer season, especially in August, the island sees a huge influx of Greek and Italian tourists. Favored beaches include Kathisma and Porto Katsiki. 

If you want to go outside the main city (also known as Lefkada), check out Vasiliki or Agios Nikolaos. Vasiliki has great tavernas right on the waterfront, and is considered one of the best windsurfing spots in Europe. At night, head down to Agios Nikolaos, which has a pedestrian street heading down to the beach, lined with shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars on the waterfront.

One of my personal favorite spots on the island is Rachi Taverna, located in the mountains in the small town of Exanthia.  Rachi is the perfect place to have dinner after a long day at the beach and watch one of the best views of the sunset. 

In the main city of Lefkada, you can find a lot of small squares with creperies and cafes, as well as a lot of shopping.  If you walk out on the pedestrian walkway along the waterfront, you will pass many bars and clubs that keep going well into the night.

Lefkada, an undiscovered Greek island
Lefkada, an undiscovered Greek island

Water Sports in Barcelona – Travel Dudes

Barcelona has the perfect combination of sandy beaches and warm weather…which means that there is a host of amazing water sports in Barcelona.

Head out to sea to try one of these exciting water sports in the inviting Mediterranean waters!

Water sports in Barcelona to try out

Jet ski Tour of Barcelona’s coast

Fancy yourself as a bit of a James Bond? Take on the waves with speed and style and discover the coast of Barcelona and the Catalonian coastline with a fast-paced jet ski tour. This top Barcelona water sport allows you to see all the famous sights in the coolest way possible. It’s also the perfect activity in the hot weather, to feel the fresh spray of the Mediterranean Sea cooling down the heat.

Check out: Get Your Guide or Viator for more information on booking this afternoon out on the waters.

Jetskiing in Barcelona
Jetskiing in Barcelona

Paddle boarding in Barcelona

The Mediterranean waters that surround the beaches of Barcelona are often very calm, making it the perfect placid-lake environment for paddle boarding. SUP, otherwise known as Stand-Up Paddle, is one of the most popular water sports in Barcelona. It’s a fun one to try out with friends for a more relaxed experience, as you can lay down on your board for some tanning time if you get tired!

It’s super easy to pick up, so it’s possible to just rent a board for the day and head out on your own. But if you’d rather have some support to get going, it’s also possible to book a guide to teach you the ropes.

Check out: Escuela SUP to find out more about booking and introductory classes. Or, rent your own Paddle SUP.

Water sports in Barcelona
Paddle boarding in Barcelona

Flyboarding in Barcelona

Flyboarding is recent water sport to have skyrocketed (pardon the pun) in popularity all over the world in recent years. If you’ve never heard of flyboarding before, let us explain. You balance yourself on a high-powered water jet board, that propels you out of the water and into the air, which you then control by going up, down, forwards and backwards. Sounds a bit futuristic, right! It’s the closest thing to being able to defy gravity, or to becoming Spiderman.

It takes a bit of practice to get into the swing of fly boarding, but a team of certified instructors will be on hand to teach you all the basics. It dips into the extreme category of the water sports listed, but with a qualified centre and instructors it is perfectly safe and fun.

Check out: Get Your Guide or Viator for more information.

flyboarding barcelona

Hydrofoil and eFoil

Another one we’d forgive you for not having heard of before is electric hydrofoiling, or eFoil. Learn to sail the waters of Barcelona on a high-tech eFoil, which is a flying surfboard with a small, electric motor that levitates above the surface of the water and is controlled by Bluetooth. It’s the latest and most exciting way to travel the coast of Barcelona!

It’s suitable for all age ranges, and instructors can take you through introductory and advanced classes to get to grips with this futuristic way of surfing.

Check out: Take Off Barcelona or Five Star Watersports.

hydrofoil barcelona
Image Source: Five Star Watersports Barcelona

Windsurfing in Barcelona

Feeling up to the challenge of mastering both wind and sea simultaneously? Well, windsurfing is the sport for you! It’s perhaps one of the most difficult water sports in Barcelona to master, so it’s certainly not one for the fainthearted. But if you’re up for the challenge, it’s a great way to spend an adrenaline-filled afternoon.

You can windsurf all year round in Barcelona, and there are a variety of schools offering lessons for reasonable prices.

Check out: Escola Catalana de Surf, Anywhere Watersports Barcelona, and Viator.

Windsurfing Barcelona

Seabob tour

Brownie points if you know what a Seabob is! We’re sure you’ll have seen them before, they are a hydrodynamic jet that you grip onto, to propel you both above and below the water. It gives the sensation of swimming like a fish, leisurely gliding through the serene waters of the Mediterranean.

One of the best aspects of Seabobbing is that it’s completely environmentally friendly, it zooms powerfully and almost silently through the water. Dive to depths of up to 40 metres with proper safety equipment to explore what lies under the Barcelona shores.

Check out: Jet Scoot for the best Seabob experience.

Seabob Barcelona
Image Source: Jet Scoot

Sailing in Barcelona

In the mood for something a little fancier and classier? How about a few hours sailing around Barcelona’s coastline, and letting a professional skipper do all the hard work for you? This way you can spend more time relaxing, admiring the landscape, and sipping on a glass of wine, than having to do the heavy lifting yourself!

Book onto either a private yacht tour, or join a larger group, and sail through the serene waters for the ultimate relaxation experience. We recommend a sunset sailing experience, to see Barcelona in its best light under dreamy pink skies.

Check out: Get Your Guide or Viator to choose your perfect sailing experience.

Water sports in Barcelona - sailing
Sailing in Barcelona

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