Best for Wild scenery and peaceful authenticity, with a smattering of ritzy beach clubs.
Who goes Athenian weekenders and chic French second-home owners; a bronzed and moneyed yachting set.
Don’t miss Karthaia, the partially reconstructed ruins of an ancient city poised above two luminous bays. It’s only accessible on foot (a glorious one-hour hike) or by boat.
Do try Sublime sea urchin salad and grilled scorpion fish at Ennea Kores. Perfectly placed for sunset, it’s right on the waterfront overlooking Vourkari’s marina.
Pick up Acorn cookies from Red Tractor Farm, hidden behind the port of Korissia. These delicious biscuits are made with acorn flour, sustainably sourced from Kea’s dense oak forests.
Getting there One hour by ferry from the port of Lavrion, which is a 30-minute bus or taxi ride from Athens airport.
Best for A quick day trip from Athens.
Who goes Close enough for Athenians to commute, Aegina receives far less foreigners than its swankier Saronic neighbours, Hydra and Spetses.
Don’t miss The incredible temple of Aphaia, built around 500 BC. Of its original 34 Doric columns, 24 still stand tall amid the magnificent countryside.
Do try Octopus with red peppers and cured anchovies with lemon pearls at Skotadis, best of the first-rate seafood restaurants in and around Aegina harbour’s fish market. The snoozy fishing port of Perdika is a popular spot for Sunday lunch.
Pick up Pistachios – the island is famous for them. Buy local pistachio butter, pesto and ice cream from the stalls along the harbour.
Getting there 30 minutes by catamaran or one hour’s ferry ride from the port of Piraeus – a 50-minute drive from Athens airport.
Best for Ramblers. This huge, lush island has more than 160km of well-marked trails winding through terraced valleys, wooded peaks, waterfalls and citrus orchards.
Who goes Hikers, shipowners and art lovers – the Goulandris Museum of Contemporary Art is home to one of the largest collections of modern Greek sculpture.
Don’t miss A boat trip from capital Hora to Achla, one of many deliciously deserted beaches on Andros (mostly accessible via bone-rattling dirt roads). Wander up the valley to Onar, a laidback eco-retreat, for an organic lunch under the plane trees.
Do try Idiosyncratic chef-patron Katerina Remoundou’s wonderful pies and fourtalia (a typical sausage and potato omelette) at Tou Joseph in the village of Pitrofos.
Pick up Embroidered kaftans and embellished sandals from Waikiki, Kiki Sinteli’s beautifully curated boutique in Hora.
Getting there Two hours by ferry from Rafina, which is a 30-minute drive from Athens airport.
Private Island Retreat, Evia
Best for Desert-island romance, extended family celebrations, mindful relaxation.
Who goes Reclusive celebrities, loved-up couples and burnt-out bankers come to switch off and recharge at this private island off the southern coast of Evia.
Don’t miss There’s blissfully little to do on the 900-acre estate. Swim, cycle, stroll or kayak around the island, take a fishing trip or speedboat ride, or just lie back with a book and stare at the passing clouds and occasional sailboat drifting past.
Do try Your personal chef will serve French toast and fresh fruit for breakfast on the shady veranda, bake herbed focaccia and lamb in a wood-fired oven, or pack you a picnic of home-made pies and home-grown heirloom tomatoes to take to one of three translucent beaches.
Pick up Ask Maria, the owner, for some cuttings from her organic kitchen garden.
Getting there From Rafina (a 30-minute drive from Athens airport), it’s a one-hour ferry ride to Marmari. From there, a speedboat will whisk you to the island in 15 minutes.
Best for An arty escape. Long popular with creatives, the island used to play host to an international art festival, which ended its 20-year run in 2017. The art lives on, though, and there are still galleries on the island, and a local appreciation of art.
Who goes Inner-city creative types looking for an island escape coupled with inspiration.
Don’t miss Go horseriding along the coast, hike up to Mount Eros, visiting monasteries along the way, and check out the excellent Lazaros Koundouriotis Museum – an 18th-century mansion overlooking the harbour with original features and classic Greek architecture.
Do try Ask any local and the chances are they’ll recommend you eat at Kodylenia, a waterfront restaurant where seafood doesn’t have to travel far to get to your plate. Blue-and-white checked tablecloths and sunset views complete the experience.
Pick up Some classes in Ancient Greek theatre at the Hydrama Theatre and Arts Centre.
Getting there There are around six ferries per day from Piraeus. The journey to the island takes up to two hours.