The 5 Best Greek Islands
While the mainland of Greece certainly has a plethora of must see attractions, the Greek islands have more than their fair share of magnetism as well. When planning a trip to Greece, it would be a mistake to ignore the coastal beauty, historical significance, and local culture the islands have to offer. No trip to Greece would be complete without a visit to these 5 islands.
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This Island may be small, but it holds a great deal of Biblical significance. Patmos is best known as the island where John heard the voice of God and recorded the prophetic Book of Revelation. Today it is honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site and offers an enticing blend of Biblical history, culture, and natural beauty. The Holy Cave of the Apocalypse is the site that every traveler to Patmos must visit. This is the cave where John received the prophecy of the end times.
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According to the Book of Acts, this was one of the stops Paul made while returning home from his third missionary journey. This island was also once the home of the Colossus of Rhodes, an enormous bronze statue of Apollo that was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. While that particular architectural marvel no longer exists, there are several other impressive sites that continue to draw in visitors. The Medieval City of Rhodes has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is highlighted by the Streets of the Knights, the Palace of the Grand Master, and Hippocrates Square.
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The Book of Acts and Paul’s letter to Titus both mention Crete. Acts describes the Cretan Jews as being some of the first converts to Christianity during Pentecost in Jerusalem. It is also mentioned as one of the stops made by Paul on the return from his third missionary journey. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and those who travel will find the opportunity to learn about fascinating ancient cultures, such as the Minoans. The island offers the opportunity to visit the Minoan Palace of Knossos, which was the legendary home of the half man / half bull creature known as the Minotaur.
While Santorini does not hold much Biblical significance, it stands as one of the most popular Greek destinations due to its iconic architecture, amazing culinary delights and stunning coastal beauty. The famous white washed buildings with bright blue domed roofs epitomizes what most people envision when they think of Greece. The island’s capital, Fira, is dotted with these beautiful striking buildings and make for some unbelievable “Kodak moments”. Santorini also offers a variety of tasty treats that center around fresh ingredients such as local style goat cheese, tomatoes, white eggplant, fava beans, and capers.
Known as “the island of the winds”, it makes sense that one of the most famous sites of Mykonos is the row of charming 16th century windmills that stand on a hill in Mykonos’ capital city of Chora. The island holds more significance in Greek mythology than Biblical history, but what really draws tourists these days are the exciting nightlife, local cuisine, and spectacular beaches.
The best way to make sure that you get a taste of each of these remarkable islands is to embark on a Greek Island cruise!
After visiting these cities, you are sure to return home with unforgettable memories, a camera bursting with frame-worthy photos, a full belly, and an appreciation for the laid-back island lifestyle.
America Israel Tours offers two exciting tour options that allow travelers to visit the Greek Islands in style!
The Best of Greece and Turkey is a 12 Day tour that follow’s in the footsteps of Paul and visits the cities that were part of his missionary journeys through Turkey and Greece.
Coming soon! We are proud to offer a 4 Night optional Greek Island Cruise to our 12 Day Greece & Israel Journey. This extension will give travelers the opportunity to visit each of the 5 islands mentioned above and is the perfect way to follow up a tour of the mainland of Greece!