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The Greek islands number into the thousands, although many of these are uninhabited. The huge variety of accommodation, scenery and activities offered by many of the larger islands can make choosing where to head confusing.

Best for beaches lovers

Pretty much all the islands have beautiful beaches. However for a beach in a truly stunning setting, head to Frangokastello Beach on Crete, where you will be wowed by the looming Venetian castle that acts a backdrop to the golden sands. Another idyllic seaside setting is to be found on the little island of Kefallonia, at Myrtos Beach. Skiathos has many popular beaches that are very popular with younger holiday-makers, although the most renowned locations for the 'hip' set are without doubt those to be found on the party island of Mykonons.

Best for Culture vultures

Rhodes offers a stunning, ancient walled town. Ruled over by the Knights of John between 1309 and 1523, the town offers several 14th century artefacts that will take your breath away. By contrast, the gorgeous Old Town on Corfu boasts some fabulous contrasting British, French and Venetian influenced architecture.

Best for Hikers

Crete is Greece’s largest island, and offers great walking over varied terrain. From windmill dotted plateaus to wild goat strewn high mountains and deep canyons, this is an island that offers routes to walkers of all levels and abilities. Crete is also home to Europe’s longest gorge - the Samaria. Walking its length will take you through some of this islands’ finest scenery, and ends with a refreshingly cool forested section. The island of Naxos is delightfully green and verdant, and has lots of pretty twisting patches that connect ancient temples, churches and towers. For stunning displays of native wild flowers, head to either Alonnisos or Skopelos (the Sporadic Isles) where you will also be treated to the sights and smells of orchards bursting with apples and fresh green forests. It is possible to arrange a guide for walks on most of the larger islands, just contact the local tourist office nearest your resort for further information.

Best for snorkelling and diving

The crystal clear, azure waters that surround the Greek islands offer some of the best diving and snorkelling conditions in the world. Karpathos has a renowned diving school which offers wonderful diving trips to explore the underwater treasures in the sea caves that surround the island. If your dream is to swim with a wild dolphin, your best bet is off the coast of the pretty and diminutive island of Milos.

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