As the capital of Greece, Athens is the heart of the country’s ancient empire and is its most thriving cultural center. Unsurprisingly, it is also the most visited tourist destination in all of Greece, attracting millions of tourists from around the world annually. During their visits, many soak in Greece’s unique culture during visits to museums and bustling markets. Others experience its heritage at historic sights that still dominate the city’s landscape, symbolizing the powerful civilizations that once called this city home.
But, whilst Athens in itself is a fantastic city break to have in Greece, its location on the southern tip of the country places it in a prime position to discover what Greek island life has to offer. With three ferry ports, it’s more than convenient to explore a number of islands close to Athens during your visit, and many take day trips, or longer, to uncover Greece’s vast and varied archipelago.
And at The Unforgettable Travel Company, we encourage all to take the plunge by experiencing Greece’s thriving island settlements. From those with breathtaking beaches to ones where the party doesn’t stop until the sun rises, we’ve shared below what we feel are the best islands close to Athens to inspire your next Greek adventure beyond the capital.