Which Greek island would you choose?


Harbour at Hydra.

Today I was chatting online to a friend who is thinking of moving to Greece. She is very undecided as to where she should make her new home. As I have visited over 40 Greek islands on our yacht Fandancer, she has been asking me for advice. She asked me the following question, and I thought it would make a good blog post –

“If you were told you had to live on a Greek island and don’t factor in location or ease of travel where would you choose?”



The first thing I told her, was that some people might immediately choose one the most picturesque and beautiful islands, the favourites of holiday brochures, with turquoise sea, a sandy beach and traditional Greek buildings. Like Paxos or Ithaca in the Ionian Sea, or Mykonos, Serifos or Amorgos in the Aegean…


Anchored at Anti-Paxos


At Loggos, Paxos

However, these beautiful islands may not be like this in the winter. Well, I know for certain they won’t be. The tourists have left, the tavernas have closed, the sea is colder, the weather is very different. Sometimes the ferries will stop in the winter. The bus timetable will be restricted. There will be little chance to see a doctor or dentist.


Narrow street in Ermoupolis, Syros

If you are going to live on a Greek island all year round, you will need access to different things compared to what you want on holiday. You might not need a souvenir shop where you can buy a colourful beach towel, sun lotion, or flip flops. But you would like access to emergency services, banks, phone shops, a decent supermarket, butchers, bakers, hardware shops, plus all the multitude of other businesses that you might need.


Beach on Meganissi

As well as visiting the islands by yacht, I have also lived on land in various parts of Greece, including being there in the off-season. The four islands I would recommend would be Aegina, Syros, Lefkas and Corfu. All of these islands have busy populations with shops and businesses open all year. They also have facilities like doctors, dentists and hospitals, unlike some of the very remote islands where you may have to rely on small ferries to take you to a town some distance away for assistance.


Corfu sunset

The first of the month – memories of Greece.

I first wrote this post exactly four years ago, and published on my Sailblogs site, which no longer exists.  So I’m re-posting it again here.

“Kalo Mina”. This is what you must say to a Greek person on the first day of the month – it means “have a good month”. So I tried it out on about four random Greeks today Continue reading

My top 10 Greek islands…..

We are still living aboard our yacht Fandancer in Greece, and are currently in Corfu.

I often think about the lovely places we have visited by yacht, and I came up with a list of my top ten favourite Greek islands.   We’ve been to 42 in total so far, in the six years we’ve been sailing here, and they are all special and different, so it was difficult to pick a top ten….. Continue reading