We are introducing the covid-free islands of the Aegean for the summer of 2021

John KarkalatosMarch 14, 2021

By summer 100% of the local population will have been vaccinated against the coronavirus in these islands. If you have been vaccinated, get ready to get to know them as you will travel freely there!


1. Nisyros

Polyvotis was a Giant who fought against the Gods in the Battle of the Giants, Poseidon pursued him to Kos where he threw a part of the island to him and thus Nisyros was formed.

This is how the ancients explained the volcano of Nisyros which is the most active in Greece, more active than that of Santorini. You'll have the opportunity to visit the huge hydrothermal crater Stefanos and see from up close the fumes and the landscape around with the color of sulfur. Don't miss to visit the volcanic museum in Nikia.

Beyond the volcano, Nisyros is famous for its picturesque villages: Mandraki, Pali, Emporios and Nikia. In Mandraki, walk on the seaside promenade where the wave breaks on its wall, visit Ilikiomeni square, the archeological museum and the monastery of Panagia Spiliani. Nikia hangs from an altitude at the edge of the caldera, from there you'll admire the best view to the volcano. In the village square take wonderful photos as it's one of the most beautiful in the Aegean.

A must-see also is Pachia Ammos beach, regardless you swim or not, the best black beach in Greece.

At Apyria in Emporios you'll eat traditional delicacies while right next door, on the Balcony of Emporios, meat overlooking the caldera of the volcano. In Mandraki visit Gefsea for seafood while for local dishes at Apololi Kori, Veggos and Eirini at Ilikiomeni. You'll also find remarkable fish taverns at Pali, Captain's House and Astradeni.

Where to stay

At Porfyris Hotel you'll find the best accommodation on the island with pool, breakfast and rooms overlooking the sea and at Romantzo with sea view and breakfast too.


2. Tilos

An island of contrasts with rocky landscape where high mountains, bays and capes and the large beach of Erystos dominate. Things are simple in Tilos, just relax, apart from swimming, eating and walking there's nothing else to do.

Take a tour of Mikro and Megalo Chorio, the monastery of Agios Panteleimon and the exhibition of dwarf elephants where findings have been found at the cave Harkadio.

In Tilos you'll eat meat, mainly goat which is abundant on the island and dishes with local ingredients. In Livadia eat at Michalis, Armenon, Kritikos, Mediterranean Delights and for seafood at Nautilus.

Where to stay

Ilidi Rock has a great view of the harbor and offers apartments and studios, while very good suggestions are Hotel Irini, which offers breakfast and Ellibay.


3. Chalki

It's surprising that in such a barren landscape there's such a large and colorful settlement. Even more surprising will be the wonderful sandy beaches with the best to be Pontamos and Ftenaya.

Taste seafood and cooked food at Valantis and Remezzo at the port, seafood at Black Sea, while at Pontamos and Kania beach enjoy food at the beach.

Where to stay

Aretanassa Hotel will live up to your expectations as does the Apartment Villa Nitsa.


4. Lipsi

Island located north of Leros and surrounded by numerous islets creating a setting for lovers of swimming and carefreeness. The boats Rena and Margarita go on excursions around the island and stop at Makronisi with the natural pool, Aspronissia with the white pebbles and the turquoise waters, Arki and Marathi.

At Kalypso restaurant right on the port you can taste seafood and cooked food and at Pefko a variety of greek dishes. At Katsadia beach you'll find Dilaila where you'll taste seafood and cooked food on the beach. A very good choice is the tavern at Platis Gialos with a variety of seafood and grilled meat.

Where to stay

Niriedes Villas are newly built traditional accommodation with a terrace overlooking Lipsi Bay. In Lipsi you can stay at Studios Anna.


5. Arki

A complex of deserted islands north of Lipsi with few inhabitants. The best beach is Tiganakia, you'll visit it with the ferries coming from Lipsi, as well as the neighbouring islet Marathi. In the two taverns at the square you'll taste seafood and local flavors while at the tavern Apolafsi, outside the village, authentic homemade dishes.

Where to stay

At Katsavidis Rooms overlooking the harbor.


6. Agathonisi

Island east of Arki with few inhabitants suitable for deserted holidays, it's good to have your vehicle because there's no car rental service and boat for touring. Swim on the beach at the port and discover the surrounding beaches. Taste fresh seafood, grilled meats and traditional recipes at the port at Glaros and George taverns, and higher up on the road to Megalo Chorio at Atsidas.


7. Kastellorizo

The settlement in the deep cove forms an impressive setting that challenges you to discover its beauties, the things you can do in Kastellorizo ??are much more than you think: tour the settlement and see the mansions up close, swim in the port, eat near the sea, admire the natural beauties, visit by boat the blue cave - the largest underwater cave in Greece - make a tour of the island with a stop on the surrounding islets for a swim and go up to the castle to enjoy the view.

In the taverns taste seafood flavors and traditional greek dishes. Paragadi, Aeolis, Lazarakis, Alexandra and Agora stand out.

Where to stay

At Poseidon you'll have excellent accommodation in two elegant neoclassical buildings a stone's throw from the port. Enjoy the wonderful view from the balcony, the breakfast and the unique facilities.


8. Fourni - Thimaina

An island with an irregular shape, mountainous landscape, steep shores and numerous bays, creates the absolute contrast of mountain and sea. Admire breathtaking seascapes and discover the wonderful sandy beaches of Kambi, Petrokopio, Kasidi, Vlichada and Psili Ammos. You can also pass to Thymaina for the wonderful beach of Keramidou and enjoy traditional flavors in the tavern located there.

Enjoy seafood at Niko's on the beach and at Delfinakia the exquisite shrimp spaghetti. Don't forget to visit Xenichtis Platanos at Fourni square and try the delicious homemade dishes.

Where to stay

Archipelagos Hotel offers a pleasant stay in a privileged location in the port, enjoy breakfast and the view from the terrace.


9. Gavdos

Holidays in the simplest form: beaches, nature, food and hiking. Discover magical landscapes on the beaches of Sarakiniko, Ai-Giannis, and Korfos, walk to Potamos and reach at Tripiti in the southernmost part of Greece. At the taverns of the island try seafood dishes and various local flavors.

Where to stay

At Manthos Casa two steps from Sarakiniko beach and at Gavdos Studios at Ai-Giannis beach.


10. Psara

The most alternative island on the list, better known for the events of the Revolution of 1821 than as a holiday destination.

The dark and mountainous landscape hides the picturesque settlement of Psara and many sandy beaches where you'll spend most of your time. Walk and discover the church of the Transfiguration of the Savior, Agios Nikolaos and Mavri Rachi and visit the beaches of Spitalia, Limnos and Ftelio. Eat at Spitalia and Iliovasilema.


11. Oinousses

An island east of Chios with a beautiful port and a picturesque settlement worth visiting. The statue of a mermaid wearing a crown and holding a sailboat welcomes you to the port.

Visit the churches and the monasteries, if you have your vehicle you'll be able to tour the island and go to the beaches. Try traditional delicacies at Aignousiotiko Tavern.