The 8 Best Greek Islands For Over 60s & Why You’re Going To Love Them!

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Last updated on March 25, 2023 by Wandering our World

As we grow older, our travel priorities and preferences often change. While some may still like to go on an adventurous trip, others want to opt for a more relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of life.

Luckily Greece, with its stunning islands, warm hospitality, and rich history, is a fantastic destination for over 60s who are looking for a mix of relaxation, culture, and adventure.

The Greek islands have a lot to offer, from secluded beaches and crystal-clear waters to charming villages and ancient ruins. These islands are the perfect destination for those who want to explore and experience something new while also taking time to relax and recharge.

Whether you’re a history buff, a foodie, a nature lover, or simply looking to relax, there’s a Greek island that’s perfect for you. Each of the Greek islands has its own unique personality and attractions, offering a variety of experiences for travellers in their 60s and beyond.

And right here we’ll be exploring the best Greek islands for over 60s, highlighting the unique features and attractions of each destination.

So, pack your bags and get ready to explore the enchanting Greek islands, and create unforgettable memories in the process!

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The 8 Best Greek Islands For Over 60s: Spectacular Destinations You Must Visit!

1. Crete

The so-called ‘Island of Gods’ is a destination that offers the perfect combination of history, culture, and natural beauty.

Crete is the largest island in Greece, and is packed with plenty of things to do and see for tourists over 60 – from intriguing ancient ruins and old towns, to laid-back beaches and gorgeous mountains and forests.

The rich history of Crete is its major draw. This island is home to many archaeological sites and remains of ancient architecture.

The Palace of Knossos is one of the most famous and well-preserved sites in Greece, dating back to around 1700 BC. It is a great spot to watch the sunset from – you’ll feel like you’ve travelled back in time!

In addition to its history, Crete also boasts stunning natural scenery. If you enjoy hiking and wildlife-watching, the Samaria Gorge National Park and the White Mountains National Park are two must-visit places.

Stunning views of Kalyves bay and beach. Beautiful Crete island, Creece
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For a more laid-back trip, Crete has a number of beautiful sandy beaches where travellers over 60 can relax under the sun without the noisy crowds you’d get in places like Mykonos

Places like Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion are popular towns to stay at, where you can find many accommodation options, from luxurious to cosy bed and breakfasts.

On the other hand, the eastern towns of Elounda or Agios Nikolaus are a welcome escape from the typical busy, touristy towns.

Of course, no trip to Crete would be complete without trying the island’s delicious cuisine, and Crete has a very unique food culture.

Try dishes like dakos, a traditional Cretan salad, and staka, a local cheese-based dish. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the Chochlioi Boubouristi (fried snails), which is a popular delicacy in the region. 

The illuminated alley Antoni Gampa with green plants and balconies in the old town of Chania, Crete, Greece,
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2. Thassos

Fancy an off-the-beaten track island experience? Then head over to Thassos.

This beautiful and somewhat secluded island in the northern Aegean Sea offers natural scenery, pleasant weather, historical sites and a laid-back quieter atmosphere that often appeals to over 60s travellers.

After all, the island of Thassos provides a very local and authentic Greek experience.

On top of that the mountain and forest scenery ensures some beautiful views, especially if you enjoy and go hiking. The hike to the summit of Mount Ypsario is particularly popular, offering panoramic views of the entire island.

Thassos also boasts some stunning soft sandy beaches, such as Golden Beach and Paradise Beach, which are both extremely hard to leave once there!

Panoramic View on Limenas Thasou, capital and main port of Thassos island,  Greece
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Another reason Thassos is a must-visit is due to its history and archaeological treasures. The remains of ancient sites such as the Ancient Theatre of Thasos, the Acropolis of Thassos, and the gorgeous Monastery of Archangel Michael – all made with marble – offer a fascinating glimpse into the island’s past.

To sample a good selection of cafes, restaurants and shops, stay in Limenas, also known as Thassos town. This is the main commercial centre and capital of the island.

The ancient market, Agora, is a haven for local crafts, souvenirs and local products. Foodies will find the local cuisine delicious around there too, and the island’s famous honey, olive oil, and fresh seafood, – which is caught daily by local fishermen – are a must-try!

Truly, Thassos is one of the best Greek islands for over 60s and older tourists that want something different than a typical holiday. It is an affordable alternative to other European islands, yet with equal beauty and charm.

Landscape with Limenaria city and harbour at Thassos island, Greece. blue water, green hills in background.
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3. Patmos

Located in the Dodecanese group of islands, Patmos is a small, picturesque island that is a great escape.

This island is perfect for older couples who want to experience “old Greece”- i.e. the Greece before the tourism boom. Patmos is far less commercialised with fewer tourists than other islands, making it feel all the more authentic.

While there are no major tourist attractions on the island, there are several sites of historical importance.

For the history-inclined, Patmos is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites that date back to the 11th century.

View of Monastery of st.John in Patmos island, Dodecanese, Greece. Unesco heritage site
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The Monastery of Saint John the Theologian offers a fascinating glimpse into the island’s past, with its stunning architecture and artworks. While the Cave of Apocalypse is believed to be the spot where Saint John the Theologian wrote the Book of Revelation.

Apart from its history, Patmos is also known for its natural scenery and chilled-out beach vibes.

As with other Greek islands, Patmos also boasts stunning landscapes, and a rugged coastline with beautiful beaches. The beaches of Psili Ammos, Petra, and Lefkes, are pretty secluded and perfect spots to relax.  

The best area to stay is perhaps the central town of Skala. The whitewashed buildings along the winding cobblestoned streets are a treat for an afternoon or morning stroll.

The town is also a good starting point to explore the island, and of course, its cuisine. Patmos is known for its fresh seafood, locally grown vegetables, and traditional dishes like patoudo, a local goat dish, and fouskakia, which are small meatballs. Be sure to try the local wine too!

Church and Monastery. can be seen while on a white-washed street in Patmos
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4. Milos

Ah, Milos! The island is known for its enchanting coastline, beaches, cliff sides and white-washed towns.

A part of the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea, Milos is an excellent choice for travellers over 60 who are looking for a quiet and laid-back holiday in Greece. If your checklist includes mainly exploring the coastline and sunbathing on the quiet beaches on a stunning Greek island, then Milos is for you!

The bizarre coastline of Milos is dotted with some of the most unique beaches in Greece. With over 70 beaches to choose from, you can easily find a secluded spot or two to relax and soak up the sun.

Popular beaches include Sarakiniko, known for its shore made of white volcanic rocks, and Tsigrado, known for the impressive rocky cliffs surrounding the shore.

Traditional whitewashed Greek Orthodox church in Plaka village on Milos island on sunset. Milos island, Greece
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Aside from the beaches, Milos also boasts several picturesque villages that are worth visiting. The village of Plaka is charming, with its winding alleys and stunning views over the Aegean Sea. The village of Klima, where colourful fishermen’s houses line the waterfront, is another place to visit.

Milos is quite touristy, but in a good way – it doesn’t attract partygoers, nor is it too overdeveloped. But that’s still enough tourist facilities to make your trip an easy one.

The most popular place to stay is Adamas, as it has accommodation options that suit all tastes. Cobbled streets, colourful cafes and Greek taverns in the white-washed town all set the scene for the ideal getaway too.

The cuisine is delicious too – classic Greek cuisine that includes fresh seafood, local cheese, and traditional dishes such as moussaka and souvlaki.

Scenic Klima village (traditional Greek village by the sea, the Cycladic-style) with sirmata - traditional fishermen's houses, Milos island, Cyclades, Greece.
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5. Kefalonia

Kefalonia is one of Europe and Greece’s most underrated island destinations.

Yet despite that it’s still one of the best Greek islands for over 60s, though not as popular as the likes of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete.

However Kefalonia is actually the biggest island in the Ionian Sea and home to several of Greece’s most pristine beaches.

From the famous Myrtos Beach to the more secluded beaches of Assos and Foki, you can enjoy crystal-clear waters and pristine sandy beaches here.

Crowds are much less too, so you can be sure of an enjoyable, relaxing holiday. You can even enjoy a yoga class by the beach!

Beaches aside, Kefalonia is also home to several fascinating cultural and historical sites.

Assos village in Kefalonia, Greece. Turquoise colored bay in Mediterranean sea with beautiful colorful houses in Assos village in Kefalonia, Greece, Ionian island, Cephalonia, Assos village.
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The island’s capital, Argostoli, is a great place to explore. It is a bustling village with charming streets, restaurants, and cafes to enjoy. The town also has historic landmarks such as Korgialenios Museum and the De Bosset Bridge.

Visitors can also explore Kefalonia’s many monasteries and churches, including the Monastery of Agios Gerasimos, which is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Greece.

Some of the best areas to stay on the island are the fishing village of Katelios, with some of the best seafood and Greek taverns, and the capital Argosotli itself, since it offers all modern holiday conveniences.

Local food is a must try of course, while you’re in Kefalonia. Fresh seafood, local cheeses, and traditional dishes like pastitsada and kreatopita are a staple. The wines are excellent too, and several wineries offer tastings and tours.

Table in Greek tavern in Assos fishing village, Kefalonia island, Greece.
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6. Rhodes

Rhodes, one of the largest and most diverse Greek islands, is an excellent destination for over 60s tourists.

Located in the Aegean Sea, Rhodes is a family-friendly summer destination and its mediaeval port, Rhodes Town, is a key stop-off point on many Greece cruise itineraries.

The island offers a nice package of beautiful beaches, Greek history mixed with traditional culture, many amenities, and plenty of relaxation opportunities.

The beaches are of course the main attraction on Rhodes. Popular beaches like Faliraki, Tsambika, and Lindos have golden sands and crystal clear blue waters. These beaches are well tended to and have proper facilities.

Aside from the beaches, Rhodes offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation. You can take a stroll through the island’s scenic countryside, practice yoga by the beach, or enjoy a spa treatment.

Lindos – panoramic view of St. Paul bay with acropolis of Lindos in background (Rhodes, Greece)
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Rhodes’ Great Hammam, a mediaeval Turkish Bath, is a building worth visiting. The impressive structure with its opulent interiors has been renovated as a hammam spa that offers visitors relaxing body treatments.

Speaking of historical heritage, the old town of Rhodes is a UNESCO site, with its well-preserved walls, narrow alleys, and impressive landmarks such as the Palace of the Grand Master and the Street of the Knights.

History lovers should also explore the ancient ruins of the Acropolis of Rhodes, the Acropolis of Lindos, and the Temple of Apollo.

The island has a range of accommodation options, from luxury beachfront resorts and hotels, to more affordable ones too.

The town of Lindos is probably the best place to stay for older tourists who want to experience the best of Rhodes. The scenery with whitewashed narrow alleys and quaint Greek taverns is just like something out of a postcard.

Famous tourist attraction - Acropolis of Lindos. Ancient architecture of Greece. Travel destinations of Rhodes island
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7. Corfu

Nestled in the Ionian Sea, the beautiful island of Corfu is well known for its stunning beaches, rich history, and delicious cuisine, making it an ideal spot for those looking for a mix of relaxation, culture, and adventure.

In short, it’s one of the best Greek islands for over 60s and couples who want a traditional relaxed beach holiday, with plenty of long walks by the beach, scenic seaside views, and a smattering of culture.

Corfu is best known for its picturesque coastline, which is dotted with beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters.

Visitors can soak up the sun at the popular Glyfada Beach or explore the secluded coves and inlets along the north coast.

Corfu, Greece. View of Paleokastritsa beach, Corfu, Greece.
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To explore the rich cultural and historical heritage of the island, head over to the Old Town of Corfu, which is another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is a great place to explore with its winding alleys, colourful houses, and landmarks such as the Liston Arcade and the Old Fortress. You can also explore the island’s ancient ruins, like the famous Temple of Artemis and the Roman Baths.

And if you’re a foodie, the local food of Corfu will impress as the cuisine blends Greek and Italian influences. Fresh seafood, local cheeses, and traditional dishes such as sofrito and bourdeto are just some of the delicacies to try. The island is also famous for its locally produced olive oil and wine.

Some of the ideal places to be based on Corfu are Roda or Agios Gordios.

Roda in the north is a great location for exploring the island’s best beaches, towns and mountain scenery. It is much quieter as it is situated away from the busier tourist spots.

On the other hand, Agios Gordios has a more remote location, sitting on a hilltop on Corfu’s west coast. It’s perfect for those who want a peaceful holiday with great food, wine and Greek culture.

Old town landscape in Kerkyra, capital of Corfu island, Greece
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8. Skopelos

Imagine lush green valleys and whitewashed buildings – just like a scene out of a holiday postcard.

That’s exactly what Skopelos is like, one of the most romantic of the Greek islands and one of the greenest regions in Greece.

Add pristine sandy beaches to the mix of traditional historical architecture and unspoiled natural beauty, and we have the perfect vacation for over 60s on one of the most perfect Greek islands.

Skopelos’ stunning coastline, with crystal-clear waters and secluded beaches that are fantastic for relaxing and swimming, create a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The most famous beach on the island is the stunning Panormos Beach, while other notable spots include Limnonari and Agnondas. Visitors can also take a boat tour around the island to explore the hidden coves and inlets.

Skopelos is also known for its traditional architecture, with charming stone houses and cobblestone streets.

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Make sure to spend a few nights in the main village and capital of the island, Skopelos Town. A walk in the streets will have you admiring the scene with all the colourful bougainvillaea, and quaint taverns.

Other villages such as Glossa are picturesque and have the typical traditional houses and local shops and cafes you come to expect in rural Greece.

For those interested in history and culture, Skopelos also offers several interesting landmarks, such as the Monastery of Evangelistria and the ruins of the Venetian castle.

And if you’re travelling in the month of August, you can also take part in the Feast of the Virgin Mary, one of the traditional festivals and celebrations on the island.

Foodies will delight in the local cuisine of Skopelos too, which is based on fresh seafood, vegetables, and herbs. Traditional dishes such as cheese pies, stuffed tomatoes, and rabbit stew are just some of the delicacies to try. The island is also known for its locally produced wine and honey.

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