Imagine the quintessential postcard from the Greek Isles -- would it feature white-washed, blue-domed churches; sun-scorched beaches lined with loungers; an unflinching sun over the sparkling Aegean? Naturally, there's quite a bit more to the Greek Isles than these stock images. There are hundreds of islands to explore, each with its own personality. Just about every island boasts a unique element to inspire a repeat visit -- the lonely cliffside church in Telendos, the crumbling columns of an ancient acropolis in Rhodes, a perfectly cooked fish at a harborside taverna in Syros.
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for a look at the unique spirit of 10 Greek Isles, along with a few suggestions to help you choose the right one for your travel interests.
One administrative note -- the typical tourist season in the Greek Isles runs from the end of April through early October with travel peaking during July and August. If you want to avoid the crowds without losing the brilliant weather, early June and early September are great times to go.