Greece, this mesmerizing southern European country offers endless choices for a beach vacation. Many larger Greek islands have become very popular with the younger generation and known as “party islands.” But luckily, it is not difficult to find peaceful Greek islands for older couples too. Seniors who want to spend their vacation exploring quiet villages, places of interest and unspoiled, gorgeous beaches will certainly get travel inspiration from our recommendations!
The Island of Aegina is the closest island to Athens and definitely one of the best destinations for seniors with its laid-back atmosphere. It is approximately a 75-minute ferry ride from the port of Piraeus. As you approach Aegina Town, the harbor is dotted with fishing boats and a typical Greek church stands guard close by. Historians will love the Temple of Aphaia and the many other well-preserved ancient sights and museums.
The longest sandy beach on the island is Agia Marina. Here you can find a nice selection of restaurants; some serve food right on the beach. Take a walk to villages on the outskirts of Aegina Town and discover how life really is in Greece. Island accommodations range from studio apartments to rental villas and hotels, so everyone can find a place that fits the budget.
SeaSpiration Tip: Read our Greek islands with sandy beaches post too!
In the north of Greece’s Dodecanese islands, Patmos is considered the best Greek island for over 60s with its multi-colored, pebble beach at Lambi and calm, turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming. Petra, the sandy beach on the southeast of the island is perfect for a quiet day at the beach with rental chairs, umbrellas, and a snack/beach bar.
Patmos is regarded as a “Sacred Island” due to the presence of The Monastery of St. John, where Saint John is believed to have written the Book of Revelation. The capital city, Chora, is a multitude of whitewashed buildings forming narrow, winding lanes and alleyways filled with shops and authentic Greek restaurants.
The beautiful island of Hydra is only one hour by hydrofoil from Piraeus. The charm of this island is that there are no vehicles except ambulances and garbage trucks. Visitors are free to stroll through narrow streets or ride a donkey to higher ground to view some of the 300 churches, many of which nestle close to the island’s rocky cliffs.
There are many pebble beaches on the island, but the sandy beach of Agios Nikolaos is one of the most popular. Walkers and hikers will find plenty of easy paths to explore and take in panoramic views of this enchanting island, which is one of the best Greek islands for older couples to enjoy nature.
The scenic Skopelos Town is the main city on this island with whitewashed houses sporting flower-filled balconies. The village has a maze of narrow, winding roads leading to the hilltop ruins of a 13th Century castle with commanding views of the town and harbor.
The island is well known for the rock top Church of Agios Ioannis, which is accessible by 110 steps carved into the rock, and was used for the wedding scenes in the movie “Mama Mia.”
Sun-lovers should visit Panormos beach with crystal-clear waters and fine, golden sand as well as the nearby town of Panormos with shops, restaurants, and bars. Choose a hotel situated on one of the beaches, or one set amid lush green countryside if you are looking for perfect relaxation.
With as many as 80 beaches, Milos is one of the best Greek islands for seniors who love active vacations. You can take an easy walk to one of the sheltered coves or discover a delightful lagoon with volcanic rocks rising from the sea. Energetic couples can try windsurfing or diving to one of the secluded caves.
The island’s capital Pláka with the surrounding villages are also picturesque and easy to explore. Archeological remains from early Christian times feature catacombs and a prehistoric community along with a mining museum. Choose from family-run guesthouses to luxury hotels for your vacation accommodation on this captivating island.
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