Summering in the Greek islands isn’t just for British royalty anymore. And, unfortunately, that’s kind of the problem. The places that have given the islands their worldwide reputation for white-walled cliffside villages, ancient ruins, and stunning blue water are full. Hit a beach in Santorini this time of year, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find someplace to put a towel. Drinks at bars in Mykonos are as much as they are in Manhattan. It’s generally just a tourism glut.
The good news is that Greece has over 6,000 islands, and not all of them are over-touristed. Sunvil, a UK-based independent tour operator, analyzed search data for Greek islands and found the destinations that have seen the greatest increase in search traffic — signaling that while these underrated islands are devoid of crowds, they likely won’t stay that way for long. Here are the top 10 islands in Greece to plan a trip to before everyone else does.