Destination guide

Find your own vacation paradise in Greece's Aegean Islands

From hot springs and beautiful beaches to ancient Roman amphitheaters, the Aegean Islands seem to have it all. Famous for its history, all-embracing culture and fantastic Greek cuisine, an Aegean Islands vacation rental makes the perfect base for your next Greek getaway. The islands are split into clusters, and includes the Cyclades and the Dodecanese Islands. The most popular islands are Rhodes, Kos, Naxos, Mykonos and Crete. Aside from the ancient towns, heavenly beaches and crystal-clear waters, this is also a popular spot with the sailing crowd, who come to island hop around the Aegean. Bliss!

Things to do

Rhodes is the centaur of attention in the Aegean Islands

Book an Aegean Islands vacation rental on Rhodes and you'll have easy access to some of the finest examples of Ancient Greek history. Known as the Kastello, the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes is a must-see. Built by the Byzantine Empire, it's had a varied past and was one the vacation home of Italian dictator, Benito Mussolini. The Odeon Roman Amphitheater is another top sight. Located on the charming island of Kos, this Roman amphitheater still has its original marble seating, which dates back to the 2nd century.

Activities

The Aegean Islands are Europe's beachy hotspot

Beaches, beaches, and more beaches, Greece's Aegean Islands are home to some of Europe's finest coves. While much of the archipelago favors the bleached pebble look, Crete's beaches are all about soft, buttery sands lapped by the turquoise waters of the Aegean. You may even spot dolphins or seals splashing between the islands. If you prefer crumbling ruins to crumbling sands, then consider Rhodes a base for your next Aegean getaway. Once the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it still has a magnificent walled old town stacked with ancient history.

Weather

Summer in the Aegean Islands can be as hot as Jupiter

If it's fun in the sun you require, you won't be disappointed with the Aegean Islands. Greece is famous for its blissful climate, and boasts long, hot summers and mild winters. However, July and August can be stiflingly hot, with temperatures reaching 90 degrees or more. Summer is the busiest time to visit, and many Aegean Island vacation rentals get booked up months in advance. For the best choice of rentals, visit in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, when sunshine and blue skies still rule, and the temperatures are still a balmy 70 to 80 degrees.

Natural features

Gorge on Greece's rugged beauty in the Aegean Islands

Boasting the wealth of Greece's 2,000 islands, the Aegean Islands are surrounded by mainland Greece to the west and north, and Turkey to the east. Greece has long been a popular destination for hiking enthusiasts, and offers a variety of terrains, from mountains to rocky canyons. Most islands are crisscrossed with scenic trails, many offering magnificent sea views. The Samaria Gorge in southwestern Crete is one of the most popular trails in the region. It leads past cliff faces and through forests of ancient cypresses and pine trees, and can take up to 7 hours to conquer.

Where to stay around Aegean?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 6,944 vacation rentals near Aegean. From 1,880 Houses to 1,177 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Aegean for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Aegean?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Aegean. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Santorini: 942 vacation rentals
  • Naxos: 1,049 vacation rentals
  • Greek Islands: 15,387 vacation rentals
  • Oia: 939 vacation rentals
  • Milos: 99 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Aegean! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Aegean?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Aegean:

  • Naxos: 1,049 rentals
  • Oia: 939 rentals
  • Mykonos: 1,188 rentals
  • Rhodes: 792 rentals
  • Fira: 939 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Aegean?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Aegean are:

  • Santorini Airport (JTR): 942 vacation rentals
  • Rhodes Diagoras Airport (RHO): 722 vacation rentals
  • Mitilini Airport (MJT): 68 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Aegean?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Aegean. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Oia Castle: 988 rentals
  • Mykonos Town Hall: 1,408 rentals
  • Ancient Thira: 942 rentals
  • Naousa Harbour: 1,407 rentals
  • Wine Museum Santorini Island: 943 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Aegean listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Aegean

Naxos
1,049 vacation rentals
Oia
939 vacation rentals
Mykonos
1,188 vacation rentals
Rhodes
792 vacation rentals
Fira
939 vacation rentals
Imerovigli
942 vacation rentals
Kos
110 vacation rentals
Lindos
574 vacation rentals
Amorgos
33 vacation rentals
Antiparos
743 vacation rentals
Kea
240 vacation rentals
Tinos
918 vacation rentals
Ikaria
34 vacation rentals
Naousa
986 vacation rentals
Karpathos
91 vacation rentals
Symi
63 vacation rentals
Lesbos
131 vacation rentals
Ornos
1,231 vacation rentals
Chios
55 vacation rentals
Megalochori
613 vacation rentals