Looking for a Greek destination that stays open all year? These three islands are beautiful and vibrant, with business thriving even throughout the winter. Could you find your perfect piece of Greece on one of these islands?


Syros is the administrative capital of the Cycladic islands. Bursting with beautiful neo-classical buildings and traditional, blue-domed whitewashed houses, the island has a thriving cultural scene. At the heart is the impressive Apollon Theatre which runs shows throughout the year.

Property is relatively affordable; you can find two-bedroom homes from as little as €35,000. The island is easy to reach with a domestic airport 2 kilometres from the main town of Ermoupolis that is just a 30 minutes flight from Athens. You can also take the ferry to the island.

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Aegina is a member of the Saronic islands and is well-known around the world for its pistachio nuts. Did you know that all pistachio trees are rumoured to have originated from the island?

There is a beautiful harbour which is almost always bustling, however, head a street or two back and you will find some quieter streets adjoining the main square.

The beaches on Aegina don’t disappoint. The most popular one is at Aghia Marina, although another favourite is at Perdika where you will find an abundance of fresh fish and seafood restaurants.

Aegina is very close to Athens – it takes around 40 minutes to 1 hour to reach the city from Piraeus. As a result, the island is a little more expensive that Syros with modern apartments costing around €100,000 and detached houses from around €250,000.


Perhaps more well-known than Syros and Aegina, Crete is another island that is lively all-year round. Much of this is due to the student population found in and around Heraklion, the island’s capital. Nevertheless, if bars and clubs aren’t really your scene, there is still plenty to see and do in Crete – world-famous archaeological sites (think the Minoan palace of Knossos), gorgeous beaches, world-class cuisine and a lush mountain are just some of the activities on offer.

While it can get a little chilly in winter, around 11 degrees in December and January, there is still plenty to do. A hike through the Samarian Gorge would definitely get your temperature up!

Crete is a popular holiday destination and property prices reflect this. You will likely need around €200,000 for a house or villa. For a property with a pool, expect to pay €500,000. It is important to consider the rental potential you could get with a property in Crete – you’ll never be short of holidaymakers looking for accommodation, especially in the spring, summer and autumn!

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