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I recently had some friends tell me about their trip to Greece, which involved Mykonos and Santorini. He said those two places were so busy, it ruined the enjoyment of it.

We are planning a trip to Greece next year and want to try some smaller islands that are more like "hidden gems" than tourist traps. Someone told me that Aegina is a nice place, as well as Paros. Do you guys have any advice other than those two islands?
 
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I recently had some friends tell me about their trip to Greece, which involved Mykonos and Santorini. He said those two places were so busy, it ruined the enjoyment of it.

We are planning a trip to Greece next year and want to try some smaller islands that are more like "hidden gems" than tourist traps. Someone told me that Aegina is a nice place, as well as Paros. Do you guys have any advice other than those two islands?
Kalley Mera Kalllo Mina, which part of the year are you thinking of traveling, what is your itinerary, routing?
 
Both Paros and Aegina will have quite a few tourists, but it will be far less than mykonos and santorini.

I was in Spetses a few years ago, and I didn't see many tourists there but that may have been because non-citizens/immediate family members of citizens weren't allowed in Greece.

One of my favorites is Agistri, which is next to Aegina. It doesn't get many tourists because there isn't much there for tourists. You can see everything in 10 minutes
 
you can see everything in 10 minutes ?
It took me over 3 hours to walk around the island.A boat trip took about an hour & a half. There a 3 villages to explore.There is a naturist beach.Called Chalikiada
 
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Thank you all for weighing in - you introduced me to some great options! Spetses, Agistri , Chalkidiki, Aegina. I'll look into them!
 
I love Aegina - I just went a few months ago. It was my first time seeing a saint's relics (Saint Nektarios) and it was amazing. My mother went to Agistri and hired a local guide. She was there all day and loved every minute of it. Now, I've got Agistri on the top of my list. It sounded charming and fun!
 
you can see everything in 10 minutes ?
It took me over 3 hours to walk around the island.A boat trip took about an hour & a half. There a 3 villages to explore.There is a naturist beach.Called Chalikiada
Don't take things so literally; it was hyperbole.
 

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