Greek islands often feel like a paradise on Earth. The crystal clear water, the warm sun, the delicious food and the wonderful people make each of these islands seem better than the other. Yet, throughout these 227 islands, some stand out for something other than beauty: sustainability.
Here are some islands that will take your breath away all the while keeping your touristic endeavours friendly for the environment, thus preserving the natural beauty of the islands for future generations.
Tilos, located in the Dodecanese, is a picturesque island that has become the first 100% green and energy-independent island in the Mediterranean.
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Previously dependent on a limited energy supply from the nearby Kos island, Tilos experienced frequent blackouts due to insufficient electricity. However, it has now transitioned to relying on its own wind and solar power.
The island is part of a vast ecological park and nature reserve, boasting diverse flora and fauna. It offers various eco-tourism activities, including trekking and bird-watching, making it an appealing destination for nature enthusiasts.
As part of the Sporades island group, Alonissos is committed to marine conservation. It is home to the National Marine Park of Alonissos, Northern Sporades, protecting endangered species like the Mediterranean monk seal.
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Alonissos has received the Gold award as the Best Green Eco Destination in Greece at the first Greek Travel Awards, held in Stockholm in 2021.
Renowned for its well-preserved Peristera shipwreck, often referred to as the “Parthenon of shipwrecks,” Alonissos proudly unveiled its first underwater museum in August 2020. This unique attraction allows recreational divers to explore the ancient Peristera shipwreck and immerse themselves in its rich historical significance.
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The island promotes sustainable tourism and eco-friendly practices, allowing visitors to explore its pristine natural beauty.
Renowned for its unspoiled beauty, Amorgos focuses on preserving its natural environment. Amorgos encourages organic farming practices, reducing the use of harmful chemicals and promoting the production of healthy, locally sourced food. The island emphasises the importance of sustainable agriculture methods that protect the soil, water, and biodiversity.
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It also promotes eco-friendly accommodation options, such as eco-lodges and guesthouses that prioritise energy efficiency, waste reduction, and other environmentally friendly practices. The island also hosts an annual international documentary film festival that highlights environmental and cultural topics while raising awareness about sustainability.
Hydra is a car-free island that has preserved its traditional charm and architectural integrity. With no motorised vehicles allowed, the island promotes a sustainable way of life. Transportation relies on walking, donkeys, and water taxis, reducing pollution and creating a peaceful atmosphere. The island cherishes its heritage and architecture, making it a unique destination for tourists looking for a slower pace of life, acting as a true getaway from city-life.
Located in the Cyclades, Anafi emphasises sustainable tourism and eco-conscious practices. The island has limited development and maintains a relaxed atmosphere. Its untouched landscapes, including pristine beaches and rugged mountains, make it an appealing destination for nature lovers seeking sustainability.
Despite being a popular island in the Cyclades, Paros has a strong sustainability focus. The island takes waste management seriously and is on track to become the first waste-free island in the Mediterranean.
Through its pioneering initiative, Clean Blue Paros with Common Seas, over 100 local businesses have also committed to becoming completely plastic-free, reducing plastic pollution in the area.
— Travel Torpedo (@TravelTorpedo) June 9, 2023
Paros’ commitment to sustainability, along with its natural beauty and protected areas like Paros Park, make this an island worth the visit!
As the second largest island in the Cyclades, Andros offers diverse landscapes and promotes the importance of seagrass. The island’s Posidonia Meadows are vital for filtering seawater, limiting coastal erosion, and hosting marine life. Recent initiatives aim to raise awareness about seagrass and encourage responsible yacht anchoring in the region.
Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed here by the authors are their own, not those of Impakter.com — In the Featured Photo: Paros, one of the sustainable islands in Greece. Featured Photo Credit: Michail Tsapas