Greece has always been an ideal Mediterranean vacation destination. With over 1,400 islands (230 inhabited), it can be hard to choose which one to visit first. Hopefully, these nine guidelines will assist with your decision.
Mykonos, also known as ‘The Island of the Winds,’ is world-renowned for their vibrant nightlife. Little Venice and Paradise Beach are popular party destinations where clothing is often optional. There are male go-go dancers everywhere, and parties typically last all night. July and August are the primary months for tourism and the wildest parties.
The island, Naxos, is the largest of the Cyclades and has a little over 6,500 inhabitants and a bit over 20 small villages. Naxos has ancient towers, paved streets and has maintained its unique Venetian architecture.
With gusty winds that can be seen from a mile away, Paros island is best known for kiteboarding and windsurfing sports goers. Santa Maria, Prassonisi, and Pounda are the main beaches where the sport is practiced. The Thalassa Sports Center is the bay of Mikli Vigla and is a popular hub for the game.
Located in the Aegean Sea, Milos is a beautiful volcanic island rich in minerals and rich history. Firopotamos, Kastanas, and Paliorema are some top beach destinations in Milos. The white-washed Cycladic villages and black sands are picturesque backdrops. Although some may be only accessible by boat, there are over 80 mini beaches throughout Milos that you can explore.
When people talk about Santorini, the beautiful blue domes of Oia come to mind. One of the most Instagrammable places in Greece, Oia may be best known for its breathtaking sunsets, but did you know you can do a photo shoot in a beautiful flowing dress there?
Ikaria has some of the World’s most pristine and untouched nature territories. It has been identified as a place that promotes life longevity and better overall health.
Koufonisia comprises two islands, Pano (upper) and Kato (lower). The preferred way to navigate the area is by foot or cycling, as everything is within walking distance. The island has a museum and many sightseeing options.
Folegandros does not get the crowded tourist scene as most Greek towns do. They have a broad selection of restaurants and cafes. Chora is the main village and has been preserved well, noting open landscapes and clifftop housing.
Cretan cuisine focuses on all-natural ingredients and can be enjoyed at any local tavern throughout the islands. Some dishes include Dakos, Gamopilafo, Mizithropita, and Apaki.
Now you’re all set! There is much to enjoy with a myriad of beautiful architecture, scenic waterfronts, and rich history. What is the best way to experience this beautiful, diverse country? Many cruise lines have Greece-intensive itineraries, or you could choose a few and stay awhile to have a more immersive experience. One of my favorite ways to travel the Greek Isles is by private yacht. It’s not as expensive as you may think. Sailing on a yacht gives you so much flexibility to visit some of the many beautiful places that are only accessible by boat. And there are many off-the-beaten-track coves to relax in the sun!
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