Have you been dreaming of a vacation so perfect that you’ll dream about returning year after the year? There are few places in the world hold this attraction like the Greek Islands, calling travelers back to a time when life was simpler.
Traveling to Greece is a commitment, with flights taking at least two days to and from the United States. The islands are worth visiting at least once in your life but plan to spend at least two weeks in-country to make sure you get to take in as much of this country as you can.
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. To help with your decision, I’ve come up with eight tips on which island is the “best for...”
Mykonos, also known as 'The Island of the Winds,' is world-renowned for its vibrant nightlife. Little Venice and Paradise Beach are popular party destinations where clothing is optional, and the LGBTQ+ scene is major. 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.
Best traditional village life:
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.
Best kiteboarding and windsurfing:
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 that is rich in minerals as well as 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.
Best for nature lovers:
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.
Best Robinson Crusoe destination:
Koufonisia is comprised of 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.
Best couples getaway:
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! With a myriad of beautiful architecture, scenic waterfronts, and rich history, there’s too much to enjoy in just one vacation.
Not sure you want to stay on just one island? A cruise is a great choice, giving you the opportunity to explore more of Greece while only having to unpack once. My favorite options for a Greek cruise are the Celebrity Apex and Virgin Voyages Resilient Lady. Both cruise lines are welcoming for the LGBTQ+ community and the itineraries you the best opportunities to fully explore the islands that you’re visiting.
Do you have Greece or another destination on your mind? Schedule a consultation with me to start planning. I’ll take care of all the planning so you can relax and just look forward to all the memories you’re going to make.
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