Greece is home to some of the most picturesque places in the Mediterranean. The country is surrounded by the dazzling azure waters of the sea, and strings of islands dot the coastline. From Athens, it is easy to sail the coast and visit popular destinations like Santorini or Mykonos. Spend a few days visiting Athens before island hopping on a voyage through the Mediterranean. You’ll be captivated by the diverse traditions and cuisines each island has adopted over time. This is a list of some of the best Greek Islands to visit.
Best island for traditional village life: Naxos
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 Island for beaches: Milos
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 island for nature lovers: Ikaria
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 islands for a couples getaway: Folegandros
Folegandros doesn’t get as crowded as some Greek islands do. There is a vast selection of restaurants and cafes. The well-preserved Chora is the primary village on the island, with gorgeous scenery and cliff-top homes.
Best island for nightlife: Mykonos
Mykonos, also known as ‘The Island of the Winds,’ is world-renowned for its vivid nightlife. Little Venice and Paradise Beach are prominent party destinations where clothing is optional. Parties typically last all night. There is also a large LGBTQ scene on the island.
Best Island for Sunsets: Santorini
The architecture of Santorini, with its whitewashed buildings, blue-domed structures and candy-coloured houses, blend perfectly with the picturesque surroundings, creating memorable images that are picture postcard-worthy.
With a myriad of magnificent architecture, picturesque waterfronts, and rich history. There is a Greek island destination for everyone.
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