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  • Writer's pictureRosie Dietrich

Top 8 Greek Island Vacation Destinations

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

Ready to try out new beaches? Or maybe you like the island living? What about the fabulous food that comes with being close to the ocean? Or are you all about the nightlife and a good party? Maybe you like being in nature with the one you love?

Whatever you are looking for on your next getaway, most likely Greece will have it!! With over 1,400 islands (230 inhabited), it can be hard to choose which one to visit first. Greece has always been an ideal Mediterranean vacation destination. Whether or a large cruise ship or a more intimate yacht, island hopping is where it's at.

Hopefully, these eight bests will assist with your decision.

Best greek iskand for traditional village life
Naxos, Greece

Best traditional village life

The island of 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.

Top Destinations in Greece. Best food, location, beaches
Crete, Greece

Best food

If you are looking for great food, look no further than the island of Crete. 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.

Best beaches in Greece
Paros, Greece

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 Thalasea Sports Center is in the bay of Mikli Vigla and is a popular hub for the sport.

Best beaches in Greece.  Clear blue waters
One of 80 mini beaches in Milos, Greece

Best beaches

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.

Nature in Greece.  More than jus beaches
Ikaria, Greece

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 Greek island for couples.  Quiet and romantic islands
Folegandros, Greece

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.

Best nightlife in Greece.  Great party destination.
Mykonos, Greece

Best nightlife

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 LGBT scene is massive. 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.

Now you're all set! With a myriad of beautiful architecture, scenic waterfronts, and rich history. There is much to enjoy.

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