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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.