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 top Greek Island vacation destinations will inspire you, and help you with your decision.
Mykonos, ‘The Island of the Winds,’ is known for its vibrant nightlife. Little Venice and Paradise Beach are popular party destinations where clothing is optional, and the LGBT 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 winds that can be seen from a mile away, Paros is best known for kiteboarding and windsurfing. Santa Maria, Prassonisi, and Pounda are the main beaches where these sports are practiced. The Thalasea Sports Center is the bay of Mikli Vigla, and is a popular hub for wind sports.
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. Identified as a place that promotes life longevity, and better overall health.
Best Robinson Crusoe destination:
Koufonisia is two islands. Pano (upper) and Kato (lower). The preferred way to navigate the area is by foot or cycling. 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, with open landscapes and clifftop housing.
With a myriad of beautiful architecture, scenic waterfronts, and rich history, there is much to enjoy. There are other greek island vacation destinations to choose from, such as Santorini. The iconic island, known for its whitewashed buildings with blue rooftops. Experiencing a sunset over Oia is one of the most romantic things you will experience.