Ahhhhhh... Greece and the lovely Greek Islands! Such a fabulous place. This photo of Rene and I in the pretty port of Mykonos is a bit dated from a 2009 Mediterranean cruise on Regent’s Voyager that we both absolutely loved! The other in Santorini is from that same Med cruise and just never changes in all its glory. Santorini has to be one of our very favorite islands in Greece, for sure!
Can’t quite believe that it was actually 10 years ago! Wow, time does fly when you’re having a blast... Other wonderful ports with this particular cruise included Istanbul & Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey, and the island of Crete and Rhodes, to name just a few. So many great ports in the Aegean Sea to visit from a cruise ship. Greece truly is such a wonderful place to visit. So many great places to go with fabulous scenery, steeped in history, wonderful food and a delightful culture and people!!
Greece has always been an ideal Mediterranean vacation destination. The Greek Islands include over 1,400 islands (although some say as many as 6000 islands and islets) of which only 230 or so are inhabited. It's a tough choice to choose which ones to visit first. Here are eight of the many options to consider, but also don't ever pass up the always lovely Santorini!
Best nightlife: Mykonos, also known as ‘The Island of the Winds’, is world renowned for their 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 main 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 just 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 Thalasea Sports Center is a popular hub for the sport.
Best beaches: Located in the Aegean Sea, Milos is a beautiful volcanic island that is rich in minerals as well as a rich history. Firopotamos, Kastanas and Paliorema are some top beach destinations in Milos. The white-washed Cycladic villages and black sands are picturesque backdrops. There are over 80 mini beaches throughout Milos that you can explore, although some may be only accessible by boat.
Best for nature lovers: Ikaria has some of the World’s most pristine and untouched natural 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 well preserved.
Best food: 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.
With a myriad of beautiful architecture, scenic waterfronts and rich history, The Greek Islands has so much to offer! Don't hesitate to let me help plan your next trip there via cruise ship, land tour, or whatever your heart desires...