You can't go wrong with these recommendations!
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, this “best of the Greek islands” list will help make your decision easier!
Best traditional village life: The island Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands 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 gusty winds that can be seen from a mile away, Paros island is best known for kiteboarding and windsurfing enthusiasts. Santa Maria, Prassonisi, and Pounda are the main beaches where the sport is practiced. The Thalasea Sports Center is the bay of Mikli Vigla and is a popular hub for the game.
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 primary months for tourism and the wildest parties.
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.
Best for nature lovers: Ikaria has some of the world's most pristine and untouched natural spots on the islands. It has been identified as a place that promotes long life 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. It’s a great place to be “stuck” for a few days!
Best couples getaway: Folegandros does not see the crowded tourist scene that most Greek towns do. They have a broad selection of restaurants and cafes. Chora is the main village and has been preserved well, with beautiful open landscapes and clifftop housing. The top honeymoon destination is Santorini, however, with its tall cliffs of whitewashed houses overlooking a deep blue Aegean Sea. Santorini will always be more touristy than Folegandros.
Best family getaway: Crete is the #1 recommendation for families traveling to the Greek islands. It has lovely seaside resorts and large hotel chains that make great family-friendly holiday destinations. If you are looking for family fun at playgrounds, kiddie pools, hotel programs for kids, and sports, you can find all of them at beachside hotels in Crete.
Best food: Cretan cuisine focuses on all-natural ingredients and can be enjoyed at any local eatery throughout the islands. The best olives come from Greece; the town of Kalamata is known for the most famous olive in the world. Feta, one of the world’s oldest cheeses, is produced in Greece and is made from either goat’s or sheep’s milk.
Now you're all set! With a myriad of beautiful architecture, scenic waterfronts, and rich history and food, you’ll love experiencing the magic of the Greek islands. Let me know if you’re interested in planning a vacation to this beautiful location!