Choosing the Right Greek Island for You
Greece is my favorite place on Earth. I think it is the perfect romantic destination; it is home to the world's most luxurious resorts, delicious food & wine, and it is the cradle of Western civilization. Greece has always been an ideal Mediterranean vacation destination. With over 1,400 islands (230 inhabited), it can be challenging to choose which one to visit first. I will go over the most famous Greek Islands to help you choose the right island for you.
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 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
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.
The most quintessential, idyllic Greek Island of Santorini is known for scenic white-washed homes and blue domes. It is perfect for those who desire excellent food, unique hotels, cobblestone streets, shopping, and picture-perfect views.
Best for Watersports Enthusiasts
Paros island is best known for kiteboarding and windsurfing sports goers with gusty winds visible from a mile away. Santa Maria, Prassonisi, and Pounda are the main beaches for watersports. The Thalassa Sports Center is the bay of Mikli Vigla and is a popular hub for the game.
Located in the Aegean Sea, Milos is a beautiful volcanic island rich in minerals and 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 is known as a place that promotes life longevity and better overall health.
Best for Secret Coves
Zakynthos is a lesser-known Greek Island, and it features one of the most unbelievable beach coves, which nestles thousands of feet above an old shipwreck. Zakynthos has gorgeous beaches, cliffside views, delicious local cuisine, and plenty of things to do.
Best for Getting Away from Crowds
Comprised of two islands, Pano (upper) and Kato (lower), is the hidden gem, Koufonisia. 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 Laidback Couples
Folegandros does not get the crowded tourist scene as most Greek towns do. They have a broad selection of restaurants and cafes. Chora, the main village, is well preserved, noting open landscapes and clifftop housing.
Best for Foodies
Cretan cuisine focuses on all-natural ingredients. You can enjoy it at any local tavern throughout the island; some dishes include Dakos, Gamopilafo, Mizithropita, and Apaki.
Now you're all set! There is much to enjoy with a myriad of beautiful architecture, scenic waterfronts, and rich history. The Greek Islands are stunning and romantic destinations. But each island will not appeal to you, so you need to choose the island that fits your needs best.