Greece has always been an ideal Mediterranean vacation destination. Located in southeastern Europe, with over 2,500 islands (230 inhabited), it can be hard to choose which one to visit first. Greece is a country with great, ancient history, one that gave birth to the concepts of democracy and philosophy, the Olympic Games, and drama.
The landscape offers a picturesque variety, from whitewashed homes and blue domed churches to 18th century architecture and traditional authentic villages in the mountainous areas.
Hopefully, these eight guidelines will inspire your decision.
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.
Best Food: Cretan cuisine focuses on all-natural ingredients and can be enjoyed at any local tavern throughout the islands. Some dishes include Dakos, Gamapilafo, Mizithropita and Apaki.
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 Dramatic Views: The southernmost of the Greek Cyclades, has to be on of the world's most dramatic landscapes. It's unique topography is the result of a massive volcanic eruption over 3,600 years ago, blowing the middle out of the island, thereby creating a caldera (volcanic crater filled with deep blue water) from the Mediterranean Sea. Known for its cobbled alleys, white cubic buildings, gourmet restaurants and unforgettable sunsets.
Best Faith Based: Follow the footsteps of Apostle Paul, experience Greek history and culture and learn more about early Christianity and the New Testament. Athens, Thessalonika, Patmos, Corinth are just a few.
Best kiteboarding and windsurfing: With gusty winds that can be seen from a mile away; Paros island is the 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 the bay of Mikli Vigla and is a popular hub for the sport.
Best Beaches: Located in the Aegan 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 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. Working with a travel advisor, you will want to ask which beaches are family friendly. July & August are the main months for tourism, but also sometimes the wildest parties.
The absolute minimum stay for a quick look at the main sights would be 8 days, you can't overlook a few days needed to simply relax in this warm climate and watch the world go by.
In June, 2022, we will be hosting a small group trip to Greece, I hope you can join us.