It’s hard to find a perfect recipe for the best possible summer island vacation in Greece. The country offers thousands of smaller or bigger islands where you can enjoy the warm weather, crystal clear beaches, delicious food and engage in various activities. Perhaps there are more ways to explore, live and experience any of the Greek islands depending on your family and financial status, interests and time available. There are various options to chose from, but here we present a short list of different islands across the country, where everyone can find something interesting to do while admiring the hospitality, breathtaking landscapes and splendid sea views.
Santorini for lovebirds
This is perhaps the best known and most praised Greek island over the years. With its black or red volcanic soil beaches, whitewashed houses and marvelous views over the horizon, Santorini is one of the top romantic locations to bring your significant other for a lovely holiday combining natural beauties and all modern amenities. The sunsets over the Caldera, the picturesque windmills, the boutique hotels offering privacy and tranquility, as well as the strong flavored Vinsanto wine are some of the features attracting thousands of visitors every year. Santorini presents the beauties of traditional rural life touched by a cosmopolitan air that leave everyone impressed for a lifetime.
Corfu for families
The Ionian Sea paradise of lush greenery, mild temperatures, sandy beaches and excellent cuisine is very popular among families with children. Take the car, ride your bicycles or walk the old tracks with an experienced guide to discover the island for yourself before relaxing in one of the numerous beaches. This is the best way to get in closer touch with the locals and the natural surroundings. The town of Corfu thrives with history and monuments, which are most educational and awe-inspiring to everyone regardless of their age. Do not forget to try out the local dishes, such as pastitsada, sofrito and fresh fish with tomato salad.
Mykonos for singles
This is a meeting point for singles from around the world looking for the vibrant nightlife of the island, which amazingly never stops during the summer time. Dozens of bars, nightclubs, tavernas and beach bars that guarantee a wonderful time full of fun and rhythm for everyone interested in getting to know other people. The long days of sunbathing at the beach turn into fun nights of possibilities. Mykonos is one of the most cosmopolitan islands of the country and accommodation facilities are among the top you can come across with in all Europe. Do not miss out the more traditional side of Mykonos with the small alleys and picturesque churches or the nearby island of Delos with its archaeologically important sites.
Rhodes for history fans
Labyrinth style streets, medieval castles and the Old Town, Rhodes has a long history to present besides the natural beauties scattered all across the island. Numerous historical sites, museums and temples are there to explore, while myths and history are blended and evident in every corner. Beautiful small villages are tempting to visit both for their residents’ unique hospitality but for the local food too. Go on an excursion to the Valley of Butterflies or the Tsampika Monastery. Choose a traditional taverna and try out Greek appetizers (mezedes) and ouzo or local wine. Visit the Antony Quinn Bay. But do not wear yourself out during the day, because the city of Rhodes offers a superb nightlife you would not want to miss.
Paros for sports fans
Whatever your interest in sport may be, just name it in Paros and you will have it. The central Aegean island is praised as a heaven for sports enthusiasts who can chose among bicycling, windsurfing, walking, trekking, horse riding, diving and kite boarding. The ideal weather conditions and natural formation of the island attract beginners and champions of all kinds of sports both related to the sea and the mainland. Take a long walk around the island to see for yourself the beautiful constructions and landscape before going for a diving lesson in Chrysi Akti, where the underwater beauties lie hidden.
Folegandros for peacefulness
Folegandros is one of the many undiscovered islands in Greece and offers a true glimpse into tranquility, solitude and nature. Unspoiled by organized tourism, the island may be a bit hard to reach, but it is sure worth visiting. The original cuisine, the three medieval villages and the quiet beaches are a must to those seeking a relaxing holiday away from stress and noise. The Chora may be closed to traffic, but there you can find some bars, where you can enjoy rakomelo (drink made of raki and honey) and lovingly watch the sun set. Take a tour around the island and see how the mountainous cliffs turn into sandy shores and the greenery becomes one with the sea.