With approximately 6000 islands and islets decorating the Greek sea and 227 of them inhabited, no matter what your tastes and preferences are, you are bound to find an island that fits you best. Of course, all Greek islands are magnificent, however, the overwhelming amount of choice makes it difficult for visitors to decide on a specific destination. That's what we're here for; today we will help you discover what is the right Greek island for you depending on your age, desires, and needs!
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Greece’s nightlife is famous and its epicenter during summertime is the Greek islands. Zakynthos is the preferred destination in the Ionian Sea if you want to experience memorable party nights. In this beautiful isle, you can find everything you need to have a great time and dance yourself into the next morning, from jazz and blues bars to packed, loud clubs that play mainstream hits.
The Cyclades, which is a group of islands in the middle of the Aegean Sea, is full of beautiful destinations like Naxos, Koufonisia, Ios, Sifnos, Amorgos, and Paros. Despite those islands varying in size, they are all quite developed, as they host thousands of tourists -most of them young- every summer. The unlimited amount of bars, clubs, cafes, and gorgeous beaches offer a lot of choice for an unforgettable, fun night out.
Last but not least, we can’t make a list of cosmopolitan islands ideal for Millenials without mentioning the famous island of Mykonos. A part of the Cyclades, Mykonos is arguably among the most famous Greek islands, gathering n ever-expanding crowd of millennials seeking to live like tomorrow doesn't every summer. Mykonos has an abundance of loud beach bars, clubs and live stages that host incredible parties with artists from all over the world. Dancing, partying and drinking never seemed more inviting!
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Greece s a dream destination also for people who just want to unwind and spend their time in a calm, aesthetically pleasing setting with a tranquil ambiance and magical landscapes. Ithaca is an appealing destination for relaxing and living yourself a break from reality. Young and older people from all over the world visit the thermal baths of Ithaca that can allegedly cure arthritis, skin and neurological diseases. Those who visit the island are sure to understand why Odysseus tried so hard to return to it!
The North Aegean, and specifically the alternative island of Ikaria, is a great choice for those who prefer spending their days on the beach and pending their nights dancing in traditional 'panigiria' an not in common bars and clubs. The islands where time stops, if you find yourself in Ikaria forget your big city ways and embrace the nonchalant attitude and easy-going vibe of the locals.
The Dodecanese is another group of islands in the Aegean Sea, where you can get a taste of the island life in places such as Symi, a mountainous, gorgeous island. What's more, Astipalaia is a small island between the Cyclades and the Dodecanese and is home to 300 people; when visiting it, you feel like it is your own private island paradise! Despite the majority of islands of the Cyclades being cosmopolitan, some of them -which are less-known- are rather quiet and peaceful. Those are Kythnos, Anafi, and Donousa and they are all worth visiting due to their astonishing beauty and the calm sensation they provoke.
For history buffs
Knossos palace in the city of Heraklion - credits: KevTate999/Depositphotos.com
Everyone and their dog knows that Greece has a rich heritage and is a country full of important archaeological sites and museums. If you want to spend your summer swimming and sunbathing, but you’d also like to learn about the history of ancient civilizations, the Greek islands are right up your street! Venetian and Frankish castles can be found in Zakynthos and Corfu in the Ionian Sea, and in Paros and Rhodes in the Aegean. Most of these places retain the style and architecture of the old towns, so strolling along the cities will be fascinating. But the opportunities to admire the remnants of older civilizations don’t end in the cities’ limits.
Additionally, destinations such as Kithyra and Santorini are full of excavations that reveal their vast history. Ancient sites blend perfectly with newer temples, buildings, and castles to create a dazzling spectacle. Crete is also a huge island with an even bigger history. A few kilometers outside the city of Heraklion, you will find Knossos, the oldest European city. Palaces, paintings on the walls, and incredible constructions create a landscape like no other.
For business travelers
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The plethora of Greek islands allows business travelers the opportunity to make quick trips and enjoy the beautiful sea, while also working and being close to airports and big cities. Places like Aegina, Hydra, Spetses, Poros, and Kea offer all luxuries that any bigger island would while at the same time they are easy to access and withing in close proximity to the Greek capital. Kefalonia, Corfu, Rhodes, and Lesvos are much bigger islands with international airports and a more cosmopolitan vibe for those who prefer working, but also combining work with exciting and eventful vacations.
For experience seekers
Navagio in Zakynthos - credits: gorillaimages/Shutterstock.com
Visiting Greece is a huge experience on its own. For those who seek more than mind-blowing views and fun nights, Greece has to offer adrenaline boosts in the form of extreme sports. Even in small islands like Anafi and Milos, tourists can go hiking and trek on the mountains admiring the sunset above the blue, Greek sea.
The best view has to be the one in Lefkada while paragliding above that gorgeous island of the Ionian Sea. On the horizon, you’ll be able to see Zakynthos where people often indulge in base jumping.
In Santorini, tourists dive in the underwater parts of the isle where they visit dark caves and colorful riffs. Rock climbers travel in the quaint island of Kalymnos every year to explore its land. Windsurfing in Paros is the greatest way to exploit the windy weather of the Greek islands.
Greece is a great country to visit no matter what kind of experience you are looking for. In Greek islands, you can find it all. Relaxation, parties, extreme sports and, of course, history are all blended together seamlessly and allow each and every traveler to have a memorable time.