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Greece has always been an ideal Mediterranean vacation destination. With over 1,400 islands (230 inhabited), choosing which one to visit first can be tricky. Hopefully, these eight guidelines will assist with your decision. Besides great food, beautiful beaches, and wine, of course, each island is uniquely different. Hopefully, these eight Greek Island vacation destinations will assist with your decision.

UPDATED:  September 18, 2021

Mykonos (Best nightlife)

mykonos popular greek island vacation

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 was influential.

Usually, July and August are the primary months for tourism and the wildest.  A visit to the Greek Islands of Mykonos is best for young holiday goers.

Naxos for traditional village life

naxos greek island

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.

In addition to the ancient Greek architect & history, Naxos is one of the top Greek islands for families to visit because it’s quiet without the party scene. Naxos is the picturesque version of Greece with white & blue houses, delicious food, and beautiful beaches.

Paros

kiteboard on paros island

[epic turquoise water]

With gusty winds that can be seen from a mile away, Paros island is best known for kiteboarding and windsurfing sports. Paros is one of the quieter islands to visit but has everything you could want in a trip to the Greek Islands.

Do you want to learn more about Paros? Try renting a boat and cruising the blue lagoon or explore the town of Lefkes. This small town of 500 people used to be the capital of Paros.
Olive & pine trees cover Lefkes, which offers breathtaking views of Naxos Island.

Santa Maria, Prassonisi, and Pounda are the main beaches for the sport. The Thalasea Sports Center is the bay of Mikli Vigla and is a popular hub for the game.

Milos

fisherman house in milos

[Fisherman houses pictured on the right in Milos]

The volcanic island of Milos is located in the Aegean Sea and is wealthy in minerals and rich in 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.

Milos

[White rocks on Sarakiniko Beach]

Provatas located on the south coast of Milos is one of the most popular beaches.  You’ll find beach chairs & umbrellas for hire during the peak season.  It’s actually not too crowded because there are only a few restaurants here.

Ikaria (Northeast Aegean Island)

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Undoubtedly Ikaria has some of the World’s most pristine and untouched nature territories. Places like this promote life longevity and overall health.  Ikaria doesn’t have as many beaches as the other Greek Islands.

Nature lovers will love relaxing at Spilaio Thermal Springs.  Here you can swim closer to the cave for this unique experience.

Koufonisia

There are two islands in Koufonisia, 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.

 Folegandros & Santorini (Couples Getaway)

santorini view
greek island vacation on folegandros

Folegandros is not like most Greek towns crowded with tourists. The main village, Chora, has preserved areas of open landscape and clifftop houses. They have a wide selection of restaurants and cafes.

Santorini is one of the best Greek Islands for first-timers and honeymooners. With stunning hillside views over the volcanic crater, Santorini is a popular romantic destination for couple’s getaways.

Now you’re all set! Ready to plan a Greek Island vacation?