My obsession with Greece is well known.  Part of it comes from the fact that I am part Greek; my great-grandparents came from Thessaloniki.  And the other part is simply because there are few countries as captivating, beautiful and culturally alluring as Greece.

I have yet to send a client there who does not fall in love at first sight.  The problem with it is there is so much to see and do, that it is near impossible to decide where to visit.

Greece has always been an ideal Mediterranean vacation destination. With over 1,400 islands 230 of which are inhabited, it can be hard to choose which one to visit first. Hopefully, these nine guidelines will assist with your decision.

Windmills of Mykonos (image by Andrea Spallanzani from Pixabay)

Windmills of Mykonos (image by Andrea Spallanzani from Pixabay)

Best nightlife: 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: 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 kiteboarding and windsurfing: With gusty winds that can be seen from a mile away, Paros island is 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. July and August offer the best wind conditions for kite surfers.

Beach on Milos (image by cosmix from Pixabay)

Beach on Milos (image by cosmix from Pixabay)

Best beaches: Located in the Aegean 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 whitewashed 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 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, Gamopilafo, Mizithropita, and Apaki.

Santorini Sunset (image by nextvoyage from Pixabay)

Santorini Sunset (image by nextvoyage from Pixabay)

Best sunset:  Santorini sunsets are breathtaking.  Head to the village of Oia, the most picturesque settlement on the island.  Overlooking the caldera, Santorini’s whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches will enchant you.  Settle in at the remains of the Castle of Agios Nikolaos and take in the spectacular sunset across the volcano and the Aegean Sea.

Now you’re all set! With a myriad of beautiful architecture, scenic waterfronts, and rich history. There is much to enjoy.

I am Greece obsessed and can’t wait to share that obsession with you.  Contact me to plan your Greek vacation!