While in Nashville this week, I visited the Parthenon, the world's only full-scale replica of the actual Parthenon in Athens. It was built in 1897 for the Centennial Exposition to celebrate Tennessee's 100 years, and it remained after the world's fair with a rebuild in the 1920's. With Greece brought to mind this week, I thought I’d share some ideas for Greek Island getaways! Greece has always been an ideal Mediterranean vacation destination. With over 1,400 islands (230 inhabited), hopefully this list will help you chose which one to visit first.
Best nightlife: Mykonos, also known as The Island of the Winds, is 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 main 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 around 20 small villages. Naxos has ancient towers and paved streets and has maintained its unique Venetian architecture.
Best kite boarding and windsurfing: With gusty winds seen from a mile away, Paros is best known for kite boarding and windsurfing, and Santa Maria, Prassonisi, and Pounda are the main beaches to practice. Thalasea Sports Center is in the bay of Mikli Vigla and is a popular hub.
Best beaches: Located in the Aegan Sea, Milos is a beautiful volcanic island rich in minerals and history. Firopotamos, Kastanas, and Paliorema are 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 to explore.
Best for nature lovers: Ikaria has some of the world’s most pristine and untouched nature territories. 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 doesn't get too crowded, and the main village, Chora, has been well preserved and boasts a broad selection of restaurants and cafes.
Best food: Cretan cuisine focuses on all-natural ingredients and can be enjoyed at any local tavern throughout the islands. Dishes include Dakos, Gamopilafo, Mizithropita and Apaki.
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