I wouldn’t say that Greece is an essential bucket list destination, but I would definitely say that some of the islands around Greece are. The country itself can boast a few unique scenes, but outside of Athens, there’s not a lot to do. Which is why so many people head to the Greek Islands where there’s sun, fun, and a whole host of incredible things to do.
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But, which islands deserve a place on your travel bucket list? There are plenty to choose from, but I’ve narrowed it down to three:
Mykonos is simply a beautiful island that has everything you could possibly ask from a holiday. It blends the expensive with the affordable very well, and there are different parts of the island offering different treats. In the main Mykonos Town, you’ll be met with loads of narrow cobbled streets and white buildings. You can lose yourself here – and not in a bad way! Every two seconds you stumble upon something worth taking a photo of. Then, there’s the picturesque windmills and ‘little Venice’, which are both great spots to take in one of the best sunsets in the world. Combine this with a host of amazing beaches – ranging from bustling party beaches to secret little alcoves where you can escape in silence – and you have a stunning island.
I just don’t think it’s possible to talk about Greek Islands without including the daddy of them; Crete. This is the largest island surrounding Greece, and it means there are so many awesome things to do. For many, the best place to start is Heraklion – the biggest city on the island. Here, you will find museums, an aquarium, the legendary Knossos Palace, and the historic Koules Fortress. One idea is to rent a car in Heraklion so you can see everything it has to offer, then drive around the island to other places like Chania. Here, you can see the entire island while returning to your base in the big city. While there are plenty of beaches to enjoy here, I think the main lure is the whole archaeological look of the place. There are plenty of old ruins, and it’s a great island to get a real sense of Ancient Greek history.
Lastly, we have Santorini – which is almost like Mykonos’s more flashy brother. They’re situated quite close to one another, and you can even get a small boat between the two. Here, it’s all about lavish luxury! The buildings here are built onto the side of a huge mountain, which actually used to be a volcano. This means that no matter where you stay, the views are outstanding. Factor in some of the best fine-dining in the whole of Greece, along with an unreal stretch of beaches, and you’ve got the ideal luxury holiday destination.
All three islands offer something different from the others. The absolute best thing about all of this is that there are plenty of cruises that take you around all three islands. So, you can get an experience of all of them within one trip!
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