The mention of Greek islands brings to my mind the salty air and the wind whipping through my hair, loads of sun and sand, and the azure waters. These islands offer you the ultimate getaway to endless fun in the sun. Imagine relaxing on sunny beaches or scuba diving for a tête-à-tête with the world beneath. For those who are yet to experience the magic and the beauty of this place, read on to know more about some of the popular islands of Greece and the amount of fun every place has in store for you.
Gorgeous Islands of Greece
This island lies close to Athens. This is probably why Aegina is popular among locals as a way to beat the stressful routines of the week. The island is triangular in shape, and a visit would greet you with a busy port, fishing boats, stylish yachts, and a beautiful seaside. Tourists who visit the Aegina islands are known to flock to the Aphaia temple and the Agios Nektarios church. The island also has a rich history to its credit. There are even some prehistoric findings that denote the early inhabitation of this island.
Skiathos lies in the Aegean Sea, and falls in the Sporades group of islands. The amazing thing about the island is the 70 beaches of complete fun in the sun that includes a nude beach as well. This amazingly green and serene island sees a flurry of activity in the months of July through August. The golden sands and the inviting waters beckon people from far and wide. The busy town of Skiathos has a bustling nightlife for partygoers, and traffic-free shopping areas for shopaholics.
Santorini falls in the Cyclades group of Greek islands, and was formed due to a volcanic eruption. It consists of volcanic islands and is also known as the Thera or the Thira. Santorini offers spectacular sights, which can make anyone turn into a creative photographer. This island also proves to be a great bet if you want a holiday by the beach with some amount of action as well. Romantic sunsets and a pulsating nightlife makes this place a popular choice for many.
Andros lies on the northern side of the Cyclades. It also remains an ideal hotspot on weekends for locals. Green valleys and the hillsides attract many people with the love for hiking. This island is, therefore, recommended for those who love to walk and explore the countryside, since it has a fewer number of beaches.
Crete is the largest of the Greek islands, and the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean. Although subjected to overcrowding due to commercial activities, this is surely the place to get that enviable tan. The spectacular island of Crete also has lots of things in store for the avid traveler. Secluded and sandy beaches, villages with traditional flavor, and various other places worth seeing makes this a most sought after destination.
Corfu is also one of the most-favored Greek islands among tourists, and is in the Ionian Sea. This island is known for its typical music flavor. The twangs of the guitar, and the chorus that accompanies it, add to the merry atmosphere of the island of Corfu. If Corfu is a destination on your list, be prepared for loads of sun and sand, with plenty of sea sports activities at this beautiful destination.
Mykonos rates very high among the top destinations all over the world. This is yet another island that is very popular for its natural beauty and the rocking nightlife. It lies in the center of the Cyclades group. Early years had seen Mykonos to be a controversial place with the kind of culture it propagated, but today, it is very cosmopolitan and offers a rather bustling kind of a holiday. It is no wonder that Mykonos is also famous as one of the top clubbing destinations in the Mediterranean. So if you are a party animal with the love for nature, you would surely know by now which destination you would need to head to.
Located in the Aegean Sea, it is one of the biggest islands that belong to the Cyclades group. The picturesque locations and the sandy beaches make Naxos a popular destination for many. The crystal clear water and the quaint towns of this island, along with sport activities such as windsurfing and kite surfing, makes it a complete fun package for all.
It lies in the central area of the Aegean Sea. The main characteristic feature of this island is the fine white marble. This island of Greece has many beaches along its borders. The sandy beaches and the cobblestone alleys all add to the charm of the island of Paros. Paros remains to be a particularly low-key destination although it has beautiful destinations and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. This is also one of the few islands that make large efforts to keep their beaches clean.
This is a small Greek island among the Saronic group of islands in Greece. It is also easily reachable by boat, which are called 'Water Taxis'. Agistri proves to an ideal location if you are on the lookout for some peace and quiet. If you are planning for a lazy holiday, that includes rolling on silken sands and getting some tan, then this location is very apt because there is very little to do in terms of the nightlife or activities.
These are just a few of the islands of Greece, and these have already transported me to another world. Being a complete beach bum myself, I would not mind being marooned on these wonderful islands. Such is the beauty of the Greek islands.