Greek Islands

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With a pleasant Mediterranean climate and countless beaches - from long stretches of golden sand to hidden pebble coves - the Greek Islands lend themselves to bathing and water sports. They also offer cultural delights in the way of beautifully-preserved ancient and medieval monuments, plus classy hotels and excellent wining and dining.

Things to do in Greek Islands

Archaeological Sites

The islands’ most impressive archaeological site is Delos on Delos islet, opposite Mykonos. Regarded as sacred by the ancients, it has three temples dedicated to Apollo, plus the renowned Sanctuary of Dionysus, with huge marble phalluses mounted on columns.

Mykonos, www.mykonos.gr (Greek only)
Tags: things to do | archeology

Cavo Paradiso

Balmy summer evenings, waterside restaurants and open-air beach clubs make for a carefree nightlife. Abandon yourself to the hedonistic pleasures of after-dark Mykonos, with dinner and cocktails in town, followed by dancing til sunrise at Cavo Paradiso beach.

Mykonos, Greek Islands, 011-30-22890-27205, www.cavoparadiso.gr
Tags: trendy | dancing | things to do | open late | nightclub

Corfu's Old Town

The UNESCO-listed medieval old town of Corfu is a must see for its two Venetian fortresses, the 19th-century arcaded Liston and the green Spianada.

Corfu, Greek Islands,
Tags: things to do | architecture | history

Exploring Chora

Wandering through the maze of Chora’s bougainvillea-swathed alleyways is a classic Mykonos experience. From the port, make your way up and down the web of streets or walk around the harbor to the sea-facing bars and restaurants in Alefkandra.

Mykonos,
Tags: things to do | outdoors

Lalaria

Although Skiathos’ most famous strand is Koukounaries, escapists prefer the much-photographed Lalaria on the north coast. Backed by cliffs, the smooth white stone beach gives way to crystal-clear aquamarine water. Accessible by taxi boat from Skiathos Town.

Sporades, Skiathos, Greek Islands,
Tags: beach | things to do | outdoors

Mykonos Diving Center

Most of the Aegean is off-limits due to its underwater archeological treasures, but the waters around Mykonos are free for exploration. The Mykonos Diving Centre offers PADI certification courses and diving rental equipment

Paradise Beach, Mykonos, 011-30-22890-24808, www.dive.gr
Tags: smart splurge | water sports | things to do | wildlife | diving

Pallas beach

This lovely sandy beach sits in a sweeping cove of aquamarine water overlooked by a whitewashed village and a hilltop fortress. Visit in May or October to avoid the crowds.

Dodecanese, Rhodes, Lindos, Greek Islands,
Tags: beach | views | things to do | outdoors | architecture

Paradiso and Super Paradiso

Only glamorous Mykonos could give us these twin sand party beaches. The former is developed, with water sports facilities and a string of bars playing 24-hour music; the latter is prettier and popular with gay nudists.

Cyclades, Mykonos, Greek Islands,
Tags: beach | water sports | things to do | outdoors | bar

Rhodes Old Town

The fortified Old Town of Rhodes, also a UNESCO heritage site, is dominated by the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters and several Turkish-era mosques.

Rhodes, Greek Islands,
Tags: things to do | architecture | history | religious

Sailing

Hire a yacht and a skipper and chart your own route to explore the islands by sea. Kiriacoulis, Greece’s largest charter company, has bases on Paros, Skiathos, Rhodes, Kos, Corfu, and Lefkas.

Kiriacoulis, Greek Islands, 011-30-21098-86187, www.kiriacoulis.com
Tags: sports and adventure | sailing | things to do | outdoors

Scuba diving

Snorkeling is allowed everywhere, but scuba diving is prohibited in areas containing underwater antiquities. On the islands of Paros, Eurodivers offer PADI courses, plus scuba diving trips to approved reefs, caves, and wrecks.

Eurodivers, Paros; Greek Islands, 011-30-22840-92071, www.eurodivers.gr
Tags: sports and adventure | things to do

The Archaeological Museum

Just a stones throw from the harbor, this little museum, built in 1902, houses archaeological finds including Hellenistic vases and artistic pithos portraying the fall of Troy.

Ayios Stefanos Rd., Mykonos, 011-30-22890-22325
Tags: things to do | history | museum

The Museum of Folklore

Housed in a 19th-century sea captain’s mansion near the quay, the old homestead showcases local crafts, furniture, embroidery, and photos.

Mykonos, 011-30-22890-25591
Tags: family | art | things to do | history | crafts | museum

The Nautical Museum of the Aegean

Catering to sailor’s sensibilities this maritime museum displays an extensive collection of ship models and nautical instruments.

Enoplon Dynameon 10, Mykonos, 011-30-22890-22700
Tags: family | things to do | history

Tria Pigadia (Three Wells)

Near Alefkandra are the three wells which supplied all of Mykonos with water until 1956. Legend has it that virgins who drink from the wells will find husbands. Observe, but don’t drink, the briny water.

Mykonos,
Tags: family | historic | things to do | culture

Windsurfing

One of the Mediterranean’s top windsurfing bases is Vassiliki on Lefkada. Here, Club Vassiliki takes advantage of the awesome weather conditions and their store of the latest and best equipment to offer guests a top-notch surf experience.

Club Vassiliki, Lefkada, Greek Islands, 011-30-26450-31588, www.clubvass.com
Tags: sports and adventure | things to do

Wine tasting

Santorini’s volcanic soils support rich vineyards. Santo Wines, between the port and Thira, commands views down onto the caldera, and offers guided cellar tours, plus wine tasting and bottles for sale.

Santorini, Pyrgos, Greek Islands, 011-30-22860 22596, www.santowines.gr
Tags: things to do | wine

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