If you’re looking for a vacation filled with endless sunshine, great food, tons of inexpensive, incredible wines and so many shades of Mediterranean blue your head will spin, look no further than the Greek islands and dreamy places like Santorini, Mykonos, Corfu, Crete, Zakynthos, and Paros. From art and culture that dates back thousands of years to plenty of white sand beaches, olive groves, cypress trees and valleys dotted with small fishing villages, you’ll see why locals and tourists alike are in love with these islands.
This well-known ferry hub is often overlooked by travelers as they make their way to other nearby islands… Big mistake! With its sophisticated capital, Parikia, well-heeled picturesque towns, and charming countryside villages, what makes this island even better is its lack of tourist crowds. Often referred to as Mykonos without the price tag or the hype, this small Cyclades archipelago island has a bit of everything: whitewashed villages, blue-domed churches, blonde-sand beaches, fishing harbors overlooked by taverna tables and a thriving bar and café scene. For those seeking a little more action beyond lounging in the sun, head to the charming 19th-century lighthouse on Cape Korakas – accessed by the best network of walking trails on Paros. There’s also windsurfing at Khrysi Akti or Tsardakia beach, or get on board with the very popular kite-surfing phenomena at Pounda.