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Top 5: Greek Islands

by Megan Hill

Jan 12, 2016

Naoussa, Paros © Serban Enache | Dreamstime


The 100 or so inhabited Greek islands have something for everyone: History buffs can revel in the remnants of millennia of human habitation. Sun-seekers have their pick of countless beaches. Gourmands and wine aficionados will have many opportunities to wine and dine. And adventure seekers can partake in scuba diving, cliff jumping and more.


The best all-around islands offering a combination of these experiences are:


Chania, Crete, Greece © Anilah | Dreamstime 48532055

© Anilah | Dreamstime



Crete, the largest of the Greek islands, is best known for its outstanding restaurants and for its history: The island holds the remains of the Minoan Palace of Knossos, among other ancient ruins.


Paros, Greece © Garth Grimmer | Dreamstime 42106672

© Garth Grimmer | Dreamstime



Paros is cosmopolitan and beautiful, with plenty of great places to eat and drink as well as enjoy the scenery. Kitesurfing and windsurfing are also popular on this famously windy island.


Santorini, Greece © Alexander Tolstykh | Dreamstime 16631787

© Alexander Tolstykh | Dreamstime



Santorini is as gorgeous as all the photographs and postcards suggest. It’s worth elbowing through the crowds for its famous views, but you can find quiet spots here as well, like undiscovered beaches, wineries and ruins.


Portara Gate, Temple of Apollo, Naxos, Greece © Photostella | Dreamstime 53871270

Portara Gate, Temple of Apollo © Photostella | Dreamstime



Naxos, dotted with perfect beaches on its west coast, is also home to a Venetian castle, ancient ruins and restaurants featuring locally farmed goods.


Skiáthos’ Vromólimnos, Greece © Johnhill118 | Dreamstime 42907308

© Johnhill118 | Dreamstime



Skiáthos is probably best known for its beaches and verdant forests. There’s a vibrant nightlife scene here, as well as excellent restaurants.



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