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BODENLANG Travel Blog – When in … Greece

Greece is a country that is European, Balkan, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern at the same time. It lies at the junction of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Greece has more than 2,000 islands, of which about 170 are inhabited. The islands are grouped into different clusters. When it comes to holidays, the "most popular" ones are probably the Cyclades, a large but dense collection of about 220 islands, including Mykonos and Santorini, occupying the central part of the Aegean Sea and the Dodecanese, a loose collection of islands in the southeast between Crete and Turkey. In the hot summers, social life in Greece tends to be all about al-fresco, with everyone enjoying the shades of the numerous cafés and open-air bars. Greek cuisine is based on vegetables, fruit, olives, olive oil, cheese, bread, and seafood. Greek society is noted for its strong family structure.
Lets have a closer look at the most popular Greek Islands...

Santorini

Not only because of its stunning views Santorini is probably the most popular Greek Island. Honeymooners and Cruisers love to walk through the famous villages with their traditional blinding white houses and blue shutters. The key villages are perched on cliffs around the rim of the caldera. It can get quite crowded when the big ships disgorge their tripping passengers. We can't blame them, as the island is loaded with great wine and boat tours, fantastic hotels, delicious restaurants and amazing things to do.

 

Mykonos

Mykonos is the crowded little Queen of the Cyclades that created a fascinating world where glamour meets simplicity. The traditional houses with their brightly painted doors and vibrant flowers, the tight little lanes with an artisan or designer shop at every bend have thousands of tourists wander around from cafe to cafe and from shop to shop. The island is well-known for beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, its huge party scene and wild nightlife. Young and beautiful party lovers come for the social life, the dance clubs and the action. It's a nightlife island also known for its lively and sophisticated gay scene.

Naxos

The biggest and the greenest island of the Cyclades sits in the heart of the Aegean sea and boasts a magnificent natural landscape. The island’s rich history is reflected in the many archaeological sites that embellish it. The most iconic of them -and the trademark of Naxos- is Portara, the remaining gate of an ancient temple dedicated to the Greek god Apollo. 

Naxos is the most family-friendly island in Greece and an ultimate unpretentious summer escape. Naxos Chora, the main town of Naxos, is a wonderful mixture of Venetian and traditional Cycladic architecture. Above the Cycladic whitewashed houses of Chora stands the imposing Venetian castle, oozing a medieval charm! As for Naxos beaches, they are considered as some of the best beaches of the Cyclades islands! The coastline of Naxos is fringed with small coves, creating an array of beautiful sandy- and uncrowded- beaches with cobalt waters.

Paros 

A wonderful mix of the great beaches and villages of Naxos and the nightlife and boutique vibe of Mykonos, Paros island gets a little more popular every year. Boasting a beautiful natural landscape and 120 km of coastline, it has endless blonde-sand beaches, verdant mountains and cliff-top villages galore. In case you are a water sports enthusiast, Paros is going to be your dream destination! Its ideal wind conditions rank it as a top destination for windsurfing and kite surfing. In the matter of fact, the Professional Windsurfing World Cup is organized every summer in Paros, attracting visitors from all over the world! Paros has two of the most charming towns in Greece: Naoussa and Parikia. Either town makes a great base for exploring the other (and the rest of the island).

 

Crete

The largest Greek island boasts one of the most beautiful natural landscapes and offers views and experiences galore! Beaches that are out of this world, historical sights, amazing hikes, and beautiful cities. If you want to relax, simply lay under the sun, feel the water gently lapping at your feet, gaze out to the endless sea, take a dip into the paradise waters… Or stay active and check out the dramatic gorges, different trekking routes or water sports.

The local gastronomy is popular not only in Greece but also in the whole world. The flourishing culinary scene of Crete island is based on fresh, locally produced ingredients that are used by talented local chefs to create the most luscious traditional dishes.


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