Before I had an appreciation for visiting countries in the aims of learning more about the culture (and enjoying the cuisine), it was the beauty of the place that I really paid the most attention to. This is why the Greek Isles have remained at the top of my list. Made up of too many islands to mention or name, I’ll focus on only two: Mykonos and Santorini – just 2 of 56 islands located in The Cyclades. If the beauty of these islands is the only thing that gets you there then you’ll be glad you took the trip. The Greek Islands have always been extremely popular due to their ideal climate, crystal blue waters, amazing sandy beaches, and breathtaking architecture. I call it paradise on Earth.

When Would I Go

The climate is generally hot and the winters are mild. When and if it does rain, it will most likely do so between October and April. The temperature raises a bit in July and August but it is also windy during this time which does help to cool things down. The best time to travel would be from May to October when the weather is ideal and sunny enough to enjoy the beaches.

What Would I Do

Mykonos is the place for jet setters and along with Santorini, is more expensive than the other Greek islands. This brings crowds of nightlife lovers and big spenders who have one thing on their minds and that is to par-tay! The city comes alive around 4 p.m. and I would be partying right along with everyone else starting at the beach and ending up in town. The beaches are some of the best so I would definitely spend much of my day at one of them; maybe Psarou, Paradise, or Elia beach. Nudity is permitted on many of the beaches so that should make my trip all the more interesting (hey, when in Rome Greece). And since I am a huge lover of food, I’ll become quite acquainted with the local restaurants and eateries in Mykonos Town and you’ll find me grubbing at various gyros shops and creperies fairly often.

Santorini is a volcanic island so checking out the volcano in the town of Thira is a top priority. The beaches are even more fascinating like Perissa beach and the black pebble beach of Kamari. And since Santorini is a city for romance, unlike the parties I’d be enjoying in Mykonos, I’ll trade those in for an evening watching the infamous sunset from Oia town with the hubby.

Where Would I Stay

A room overlooking the water is a must:

Artemis Villas Santorini

Nisakki Mykonos

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Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.


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