Greek Islands: A Top Travel Experience

Agia Anna Beach, Naxos

Agia Anna Beach, Naxos

Whenever I struggle to sleep or when I go to my ‘happy place’ during meditation, it’s a beach in the Greek Islands. This beach is known as Agia Anna in Naxos, where I remember staring out at crystal-like water, glistening in under the sunny blue sky. It’s a memory that brings such peaceful happiness to mind.

I traveled both alone and with a couple of friends on this trip. I took the ferry from Athens to Santorini, then to Naxos and Mykonos and back to Athens. My friends joined me on the islands and I took Athens in by myself. Each island was very different and beautiful in its own way.

Santorini – Thira and Oia

Ia, Santorini

Ia, Santorini

The stunning white washing, blue topped buildings is what Santorini is known for, it’s just as beautiful as all the photos and being on the edge of the travel season meant it wasn’t too busy either!

I loved wandering the paths and enjoying incredible sunsets as donkey bells range nearby.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Naxos – Agia Anna

Agia Anna beach, Naxos

Agia Anna beach, Naxos

Naxos was the least touristy destination on this trip. My friends and I hired a car and drove around various stunning greek ruins and incredible beaches. Agia Anna was my favourite beach, with some lovely restaurants dotted along the sandy beaches. I wish I could have spent longer on Naxos, it felt a bit more like real Greece compared to the other islands.

Mykonos – Touristy Party Island

Windmills in Mykonos

Windmills in Mykonos

Mykonos was fun and beautiful, but wasn’t quite my favourite as it felt like it lacked a bit of culture. Still, looking back, it was lovely wandering through the town and having incredible food. We stayed at a great low cost friendly hotel called Hotel Milena too, which was brilliant. Mykonos is mainly known for its party beaches and high cost.

It’s not often you can take a boat from one stunning island of sunshine and beauty to another, this is why the Greek Islands make it into my Top 30 Travel Experiences before I’m 30. It was a great chance to get away from the cold grey winter weather that the UK holds and enjoy some decent vitamin D!

To read more about my travels through the Greek Islands check out: Greek Island Hopping » 

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