1 of 5 . Island hoping: Discover 3 Greek Islands in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea
Island hoping: Discover 3 Greek Islands in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea
Over the course of a week, I managed to hop through three different Greek islands in the Cyclades of the Aegean Sea. There are dozens of Greek islands to choose from, each of which have their own personality. And they are much unlike the mainland — there is a serene calm to perusing the cobblestone streets, the sky is a potent cobalt blue, and there is, for the most part, an overwhelming sense of quiet. The three islands of Mykonos, Paros, and Delos could be compared to certain neighbourhoods in New York City. Mykonos is the glamourous Manhattan, lined with Gucci shops and high-end restaurants; Paros, is like Brooklyn, and has more grit and less pomp; while Delos, an ancient archaeological site, is simply a stride through Central Park. Here are the must-sees, all without taking the L-train. ..Readmore
2 of 5 . The highlight is the climb to the top of Mount Kynthos. Photo courtesy Harvey B.
The highlight is the climb to the top of Mount Kynthos. Photo courtesy Harvey B.
Delos is known as an important archaeological site filled with archaic, Hellenistic, and classical ruins. In mythology, this is also where the twin gods Apollo and Artemis were born. The real highlight is the climb to the top of Mount Kynthos, which takes less than half an hour, and features a great view of the island. Upon arrival, a guide offers a map outlining the ruins, and visitors group together with tour guides. Some of the ruins include a 6,000-seat amphitheatre, the Pool of the Minoan Fountain, and the Lion Terrace, where nine lion sculptures guard the island’s sacred entranceway. A former religious centre during 1 B.C., there are several Doric temples and the Archaeological Museum of Delos, which houses tapestries, paintings, and ancient jewellery. The smallest island of the Cyclades, it remains uninhabited and nobody is ever allowed to stay overnight here, according to instructions from the ancient Gods, which they still obey today. ..Readmore
3 of 5 . Antiparos is just a ferry ride away from Paros. Photo courtesy Experience Greece.
Antiparos is just a ferry ride away from Paros. Photo courtesy Experience Greece.
Paros is less touristy than Mykonos, and very chill. And its luscious landscape never fails to impress nature seekers. There’s lots of adventure on this island, as much of it is still untouched. The Valley of the Butterflies features hundreds of butterflies settled in the trees. The best part is watching the red, orange, and brown butterflies flock, which creates a fiery rainbow in the sky. If you rent a scooter, it’s a fun ride to the top of the mountain points, which have various monasteries and stunning views of the island. For a day trip, the neighbouring island of Antiparos has a sea cave that was a site of worship in ancient times. ..Readmore
5 of 5 . Mykonos is known for having amazing nightlife, but there's a softer side to this famous island, too.
Mykonos is known for having amazing nightlife, but there's a softer side to this famous island, too.
Mykonos is known as a floating party island — a close second to Ibiza, which some say has lost its magic. It’s been a jet-set escape since Jackie Onassis first visited in the 1960s, where she met the famed island mascot, the pelican. But it’s more than just a haven for yachts and champagne. There are some low-key hotspots outside of the loud tourist crowd, including the Alchemist concept shop, which looks like a scene out of Star Wars with its sleek, modular interior design and racks lined with European designers, like Sandrine Philippe from Paris. A quick stroll into the Kastro district reveals the picturesque 17th-century architectural icon, the Panagia Paraportiani church. The Super Paradise Beach is the perfect place to watch the waves, dive in, and order a pizza from one of the nearby restaurants. For something quieter, the beach at the JackieO’ bar has sunbeds, Wi-Fi, and a private garden; they also recently opened a new pop-up shop by British designer Neil Barrett. ..Readmore