Greece: a land of legends, history, philosophy, art, eros. But it’s kind of too hot for that most of time, so how about lazing around on a gorgeous beach instead? It’s got all the right geography -- thousands of islands, warm azure sea, and dose of brilliant sunshine. You may not have an opinion yet as to whether you prefer the feel of the Aegean or the Mediterranean Sea, but why not go island-hopping and try out your powers of discernment?
A lot of people who’ve never been to Athens remain under the assumption that it’s a romantic, Instagrammable capital in the vein of Paris or Rome. This is not especially the case. But the Greek islands are definitely among those excessively hyped dream destinations that actually do live up to their excessive hype and look the way they look in all the postcards and calendars and Pinterest posts. All the little white houses with blue shutters; the fishing boats tied up to the docks next to the restaurants where you’ll post up at a table in the sand for a sort of continuous day-long meal; swimming or playing paddle-ball on the beach and then periodically going back to order more food, probably an octopus you swam past earlier that morning. If you have boobs, you won’t be considered weird for going topless here, and if you are a baby, you’re well within your rights to waddle around the beach fully naked. Yeah, it might just be bliss itself.
Your list of favs might differ, given that Greece has something like 8,000 miles of coastline and correspondingly ridiculous number of beaches, but here -- featuring Hollywood superstars and shipwreck stunners -- are definitively the very best beaches in Greece.