#7. Skiathos Island


The little island of Skiathos, off the coasts of Mt. Pelion, is a mid-sea heaven, packed with pine forests, archaeological ruins, and most luckily, beaches. Lose your inhibitions at the nudist Banana Beach or have a modest sun session at Koukounaries, besides traditional taverns. Sail around on a chartered catamaran, go hiking up to the medieval ruins of Kastro, or tap into your spiritual side at the Evangelistria Monastery. Whatever you do, you’ll bear the marks of it from there on!

#8. Chalkidiki

Beautiful Armenistis beach

This mythical trident-shaped peninsula boasts the perfect combination of that distinctive Greek sunlight, unspoiled mountainous landscapes, sandy beaches, and fragrances. This glorious natural setting is complemented by the region’s rich culinary fare and its people’s living religious traditions. But there is much more in Chalkidiki than one might encounter when traveling here for the first time. Although the region is famous for its three peninsulas, jutting out into the Aegean, most of it is a puzzle made of mountain, forests and valley pieces.