Greek islands are always in the hearts of romantic souls and savvy travellers and a constant choice among the top island destinations in the word. This year, two Greek islands of incomparable beauty are listed in the Top 30 Islands in the World by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2014. Idyllic Skiathos island ranks #21 and fascinating Santorini and Cyclades rank #7 among the world’s best vacation spots of great beauty such as Hawaii, French Polynesia and the Maldives.
Charming Santorini and quintessential Cyclades islands cluster are a colourful palette in the Aegean Sea, of matchless beauty, hospitality and upscale services. Besides, Santorini is included in the list of best island destinations for many consecutive years. Condé Nast Traveler wrote about Santorini and the Cyclades “No island group is so shrouded in myth as this chain in the Aegean Sea, site of Apollo’s birthplace on the sacred isle of Delos and the gateway to Hades on uninhabited Keros. Santorini, on the southernmost end of the Cyclades, is a volcanically formed island with dramatic cliffs, ancient ruins, and picturesque towns that’s said to be the inspiration for Plato’s Atlantis. Pro tip: Watch the sun set from Oia, a small village on the southwestern coast made up of whitewashed structures and cave houses built into the cliff side“.
Luscious and unspoilt Skiathos island, entered forcefully the list of the top island destinations, coming before the popular Bora Bora and Virgin Islands. Condé Nast Traveler wrote about Skiathos: “The bustling Skiathos, closest to the mainland, has some of the most idyllic beaches in Greece—more than 60 of them. It also has an active nightlife scene, among whitewashed towns with tan roofs. Pro tip: Skiathos’s sandy, picture-perfect beaches were used as filming locations for Greek isles–set rom-com Mamma Mia! The most popular of the island’s shorelines is Koukounaries, a mile-long stretch of calm water backed by a lush pine forest“.
See the full list of the Top 30 Islands in the World here: http://goo.gl/zqE84f
Skiathos was also voted also as a top gay friendly destination ranking #7 with Mykonos in Lonely Planet’s Most Gay Friendly Destinations on the planet. See the world’s most friendly gay destinations list here: http://goo.gl/ynzKxn
Worth to mention that Conde Nast Traveler is a prestigious travel magazine with millions of readers from all over the world and the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are determined by evaluating candidates on a set of criteria relevant to their category, based on a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor.