Greek charter season is in full swing and, for a certain group of Bravolebs, that means just one thing: the Below Deck yachties are back for a new season (and a new locale). When Below Deck Mediterranean premieres May 3, we’ll find out just why “the Mediterranean is the most serious circuit there is.” Until then, here’s a little Greek island inspiration tailored to your individual tastes. Here's where you should go if...
1. You’re a Beach Bunny
With 6,000 islands and islets sprinkled through the Aegean and Ionian seas, beach lovers are spoiled for choice in Greece. For variety, you can’t go wrong on Naxos where the southwest coast offers up such sandy beauties as Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, and Plaka beach. In Cephalonia, the largest of the Ionian islands, the mile-and-a-half-long white pebbled Myrtos is one of the most dramatically beautiful beaches you’ll find anywhere in the islands, while Antisamos is famous for both its near-perfect swimming conditions and appearance in the movie, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Got a boat? Then you can reach the white sand beach of Shipwreck Bay on the Ionian island of Zakynthos.
2. You're a History Buff
For culture vultures and those who paid attention in school, it doesn’t get much better than the ancient ruins of Rhodes, the largest of the Dodecanese. Stroll along the atmospheric winding cobblestoned streets of the Old Town then check out the 14th-century Palace of the Grand Masters and the Archaeological Museum, housed in the 15th-century Hospital of the Knights. Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is another treat, overflowing with Doric temples, statues, and mosaics, as is the Monastery of St. John on Patmos.
3. You're an Adventurer
Get up close and personal with Greek's aquatic citizens on a diving trip to the sea caves of the Dodecanese island of Karpathos, which is also a favored spot for kitesurfing enthusiasts. Andros, the most northerly of the Cyclades, is crisscrossed with mountain paths and trails that take you through a wide variety of terrain, from lush valleys to beaches, caves, orange groves, and ancient sites. The roughly four-hour-long hike from Chora to the deep Dipotamata gorge, passing through the village of Sineti, is a favorite.
4. You're a Hopeless Romantic
If there is a more swoon-worthy sight than the sheer cliffs and blue-domed, white-washed Cycladic houses of Santorini, perched above the indigo waters of the Aegean, we’d love to see it. You and your sweetie can spend your days exploring the island’s wineries, hopping between black and white beaches and dining on fresh seafood before retreating to Oia village — perhaps the romantic Canaves Oia Hotel — to take in one of the world’s most spectacular sunsets. There’s a strong possibility babies — or at least marriage proposals — will be made.
5. You're a Party Animal
Mykonos’ hedonistic reputation precedes it. This is where you come to party all night and lounge on the beach all day. Part of the Cyclades, the island has historically been especially welcoming to LGBT travelers, even when others were less so, and that open-hearted spirit is still very much in evidence here. Don’t miss Cavo Paradiso, one of the biggest and brashest clubs on the island where parties start late and go all night. Note that Mykonos heaves with fun-loving tourists in the summertime, but, well, that’s kind of why you go.
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