Greek Island-Hopping and Mythology
A Maryland couple heads to Greece for a vacation that makes time for both sightseeing adventures and some R&R.
Where should we go in Mykonos?
Take a stroll around the alleys that wind through the Little Venice neighborhood and make your way over to Alefkandra, where you can order Greek specialties like moussaka, a casserole made with eggplant, ground meat, and tomato (011-30/228-902-2450, entrées from $8). Mykonos is perhaps most famous for its nightlife. At Paradise Club, well-known DJs like Erick Morillo spin techno and dance music well into the morning (Paradise Beach, 011-30/228-902-6051, paradiseclub-mykonos.com, from $29). During the day, it's worth taking a cab to Agios Sostis beach, on the north side of the island. This secluded cove lies at the bottom of a cliff with a church on top.
Anything we shouldn't miss on the island of Páros?
One essential stop is Naoussa, a small village built on a bay. The shoreline is peppered with tavernas where you can linger as long as you'd like while watching the fishermen. If you only visit one beach in Greece, make it Kolymbithres beach, near Naoussa. The water couldn't be clearer, and the little moon-rock-like alcoves along the tiny inlets make perfect nooks for private sunbathing.
What are some good day trips from the islands?
Dakoutros Bros. runs boat trips to two of the three uninhabited islets off Santorini, where you can swim in natural hot springs (santorini.com/sailing/dakoutros-boats, from $29). From Mykonos, any of the numerous boats waiting at the port will charge about $18 round trip to take you to the island of Delos, an archaeological site that is, according to Greek mythology, the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. From Páros, you can catch a ferry to the sister island of Antiparos and kayak to the island's caves (House of Sea Kayaking, 011-30/697-340-3231, oliaros.gr/seakayak, from $14.50 per hour).
Atlantis Books, owned by several expats, is a great place to get insider tips in Santorini (Oia, 011-30/228-607-2346, atlantisbooks.org).
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