The Land of 10,000 Islands
If Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, maybe we should start calling Greece the land of 10,000 islands! There actually aren’t quite than many—as this cool article from the Guardian reminds us, it’s “only” around 6,000. We usually place the Greek islands (not to be confused with the popular restaurant here in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood!) into a few different groups. The Ionian Islands are found on Greece’s western coast, and the Sporades dot the northern Aegean Sea. The Saronic Islands are an awesome day trip destination just off the Athenian coastline, while the Cyclades include some of our most popular vacation spots, like Santorini and Mykonos—ask us about visiting them! The Dodecanese are a little farther away, lining the west coast of Turkey, and of course, there’s Crete, the cradle of European civilization. We love visiting the islands, and take pleasure in planning trips to many of them, so if a little island-hopping is something you’re interested in, be sure to ask for our recommendation!