Best Greek islands in September
Greece ranks among the world's most popular summer destinations. Its countless islands looms exotic in the eyes of millions of visitors. As a friend once quipped, "if you ask people where Greece is located, you'll hardly ever get a correct response. But everyone knows where Mykonos is!"
Of course Greece is more than Mykonos and isn't only for summer. I've always thought of September as the best month for a vacation and I was always drawn to destinations off the beaten path of the travel guides and top five travel websites.
And, of course, what adds value to a destination is good food. What's the best way to cap the day on your vacation? Good company, good friends, good talk amid clinking glasses and a table of traditional local goodies is the archetypal image of Greek summer.
With this in mind, I decided to compile my own Top 5 restaurants and destinations where someone can experience the best of Greece, including its offerings for the palate.
The island of Thassos is located in northern Greece. It's one of the greenest islands, where verdant mountains and charming beaches create a perfect harmony. The fact that it's off the beaten track means prices are quite affordable for anyone who wishes to get to know both the island and its hospitable inhabitants.
Theologos is the island's northernmost village. It's a traditional settlement that dates back to the early 13th century and the go-to destination for locals with a craving for roast, especially goat. Taverna Stelios stands out among local eateries. Side dishes and salads are exceptional but don't overindulge. The roasted goat I sampled isn't simply the best I ever had but judging from the quantity I consumed without risking a heart attack, it's the cleanest and healthiest meat! The reason is simple. All meat served is free-range and grazes on wild grasses. Consuming less than a kilo of this delectable meat should be considered a sin! And prices are about 30 per cent less than what you'd estimate.
Volos is one of Greece's large port-cities and is set on the Pagasitikos Gulf. The city is built along the foothills of the Pelion range, whose gorgeous beaches and picturesque mountain villages are easily reached from Volos.