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The islands of Greece have a special style for everyone. They vary from totally secluded islands to cosmopolitan places with thousands of visitors. These cosmopolitan islands of Greece are frequent mooring places for cruise ships and private yachts and they have luxurious resorts with spa, sauna, hamams, infinity pools or golf courts. Here is a list with the most cosmopolitan Greek islands.
Since the 1960s when it started to boost as a tourist destination, Mykonos has become a famous place for artists, actors, businessmen, and politicians. Over the last couple of decades, large development projects with luxurious resorts pop up all over the island, creating a sense of luxury. Every summer, the marinas of Mykonos host large private yachts and sailing boats. The narrow paved paths fill in with people all day and night and the bars play loud music till the sunrise.
Although nightlife is not as intense as in Mykonos, Santorini impresses visitors with its wild natural beauty and the special character. For many decades, it remains the top destination in Greece and it is often voted as one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Luxury cruise ships and private yachts moor daily in the port of Santorini, giving a cosmopolitan aspect to the island, while many Hollywood stars visit often.
With an intense Medieval character, the Old Town of Rhodes is considered among the best preserved Medieval cities of Europe. Its narrow paths have lively bars, restaurants and souvenir shops with thousands of visitors day and night. Private yachts moor in the picturesque port of Mandraki and cruise ships arrive almost daily. Large luxurious resorts are found all over the island of Rhodes, particularly in the northern side of the island.
The most elegant island of the Ionian Sea, Corfu distinguishes for the Venetian architecture and the cosmopolitan lifestyle. Private yachts moor in ports all over the island, including the marinas in Corfu Town, Gouvia, Kassiopi and Benitses. Luxurious resorts are seen all around Corfu, while in the evening people fill in the paved streets of the Old Town, creating a wonderful atmosphere.
This small island in the central Cyclades gets very lively in summer. Paros is a traditionally Cycladic place with vivid blue and white colors. Apart from wonderful beaches, it has intense nightlife. Private yachts and sailing boats moor in the ports of Paros, giving a cosmopolitan style in the evenings, particularly in the small port town of Naoussa.
Lined up with sailing boats and luxurious yachts, the marina of Kos is a lovely place to stroll up and down in the evenings. Many sailing cruises also depart from Kos to the other islands of Dodecanese or few islands of Cyclades. With super luxurious resorts and fine gourmet restaurants, Kos has a vivid cosmopolitan style, particularly in the main town.