Aug 16, 2013
(CNN) - Top 9 Greek Islands.
Greece's 1,400 islands -- 230 of them inhabited -- are one of the Mediterranean's most beautiful assets.
From the Ionian, up by Albania in the northwest, to the Dodecanese, near Turkey in the southeast, they offer vacations you can't get many other places.
Each of the island groups has its unique allure, plus some of the most picturesque seascapes on Earth.
But for sheer variety in a small radius, proximity to Athens' ferry port at Piraeus and the best inter-island boat connections, none compete with the Cyclades.
We present the top nine islands in and around the Cyclades, each with its marquee attraction.
Best scenery: Santorini
Best nightlife: Mykonos
Best traditional village life: Naxos
Best kiteboarding and windsurfing: Paros
Best beaches: Milos
Best for nature lovers: Ikaria
Best Robinson Crusoe destination: Koufonisia
Best couples getaway: Folegandros
Best food: Crete