• Mykonos' windmills

Mykonos

Mykonos is the very picture of the perfect Greek island town: a humble seafront village crouched behind a sandy harbor, thickly layered with blinding-white stucco, bright-blue trim, and bursting-purple bougainvilleas. Mykonos' status as a fashionable, jet-set destination and a mecca for gay holiday-makers also gives it a certain hip cachet (and sky-high prices) — weary fisherfolk and tacky trinket stalls share the lanes with top-end fashion boutiques. The core of town is literally a maze, designed by the Mykonians centuries ago to discourage would-be invaders from finding their way. If you manage to break free, wander up to the windmills for the view, or head out to one of the many enticing sandy beaches around the island. Nearby is the island of Delos — one of the Greek islands' top ancient sites.