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Beach hopping on the Greek islands: 5 helpful tips

Greek islands ● 15 March 2018

Are you interested in beach hopping on the Greek islands? Actually, on some islands with numerous stunning beaches, such as Milos or Mykonos, beach hopping during the day is the only way to explore all the worth visiting beaches. Going from one beach to another and enjoying the sea and the sun on various beaches is fascinating. The variety of landscapes will impress you. It is truly an once in a lifetime experience to spend the day on different beaches: secluded or organised, green or dry, with imposing rocks or golden sand, with volcanic landscape or hidden in a cave, undiscovered or with famous beach bars...

These are the most helpful tips to take into consideration for the beach hopping on the Greek islands! 

Start from the remotest beach

It is wise to start your day, when you are fresh and full of energy, from the remotest beach. Afterwards, when you have spent a few hours swimming and sunbathing, it is better to have the shortest distance to go to the next beach or return back.

Western beaches

If you want to sunbathe under the warm sun the whole day, then start from the northern, southern or eastern beaches and end on the western beaches. Thus, you can enjoy the sun until late on the afternoon. On the other hand, if the day is hot or the beaches are unorganised and you can't find shade, we recommend you to do the opposite in order to avoid the sun, which can be dangerous in July and August. 

Take umbrella and water

When leaving your hotel, don't forget to take with you an umbrella and plenty of water. Some beaches, especially on the small, undiscovered islands, are not organised. If you are not sure whether there is a bar or a tavern, which can provide you with shade and water, or not, don't risk it. There is not worse thing than being thirsty under the warm sun on a secluded beach. You can't enjoy the magnificent landscape.

Caique, car or foot?

How to go to the beach? If there is a caique from the port that takes the tourists to the beaches, don't miss it! It is a really unforgettable experience to tame the waves and go with the company of sea gulls to the beach. The caique goes close to the coastline, so you don't have to be afraid. If you have a car, be sure that the beach is accessible by car, because for some beaches you have to park the car and go on foot for some meters or even kilometres. On small islands, for example in Koufonissi, the distances are so short that you can go to the beaches on foot, enjoying the coastline and the sea breeze on your face. The ultimate freedom!

Northern beaches

Ask the local people before going to a northern beach. In summer, blows in the Aegean Sea the northern wind meltemi. That means on some days it is really difficult to stay on these beaches due to the strong wind and the waves.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Naousa, Greece Asteras Hotel
Asteras Hotel
2nd km Naoussa - Veria Naoussa, 59200 Naousa, Greece

Nestled in the Vermion Mountains 2 km west of Naousa, Asteras Hotel features chic guestrooms with modern furnishings and a balcony overlooking the lush, green slopes.#

Hotel in Patmos, Greece Asteri Hotel
Asteri Hotel
Skala, 85500 Patmos, Greece

Asteri Hotel is located just 50 m from Merikas Beach and 1 km from the center of Skala village and the main port of Patmos island. Patmos Town with the Monastery of St. John the Theologian is at 4.7 km. Patmos island can be reached with a ferry boat from Piraeus (Athens), Lipsi and Leros islands.

Hotel in Heraklion, Greece Hotel Hara Ilios Village
Hotel Hara Ilios Village
Agiou Panteleimonos, Kato Gouves, 70014 Heraklion, Greece

The property is located 16 km away from Nikos Kazantzakis International Airport and only 250 m from the sandy Gouves beach. The largest city and port of the island of Crete, Heraklion, can be reached within a 20-minute drive.