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Best kept secrets of Island Hopping in Greece

Greek islands ● 28 December 2017
 

Are you in search of travel tips for Greece? If you are now planning your Greek Island Hopping, you may need some secrets only locals can reveal to you. So, before deciding which islands to visit, take a look at these best kept secrets for Island Hopping in Greece in order to take the most out of your trip, get rest, explore new things and spend unforgettable and well-planned holidays.



When to travel

Most travellers want to travel from one island to another during the day. This is not a wrong decision as the Greek islands are located in short distance to each other, and the route can last only a couple of hours or even less by ferry. However, if you want to make a route that lasts longer, you can think of travelling at night. Especially from Athens to remote islands, such as Santorini, Rhodes and Crete, you can sleep in a cabin of the boat and wake up on the island. It is a very comfortable way to explore the Aegean Sea and save time for more interesting things than travelling or sleeping. Plus, it is an exciting experience to travel overnight while passing through the Aegean Sea.

Ferry passes

Ferry passes, such as Greek Island Pass, give you the opportunity to pay an affordable price of only one ticket and travel from one island to another whenever you want. Separated ferry tickets are expensive and demand a strict schedule. Are you a last-minute traveller? Then, Greek Island Pass is exactly what you are searching for. You only need to make a plan for your accommodation, but the transportation is flexible. Just pick a ferry and get easily and on a budget to another island.

Right port

Athens has three ports, Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio. From Piraeus, you can go to all the Greek islands, but for some of them, the distance is shorter if you take the boat from another port. For Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Syros, Naxos and Paros, Rafina is the closest port, while for Kythnos and Kea, boats from Lavrio are convenient and need only one hour to these islands.

Ferry or boat?

Ferries are a smart solution if you want to travel fast to your destination. For example, in only two hours by ferry from Rafina, you can reach Mykonos or Naxos. However, ferries have the disadvantages that their itinerary can be cancelled due to strong winds in the Aegean Sea. Boats are a safer and cheaper choice, and you can enjoy a more traditional journey feeding and playing with the sea gulls that follow the boat.


Where to Stay

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Acropole
Hotel Acropole
7, Gounari str., 18531 Piraeus, Greece

Hotel Acropole is located in the centre of Piraeus, just opposite the port. Within a 5-minute walk you can reach your ferry and the electric railway/metro station Piraeus. The centre of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes with the train/metro. Athens International Airport is at 45 km. A bus stop for the X96 bus connecting Piraeus and the airport is at 150 m.

Hotel in Athens, Greece Argo Hotel
Argo Hotel
25, Victor Hugo Str., 10437 Athens, Greece

Argo Hotel is located in the centre of Athens, just a 3- minute walk from Metaxourgeio Metro Station and an 8- minute walk from Omonoia Square. Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is a 35- minute drive.

Appartment in Milos, Greece Bella Vista
Bella Vista
Adamantas, 84800 Milos, Greece

Bella Vista is located in Adamantas village only 400 m from the main port of Milos island. The property is conveniently located in a quiet area with no cars passing as the access to the street is only by stairs. Lagada beach can be reached within a 6-minute walk. Milos Island National Airport is at 5.5 km.


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