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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.

Santorini

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.

Paros

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 Pelion, Greece Hotel Despotiko
Hotel Despotiko
Portaria, 37011 Pelion, Greece

Hotel Despotiko is centrally located in the popular village of Portaria, Pelion. The Ski Centre of Pelion is just 15 km away. The town of Volos is 10 km away.

Hotel in Kavala, Greece Philippeio Hotel
Philippeio Hotel
1, Aiolou Str., Krinides, 64003 Kavala, Greece

Philippeio Hotel is located in the village of Krinides, 16 km away from Kavala and 23 km away from Drama. The Archaeological Site of Philippoi is just 2 km away. The Airport of Kavala is 48 km away.

Hotel in Pelion, Greece Hotel Montagna Verde
Hotel Montagna Verde
Portaria, 37011 Pelion, Greece

Hotel Montagna Verde is located in the heart of traditional Portaria village in beautiful Pelion region. Pelion Ski Center is at 10 km. Volos town and the port are 9 km away, while Nea Anchialos National Airport is at 58 km.


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