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Greek Island Hopping basics: island groups

Aegean islands ● Cyclades ● Dodecanese ● Ionian islands ● Saronic islands ● Sporades ● 29 December 2017
 

Greek islands are the dream destination of many people. Greek Island Hopping is the ultimate way to explore more islands during your summer vacation and understand their unique aura. Greece's islands are divided into subgroups with specific characteristics. Inside the same group, the distance between the islands is very short, and you can easily and affordably travel from one island to another. In the Ionian Sea, is situated the group of Ionian Islands, while in the Aegean Sea are situated the groups of Cyclades, Dodecanese and northern Aegean islands. Part of the Aegean Sea is also the Saronic Gulf with the islands near Athens and the Pagasetic Gulf with Sporades. Before booking your tickets and accommodation on the Greek islands, have a look at Greek Island Hopping basics in order to get familiar with each island group and decide where to travel.

Ionian Islands
The Ionian Islands are located in the western side of Greece, in the Ionian Sea, which is part of the Adriatic Sea near Italy. These islands are Zakynthos, Kefalonia, Ithaca, Lefkada, Corfu, Paxoi and Antipaxoi. They are distinguished by lush greenery, verdant nature, Italian-style architecture and long sandy beaches with turquoise waters.


Cyclades
Cyclades are located in the southern side of Greece, in the part of the Aegean Sea that starts in Athens and ends in Crete. Some of these islands, like Kythnos, Kea, Serifos and Andros, are situated in a short distance to Athens (1-2 hours by ferry), while some other are located in the southern part of Aegean Sea near Crete, such as Santorini, Amorgos and Anafi. Western Cyclades are Sifnos, Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros and Sikinos, while in the middle of the Aegean Sea are located popular Greek islands all over the world, such as Mykonos, Paros, Antiparos, Syros, Tinos, Ios and Naxos. Around Naxos, you can travel to the subgroup of Small Cyclades (Koufonissi, Donousa, Schinoussa, Irakleia), which has small untouched by mass tourism islands. Cyclades are characterised by dry and wild nature, strong winds, sunshine, whitewashed villages, rich history and significant archaeological sites as well as impressive beaches with turquoise waters.


Dodecanese
The group of Dodecanese Islands is located in the eastern-southern side of the Aegean Sea, near Turkey. These islands are Rhodes, Symi, Tilos, Kastelorizo, Chalki, Nisyros, Kos, Leipsoi, Karpathos, Kasos, Leros, Patmos, Arkioi, Telendos and Farmakonisi. The characteristics of these islands are the hospitality of the local people, their authentic and virgin character, the deep blue crystal clear sea waters, the neoclassical well-preserved architecture and the important historical sites in islands, such as Kos, Rhodes and Patmos.


Northern Aegean Islands
The islands in northern Aegean Sea are Chios, Lesvos, Samos, Ikaria, Fournoi, Psara, Limnos, Agios Eustratios and Oinousses. Chios, Lesvos, Samos, Ikaria and Limnos are large islands with touristic facilities, while the other islands are unspoiled destinations for total peace and privacy. They have the same characteristics with Dodecanese islands and are also located close to Turkey.


Saronic Islands
The Saronic Islands are located in a close distance to Athens (1-2 hours by ferry or boat) in the Argosaronic Gulf. These islands are Aegina, Agkistri, Poros, Hydra and Spetses and their characteristics are the crystal clear sea waters, the lush greenery with pine trees, important historical sites and neoclassical harbours.


Sporades
Sporades is the island group in the Pagasetic Gulf in a close distance to the town of Volos in Thessaly. These islands are Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros. Their characteristics are that they have verdant nature, traditional towns and impressive beaches with warm sea waters.


Where to Stay

Hotel in Mani, Greece Kleopatra Traditional Hotel Apartments
8.8 10
Kleopatra Traditional Hotel Apartments
Stoupa, 24024 Mani, Greece

Kleopatra Traditional Hotel Apartments is located in the seaside village of Stoupa, in Mani region in beautiful Peloponnese, just at the foot of Mount Taygetos. The hotel lies within a 5-minute walk from the beach and the center of the village with many cafes, shops, traditional taverns and supermarkets. The city of Kalamata is 40 km away.

Villa in Grevena, Greece Villa Alexandra
Villa Alexandra
Zakas, 51100 Grevena, Greece

Set on the foot of Orliakas Mountain, it is 18 km away from the town of Grevena. Guests are offered free bikes to explore the area.

Pansion in Larissa, Greece Archontiko Soulioti
Archontiko Soulioti
Metaksochori, 40003 Larissa, Greece

Archontiko Soulioti is located in Ayia. Free WiFi access is available. Painting and photography exhibitions are included in the property's premises.#


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