Greek Island Hopping basics: island groups
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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 Zakynthos, Greece Blue Beach Bungalows
Blue Beach Bungalows
Agios Nikolaos, 29100 Zakynthos, Greece

Blue Beach Bungalows are located just above the picturesque, fishing village and the port of Agios Nikolaos in Zakynthos. The main road of the village with many traditional taverns, cafes, mini markers and the beach is 800 m away from the property. Agios Nikolaos port connecting Zakynthos with port Pesada in Kefalonia is at 900 m. The main town of Zakynthos and the main port are at 30 km, while Zakynthos International Airport is 33 km away.

Hotel in Piraeus, Greece Hotel Faros I
Hotel Faros I
140, Notara Str., 18536 Piraeus, Greece

Centrally located in Piraeus, Hotel Faros I offers accommodation just 10 minutes walk from the port and from a metro station. The center of Athens can be reached within 15 minutes from the nearest railway/metro station (Piraeus). Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" is at 40 km and a bus stop for the X96 bus connecting Piraeus and the airport is a 3-minute walk away.

Hotel in Ikaria, Greece Kastro Hotel
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Kastro Hotel
Agios Kirykos, 83300 Ikaria, Greece

Being located on a hill Kastro Hotel overlooks the capital of Ikaria island, the picturesque village of Agios Kirykos. The port is at 650 meters, while the island's airport is 11.5 km away. Ikaria island has a ferry connection with Piraeus in Athens, Fournoi, Samos and Chios islands.


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