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Greek Island Hopping: how to get to the islands

Cyclades ● 09 January 2018
 

Are you planning your vacation on the Greek islands? Greek Island Hopping is a beautiful and very interesting way to discover the Aegean Sea, but you may wonder how to get to the Greek islands from Athens or other large ports of Greece. Actually, there are three ways to go there, and each of them has advantages and disadvantages. Learn here about them and decide which means of transportation is ideal for you.



Boat

The safest and cheapest way to go to the Greek islands is by boat. You won't feel nausea, you can sit on the deck and enjoy the sea view and the sea gulls following you. Its disadvantage is that you need many hours to reach even the closest island. For example, from Athens to Mykonos, you need 5 hours, while by ferry you need only 2 hours. If calmness, relaxation and cheap ferry tickets are the most important things you take into consideration, boat is exactly what you are looking for.

Ferry

From Piraeus in Athens, numerous ferries travel to the Cyclades, Crete, the Dodecanese and the islands of Northern Aegean. By ferry, you can go to your destination quickly, and during your Greek Island Hopping, you can jump from one island to another in less than one hour. However, ferry is not the best option for those, who suffer from nausea. Plus, you should sit inside during the whole trip because sitting on the deck may be dangerous. If you travel in the off-season, consider the strong winds and be prepared that a route by ferry in autumn or spring may be cancelled. The greatest disadvantage of ferry is the high price of the tickets. The good news is that you can travel on a budget even by ferry if you choose the Cyclades for your island hopping. Greek Island Pass is a ferry pass when travelling to Cyclades. With Greek Island Pass, you pay the price of only one ticket, but you can do more routes and visit more islands with great flexibility whenever you want. So, if you are the type of traveller, who wants to reach the destination conveniently and quickly, but you wonder about the budget, this ferry pass is your thing (click here)!

Sailing

Sailing is an excellent way to discover the Greek islands, if you want to explore inaccessible beaches and caves as well as off-the-beaten-path islands. Moreover, sailing is a great summer sport to have unforgettable moments with your friends. Renting a boat may be expensive, but taking into consideration that you don't have to book a hotel and ferry tickets, it can be a great option, if you want top flexibility and adventure.


Where to Stay

Hotel & Appartment in Leros, Greece ApartHotel Papafotis
ApartHotel Papafotis
Alinda, 85400 Leros, Greece

ApartHotel Papafotis is located in the popular touristic resort of Alinda, just 50 m from the beach. Agia Marina harbour is 2.8 km away, while Lakki port is 7 km away. The historic capital of Leros, Platanos, is at 3 km. Leros National Airport is 5 km away from the hotel.

Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Arabas Studios
Arabas Studios
28, Sahtouri Str., 54632 Thessaloniki, Greece

Being located in the historic part of Thessaloniki, so called Old or Upper Town (Ano Poli), Arabas hostel is an ideal place for backpackers, groups or individual travelers looking for budget and quality accommodation in a great location. The center of the bustling city of Thessaloniki can be reached within 15 minutes on foot. The train station is at 1.5 km, while the Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 20 km. Many shops, traditional taverns, bars and the historic monuments located in the center of the town can be reached within short walking distance.

Hotel & Appartment in Kyparissia, Greece Irida Beach Resort Suites
Irida Beach Resort Suites
Kalo Nero Beach, 24500 Kyparissia, Greece

Located in front of the long, sandy beach, Irida Beach Resort Suites is an ideal place to spend your holidays in a quiet location in south western Peloponnese in beautiful Messinia region. Kalo Nero village is at 700 m, while Kyparissia town is 7.5 km away. The famous archeological site of Ancient Olympia is 50 km away from the hotel. Kalamata International Airport is at 60 km.


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