Greek Island Hopping: where to start?
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Greek Island Hopping: where to start?

Greek Islands ● 05 January 2018
 

For most travellers, vacation in Greece is characterised by its islands. Greek Island Hopping is a must for summer holidays, the new trend that attracts tourists from all over the world. If you are one of them and you want to plan the island hopping in Greece, then you may find it difficult to know with all these islands which route to follow. "Where should I start from?" is maybe your biggest concern. We can understand you. On the one side, there are many airports, ports and large cities in Greece, while on the other side, islands are numerous and located in various locations in Aegean and Ionian Sea. Check here the most important starting points for island-jumping in Greece in order to choose the best for you.


From Athens

Athens is the most obvious choice to start in regard to Greek Island Hopping. From Piraeus, the biggest port of Greece and one of the biggest in Europe, you can take several boats or ferries to numerous islands. Plus, Piraeus has many budget hotels to spend the night before departure as most ferries depart very early in the morning. Thus, you should start from Athens, if you want to visit Saronic Islands, which are located very close to Athens. Cyclades are also located in a short distance to Athens, and you can visit them from Piraeus. From this port, you can also take the boat to the Dodecanese, Northern Aegean islands and Crete (but not to the Ionian Islands!).

From Thessaloniki

If you take a flight to Thessaloniki, remember that near the second largest city of Greece there are not located many Greek islands, but only Thasos. Thus, if you want to do island hopping, you should drive two hours to Volos, the port of Thessaly, from where you can take the ferry to Sporades.

From Patras

From Patras, you can take the boat to the Ionian Islands, which are located nearby. However, Patras doesn't have an airport, so you should go there by car from Athens (2,5 hours drive) or Kalamata (3 hours drive).

From Zakynthos or Corfu

From these Ionian Islands that have an airport, you can spend island-hopping vacation in the Ionian Sea without having to drive from Athens to Patras port.

From Mykonos, Santorini or Naxos

From these Cycladic Islands that have an airport, you can do your island hopping on other islands of Cyclades.

From Rhodes

Rhodes has also a busy airport with many flights. You can spend a few days in Rhodes, and then visit the other Dodecanese Islands, which are located in a very close distance to it.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Chania, Greece Halepa Hotel
9.4 10
Halepa Hotel
164, El. Venizelou str., 73133 Chania, Greece

Halepa Hotel is located in the well know, quiet area of Halepa, just 1.5 km from the city center of Chania. Koum Kapi Beach is at 700 m. Chania International Airport "Ioannis Daskalogiannis" is a 15-minute drive away, while the port of Souda connecting Chania with Piraeus, Athens is at 7 km.

Appartment in Sitia, Greece Dionysos Greek Village
Dionysos Greek Village
Analoukas, 72300 Sitia, Greece

Dionysos Greek Village complex is located right on Analoukas Beach, 10 km from Sitia Town and the port. Sitia airport is 12 km away from the complex. Agios Nikolaos port connecting Piraeus, Athens with Crete is at 80 km. The historic and busy capital of Crete, Heraklion, is 140 km away.

Hotel in Leros, Greece Alea Mare Hotel
Alea Mare Hotel
Alinda, 85400 Leros, Greece

Alea Mare Hotel is located in the popular resort of Alinda, just a minute's walk from the beach. Agia Marina harbour is an 8-minute drive away while Leros main port is a 15-minute drive away. Leros Municipal Airport is 5 km away.


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