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Island Hopping from mainland Greece

Aegina ● Alonissos ● Athens ● hydra ● Ionian islands ● Ithaca ● Kefalonia ● Patras ● poros ● Saronic islands ● Skiathos ● skopelos ● Skyros ● Spetses ● sporades ● volos ● zakynthos ● 20 December 2017
 

Are you planning your vacation in Greece? Have you booked your accommodation in a city of Greece, but you have heard about Greek Island Hopping and you want to have this amazing experience? The good news is that island hopping in Greece is possible even from mainland Greece. You can easily combine your Greek vacation in a city with a few days on the Greek islands, which are numerous and some of them located very close to large cities. Have a look in our recommendations and prepare yourself for the ultimate combination of sea, beauty and sun.

From Athens

Athens is a very interesting city, and you can definitely spend there a whole week, admiring its ancient sites, enjoying its vivid nightlife and wandering around the Old Town with the pebbled streets and the cozy local shops. Athens has also many beautiful beaches in a close distance to city centre. However, if you want to live the experience of Greek Island Hopping, you can do it from Athens affordably and quickly. Saronic islands are located just a breath from Athens (1-2 hours by boat). Starting from Aegina, you can explore the Saronic Gulf, which is characterised by crystal clear waters, verdant nature with pine trees and islands with traditional harbours and elegant atmosphere. After Aegina, you can go to Poros, Hydra and Spetses and spend a night on these islands or have a day trip. Neoclassical mansions in addition to the feeling that you are so close yet so far away from Athens will impress you.


From Patras

Patras is the third largest city of Greece and a vivid university town. It is renowned for its carnival as well as its cuisine and the traditional seaside taverns. Patras is situated near the Ionian Sea and has the asset that you can easily visit the Ionian Islands by boat within 1-2 hours. Especially Kefalonia, Ithaca and Zakynthos are in a very short distance to Patras. Lush greenery, amazingly emerald sea waters and some of the most famous beaches worldwide, such as Shipwreck Beach and Myrtos, are only some of the characteristics of these islands. Zakynthos is famous for its wild nightlife in Laganas, while Kefalonia is an elegant island with a traditional small town (Fiskardo) on the northern side, which you will adore. Ithaca is the island of Odysseus and is characterised by calmness and hospitable local people.


From Volos

Volos is maybe the most beautiful seaside town of Greece. Small ouzeris at the beachfront serving ouzo and tsipouro with mezedes, the sea promenade, the local shops as well as the mountainous villages of Mt. Pelion make the visit to this area definitely worthwhile. In addition to all these, you can do also island hopping. A breath from Volos are located the islands of Sporades with their impressive landscape. Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros are some of the most beautiful Greek islands with turquoise sea waters, well-preserved main towns, breathtaking beaches and touristic facilities that are ideal for families as well as for couples and young people.

Where to Stay

Boutique Hotel in Lefkada, Greece Pirofani
Pirofani
10, Dorpfeld Str., 31100 Lefkada, Greece

Pirofani is located in the centre of Lefkada town, a 4-minute drive from Gira beach. Nydri Town is 16.4 km away.

Hotel in Thessaloniki, Greece Hotel Olympia
Hotel Olympia
65, Olympou Str., 54631 Thessaloniki, Greece

Hotel Olympia is centrally located hotel in Thessaloniki, right by the Ancient Roman Forum and within a 5-minute walk to Aristotelous square, the main square of bustling town of Thessaloniki. The hotel is located in a very short walking distance to shops, restaurants and all historic monuments and places in the center of Thessaloniki. The distance from Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is 16 km.

Hotel in Kalambaka, Greece Hotel Rex
Hotel Rex
7, Patriarchou Dimitriou Str., 42200 Kalambaka, Greece

This hotel is located in the centre of Kalabaka Town.Τhe city of Trikala is 20 km from the hotel, while the nearest airport is Ioannina Airport, 69 km away.


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