Island Hopping in Cyclades: on a budget with Hostelbay Pass
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Island Hopping in Cyclades: on a budget with Hostelbay Pass

Amorgos ● Cyclades ● Heraklion ● Ios ● Mykonos ● Naxos ● Paros ● Santorini ● 13 February 2018
 

Cyclades is an island complex that will impress you with its wild beauty. Located in the middle of the Aegean, the Cycladic islands have wonderful whitewashed towns, exotic beaches with golden sand and turquoise waters as well as important historical sites from the Neolithic civilisation that flourished here during the 3rd millennium B.C.

The fact is that it is very difficult to choose only one Cycladic island. Every island has something unique to give to you. This is why so many travellers choose the option of Greek Island Hopping. Why not visiting more than one islands? Why not taking thousands of photos in various destinations that constitute your unforgettable vacation? Why not have the variety you always wanted and live a once in a lifetime experience?

Hostelbay Island Passes can make your dream become true. Forget the expensive prices of ferry tickets that made island hopping in the Cyclades impossible for most of the travellers in Greece. With these island passes, you visit more islands easily and on a budget. And you explore what the legendary Greek Island Hopping is.

Just book online one of the Hostelbay Island Passes and pay the price of only one ticket making the routes you want to/ from many Greek islands having flexibility for 20 days.


Inter-island pass


Make 5 routes in every combination you want within 20 days

With 68€ visit from Piraeus the following 4 islands:

Paros

Paros is one of the most famous Cycladic islands with renowned nightlife and gorgeous beaches.

Paroikia is the capital, the main port of the island and a highly touristic town, where you can find many shops, cafes, restaurants and bars,  The most beautiful spot of Paroikia is the Frankish Castle, which was built in 1260 by the Venetians. Parts of an ancient temple were used for its construction, and there are also remnants of ancient residents. Today, it is a picturesque quarter.

Naousa is the other town of Paros, a small traditional harbour which has kept its lovely character. Whitewashed houses, small churches, labyrinth-like pebbled streets and the tiny port with colourful fishing boats make the scenery amazing. Naousa is the centre of the nightlife of the island, and you will see there many young people partying until the dawn in the seaside bars.

In regard to the beaches of Paros, Kolympithres is the most famous beach of the island. The beach is known for its crystal waters and its rock formations. Pounda Beach is also very popular thanks to its beach bar with its famous parties. On this beach, there are water-sports amenities. Water sports, diving and windsurfing are also available on the beaches of Santa Maria, Golden Beach and Parasporos, which are beautiful, organised and have the astonishing deep blue waters of the Aegean Sea.


Naxos

Naxos is the largest island of Cyclades with an interesting and hospitable character, ideal for those seeking the authenticity in combination to the cosmopolitanism.

Like the most Cycladic islands, Naxos has a beautiful Chora with white houses and paved streets, where you can walk and buy local products, clothes, jewellery and souvenirs from the traditional shops or just relax, eat in a cute tavern or drink coffee or cocktails. The oldest quarter in Naxos is the Venetian Castle, which was constructed by the Venetians in the Medieval Times. Today, the most buildings in this area are boutique hotels, romantic restaurants and cultural venues.

Portara is the symbol of Naxos and the first thing you will see on the cliff above the port as the boat approaches the island. Portara is a gate, which is the only remain of the ancient Temple of Apollo that was constructed in the 6th century B.C. In the 6th century B.C., it was also constructed the ancient Temple of Demeter, the goddess of grain and agriculture. It is located in a short walking distance from the village of Ano Sangri, and it is an ideal place to explore the history of Naxos in the antiquity.

In addition to significant historical sites, Naxos has also beautiful mainland villages. Apiranthos is the most famous mountainous village of the island. Halki, Filoti and Potamia are surrounded by green nature, and with their authentic character, they can give you a true experience away from mass tourism.

The western side has the best beaches of Naxos. Tropical beaches like Agios Prokopios, Agios Georgios and Mikri Vigla are long sandy coves with calm waters. They are organised with several taverns and beach bars as well as water sports facilities.


Ios

Ios is the village of the youngsters but also of those travellers, who want to combine fun with relaxation.

Ios Chora has kept its character, and it has been proclaimed a preserved settlement. The narrow cobblestone streets can easily impress everyone. The windmills in the entrance of the town will be the perfect frame for super cool photos. They were used to produce energy and helped enormously the agricultural economy of the island. Today, they are used as houses surrounded by colourful gardens, and they stand as charming structures that offer the landscape beauty and harmony.

The ruins of the Venetian Castle, which lie on the top of the hill above Chora, are an interesting place to visit. There, you will be informed about the history of the island and enjoy a cultural walk that is one of a kind.

The bars and clubs in the Chora are numerous, and you can have fun until the dawn. That is why Ios is perfect for young travellers, who want to have unforgettable experiences, meet new people, dance, drink and laugh in their vacations.

The most popular beaches of Ios are Mylopotas Agia Theodoti, Manganari and Gialos. All of them are sandy, long and organised, offering the traveller the opportunity to relax or have fun in one of the vivid beach bars. They have also many other facilities, like water sports amenities, taverns and umbrellas.


Santorini

Santorini is a mythical destination, the jewel of the Aegean Sea and a true romantic and unique Cycladic island.

Santorini was once a volcano, and starring at the view of the caldera that the eruption created 3,500 years ago, is the best thing you can do on this island. The magnificent view, which you can enjoy in Oia, Firostefani, Imerovigli and Fira, magnetises with its energy everyone, who has the luck to be there. The sunset at these points, when the pink reflection of the sun makes the scenery and the white village a romantic painting, is just an amazing moment to spend with your other half.

The beaches of Santorini are not typical Cycladic, but they have something different that charms the visitor. The natural setting and the dark volcano sand is beautiful. What the beaches lack in typical sandy splendour, they make up with their view, the clear waters and the impressive cliffs around them. Beaches like Vlyhada, Red Beach and Perissa are one of a kind with extraordinary beauty.

Santorini is also a great destination for history lovers. In Fira, there are two main museums, the Prehistoric Thera Museum, which presents the most significant murals found at the prehistoric settlement of Akrotiri and the Archaeological Museum of Thera, which hosts statues and discoveries from the Archaic, Geometric, Hellenistic and Roman Periods. The archaeological site at Akrotiri is definitely worth a visit.

The island is also known for its wine. Many wine-tasting excursions are being organised and include the visit of vineyards and wineries, where you can learn how the renowned wine of Santorini is being prepared, and taste many varieties in a stunning scenery.


Do you want to visit more Cycladic islands? Then, you should consider the other option of island pass, which gives you the opportunity to visit 7 islands!

Greek Island Pass


Make 8 routes in every combination you want within 20 days

With 99€ visit from Piraeus all the above mentioned islands plus 3 more:

Mykonos

Mykonos is the ultimate queen of the Cyclades, the centre of the nightlife and the elegant cosmopolitanism.

Chora of Mykonos is a true gem. Traditional architecture, Cycladic white houses with blue windows and numerous pebbled streets with every shop you can imagine. Walking around Matogiannia, the pebbled streets of Chora that remind of labyrinth, is a summer experience that you cannot find on any other island. Cafes, bar, restaurants, souvenir shops and haute-couture are around you, and it is really difficult to choose the best place.

Little Venice is considered one of the most romantic spots on the island and Chora, and many people gather here to see the sunset. These fishing houses line the waterfront with their balconies hanging over the sea. Can you imagine a better location to drink your cocktail?

The nightlife of Mykonos is famous all over the world. Bars, luxury restaurants, beach bars and clubs are everywhere in Chora of Mykonos, Little Venice and on every beach of the island. Day doesn't begin before 12 o'clock, and night ends only when the young people want to go on the beach. The whole island is a huge party, and the fun is endless.

But Mykonos is not only for young people that want to have fun. Near Mykonos, is located one of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece. Delos is a small island, which can be reached by boat from Mykonos within 20 minutes. It was a sacred island for the ancient Greeks, as, according to the myth, God Apollo, the God of Sun, was born there. The archaeological findings of Delos are important and have been declared as World Heritage Site, protected by UNESCO.

The beaches are numerous and all of them are organised, with astonishing beauty, golden sand, emerald waters and great touristic facilities. Panormos, Super Paradise, Paradise, Elia, Lia, Agios Sostis, Ornos, Kalafatis, Kalo Livadi and Psarrou are only some of the gorgeous beaches of Mykonos.


Amorgos

Unspoiled by mass tourism, Amorgos is an island off-the-beaten path with authentic wild beauty.

Amorgos Chora is one of the most impressive Cycladic towns  Whitewashed houses with colourful windows make the scenery just amazing, but the most wonderful part of Chora is the Venetian Castle on the rock above it. The castle was built in the Medieval Times for the protection of the island, and within its walls a few old and interesting churches are preserved. The castle offers a magnificent view of the sea and the entire village.

The Monastery of Hozoviotissa is the trademark of Amorgos. The impressive monastery in the Chora of Amorgos was built in the 11th century, and it is dedicated to Virgin Mary. It offers a breathtaking view of the crystal blue waters of the Aegean Sea from the cliff, on which it is built. A trekking path from the monastery leads to the beautiful beach of Agia Anna.

Other wonderful beaches in Amorgos, which are secluded offering you total privacy, are Agios Pavlos, Mouros, Fokiotrypa, Agioi Saranta and Finikes. These beaches are also nudism-friendly. Partly organised are the beaches of Aegiali, Katapola and Kalotaritissa, where you can find a tavern or a beach bar.

Amorgos has also many small agricultural villages, which can give the visitor the opportunity to know better the rural life and the tradition of the island. Worth visiting are Tholaria, Lagada, Aegialis, Katapola, Arkesini, Kalofana, Kamari and Potamos.


Heraklion Crete

Heraklion is being included in the destinations of Greek Island Pass as a great opportunity to explore a part of Crete, of this unique and renowned island in Greece, which is a mythical place.

The most wonderful spot of Heraklion is the Venetian Fortress of Koules, which is the symbol of the city. It was constructed by the Venetians in the 13th century, and it stands at the entrance of the port as the trademark of the harbour.

Heraklion gives you the opportunity to have cultural vacation thanks to the significant historical sites nearby, Knossos and Phaistos. In Knossos, you will visit the Palace of Knossos that is a magnificent testament of the Minoan civilisation. In Phaistos, there are ruins of a Minoan Palace, and the place is not as crowded as the Palace of Knossos. You can explore the central courtyard, the royal apartments and the location where the famous Phaistos Disc was uncovered in 1903. The Archaeological Museum in Heraklion has an extensive collection of Minoan art. The highlights are the small statue of the Snake Goddess and the Phaistos Disc, a clay tablet with symbols of the writing system Linear A, which has not been deciphered.

Matala, Malia, Agia Pelagia, Amoudara, Hersonissos and Stalida are only some of the beach resorts that will offer you unforgettable moments of swimming and sunbathing. Long and sandy, with crystal waters, all beaches near Heraklion are well organised, with hotels, restaurants, beach bars, sunbeds and water sports facilities.

Where to Stay

Studio & Appartment in Santorini, Greece Joy Beach Ηotel
Joy Beach Ηotel
Perivolos, 84703 Santorini, Greece

Joy Beach Hotel is located in Perivolos, just a minute's walk from the beach. Santorini National Airport is 12.9 km away while Santorini Port is 10.4 km away. Fira, the capital of Santorini is 11.7 km away.

Studio in Paros, Greece Mirsini Studios
9.3 10
Mirsini Studios
Koukoumavles, Parasporos, 84400 Paros, Greece

Mirsini Studios is located in Koukoumavles, near Parasporos sandy beach. Parikia Town and Port of Paros are only a 10-minute drive away. Paros National Airport is 6.4 km away.

Hotel in Syros, Greece Brazzera Hotel
9.9 10
Brazzera Hotel
Finikas Beach, Finikas, 84100 Syros, Greece

Brazzera Hotel is located in the village of Finikas, just a minute's walk from the beach. Ermoupoli, the capital of Syros and the Port of Syros are approximately a 20-minute drive away. Syros National Airport is 10.3 km away.


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