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5 tips for Greek Island Hopping

Cyclades ● 05 December 2017
 

Island Hopping in Greece is an excellent opportunity to explore many Greek islands, which are literally numerous. If you don't want to spend your whole vacation in only one destination, then consider going from one island to another in an unforgettable experience discovering Aegean or Ionian Sea. With these tips for Greek Island Hopping, it can be affordable and successful, a summer memory for a lifetime.

Don't buy separated tickets

The distance between the Greek islands is very short, and you can easily travel from one island to another within an hour or even less. However, if you buy separated ferry tickets for each route, the whole island-hopping journey will be expensive and strictly scheduled. Your best chance is to buy a pass, such as Greek Island Pass, which allows you to make several routes to many Greek islands whenever you want paying much less than the separated ferry tickets. This flexibility is exactly what you need during your vacation in Greece, and the pass for many routes at the price of one is what you are searching for in order to spend vacation on a budget.

Explore the possibilities of each Greek island before planning your routes

Even with the flexibility of island passes, you have to plan your schedule in order to explore the best each island has to offer. It is wise having done your research before going to the next Greek island. With the guide of Lonely Planet, you can read about each Greek island in order to be informed about the sites, the beaches, the nightlife and the special assets of the destination you want to visit. Thus, it can be simple to pick an island and know what to expect. For example, if you have spent a weekend in Mykonos with its wild nightlife, you may want afterwards a calm island to relax, such as Koufonisi.

Santorini

Decide which group of islands to choose

Greek islands are divided into several groups, and within these groups, you can do the Greek Island Hopping. Sometimes, you may find it difficult to choose which group of islands to choose, but the truth is that every group has something different to offer. The Cyclades are characterised by wild and dry nature as well as stunning beaches with turquoise waters, the Dodecanese islands have impeccable neoclassical architecture and hospitable people, the Ionian Islands are distinguished by verdant nature and lush greenery, while the Saronic Islands are located very close to Athens and are perfect for a day-trip from the Greek capital. This article of Rick Steves will help you out during the process of choosing the right Greek island for you.

Mykonos

Culture hopping on the Greek islands

Greece is renowned all over the world for its long and rich history, which has as a result numerous historical sites in every destination. Consider the possibility of doing Culture Hopping on the Greek islands and visit several significant archaeological monuments during your Greek Island Hopping. Important sites, such as the island of Delos, the ancient temple of Aphaea in Aegina, Knossos and Faistos in Crete, ancient Lindos and Kamiros in Rhodes or Asklepieion in Kos, are only some of the choices for Culture Hopping you have. For a top-ten list of the ancient sites on the Greek islands, visit the blog of David's been here.

Travel in low-season

Travelling in low-season in Greece is the best thing you can do if you want calm vacation on a budget. If you visit the Greek islands in May, September or October, the weather will still be warm and sunny, things are relaxing, and you can find really good accommodation deals in Greece. Just think about it!


Where to Stay

Studio & Appartment in Chios, Greece Platsa Studios
Platsa Studios
Megas Limnionas, 82100 Chios, Greece

Platsa Studios is located only a 5-minute walk from Megas Limnionas beach. Chios Town and Chios Port are approximately 10 km away. Chios National Airport is 7.4 km away.

Hotel & Hostel in Thessaloniki, Greece Hotel Kastoria
Hotel Kastoria
17, Leontos Sofou str., 54626 Thessaloniki, Greece

Hotel Kastoria is located just a 5-minute walk from Ladadika, the historic center of Thessaloniki with many restaurants, bars and shops. Eleftherias Square can be reached in less than 10 minutes on foot, and Aristotelous Square is at 1 km. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is 20 km away.

Hotel in Rethymno, Greece Rethymno Hills
Rethymno Hills
15, Vogiatzaki Str., 74100 Rethymno, Greece

Rethymno Hills is located in a quiet area, a 9-minute walk from the beach. The centre of Rethymno town is approximately 2 km away.


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