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Best kept secrets of Island Hopping in Greece

Greek islands ● 28 December 2017
 

Are you in search of travel tips for Greece? If you are now planning your Greek Island Hopping, you may need some secrets only locals can reveal to you. So, before deciding which islands to visit, take a look at these best kept secrets for Island Hopping in Greece in order to take the most out of your trip, get rest, explore new things and spend unforgettable and well-planned holidays.


When to travel

Most travellers want to travel from one island to another during the day. This is not a wrong decision as the Greek islands are located in short distance to each other, and the route can last only a couple of hours or even less by ferry. However, if you want to make a route that lasts longer, you can think of travelling at night. Especially from Athens to remote islands, such as Santorini, Rhodes and Crete, you can sleep in a cabin of the boat and wake up on the island. It is a very comfortable way to explore the Aegean Sea and save time for more interesting things than travelling or sleeping. Plus, it is an exciting experience to travel overnight while passing through the Aegean Sea.

Santorini

Ferry passes

Ferry passes, such as Greek Island Pass, give you the opportunity to pay an affordable price of only one ticket and travel from one island to another whenever you want. Separated ferry tickets are expensive and demand a strict schedule. Are you a last-minute traveller? Then, Greek Island Pass is exactly what you are searching for. You only need to make a plan for your accommodation, but the transportation is flexible. Just pick a ferry and get easily and on a budget to another island.

Right port

Athens has three ports, Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio. From Piraeus, you can go to all the Greek islands, but for some of them, the distance is shorter if you take the boat from another port. For Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Syros, Naxos and Paros, Rafina is the closest port, while for Kythnos and Kea, boats from Lavrio are convenient and need only one hour to these islands.

Paros

Ferry or boat?

Ferries are a smart solution if you want to travel fast to your destination. For example, in only two hours by ferry from Rafina, you can reach Mykonos or Naxos. However, ferries have the disadvantages that their itinerary can be cancelled due to strong winds in the Aegean Sea. Boats are a safer and cheaper choice, and you can enjoy a more traditional journey feeding and playing with the sea gulls that follow the boat.


Where to Stay

Hotel in Athens, Greece Elikon Hotel
7.9 10
Elikon Hotel
3, Dorou str., 10431 Athens, Greece

Located in the centre of Athens, Elikon Hotel is just a 2-minute walk from Omonoia Metro station, making transport easy throughout Athens. Piraeus Port is only 20 minutes away using the metro.

Hotel in Zakynthos, Greece Castello Beach Hotel
Castello Beach Hotel
Argassi, 29100 Zakynthos, Greece

Castello Beach Hotel is located right in the center of the lively summer resort of Argassi just 70 m from the beach. The picturesque capital of Zakynthos and the main port are at 3.2 km. Zakynthos International Airport is 6.4 km away.

Studio & Appartment in Kea, Greece Emage Studios
Emage Studios
Korissia, 84002 Kea, Greece

Emage Studios are located in Korissia, just a 10-minute walk from the Port of Kea. Ioulida, the capital of Kea, is 7 km away.


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