Greek island hopping – The ultimate Guide
Greek Island Hopping is a goal that you should accomplish within your lifetime, and must add it on your bucket list. The Greek islands all spread out like pearls across the Aegean and Ionian blue seas. They can be visited from April until mid-October, as the Greek ferry system is vast and varied. Many islands are well served by air, as many of them have international airports and other have domestic airports.
Greek islands are divided into 6 complexes. The Cyclades, the Dodecanese, the North-Aegean islands, the Ionian islands, the Sporades and last the Argo-Saronic islands. All of them are undoubtedly one of the paradises on earth. So beautiful with long sandy beaches, picturesque villages and with a historic importance. You can only get to know the islands by a well organized island hoping tour.
Organize your Greek Island Hoping
We Organize your Greek Island hoping by exploring the difference of the islands and get to know the beauty of them. Islands with a lively nightlife, club and beach parties (e.g. Mykonos, Ios, Paros). Moreover, islands with archaeological sites, or historical, and mythological importance,(Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, Kos, etc). Islands with the white and blue architecture,((Mykonos, Ios, Koufonisia). Ultimately, islands with a lust of green environment filled with wine, olive and fruit trees.(Paxoi, Ithaca, etc)
All islands have in common the Greek warm hospitality, the variety of hotels/resorts for all budget levels as well as the Greek cookery. The cookery which includes local products such as fresh fish, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, olive oil, wine, nuts, etc. Greek recipes are cooked in unique way most of them connected with a story from the past. Recipes like these you will eat only at the Greek island
Suggested routes for Greek island hopping
Someone can handpick some Greek islands and create his own route, but planning can be a lot easier when sticking to a specific group of islands. Athens can be your starting point for your Greek island hopping experience. The basic and most popular groups of Greek islands are the following.
Greek Island Hopping – Cyclades
Cyclades includes some of the most popular islands in Greece and is a unique experience for Greek Island hopping. You can hop a ferry from Pireus to Mykonos, probably the most cosmopolitan island of Cyclades. This is a Greek paradise, where simplicity meets glamourus. Many celebrities, college students, even families are going to Mykonos, in order to enjoy the Greek summer and explore the island. From Mykonos you can go to Delos island and then carry on to the beautiful Naxos, the largest island of the Cyclades.
The capital of Naxos is Chora and is also the largest town of the island. The villages that someone has to visit are Apiranthos, Filoti, Vivlos and Koronos. After your visit in Naxos you can go to Santorini, the island with the most iconic sunsets in the world. Do not miss its one of a kind black sand beaches, picturesque paved alleys and amazing vineyards. Your final destination can be Milos island, with its charming beaches and villages. Milos is a volcanic island and one of the most popular travel destinations in Greece, during the summer period.
Greek Island Hopping – Dodecanese
Island hopping in Dodecanese is the ideal choice, if you want to see all the historical cultures that influenced those islands. From knights, romans and Byzantine, to Ottoman empire. You can start your trip from the unique island of Rhodes, the largest island of the Dodecanese. Rhodes is at the north-east of Creta and has the nickname ”The Knight’s Island” dute to the knights who ruled the island in the past. In the city of Rhodes you will find the Medieval Town, that has been declared as a world heritage site.
After your visit in Rhodes, travel to Nisyros, one of the smallest and most beautiful Dodecanese islands. Nisyros is an amazing alternative destination, that is fortunately untouched from mass tourism. Mandraki and Nikia are two of the most picturesque villages of the island, both with an outstanding view and great traditional architecture. The island has some amazing peaceful beaches for visitors that need to relax, as also ideal areas to explore nature. Your nexr stop must be Karpathos, a small paradise with an authentic and natural beauty. Crystal clear waters and amazing beaches, organized or not! Nevertheless, don’t miss the oportunity to visit Kalymnos and Patmos and then the island of Kos, where you can find many shops, nightlife and Kos airport that has every day flights back to Athens.
Greek Island Hopping – The Ionians
The Ionian sea is ideal for Greek island hopping, along the west coast of Peloponnese. Start from Corfu, one of the most beautiful and surely the greenest Ionian Island. Sceneries of unparalleled beauty, unique sandy beaches and crystal clear waters and many places to visit for sightseeing. Corfu has a history of more than 3000 years, a fact that is quiet obvious from its Venetian alleways and unique architecture. Your next stop of your Greek island hopping has to be in Paxous. A tiny but beatiful island and the cultural village of Europe for 2004. Paxoi is an island, ideal for families and couples that are seeking for peaceful holidays. The island is ideal for scuba diving due to its underwater caves and shipwrecks. Don’t forget to visit the Venetian fortress in Agios Nikolaos, the Paxoi museum and the english Governor’s house.
Next destination is Lefkada and its sandy beaches with crystal clear, cobalt blue waters. It is located right in the middle of the Ionian sea and is also known as the Greek Caribbean. If you like exotic destinations, then this island will amaze you. Probably you have already seen photos of its amazing beaches, but reality exceeds all your expectations. In addition, do not forget to visit Lefkada’s amazing seaside vilages such as Agios Nikitas and Nidri. Last but not least is Kefalonia, the largest of the Ionian islands. Kefalonia was the filming location of the movie Corelli’s Mandolin and is famous for its unique landscapes, white sand beaches and delicious Greek food.
Travel to other Greek islands
Another ideal destination for Greek island hopping is one of the most popular cluster of islands in Greece, the Sporades. In sporades you will find some of the most famous organised or secluded beaches in the world. Many of them offer a large variety of activities and water sports that you can enjoy with your family or friends. An other Aegean island that someone has to visit is Crete. Crete is the bigest Greek island, hence if you want to visit it during your Greek island hopping, you do not have to go back to Piraeus port.
There are plenty of ships that connect Crete with most of the other islands in Dodecanese and Cycaldes. Some of them are Santorini, Ios, Paros, Mykonos, Naxos, Milos, Kythera, Amorgos, Rhodes, Kos and Karpathos. We are here to organise your Greek island hopping, so the only thing you have to do is to enjoy the holiday of your lifetime in Greece.