Ideas for island hopping routes in Greece: combine many islands in one holiday
The Greek islands
with their diverse landscape, exotic coasts and authentic lifestyle are among the top summer destinations of the world. However, choosing one island for vacation is hard, as there are many excellent options. If you cannot decide which suits you best, you can always combine many Greek islands in one holiday.As there are many ferry connections between neighbouring islands, island hopping is easy and smooth, especially during summer, when ferries have frequent schedules. Here are some ideas for island hopping routes in Greece:
No need to say, Mykonos
are the prime Greek island destinations for summer holidays. They are the most popular islands of the Cyclades complex in the Aegean Sea, attracting millions of tourists every summer. Why are they so popular? Because of their extreme nightlife, the romantic sunsets and exotic coastline. The hallmark of Santorini is the impressive caldera,
while Mykonos is mostly famous for its parties and the wonderful beaches.
Mykonos-Santorini is the typical island hopping route for first time visitors to Greece, as there daily ferry schedules connecting the two islands in high season, and the trip is short and pleasurable. The islands are easily accessible from Athens as well, as ferries from Piraeus serve frequent itineraries, which make stops at both Mykonos and Santorini.
Another very popular island hopping route is Paros-Naxos.Paroshas developed a lot in tourism and is considered among the best Greek islands for summer holidays. The island is full of amazing sandy or pebbled beaches, organized or secluded, and enjoys a celebrated, exciting nightlife.Naxos
, the largest and greenest island of the Cyclades
, is also famous for its stunning beaches and traditional villages.
Visiting both islands in one holiday is really easy, as the ferry trip lasts for only 30 or 60 minutes, depending on the type of the vessel, with daily departures. There are many daily routes in summer starting from Piraeus or Rafina, the two main ports of Athens, which connect Paros
to Naxos and other islands.
Going south-eastward in the Aegean Sea, the beautiful islands of Rhodes
in the Dodecanese group are other excellent ideas for combining holidays. The well-developed Rhodes, with its Medieval architecture and sparkling waters, has many ferry connections to all the other Dodecanese islands, other islands in the Aegean Sea. The most popular destination from Rhodes is Kos, a small island of excellent large beaches and vivid night entertainment. During summer, there are daily short trips between the two islands.
Linked by regular ferries, these unspoiled, neighbouring islands in the Ionian Sea make up a splendid Greek island hopping trip. Both Kefalonia
are distinguished for their blue green waters, the beautiful mountains and hidden coves, as well as the family atmosphere. There is a choice of different routes connecting the two islands, with ferries departing from Sami port or Poros in Kefalonia and going to Pisaetos port or Vathy, in Ithaca.
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