Plan your perfect Greek island-hopping adventure | Traveler by Unique

Indeed, the Greek Islands are known for their unique character and charm as every complex has its own aura. Therefore, in order to plan your perfect Greek island-hopping adventure you need to have a closer look at which island-complex meets your needs and requirements.


Define a starting point

There is one particular factor that is able to determine the flow and the easiness of such island-hopping adventure in Greece. Defining your entry point in the country is clearly a hint that can be used in answering which path you should follow. Hence, the entry point sets the locations or the islands that are in a short distance. For those who are planning to land in Athens, there are two possible ways according to which they are able to continue their island hopping. Athens has three main ports where ferries depart on a daily basis. In addition, there is always the option of flying with a domestic flight towards a Greek island which will be your starting point. In general, there are at least 14 islands that have domestic airports. However, landing in Athens is not always an option as Greece has at least 10 islands that are having international airports. It also has to be noted that, there are many mainland ports and airports which allow travelers to proceed with island-hopping according to their desired group of islands.


Choose the ideal group of islands

Selecting the ideal route for an exceptional island hopping adventure is a fun, exciting and fascinating process. Greece has five main island groups and some of them have some sort of sub-divisions that allow visitors to enjoy their experience at its maximum. Therefore, those who wish to perfectly plan their island-hopping adventure need to acknowledge that is crucial to select the nearest entry point as that will allow smooth and convenient transportation.


1. Ionian Islands

Ionian Islands

This particular group of islands is situated on the west coast of Greece’s mainland and is famous for having some of the most impressive beaches in the Mediterranean region. These islands were heavily influenced by their Italian heritage and form great examples of sceneries where elegant style meets the impeccable beauty of nature. Some of the most famous Ionian Islands are Lefkada, Corfu, Zante and Kefalonia which are listed among the top destinations in Greece. Choosing the Ionian Islands would be ideal for those who wish to immerse themselves into the secrets of nature. Dramatic landscapes, azure waters, white sands and high mountains are some of their key characteristics. In addition, the Ionian Islands is a great option for those who are interested in observing Venetian architecture and enjoining sailing.


2. Argo-Saronic Islands

Argo-Saronic Islands

The islands that fall under this category are the ones that can be found in the Gulfs of Saronic and Argolic. The group includes the islands of Aegina, Hydra, Spetses, Poros and Salamina which are all exceptional in offering a pure cosmopolitan feeling and an ample sense of luxury throughout. The masses of tourist often skip this group of islands as they wish to visit more famous locations. However, due to the islands’ close proximity with the city of Athens, they are outstanding options for a few days of holidays or for those who wish to stay close to the airport or the port. These islands have everything a traveler needs. From ancient temples to picturesque beaches Argo-Saronic Islands are truly unique. An interesting feature is that the islands have a unique cosmopolitan sense as they form a pole of attraction for the wealthy Greeks who enjoy yachting around.


3. Cyclades


Interested in exploring idyllic locations, enjoining romantic sunsets, observe exceptional minimalistic architecture and feel a flawless lavishing atmosphere? It is true that the group of Islands that is known as the Cyclades has all of the above and maybe something more. The great majority of tourists that Greece’s receives every year are planning to visit at least of these charming islands. Among the most famous islands are Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros and Milos. However, Cyclades has many other less known islands which are exceptionally beautiful and ideal for island hopping. Holidays there are all about whitewashed houses, terraces full of colourful flowers, magnificent sunsets, elegant beach bars and beautiful beaches. It is not a coincidence though that Cyclades attract famous starts from all over the world and international jet-setters.


4. Dodecanese


The group of islands known as the Dodecanese can also be characterized as a group of contradictions. This is because those who wish to enjoy an island-hopping there will be thrilled by the different character that every single island has. In the Dodecanese, visitors can enjoy vibrant nightlife and crowds of tourists in Kos or Rhodes. Alternatively, Leros, Symi, and Astypalaia are more laid back options not to be missed. The complex used to be under the Italian rule and visitors are able to observe and admire the influences in the architectural style of the islands. In addition, every island forms an ideal destination depending on what experiences the visitor wishes to have. For example, Kalymnos is listed among the top destination in the world for climbing. Moreover, Leros has exceptional dining options and is characterized as an excellent gastronomic destination. The diversity of the Dodecanese Islands is what makes them truly spectacular, while the close proximity between the islands makes the group ideal for island hopping.


5. Sporades


North of Cyclades, there is another group of islands called the Sporades. The main islands that can be found there are Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos and Skyros. All of them are among the top island destination in Greece due to their beautiful beaches and their outstanding landscapes. It has to be noted that the Sporades gained popularity as some of the scenes from the infamous Mamma Mia were filmed there and in particular in Skopelos and Skiathos. The Sporades is a great option for island hopping for those who claim to be nature lovers due to their hiking trails. In addition, it is a great option for those who wish to experience camping and outdoor activities away from the masses of tourists.


Choosing the right timing

For a truly unique and memorable island hopping adventure in Greece, May until July and September until November are the ideal seasons. August is often avoided due to the masses of tourists that Greek Islands receive and due to the weather conditions that can be really hot. Another perfect timing is also the Greek Orthodox Easter, which is perceived as the beginning of the tourist season and is a great opportunity to combine island hopping and cultural observation. In what regards the low season, Greek islands still have their own unique charm as visitors are able to observe a more authentic and traditional lifestyle among the locals. It is important to note that, during the low season there are fewer ferry connections and lesser options for accommodation.


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