by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 12, 2018
The 2019 Greece Travel Guide
- The Best Time to Visit Greece and the Greek Islands
- The Best Greek Islands
- Where To Go in Greece
- Greek Ferries – A Guide
- Greek Island Hopping
- Crete-Santorini Ferry & Flight Information
- Mykonos-Santorini Ferry & Flight Information
- Athens-Santorini Ferry & Flight Information
- Athens-Mykonos Ferry & Flight Information
- Greece with Kids
- The Best Luxury Hotels in Greece
- Crete – Best Hotels
- Crete – Tours & Things To Do
- Crete – Best Time To Visit
- Heraklion Airport – Rental Cars
- Naxos – Best Hotels
- Paros – Best Hotels
- Ios – Best Hotels
- Milos – Best Hotels
- Folegandros – Best Hotels
- Sifnos – Best Hotels
- Rhodes – Best Hotels
- Kos – Best Hotels
- Skiathos – Best Hotels
- Skopelos – Best Hotels
- Hydra – Best Hotels
- Flights to Greece
- The 19 Best Beaches in Greece
- Paros or Naxos?
- Crete or Santorini?
- Mykonos or Santorini?
- Best Website For Booking Hotels In Greece
- Car Rental in Athens Airport
- Greece Travel Agencies in the US, Canada, and UK
Hotels in Greece for Families
FAQ About Traveling to Greece
For beaches and hot weather June to September. For sightseeing, tours, hiking, and exploring the best months are late March, April, May, early June, late September, October, and early November.
All the Greek islands are wonderful. Really! I have never met someone that went to an island and said, “what a mistake, big disappointment.” It just doesn’t happen. They’re all different but all very special. Perhaps a better question is what are the best Greek islands for a first time visitor to Greece? For that I would answer Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Mykonos, and Milos. Crete is also great for first timers but it’s so big that it’s good to do on its own or perhaps along with Santorini but not much more or you’ll spread your time too thin.
Most people will fly from a hub in western Europe (usually London, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Frankfurt, Rome, or Venice) to Athens, Crete, Santorini, Mykonos, Kos, Rhodes, or Corfu. My top tip for choosing flights is to fly into and out of different airports so you don’t waste time and money backtracking to your arrival point. For example, fly from London to Athens, then ferry to Mykonos, ferry to Paros, ferry to Santorini, then fly Santorini to London (and don’t go back to Athens for your return flight). You may pay slightly more for 2 one-way tickets than a return ticket but it will be more than made up for by the savings for the extra ferry and hotel night.
Ferries are the primary mode of transport between the Greek islands – especially for the islands in the Aegean (e.g. Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes). There are also some flights between the islands and (more commonly) flights via Athens between different islands but these are expensive and have inconsistent schedules. For most itineraries, using the ferry is best.
My favorite islands for beaches are Naxos, Mykonos, Paros, Ios, Rhodes, and Crete. But there are many more with wonderful beaches and every island has great swimming even when the beaches don’t have the typical golden sand you’re expecting.