Greece & The Greek Islands

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Updated: December 8, 2019

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Greece Travel Guide

Where to go and what to do in Greece and the Greek islands. (Photo is of Mykonos Town.)

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Where to Go in Greece

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Where to Stay in Greece

Where to Eat in Greece

Athens

Posted: December 8, 2019

My favorite hotel in Athens. Great location, historic atmosphere, pure luxury.


• Read: The Best Hotels in Athens

Mykonos

Posted: December 4, 2019

Ios

Posted: November 22, 2019

The Greek island of Ios is an underrated gem in the heart of the Cyclades. It has a reputation as a party island (and there are plenty of clubs in the Chora) but the club scene starts late and is easy to avoid if you’re not interested.

Chora in Ios.

The Chora (main town) is where you’ll find the clubs and bars. But it’s also a charming place wander around and has many great shops and restaurants.

Best Hotel in Ios

Ios Palace Hotel is the best hotel on the island and overlooks Mylopotas Beach.

Beaches in Ios, Greece

Mylopotas is the best beach on Ios and a short bus ride from both the port and Chora. Manganari is another great beach but is located on the opposite side of the island.

• See Also: The Best Hotels in Ios

The Halkidiki

Posted: November 14, 2019

The Halkidiki is a region in northern Greece (just south of Thessaloniki) famous for its 3 peninsulas, wonderful sandy beaches, and low-key tourism.

Beach in Halkidiki, Greece.

Sykia Beach in Sithonia of the Halkidiki.

Beach Resort in Halkidiki, Greece.

Ekies All Senses Resort in the Halkidiki.

Best Beach in Halkidiki, Greece.

Manussu Beach in the Halkidiki.

• See Also: The Best Beaches in Greece

Semeli Hotel in Mykonos Town

Posted: November 13, 2019

Semeli Hotel is centrally located in Mykonos Town and one of the best hotels in Mykonos.

FAQs: Traveling to Greece

When is the Best Time to Travel 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.

What are the Best Greek Islands?

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.

How do you get to Greece?

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.

How do you get between the Greek Islands?

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.

What are the Best Beaches in Greece?

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.

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