Hi guys n gals!
I'm planning on island hopping in greece, around july-august time, for about 4 weeks.
I have never been to greece and dont know much about it (currently doing research)!!!
Just wanted to hear a few stories from people who have already been there and done that!!!
A few questions i have....is it best to book accommodation before? or is it easy to get last minute?
Any itinerary tips?!?!
One of the nice things about island hopping in Greece is that you don't have to plan or book anything and you can decide what to do on a day to day basis.
A lot of people in the islands have rooms to rent. When you get off the ship they will come and meet you with photos of their place. All you have to do is negociate the price.
You can take a sleeping bag in case you don't find a room or want to save money on accommodation
Most islands have a campsite and you can sleep outside without a tent because the weather in summer is warm.
Regarding the itinerary I would recommand avoiding the central cyclades (Paros, Naxos, Santorini...) if you like quiet. On the other hand it is probably the place to go if you are a partygoer.
Eastern cyclades are very beautiful and quiet. Apparently western cyclades are nice and quiet too.
Island hopping in greece is great fun and best done in the spur of the moment. Just turn up decide which island to go to and get the next ferry then do the same once you had enough of that place. As Juju said, when the ferries come in there are usually a lot of people hanging around the port offering accomodation. We took a tent, although you might as well just sleep outside (they usually have an undercover area for people without tents and just sleeping bags!) as its warm.
One night we arrived on an island very late and there was nobody around for accomodation and everything was shut, so all the backpackers that were on the same ferry headed to the nearest beach and we all set up camp there, chatting and eventually just falling asleep in our sleeping bags. Was good fun!
Have in mind that at the time you are planning to get over here, Greeks take their annual and most important vacation .. as such, everything is a bit crowded. If i were you, i wouldn't count that much on the time of arrival to find a nice place to stay ! However, this depends on the islands or areas you wish to go ! For instance, Cyclades are very crowded at this time ... but since its your first time you definitelly have to go to either Santorini or Mykonos ! Noert East Aegean isalnds are much better in terms of quality and prices, and you will find nice lodges there .. even at last minute ! (i wouldn't suggest though - either).
Ionian Sea islands are crowded too and a bit expensive too ! But top one rated beach is at Lefkada island ... so maybe you have to think about it !
For more info ... just ask me !
thanks very much for the advice!
i didnt realise camping was an option, sounds great!
I can give you advice on Santorini since I Was there last week .Stayed in a small family hotel in Perissa. The girl who runs the hotel is really sweet and friendly (she got me drunk every night :-) The price for the night was 20 euro (at least that was the price for june, i dont know about july. But the hotel was really ..cool. Very traditional, very cosy, and above all...very clean!(the first thing I look for when on holidays)
As far as Mykonos is concerned, its true that its better to stay in town rather than some beach. However, in Santorini that's not the case. Staying in Fira (the town) is very expensive and it takes you at least half an hour to get to a beach. That's why I suggest you stay in Perissa in Santorini. You're next to the sea, there is plenty of restaurants (tavernas), good nightlife and you can visit Fira or Ia (for the famous sunset) for a day trip. Everything at Fira or Ia is too expensive and tourist...made! There is also another beach in Santorini where you could stay (Kamari) but I wouldn't recommend it as it is ...packed by tourists. At least in Perissa, you get to see a few locals or greeks travellers (as myself) . Dont hesitate to contact me if you need some more information :-)