A friend and I are heading to Greece in April, and we're trying to decide which islands to go to. We have 5 weeks and were thinking of going to about 6 islands. Does anyone have any recommendations? How frequent are the ferries between islands in April?
Aegean: Mykonos,Paros are party islands but expensive too. Santorini is romantic. If u have hippie attitude prefer Anafi, Amorgos, Ios, Antiparos(next to paros) or koufonisi in camps...
Ionian sea(west): lefkas for serfing, paxi and Ithaca
look at this one too. http://www.theislands.gr
For ferry schedules take a look at this: http://www.24hours.gr/en/ferries/
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I have only been to Rhodes, and it is beautiful! Well recommended!
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6 islands is too much. I would focus on doing less. Definitely you should see the cyclades: good options are: Santorini, Myconos, Amorgos, Folegandros, Milos, paros
or the ioanian islands: corfu, zante, cephallonia the top picks.
I would not worry about prices in April as it is low season and i would recommend you going without accomodation and bargain at the port as in the commercial islands this is the time where they are running at 20% capacity and they would accept very low prices. if you are flying to athens some beautiful islands close by are Spetses and Hydra. Great for a daytrip from athens
about ferries i think the most commercial islands are catered more often in winter as well...There are also airports in most of the islands as well as hydroplanes... www.airsealines.gr i think
I would not worry about prices in April as it is low season
When does high season end? I would have thought that the weather in April is still pretty cool/temperate -- or does that not have anything to do with it?
I've been to both Mykonos and Skiathos. Mykonos is commercial and expensive, an experience worth doing to tick the box if you that kind of person. It is loads of fun... but depends what you after, not the most scenic island being quite dry.
Skiathos is gorgeous (up in the north) and not very well known, so not too expensive. There are some stunning beaches that are only accessible by boat (La Laria) and being a volcanic island its really scenic (especially from the back of a scooter).
If you do get to Skiathos - Have happy hour cocktails at Seven Steps and then walk up the hill for dinner... keep going until you hit Anemos Taverna. Really gorgeous views from the top balcony of the restaurant. Well worth it.
Thanks so much for all your answers - it's been really helpful!!
I have been to Santorini and Ios...
SAntorini is so gorgeous and scenic - could maybe be for an older crowd though (I am 23) or couples though?? Still loved it though.
Ios is a party island full of young people not wearing much but in April it won't be very busy. Far out camping is a good cheap option to stay at (albeit a little tacky).
Well there is a defined high season with higher prices from june to end of August, but season really starts after easter in Greece in April and ends mid October. But what is really worth doing is if you go during april, may or September you should never pre-book. That is what we greeks usually do.
As the commercial islands are running at about 30% to 50% capacity you can bargain at the port. We have gotten great value rooms for even half the price of the low season as people are keen to take any money during that time.
Hope this helps