I am going to greece this June Athens in particular and I want to go to a couple of the Greek Isles. I want to go to Santorini for sure, yet, I want to go to one or two more but unsure which ones. I basically wanna swim and do the beach thing in the day and see some sights and at night I want to have a couple of drinks. Which Islands would you recommend, that are budget friendly also? Should I fly into Santorini or buy a ferry ticket when I get to Athens? Basically what is the most economic way of traveling in the isles?
would 100% recommend Rhodes. Beautiful place, hot, culture and falaraki if you like that kind of thing.
Stayed all over the island but lindos (far south) is the best. can reccomomed places to stay is needed :D
I liked Rhodes as well but it is a bit far from Santorini. Lindos is great and it has some nice beaches but the town of Rhodes is awesome as well. Lots to see and do. I would definately fly if you are considering going to Rhodes.
You may also want to fly to Santorini and then take ferries when you get there. If you skip out on Rhodes and spend time in the Cyclades (Santorini, Mykonos, Delos etc.) you can get around fairly easily but ferry. The Cyclades is where you'll find the tourist hot spots. I highly recommend Mykonos.
As far as I know, the only ariline within Greece is Olympic.
I'd highly recommend Crete- gorgeous Island & lovely people.
Malia is its party capital, so during the summer months (May-Sept) is packed with drunken English teenagers.
Stalis is quiter than Malia but still quite bustling and has some lovely restaurants that are very resonable.
Hersonissos is very popular with German & Dutch tourists, its a very bustling place & lots fo things to do.
On the other side of the Island there is many smaller towns, villages that are rich in culture and tradition.
Yep, can vouch for Rhodes and particularly for the town of Lindos. About as close as heaven as you'll get.
Having said that, Rhodes can be a bit more of a "city" experience than an island one. First time I went there, I was surprised at the traffic, and the hustle and bustle.
Another island I highgly recommend is Kos. It has it all - beaches, parties, bars, etc.
Ahhh, Lindos, what a beautiful place (looks dreamily at the blue sky and the sea..................)
Was there last week (santorini island). 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 :-)