About to head off to Athens in 6 days to start work - Now, I've got the usual two days off a week and I'd like to see some Islands during my time..
Any islands that completely blew your mind, and why! Can you actually squeeze in an island a day, or even two? Or is that far too rushed? Just wondering about this and the logistics of ferry timetables etc. Any companies that you'd recommend price/quality wise?
Cheers, Tam. :-)
Hello Tam, the best greek islands everyone should vist are Mykonos and santorini. You can get to them very quickly in about 4 hours where it used to take 10 hours nowdays on the flying cats, made in Oz, from Hellas flying dolphins, check out their websites for timetable info, Mykonos has the beautiful white houses and some the best beaches you would ever see in the world and fantastic nightlife, and daylife as beach bars at paradise beach and super paradise beach goes off just before sunset. A nice relaxing beach is paraga beach. But accomadation is very expensive and the aussie dollar cops a hammering. Santorini has those little white houses again but they are on a cliff face, the caldera. The island has a cresant moon shape with a seperate volcanic island in the middle.Absolutely breathtaking views. Magic sunsets. Good place to stay is at hotel Galani at firostefani which is right on the cliff face, nice and quite and only five minutes walk from the the centre of the main town Fira which gets a bit noisy and busy nowdays. Sometimes Santorini is refered to as Fira by greeks so if you are looking for ferry timetables it is sometimes only referred as Fira. Both of these islands are a must see.
As always, it depends what you're in to. We went to Milos, one of the less tourist-travelled islands, and were absolutely blown away by the beauty of some of the more remote beaches (we hired a 4x4, but scooters would do). But I don't think you'd find much in the way of night life in Milos...
Agree that Santorini is a must see, it's very dramatic and has all the poster shots of the Greek Islands...
3 YEARS ago : it was THE hottest place in the med, prices were cheap, and in general the majority of tourists who had heard of it thought it was only for gay men.
NOW: With Greece a part of the EU prices have tripled! I was absolutely mortified when I visited last year and realised London was cheap compared to Mykonos. The 2 main beaches which once attracted the med's jet-set is now full of groups of 18 year old Italians on holidays trying to pull anything that moves.
Finally - Contiki have opened a resort there and advertised heavily in the U.K for this summer - The final nail in the coffin.
In juli I went to Zakynthos and Corfu. Well, if you you are travelling in the 'low season': before juli or after august, I think Corfu is a great place to stay. Not exactly typical Greek, because most of the houses are in Venetian style. But it is a magnificant Island, with beautiful beaches and nature and Corfu town was a very good place to have dinner and walking through the beautifull narrow alleys, just the typical picture of a southern European place from the book, with these friendly old Corfu people sitting in front of their houses.
In juli it is ok too, just a bit more crowded, especially at night and a bit too hot. Don't go in August, the place is really crowded then (with Italians.)
check out Lindos, Rhodes if you have a few days/week. utter paradise. quite busy - but the resort is a world heritage site and unique.