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1. Posted by tatianaabreu (Budding Member 72 posts) 2y

Hello all travel buddies!

I am planning a trip around the greek islands for next summer. I will take the plane to Rhodes, i intend to go to Aurora Festival in Samothraki island and i'll probably take the plane back from Thessaloniki. The itinerary I have already imagined will be something like this:

1. Rhodes 2 nights
2. Santorini 2 nights
3. Folegandros 2nights
4. Koufonissi 2 nights
5. Naxos 1 night
6. Lavrio (with a quick visit of Sounio) 1 night
7. ???? from Lavrio I would like to take the ferry for one of the following islands Limnos/Lesbos/Psara/Agios Efstratios. Because I don't know which one of them is the most interesting/beautiful/non crowded i would like to have some advice.
8. Samothraki
9. Either Alexandroupoli or Kavala, I don't know which one is easier to go from Samothraki
10. Thessaloniki

I've been in Athens before, that's why I am not including it in the itinerary this time.
I'd like to know your opinions about other greek islands that I might be missing and that are really worth a visit. I give preference to nature and beautiful beaches than crowded islands with a great nightlife and this is the reason why I don't think I'll stop at Mykonos.
If you have been in any of these islands and have some information about the ferries, local transportation, places to eat cheap and breathtaking places to visit I would be very grateful. My last question: anyone knows if it's easy and safe to do wild camping in the islands?

Thank you!

2. Posted by mylesclarke (Budding Member 57 posts) 2y

corfu is a really nice place to visit. specially corfu town and surrounding villages. you can also get a day trip to albania there. altho albania is different but different isnt always good

3. Posted by tatianaabreu (Budding Member 72 posts) 2y

Thank you for the suggestion mylesclarke !!
But I think I will visit Corfou some other time, because it is located on the Ioannian Sea which is quite far from all the other islands I intend to visit. I've heard that Albania is a fantastic country to visit with a very unique culture and friendly people. It's a pity I won't have enough time to include these two places this time.

4. Posted by nzhamsta (Respected Member 93 posts) 2y

Hi,
I spent time this year on Chios. This is very close to Turkey and is very non touristy. No package tourists at all. Not one. It is quite large (5th largest island) and you need a car to get around if you wish to explore for a couple of days. It is very historic, mountainous, friendly, good food and cafes etc on the waterfront. There are ferries from Chios to Thessaloniki via Lesbos but it the chaotic ferry schedules do not help things.
Cheers,
Glynn

5. Posted by tatianaabreu (Budding Member 72 posts) 2y

Thank you Glynn for your suggestion. About the ferries from Chios to Thessaloniki, could you give me some more info? How many times do they run a week? And do you know if the only stop on the way is Lesbos or if it stops at some other islands before reaching Thessaloniki? I know how chaotic can the transportation system be in Greece and i'm aware it changes from one year to the other, but it could help if you tell me more about your experience and the route you've taken :)
Thank you again!!

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4124 posts) 2y

If you go to Rhodes you must take a trip to Lindos. You can hire a car to get there or go by boat. I think the car trip's about 40 minutes. Stunning place.

Just on that, Rhodes is a pretty big island with quite a large 'main town'. Depending on where you stay, it can feel a bit far removed from a typical island experience.

7. Posted by tatianaabreu (Budding Member 72 posts) 2y

Thank you James!
I had to change my planes and I'll be flying to Kos instead of Rhodes, but I haven't excluded the possibility of visiting Rhodes anyway! I'll certainly check Lindos if i have the chance.

8. Posted by dannyxz (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

And where is Mykonos? We loved it!!!