About Greek Islands
Island hopping is synonymous with Greece. The islands are scattered in the Ionian and Aegean Seas and are linked by a fairly decent ferry network. Some islands also have a small airport with flights being less than an hour in duration from Athens.
The Ionian, in western Greece, is slightly cut off from the rest of the island groups but there is plenty of variety within this area to make a memorable holiday. Popular Corfu can be combined with quieter Paxos; stunning Lefkada with Cephalonia.
Lying off the Athenian mainland are the Saronic Islands, Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses - ideal if you wish to have an island base from which to explore the Greek mainland.
The Cyclades, so called as they form a circle around the sacred island of Delos, are spread over a vast area from Andros in the north to Santorini in the south. The latter is one of the most well known Greek islands and with its whitewashed houses & striking churches atop a black volcanic cliff, it is also one of the most dramatic.
Mykonos has a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere yet there are smaller, quieter, off the beaten track places to be found on the island; Naxos (one of our favourites) is surprisingly green (the Cyclades landscapes tend to be fairly barren); Milos - another stunning island with unusual beaches & striking rock formations.
The Dodecanese (12 islands) further to the east has several big hitters - Rhodes and Kos; Patmos where St John wrote his Book of Revelation; pretty Leros and quaint Symi. These islands once lay on a popular trading route so their harbours are pretty spectacular.
Who can forget Crete - the largest island, almost a country in its own right. There's plenty to explore here: archaeological sites, gorges, mountains and fabulous beaches, but if you want to mix it up a bit you could combine a stay here with a few days on Santorini.
Island hopping is often regarded as being the domain of the truly independent traveller, however cancelled ferries, missed connections and a lack of accommodation (especially in high season), can often thwart the best laid plans. That's where we can help. We can smooth the way for your island hopping experience by pre-booking ferries, accommodation, transfers, even sightseeing tours to help you get the most out of your holiday.
Where to visit
Although Aegina is one of the closest islands to the Greek mainland it has a strong get-away-from-it-all island feel.
Corfu sits in the Ionian opposite the wild and rugged mountains of Epirus. The island is blessed with gorgeous beaches and many quiet, unspoilt villages.
Crete, Greece's largest island, was the cradle of Minoan civilisation with a wealth of monuments to explore. It is also renowned for its incredible beaches, traditional mountain villages, dramatic gorges ...
There isn't any accommodation here but we think that Delos is definitely worth a visit. Day trips available from Mykonos.
No vehicles here, just the odd donkey! A picturesque, high quality destination, ideal for escaping the busier islands.
One of our favourite islands! Lefkas (Lefkada) is one of the Eptanisa (Seven Islands) in the Ionian; it is the fourth largest island in the chain. It's a great twin centre destination with Parga or Sivota ...
The Shirley Valentine island is famous for its party image but there is more to discover here.....
An enchanting Cycladic island with a Venetian town, great beaches and much to see. Great for combining with Mykonos or Santorini.
Poros is carpeted by pine forests and lemon groves and is only a short boat ride across the channel from the Peloponnese.
Stroll through Chania, along its harbour and through its narrow alleyways to really get a feel for the 'Venice of Crete'
Elegant and charming with a cosmopolitan mix of many cultures. In our opinion one of the best island capitals in Greece.
The capital of Crete, Heraklion, takes its name from the ancient Roman port of Heracleum, which likely occupied the same site.
Mountains and gorges meet beautiful beaches. Chania, with its Venetian and Turkish influence, is also worth a visit.
Towards the east of Crete you'll find villages, ports, a palm-fringed beach, the stunning Lassithi plateau and the reputed birthplace of Zeus.
Agios Nikolaos is right in the heart of the Bay of Mirabello with its breathtaking vistas, azure blue seas and pleasant climate.
From Almyrida you can explore picturesque inland villages, dramatic mountain gorges and some of Crete's best beaches and bays.
The long bay of Avlaki sits between Agios Stephanos and Kassiopi and is relatively unknown to most of the island's visitors.
Originally a small fishing hamlet which has grown into a bustling tourist village, with pretty white houses and lots of flowers.
Elounda and Plaka are picturesque fishing villages along the coastal road not far from Agios Nikolaos.
Falassarna beach has won awards over the years and is part of the Natura 2000 network, due to its variety of flora and fauna.
An ideal holiday spot for everyone, Kassiopi offers a good variety of nightlife and entertainment.
Kato Zakros is an impressive traditional fishing village, tucked away in the south-east corner of Crete.
The little seaside resort of Makrigialos, east of Ierapetra on the Libyan Sea, is an ideal spot for a relaxing beach holiday.
An island in the Bay of Mirabello. The fishing village opposite (also called Mochlos) is famous for the specialities served in its tavernas.
A good choice if you want to be close to the nightlife (but not too close!). Ornos lies only a few kilometres from the town and is easily accessible by local bus.
The village of Palekastro is a former farming village that has grown in recent years yet still retains its delightful character.
This former fishing village on the south west coast sits on a small peninsula in the midst of a lush green landscape.
This authentic village with its narrow streets is perfect for those who want to enjoy peace and tranquility.
Pelekas is a lovely village perched on top of a hill with a square and a good selection of cafes and tavernas. The beach is a 10 minute walk (downhill!).