If you are planning the island hopping in Greece, it is worth knowing about the island groups and which one is the best for your trip. But plenty of options keep you and me always in the balance that which island should I go in Greece? Let’s have yourself read about the best Greek islands to make your Greek trip the memorable one.
List of Greek Islands Groups:
Greek islands are considered the most beautiful and best to visit islands in the world. They are scattered over the Aegean and the Ionian Sea. Islands of Greece are divided into different groups according to the culture, climate and history. After landing Greece, you can wholly enjoy your trip on one island of your choice and also choose to hop between other Greek islands of your choice.
Argo Saronic Islands
The Saronic Islands or Argo Saronic Islands is termed as an archipelago situated in Saronic Gulf. The islands in the Argo Saronic are hugely popular with Greeks and anyone staying in Athens thanks to their close proximity to the city.
List of the Best Saronic Islands:
Reaching Argo Saronic Islands:
There are lots of daily ferry services to choose from Athens to Aegina, Agistri or Poros. Hydra and Spetses are more
representative of old time Greece, for example there are no cars allowed, your baggage is carried by donkey! Aegina,
Agistri and Poros offer fantastic restaurants, superb beaches and are all about an hour from the city. Plus you’ll get
accommodation as cheap as chips or can have a go at free camping.
When to go:
Aegina comes alive in September with the Fistiki (Pistachio) Festival and Spetses hosts Armata; the re-
enactment of a huge naval battle. The islands will also have cleared out most of the tourists at this stage, so you’ll
find a much quieter holiday experience.
Ferry Prices from Pireaus to Aegina start from €10 one way.
The Cyclades Islands
This group of Greek Islands lies far in the Aegean Sea, at south eastern region of Greece mainland. The Cyclades Islands of Greece form the Aegean Archipelago along some other island groups. The Cyclades also happen to be the place where the Aegean cat was originated.
List of The Best Cyclades Islands:
It will be very long to list down all, however we can mention the most famous of The Cyclades Islands:
For couples, Santorini and Mykonos, in the Cyclades are romance hotspots, famous around the world for sun-drenched weddings, gorgeous scenery and spectacular sunsets.
Mykonos offer the real Greek tour experience; famous for its scenic Cycladic construction, lively nightlife,
beautiful beaches and much more. A whole family island suitable for all age groups where you have endless options of activities. Wander on the streets of Chora, swim at Kalo Livadi and Super Paradise and enjoy the sunset scene.
Naxos, the largest island of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, has once remained the essence of Cycladic culture.
Naxos is also known to be the major source emery rock. Naxos features long series of beautiful beaches like Agios Prokopios, Mikri Vigla and Plaka are the ones you must remember during your trip to The Cyclades Greece. Strong blowing winds on Cyclades beaches form up the ideal atmosphere for windsurfing and kitesurfing for the tourists.
Ios is known as the party island of the Cyclades. About 9 hours from Athens by ferry, the former hippie haven is
completely dedicated to beautiful people, partying all night and spending all day on the beach. Mylopotas beach is one of Greece’s best, it’s huge and has a wide variety of hangover cures, from water-skiing to beach bars.
From Ios it’s a short trip to Paros and its little sister Antiparos where you’ll find wonderful beaches and
great scuba diving, but a much more laidback atmosphere than Ios.
Kimolos, the famous one for its crystal clear waters and superb relaxing beaches is another jewel of the Cyclades
Greek beaches. You can leave for Kimolos on any Ferry service which go everyday from Pollonia in Milos.
Another heaven for tourists, situated at the Western Cyclades, Sifnos offers a true relaxing experience to
families with kids. Sifnos is rapidly developing for the tourism and in the coming days, it will offer more of the Greek tourism experience.
Tinos is situated at the northern Cyclades, a sensible choice for family Greek holidays. Many comfortable hotels
and restaurants surround the tranquil beaches of Tinos. Pyrgos is a must visit village of the island.
Add Folegrandos, a tiny artistic retreat of an island to the mix and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a great romantic getaway.
Then it’s on to Amorgos, which is a truly off-the-beaten track experience.
Reaching The Cyclades:
When to go:
The Cycladic Islands absolutely come alive in high season. If you want to see them at their best, July or
August have guaranteed sunshine, every bar, club and restaurant will be hopping. So, mid-year is the perfect time to do ferry travel between Greek islands and just remember, during party season sleep is for the weak!
Ferry Prices from Pireaus to Santorini and Ios start from €37.50 and €35.00 respectively.