* updated September 2018

The first time anyone visits Greece it is highly likely that Santorini and probably Mykonos will be on their agenda. And with good reason. They are gorgeous islands, unlike anything else one earth – or are they ? There are over 2000 islands in Greece with 170 inhabited. Whilst they are all similar in a way there are many local and cultural differences that make each one special. It’s hard to know which Greek islands to visit next !

These are 6 of our favourite islands that you should see next time you are in Greece ( and the time after – its highly addictive!)

Paros

 

Like Santorini and Mykonos, Paros is located in the Cyclades islands, home to the white sugar cube houses and blue roofs and doors that cover every guidebook and postcard on Greece.

They say Paros is like Mykonos 10 years ago and in our view it ticks all the boxes. With a new airport and close proximity to Athens it is a favourite with many others too.
We will be returning again next year!

 

 

We even chose Paros for our very special double birthday celebrations!

Things to do on Paros

The Church of a Hundred Doors

 

  • Panagia Ekatontapiliani

    One of Greece’s most important Byzantine monuments. Built originally in the 4th century it’s also known as the Church of a Hundred Doors. Legend has it that 99 doors have been found in the Church and that the 100th will be discovered when Constantinople (Istanbul) is returned to Greece again.

    Entrance here is free, and opening hours (at time of publication) are 7am‑10pm un summer and 7am‑2pm and 4pm‑8pm in the low season.

Lefkas with Naxos in the distance

 

  • Lefkes

    A small medieval town nestled in the mountains behind Naousa with views over neighbouring Naxos. Lefkas has all the makings of the Cyclades – white houses, blue doors and dripping in vibrant pink Bougainvillea. There are several local tavernas and some on the hill have great views over to Naxos.

    The old church is a local landmark and a must see.

 

 

  • Golden Beach

    A little further south from Piso Livadi is Golden Beach, considered by many to be one of the best beaches in Greece for water sports, if not the world.

    There are some very good hotels and tavernas on the beach and you will also find a number of places to rent windsurfers, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and wakeboards, There are also some lovely and rather funky little beach inspired shops and boutiques.
    It can be very windy when the Meltemi is blowing, especially between July and Septemeber but for many people that is part of its appeal and the reason it has been home to the International Windsurfing Championships many times.

 

  • Kolymbithres beach

    My favourite beach on the island Kolymbithres is located west of Naousa in Plastira Bay. It has huge boulders of granite positioned into the sea that have been worn away over the centuries into smooth sunbathing platforms.

    The water here is shallow and crystal clear and there is a great Taverna right next to the beach which has some of the best home cooking on the island.
    You can drive around or catch the small public ferry over from Naousa.

Saint George Beach, Antiparos

 

  • Take the Ferry over to Antiparos

    Antiparos is a very picturesque and laid back island located just off the coast of Paros. It’s a perfect day trip or if you have the time stay a day or two. Ferries from Paros to Antiparos depart every 30 minutes from Parikia and the trip is about 10 minutes.

    If you have a car, you can catch the car ferry from Punda and then the trip is only 7 minutes.
    Antiparos is home to a number of celebrities most notably Tom Hanks and his Greek wife Rita Wilson who are spotted each summer and often participate in local events.

me at Moriatis Winery

 

  • Visit a winery

    The ideal climate conditions of the Cycladic landscape has led to the production of some great wine in the Cyclades and Paros has a few excellent wineries. Moriatis has a cellar door in Naoussa where you can do some very good tasting and order a cheese platter or light meal.

    You may notice as you drive around the island that the vines are left to grow on the ground instead of on a trellis. This is so the wind doesn’t blow the grapes away during the Meltemi.

How to get to Paros

 

You can get to Paros by either boat or plane. Due to its position and importance, Paros is connected not just to Piraeus (the port of Athens – the second busiest passenger port in the world!) but also to Rafina which is closer to the airport.

Paros is often the first stop in the Cyclades for many of the ferries and is the stopping off point on the way to Mykonos, Naxos, Ios, Santorini and all the other Cyclades Islands, as well as linking with routes servicing the Dodacanese and Crete. It’s only 3 hours from Piraeus on the fast ferries and there is now a new train link direct to the port from the airport.

The airport on the island was completely rebuilt in late 2016 and there is now a new small terminal and a longer runway. There are countless possibilities both on the island and to destinations beyond. For information about the ferry routes and to book tickets we recommend Ferry Hopper.

Where to stay on Paros

 

Most people will choose to stay in either the port town of Parikia or the slightly more upscale Naoussa. Either way you cant go wrong.

We’ve had a wonderful stay at Akrotiri Hotel which is on the other side of the bay in Parikia with spectacular views of the town. Christina and crew really went out of their way to look after us.

In Naoussa it is hard to beat Paliomylos Spa Hotel where we have booked almost the entire hotel. Run by Greek Aussies Chrys and her family are the best in town !

Naxos

 

Right next door to Paros ( a 30 minute ferry ride), Naxos is much larger and has more remote areas with large swathes of forest and greenery. It’s a lovely option for families and groups with the main port town packed with things to do from beautiful beaches to a Castle and important archeological sites.

Things to do on Naxos

 

  • Naxos Town

    There is quite a lot to see in the old town including the castle.Built by the Venetian Duke Markos Sanoudos in 1207, the castle was originally designed to defend against the Turks.

    It offers great views of the town and holds movie nights and open-air concerts during the summer months. Once you are done exploring, follow the stone path down into Old Town and visit the local tavernas, boutique shops, and cafes. There are a lot of tiny winding alleys full of many hidden gems.

St.George Beach, Naxos

 

  • Visit the beach

There are many stunning beaches on Naxos. Two of the most popular are Agios Georgios and Agios Prokopios where you will find plenty of sunbeds, umbrellas, and cafes serving cold drinks.

Other notable beaches with fewer tourists include:

  • Aliko -located 17km south of Naxos Town. It’s an unorganized beach, with soft white sand, surrounded by a cedar forest and sand dunes.
  • Kastraki – another sandy beach located 16km from Naxos town. It’s a great beach if you are looking for privacy and there are a few tavernas around offering tasty meals at great prices.
  • Pyrgaki – located 18km south of Naxos town. This sandy beach offers a few sunbeds and umbrellas but still fewer tourists. There’s also some cafes and tavernas close by.

 

  • The Portara

    When you arrive into the port of Naxos it’s hard to miss this 2,500 year-old-doorway that stands at 100 feet. This was to be the entrance to a grand Temple of Apollo which was never built.

    In the 3rd millennium BC there was a settlement near the islet and it is conjectured that the Palatia was the Acropolis of this Cycladic village.
    The area was subsequently deserted for many centuries. All we can see today are the foundations and the huge portal of the “hundred foot” temple begun around 530 BC by Lygdamis, tyrant of Naxos, but never completed.

    The “Portara” was built with four blocks of marble, each of a length of over 6 metres and weighing 20 tones. Winches and scaffolding were used to put them in place.e way to a grand temple called 

swimming off Koufonisia

 

  • Sail the Small Cyclades

    Sailing around the Greek Islands can be a lot more difficult, and expensive, than people realize. On Naxos and Paros however, it’s possible to join a boat, or privately charter one.

    Enjoy a stunning day trip around the Small Cyclades, a group of spectacular islands at the southern end of Naxos which include Koufanisi and Danousa.

    The cost of this tour varies dramatically depending on the size and style of the boat, and how many people are on board but it is very good value.

How to get to Naxos

 

FERRY 

Naxos is very easy to get to by ferry with frequent trips running daily. If you are flying in from Athens, catch a ferry from Piraeus to Naxos with SeaJetsHellenic Seaways, or Blue Star Ferries which all take between 3-4 hours and costs between €29 – €50 ($36 – $62 USD). There are also many options to easily hop around to the other islands as well. If you are visiting during high season, book your tickets a few weeks in advance. 

FLIGHT

Naxos has an airport 3km south of town center. Budget airlines offer cheap flights from Athens and to other islands in the Cyclades. 

TAXI & BUS

Taxis are available on Naxos as well as frequent buses that run from Naxos town to the other villages. The bus departs every 30 minutes from the port (close to the tourist information center) which goes to Prokopios, Agia Anna, and Plaka. Cost varies between €1.60-3.20 ($2 – $4), depending on where you go. 

CAR & MOTORCYCLE 

If you are planning on exploring a lot of the island, it may be easiest to rent a car, quad bike, or motorcycle. Car rentals cost around $60/day but you get a better rate if you book for the week.

Where to stay on Naxos

 

Most people choose to stay in our near Naxos town (aka the Chora)and do day trips out to other beaches and villages. Its a big island though so you may want to choose more than once place to stay.

We’ve had a wonderful stay at Nastasia Village who have modern renovated rooms for less than 100euro.

If you are happy to pay more its hard to beat Ippokampos Hotel which is right  on St.George Beach or Glaros Boutique Hotel which is as well and is adults only.

Corfu

 

On the far Western side of Greece are the Ionian islands of which Corfu is the most popular and is home to an international airport.

Its has been even more popular in recent years with the broadcasting of the wonderful BBC TV series ‘The Durells’ based on the books I read whilst holidaying there by Gerald Durell about his childhood in Corfu in the 1930’s.

 

Whilst some will argue that large volumes of charter flights have ruined much of it there are still plenty of gorgeous seaside villages such as Paleokastritsa, where we spent a magical week a few years ago.

Things to do on Corfu

 

  • Paleokastritsa

    According to legend, the Greek village of Paleokastritsa (Palaiokastritsa) is where Odysseus was shipwrecked and met Nausicaa in Homer’s epic tale the Odyssey.

    Located on Corfu’s northwest coast, Paleokastritsa is made up of several bays and the road terminates at the Monastry of the Virgin Mary on the hill.

    It can get very busy during the day when tour buses and day trippers converge but at night it is blissfully quite and uncrowded.

    There are lots of water sports to rent and a small marina where boat rental, boat charters and other activities can be found. There are also several very good tavernas and small hotels.

 

  • Corfu Old Town 

    Corfu Town is bursting with history. The colonial heritage is prevalent in the architecture, and the narrow maze-like streets of the UNESCO-listed old town are very photogenic.

    There are several old churches scattered around the town, including the 15th-century Church of Ayios Spiridon, which honors the island’s patron saint. The town’s museums include the Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine Museum and the Museum of Asian Art.

    Two fortresses watch over the town: the Old Fort and the New Fort. Don’t be fooled by the name, though; the New Fort is still old, dating back to the 16th century. It was built by the Venetians. The Old Fort was constructed during the Byzantine era. Each offers great views of the area.

    Between the tightly packed buildings of the old town and the Old Fortress, the Esplanade (Spianada) is a vast green space and claims to be the second largest square in Europe. Corfu’s main public gathering space, it is overlooked by the arcaded Liston, built by the French in the 19th-century when Napoleon was ruling. It is now home to a row of pricey cafés that are ideal for people-watching. Locals play cricket (a game passed down to them by the British) on the carefully tended lawns of the Esplanade, and there is also a bandstand where brass bands occasionally play.

 

  • Mon Repos

Set in a beautiful park and approached along a winding tree-lined avenue is the Neoclassical palace of Mon Repos, birthplace in 1921 of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Built in 1831 for the British High Commissioner, it was later used as the summer home of the Greek royal family.
Sadly, the palace is falling into a state of disrepair, and the garden is overgrown in places. Besides being a tourist attraction, it is sometimes used to host conferences.

You’ll find it in the Kanoni area of town, a pleasant 30-minute walk from the center, and also served by public bus.

 

 

  • Mouse Island

South of the center, off the southern tip of Kanóni, two small islets rise from the sea. On the nearer one, reached via a causeway, is the small 17th-century Monastery of Vlakhérna, and beyond this is Mouse Island (Pontikonísi), crowned by a whitewashed Byzantine chapel and a cluster of cypress trees.

A peaceful escape from the crowds, Pontikonísi is often featured on picture postcards. To get there, catch a boat from Kanóni harbor

  • Rent a Boat

    There are lots of places to hire watercraft on the island most notably Paleokastritsa, Marina Gouvia and Corfu Town.

    Prices start from around 45euro for a boat that doesnt require a license to 180euro for one that does.

    We had a great day exploring the many coves, caves and beaches of the west coast when we visited and the charming young men at Corfu Rent A Boat even drove our daughter back to hotel to collect her swimsuit !

 

  • A day trip to Albania

    Albania is only a few nautical kilometres from Corfu and its easy to visit on a day trip.

    Most ferries or tours will arrive in Saranda a city that feels half finished with some great beaches and good food.

    Hire a taxi or take a tour south to Lake Butrint which is full of large mussel beds. On its shore is the World UNESCO heritage and archaeological site of Butrint. Part of a national park covering 29 sq km, it rivals any ancient site in Greece. Dating back to at least 1000 BC, the well-preserved ruins contain prehistoric walls, Greek temples, Roman mosaics and a Byzantine church, winding through a verdant, atmospheric setting.

    We were really quite impressed with our trip to Albania. Beautiful beaches, fascinating history and historical sites and its dirt cheap ! No wonder the scandanavians are all over it.

 

How to get to Corfu

 

FERRY 

Corfu is very easy to get to by ferry with frequent trips running daily from both mainland Greece and Italy.

FLIGHT

Corfu has an airport 4km south of Corfu town. Budget airlines offer cheap flights from Athens and other European capitals and there are numerous charter flights in Summer.

TAXI & BUS

Taxis are available on Corfu as well as frequent buses.

CAR & MOTORCYCLE 

If you are planning on exploring a lot of the island, it may be easiest to rent a car, quad bike, or motorcycle. Car rentals cost start at 30euro a day.
Corfu is the only place in Greece we have ever been asked for International Drivers licences.

Where to stay on Corfu

 

Its a good idea to stay at least for a few days in Corfu town especially if connecting with a cruise ship on international ferry. Arcadian Hotel is a lovely mid-range hotel right on the Liston which is a fantastic location.

In Paleokastritsa we stayed at the quaint family run Zefiros Hotel which is one of the few beachfront hotels and is increible value for money. I still remember the fat lazy bees that would buzz around the honey each morning at breakfast.

 

If you are happy to pay more its hard to beat Ippokampos Hotel which is right  on St.George Beach or Glaros Boutique Hotel which is as well and is adults only.

Hydra

 

Favoured by the wealthy Athenians and home to many artistic types over the years including Leonard Cohen who called Hydra home for almost 30 years.

 

Hydra is in the Saronic group of islands which are the closest to Athens and most can be visited as an easy day trip. There are no cars nor scooters on Hydra and this adds to much of its appeal with transport options restricted to donkeys and water taxis.

 

Whilst Hydra can be visited as an easy day trip from Athens on its own or with other Saronic islands its also worth staying a day or two if you can.

Things to do on Hydra

 

  • walk to Kaminia


    An arty fishing village Kaminia ( which means furnaces) is just a short walk from the main town and has a picturesque marina, several good tavernas and a few small galleries.

    Discover the Red House, a significant attraction on the island, built in 1786, inhabited by Admiral Miaoulis, and now used for art exhibitions.

 

  • Explore Hydra town & port

    The main port is cosmopolitan and elegant, with its 18th century mansions, captains’ homes, old churches, wells, and marble-covered  lanes that fan out everywhere. 

    The marina if full of big fancy super yachts along side fishermans boats and water taxi’s who are busy buzzing in and out with passengers.

    The town has been restored and preserved exactly as it appeared in the 1800. Besides strolling in the port you can visit the clocktower, the Independence museum, the Byzantine Museum and the Naval Academy. There are also many churches and monasteries to visit. One is the monastery of the Panagia that is located in the port. The walk to the Monastery of ‘Profiti Illias’ will take an hour but the view is worth it.

 

  • Hang out at the ‘beach’ bars

There really arent many good beaches on Hydra, not of the white sand variety at least. However many people, including me, quite like swimming directly from the rocks or via a ladder into the sea. No sand in my pants thanks !

Hydra has a number of very cool bars perched above some beautiful coves and its very easily to while away many hours hanging out here. In Summer they can be full of beautiful young things with loud music but still nothing like the crazy bars on Mykonos or Ios. 

 

How to get to Hydra

BOAT

There are ferries to Hydra from Pireaus in Athens several times every day and up to 5 or 6 times a day in Summer. The trip take about 2 hours.

There are also water taxi’s over to the Peloponnese on the mainland.

There are also good day ‘cruises’ from Athens that include stops at Aegina, Poros and Hydra. Find out more HERE

TAXI & BUS

There are no taxi’s, buses, cars or motorbikes.

CAR & MOTORCYCLE 

see above

Where to stay on Hydra

 

If you can stay a few days on Hydra you wont regret it. 

A lovely boutique hotel just a few steps from the port is Porta Del Mare.

For a tight budget you will likely be a little further back from the port but Botsis Guest House is lovely and often have rooms under 100euro.

Chios

 

 

Chios is where my father-in-law was born and raised. It is the 5th largest island in Greece and is very close to Turkey – only a 30 minute ferry ride.

It was once famous for its shipping economy and is home to the original Mastic trees which produce the resin once used in chewing gum among other things.

 

It is often called ‘the fragrant island’ for the sweet aroma of Mastica and Oregano grown throughout the island and has many unique beaches, monasteries and villages such as the incredible town of Pyrgi with its hand etched houses.

 

It is a quiet island visited by few tourists and for that reason we found it incredibly authentic and the people extremely friendly.

 

Like its neighbours Lesvos and Samos it has suffered terribly with first the economic crisis and then the refugee situation so do consider these islands as genuine options when planning your trip. 

Things to do on Chios 

 

  • the medieval village of Pyrgi


    In the south and most fertile part of the island where mastic grows, there are the 24 mastic villages.
    Built in the Middle Ages, these villages display exquisite architecture and unique decorative elements, such as the ksistá, “scratched surfaces”, on the facades of the houses in Pyrgi. This is a design element usually found in Genoa in Italy so it seems someone at some time had an Italian adventure!

    We just loved Pyrgi. It has a lovely leafy town square where old men sit playing backgammon and drinking coffee. There are also a number of Byzantine buildings and ruins to see. 

    It really is a special place and I’ve not seen anything like it anywhere else !

 

  • Smell this island !

    It’s not called ‘the fragrant island’ for nothing.

    We hired a little soft top Suzuki while we where there and as you drive around exploring the various town and coves and villages you really can smell the flora in the hills.

    In particular in the south you will see and smell the Mastic bushes which are quite noticeable due to the white sand they spread around them in order to harvest the sap.

  •  Explore Chios Town

    Once a thriving shipping port Chios Town is now fairly quite although there are a few sights of interest. It can get quite load some nights as it has the only real bars and nightclubs on the island.

Some of the things to see and do include :

 • A walk around Vounakio square and a visit to one of its cafes

• A stroll in the Municipal Park

• A visit to the eleven-century old Castle dominating the port, in which there is the tomb of Kara Ali, the Egyptian admiral who ordered the massacre at Chios in 1822.

There is also the Byzantine Museum, housed in an old Ottoman mosque, where you can see a perfect copy of the famous Delacroix’s painting “Massacre at Chios”, and
• the famous “Korais” library with the personal collection of Adamantios Korais among its 1,300 historical volumes.

Its also worth calling in at the Naval Museum and see accurate replicas of sailing ships and steam boats. Walk through the picturesque narrow streets of Kaloplitis and marvel at the ship owners’ mansions, and go all the way on to Tampákika, where you can see the majestic mills ( see main photo) of the old tanneries and Ioustiniani Palace.

  •  Some excellent beaches here too !

     The beaches on Chios are very diverse. Due to the regional volcanic waters and the current there can be significant differences in sand and water from one bay to the next.

    If you like white pebbles, the endless beach of Yossonas, the Bay of Nágos and the crystal waters of Yaliskári are a short distance from Kardamylla.

    Mavra ( Black) Volia is the only beach with black sand on the island and really it is pebbles not sand.

    For stunning white sand the beach at Komi in the south and Elenti in the North are the places to go whilst Karfas is safe and calm for families and is where we have stayed.

    For fancy beach bars check out  Limnia and Managros and Agia Fotia  and Paralia have torquise waters, thick sand, host DJ sets.

    Our favourite beach of the lot is Vroulidia – only nine kilometres from the Pyrgi near Emporios,  It is on the southern point of the island, with thick sand and small pebbles. It’s accessed via a very narrow winding road that no tour bus can manage so there are few people there and the water is divine.

How to get to Chios


FERRY

There are ferries to Chios from Athens (Piraeus & Lavrio), and several other islands as well as Cesme (in Turkey). In the summer, connections to Paros or Naxos might be added.
Ferries to Athens take around 9 hours and you are able to book private cabins with beds if required. The ferry to Turkey is less than 1 hour.

FLYING

There are daily flights from Athens and almost daily flights from Thessaloniki. Flights take around 50 minutes.

TAXI & BUS

There are taxi’s and buses on the island. Due to the size of the island however we did find taxi waits could be extensive which is why we hired a car.
More information about buses can be found HERE

CAR & MOTORCYCLE 

We found car hire to be easy and inexpensive. We simply wandered into a place near the beach in Karfas and had a car a few minutes later.

You can also hire bicycles which are a great way to get around Chios town in particular.

Where to stay on Chios

 

We stayed in Karfas which we found very central to all the places we wanted to visit as well as being a nice, family friendly beach with some good tavernas.

We needed a self contained apartment and were really happy with Almyra in Karfas. There isn’t a huge range of accommodation but there is a nice mix of beach places and traditional homes in the medieval villages too.
To see all your options read more HERE

 

Milos

Close to both Santorini and Paros is one of the most amazing islands of them all – Milos !

 

With stunning lunar landscapes, colourful fishing villages and some of the best food in Greece it is a fraction of the price of Santorini and without the crowds. We would return in a heartbeat !

 

Read a full review of our stay on Milos.

Things to do on Milos

 

  • the extraordinary landscape of Sarakaniko


    You would be forgiven for thinking you had landing on the moon here. The extraordinary white beach derives its unusual characteristics from the erosion of the volcanic rock by wind and wave.

    People gather and lay on the smooth rocks, and some dive in from high cliffs. It is a beautiful landscape with wind-sculpted rock kissed by the blue Aegean sea that carved several deep caverns on the beach. Some man-made caves , a decaying ship wreck, and several tiny rocky islands complete the dramatic scenery.

 

  • Explore the Plaka

     Plaka ( town) is a classic Cycladic village with white stone houses and bougainvillea flowers perched 250 meters above the Aegean.

    Wander through the village past traditional architecture and stunning view over the Bay of Adamas, There is some good shopping to be found and some tasty homemade desserts at the village’s local pastry shops. 

    Just 300 meters off the village of Trypiti lay the early Christian catacombs, which are the largest in Greece, and the ruins of the ancient city of Klima. Right next to the catacombs lies the ancient marble amphitheater built during the Hellenistic age with an original capacity of 7,000 spectators.

    On the way from the catacombs to the theatre, visit the site where Venus de Milo was discovered in 1820 (now residing in the Louvre in Paris).

    If you’re feeling up to it its worth the short but strenuous hike up to the old Castro where there are some spectacular views although the path is in very bad disrepair. Dont wear thongs ( flip-flops) like we did !

  •  more incredible beaches

    There are many fabulous beaches on Milos. Some are easily accessible whilst others are quite tricky to find.

    Due to the relatively recent ( only a few millions years!) activity on and around the island the topography is quite amazing. You can easily scoop up a handful of pebbles on many beaches and have every colour of the rainbow! ( see main picture)

    Some of the best beaches ( apart from Sarakiiniko – above) include ;

Paleochori
10 km from Adamas and easily reached by bus or car with a large carpark at the top.
There’s a sandy beach with a kalidescope of pebbles, sunbeds, cafes, restaurants and a variety of watersports available. The beach is long and wide, so even at the busiest times you’ll be able to find your own little spot to relax. The sea is azure blue and there are hot spots from the thermal water, making swimming very pleasant.

Firiplaka
On the south coast, this narrow, sandy and pebbly beach is partly organised with umbrellas, sunbeds and a beach bar. Firiplaka has stunning volcanic cliffs painted in yellows, pinks and whites, providing a unique backdrop to the shallow green-blue water.

  •  devour the food

    So its a big call but my Greek husband proclaimed the food on Milos to be possibly the best he’s ever had !

    It didnt seem possible to get a bad meal anywhere although certianly the more touristic places on the beach at Pollonia and waterfront at Adamas where more expensive and not as good.

    The stand out was the quite famous O Hamos. With a queue down the street most evenings in Summer this family only serve meat and produce they have grown themselves and the menu is probably the most extensive I have ever seen.
    A simple meal of eggs and fennel was a thing of magic !

  •  sail to Kleftiko (or beyond)

    Sailing around Milos was one of the best days we’ve ever spent in Greece if not anywhere.

    If its too windy you may not be able to do a full day tour starting from Adamas but instead can drive south a join a half day tour from Kipos instead.

    Our group of around 20 people where a mixed bag of families and couples with a very charming Greek captain and crew. We sailed past beautiful beaches and stopped for some swimming, snorkeling and photography opportunities before entering the absolutely gobs making bay of Kleftiko.

    Kleftifo can not be reached by car and is very isolated. It is a shallow bay with incredible white rock formations rising from the sea and the water is pure azure.

    In Summer try to join a cruise that leaves as early as possible as several boats all seemed to arrive at once just as we are leaving. We spent several hours swimming, exploring the sea caves and enjoying a delicious lunch. Just stunning.

     

How to get to Milos


FERRY

There are ferries to Milos from Athens ( Pireaus) daily all year round and in summer they are doubled or multiplied depending on the season. It will take between 3 and 7 hours depending on the ferry and the route.

Milos is also linked to other islands like Folegandros, Ios, Kimolos, Naxos, Paros, Serifos, Sifnos, Syros, Santorini and in summer, Crete.

FLYING

There is a small airport in the centre of the island and there are daily flights to and from Athens, often more in summer. Flights take around 30 minutes and are very inexpensive.

TAXI & BUS

There are taxi’s and buses on the island.  Taxi waits can be extensive depending on where you are and are impossible to find in some of the more remote spots which is why we hired a car.


CAR & MOTORCYCLE 

We found car hire to be easy and inexpensive and gave us great freedom to explore the island. We used Athena Car Hire in Appollonia.

* note – there are many unsealed roads on the island and you will not be able to drive a hire car on them unless you rent an offroad vehicle. 

 

Where to stay on Milos

 

We absolutely loved our little villa at Unique Suites on the beach at Apollonia. They are very new and despite a road to cross to the beach it is very quiet and a short stroll into the tavern’s, shops and bars. There is even a vineyard close by and Stavros was such a charming and helpful host !

If you prefer a full service hotel I recommend Delmar in Apollonia or Psaravolada overlooking the Southern beaches. in the Plaka Halara studios are lovely. These are all beautiful mid-range places to stay in excellent locations.

 

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3 days in Athens

3 days in Athens

If you are heading to Greece chances are you are going to spend a night or three in Athens. Its a big, crazy melting pot of a metropolis that can polarise many people, but most people grow to love it as we have. If you have three days to invest in this city you wont...