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HOW TO TRAVEL GREECE

So you want to travel Greece? When planning your trip you first have to decide what greek islands you want to visit from Mykonos and Santorini to Milos and Crete and so much more. There are a lot of islands in Greece to choose from such as Paros, Ios, Naxos, Rhodes

Kos, Corfu and More.


Let's start with going over the pros and cons of some of the main places to help you decide where you want to go.


Santorini


Pros:

-Amazing caldera views.

-Unique hotels (like the cave hotels).

-A lot of things to do from visiting Akrotiri, going on boat trips and more (see my full Santorini Travel Guide for a full breakdown in the video below).


Cons:

-Very expensive especially in the summer months.

-Super crowded in peak season.



Mykonos


Pros:

-Fun island with so many spots to party.

-Shopping paradise for clothes, art and more.

-Waterfront restaurants (located in Little Italy).


Cons:

-Very Busy and loud at night.

-More tourists than locals.



Milos


Pros:

-Quieter island full of places to explore.

-It has the most unique beach you’ll ever see known as Sarakiniko. This is also a great place to watch Milos stunning sunrises and sunsets.


Cons:

-Need a car (or some mode of transportation such as scooter or take the bus to get around and see the different areas) it doesn’t take long to get each place but it is spread out. You can check out my full travel guide for what I suggest to see on Milos.



Crete


Pros:

-Largest Island in Greece (a lot more affordable hotel options and areas to visit).

-Endless amount of activities from hiking to beach hopping.

-Famous archaeological sites.


Cons:

-Big Island (you won’t get that small island feel as some parts such as Heraklion where I visited and it feels more like a big city).

-Need transportation (rent your own car or hire a company). People say it takes a minimum of a week with a rental car to barley scratch the surface of this island. Make sure to note that you’ll need an international drivers licence to do so.



Then here’s the rest of the islands people suggest and what they are known for. I unfortunately didn’t have time to visit any of these spots on my recent Greece trip but I definitely want to go back to visit them someday.


Paros (Beaches, windsurfing, Good for couples)

Ios (Beaches, Nightlife)

Naxos (Hiking, Beaches, Good For Families)

Rhodes (Rich History)

Kos (Biking),

Corfu (Boating,History)


Once you’ve narrowed down what places you want to go to you're going to have to decide what order to do it in. Let's say you’re starting in Athens since people usually spend a day or two here when first arriving in Greece to see all the history that lies here. Now Greece definitely takes some planning since there are a lot of different routes you can take depending on what islands you want to visit. Here are some common routes as suggested by other travellers:


Athens > Milos > Santorini > Mykonos


Athens > Mykonos > Santorini > Milos


Athens > Paros > Naxos > Ios > Santorini


Athens > Mykonos > Naxos > Ios > Santorini > Milos > Crete


Athens > Crete > Santorini > Ios > Paros > Mykonos


As you can see there are a lot of different routes you can take and you can do these in reverse order as well. Another good tip if you feel overwhelmed and just want the trip planned for you is to follow a group tour itinerary you can find online. As for how long you should spend in each place? Let’s say you have 2 weeks. I’d suggest spending 2-3 days in each spot then larger places like Crete you really could spend a long time there as I mentioned before. But for places like Santorini and Mykonos 2-4 days depending how much time you want to relax and chill out is a good in my opinion. Now let’s go over some of these routes in a little more detail. So if you decide you want to visit Mykonos Santorini and Milos and have 2 weeks and average 3 nights in each spot with 2 nights in Athens on your way in and out of Greece. You can really do this route either way going to Mykonos or Milos first. To make the most out of your time I’d suggest flying since a ferry takes around 5 hours where as a flight is just 35 minutes. Then once you are on either Milos or Mykonos a ferry to Santorini is only around 2 hours. Make sure to check the time table if you're going to be going in non peak times and the ferries don't run as frequently. Then in peak season make sure to book your ferries in advance because they do fill up.


If you’re the type of traveller who wants to see a lot in a short period of time you can totally do just 2 nights in each spot and in two weeks hit:


Athens (1 night) > Mykonos (2 nights) > Naxos (2 nights) > Ios (2 nights) > Santorini (2 nights) > Milos (2 nights)


With a route like this some of your ferry rides will be super short with Mykonos to Naxos only taking 30 minutes on a high speed ferry and Naxos to Ios taking an hour. Then once you arrive on your last island either Milos or Mykonos you can get a flight back to Athens and then home.



If you guys want more details on what to do on some of these islands and how much hotels cost and the best ways to get around you can check out some of my other vlogs on YouTube where I made travel guides on Santorini, Mykonos, Milos and Crete.


That is it for my guide to travelling Greece. This is such a fun and beautiful place to travel to so I highly recommend it. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram to see all my photos I took while in Greece. Also subscribe on YouTube and turn on the bell to get notifications for brand new videos and I hope you have a great rest of your day and I’ll see you guys next time!




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