I have booked my flights to Athens arriving June 3rd and would welcome any advice on Island hopping. A few things I would like to know are...........Where would you go ? ............... can I get to Kephalonia from Athens by ferry?.......can i get to Corfu? ....If you can help in any way i would appreciate it. I must say this is one holiday i have wanted to do for years so here goes, roll on June
Message posted by Carolena on 14 April 2007 at 12:17am - IP Logged
You can't get to Corfu or Kefallonia by ferry from Athens. From Athens (Pireas or Rafina actually) you can get ferries to most of the islands apart from the Ionian ones. The Cyclades is a popular group for island hopping - lots of small islaqnds with good ferry connections to eachother and to Athens. The island group nearest to Athens includes Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses. All of these are worth visiting and are very different in character from eachother. You can also go a bit further away to the Dodeconnese islands.
To get to Corfu, you can take a bus or train to Patras and a ferry from there or a bus to Igoumenitsa and a short ferry crossing to either Corfu Town or Lefkimi. You could also fly to Corfu, Kefallonia or Zakynthos from Athens and island hop around the Ionian islands.
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 14 April 2007 at 1:41am - IP Logged
SCRIPT>Hi Ya.Sweeny....I would say the same as to the above post all the islands mention can be reach by flying dolphin out of Pireas....Or you can get on the bigger ferry's and do the back packers way on down to the islands of Paros and take in Santoreine and kos as to island hopping there are no shortages of places to stay as they meet you of the ferry's as you arrive and you can get good deals as to were to stay....The island of Paros is the gate way to all the other island Parickia being the hub of it all some five million tourist past through this port alone in the holiday season island hopping....Chris
Message posted by sandyaway on 14 April 2007 at 10:00am - IP Logged
OK, guy's thankyou for your advice, proberly the one thing that has realy helped was given to me by Sandyaway,.... buy Island hopping the bible, great book full of very good help and info. So i fly to Athens in early June arriving in Athens at appox 4am yes that's right, my choice that will give me time to take the bus from the airport to Pireaus, approx 5o mins, then hang around for a while to catch first ferry to Paros, from there who know's Santorini, Mykenos, Andros, Tinos and many smaller islands, getting exited at the thought will let you know how i get on.
Hi Sweeney. My advice is ,. go to the farthest away island first. Santorini and hop back, you can control the timing better for your return trip. I would not consider Crete as it is too far and you would miss out on a lot of the other islands to do this. Stick to the Cyclades.. to move into the Sporades or the Dodeconese lanes is hassle. best done seperately ..unless you have loades of time.. !!! travel light. K
Message posted by sweeney on 30 April 2007 at 9:39pm - IP Logged
Thjanks, Keira, sound's as you have some expierience of island travel, the advice you gave makes a lot of sense, may rethink plans, not that i have many but to chill out, bit worried about Mykenos, you know' single guy all alone ............. might not stay long
Hello again Sweeney, Mykonos is no problem at all. Its overated re; the reputation it has, Move arround each island, By this time you will be meeting the same people doing the rounds same as yourself and making friends for life , of all nationalites. The only island I was glad to leave was Tinos, It was too pious and depressing for me. You will be offered some weird and wonderful accom. I have slept on roofs , front steps, dining room tables, etc etc (NOT BAD FOR A WEE LASSIE ON HER OWN ) I was fearless then, Oh happy days,,,,Make all your'e own mistakes,,,,have fun, and remember to keep notes ,and tell us all about it when you return. aye K.
Message posted by sweeney on 08 May 2007 at 11:36pm - IP Logged
Thankyou guys for all the info you have given me, just three week's now before I fly to Athens, my only real plan is to catch early morning ferry to Paros, seem's the right place to get to most of the Islands i wish to visit. I suppose the answer is not to make too many plans,will let you know how i get on.
Message posted by ISLAND Magazine on 09 May 2007 at 6:52pm - IP Logged
Well found with the Greek Travel site, good clear and impartial information.
Message posted by brian & sheila on 09 May 2007 at 8:15pm - IP Logged
If you really want to get down to basics try Folegandros (ferry from Santorini) and some of the smallest islands-Skinousa & Koufanisia ( both ferry from Naxos ).Well worth trying Island hopping to see some of the real Greece. Best of luck. Yammas B & S
Message posted by sweeney on 17 May 2007 at 11:08pm - IP Logged
Some realy helpful information to help me on my little adventure.It is just 2 weeks now before i fly into Athens, my only plan so far is to catch early morning ferry to Paros, then take everything from there. An Island that they say is one of the remote but most beautiful is Amorgos,can anyone enlighten me?sound great so will stop of there.
Message posted by Putney Sue on 27 May 2010 at 1:33pm - IP Logged
Hope you have a great trip Sweeney. Paros is an excellent place to start. It's one of my favourite islands, especially the village of Naoussa. Am I right in thinking that your avatar photo was taken outside Sofrano bar there? Have spent many a happy hour there if so!
Message posted by janmanessi on 27 May 2010 at 4:49pm - IP Logged
Well I have just come across this posting from 2007, and they say the way to learn is by traveling, well I did just that and 3 years later I still am learning.
I will always love Corfu it was my first visit to Greece and began my love affair with Greece that has never left me, a year or so ago I walked the Corfu trail 220 k's of pleasure, will do it again one day.
Since then I have visited 12 or so Islands each has it's own surprises and pleasures, my journey continues but the love of Corfu will never leave me.
Sweeney still on tour.
Message posted by Viv D on 12 August 2010 at 11:25pm - IP Logged
That was amazing reading. I gave you a link to Matt Barratt back in 2007.
This year I found a link to Matt Barratt as I was looking for something about Athens and reading his write up, I thought this guy really knows a lot. Then I find that I had found him 3 years ago for you must be an age thing with me.
Message posted by ele 56 on 12 August 2010 at 11:49pm - IP Logged
Well it has been a amazing 3 years from the first time I landed in Athens at 2am wondering if what I had learnt from various books etc was true ...it was.
Arriving anywhere with no booking, plan or idea of where you want to go is quite daunting but in Greek Island hopping its all been done before by many a traveller.
I have to say the trips I have made have some of the best experiences of my life, the people I have meet and Islands I have visited have been wonderful. I would say to anyone who loves Greece the way we do on this site to maybe give Island hopping a go.
The best start is from Athens to Paros then Naxos then on to the incredable Santorini, do not stay to long there as it is touristy and not cheap, head back to Naxos for you beach time,...I could go on but will get boring so if you want to know more just ask.
Message posted by Avva mou on 14 August 2010 at 10:33am - IP Logged
In the last 5 years i been able to visit Corfu a couple of times, walked it from top to bottom on the long distance trail that is known by many, great time had with my fellow walkers and enjoyed every step and as I have said Corfu will always be a special place.
But... a few years ago I decided there was more to see so I flew to Athens then took the Bluestar ferry to Paros a wonderful smallish Island in the Cyclades about 4 hours south of the mainland, what a find it was a very pleasant port town called Perikia welcomed you as you arrive, I have been back many times since my first trip and it always seems to welcome you...try it one day.
As you travel around the Island you will notice it is quite different in style to Corfu in many ways in fact you could be in a different country except for the way the local people make you feel at ease on there Island.
There are three main villages worth a special mention you must not miss the fishing village of Naoussa it is set in a bay on the northern coast as is dominated by a orthodox church which has a charming caique harbour many wonderful tavernas all surrounded by a maze of boutique style shops where you can wonder until you completely lose yourself.
The inland village of Lefkas is a must set high in the hills it offers great views and again the typical Cycladic maze type street which evolved when islands were attacked by passing pirates on a regular basis and found life difficult to find there way around therefore making them easy prey for the village people.
So that was my first and very enjoyable Island that I had the pleasure to visit there were and I hope there will be many more to come in the future ...who knows?
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 23 August 2010 at 12:34am - IP Logged
Sweeney...great island as you say it is. Thats were we stopped at Naoussa. Great little fishing village with very narrow streets...The best time to go is in August like we did...I have wrote about it in past post I have put on this web site. Regarding the famous pirate festival that they have on the island starting at Perikia...(it goes on for a fortnight)(as you have also mention)
The festival is base on the pirates that use to invade the island meany years ago with its narrow streets. Every year in August time the little town is jam pact full at the harbor side were the fishing boat are dress up to simulate the a pirate attacking, they come ashore dress as pirates and capture the women. This is followed singing wine and danceing.
Every other little village throws it own festival after the main advent. This unique festival is a classic case of re-acting of the entire episode of an infamous pirate attack on the island of Paros, which is rather skillfully represented by the enthusiastic locals.
Unbelievably, the quaint fishing vessels who play a pivotal role in the Festival, act in the guise of pirate ships and energetic locals, particularly the youths of Paros undertake the roles of pirates, protectors and believe it or not - dancing damsels in anguish. A lot of times the casualty of Greek pirates surprisingly used to be a Greek island itself, which may sound odd, but is very true.
The island of Paros in particularly was witness to wave after wave of pirate attacks. As a ploy to rebuff the pirates, the people of Paros built impregnable “Skiathos” which were nothing but traditional Greek fortresses principally meant to ward off pirate attacks. But even these unconquerable “Skiathos” weren’t able to withstand the fierce attacks of the heavily-armed pirates.
As i have said in the past more people past through Parikia than any other Greek island...Up to five million in its hay day mostly back packers passing through....
The Paros webb site..... http://www.parosweb.com/
Message posted by Viv D on 23 August 2010 at 3:19pm - IP Logged
We are enjoying the information Sweeney - thank you. Hope there is more.
Chris - Thanks for the Site - looking now.
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 23 August 2010 at 3:56pm - IP Logged
Hi Viv..they use to have a web cam right in the middle of the fishing village were you could see every thing going on. All the taverns put tables and chaires out at night and it would get pack out. At the back of the square is the harbor side (just a very short walk)...There is another road lined with trees that you also walk down that has taverns either side that leads down to the bus park and harbor side. (They also have a market day there as well). You would love it there as we did...
Message posted by sweeney on 05 September 2010 at 10:05pm - IP Logged
Your right Chris Naoussa is quite special as is the Island of Paros, I was there again this June and spent a wonderful evening of Greek dancing by children from the Island ...I love their enthusiasm to uphold tradition.
When you have finished with Paros please do not leave until you have taken the short trip to Antiparos a much smaller Island and definitely worth a visit for a day or so.
At some point you will leave on the Bluestar for Naxos, now this is a different animal, a great Chora, the Island is bigger, greener, with much higher mountains an many more villages, again a great Island to spend time.
I have spent 10 nights there and still not seen what I want to see.I have just booked my flights for 2011 and will head there to continue my voyage
VivD get out there and do it.
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 06 September 2010 at 1:14am - IP Logged
Is that the small island with the arch thing on top the island that every one stands under!!!
Message posted by Viv D on 06 September 2010 at 9:38am - IP Logged
Would you say that theres an age [I'll be 60 by next year] when Island hopping becomes impractical? Should the "hops" be limited?
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 08 September 2010 at 9:54am - IP Logged
Great place to go you will love it there... You know I almost forgot about Samos its a bit bigger than the island of Kos with wonderfull bays a lot like Corfu (I would go as far and say better but thats my opinion). A must do if you go is the Tunnel of Eupalinus in Samos: One of the eight wonders of the world (lots to explore and do there...Chris
Message posted by Viv D on 08 September 2010 at 10:02am - IP Logged
There are only flights on Thursday direct to Samos with Charter and of course the flight price alone is coming in at over £200 more than going to Athens then on to Samos.
So will have to go Gatwick to Athens then on to Samos as from Athens there are 4 flights a day and we can go what day we want. Or maybe look at flying to Germany from Bristol on to Samos where they seem to have more flight going out.
Message posted by Bob and Wendy (Uncle Bob) on 08 September 2010 at 1:30pm - IP Logged
Bob and Wendy
There is a dance from Samos called Samiotisa, its exactly the same as Kalamatianos, exept that the second to last step goes right behind left instead of crossing in front.
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 08 September 2010 at 1:49pm - IP Logged
Viv...Almost forgot Samos has its very own KALAMI...lol...
Message posted by Viv D on 08 September 2010 at 3:27pm - IP Logged
Chris - Just looked and it is. Does Agni Travel operate from here as well or is it on there list to visit.
John - We are looking at the ferry option as well. Quite fancy that idea myself
Bob - Do you do lessons please
Thank you boys for all your advice.
Anything else you can think of please throw it at me.
Apologies Sweeney for having hijacked your post .
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 08 September 2010 at 5:38pm - IP Logged
Viv...Not sure if Bob does danceing lessons (any more). I have met Bob and Wendy (more than once about fore times I think) and he can sure dance (Put a good show on down Waymouth one year) as they have been to some of are Greek dos (in England). Great couple...and Wendys a lovely lady.
Not sure if Agni travel does Samos or not...
Message posted by Viv D on 08 September 2010 at 5:48pm - IP Logged
Well Chris, Bob just explained the dance so well. I thought he gave lessons, was getting ready to sign up with his dance class.
As for Agni Travel, I know once we get into October that they like to go travelling to other Islands to see what is around. Wondered if they were looking at going towards Samos to take some photo's maybe if I keep hinting they may travel down that way
Message posted by seaangler (Chat Room Administrator) on 08 September 2010 at 6:10pm - IP Logged
I'm fairly sure Bob did tell me they was part of a dance team once...
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