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You’ve always dreamt of watching the worldwide famous Santorini sunset. Right?

Well, you’re not the only one.

The millions of tourists that visit Santorini every year probably share the same dream with you! And how couldn’t they?

Santorini is an incredibly beautiful and photogenic island! Full of blue-domed churches, whitewashed cubic houses, luxurious hotels built right on the edge of the caldera and infinity pools, you’ll quickly fall in love with it- if you haven’t already, which we doubt.

Besides, it’s not a surprise that Santorini has made a name as a top destination for romantic holidays!

To be honest, the reasons why Santorini should be on the top of your bucket list are way too many. We managed to create a shortlist though.

Keep reading to dive into the magic of the most famous Greek island!

1.Santorini caldera

Starting off with a basic one, Santorini caldera is actually the main reason behind the popularity of this island.

The caldera is actually the result of a volcanic explosion that occurred over 3,500 ago and changed the shape of several islands, including Santorini. After the explosion, the originally round Santorini was transformed into the island we know today.

The beautiful villages of the island that are perched on the caldera boast a magnificent view to the Aegean sea! Oia and Fira, the most popular and picturesque villages of Santorini are full of luxurious hotels built right on the edge of the dramatic caldera. Just imagine marveling at the breathtaking view from the infinity pool of your Santorini hotel, more than a thousand feet above the Aegean sea…

Sounds like heaven, right?

2.Santorini sunset

What can we say about Santorini sunset?

It’s one of those things that you don’t believe until you see!

Every evening, thousands of tourists head to the edge of the caldera to witness the miracle of the sunset in Santorini. When the sun dips into the vast Aegean sea, the sky above and the sea below fill with a feast of colors. All the shades of yellow, orange, pink and lilac create- just for a few moments- an unbelievably beautiful scenery, bathing the caldera with golden light!

The best places to watch the sunsets are hands down, Oia and Fira. Given that these picturesque villages are perched on the caldera, they boast an amazing view to the Aegean sea and the sunset.

BUT.

Due to their ideal position, these two villages often overflow with tourists, who try to snap a photo of the glorious sunset.

Is there an alternative for those who want to enjoy the sunset away from the crowds?

You bet there is!

If you want to watch the sunset from the island, Imerovigli and Ammoudi boast amazing sunset views. If on the other side, you’re feeling adventurous, you can watch the sunset from the sea. There are no words to describe the feeling of being surrounded by colors as you sail around the island’s coastline!

3.Oia

Oia Santorini is arguably an incredibly photogenic village!

Located on the north side of the island, Oia boasts the traditional Cycladic architecture! Full of whitewashed houses, narrow paths, and blue domed churches, it’s not a surprise that Oia is one of the most photographed destinations in Greece!

What’s more, Oia has a lot to offer in terms of accommodation. In Oia, you’ll find a great selection of luxurious hotels, studios, and villas built on the edge of the caldera, offering a breathtaking view of the vast Aegean sea.

Tip: For the ultimate luxurious accommodation experience, we recommend you book an Oia hotel with a private infinity pool. You can thank us later!

4.Santorini beaches

The several volcano eruptions that affected the island have resulted in some stunning volcanic Santorini beaches. Boasting a lunar scenery, the island’s beaches are arguably some of the best beaches of the Cyclades chain. Thanks to their volcanic origins, most of them have red or black sand and pebbles, steep cliffs and an otherworldly beautiful landscape.

Red beach is one of the most scenic beaches of the island. True to its name, it is insulated by steep red cliffs that create a unique ambiance. It’s not a surprise that many visitors stand on the road above the beach just to marvel at the view and take a photo of the beautiful setting!

Another popular beach is the Black beach (or Perissa beach). As its name indicates, this is a black lava beach with black sand and crystal clear waters. The standout of the beach, though, is Mesa Vouno, an enormous rock that emerges from the sea!

Other beautiful Santorini beaches are Kamari, Perivolos, Agios Georgios, Vlychada and Cape Columbo!

5.Fira

Fira is the wildly popular capital of the island. Hanging from the Santorini caldera, Fira boasts a terrific view of the vast Aegean sea and Santorini volcano. What’s more, it is one of the best spots to watch the infamous sunset.

Located on the western part of the island, Fira is a cosmopolitan village- in a different way than the neighboring Mykonos, though. It is full of gourmet restaurants, luxurious hotels, sophisticated bars, and designer boutiques that give a glamorous vibe to the village. Stroll around its narrow alleys… Indulge in a shopping spree at its shopping center… Visit its museums… Sip on cocktails at its bars… Fira will exalt your spirit!

6.Santorini volcano

Santorini volcano is arguably one of the standouts of the island! The results of the volcanic eruptions that occurred in Santorini are obvious all around the island, from the lunar beaches to the impressive caldera.

The secrets of the volcano hide in the islands of Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni. A visit to these two volcanic islands is one of the best things to do in Santorini! You can reach Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni by boat- there are lots of small boats that depart from several villages.

You’ll stand in awe before the volcanic landscape of Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni. At these two islands, you can walk on lava rocks, explore the volcano’s crater, give yourself a natural spa treatment in the hot springs, which are rich in sulfur.

It’s not every day that you get the chance to walk on a volcano, is it?

To be honest, there are many more reasons why Santorini should be on the top of the bucket list. But we think it’s better to stop here.

Breathtaking sunset views, lunar beaches, an ancient volcano, luxurious accommodation…Santorini is a world unto itself!

Book your ferry tickets to Santorini and let the adventure begin!

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There’s no denying it! Cyclades islands are one of the most beautiful island groups in the world.

Think we’re exaggerating?

Allow us to paint the scene! Just imagine hills dotted with little whitewashed houses and blue domed chapels, wild natural landscapes, dramatic cliffs, turquoise waters, mouthwatering traditional dishes, breathtaking sunset views and endless sandy beaches… Honestly, Cyclades is unlike anything you’ve seen before!

Being on the top of the bucket list for the most travel enthusiasts, Cyclades is the absolute dream destination for every type of traveler.

BUT.

Organizing a trip to Cyclades from scratch is not the easiest thing to do. We think we can all agree on this.

Luckily, you’re not alone in this!

Planning the trip of a lifetime becomes easier than ever with a little help from Cyclades Chamber of Commerce!

So, let’s see how you can discover Cyclades in 7 simple steps, through their website!

Step 1: Choose your Cyclades island destination

The first- and most important- step is to choose where you want go. Be prepared, though, because it’s going to be a hard decision.

Some info, first!

Sitting southeast of the mainland, Cyclades is the most famous island group in Greece. It consists of 24 islands: Amorgos, Andros, Donousa, Thirasia, Kea, Koufonisia, Milos, Naxos, Santorini, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos, Anafi, Antiparos, Iraklia, Ios, Kimolos, Kythnos, Mykonos, Paros, Serifos, Sifnos, Schinoussa and Folegandros. As for Cyclades’ name, it derives from the greek word “cyclos”, which means circle. Circle refers to the islands located around the sacred Delos island.

The truth is, all Cyclades islands are beautiful and have their own charm. The minimal cycladic architecture, the deep blue sea, the luxurious hotels and the authentic Greek hospitality of their people, will make you feel at home!

From worldwide famous islands, such as Santorini, Mykonos and Paros, to hidden gems, such as Schinoussa and Folegandros, there’s an island for every taste.

Once you choose your perfect Greek island destination, you can explore a complete travel guide of it! Reading this guide, you’ll learn everything about the island, from its history, sights, beaches and events, to useful phones. All in one!

Step 2: Book your accommodation in Cyclades islands

After deciding on which island you’d like to spend your holidays in, the next step is to book your accommodation in Cyclades islands.

No matter if you’re planning to visit a popular island or an island under the radar, there are accommodation options galore! From luxurious hotels and villas, to holiday apartments and rooms to let, there is a Cycladic retreat for every type of traveler. So, no matter if you travel with your significant other, your family or a group of friends, there is no way you won’t find the accommodation that meets your needs.

Tip: With just a couple of clicks in Cyclades Chamber of Commerce website, you can find the best accommodation in your island of preference.

Step 3: Mark your must-visit restaurants

Well, it’s not a secret. Cyclades islands have a flourishing culinary scene!

Cyclades’ gastronomy is based on fish, seafood, vegetables, fava beans, dairy and excellent wine. Some of the best local delicacies you should definitely try are: fish soup, roasted octopus, caper salad and “amygdalota” (almond sweets).

Where can you taste them? There are many traditional taverns, where you can eat the local delicacies and luxurious restaurants, where you can indulge in gourmet meals. What will you go for?

Step 4: Get ready to entertain yourself

Well, entertainment is an essential part of holidays in Greece. And, believe us when we say this, having an idea of the best places to go beforehand will save you both time and money!

So, your best bet is to make a research on the best bars, clubs and cafes of your favorite island and make a “favorites” list. We know, though, that you may not know where to start from.

Don’t worry!

First step: Check the best bars, cafes, clubs and beach bars of all the Cycladic islands. Second step: Create your very own entertainment itinerary, according to your preferences. Better safe than sorry!

Step 5: Book your transfer in Cyclades

Let’s be honest here. We all want to avoid the transportation hassle, right?

That’s why booking your transfer before arriving to the island is the best thing to do!

Now, the most of the Cyclades islands are quite big. Therefore, booking your private means of transportation is highly recommended, so that you can explore the island on your own pace.

Be it a car, a motorcycle, a bicycle, or even a boat, there are many ways to get around the Cyclades islands. Choose the one that’s better for you!

Step 6: Plan your activities in Cyclades islands

Thanks to their rich history and wild natural landscape, Cyclades islands offer a whole heap of amazing things to do. You can peek into their culture in the numerous museums and explore their natural beauty through activities, such as hiking, tours and water sports.

No matter if you are a history buff, or a water sports fanatic, in Cyclades you’ll find the best activities for you!

Step 7: Discover the best local products

Thanks to their morphology and temperate climate, Cyclades island have a rich local produce. Cycladic islands are famous for their tomatoes, fava beans, cheese, wine and thyme honey. Apart from being used in the delicious local dishes, these products are sold in little traditional shops all around the islands.

In the Cyclades islands you’ll find pastry shops, wineries, bakeries and all kinds of traditional shops, where you can buy the best local products. This way, you’ll take with you a delicious piece of your holidays in Greece. So, make sure you’ll bring an extra suitcase!

So, what does all this mean?

That organizing your holidays to the Cycladic islands is far easier than you thought!

So, go ahead and discover the magic of the Cycladic islands in just 7 steps, through Cyclades Chamber of Commerce website. Your dream holidays in Greece are just a few clicks away!

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So you’re planning your next holidays to Sifnos Greece? Have you already been to Sifnos? You’ve never heard of it? (This is too bad, btw)

Whatever your answer might be, you happen to be in the right place, reading the right article!

Why?

Cause we’re gonna let you in on every secret of this amazing island. What’s more, we’ll reveal not 1, not 2, but 12 reasons why people adore Sifnos!

Sifnos has a beautiful Cycladic architecture and is famous for its yummy food, breathtaking natural landscapes and has some of the best beaches you’ve ever seen! It just ticks all the boxes when it comes to dreamy Greece holidays!

Are you ready to fall in love with Sifnos, too?

Keep reading!

1.Apollonia

Apollonia is the capital of the island. As its name indicates, it is a town dedicated to the ancient Greek god Apollo.

Apollonia is not only the main town of the island, but also a cosmopolitan meeting point. Strolling around Apollonia, you’ll find many restaurants, bars and traditional taverns. It’s the right place to feel the island’s vibe!

In its narrow paved roads you’ll also find many jewellery shops and fashion boutiques. Don’t miss to visit the elegant jewellery boutiques and make a precious gift to yourself! There’s no doubt you’ll find some great pieces, as Sifnos is famous for its handmade jewellery!

Tip: When in Apollonia, don’t miss to visit the Folklore Museum, at Iroon Square.

2.Platis Gialos beach

Platis Gialos is one of the biggest and the most cosmopolitan Sifnos beaches!

The most amazing thing about this beach is its sand, which is literally sparkling. Yes, you read that right! Honestly, it’s like walking on glitter. How cool is this?

As for its waters, they are clean and emerald, ideal for swimming and underwater exploration! Diving into them is a magical experience!

Platis Gialos is an organized beach with amazing restaurants, beach bars, cafeterias, a mini market and, of course, umbrellas and sunbeds.

3.Artemonas

Artemonas is a picturesque little village 1.5 km away from Apollonia. It is the perfect place to enjoy a panoramic view to the nearby Greek islands and the traditional settlements of Sifnos.

The best time of the day to visit it is in the afternoon. Watching the lights of the sunset washing up the island is a unique experience!

One of the things Artemonas is famous for is its traditional pastries and sweets! Seriously, the seductive smell of the freshly baked cinnamon cookies fills the streets of this picturesque village.

Don’t resist the temptation!

Visit a traditional pastry shop and purchase a generous amount of cinnamon cookies and “amygdalota” (traditional marzipans) to bring back home with you. We bet they’ll be consumed way before leaving the island!

Tip: There is a outdoor cinema in Artemonas, Cine Dragatsi, which hosts free screenings every August!

4.Vathy beach

Vathy is a long sandy beach on the southwestern side of the island.

The best part of this beach is its seabed. Just imagine thick white sand creating a wavy relief under the azure water of the sea. You can see it with your eyes and feel it with your feet, while you’re into the sea. Simply gorgeous!

The gulf inside which Vathy beach is nestled, is protected from strong winds, making this beach an ideal choice for all the weather conditions.

Vathy is an organized beach with umbrellas, sunbeds, cafeterias and restaurants.

5.Easy access

Going to Sifnos is very simple!

The only way to reach the island directly is to take one of the ferries to Sifnos, departing daily from Piraeus, the main port of Athens.

Depending on the ferry and the route, the trip may last from 2 to 6 hours. For example, the high speed ferries of Sea Jets cover the journey from Athens to Sifnos in 2h15min, while the normal ferries of Zante Ferries need 5h45min to do the same route.

There are also daily and regular ferries to Sifnos from nearby islands, such as Milos, Serifos, Paros and more.

Another option is to fly to Milos or Paros, which both have airports, and then take the ferry to Sifnos.

6.Kastro

Kastro is a medieval settlement, on the eastern side of the island. Located on the top of a steep cliff, it offers a breathtaking view to the sea!

This settlement was first inhabited in prehistoric times and is build on the ancient capital of Sifnos.

Honestly, Kastro is like an open museum, as there are plenty of places for sightseeing. Arcades, narrow paved roads, coats of arms on the houses’ entrances, ancient pillars, roman sarcophagus and byzantine churches will travel you back in time.

Make a stroll on the paved road around the settlement and visit the traditional little church “Eptamartiros”. It’s the ideal spot to marvel an amazing view to the endless Aegean sea!

Tip: In Kastro you’ll find the Archaeological Museum of Sifnos. Visit it to see beautiful ancient sculptures from Hellenistic and Archaic age.

7.Kamares beach

You’ll find Kamares beach at Kamares village, next to the main port of Sifnos. Despite its location, this sandy beach is very clean and has been awarded with a Blue Flag!

Organized with umbrellas, sunbeds and beach bars, it’s an ideal beach to spend the whole day. Just laze by the sea, watch the boats drifting by and marvel the beautiful mountain view in frond of you.

This beach is also perfect for kids, as the water is shallow, making it safe for all day long beach games!

8.Sifnos food

Don’t even get us started with the food in Sifnos!

Famous for its gastronomy, Sifnos has some luscious local recipes and products, which you can taste at the excellent Sifnos restaurants! Here are the best ones:

Cheeses

In Sifnos you’ll find yummy traditional cheeses, such as “Chloromanoura”, “Tirovoli”, “Ksinotiri” and “Manoura Gilomeni”. Don’t miss to bring them home with you!

Mastelo 

This is the trademark meat dish of Sifnos. Mastelo is lamb or kid, slow cooked on grapevines in a clay pot.

Capper salad

Sifnos is known for its capper production, so capper salad is a must! It is a strong flavored dish, made of capper and onion. Yum!

Revithada

This is one of the most popular Sifnos dishes! It is basically peas, slow cooked during the whole Saturday night in a wood-fired oven. They are taken out of the oven on Sunday morning and eaten for lunch.

9.Kamares

Kamares is a beautiful seaside village and the main port of the island.

In this picturesque village you’ll find many Sifnos hotels, amenities, jewellery shops, pastry shops and restaurants.

But the best part of Kamares, except for its beach, is it ceramic shops!

Pottery is one of the reasons Sifnos is famous and Kamares is where you’ll find the best ceramic creations. Mugs, plates, tea cups, candlesticks and many more clay made sophisticated objects will definitely make your luggage heavier!

Tip: Opposite to Kamares, there is Agia Marina settlement. It’s worth it to climb the 100 steps needed to reach Agia Marina monastery, which is the perfect spot to enjoy some enthralling sunset views!

10.Heronisos beach

Located in the traditional fishing village Heronisos, this beach is one of the most picturesque beaches of the island. Surrounded by rocky cliffs, it boasts a breathtaking landscape, while the little boats on the sea will remind you of a summer painting.

The water at this beach is emerald and shallow for many meters. It then becomes deeper, making underwater exploration a must thing to do!

Heronisos is also organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, fish taverns and cafeterias.

11.Panagia Chrisopigi monastery

Panagia Chrisopigi monastery, which was built in the 17th century, is the trademark of Sifnos and one of its most beautiful sites. Located on a little cape, this beautiful whitewashed monastery is probably the most photographed spot in Sifnos.

The best time of the day to visit this monastery is in the afternoon. Watching the sunset from Chrisopigi is an unforgettable experience!

On the left side of Panagia Chrisopigi, there is Apokofto gulf. Nestled in it, there is a beautiful beach worth visiting! Apokofto beach is ideal for those who like virgin natural beaches. This beach has sugar fine sand and crystal clear waters, perfect for swimming and underwater exploration.

Also, keep your eyes peeled for the starfishes on the bottom of the sea!

12.Sifnos restaurants

Well, the food in Sifnos is sooo good! No wonder why there are so many amazing restaurants in the island.

The options are many, but here’s our shortlist!

Drimoni, Apollonia

Located in Apollonia and having an amazing view to the the island and the sea, Drimoni is a top choice for a lunch or dinner in Sifnos. Must dishes: The Chef’s potatoes, the pork tenderloin and the chicken linguine.

Meropi, Kamares

Meropi is the perfect choice for fish, seafood and local dishes on a perfect location, right by the sea. Must dishes: The “Mastelo”, the fried calamari and the fried zucchinis.

Omega 3, Platis Gialos

At the seaside Omega 3 fish bar, you’ll taste the most yummy gourmet fish dishes and creative flavor combinations. Must dishes: The marinated octopus, the “tarama” mousse and the “magiatiko” tiradito.

Okialos, Apollonia

Located on the main street of Apollonia, Okialos is an amazing place to taste delicious local dishes with an amazing view. Must dishes: The “mastelo”, the shrimp risotto and the “revithada”.

Absinthe, Kamares

Serving dishes inspired by Asia Minor and Smyrna and having a fantastic view, Absinthe is the absolute gastronomic experience in Kamares. Must dishes: The mango tartar, the tomahawk steak and the cheesecake with homemade strawberry jam.

Drakakis, Apollonia

At this traditional tavern, you’ll taste the best local dishes in a cozy environment, in the heart of Apollonia. Must dishes: The mushrooms with haloumi, the “oftes” baked potatoes and the zucchini balls.

All in all, Sifnos is a magical place and there are way more than 12 reasons you should definitely put in your bucket list! So, go ahead, start planning your holidays to Sifnos and book your ferry tickets to Sifnos.

You’ll be glad you did!

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It may be hard to find your perfect match in real life, but it’s the easiest thing to find your perfect Greek island match!

Take this fun quiz and let your answers decide where your next holidays in Greece will be.

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What’s your Greek island perfect match? – Fun Quiz
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Want to know all the pro tips for travelling from Athens to Santorini?

Then, you’re reading the right text!

Travelling to Santorini is a dream coming true for many. But, it can also become complicated, if you don’t know all the tips that will make your trip smooth.

Well, we’re here to offer our help!

Stay with us and we’ll make you the master of travelling from Athens to Santorini.

The best part?

Travelling with a ferry from Athens to Santorini will be a piece of cake for you, after reading this!

Why Santorini?

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Well, this might be a rhetorical question. This is because there is a bunch of reasons why Santorini is in the bucket list of many people!

Its volcanic landscape, its romantic sunsets and its breathtaking views are just some of them. Not to mention the amphitheatrically built villages of Oia and Fira. Pure perfection!

You might actually need to pinch yourself to know that you are not dreaming!

One of the best things in Santorini, is its houses! They are small and white, built according to Cycladic architecture, making contrast with the blue surrounding.

Tip: The best way to enjoy the breathtaking view of Santorini is to have a coffee or a drink at one of the many balconies around the island.

On a ferry from Athens to Santorini

Wondering if getting from Athens to Santorini is easy?

Of course, it is!

There are more than 4 ferries daily, from Athens to Santorini. Well, this is not a surprise, as Santorini is such a popular destination.

As for the price, a ferry from Athens to Santorini costs around 20 € to 70 €. What’s more, it will take you to Santorini in 5 to 8 hours, depending on its type (regular or high speed).

Ferries to Santorini depart both from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina, in Athens. You can choose which one serves you better, depending on ferry routes from every port.

As for the ferry companies travelling to Santorini, Blue Star Ferries, SeaJets, Hellenic Seaways and Golden Star ferries are the main ones.

But let’s see the itineraries they serve in detail!

Blue Star Ferries

Blue Star Ferries is one of the leading ferry companies in Greece. It serves itineraries from Athens to Cyclades islands and Dodecanese islands.

Blue Star ferries has a morning route to Santorini all year round. This may be a lifesaver for you if you’re planning to travel to Santorini off season!

The ferry departs from Piraeus Port at 7.25 and arrives to Santorini, 7 and a half hours later, at 14.55. It may also make stops to Paros, Naxos and Ios, before reaching Santorini.

Preferring to travel in the evening?

You’re lucky, cause there is an option for you! Blue Star Ferries has an evening route to Santorini 3-4 times per week that will get you to Santorini after midnight.

Hellenic Seaways

Hellenic Seaways is one of the major ferry companies in the field of Merchant Marine. Its ferries travel to most of the islands of the Aegean Sea, making fast and regular itineraries.

Every year, during the months with the most touristic traffic (April-September), Hellenic Seaways serves daily routes to Santorini.

A high speed ferry departs almost every morning from Athens at 7.05 and arrives to Santorini 5 and a half hours later, at 12.35. Sometimes, there is an afternoon ferry from Piraeus Port, too. This ferry departs at 16.30 and arrives to Santorini almost 8 hours later, at 00.15.

SeaJets

Every morning, at 7.01 a Seajets Catamaran departs from Piraeus port and reaches Santorini port, within almost 5 hours, at 11.55. There is also an afternoon route at 16.15 from Athens, which arrives to Santorini at 22.05.

Golden Star Ferries

Are you planning to travel to Santorini from Rafina port in Athens?

Then, Golden Star Ferries company is the ideal option for you!

Golden Star Ferries has a daily ferry to Santorini, departing every morning at 7.50 and arriving to Santorini at 17.45. This is a good way to travel to Santorini from Rafina on a budget, as the ferry ticket costs 35 €. Some days per week, there is also a second ferry from Rafina at 7.20 in the morning, which arrives to Santorini at 12.55.

Other ferries

Zante Ferries and Aegeon Pelagos Ferries also serve itineraries to Santorini from Piraeus port. Not daily, though.

How to book your ferry tickets from Athens to Santorini

Greek ferries in general aren’t usually overbooked. But it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

Especially July and August are the months ferries are more likely to be overbooked. That’s why we recommend you pre book your ferry tickets online.

After booking your ferry tickets online, you’ll have to pick them up from a specific spot. Pick up points vary, depending on the ferry company you’re travelling with.

An even more convenient option is to have them delivered to you. Therefore, you’ll get straight into your ferry, without having to wait to get your ticket.

Easier, isn’t it?

An alternative is to buy your ferry tickets at a travel agency. You can simply walk into a travel agency during your stay in Athens, ask for information about the routes and select the one that serves you.

Getting from airport to port

So, you’ve just arrived to Athens airport and planning to get to the port.

We know what you’re thinking.

You better avoid unnecessary delays and hop on your ferry in time, right?

We’re on the same team here! That’s why we present you all the possible options to get from the airport to the port smoothly.

Taxi

If you’re planning to go from Athens airport to Piraeus port by taxi, it will take you about an hour. As for the price, you’ll pay 50 € to 60 €.

Otherwise, if you’re travelling to Santorini from Rafina, the distance from the airport to Rafina is about 15 minutes. Expect to pay something between 25 € and 35 €.

Bus

Taking a bus to Piraeus port is a much cheaper option. This is because the bus ticket will cost you just 6 €!

Bus service from Athens airport to the Piraeus port is provided 24/7 all year round, including holidays. The bus serving the itinerary to Piraeus port is X96. It will get you to Piraeus in about 90 minutes.

You can buy bus tickets at the info/ticket kiosks, which you’ll find between the Exits 4 and 5 at the airport. What’s more, X96 bus has frequent routes, leaving every 30 minutes from the airport.

Is your ferry leaving from Rafina port?

Then taking a bus from the airport to Rafina is a good option. The bus to Rafina is leaving from a bus stop between Exit 2 and Exit 3 of the airport. The routes are frequent, as the bus departs from the airport approximately every one hour from 6.00 until 21.45. The best part is the bus ticket costs only 3 € and you can buy it from the bus driver.

As for the distance, it will take around 30 minutes to arrive at Rafina Port.

Getting from downtown Athens to port

Are you in downtown Athens, enjoying some sightseeing before your island trip?

No worries! Getting to Piraeus port from downtown Athens is quite simple.

Metro

Getting to Piraeus port from downtown Athens using the metro (Line 1) is the easiest thing!

Taking the metro from Monastiraki Metro station, at Monastiraki Square or from Omonoia Metro Station, at Omonoia Square, will get you to Piraeus in 20-30 minutes. As for metro tickets, they cost 1.40 €.

Metro is open from 5.30 in the morning, till midnight. Plus, it has frequent routes every 5-10 minutes.

Arriving to Santorini Port

Travelling with a ferry to Santorini means you’ll arrive at Athinios, the new port of Santorini in Thira. Buses from the port will take you to Fira and all the villages of Santorini. Bus schedules are set depending on the arriving times and departing times of the ferries.

An alternative to get to your hotel is by taxi. There are many taxis in Santorini and at the port, so you won’t have hard time finding one. Taxi rates are set every year, depending on the destination and the touristic season.

Tip: The best option to get to your hotel fast, in the most convenient way possible, is to book your transfer. This way, you won’t have to worry about finding a taxi!

So, it all adds up to this: Getting a ferry to the magical Santorini island is just the beginning of the adventure!

With all the info you have in hand now, it should be one of the easiest trips of your life.

So, book your ferry tickets to Santorini and prepare to live your best holidays ever!

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Let us guess what the one thing you already know about Ios Greece is.

Probably that it is the ultimate party island, full of young people drinking and dancing the night out, right?

Well, this is half the truth. You see, strange as it may seem, Ios happens to be a great place to unwind, too!

But could it be for real? Could you have the best of both worlds in one island?

We’re writing this post to pull back the veil on the island of contrasts, Ios! And then it’s up to you to decide: Is it worth the hype?

(Spoiler: Oh, yes it is!)

Your (not so) typical Cycladic island

Ios Greece is located in the heart of the Aegean Sea, sandwiched between Naxos and Santorini. And you can tell its beauty is equal to that of its famous neighbors.

Traditional whitewashed houses, 365 (!) churches, picturesque villages, goat farms (!) and beautiful beaches make this island stand out in the Cycladic island scheme.

Chora, the island’s capital, is the perfect place to stroll around, especially during the day, when the most people are on the beach. Get lost in the paved narrow streets and feel the essence of the cycladic vibe. As the sun goes down, climb on the hill above Hora. There, you’ll find Panagia Gremiotissa, a beautiful church, which is also the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset!

On the top of the hill in Chora Ios, behind the iconic whitewashed windmills, you’ll also find a gorgeous amphitheater. It is Odysseus Elitis Amphitheater, named after the famous Greek poet. This beautiful amphitheater is made of marble, according to the ancient Greek style. It also hosts festivals and many cultural events every year. Make sure you attend one!

Be aware, though! Ios isn’t the ideal island for romantic holidays. But, if you’re planning a getaway with your girlfriend or pals, this island should be on the top of your list! You’ll see why in minute.

Beaches for everyone

First things first!

In Ios, you’ll find more than 30 amazing beaches for every taste. Organized, secluded, pebbled or sandy, among them there’s the perfect one for you!

While beach parties, of course, take place in popular beaches, there are also many beaches off the beaten track. In fact, most of Ios beaches are secluded, retaining their original wild beauty. And what’s a better way to discover them, than going on a jeep safari? Just saying… But if you want to live the ultimate beach party experience, an organized beach with facilities such as bars, restaurants and water sports is your best option!

So, are you ready to explore the best Ios Greece beaches?

Mylopotas beach

Mylopotas beach is wildly popular and one of the best beaches of the island!

2 km of sugar fine sand, clean emerald waters, sundecks, umbrellas and water sports facilities are more than enough to make you fall in love with this beach. Just 3 km from Chora, Mylopotas is the perfect option for watersports lovers and beach party enthusiasts.

So, if you want the real deal in Ios, Mylopotas is a one way destination! Hordes of young people from all around the world fill Mylopotas’ many beach bars every year and there’s a reason for that. It’s all about partying and living the Greek summer to its fullest!

Manganari beach

Just imagine 3 big beaches and many smaller ones, forming a mesmerizing lagoon. It’s not surprising that Mangari beach has been awarded with a Blue Flag, right?

Its breathtaking landscape, warm waters and fine sand make Manganari one of the best places to swim in the Aegean Sea.Located 22 km from Chora, it is the perfect option if you like more secluded beaches or you’re on a family holiday. It’s also protected from the strong winds, so it’s great for swimming and snorkeling.

Trivia: Many scenes of the famous movie “Le Grand Bleu” were shot on Manganari beach.

Kalamos beach

This is another secluded beach with a beautiful natural landscape, surrounded by rocky cliffs, almond and olive trees. Just too good to miss!

Kalamos beach is a huge sandy beach with crystal clear waters and is perfect for those who seek tranquility and relaxation. 10 km away from cosmopolitan Chora, Kalamos is perfect for swimming and snorkeling! But, if underwater adventures aren’t your cup of tea, this beach is amazing for lazing on the sand.

Tip: On your way to Kalamos beach,don’t miss to visit Agios Ioannis monastery, dating back to 19th century.

Party, party, party

Ios’ party scheme is too good to miss!

It’s not a secret that Ios Greece is an island that never sleeps. Young people from all over the world, amazing bars and sophisticated drinks put Ios on the top of the “Best Greek party islands” list.

The heart of the party beats in Chora, where you’ll find bars and clubs for every mood and taste!

But we know what you’re thinking. What are the best bars and clubs in Ios?

No sweat fellow party animals, we got you covered!

Disco 69 Club

Built in 1974, it is one of the oldest and the most popular clubs in Ios. Located in the central square of Chora, Disco 69 is a top party destination. Drinks, cocktails, loud music and dancing all night long, guarantee unforgettable experiences!

Red Bull bar

The loud music of this bar will catch your attention while passing from the central square of Ios. This popular bar is a meeting point, as the party starts early at its open outdoor space. The atmosphere in Red Bull bar is awesome!

Far Out beach club

Who’s ready for a beach party? Located at Mylopotas beach (read above), Far Out beach bar is an ideal place for epic beach parties. Delicious cocktails, amazing sea view and dancing till the sun goes down is the recipe for some of the best party days and nights of your life!

Slammer bar

Famous for its tequila cocktails, this world famous bar already has 20 years experience in wild nightlife! Definitely try this bar’s bizarre tradition, “Slammer Hammer”. You basically wear a helmet, take a shot and get slammed by the bartender with a hammer. Crazy or what?

Orange bar

Sophisticated shots and rock music put Orange bar in a whole new category of Ios’ nightlife scheme. Not to mention that it has been voted as one of the best bars in Ios. Don’t miss to try its yummy candy flavored shots (especially the chocolate one and the caramel one) and dance to rock music all night!

Getting bored is impossible

Do you think that partying all day long is the only thing to do in Ios Greece?

You’re deadly wrong!

Whether you are an adventurous type, a party animal or just want to relax, Ios ticks all the boxes!

For the adventurous ones, doing water sports in Ios will be an amazing experience! Water sport activities are very popular, as there are many facilities on the island’s organized beaches. Beaches with strong winds are ideal for windsurfing and most windsurfing centres in Ios offer equipment and training. But if you are a hiking lover, you’ll find some awesome hiking paths all over the island.

For party animals, the answer is obvious. Partying all day, every day. From midday till early morning, you can dance at some iconic parties in the numerous bars of Ios or at the beach. Young people from all over the world travel to Ios to experience nights of having fun, socializing and dancing. Are you ready to join?

If you are more of a laid back type, you’ll love relaxing on one of the islands peaceful beaches. As for delicious food, Chora offers a great variety of dining options. Discover the Cycladic cuisine and try traditional dishes while strolling around picturesque Chora. You can thank us later!

Actually going there

Getting to Ios is pretty easy!

In high season, ferries to Ios depart from Piraeus port in Athens daily. The journey lasts from 4 to 7 hours, depending on the route and the vessel type.

There might also be occasional ferries to Ios from the ports of Rafina and Lavrion, the two smallest ports of Athens.

Ios can also be accessed by ferry from other Cycladic islands.

You know what this means.

That’s right, it’s an amazing island hopping destination! You can do island hopping from Ios to Paros, Naxos, Mykonos and many more cycladic islands.

In short, Ios is the definition of an awesome Greek island destination! So, if you’re looking for the best party island in Greece, search no more. Book your ferry tickets to Ios Greece instead, and let the adventure begin.

Are you ready?

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What if you could lay under the sun, at an exotic beach, surrounded by lush Cycladic nature? Well, that’s what you get in Naxos. Along with many other (amazing) things that make the island so famous!

Truth is you can expect nothing less from the biggest and greenest island of Cyclades island complex. Full of traditional villages, natural landscapes and exotic beaches, Naxos is as if it belongs to another world. A world where time seems to have stopped to your most carefree years!

But what is the reason why the magical world of Naxos is so famous?

Keep reading and the truth will be revealed.

Let the journey begin!

Why Naxos?

Located in the heart of the Aegean Sea and offering a breathtaking landscape, Naxos is one of the most popular destinations in Cyclades.

Can’t you see why?

Huge impressive mountains, breathtaking gorges and fertile valleys surrounded by long golden beaches with crystal-clear waters and quaint little villages, create a unique Cycladic landscape. This is what Naxos is all about!

Still not convinced?

Keep reading to learn all the secrets of this Aegean piece of paradise!

Beaches to die for

This island is big. You know that. But, do you know what it means?

Countless amazing beaches!

Yeah, you read that right.

Naxos has a wide selection of beaches for every taste. The western side of the island has been more developed for tourists, while the eastern side remains unspoiled, covered by beautiful wild nature.

Agios Georgios beach 

Agios Georgios beach Naxos (or Saint George beach Naxos) is one of the most popular beaches in the island. Thanks to its close distance to the main town, this beach is the perfect choice for a quick swim in a hot summer day.

What will stand out to you the most at Agios Georgios beach, is its length! It’s an endless sandy beach, perfect for families with little kids, who can play free with the sand.

Are you a windsurfing lover? Bingo!

Naxos is one of the best places in Greece for windsurfing, thanks to the northeastern and northern winds. At Agios Georgios beach you can find all the essential windsurfing equipment and also take windsurfing lessons.

Tip: Even though Agios Georgios beach usually gets crowded in the morning, it is peaceful in the afternoon. So, if you want to spend a calm evening in town by the sea, this is a pretty good beach option.

Agia Anna beach 

Agia Anna beach is actually a group of sandy beaches, just 7 km away from the island’s capital.

The soft golden sand and the the crystal clear waters create an idyllic scenery, perfect for a long day at the beach.

Being one of the best organized beaches in Naxos, Agia Anna has, of course, many facilities. At this beach you can find umbrellas, sunbeds, many waterfront taverns and bars, as well as, many types of accommodation!

Tip: There is a cove next to the small port of Agia Anna, where water is always calm. Choose it for a swim, even when the rest of the beach gets wavy.

Plaka beach 

Are you looking for a peaceful beach with a natural landscape, ideal for relaxation?

Then, go straight to Plaka beach!

Despite being quite a popular beach, Plaka still manages somehow to keep its unspoiled beauty.

Stretching for 4 km, Plaka is a long beach, parts of which are organized. This means you can choose an organized part or a more secluded part to spend your beach day. Except for umbrellas and sunbeds, there are no facilities in Plaka beach, allowing its unspoiled beauty to be revealed!

Tip: Plaka beach is a perfect beach option for walking! Our suggestion is to park your car nearby and do a long sunset walk on the sandy shore.

Sahara beach 

Blinding flash of the obvious, but Sahara is a sandy beach!

Just imagine a big sandy coast with crystal clear waters, surrounded by a natural landscape. Sounds amazing, right?

The best part about Sahara beach, though, is its peaceful atmosphere. So, if you want an isolated alternative to the crowded Naxos beaches, this beach is your go-to choice!

Tip: Sahara beach is the perfect choice for windsurfing, away from the crowds and snorkeling.

Beautiful traditional villages

Don’t fall into the trap of believing that Naxos is all about those beaches!

If you want the real deal, you should visit the island’s traditional villages. The villages in Naxos have special architecture, especially in the countryside.

Naxos Town, also known as Chora, is the capital and main port of the island, where all ferries to Naxos arrive. Its trademark is, hands down, the impressive Venetian Castle! Due to the long Venetian occupation in the Medieval times, Chora’s architecture is influenced by Venetians, hence the narrow cobbled streets and sophisticated towers.

Located between 2 green mountains, Apiranthos is a traditional village with marble alleys, stone houses, small squares and many interesting museums. Such museums are the Museum of Folk Art, the Archaeological Museum of Apiranthos and the Geological (!) Museum. Walk around this beautiful village and marvel the breathtaking view to the town.

Filoti, Sangri, Koronos and Potamia are other traditional villages in the countryside of Naxos, surrounded by hiking trails and interesting monuments. Bucket list for sure!

Top sightseeing experience

Given that Naxos is an island with a long history and rich culture, it has plenty of sights to visit.

The trademark of the island is the famous Portara. It is actually an imposing marble gate, the only remain of a 6th century BC temple, dedicated to Greek god Apollo. Located at the entrance of the town’s port, it’s the first thing passengers on ferries to Naxos see upon their arrival to the island. The best time to visit Portara is when the sun goes down. The sunset views from Portara are dreamy!

Walking around Kastro, the oldest quarter of Naxos Town, will give you all sorts of nostalgic feels. The castle area in Naxos is basically a medieval town, built in 1207 and preserved until today. The castle has three gates: “Paraporti”, “Trani Porta” and “Piso Paraporti”. Whichever entrance you use to enter the castle, you’ll have the chance to find some amazing monuments behind the walls!

Other beautiful sights to visit around the island are the many Venetian towers, the ancient Temple of Demeter in Sangri, the two Kouros Statues (one in Melanes and the other in Apollonas) and the Byzantine Church of Panagia Drossiani.

Easy access via ferries 

Getting to Naxos by ferry is as easy as it can get!

There are daily and frequent ferries to Naxos from Piraeus port and Rafina port, the two ports of Athens. Ferries to Naxos also stop in other Cycladic islands, such as Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Syros and more.

Let’s recap!

Truth is, Naxos ticks all the boxes. It just does! From exotic beaches to rich culture and from impressive monuments to beautiful traditional villages, it has it all.

So, what’s stopping you from planning your next holidays to Naxos?

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What if you could lay under the sun, at an exotic beach, surrounded by lush Cycladic nature? Well, that’s what you get in Naxos. Along with many other (amazing) things.

Truth is you can expect nothing less from the biggest and greenest island of Cyclades island complex. Full of traditional villages, natural landscapes and exotic beaches, Naxos is as if it belongs to another world. A world where time seems to have stopped to your most carefree years!

But what’s the one thing you have to do before emerging yourself into the magical world of Naxos?

Learning the island’s basics, of course!

Don’t worry, we got your back.

Here’s our all-in-one mini guide to the island of Naxos. No doubt that it’ll come in handy!

Let the journey begin!

Why Naxos?

Located in the heart of the Aegean Sea and offering a breathtaking landscape, Naxos is one of the most popular destinations in Cyclades.

Can’t you see why?

Huge impressive mountains, breathtaking gorges and fertile valleys surrounded by long golden beaches with crystal-clear waters and quaint little villages, create a unique Cycladic landscape. This is what Naxos is all about!

Still not convinced?

Keep reading to learn all the secrets of this Aegean piece of paradise!

Beaches to die for

This island is big. You know that. But, do you know what it means?

Countless amazing beaches!

Yeah, you read that right.

Naxos has a wide selection of beaches for every taste. The western side of the island has been more developed for tourists, while the eastern side remains unspoiled, covered by beautiful wild nature.

Agios Georgios beach 

Agios Georgios beach Naxos (or Saint George beach Naxos) is one of the most popular beaches in the island. Thanks to its close distance to the main town, this beach is the perfect choice for a quick swim in a hot summer day.

What will stand out to you the most at Agios Georgios beach, is its length! It’s an endless sandy beach, perfect for families with little kids, who can play free with the sand.

Are you a windsurfing lover? Bingo!

Naxos is one of the best places in Greece for windsurfing, thanks to the northeastern and northern winds. At Agios Georgios beach you can find all the essential windsurfing equipment and also take windsurfing lessons.

Tip: Even though Agios Georgios beach usually gets crowded in the morning, it is peaceful in the afternoon. So, if you want to spend a calm evening in town by the sea, this is a pretty good beach option.

Agia Anna beach 

Agia Anna beach is actually a group of sandy beaches, just 7 km away from the island’s capital.

The soft golden sand and the the crystal clear waters create an idyllic scenery, perfect for a long day at the beach.

Being one of the best organized beaches in Naxos, Agia Anna has, of course, many facilities. At this beach you can find umbrellas, sunbeds, many waterfront taverns and bars, as well as, many types of accommodation!

Tip: There is a cove next to the small port of Agia Anna, where water is always calm. Choose it for a swim, even when the rest of the beach gets wavy.

Plaka beach 

Are you looking for a peaceful beach with a natural landscape, ideal for relaxation?

Then, go straight to Plaka beach!

Despite being quite a popular beach, Plaka still manages somehow to keep its unspoiled beauty.

Stretching for 4 km, Plaka is a long beach, parts of which are organized. This means you can choose an organized part or a more secluded part to spend your beach day. Except for umbrellas and sunbeds, there are no facilities in Plaka beach, allowing its unspoiled beauty to be revealed!

Tip: Plaka beach is a perfect beach option for walking! Our suggestion is to park your car nearby and do a long sunset walk on the sandy shore.

Sahara beach 

Blinding flash of the obvious, but Sahara is a sandy beach!

Just imagine a big sandy coast with crystal clear waters, surrounded by a natural landscape. Sounds amazing, right?

The best part about Sahara beach, though, is its peaceful atmosphere. So, if you want an isolated alternative to the crowded Naxos beaches, this beach is your go-to choice!

Tip: Sahara beach is the perfect choice for windsurfing, away from the crowds and snorkeling.

Beautiful traditional Villages

Don’t fall into the trap of believing that Naxos is all about those beaches!

If you want the real deal, you should visit the island’s traditional villages. The villages in Naxos have special architecture, especially in the countryside.

Naxos Town, also known as Chora, is the capital and main port of the island, where all ferries to Naxos arrive. Its trademark is, hands down, the impressive Venetian Castle! Due to the long Venetian occupation in the Medieval times, Chora’s architecture is influenced by Venetians, hence the narrow cobbled streets and sophisticated towers.

Located between 2 green mountains, Apiranthos is a traditional village with marble alleys, stone houses, small squares and many interesting museums. Such museums are the Museum of Folk Art, the Archaeological Museum of Apiranthos and the Geological (!) Museum. Walk around this beautiful village and marvel the breathtaking view to the town.

Filoti, Sangri, Koronos and Potamia are other traditional villages in the countryside of Naxos, surrounded by hiking trails and interesting monuments. Bucket list for sure!

Top sightseeing experience

Given that Naxos is an island with a long history and rich culture, it has plenty of sights to visit.

The trademark of the island is the famous Portara. It is actually an imposing marble gate, the only remain of a 6th century BC temple, dedicated to Greek god Apollo. Located at the entrance of the town’s port, it’s the first thing passengers on ferries to Naxos see upon their arrival to the island. The best time to visit Portara is when the sun goes down. The sunset views from Portara are dreamy!

Walking around Kastro, the oldest quarter of Naxos Town, will give you all sorts of nostalgic feels. The castle area in Naxos is basically a medieval town, built in 1207 and preserved until today. The castle has three gates: “Paraporti”, “Trani Porta” and “Piso Paraporti”. Whichever entrance you use to enter the castle, you’ll have the chance to find some amazing monuments behind the walls!

Other beautiful sights to visit around the island are the many Venetian towers, the ancient Temple of Demeter in Sangri, the two Kouros Statues (one in Melanes and the other in Apollonas) and the Byzantine Church of Panagia Drossiani.

Easy access via ferries to Naxos

Getting to Naxos by ferry is as easy as it can get!

There are daily and frequent ferries to Naxos from Piraeus port and Rafina port, the two ports of Athens. Ferries to Naxos also stop in other Cycladic islands, such as Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Syros and more.

Let’s recap!

Truth is, Naxos ticks all the boxes. It just does! From exotic beaches to rich culture and from impressive monuments to beautiful traditional villages, it has it all.

So, what’s stopping you from planning your next holidays to Naxos?

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Shh…This blog post is confidential. Why? Because Ithaca is the definition of a secret paradise that has managed to stay off the beaten tourist trail!

But one thing is for sure. Its peaceful and mysterious atmosphere will make you want to stay there forever!

Though, why wouldn’t you?

The vibe of Ithaca is simply irresistible!

Sure, Corfu, Kefalonia and Zante are the most popular Ionian islands. But, to avoid the crowds, just skip those popular islands and plan your next holidays to Ithaca. And that’s a secret!

Truth is, there are many more secrets to learn about Ithaca, so we made a shortlist!

Shall we start?

The pretty famous history

Well, the small island of Ithaca has a worldwide fame!

The reason?

Ithaca was the legendary homeland of Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s epic, “Odyssey”. Odysseus was a Trojan War hero, who managed to return to his home-island, Ithaca, after a 10 years journey. During these years, was wandering all around the world and had numerous heroic adventures.

Due to the myth of Odysseus, Ithaca became a symbol. It symbolizes home, the end of a journey, the reach of a goal. Amazing, right?

However, today Ithaca is known as a small island of unbelievable beauty, ideal for relaxing holidays.

But, is it for you?

If you’re someone who isn’t really into crowds and noisy places, you’ll just love it. Like, really love it!

Paradise beaches

Ithaca is located right opposite to the island of Kefalonia, which is famous for its fantastic beaches.

So, you know what this means.

Yeah, Ithaca has its fair share of stunning beaches!

BUT.

Ithaca beaches are not large or sandy, like those of its famous neighbor. Most beaches in Ithaca are beautiful small bays with white pebbles, crystal waters and green surroundings. In fact, the entire island is covered with lush greenery and has beaches with exotic, turquoise water. Who could wish for more?

The most famous Ithaca beaches are Sarakiniko, Filiatro, Gidaki and Agios Ioannis.

Let’s take a closer look at them!

Sarakiniko beach

Just 3 km from Vathy, you’ll find a small piece of paradise.

Just imagine emerald waters surrounded by cypress and olive trees. What can we say? Sarakiniko beach is a gem for nature lovers!

If you are someone who loves tranquility, natural landscapes and…snorkeling, this will be one of your favorite beaches!

Filiatro beach

One of the best things about Filiatro beach is its very close distance to Vathy, the capital of Ithaca.

What’s more, it’s one of the most popular Ithaca beaches. It is organized with sunbeds and umbrellas and gets crowded during the summer. Its white shiny pebbles and warm shallow waters makes it the perfect beach choice for kids.

Basically, your go-to destination for a family day at the beach!

Gidaki beach

Gidaki beach is not only considered as one of the beach beaches in Ithaca, but also one of the best beaches in Greece.

And you bet there’s a good reason for that. Emerald waters, a peebled coast and lush green landscape create a dreamy beach!

Tip: You can reach Gidaki beach by small boats leaving from the port of Ithaca.

Agios Ioannis beach

Just 9 km away from Vathy, on the western part of Ithaca, you’ll find the gorgeous and huge Agios Ioannis beach. It has pebbles and amazing crystal clear waters.

If popular and crowded beaches aren’t your jam, you and Agios Ioannis beach will be love at first sight. It is not organized, so it will be just you, the gorgeous sunset and the natural landscape. Sounds good?

Traditional little villages

Despite its small size, Ithaca is full of picturesque little villages. The best thing about these villages is that they have managed to stay off the radar. So, if you want to explore some authentic traditional Greek villages, this is your chance!

Vathy village

The largest village of Ithaca is Vathy, a place with amazing Venetian architecture!

This village is built amphitheatrically around a picturesque port, offering some amazing views.

When in Vathy, don’t miss to visit the church of Agios Georgios, the cathedral of Ithaka, the Archaeological museum and the Folklore museum. Also, at the coastal road of Vathy, you’ll find many taverns, cafes and bars.

Tip: A stroll around the port of Vathy is a must!

Kioni village

Another picturesque village is Kioni. It’s a little colorful fishing village on the northern side of the island. Kioni is considered as the most beautiful village in Ithaca.

And you bet there’s a good reason for that!

Cypresses, paved narrow streets, whitewashed courtyards and stunning beaches create a breathtaking scenery!

Tip: Don’t miss to visit the traditional windmills at the entrance of the harbor!

Lefki village

At the tiny Lefki village, you’ll marvel some amazing views to the neighboring Kefalonia!

Surrounded by olive trees and cypress trees, Lefki village is the perfect place to enjoy the silence. Walk at the cobbled streets, swim at the crystal clear waters of its beaches and watch some breathtaking sunsets.

Tip: Don’t miss to visit the traditional church of Panagia Lefkisana!

Perachori village

At one of the most fertile areas of Ithaca, on the slopes of mount Petaleiko, you’ll find Perachori village. Lush greenery and natural springs create a stunning natural landscape you just can’t miss!

Perachori is the largest and one of the oldest villages in Ithaca, located just 5 minutes away from the main city. If you want to enjoy some amazing views of Vathy and the vast Ionian sea, you should definitely visit the upper village!

Tip: At Perachori, there are many traditional churches to visit. We suggest you visit the church of Agios Raphael and Moni Taxiarchon church.

Frikes village

If you’re looking for a beautiful coastal village in Ithaca, Frikes is the perfect place for you!

Frikes is a beautiful fishing village, located on the east coast of Ithaca, 19 km away from Vathy.

The best thing about Frikes village is that it combines traditional vibes with modern amenities. At the picturesque port of Frikes, there are two windmills that look like castles. We talk about medieval vibes!

Go for a romantic walk at the port, eat delicious seafood at the village’s taverns and watch the boats arriving and departing!

Ferries to Ithaca

Given that there is no airport on the island, the only way to reach Ithaca is by ferry.

And that’s good because ferry routes to Ithaka are frequent. Not to mention the pleasure of a ferry trip to the beautiful Ionian sea.

Ferries to Ithaka depart from the port of Killini in Peloponnese and reach Ithaka via Poros port in Kefalonia. There is also a ferry to Ithaca from the port of Sami in Kefalonia. In summer, there are ferries from Astakos port in mainland Greece and Vasiliki port in Lefkada island.

Ithaca has three ports: Vathy, Pisaetos and Frikes. Depending on the departure port, the ferries arrive at a different port of Ithaka. For example, the ferry from Lefkada arrives at Frikes port, while the ferry from Kefalonia at Pisaetos port. So make sure you double check which port you’re arriving at.

Best food ever

Get ready for epic meals!

Ithaca, like the rest of the Ionian islands, is famous for producing premium quality honey, virgin olive oil and delicious wine.

The best part?

You can take them home, so bring some extra luggage with you!

Besides the amazing local products though, you’ll also taste a variety of traditional dishes!

Kotopoulo tserepa: Chicken cooked in a ceramic pot called “tserepa”.

Savoro: Fish dish with raisins. Simply a surprising combination of flavors.

Kremmydopita: Delicious onion pie that melts in the mouth.

Toumatsi: Traditional pasta variation with unique flavor.

Rovani: Yummy cake made of rice and honey.

Tip: Save room for some delightful “hourmades”, the traditional Greek version of doughnuts.

Let’s recup!

Ithaca is the perfect place for those who prefer destinations off the beaten track for their holidays!

But this doesn’t mean you’ll get bored in Ithaca. In reality, your holidays won’t be enough to explore it.

So, don’t let time passing by. Do yourself a favor and book your next trip to Ithaca!

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So, you’re planning to spend your holidays in Skiathos for the first time?

Chances are, you’ve already done your research. But are you sure you know the true highlights of the island?

Probably not!

But, no worries here. We did the hard work just for you. We gathered our favorite highlights of Skiathos island and we created a go-to first timer’s guide!

Stick with us to learn everything!

So, why Skiathos?

Simply because it will blow you away!

Skiathos is an unbelievably beautiful island with lush greenery and exotic beaches. It belongs to Sporades island complex in the Aegean and is among the most popular island destinations in Greece.

What is Skiathos famous for?

Its golden beaches, the fertile vegetation and cosmopolitan atmosphere are just some of the reasons why this island is unbeatable.

And don’t let yourself get fooled by the size of Skiathos!

Although it might be a small island, it attracts a large number of visitors each year. Due to its close proximity to the Greek mainland and its amazing virgin landscape, travelers just love it!

The best part?

The ferry trip to Skiathos from the mainland lasts for about two hours, so the trip is quick and fun.

For stunning beaches

If we had to pick just one reason why you should visit Skiathos, it would definitely be its beaches!

Truth is, Skiathos island is mostly known for its superb sandy beaches.

Picture this. Exotic beaches with impressive landscapes, secluded coves that stay peaceful even in high season and popular lively beaches. Whatever your taste might be, you’ll find the ideal beach for you.

So, what are the most popular Skiathos beaches? The highly acclaimed Lalaria beach, the busy Banana beach, Agia Paraskevi beach, Achladies beach and Koukounaries beach.

Lalaria beach

Prepare to be amazed!

Lalaria beach is the most wonderful and photographed beach in Skiathos! The only way to reach it is by a tour boat from the port of Skiathos Town.

Once you get there, you’ll stand in awe in front of the amazing rock formations of this white-pebbled beach. The scenery is what dreams are made of, with huge cliffs rising from the deep crystalline sea. True love or what?

Tip: When in Lalaria beach, don’t miss to visit the amazing Blue and Dark Caves nearby!

Banana beach

If you love water sports and beach parties, Banana beach needs to be in your travel wishlist!

Just 13.6 km away from Skiathos town, Banana beach is an easily accessible beach option.

Pine and olive trees create an idyllic natural landscape, while the sunset view is breathtaking. Water sports facilities, restaurants, cafes and bars transform an ordinary day at the beach to a summer party!

Agia Paraskevi beach

Agia Paraskevi is a beach resort, consisting of Agia Paraskevi village and Agia Paraskevi beach.

You know what this means, right?

Not only can you enjoy relaxing days by the beach, but you can also stay at one of the luxurious hotels and studios of the area.

As for Agia Paraskevi beach, it is one of the biggest beaches of the island. What’s more, it has lots of facilities, such as umbrellas, sunbeds, water sports facilities and beach bars!

Tip: At Agia Paraskevi beach you can rent a boat and do a little sailing exploration.

Achladies beach

Are you on a family holiday, desperately searching for a family friendly beach?

No sweat, we got you covered!

Achladies beach is a kids friendly beach, surrounded by a stunning natural landscape. You’ll find this beach just 2 km away from Skiathos town, at a sandy cove with crystal clear waters. Moreover, at Achladies beach there are water sports facilities, like windsurfing and water ski.

However, our favorite thing about this beach is its proximity to Skiathos town. Actually, you can reach Achladies beach either by foot, or by a local bus, or by boat from Skiathos town. And, of course, by car!

Koukounaries beach

Koukounaries beach is the most crowded beach of the island. It is well organized with beach bars, umbrellas, seabeds, cafeterias and water sports facilities.

The best part?

A gorgeous pine tree forest surrounds this sandy beach, filling it with a fresh and pleasant scent.

What’s better than linking scents with memories?

For strolling around Skiathos Town

Skiathos Town is a picturesque village, where the heart of the island beats. It has many nice restaurants, shops and a vivid nightlife.

The best time to visit Skiathos Town is in the evening! Enjoy a relaxing drink or party till morning at the modern bars. Whatever your taste might be, you’ll find the perfect place for you, as the choices are unlimited!

What’s more, there are buses from the town, heading to all the southern beaches of the island. Also there are excursion boats to Lalaria Beach, Tsougria island, Skopelos and Alonissos, from the town’s port.

Tip: The most important site to visit in Skiathos Town is the Museum of Alexandros Papadiamantis. It is housed in the family house of this famous Greek author.

For easy access

One of the things we love about Skiathos is how easy it is to get there!

Skiathos is actually accessible by ferry from two Greek mainland ports: Volos and Agios Konstantinos. Daily ferries to Skiathos depart from these ports and the trip lasts for just two hours.

However, in summer, there are also ferries to Skiathos from the small port of Mantoudi in Evia island. This is an excellent way to combine holidays in northern Evia with a trip to Skiathos.

Visitors can also arrive in Skiathos by plane. There are daily flights from Athens airport and, in summer, direct flights from abroad.

For island hopping to Sporades islands

What you might not know about Skiathos is that it is an awesome base for island hopping to the rest of Sporades islands!

If you haven’t travelled to Sporades island complex before, you’ll be surprised by its natural beauty. Yep, this means natural green environment and fantastic beaches for all tastes.

So, let’s hop on a ferry to some of the best Sporades islands!

1st stop: Skopelos

Skopelos island will be our first stop!

Skopelos is the island where the famous movie “Mamma Mia” was filmed. Remember all those stunning landscapes? It’s time to visit them yourself!

Truth is, the island’s natural beauty is incomparable, especially the forests!

The green forests of Skopelos are crossed by lovely hiking paths. These paths lead to spots with breathtaking view, abandoned monasteries and secret beaches. True love, or what?

If you like virgin beaches, you’ll be happy to know that Skopelos has many of them!

Stafylos, Panormos, Hovolo and Elios are among the most beautiful beaches in Skopelos. Also, don’t miss to visit the chapel of Saint John in Kastri. This is where the wedding scene of Mamma Mia movie was shot!

Ferry to Skopelos: Apart from Skiathos, ferries to Skopelos also depart from the ports of Volos and Agios Konstantinos in central Greece.

Skopelos island has two ports: Glossa port on the north, and Skopelos Town port on the south. So, double check that your ferry to Skopelos arrives at the port that serves you!

2nd stop: Alonissos

Far from busy Skiathos and developing Skopelos, Alonissos island keeps a low profile!

Do you want to kick back and relax, away from noisy crowds!?

You’ve just found your dream destination!

Truth is Alonissos receives less tourists than the rest of Sporades islands. As a result it is the ultimate tranquility paradise.

Some of the things Alonissos stands out for is its secluded beaches, the turquoise sea and its cozy villages. What’s more, Alonissos has wonderful green forests crossed by mountain trails. In fact, a multi-terrain hiking race takes places in Alonissos every summer, with international participation.

Ferry to Alonissos: The ferry to Alonissos usually has less daily itineraries than the ferry to Skiathos and Skopelos. There are usually 2-3 ferries to Alonissos per day from Volos and 2 ferries from Agios Konstantinos. These ferries also pass by Skiathos and Skopelos, before arriving in Alonissos.

So, let’s recup.

Skiathos is an easily accessible island paradise! Apart from its amazing beaches and its stunning natural beauty, it is full of surprises.

The best way to discover them?

Book your trip to Skiathos and let the adventure begin!

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