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Santorini is famous not only for its stunning landscape, volcano, dramatic caldera, and luxurious hotels.
Its perfect position makes Santorini island hopping a must experience to have! Located in the heart of the Cyclades island group, Santorini is just a short ferry ride away from the most popular Cycladic islands, such as Mykonos and Paros.
Keep reading to discover the most popular island-hopping routes from Santorini!
Why Santorini is the perfect base for island hopping
Santorini, the most romantic destination in the Aegean, is an impressive island with picturesque hilltop villages and amazing red and black sandy beaches, formed by many years of volcanic activity.
Having modern tourist infrastructure and unique natural scenery, Santorini amazes visitors from all around the world, who come to experience the magical sunset at Oia and marvel at the view from the caldera
Santorini is easily accessible by ferry from Piraeus port or by flight from Athens airport and airports of other countries. Visitors can ferry hop to islands near Santorini to continue their holidays -it’s the best way to have an unforgettable Cycladic experience!
From Santorini to Crete
A very interesting and convenient island hopping package is from Santorini to Crete, the largest island in Greece. These two islands have totally different landscapes and history, but they are both extremely beautiful. Santorini, with its volcanic formations and stunning sunset views, is ideal for romantic and relaxing holidays, while Crete is perfect for relaxing at nice beaches, hiking at the mountains, visiting museums, and exploring historical sites.
The most important historical site in Crete is the Minoan Palace of Knossos, an impressive archaeological site that was found almost intact, buried under the volcanic ash of Thera volcanic eruption. The regions of Heraklion and Chania are the most popular tourist places in Crete, while a drive around the island will bring you to many secluded spots that offer total privacy.
From Santorini to Mykonos
Santorini to Mykonos is probably the most popular island-hopping route in Greece!
Santorini and Mykonos are wildly famous Greek islands, especially among young people and first-time visitors. In Mykonos, there are lots of stunning beaches with amazing beach bars that turn into extraordinary party scenes. Besides, Mykonos is renown for its wild party culture!
The traditional architecture of Mykonos, which is characterized by whitewashed houses and narrow alleys, is also worth exploring.
From Santorini to Amorgos
Situated on the southeastern side of the Cyclades, Amorgos is another island of great natural beauty. The crystal beaches, the mesmerizing deep blue of the sea and the traditional architecture are among its standouts. Amorgos is also widely known as the filming location of the classic movie “The Big Blue” by Luc Besson.
Take a walk around scenic villages, have an adventure on the several hiking trails throughout the island and enjoy spectacular views from the impressive Monastery of Hozoviotissa, which is built on the top of a hill, overlooking the Aegean Sea.
From Santorini to Ios
One of the most popular tourist destinations of the Cyclades, Ios is an amazing island with golden sandy beaches and emerald waters. It attracts travelers of all ages, as it has both secluded spots to swim and lively beaches for endless partying. Ios combines the traditional characteristics of Cycladic architecture with beautiful nature and modern entertainment.
The most picturesque village of Ios is Chora, which has narrow paved streets and offers breathtaking views. Getting to Ios from Santorini is very easy, as there are daily Ios ferries in the summer. A trip from Santorini to Ios lasts for 40 minutes to 1 hour and a half, depending on the type of the vessel.
From Santorini to Milos
Only 2 hours from Santorini by ferry lies the wonderful island of Milos, renowned for its unique volcanic landscape.
The charming and peaceful atmosphere of Milos makes it an ideal destination for couples and families. The lunar landscape of Sarakiniko, the exotic beaches with natural underwater caves, such as Kleftiko, and traditional fishing villages, like Klima, are not to be missed!
From Santorini to Folegandros
The unspoiled island of Folegandros is easily accessible from Santorini. Boasting a wild natural beauty and having breathtaking scenery, Folegandros offers a simple and relaxing atmosphere, away from mass tourism and crowds.
The most picturesque spot in Folegandros is Chora, on top of which stands the white church of Panagia. Only a couple of beaches in Folegandros are organized, while the rest are secluded, away from the hustle and the bustle.
From Santorini to Anafi
Anafi is a wonderful, small island on the southeastern part of the Cyclades, with amazing landscape and friendly atmosphere. Santorini is directly connected by ferry to Anafi about three times per week.
Visit the totally secluded island of Anafi to swim in isolated, naturist beaches while enjoying spectacular views over the Aegean Sea from the slopes of Chora, the capital and the only village of the island. Retaining its traditional character, Anafi is not at all developed in terms of tourism. Therefore it is ideal for private holidays!
From Santorini to Paros, Naxos, and Koufonisia
Another fantastic choice is to island hop from Santorini to Paros, Naxos, and Koufonisia.
This is an exciting tour, which gives visitors the chance to explore all these islands at once.
Hop next to Paros, a beautiful island with a cosmopolitan atmosphere in the Cyclades. Paros is renowned for its fun nightlife and amazing villages, like Naoussa and Parikia. Paros beaches are mostly sandy and organized, ideal for windsurfing and kite. Just like the beaches of Mikri Vigla and Saint George in the neighboring island of Naxos, the next destination of this island-hopping route!
Naxos is a wonderful island, which stands out for its fantastic beaches and the traditional villages in the countryside. The final stop of the tour is the tiny Koufonisia island, a peaceful place with exotic naturist beaches, which can only be accessed by foot or bike.
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After the successful launch of our sister website Ferriesingreece.com, which was awarded at the last Greece Tourism Awards, our creative team Codibee.com is now working on something new.
A brand new updated version of the website www.greeka.com is in the works and will be launched in about a year from now!
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From now on, the community section will work as a feed. Thus, you will be able to view members’ activities easily.
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The Acropolis is definitely one historical site you can’t miss during your stay in Athens. Except of this magnificent building surely you have to visit also the Athens Acropolis museum which is only 300 meters from the Acropolis. The museum is a new beautiful and modern building designed in such a way so it reflects the Acropolis nearby in it’s big glass panels.
The top 5 reasons to visit the museum are:
1. Gallery Talks
In the museum you will have the amazing opportunity to see the gallery of the slopes, the Archaic gallery, the Caryatid ladies, the Parthenon procession and many more monuments of great historical importance. During your visit, museum Archaeologists-Host are available to answer questions about the exhibits and also about the daily life of the people those days. Also, you can attend some presentations of masterworks or selected exhibits that are held in Greek and English. The presentations duration is 60 minutes and is limited to 30 visiteros per session.
2. Interactive family games and backpacks
Even though museums are not so fun for families with little children, the Acropolis museum offers many interactive family games (that are available also in english) and backpacks for all the family. Through the specially designed family backpacks you can learn and discover more about the exhibits in a creative and fun way. You can borrow some from the Museum’s Information Desk or buy them from the Museum’s shop.
3. Museum shop for gifts and reading lounge
After your visit at the museum you have the chance to choose a nice gift or souvenir from the two shops the museum hosts. The first shop is on the ground floor where you can find a variety of postcards, paper goods and a wide range of gifts for children. The second shop is on the second floor where you can find a wide range of books and gifts. You can also enjoy some time of reading at the reading lounge of this floor while admiring the views of the monuments.
4. 3D Films and projections
On the ground floor of the Museum you will find the Virtual Reality Theater that has a capacity of 40 persons maximum. The Acropolis Museum welcomes its visitors and offers them the opportunity to learn through 3D video screenings more about the monuments hosted in the museum. Every Saturday and every Sunday you can find from the Museum’s ticket desk available tickets for sale for the 3D brief projections.
5. Cafe and Restaurant with a view
At the end of your visit, or if you want to take a break, you can have a meal or refreshment at the Acropolis Museum. On the second floor, visitors will find a restaurant, that also has children’s menu available for families. While relaxing you can admire the panoramic views of the Acropolis especially if you sit outside on the balcony during a nice day. On the ground floor there is available a small cafe, with views to the archaelogical excavation that are below the museum.