Guide to Island Hopping in Greece

Lauren Martin
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  • International Travel

  • Greece

  • Athens

  • Santorini

  • Beaches

  • Couples Travel

  • Island-Life

  • Local Food

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Greece is a land of food, culture and landscape. From the historical streets of Athens to the pristine beaches of the Cyclades, there is a travel style for everyone! In general, Greece is a welcoming country. Spend your time exploring the ancient Greek ruins throughout Athens, take a ferry between islands and wander the cobble stone streets as you soak up the sun while eating and drinking like a local.

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Where to stay in Greece

Attalos Hotel

Set in Athens' historic district, this comfortable hotel boasts a rooftop terrace and an unbeatable location.

Carbonaki Hotel Mykonos

Located in the heart of Mykonos town, Hotel Carbonaki is a family-run boutique hotel, offering a delightful ambiance blending with Mykonos's domestic living experience.

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Things to do in Greece

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Things to do in Athens

Explore the Acropolis and museums.

Take a walking street food tour!

Take the ferry to Mykonos.

Stroll Hora by foot.

Check out Little Venice and the white church

Lounge at the beaches or go clubbing at night.

Take a day trip to the island of Delos: an uninhabited island full of ancient ruins.

Take the ferry to Naxos.

Rent a scooter or car and ride up along the island (the largest in the Clyclades).

Explore the small town of Chalki.

See Apollos Temple.

Hike to Mount Zas, which is said to be the birthplace of Zeus.

Things to do in Santorini

Take a catamaran tour around the island and check out the black and red sand beaches.

Walk the stairs to the bottom of the hill and explore the restaurants and shops.

Take the bus over to Fira and hike the cliffside length of the island back to Oia.

Watch the sunset at Oia.

Places to eat & drink in Greece

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Places to eat & drink in Naxos

Nostimon Hallas: Located in Naxos. Amazing dinner and fresh seafood.

To Elliniko Restaurant: Another great spot for dinner in Naxos.

Places to eat & drink in Athens

The Clumsies: Supposedly has the best cocktail in the world.

Avli Psiri: Great for dinner.

Places to eat & drink in Santorini

Dimitris Ammoundi Tavern: For lunch or dinner. Great views by the water and fresh seafood! Call ahead to make sure you get a table on the water. You can also arrange for a taxi to pick you back up since it is a long walk down to the water.

Metaxy Mas: Great for dinner as well.

Aroma Avlis.

Vegera Restaurant Bar in Mykonos: Great restaurant and cafe for drinks.

A note from Lauren

When in Greece, drink the classic Frappe (a delicious whipped coffee drink), eat all the Greek salad you can (prepared much differently than here in the US), drink Ouzo (an apertif, tastes like licorice!) and of course enjoy fresh Baklava.

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