Island Hopping in Greece
The food, islands and smiling faces of locals make Greece an ideal vacation for couples, families and friends who want to share in an unforgettable time together as they leave the Greek capital and visit the islands. Each stop is jam-packed with the best of Aegean, and plenty of room to make memories that will last a lifetime.
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Where to stay
The Rooster Antiparos
A hotspot new addition to quiet Antiparos — stay for the peace, beach, and high style.
Admire the Acropolis from the breakfast terrace of this chic design hotel housed in a century-old mansion.
Modern, authentic 12-room hotel steps from the black-sand shores of Perivolos Beach.
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Things to do
Sanorini doesn’t disappoint with its breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea and its intricate white and blue architecture perched on a hill.
A hike through the cliffs from Fira to Oia has breathtaking views. (The roughly six-mile hike can take anywhere from three to five hours with easy to intermediate terrain.)
When you’re back into town, pop into the Atlantis bookstore which features first editions, secret coves and a terrace overlooking the sea, making this bookstore a must-see. Make sure to stop by the Akrotiri Museum as you explore to learn about the ancient history of the island.
Ready for the seaside? Lounge on the black sand beaches and enjoy. And make sure to ride the donkeys up the hill from Amoudi bay after you eat fresh-caught squid.
Finally, a sunset boat tour around the caldera ending in Oia is a lovely way to end the day. Ask me how to book these fantastic excursions!
Paros & Antiparos
These two islands that form the cycloptic circle of the Aegean islands are incredibly charming. They get significantly less tourists than Santorini, and offer tranquil and relaxing island vibes. When you first arrive, rent buggies to explore the many beaches. While you’re at it, you can also stop by wine and olive oil tastings in the area.
Take the walking trail to Lefkes through ancient marble that date back to 1000 A.D. for your history fix.
Traveling with a family? A visit to the Butterflies Nature Reserve, open during the summer months, is a great chance for the whole family to experience the phenomenon.
Greece’s capital is the cosmopolitan center of the country, and one filled with so much ancient history. If you’re a big Greek mythology fan, there are specific tours you can book where you will follow in the footsteps of your favorite Greek mythology character to truly get a feel of the way Athens was centuries ago. A private tour of the Acropolis and the museum will further help with that. To end off the day, watch the sunset behind the Acropolis from a rooftop terrace bar nearby, such as M. Bar mentioned below.
Places to eat & drink
Selene: This fine dining restaurant has been acknowledged as a gastronomic and cultural landmark in preserving and redefining contemporary Greek cuisine. Ask for the rooftop seating for ocean views.
Oia Vineyart: Part deli shop, part art gallery and part local wine shop, this farm-to-table restaurant defines casual authentic dining in Santorini. Stop by for a quick lunch and take some edible souvenirs home with you.
PK Cocktail Bar: This no-fuss bar has served excellent cocktails for more than 40 years.
Paros & Antiparos
Siparos: An elevated Greek cuisine restaurant located in Naoussa on the waterfront, serving scrumptious fresh dishes to respite from the island heat.
Beach House Antiparos: Fine dining on the sand? Freshly caught seafood from a Michelin-starred chef is served at a private, dreamy cove.
M Bar: This swanky bar features dinner and drinks with a view of the Acropolis.
Vassilenas: Ever wonder where Greek celebrities or political dignitaries dine? Stop by at this restaurant renowned for its impeccable service and contemporary Greek cuisine.
Six d.o.g.s: Drink your coffee in a secret garden, just a short walk from Monastiraki square.
Hoocut: For casual lunch on the go, this cafe serves up delicious gyros.
Need to Know
The Greek islands are typically open from May through September with warm weather and plenty of tourists. I recommend visiting in September if you are looking for a quieter experience with better prices. The islands are largely closed during the off seasons.
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