A Jetsetter’s Guide To Island Hopping In Greece

In Greece, the tri-fecta I recommend is Mykonos, Ios and Santorini.

Naxos Greece
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It’s no secret that one of summer’s major hotspots is the Greek Isles. The lure of the hot sands and even hotter locals puts this destination in a prime spot on most travelers’ paradise bucket lists. In Greece, the tri-fecta I recommend is Mykonos, Ios and Santorini, ensuring a healthy balance of the ions and the isms: socialization, relaxation, culturalism and alcoholism.

General tips:

  • Transportation from island to island is dependent upon giant people movers, more commonly known as ferries. Upon arrival, one of the first things that you must do is book your ferry to the next island. They are notorious for selling out fast and the last thing you want is to be stranded on an island. On second thought, missing your ferry doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.
  • A (not so) obvious tip as I had the misfortune of finding out: DO NOT LEAVE YOUR ITEMS UNATTENDED. Invest in a waterproof case to take your phone in the ocean with you. Or stock extra glad wrap bags in your back pocket for your cards and money. With just one blink, your possessions will be gone.

Mykonos:

  • Mykonos Neighborhoods
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    For those wanting to check out the music scene, find out what DJ’s or artists are playing at what venue, and purchase tickets in the town by the promoters who flock the central bus stop. You will save money as opposed to buying tickets at the door.

  • Paradise beach is where you will find the throngs of bikini and board short clad travelers dancing and sharing in the joy that is alcohol at the daily day party.
  • Accommodation on paradise beach results in easy access to partying, however accommodation in the main town provides one with a more cultural experience. Get lost in the streets.
  • One word, gyros. In the form of a kebab – they are not hard to find and will start a party of their own inside your mouth.
  • Quad bikes are the best mode of transportation around the island.

Ios:

  • Days are filled with lounging by the pool or on the beach until the sun sets, while nights are spent socializing in various bars, hopping from one to the next.
  • Most bars offer shots for one euro and it is your duty to take advantage of that.
  • Ios is where you will find themed bars, but the one bar I most recommend is called ‘orange bar.’ Within the confines of this establishment, you will find an array of alcoholic beverages. The Malteser shot, and the Highway to Hell shot are two drinks not to be missed. For the brave, work your way through the alphabet of shots, but responsibly pace yourself. It would be a shame to have to go home early.

Santorini:

  • Santorini

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    Alas, if the partying to be experienced at the two previous islands is not your scene (or you are just in serious need of a detox), perhaps the relaxing side of Greece presented at Santorini will tickle your fancy.

  • Prepare to embellish the laziness within as you allow the beauty of Santorini to transport you away. This picturesque island will have your fingers clicking away at your camera.
  • Fira is the main town, but it is Oia (pronounced ee-yah) where the glorious sunsets are to be experienced.
  • A quad bike is most definitely recommended, unless you fancy hiring your own car, which may prove to be a parking nightmare.
  • If you are staying in Fira, make sure your quad bike is sufficiently fuelled before embarking on the journey to Oia, which is a lengthy but beautiful trek. Make sure you get there early, as what the postcards leave out is the hoards of tourists with the same idea as you.

Personal tip! 

When driving along the mountainous road between Fira and Oia at night, take the time to pull over and dismount the quad bike. Look up. The absence of artificial lights is compensated with the heavens in full voltage. The sight of the stars is possibly one of the most beautiful things you will witness, and it continues to burn itself in to my mind to this very day.

Article written by Carly Brand.

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