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A handy visual guide to island hopping in Greece

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Sunsearch Guide to the Greek Islands

 

Are you thinking about visiting the Greek Islands for the first time? Or are you a repeat visitor wondering where to go on your next island-hopping holiday? There are hundreds of destinations you could consider, but this visual guide could help you narrow the myriad options down to a more manageable shortlist!

Provided courtesy of Ireland-based SunSearch Holidays, the infographic offers brief descriptions of islands that might appeal to you the most, based on your personal interests and preferences and the time of year you’re planning to travel.

Regular readers of my blog will be familiar with many of the recommended destinations already, especially in the Cyclades group of islands, from my numerous trip reports and photos. There are, however, a few specific additions I would suggest for the “Best For” section of the graphic (beneath the map of Greece), based on my own personal experience from a decade of island hopping vacations.

I would add Naxos and Milos to the list of islands that are best for beaches, and I’d mention Naxos as one of the best for cycling, too. And since its more than 300 restaurants make it a top travel destination for foodies, I definitely think Mykonos should be included on the list for food and drink. (In fact, my reports about Mykonos restaurants are among the most searched and read items on my blog, according to Google statistics.)

For more in-depth information about the Islands, pick up some Greek travel publications from your local library or bookstore, and take some time to explore Visit Greece, the official website of the Greece National Tourism Organisation.

Many thanks to SunSearch Holidays for inviting me to post their infographic!

Visiting Delos island, the sacred cradle of Greek gods

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Delos island

Fascinating ruins and antiquities abound on Delos island

 

House of the Trident on Delos island

… an outstanding archaeological site where visitors encounter the vestiges of ancient Greek history and mythology as they wander the vast outdoor museum to explore remarkable ruins like the House of the Tritons, above

 

Daytripping back in time:  One of the top sightseeing attractions for visitors to Mykonos isn’t even situated on that island — it’s a short ferry ride away, on a separate island altogether.

It’s Delos, a UNESCO world heritage site where visitors can observe scores of antiquities and other riveting remnants of ancient Greek civilization just by wandering through remarkable outdoor ruins and a museum filled with amazing archaeological treasures.

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On my bookshelf: Greek Island Hopping

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Greek Island Hopping 2007 by Thomas Cook Publishing

The cover of my 2007 Greek Island Hopping guide by Thomas Cook Publishing

 

Great guidebook: It’s already five years old, but much of the information in my well-worn copy of Greek Island Hopping 2007 is still so relevant and useful, this is the first book I pick up whenever I need to plan a trip or find an answer for questions that friends or I might have about travelling in Greece.

Known as the Bible of Greece travel guidebooks, the Greek Island Hopping series is written and researched by Frewin Poffley, who packs an incredible amount of detailed and helpful information — along with maps, illustrations and photos – between the covers of each year’s thick paperback edition. (There are 720 fact-filled pages in my 2007 version.)

The book’s primary focus is on ferry travel, explaining how to go from one destination to another using Greece’s complicated and often confusing interisland ferry network.  But it also offers a wealth of information about things to see and do on each island, as well as in Athens and all of the ports on the Greek mainland. The book also provides advice about accommodations, but that content seems to be aimed chiefly at backpackers and budget travellers seeking wallet-friendly hotel options, as well as hostels and campsites. (It won’t give much guidance if you’re trying to decide between two 5-star caldera view hotels in Oia, on Santorini, but if you’re going to be paying €500+ per night for somewhere to sleep, you’ve probably got a travel agent making those arrangements for you anyways.)

I find the guidebook particularly useful for its maps of port towns, key island villages, and important tourist attractions, such as the archaeological ruins on Delos island and The Asklepieion on Kos, to name just two.  And while there’s a staggering amount of dry — but important — factual data in the guidebook, Poffley’s candid, personal descriptions of each destination make for an amusing and fun read. (I don’t always share the same impressions about some of the islands, but I can see where Poffley’s coming from with many of his sharp-witted observations.)

Greek Island Hopping 2012 hits bookstores later this month, and can be ordered online. Don’t go island hopping without one!

 

Greek Island Hopping by Thomas Cook Publishing

The Greek Island Hopping books provide incredibly detailed information about the Greek ferry network, including routes, ferry lines, and individual boats.

 

Greek Island Hopping by Thomas Cook Publishing

The book features information about each island and its ports, with maps, photos and illustrations showing how to get around and where to find key attractions

 

Greek Island Hopping by Thomas Cook Publishing

Not only does the book tell you how to ferry from one island to another, it even shows how to get from one village to another once you’re there. This 2-page map, for instance, shows hiking paths that run the length of Amorgos.

 

Greek Island Hopping by Thomas Cook Publishing

The book’s colour map and detailed descriptions of Delos Island will help you enjoy the historic archaeological ruins completely at your own pace, instead of in a huge tour group or with an expensive private guide

 

 

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