Staying on the Islands of Greece
When staying on one of the islands of Greece, you’ll receive a two-fold benefit. First, the scenic mountains, forests and coastlines will mesmerize you. Second, there’s a quiet stillness in many of the remote locations that is very inviting if you want a peaceful vacation. If you plan to visit several different islands in Greece, you might find an island tour package helpful. You’ll be able to visit several different popular islands, and the travel agency takes care of your transportation to and from the islands by ferry and also your hotel stay at each island. You can enjoy islands such as Crete, Kos, Lesvos and Rhodes during your visit to Greece without the typical hassles. These tour packages are also great if you’re planning to tour the Cyclades. Many packages enable you to choose which islands you want to visit during your stay, and your hotels as well.
Taking the Ferry
The best means of transportation to the Greek islands is the ferry boat. It’s inexpensive and very relaxing. The ferry boats typically have snack bars, restaurants and comfortable seating. Some boats have cabins where you can rest during your trip. There are also modern ferries that are similar to airplanes. These provide TV or movie entertainment, comfortable chairs and great food. Tip: Be sure to plan ahead when staying on an island. Make sure a ferry ride is available at the times you’ll be arriving at or departing from each island. If you’re uncomfortable planning the trip, use a dependable travel agency to be safe.
Don’t Miss Greece’s Mainland
Don’t become so occupied with the islands of Greece that you miss the mainland! Greece’s mainland has much to offer as well. The Peloponessos, for example, is referred to by many locals as the “true Greece” and has many stunning beaches, seaside mountains and unique towns such as Githeon. Here you can discover Greece’s most amazing attractions, the Diros Caves and the Santorini volcano. Also, there’s the Byzantine city of Mystras, which overlooks Sparta. Also on the mainland is modern Greece’s first capital city, Nafplio. Here you can visit the area of Argolis to see archaeological sites such as Epidavros, Nemea and Argos. Nafplio has fortresses, restaurants, great beaches and an active night life. Another popular area on the mainland is the Town of Kalavrita, where you can go skiing, see scenic mountains, and also visit a gorge with a train that runs for 22 kilometers near waterfalls and rapids, and the Cave of the Lakes.
A Tour of Athens, Greece
Athens combines modern city life with ancient Greek customs, making it one of the most intriguing places to live and visit in Europe. The city’s coastal tram provides easy access to the beaches at Attika. There are many new parks and streets that have been transformed with convenient walking paths. Many of the museums and hotels in Athens have been renovated. Even if you can’t see the Olympics in Athens, you can witness where it took place and learn for yourself why so many tourists love Athens. Restaurants, cafes, night life and spectacular events make Athens far from boring any time of the year.
When to Travel to Greece
If traveling in July or August, be prepared for the crowds and hopping night life. Make your reservations early to secure the best possible rates and a place to stay. This is when many college students visit Greece. During May through June or September through October, the weather in Greece is great and it’s much quieter. This is a great time to visit islands such as Santorini or Mykonos. You can enjoy many of the beaches without the big crowds. Also, this is a great time for honeymooners!
Touring Greece in Winter
Greece is not crowded during the winter months, and this is a great time to see the sites, explore museums and maybe even take a swim on warm days. Many days you’ll enjoy mild temperatures. The winter in Greece is usually not harsh unless you’re in the high elevations of the mountains. You can also ski in Arahova, which is near Delphi.
See Greece by Boat
A great way to tour Greece is by sailboat or Yacht! You can tour the islands by water while viewing the fascinating scenery. See the island coasts from a different perspective and enjoy the fresh open air all at once.