Greek island hopping 2024

Greek island hopping 2024

Greek island hopping 2024

Ready to dive into the adventure of Greek island hopping in 2024? You’re in for the trip of a lifetime! Each island’s got its own vibe – from Mykonos, where the party never stops, to the chill, dreamy sunsets of Santorini. We’re talking about hopping from one slice of paradise to another, discovering everything from lively beaches to quiet, hidden nooks. This guide’s your buddy, making sure you hit the ground running without missing a beat. Let’s get this island-hopping party started!

Greek island hopping 2024
Greek island hopping 2024
 

Greek Island Hopping 2024: All You Need to Know

Alright, so you’re amped up for Greek island hopping in 2024, right? Here’s the scoop: there are over 6,000 islands to pick from. Yeah, you heard that right. But don’t sweat it, you’re not gonna visit them all. This is about finding those special spots that’ll make your trip epic. Think hidden beaches, ancient spots, and diving into some cool history and culture. Whether you’re all about catching rays and sipping on something cold or you wanna zig zag through ancient ruins, there’s an island with your name on it. Gear up to hop on a ferry, soak in that Aegean Sea magic, and let’s make some waves with your 2024 island hop!

Greek Island Hopping 2024: All You Need to Know

Best Greek islands to visit in 2024

Picking which Greek islands to hit in 2024? It’s like choosing your favorite ice cream flavor—tough but delicious! Crete’s your go-to for a mix of history and stunning beaches. Want a taste of medieval charm? Rhodes has got you covered. And if you’re after lush landscapes with a side of gorgeous beaches, Corfu’s calling your name. Each spot offers its own unique slice of paradise, from ancient ruins to food that’ll make your taste buds sing. So, whether you’re in it for the culture, the sunsets, or just the chill vibes, these islands are where it’s at for 2024. Get ready to dive into some serious beauty!

Greek Island Hopping 2024: All You Need to Know
Greek Island Hopping 2024: All You Need to Know
 

The Ultimate Greek Island Hopping Guide 2024

This island hopping was one more SOLO female travel for me. Well, partially, because my friend Chiara from Sicily came to join me in Koufonisia. So we did that part together.

It seemed that the Greeks (not all of course) are not particularly used to the idea of solo travel. So, when I dined alone at restaurants, I often received curious glances from those around me. Being a native Greek myself, I couldn’t help but thinking, they might be wondering, “What is this young lady doing alone? There must be something wrong about her!”

Well, surprise, surprise! There’s absolutely nothing wrong with her.

Greek Island Hopping 2024: how to organise the best island hopping in Greece
How to organise the best island hopping in Greece
 

Solo female travellers in Greece

Solo female travelers are different, one step closer to discovering their life’s purpose. Their souls crave new experiences and adventures. They follow their hearts, they dance to their own rhythm. Traveling is their ultimate passion. They don’t wait for someone to accompany them on a journey; instead they book their tickets, arrange their accommodations, pack their bags, and embark on the next adventure.

Although society tends to shine a negative light on being alone, spending time alone can actually be incredibly beneficial. It demonstrates your ability to find happiness independently, without relying on others, which can be liberating and personally fulfilling. Embrace being your own person and relying on yourself first.

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Greek Island Hopping 2024: All You Need to Know
 

Greek island hopping 2024: Mykonos island

Mykonos, my first stop on this island-hopping adventure, was primarily chosen for its convenient airport connections. With direct flights connecting Vienna to Mykonos, I found myself in the heart of the Cyclades.

Arriving in Mykonos, I decided to stay for two nights before continuing my journey to Syros, the next island on my itinerary.

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Greek Island Hopping 2024: All You Need to Know

Greek island hopping 2024: Syros island

My second stop was Syros Island, with its beautiful streets and seaside cafes.

Syros island’s timeless charm has a way to captivate your heart. Its cobblestone streets in Ermoupoli, adorned with neoclassical buildings, pastel-colored facades, and ornate balconies, create an enchanting atmosphere and weaves a kind of magic on visitors.

The aroma of freshly baked pastries from local bakeries mingles with the inviting allure of seaside cafes. Here, you can sip a glass of wine and gaze at the mesmerizing azure waters of the Aegean.

Many thanks to my friends Christianna & Iosif who hosted me at their @yosifaki and gifted me 4 days of Greek summer bliss. Thank you for the generosity and kind hospitality.

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Greek Island Hopping 2024: All You Need to Know

Tinos Island

Tinos island was the third stop in my Greek island hopping. I am in love with this island because of its unpretentious and grounded vibe.

I’ve booked accommodation right by the beach and I was absolutely enchanted by the whole experience. Imagine having breakfast and dinner by the ocean, with the soothing sounds of the waves in the background.

Fun fact: Did you know that Tinos has its own little mermaid too? Not just Copenhagen!

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How to organise the best island hopping in Greece
How to organise the best island hopping in Greece
 

Naxos island

Naxos island was the fourth stop in my Greek island hopping.

Out of all the islands I’ve explored, Naxos was my least favorite. Naxos felt quite stressful, making it hard for me to unwind. I also felt ignored at taverns as a solo female traveler, and I constantly had to navigate through hordes of tourists.

I found the Saint George area in Naxos to be a bit too crowded for my liking. Thankfully, I stayed in the island for only two nights. The tavernas were quite packed, resulting in long queues, and the breakfast experience was similar. Having concentrated juice instead of fresh-squeezed orange juice was disappointing. What was even worse is the 10.30 AM check-out time; it feels a bit absurd, almost as if they’re rushing you out to make way for the next guest. There’s hardly any time for a leisurely breakfast or proper packing; it’s quite stressful.

Now if you wonder why I visited Naxos…well, Naxos was the transit point from Tinos to Koufonisia, which is where I originally intend to go. My goal was Koufonisia, not Naxos.

My standards for travel are rather high, possibly because of my extensive global travels and stays in some of the world’s finest hotels. I prefer to be treated as a discerning traveler, not just another tourist. It’s my own oversight, really; at times, I seem to make the wrong choice in hotels. They may appear appealing on the internet, but upon arrival, discovering concentrated juices and a 10.30 AM check-out is a definite deal-breaker for me. I don’t voice complaints; instead, I simply choose not to return.

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Koufonisia : The Unexpected Adventure on My Fifth Stop

The fifth stop of my island-hopping adventure brought with it a delightful twist of fate that transformed a planned three-night stay into a remarkable eight-night sojourn.

Koufonisia, with its tranquil beaches and idyllic scenery, was initially a brief stop on my journey, but destiny had other plans. What made this stop truly extraordinary was the arrival of my dear friend Chiara from Sicily. Her unexpected visit turned my solo adventure into an unforgettable shared experience.

We reveled in the pristine beauty of Koufonisia, explored its hidden gems, and indulged in the local culture together. The magic of Koufonisia, amplified by the presence of a cherished friend, allowed us to forge memories that will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

The island’s azure waters, golden sunsets, and warm hospitality became the backdrop for an adventure that surpassed all expectations. This unplanned extension of my stay in Koufonisia reminded me of the serendipity that often graces travelers and the extraordinary moments that arise when you embrace the unexpected. In the end, it’s these surprise twists that make our journeys all the more remarkable and our stories truly extraordinary.

 

Back to Mykonos – by accident

I missed my flight from Mykonos to Athens due to a delay in the ferry from Koufonisia. Under usual circumstances, this might have been a cause for concern, but, surprisingly, I found myself feeling incredibly excited about the situation.

I contacted the airline company, rescheduled my flight for the following day, and seized the opportunity to book a last-minute hotel room for me.

One of my life mottos is simple: you get what you pay for. This principle extends to my business as well. Hence, when I stumbled upon a last-minute offer for Branco Hotel in Mykonos, I didn’t hesitate to book, despite it not being a budget-friendly choice. I knew I was in for an extraordinary experience.

Branco Hotel lived up to my expectations, reminding me that sometimes, you must indulge and treat yourself. In the end, the memories and the quality of the experience make the investment more than worthwhile.

So, in a whirlwind of adventures and exploration, my Greek island-hopping journey continued, proving that every island has its own unique story to tell, whether you’re traveling solo or with a companion.

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Hydra: The Grand Finale of My Island Hopping Journey

Hydra marked the splendid conclusion of my island-hopping adventure in 2023.

Hydra’s allure lies in its timeless beauty and unique charm. The absence of motor vehicles on the island, replaced by donkeys and cobblestone streets, sets the stage for a tranquil and almost poetic experience. As you stroll along the narrow alleys, adorned with whitewashed buildings and vibrant bougainvillea, you’ll feel transported to a bygone era.

The harbor at Hydra is a bustling hub of activity, where fishing boats and luxury yachts coexist harmoniously. Here, you can savor fresh seafood at waterfront tavernas, watch the world go by, and soak in the island’s laid-back atmosphere.

The true magic of Hydra comes alive in its sunset views. The moment the sun dips below the horizon and paints the sky in shades of orange and pink, you’ll realize why this island is so revered by travelers.

Hydra isn’t just a destination; it’s an experience that lingers in your memory long after you’ve left its shores. As the final stop in my island-hopping journey, it left me with a sense of wonder and a desire to return someday.

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Greek Island Hopping 2024: All You Need to Know
Greek Island Hopping 2024: All You Need to Know
 

Reflections Throughout My 2024 Greek Island Hopping Journey

We often don’t realize how valuable something is until we lose it.

I left my home country 12 years ago, only to realize later that it’s the only place where I feel the happiest. The joy I experience by the sea might be rooted in the memories of my childhood, as psychologists suggest that our early experiences often shape our adult emotions.

Some of my best childhood memories revolve around summers spent on an island, and this could be the key to understanding my happiness by the sea. I also find it challenging to form connections with individuals who fail to grasp my deep affection for the sea.

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I yearn for a lifestyle centered around tranquility rather than vacations. As a small business owner, success demands not only my energy but also a serene state of mind. Achieving this means embracing unhurried mornings and all the tranquility they bring. It’s essential to have the time and mental space to strategize for my business and rejuvenate my spirit.

In Vienna I’m experiencing a condition known as “Kleisoura,” a Greek term describing a strong aversion to staying indoors. This feeling has developed due to the trauma of the COVID years and the extended cold winters in Vienna, which confined me indoors for long periods. To cope, I’ve been requesting hotel rooms with balconies for the freedom to step outside whenever I need, and I even have a desire to sleep outdoors, under the stars.

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The island life – the Greek way

Every time I said to a local islander that I would like to come and live on a Greek island they literally get SHOCKED and ask me why? You have to see their face expression…I laugh so much. They rush to tell you….there is nothing to do during the winter and there is so much loneliness.

Truth is, loneliness exists everywhere, and it can even be worse in big cities. Truth is also, on an island where there is nothing to do as they love to claim, maybe they don’t know, you can invent your own things to do, you can invent your own happiness.

In fact, some people who have spent all their life in capital cities crave for peacefulness and quietness that the island life can offer. Some other have spent most of their lives on an island and long for a bustling big city life.

Some people are happy with what they have, while others crave for….a change.

The ending of European summer fills my heart with melancholy, for in recent years, I’ve been a seeker of endless summers around the globe.


 

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Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna

Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna
Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna
 

Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna

Are you looking for a fine art wedding photographer in Vienna, Austria? Look no further! My name is Silia Eleftheriadou, and I specialize in capturing beautiful moments on your special day. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for creating timeless images, I am dedicated to providing you with stunning photographs that you will cherish for a lifetime.

For bookings, please email silia@theviennesegirl.com and let’s start planning. Expect to hear back from me within the next few hours.

Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna
Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna
 

Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna

As a fine art wedding photographer, my mission is simple: to capture the essence of your special day and make people happy with my photography. I blend the timeless elegance of Vienna with the unique story of your love, resulting in photos that not only document your wedding but elevate it to a work of art. Each shot is a piece of my heart, crafted with care and love, ensuring that your memories are as stunning as the moments themselves.

For bookings, please email silia@theviennesegirl.com and let’s start planning. Expect to hear back from me within the next few hours.

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Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna
Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna
 

WEDDING AND LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA

As a wedding and lifestyle photographer in Vienna, Austria, I bring a unique mix of creativity and art to every photo I take. I know that your big day and every moment leading up to it are incredibly special. That’s why I use my camera to catch all those little moments, the big feelings, and everything in between. Living and working in Vienna means I have the perfect backdrop for your photos – from its historic streets to its breathtaking landscapes. I’m all about capturing your story, whether it’s a quiet elopement or a big party with all your loved ones. Let’s work together to make your memories last forever, with photos that you’ll look back on and love.

For bookings, please email silia@theviennesegirl.com and let’s start planning. Expect to hear back from me within the next few hours.

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Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna
 

Why Choose Silia Eleftheriadou for Your Fine Art Wedding Photography in Vienna

Choosing me for your wedding photos means you’re getting more than just a photographer. My goal is to make your special day in Vienna unforgettable through my camera lens. I focus on the little moments and big feelings that tell your story. With me, you get someone who cares deeply about making your memories last in the most beautiful way. I pay close attention to all the small details and the love shared between you and your partner.

My style blends the lovely views of Vienna with the emotions of your wedding, making each photo a treasure. I am dedicated to turning your wedding day into a collection of moments you’ll look back on with joy.

For bookings, please email silia@theviennesegirl.com and let’s start planning. Expect to hear back from me within the next few hours.

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Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna
 

The Experience: What Couples Can Expect

When you choose to work with me, you’re signing up for an experience that’s all about you. I take the time to know your story, your likes, and your wishes. This means on your big day, you’ll feel comfortable and relaxed, almost as if a friend is capturing your moments.

You can expect lots of smiles, gentle guidance for the perfect shots, and a fun day filled with love. I’ll be there to catch every laugh, tear, and dance move, making sure your wedding photos are as unique and beautiful as your love story.

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My Approach to Capturing Your Big Day

My way of taking photos on your wedding day is pretty straightforward. Seeking genuine moments and authentic emotions, I strive to capture timeless, beautiful images filled with emotion. Whether you prefer a traditional or contemporary style, I tailor my approach to your preferences, focusing on the subtle glances, joyful smiles, and unique details that define your special day. My aim is to keep things authentic, ensuring your photos truly reflect you.

For bookings, please email silia@theviennesegirl.com and let’s start planning. Expect to hear back from me within the next few hours.

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Top Editorial and portrait photography Austria
 

Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna

How to Book Me for Your Wedding

Booking me for your big day is simple! Please email me at silia@theviennesegirl.com  We’ll set up a time to chat about what you’re dreaming of for your wedding pictures, look at the packages I offer, and sort out any questions you might have. I’m here to make sure getting your wedding photos is easy and fun.

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Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna

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Silia Eleftheriadou: Fine art wedding photographer in Vienna

Documenting love stories over a decade

For more than ten years, I’ve had the honour to capture the most special moments of couples’ love stories in Vienna and in other beautiful places. Each wedding, each smile, and each tender look shared between partners have taught me something new. My camera has been my tool to freeze those moments in time, creating a window back to the feelings and stories of that day.

For bookings, please email silia@theviennesegirl.com and let’s start planning. Expect to hear back from me within the next few hours.

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Top Editorial and portrait photography Austria
 

During this journey, I’ve seen it all – from the quiet, intimate moments of a small, personal ceremony to the grand, joyous celebrations with dancing that goes on until the morning. These experiences have not just made me better at what I do; they’ve shown me the power of photography. A photo can bring back the laughter, the tears of joy, and the warmth of a hug from a loved one like it was just yesterday.

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Top Editorial and portrait photography Austria
 

What I’ve learned over these years is that every couple is unique, and so is their story. That’s why I approach each wedding with fresh eyes and an open heart, ready to capture your day in a way that’s as special and individual as your love. I’ve grown to understand the little nuances and the big emotions that make each wedding day extraordinary.

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Top Editorial and portrait photography Austria
Top Editorial and portrait photography Austria
 

Choosing me to be a part of your day means you’re trusting me with your memories, and I don’t take that lightly. I’m here to catch all those moments – big and small – so you can relive them for years to come. It’s been a beautiful journey so far, and I can’t wait to be part of more love stories, maybe even yours.

Karin de Villa
Highly recommend Silia! She is a gem in the market. 📸 She is professional, punctual, kind and creative.
Yuliia Caliskan
I recently booked a photoshoot with Silia, and I cannot express how thrilled I am with the entire experience! :) From start to finish, everything was exceptional. The location she chose was perfect, offering beautiful backdrops. She has an incredible ability to make you feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera, which is something I truly appreciate. The final photos were beyond my expectations. I am already planning my next photoshoot with Silia! :) I highly recommend her services to anyone looking for an outstanding photographer who delivers excellent results with a warm and friendly approach.
Robyn Davie
Hi Silia! I just wanted to pop in and say a HUGE thank you for the amazing images you took of us in Vienna! I have been absolutely blown away by how lovely each pic is, how much variety there is, and how kind and accommodating you were during the shoot! Thank you thank you thank you! ❤️
Erikka Hammer
My husband and I reached out to Silia back when we were living in Vienna to remember our time! She was my favorite photographer and sent us so many photos to choose from! We definitely hope to reach out again if and when we find ourselves in Vienna!
Eirini Vogiatzopoulou
After searching high and low for the perfect photographer, we finally found our match in Silia! It was like finding a hidden treasure. Silia's talent and passion for photography truly set her apart. From the moment we connected, we knew she was the one we had been searching for. Her portfolio spoke volumes, and her warmth and professionalism sealed the deal. Working with Silia was a dream come true, and the results exceeded our wildest expectations. If you're on the hunt for an exceptional photographer, look no further – Silia is the gem you've been searching for.
Ratinee Wongtaveesuklert
Silia is a true pro. She’s really easygoing and her warmth put me at ease during the photo sessions. With loads of experience under her belt, she gave great tips on what colours to wear and how to strike the best poses on the day. And let me tell you, the photos are just stunning. They’re not only beautiful but also top-quality, preserving the day forever. I’d absolutely recommend Silia without hesitation!
Chiara Fantauzza
Silia is an absolute star with a camera! She's super talented and totally committed to her photography. Working with her was a breeze – she's friendly, creative, and really knows her stuff. Silia nailed every shot at our event, going above and beyond what we hoped for. We're so grateful for the amazing memories she's captured for us. If you want a photographer who'll blow you away, Silia's the one to go for.
Melissa Legner
Silia was attentive, detail oriented and very organized in her work. Not only did she make me feel at ease during my photo session she was able to assist me afterwards when I couldn't find my photo library. Thankfully she had a backup and sent me the files again! Lifesaver!
Ioanna Lytra
Silia is an amazing photographer! She's really talented and passionate about what she does. Working with her was a breeze – she's professional, creative, and super friendly. Silia perfectly captured the vibe of our event, exceeding all our expectations. We're so thankful for the beautiful memories she gave us. If you want a photographer who'll blow you away with their skills and dedication, Silia's your go-to person.
Pavlos
Silia is an absolute gem of a photographer! From the moment we booked her for our wedding, she made us feel at ease and confident that our special day would be captured perfectly. Her talent behind the lens is truly remarkable, and she has a knack for capturing the most beautiful and candid moments effortlessly. The quality of her work speaks volumes, and we couldn't be happier with the stunning photos she delivered. Silia exceeded all our expectations, and we highly recommend her to anyone looking for a photographer who truly cares about their craft and capturing memories that last a lifetime. Thank you, Silia, for making our wedding day even more magical!

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