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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How to organise the best island hopping in Greece
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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