Plan your Santorini island hopping for 2020!
Of course, as a local my heart belongs to Santorini, but there’s way more to see beyond one island! That’s why island hopping, or travelling to multiple of the close islands around here, has always been popular. Each island has something to offer – why not just get a taste of them all?
It’s a wonderful little mini adventure, and if you plan it right it will become the source of so many memories!
Santorini island hopping
Here’s some of the islands around Santorini that people visit most often – Milos, Ios, Anafi, Foleandros, Naxos and, of course, Mykonos.
They’re all Mediterranean islands with their own unique flavor, but if you’re in a pinch I would for sure recommend looking at Mykonos, at least. It’s the biggest island around and it can offer some pretty unique experiences. Take a look at an article I wrote about Santorini and Mykonos a while back here.
The one thing to really remember is this – try not to just take a boat ride and walk around for a couple of hours. It seems tempting and there are a lot of services which can offer that round. Of course, it all depends on your travelling style, but if you really want to get the maximum value, I would recommend at least staying overnight. Some islands like Mykonos are pretty far – it takes 3 hours to get there with a ferry, so please do consider staying over to enjoy some nice breakfast and see how the island changes during the day. Plus, there’s loads to see!
Ferry from Santorini to Mykonos
Board on a ferry from the charming island of Santorini, you’ll be there within just 3 hours with a high-speed ferry.
Mykonos is known as “Ibiza of Greece”, because of never-ending beach parties and incredible scenery. Island’s port town and capital is Chora. Another village you have to visit is the Little Venice. Just google this place and you’ll be amazed how beautiful is it’s surroundings and architecture.
No Greek island visit would be complete without stop on a beach, here are some of the nicest beaches on Mykonos:
- Paradise beach, 6 km from Chora. It is one of the most famous beaches of Mykonos, so it gathers a lot of tourists.
- Super Paradise beach, 7.5 km from Chora and it is very well organised and ther are a lot of water sports and party opportunities.
- Elia beach, 12 km from Chora. Sun beds and coffee shops all over the long coast line.
- Lia beach is located 13 km from Chora. Lia beach has soft sand and crystal clear water and is family friendly. It is located close to Kalafatis town.
Ferry from Santorini to Milos
One of the most popular island hopping destinations I have heard from my costumers in 2019.
In the summer season ferries connect Athinios port in Santorini with the port of Adamas in Milos, making island hopping quite simple. The duration of the trip from Santorini to Milos ranges from 2 h 30 minutes to almost 6 hours, depending on the ferry.
Milos is well known for the crystal clear sea, white rock formations and relaxing/ romantic atmosphere. The most popular beach of Milos Sarakiniko.
What to leave out for other travel
There’s some islands that seem tempting on paper, but are pretty hard to get to from Santorini. We mostly rely on ferry transport for island hopping, and these happen to be in a different area logistically. For example, to get to Corfu or Kefalonia you actually have to take a flight to Athens and then fly there. To visit Crete you would have to hop on a ferry and in 2 hours be there, but- it’s so big that you really just need to go there for at least 4 days to explore and enjoy your visit. To make it more easy on you check in map how big the place is, estimate the time you spend there and the time spent getting there wisely.
So that’s about it, open this is a good starter for your own research. Google the islands and get to know them – you’re all set for a real epic island hop!