Get to Know the Aegean Islands
Top Things to Do in the Aegean Islands
Getting Around Between Islands
Ferry travel is the most common and convenient way to island hop in the Aegean. Daily high-speed and slower ferries connect the various island groups. You can opt to take faster catamarans or slower car ferries depending on your budget and priorities.
Ferries run most frequently during the high season between April and September. Advance booking is recommended, especially for vehicles. One-way tickets are affordable, usually between 10 to 30 euros per person for common routes.
Some key ferry routes include Piraeus (Athens) to the Cyclades, Dodecanese/Eptanisa/Northeast Aegean Islands, Kos to Rhodes, Santorini to Crete, and Patmos to Samos.
Alternatively, you can fly between islands out of Athens or Thessaloniki. Flights are significantly shorter but also pricier. However, it can be worth it to maximize your time on the islands.
When to Visit the Aegean Islands
Where to Stay in the Aegean Islands
What to Eat in the Aegean Islands
Fresh seafood takes center stage across the Aegean, from grilled fish to seafood Mezedes. Look for regional specialties like lobster spaghetti on Santorini, chickpea croquettes on Rhodes, or Stamnagathi greens pies on Chios. Meat dishes feature lamb, goat, and rabbit. Vegetarians will find plenty of appetizing meatless Mezedes like fried zucchini balls, fava dip, and tomato keftedes.
The Secret Spots and Hidden Gems
Beyond the superstar islands like Santorini and Mykonos, quieter islands hold hidden treasures without the crowds. Off-season Naxos offers green lushness, Venetian castles, and nearly empty beaches. Visit the 11th-century BC ruins in secluded Keros.
Wander around the whitewashed village of Mesta in southern Chios. Take peaceful nature hikes through Sifnos’ pristine olive groves and meadows. Explore the mountain villages of Ikaria known as Greece’s Blue Zone for longevity. Marvel at Patmos’ intricate monastery mosaics and dust-free Chora quarter.
The options are endless across these lesser-known islands! You’ll find quaint tavernas, crystalline waters, and intimate hideaways where you can soak up authentic Greek island life.