25 of the best places to stay in Greece and the Greek islands (2023)

Prices are for one night in mid-July unless stated otherwise

Athens and Peloponnese

Asomaton, Athens

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This new boutique-art hotel is in a listed building and Greek-American artist Philip Tsiaras has curated a selection of his paintings for each of the 19 rooms. It’s close to the ancient Kerameikos cemetery, a hammam, the marble-hewn synagogue of Beth Shalom, and the Museum of Islamic Art. The Acropolis Terrace has views over the ancient landmark. There is an indoor pool, too. The two-course breakfast menu features eggs “kayana” (with tomatoes) and Nutella pancakes.
Doubles from €129 B&B, asomaton.com

Athens4

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In a peaceful, pedestrianised sidestreet near Monastiraki metro, this is a no-frills hotel. There’s no reception but a multifunctional lobby, where staff roam with tablets to check guests in and out; and it doubles as a breakfast room. The patterned wallpaper decor nods to its history as a cloth factory, while sunshine yellows, creams and light blues make the 23 bedrooms appear bright and large. They’re surprisingly quiet, given that the hotel is near the centre of Athenian nightlife – which only gets going after midnight. Families love it for its pet-friendliness and for its suites for up to six people; plus there’s a babysitter on request.
Doubles from €99 B&B, athens4.com

Coco-Mat Athens

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Coco-Mat made its name in Greece manufacturing beds, pillows and mattresses using natural products, before it diversified into hotels. This is its modish flagship in Athens, in fashionable Kolonaki, with 39 rooms and suites, plus a showroom on the ground floor. If you thought choosing a pillow was the latest thing, here you can have a choice of bed: jot down your weight, height, sleeping position and body shape to request a Tailor-made Sleep in advance. The hotel is within walking distance of the major sights, as well as bars and restaurants. Buffet breakfast is organic – and there’s a great Acropolis view from the roof garden.
Doubles from €135 room only, cocomatathens.com

Monsieur Didot, Athens

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Named after the creator of a Greek font that typesetters used to produce incendiary pamphlets leading to the Greek revolution in the 1820s, this boutique hotel is an 1890s neoclassical design, with six spacious, high-ceilinged rooms, parquet floors, spiral staircases, window grilles and Juliet balconies. Rumoured to have hosted John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their 1969 Athens trip, it’s low on facilities – take breakfast in your room, many cooked dishes carry a charge – but scores high for atmosphere and its central location.
Doubles from €149 B&B, monsieurdidot.com

Kinsterna, south-east Peloponnese

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Among vineyards, olives and citrus trees, this hotel overlooks the south-eastern coast of the Peloponnese, with views towards the granite rock of Monemvasia, “Greece’s Gibraltar”. The main building occupies an old Turkish judge’s house, whose amalgam of Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and Greek features speaks of its chequered history. Although it made its name through its award-winning spa – offering, among others, cryotherapy treatments as espoused by Cristiano Ronaldo – the hotel later expanded into personal experiences: guests tread on grapes during the wine harvest, bake their own bread in an old wood-fired oven and make their own soap with herbs from its gardens.
Doubles from €225 B&B, kinsternahotel.gr

Finikes, south-west Peloponnese

An off-grid campsite, Finikes hit the spotlight when the former Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras stayed here with his family in 2017. At Finikounda in south-western Peloponnese, it’s a simple beach resort with honey-hued beaches, space for 80 campers, and 16 sizeable bungalows with their own bathrooms, cooking facilities and verandas. It borders a sandy beach shaded by mulberries, poplars and olives, and there’s a cafe instead of a loud beach bar. The low-key restaurant is still supervised by the Iosifelis family – longtime managers of the property.
Camping €13 for two in a tent, two-person bungalow €60 room only, finikescamping.gr

Opora, Argolic Gulf

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An agritourism farm with four detached houses divided into six residences amid orange and olive groves, Opora combines rural understatement with all-mod-cons comfort. For swimming there’s a small pool and, if the Nafplio town beach, 5.6 miles away, feels trifling, the seaside resort of Tolo is seven miles further on. However, Opora is ideal for archaeological sightseeing – Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidaurus and Corinth are a short drive away – and for immersing yourself in local culture. The hotel runs seminars on beekeeping, cooking lessons and wine tastings in the nearby Nemea region, famous for its reds. There are also daylong excursions, including to the islands of Hydra and Spetses.
Doubles from €90 B&B (minimum two nights), oporacountryliving.com

Central and North

Racconto, Parga

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Hotel Racconto is on a private hill overlooking Parga – a resort whose sugar-fine beaches and jade-coloured waters surrounded by thick vegetation could pass for the Caribbean. It’s decorated by renowned Greek designer Panos Petridis in Aegean white that contrasts with the green surroundings, and even sports a meditation space. Rooms feature the surreal art of Greek photographer Amalia Sotiropoulou, while the dinner and breakfast menus have been devised by chef Ektoras Botrini, whose Athens restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star.
Doubles from €161 B&B, minimum three nights, racconto-hotel.com

Pelion Homes, Mount Pelion

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These eight villas, plus a mansion, on the western side of the Mount Pelion peninsula are mostly scattered around the village of Agios Georgios Nilias. All but two have private swimming pools. Guests can either holiday in privacy, combining spectacular treks in the thick woods with swims in the lake-like waters of the Pagasetic Gulf, or join one of the retreat programmes, whose workshops focus on yoga, meditation and wellness, mingled with nature-based experiences, such as mushroom picking and herb foraging (half-board provided).
Self-catering villa for two from €90 (minimum three nights), pelionhomes.com

Makedonia Palace, Thessaloniki

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Thessaloniki’s grande dame, host to VIPs from Vladimir Putin to Hillary Clinton and Catherine Deneuve to Selena Gomez, has emerged from a long renovation with impeccable eco credentials – even the lobby fireplace uses plant bioethanol – and a feisty character matching its signature cocktail: dark rum, lavender syrup, passion fruit puree, lime and fire water. A modernist icon in a privileged position on the waterfront near the museum district, it has an outdoor pool and two multi-award-winning restaurants that lean on a fusion of Italian and Greek cuisine. Special deals mean that its star-studded glamour is more affordable than ever.
Doubles from €171 B&B, makedoniapalace.com

Mikro Papigo 1700, Pindus mountains

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This is a luxury hotel in one of the remote Zagorohoria, a grouping of 40-odd villages inside the Vikos-Aoos Unesco geopark in the Pindus mountains of northern Greece; the “1700” refers to its altitude in metres. The location, under the Tymfi massif, is a gateway to exceptional hiking around the Vikos gorge. Its 18 rooms and suites constructed of wood and local granite – recycled from old, dilapidated houses – are typical of Zagori’s austere architecture. The award-winning eco-spa operates with mountain spring water, and the Veranda 1700 restaurant puts local produce, such as hare, wild boar and buffalo, to imaginative use in dishes such as penne with trout, ouzo and cream.
Doubles from €120 B&B +€25 half-board (minimum two nights), mikropapigo.gr

Alterra Vita, Halkidiki

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A cosy yet sophisticated family B&B, Alterra Vita is less than a mile from the lively resort of Neos Marmaras. The five spacious rooms, with even more spacious bathrooms, are packed with decorative features designed by Afroditi, the family grandma, and fashioned by local craftsmen. It is close to the sand and pebble Paradisos beach on the second of the three prongs of the peninsula of Halkidiki, renowned for its pine-fringed sandy coastline, including the Blue Flag beaches of Neos Marmaras and Lagomandra. One of Alterra Vita’s main draws is its yacht, whose experienced skipper, Kostas, organises swim-and-snorkel day trips to coves and islets. Another is the breakfast spread, served in the leafy garden.
Doubles from €118 B&B (minimum three days), alterravita.com

Aegean

Oia Mansion, Santorini

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Visitors to Santorini are usually ready for a splurge, and while it’s not cheap, teaming up with friends to rent Oia Mansion bags the best spot for watching the sunsets: take it all in from the roof, immersed in the whirlpool bath or spread out on a beanbag listening to music out of the Sonos speakers. High ceilings, oak floors and antiques grace the rooms, a reminder that this is still the home of the ship-owning Nomicos family. A complimentary breakfast is cooked every morning, concierge service is 24/7, and a cook is available for hire, with meals from €70pp (vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian menus available).
For 8-10 guests, €2,047 a night room only, minimum 1-4 nights depending on season, oiamansion.com

Manoulas Beach, Mykonos

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Manoulas Beach on Agios Ioannis is proof that Mykonos doesn’t have to be expensive. Shirley Valentine was filmed here and put the island on the radar of sun, sea and fun. This is a family resort, with a closed bay offering protection from the wind (although the seductive bright lights of Mykonos town are 2.5 miles away). Manoulas has taken advantage of the Covid hiatus to renovate almost everything, so that it feels as if the hotel opened only yesterday. Book suites 100, 200, 300 or 400 for their unforgettable views of the sacred island of Delos.
Doubles from €180 B&B (minimum two nights), hotelmanoulas.gr

Kos Aktis, Kos

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In Kos Town, Kos Aktis is a stylish modernist pad that started off as a Xenia, one of a chain of state-run hotels built by the Greek government in the 1950s and 1960s and since privatised. As the state knew where to build them, Kos Aktis hogs the top spot of the town beach, while all 42 rooms and suites have views of the Turkish coast opposite. The hotel excels in gastronomy, with its Italian-slanted bar-restaurant H2O a regular meeting place for townsfolk, and a good reason why guests should seriously consider the four-course half board (+€23pp).
Doubles from €203 B&B, kosaktis.gr

Surf Club Keros, Limnos

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Surf Club Keros believes in sustainability without sacrificing excellence. Accommodation ranges from safari tents to yurts with private bathrooms, and activities include yoga, paddleboarding, sandboarding and windsurfing. The programmes include women-only sessions “to support and grow the women’s surfing community”, and the seven-day accessible adventure holiday “Keros for all”, for people with physical disabilities.
Safari tents for two without bathroom from €40, breakfast €12pp, surfclubkeros.com

Limeri, Rhodes

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This country guesthouse by the eponymous taverna in the village of Monolithos is the perfect base for day trips to the less tourist-trodden south of Rhodes. Now in the hands of the second generation of the Papastamatiou family, it has 10 themed rooms for 2-5 people, furnished in Rhodian style. And, at an altitude of 985ft, it’s guaranteed to keep you cool even during a heatwave; indeed, it takes its name (The Lair) after a cave used by the Resistance during the second world war. Breakfast (€10 extra) is a must, as everything is village-fresh: make space for pounghes, cheese and spinach pies cooked in a wood-fired oven, and for the pine-scented honey sourced from local beekeepers.
Doubles from €53 room only, limeri.gr

Onar Andros, Andros

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Achla on the island of Andros is one of those hard-to-get-to but worth it beaches: visitors must charter a boat from the capital, Chora – so choppy weather makes it inaccessible – or drive along a five-mile dirt track that many consider the worst in Greece. Onar comprises a cluster of 17 wood-and-stone cottages amid a protected area whose un-Aegean landscape of forests, waterfalls and creeks feels more Swiss than Greek. A chef cooks meals sourced from the garden, or through local butchers and fishers. There are hikes to local landmarks on well-marked trails. Or simply go for a swim.
Cottage for two, €290 B&B, onar-andros.gr

Crete

Almyrida Beach

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This hotel is at the Almyrida fishing village turned resort, whose shallow, sandy beach is ideal for children. Guests at the 66-room family-run hotel can also use the facilities of its luxurious sister, Almyrida Residence, next door, including a tenpin bowling alley, an infinity pool, a spa and the Thea gourmet restaurant with its sea views. But it’s the excursions here that are unmissable: a swim in the turquoise waters of the Balos lagoon, a loll-around on the pink beach of Elafonissi, and a wine-tasting session at the nearby Dourakis winery to sample the local grapes of Malvasia, Vidiano and Vilano.
Doubles from €105 B&B, almyridaresort.com

Delina Mountain Resort

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Crete means beaches to many, but the villages on its central mountain range are far more interesting and unspoiled. Delina Mountain Resort lies on Mount Psiloritis, inside the eponymous Unesco global geopark, a world of deep gorges, primeval rock plateaux and caves, one of which is said to be the birthplace of Zeus. Relax and recuperate in the resort’s 13 suites – there’s a spa, a sauna, a hammam and a small Venetian lake – and choose from activities such as birdwatching, caving and sea-kayaking. Dip into local culture during the music evenings, visit glass-blowing and weaving workshops, and the 17th-century Vossakos monastery that belongs to the monastic republic of Mount Athos.
Doubles from €69 B&B, €88 half-board, delina.gr

Royal Marmin Bay

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An 88-room five-star resort just off the tourist hub of Elounda, there is much to commend this place for … This is the first certified energy-efficient hotel in Greece, using solar panels for heating water – which, recycled, ends up spraying the gardens – while insulation and efficient heat recovery are employed to perfection. Dining choices include a sushi bar, a buffet restaurant and a la carte fine dining; there’s a pool bar or beach bar below; and guests can play backgammon while sipping strong Greek coffee in a traditional coffee house. Art lovers will treasure the summer exhibition featuring Dutch-Greek artist Christina Chatzideve.
Doubles from €311 B&B, royalmarminbay.gr

Ionian islands

Leeda’s Cottages, Zakynthos

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These 12 villas and cottages, split between a farmhouse and buildings nearby, are a labour of love for the Giatra family, who’ve owned the farmhouse for generations – if you look closely you’ll spot cornerstones from 1821. There’s a restaurant that serves Zakynthian food – literally farm-to-table – while twice a week there’s a barbecue where the guests hang out like an extended family under the shade of orange, lemon and medlar trees. Kids will delight in the company of wandering goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, peacocks and the lone donkey, while adults who need to recharge with neon and loud music can pop over to the mega-resort of Laganas, three miles away.
Cottage for two €760 B&B for four nights (the minimum stay), leedas-villas.com

Paxos Beach, Paxos

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The tiny island of Paxos is said to have been torn apart from Corfu by Poseidon, so that he could enjoy some quality time with his wife, Amphitrite. Little has changed since … Hotel Paxos Beach, offering 42 minimalist-modern rooms and on an idyllic bay a mile from the capital, Gaios, is all undisturbed tranquillity. Laze on a deckchair by the large pool, play tennis, swim from the private beach or tramp off into the surrounding pines, olives and orange groves. The restaurant serves Ionian specialities, such as veal sofrito (traditional stew).
Doubles from £128 B&B, paxosbeachhotel.gr

Fzeen, Cephalonia

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Fzeen means “living well” in ancient Greek, a name that befits this health-spa-cum-resort comprising 61 rooms and two villas on Kefalonia’s Lourdas beach. Don’t come here if you just want to pootle around: there are morning hikes and beach jogging, three yoga decks – each with its own personality – and a spa offering 13 pages of treatments. Living well also means eating well, and the food in the two restaurants is impeccable, while soft drinks are wellness-based, with names like Cleanse, Antibacterial Shot, Açaí Rejuvenator and Herbal Retreat. All this comes at a price, but all gym and yoga classes are inclusive, and you can join its membership scheme to get immediate discounts.
Doubles from €346 B&B, fzeenretreat.com

Arcadion, Corfu

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FAQs

Where should I stay in Greece for the first time? ›

Santorini would make for a great vacation spot for first-timers or families due to its nature as a tourist hub. Areas within Peloponnese would be best for avoiding tourists as most gather around the major islands and cities. Athens is the one city that everyone must visit when in Greece.

What is the most beautiful area of Greece? ›

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands nestled in the Aegean Sea. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and romantic islands in the world. Spectacular sunsets, traditional whitewashed houses and the breathtaking sights of the ocean is what makes this island so special.

How do I choose which Greek island to visit? ›

Greek islands: How to choose the right one for your holiday
  1. Best scenery: Santorini.
  2. Best nightlife: Mykonos.
  3. Best traditional village life: Naxos.
  4. Best kiteboarding and windsurfing: Paros.
  5. Best beaches: Milos.
  6. Best for nature lovers: Ikaria.
  7. Best Robinson Crusoe destination: Koufonisia.
  8. Best couples getaway: Folegandros.
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What is the best month to visit Greece? ›

The best time to visit is late spring (May) and fall (Sept-Oct). It's pleasant, with comfortable weather, no rain, and smaller crowds (except during holiday weekends). Winter (late Oct through mid-March) is colder, with some rainfall.

How many days do you need on each Greek island? ›

In order to fully immerse yourself in the authentic Greek life and culture and explore as much as possible, we recommend spending at least 2-3 nights on each island, so if you're planning to visit the four ones mentioned above, it would take you a little over a week.

How many days is enough for Greece? ›

Spend at least seven days in Greece, and you'll be able to comfortably explore Athens plus one or two Greek islands—pair Mykonos and Santorini, for example, or stick to the culture and cuisine of Crete.

Which is the best Greek island to visit for the first time? ›

If travelers could only visit one of the many Greek islands, Santorini would be the first choice. The Island has it all – from picturesque black lava sandy beaches to breathtaking hilltop whitewashed villages, to traditional vibrant culture.

Which Greek island should I stay on? ›

Crete and Santorini are the best islands as they still have plenty to do even in winter and there are lots of (open) places to stay and eat. Naxos is loaded with great beaches and the best greek island for families.

What island does Mamma Mia take place on? ›

The location in question, known as Kalokairi in the film, was the Greek island of Skopelos. One of the Sporades, it sits pretty off the eastern shore of the mainland and was largely known for its abundance of plums until, in summer 2007, Hollywood arrived.

What is the most luxurious island in Greece? ›

1. Santorini. No list of the most beautiful Greek islands would be complete without Santorini. This famous Cyclades destination is known for its whitewashed houses and blue windows.

What is the safest island in Greece? ›

The Greek Islands: Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Lesbos, and Corfu are all good options. On the larger islands, such as Crete and Corfu, there may be some disturbances in the major towns in times of stress, but nothing like what you would experience in Athens or Thessaloniki.

Which Greek island is the most touristy? ›

Crete each year is Greece's most important holiday destination – about one in six of all visitors to the country head for its biggest, most southerly and most sun-soaked island.

What is the most relaxing island in Greece? ›

Koufonisia islands have long been famed for their peaceful atmosphere and paradise-like ambiance. Being off the beaten tourist trail, Koufonisia islands have emerged as a great alternative destination, especially for the Greeks. Seriously, Koufonisia is an ideal place for relaxing holidays!

How much money do you need for Greek island hopping? ›

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For the purposes of this article, “a budget” will be around 50-60 euros per person per day. This might seem like too little for some people, but it's absolutely doable. All you need is some careful planning! What is this?

Which is nicer Crete or Corfu? ›

We'd sum it up by saying Crete is better for outdoors adventures and hiking, for out-of-season vacations, and for foodies. Corfu is more classically idyllic, has more family beaches, and is easier to travel to.

Which Greek island has the most to see and do? ›

The largest Greek island to visit, Crete has a whole heap of amazing things to see and do. It's one of those islands that'll need more than a few days to explore but don't let that put you off… it just means there's more to see.

What is the rainiest month in Greece? ›

The driest month is July with 0 mm of rainfall and 31 perfect sunny days. The wettest month is January with 41 mm of rain over 5 days.

What is the cheapest month to travel to Greece? ›

Visiting Greece on a budget is possible. All you need to do is plan accordingly. According to Skyscanner, the cheapest months to book a flight to Greece are September, October, and November.

What are the rainy months in Greece? ›

You can expect rain from October to March. From June to mid-September (summer), Santorini is sunny and warm but the wind makes the heat bearable. It almost never pours in summer. Initially, autumn is quite sunny and warm, but gradually the first rains occur and eventually becomes more frequent.

Is it better to fly or ferry between Greek islands? ›

A ferry will get you to your destination for a cheaper price. A flight will get you to your next stop with a shorter travel time. Both ferry and flight have a bit of a disorganized boarding process. I personally preferred taking the ferry because of the cheap ticket price, ease of port access, and views from the deck.

Do you need a car on the Greek islands? ›

However, you don't need a car everywhere you go, and some islands such as Hydra are traffic free in any case. You'll definitely not need a car if you place on staying in Athens for a few days – more on this later! – and finally, most car rental companies do no let you take rental cars on the ferries.

How much money do you need for a week in Greece? ›

Past travelers have spent, on average, €32 ($32) on meals for one day and €24 ($24) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Greece for a couple is €116 ($116). So, a trip to Greece for two people for one week costs on average €1,722 ($1,720).

Is Crete or Athens better? ›

The latter prefers vacation resorts with hotels by the lapping Mediterranean Sea, and boasts quaint villages and towns filled with tourist souvenir shops and tourist-orientated tavernas. To put it another way: Crete is for classic R&R holidays, while Athens is for culture trips and shopping.

Should I go to Mykonos or Santorini first? ›

This one again depends on your style of travel and the things you like to do while on vacation. If you want to kick back on the beach for most of your holiday, then you'll probably think Mykonos is best, while if you want to explore vineyards and boat trips, you might prefer Santorini.

What is the best way to visit Greece? ›

But one of the best ways to visit Greece is on a cruise. Surrounded by sea and with thousands of beautiful islands, cruises offer first-timers to Greece the opportunity to visit several different places over a short period of time.

Which Greek island is cheapest? ›

Crete – The best Greek island for low prices

It's also one of the most beautiful, diverse and cheapest islands in Greece. It is famous for the Palace of Knossos, the iconic beaches of Elafonisi and Balos, and the fantastic local cuisine.

Which Greek island has nicest beaches? ›

The Greek islands with the best beaches are Crete, Mykonos, Naxos, Milos, Paros, Ios, Lefkada, Zakynthos, Rhodes, Karpathos and more. The best for families with kids are Agios Georgios Beach in Naxos and Agios Nikitas in Lefkada. The best for partying are Paradise Beach on Mykonos and Pounta beach in Paros.

Which Greek island is the least touristy? ›

Samothraki, also known as Samothrace, is one of the least touristy Greek islands for foreigners. It's quite popular for Greeks going on holiday, especially for those who live in the north of the country.

Which is the most unspoilt Greek island? ›

What is this? Kasos is unspoilt Greek island with incredible natural beauty, gorgeous sandy beaches, and whitewashed villages. There are five main settlements on the island, with the one of Polis and the port bearing the ancient ruins of the past.

What beach did they film Mamma Mia on? ›

Where was Mamma Mia filmed? In Mamma Mia, most of the outdoor scenes were filmed on location at the small Greek island of Skopelos, and the seaside hamlet of Damouchari in the Pelion area of Greece. The film's main location site in Skopelos was Kastani beach on the south west coast.

How do you get from Mamma Mia to Athens? ›

Skopelos has no airport, so visitors need to fly to Skiathos, where some other scenes in the original "Mamma Mia" were shot, and then take about an hour-long ferry ride to Skopelos. That's the quickest route. You can also drive up the coast from Athens on the fast, good National Highway.

Where do the wealthy go in Greece? ›

The Greek island of Mykonos is known as a party capital and is a vacation hot spot for millionaires and billionaires.

Where do celebs stay in Greece? ›

Many Celebrities Coming to Mykonos, Greece, Choose the Popular Cavo Tagoo Hotel. Located in the foothills between two Mykonos ports in the main town, this prestige hotel is known for outstanding sunset views and a great atmosphere.

Which is nicer Crete or Rhodes? ›

Crete is around eight times bigger than Rhodes and as a result has more places to see, things to do, and is arguably the more beautiful island. The beaches are gorgeous too, and the cuisine on the island is unique and some of the best in Greece.

Which Greek island has clearest water? ›

Which island has the clearest water in Greece? Kefalonia island is surrounded by crystalline waters of magnificent blue. One of the best beaches for admiring the beauty of the island is Myrtos beach on the northwest coast.

Is it better to stay in Athens or Santorini? ›

Travelers usually think of Athens as a better destination for backpackers than Santorini. With so many budget-friendly offerings, Athens is extremely popular for backpackers. The city has long been established as a backpackers destination with budget friendly food and plenty of hostels around town.

Is it better to stay in Crete or Santorini? ›

Crete has more small traditional (non-touristy) villages. Santorini is more romantic and better suited to a honeymoon. Santorini has better and more unique luxury hotels. Fira (in Santorini) and Chania and Heraklion (in Crete) all have excellent clubs and nightlife.

What part of Greece is good for tourist? ›

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Part of the Cyclades group, Santorini is among the most picturesque islands and definitely one of the best places to visit in Greece. Also part of the Cyclades, Mykonos features a modern, cosmopolitan society blended with traditional whitewashed houses and maze-like streets.

Is it better to stay in Mykonos or Santorini? ›

The scenery, views, sunsets, and natural beauty of Santorini are unrivaled by Mykonos or any other Greek island. Mykonos is not without its beautiful spots but for scenes that are truly jaw-dropping, Santorini wins hands-down. Santorini is more romantic and much better suited to a honeymoon or couples vacation.

How long is the ferry ride from Athens to Santorini? ›

Yes, you can travel with a fast ferry from Athens to Santorini as many companies run the route throughout the year. The duration of the trip with the high-speed ferry to Santorini is about 4-5 hr.

What is the best month to go to Santorini? ›

From late March to early June, and from early September to late October are the best times to go to Santorini. During these times, you can enjoy the warm, sunny island weather and go on adventures like scuba diving, mountain hikes, and ocean swims.

How many days is enough for Santorini? ›

We recommend staying 3 to 5 days in order to visit as many places as possible. Santorini is a versatile island; besides Oia, the volcano, and the breathtaking views, there are many things to explore. You can also do it in 24 hours since many day trips are suggested from other nearby islands.

Is Corfu or Crete better? ›

In fact, they're just about as different as it's possible to get between a duo of Greek islands. We'd sum it up by saying Crete is better for outdoors adventures and hiking, for out-of-season vacations, and for foodies. Corfu is more classically idyllic, has more family beaches, and is easier to travel to.

How many days is enough to see Greece? ›

How Many Days in Greece: For most people I would recommend a visit of 10 to 15 days. This will allow time for a few days in Athens; a day trip or overnight trip to one or two of Nafplio, Delphi, or the Meteora; and several nights in 2 or 3 greek islands. Of course, trips of more or less time are definitely possible.

Is Santorini difficult to walk around? ›

Getting around Santorini is easy. The island's small size means distances and journey times are short and options are many.

Is it better to go to Crete or Mykonos? ›

If you prefer quiet destinations, Crete offers better options, though you'd have to choose carefully where to stay. But if you don't really want to go out and explore, Mykonos might be better as is more compact – plus, there are hundreds of high-end hotels and rooms.

Where did the Kardashians stay in Greece? ›

The Kardashians stayed at Celestia Grand (back when it was part of neighboring Volcano View Hotel) in Santorini during their vacation in Greece. It's an awesome luxury villa collection, located south of Fira (about a 30 minute walk into town or an easy ride with a taxi or their complimentary shuttle).

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