Greece just might have it all. Gorgeous beaches, inspiring landscapes, an incredible history, fantastic cuisine – and that’s only the beginning. In addition to its sure beauty and ideal climate, Greece remains one of the top destinations for sailing because of its many diverse island regions. Here our some of our favourite destinations for Greek island hopping holidays with Zizoo.
It is advisable to begin planning your route well before your departure, which is why we created a Guide to the Greek Islands to give you some inspiration and practical information. Whether you choose to sail around the Aegean or the Ionian Sea, you will be sure to encounter some of the most beautiful beaches and most striking landscapes in the world. Let us help you find the perfect route for your own personal Greek island cruise. Contact our team for more info.
The Cyclades are the most popular and most visited islands in Greece. The group consists of 56 islands, including the well-known islands of Ios, Mykonos and Santorini – and the smaller Cyclades including Naxos, Donousa, Irakleia, Koufonisia and Schinoussa. This island region is especially well known for its whitewashed houses with vibrant coloured blue roofs and its volcanic beaches. If you are looking for a place to party or a romantic getaway, then Mykonos and Santorini are the islands for you.
But if you are looking for something a bit different, we recommend spending your Greek holiday island hopping around the smaller Cyclades. Though located within a short distance from the busy islands of Santorini and Mykonos, the smaller Cyclades remain a peaceful oasis with secluded beaches and a truly authentic feel. From Mykonos, head south to take a tour of the islands of Naxos, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Keros and Amorgos.
If you want to sail around the Cyclades, please note that this is not protected against from strong winds. Start your tour around the Cyclades from one of our many boats in Mykonos.
Another option for those seeking a bit more seclusion for your sailing holiday would be the northeastern Aegean islands. This picturesque archipelago is located at the northern end of the mainland and includes some of the more remote and larger Greek islands of Ikaria, Samos, Lemnos, Lesvos and Chios. From the rich history of Samos to the magical waters of Fourni and the therapeutic hot springs of Ikaria, this group of islands are sure to make your island hopping trip in Greece one to remember. Get started by checking into your boat in Chios and get ready for a holiday of a lifetime.
The Sporades are ideal for island hopping in Greece. The name of these islands can be translated as “those scattered”. Located close to Athens, the Sporades are an ideal destination for a weekend getaway for many residents as well as visitors to the capital. The 24 islands that make up this region are full of stunning natural scenery: dense forests, rocky landscapes and striking bays. Start your trip in Skiathos and explore the other islands from there. To learn more about sailing in the Sporades you can read posts by our guest blogger, Georgie Moon.
Enjoy the pleasure of discovering the Greek islands at your own pace on your own private boat. An experience not easily achieved when going on an organised Greek island hopping tour. Take a look at our boat locations in Greece or contact us for more information.