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Island Hopping from Crete - to many other Greek islands. It is as easy as one ferry ride or a short plane ride. Island-hopping has never been so easy - we love exploring the Greek islands - and we know many of you do too - here are our tips.
Here we show you some of our favourite places in Greece, close to Crete
and further away, with plenty of tips of what to see and where to
Magical Places to Stay in Rhodes - unique and fairytale accommodation that will capture your imagination
Skopelos Island - a stunning green island in the Cyclades, where the first Mamma Mia movie was filmed.
Island Hopping from Crete - including Crete in your Greek Island holiday is easy as there are flights and ferries between Chania port and airport and Heraklion port and airport.
From Athens, you could choose to fly to Crete to avoid a 9 hour ferry journey, as the flight is only 1 hour. See more information about getting to Crete here
Explore Crete with plenty of time, see our handy e-book guides to the back roads of the west and east, or combine the two into at least a 10 day journey through Crete.
One of the most common ways to start island-hopping is to take the fast ferry from Heraklion in Crete to Santorini - a journey of only 2 hours.
From Santorini you can take ferries to many of the Cycladic islands, such as Mykonos or Syros, then return to Athens via Pireaus Port or Rafina Port. Using Rafina Port is more relaxing, if you do not want to go through downtown Athens, and you could stay close to Rafina or at the airport hotel, prior to taking a long flight back home.
More information here on Athens accommodation options
Island Hopping from Crete - our tips for itineraries include day by day suggestions and accommodation ideas. This 10 day itinerary includes Crete and Mykonos and the experience of sleeping in Mykonos Chora, the old town of Mykonos. Wake up with the bay sparkling at your window and stroll just a few metres for coffee at Little Venice. Now that is the way to experience Mykonos!
Greek holiday makers and those familiar with the Cyclades already know about Syros, but international visitors have not yet discovered her beauties, which makes the visit even more special.
The capital, Ermoupolis, (pictured above) was once the capital of Greece, and retains the spendour of a wealthy and prosperous past, with exquisite neoclassical architecture and marble streets.
Take a ferry from Mykonos to Syros in less than a day, and then return to Athens Airport via Rafina Port, making your Crete to Cycladic island-hopping smooth and easy.
I learned Greek on Syros island, enjoying the food, beaches and culture after classes! This was an ideal way to get to know Syros, meet wonderful people and improve my language skills.
Santorini is famous for many reasons, and deservedly so. The views from height at the edge of the caldera are magnificent. The atmosphere is indescribable, the light is the stuff of poetry, and the bright white symmetry of the architecture stunning.
As Santorini is so accessible from Crete, we suggest it can be easily included in your Greek island-hopping plans. Just be aware that it gets really, really crowded in summer. There are two ways to deal with this, book waaay ahead, or travel in spring. May and June are perfect months to travel Greece. Sparkling blue seas, more space, time to relax. The shoulder season of autumn - that is - September and October - is also a good time to visit to avoid excessive crowds.
Or take a 9.5 hour overnight ferry from Pireaus port of Athens to Heraklion port.
More on flights and ferries below.
Car hire in Crete is a really good idea as it is a large island 60 km by 260 km. There is so much to explore.
When you book with our car rental partners - Rental Centre Crete - you are supporting a local company with excellent service and an easy online booking procedure. We are sure you will be well looked after by the team. Choose from hybrid or non-hybrid vehicles.
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