Hello there, are you planning your holidays in Greece and you‘re not sure where to go and what to do? Don’t worry! We’ve got you! Greece is a wonderful country full of gorgeous beaches, impeccable nightlife, and of course, tasty food. We know choosing an island in Greece to visit is difficult as there are so many beautiful spots that seem like true heaven on earth. That’s why we’ve created a ‘10 Days Greek island hopping itinerary’ which includes 2 days in Paros, 3 days in Tinos, a short day in Athens and to top it off, 3 days in Kefalonia.
The ‘10 Days Greek Island Holidays itinerary’ was made from our own experience on the islands and because of the incredible time we had, we decided to create a travel guide to give you ideas and recommendations during your stay in Greece.
From where to stay to where to party, our 10 Days Greek island holidays itinerary will be by your side. So without further ado, let’s start planning your 10 days Greek island holidays itinerary!
Let’s begin our incredible journey with Paros. Paros is famous for its natural beauty, perfect beaches and traditional villages. It’s one of the most famous islands in the Cyclades
Day 1 of Greek island hopping itinerary: Welcome to Paros Island
How to get to Paros from Athens
One of the most important parts of planning a trip to Paros is how to get to the island.
First of all, there are two ways to reach Paros from Athens: by ferry or by airplane.
If you are in Athens, you can get to Piraeus port and get on one of the countless ferries that leave for Paros on a daily basis. Some of the most known ferry companies are Hellenic Seaways, Blue Star Ferries, and Sea Jets.
Enough with the transportation. Let’s explore the beautiful island. 🙂
How to get around in Paros
The best and safest way to get around in Paros is by bus. There are frequent bust connections around the island and the tickets are quite cheap as well (around 1,60-3,00€). If you don’t want to be worried about the timetables of public transportation you can always rent a car, scooter or quad bike to travel around the island.
The majesty of Paros
You‘ve just arrived in Paros. It’s time to check-in and explore the island. There are countless hotels and rooms to rent in Paros but we can recommend you Mr & Mrs White hotel in Paros which is a true gem.
Located just a couple of minutes away from the heart of Naoussa, Mr & Mrs White hotel in Paros will make your stay in Paros unforgettable. Its location is perfect for tourists who want to relax in a tranquil environment, far from the tourist bubble but at the same time be in close proximity to a more touristy area as it’s just a 15-minute-walk from the center of Naoussa.
On the inside, Mr & Mrs White hotel in Paros will surprise you with its traditional Cycladic feel with a contemporary, a true feast for the senses. Relax in the outdoor swimming areas and take a dive to refresh yourself during the hot summer days. The rooms have a minimal and clean feel to them which compliments the Cycladic vibe of the island. Also, the staff is friendly and will be at your disposal for whatever you may need.
Indulge in incomparable flavors that will pamper your taste buds and fill your heart in the romantic ambiance of Mr & Mrs White hotel in Paros, ideal for couples and families. Book a room now and you won’t be disappointed.
💭Tip: We visited the hotel in the summer of 2020 during the pandemic. We were completely satisfied with the safety measures followed by the hotel.
We‘re sure that you would love to enjoy your gorgeous room but it’s time to get ready to go out and explore Paros. Let’s go!
💭Tip: Carry your swimwear with you at all times in case you want to go for a swim at one of the countless beaches of Paros.
Explore the picturesque town of Naoussa
Naoussa is a beautiful picturesque village full of wonderful things to see and do. The village is filled with whitewashed buildings, wide blue doors and windows and it is pretty much like every other Greek island. The small fishing harbor there will surprise you with its countless boats docked in and the numerous restaurants and coffee bars along the coast.
If you wander around Naoussa you will spot many restaurants with octopuses drying in the sun to become soft and tender-a classic technique that locals use to make the softest and yummiest octopus ever! Yummy!
Now that you‘ve caught a glimpse of Naoussa it’s time to live the ultimate greek life on the beach. YES!
Time to relax on the nearest beach
You can’t go to a greek island without spending some time on the beach. Paros is home to countless beaches and we’ve gathered the best and most beautiful ones for you!
Best beaches on Paros Island
- Kolymbithres beach (Naoussa): One of the most famous spots on the island, Kolymbithres will excite you with its rock formations along the beach and its unique bays
- Golden beach (Naoussa): Another famous beach in Paros. It has soft sand, crystal blue waters and it is the ideal location for watersports like windsurfing.
📌Fun Fact: An international windsurfing competition takes place there every summer.
- Santa Maria beach (Naoussa): A stunning, organized beach with many water sports centers along the coast that will help you unleash your inner adventurer and boost your adrenaline levels.
- New Golden Beach (Naoussa): An ideal location to spend some time with your family. Its crystal clear waters along with all the activities like windsurfing and wakeboarding make for a perfect escape.
We‘re sure you will love swimming in the waters of the Aegean as well as doing water activities with your loved ones. After long hours of relaxation and fun on the beach, let’s go have something to eat.
Let’s fill our tummies with some traditional food to try in Paros
Paros might not be the ultimate travel destination for the foodies out there, but a handful of Parian dishes are definitely worth a try. When you start roaming around Paros you will probably see many food spots but we’ve done our research and found some pretty wicked places just for you.
What are the best restaurants in Paros?
- Soso (Naoussa): Hidden among Naoussa’s narrow alleys, Soso is a hidden gem that will stimulate all your senses with the traditional Parian food served outside on the tables. Soso is the perfect place for dinner, especially for those who want to try modernized traditional greek dishes.
- Siparos (Naoussa): Located at Santa Maria beach, Siparos is an incredible place to enjoy a flavorsome meal with stunning views of the beach. If you want to admire the out-of-this-world sunset while enjoying a Mediterranean dish, Siparos is the place for you.
- Stou Fred (Parikia): Want at a more luxurious restaurant with 5-course menus and incredible French wines? Stou Fred is a garden restaurant run by a french chef, Fred Chesneau, and the menu changes on a weekly basis with many different ingredients added each time to offer the greatest culinary experience possible.
- Ouzeri Halaris (Piso Livadi): Ouzeri Halaris (Halaris means relaxation) is the best spot for you if you want to have some of the best seafood, as the owners are experienced fishermen. The father and son go fishing every morning to provide you with the freshest fishes that will be served on the same day for all the customers. If you love seafood, you should definitely try some of their authentic recipes.
How is it going, traveler? Did you enjoy your greek food? We‘re sure you did. It’s time to go back to the hotel, take a shower, relax and prepare ourselves for a pub crawl in Paros. What do you think?
Experience the nightlife of Paros Island
Paros is popular for its exciting nightlife. You can find many different places in Paros, including nightclubs and beach clubs that will wash away the dust of everyday life and help you create memories that will last forever. The most famous locations with vibrant nightlife are Naoussa and Parikia. Many clubs organise fun parties frequently so keep an eye open for such events as they invite world-renowned DJs most of the time.
What are the best night clubs and bars in Paros?
- Linardo (Naoussa): ‘Linardo’ is a wonderful seaside bar on the old Venetian harbor of Naoussa. The bar is housed in a traditional building with some modern touches that make it look quite sophisticated. Its vibrant pink details will thrill you and provide a perfect background for selfies and videos. With views on the sea, Linardo is the perfect clubbing destination to dance the night away and admire the magical sunrise early in the morning.
- The Dubliner Irish bar (Parikia): The bar is part of a complex consisting of four other venues. When you go through the main entrance you can choose which bar is the right for you but The Dubliner Irish bar is the place to be. You can go there in the afternoon, have a refreshing drink with your friends and get ready because at night the whole area transforms into a vibrant place of fun and entertainment.
- Punda Beach (Pounda): Pounda beach is the ultimate destination for partying. A huge venue with a massive swimming pool, an outdoor lounge area, and a lineup with top DJs from around the world, Punda will definitely satisfy your inner party animal.
How was your first night in Paros? We‘re certain that you had the time of your life and you‘re probably waiting for another day full of love, laughter and fun. Don’t worry, your upcoming days will excite you as well. It’s time to return to the hotel and get some rest because our next day is all about exploring. Sweet Dreams.
Day 2 of Greek island hopping itinerary: Another gorgeous day in Paros
Rise and shine folks, a new day has come. How are you feeling? Are you ready for another glorious day, because we are! So quick, get dressed, put your sunscreen on and let’s make our way to the center of Naoussa for a quick breakfast. Of course, you can always take your time and have breakfast at your hotel. Trust us, it won’t disappoint you.
What to eat for breakfast in Paros?
You can always find a local bakery with fresh pies and sweets. Grab a classic greek pie along with a signature iced coffee, a staple in Greek culture. Spinach pies, cheese pies and every other kind of pie are the best options to boost your energy for the day. You can also visit some local spots like Hamilothoris Patisserie (Naoussa), Sousouro (Naoussa) and Manamana (Parikia) and choose from a variety of delicious brunch options.
💭Tip: Grab something to eat at Ragoussis bakery (Naoussa) and satisfy your palate with great pastries and refreshing juices.
Witness the Venetian Castle of Paros
In the Venetian times, Naoussa was an important port and a fort was built to guard it against the Ottomans. The tower there was built in the 16th century and it. Reach the tower on foot from the harbor and walk by the sea admiring the magical view of the Aegean. Can you believe that an actual fort (well, a part of it) from the 16th century still stands on the island after so many years?
💭Tip: Don’t forget to charge your camera as you will definitely want to take wonderful photos in front of it.
Apart from the Venetian castle of Paros, there are more historical places to visit. Let’s move onto a different side of the island. If you‘ve rented a vehicle, it’s just a couple of kilometers away. If you‘re on foot you can always catch a bus at the nearest bus station. Let’s go!
Wander around the magical Lefkes village in Paros
Lefkes is a cute little village in Paros with an authentic Parian vibe. Lefkes village is the highest point of Paros and has managed to stay the same despite the growth that came with tourism. If you want to experience life as a local, it is the ideal place for you.
Lefkes was the first capital of Paros and it is fιiled with neoclassical buildings and manors that are reminiscent of a different time. Take a stroll in the hidden passages and have a seat at a coffee shop to relax and take in the vibrant energy of the village.
You‘re probably wondering what’s so special about it? Hang in there. There are more things to see.
What are the top things to do in Lefkes on Paros Island?
1. Marvel at the grandiose church of Agia Triada ( The Holy Trinity church)
The church of Agia Triada is the main church in the village and it is one of the most beautiful Byzantine churches on the island. The church is made of fine marble and it is decorated with numerous Byzantine icons. The sun shining on the ‘Lychnitis’(marble or Paros) provides a glimmering scenery for a perfect Instagram story.
2. Get a glimpse of the museum of Aegean folk culture
The Museum of Aegean folk culture was founded by Giorgos Pittas, and it a good place to
See household objects that every family uses in the Cyclades and especially the ones that were used in the past.
Now that you’ve seen two important spots of Lefkes, you can stop for a coffee at the coffee shop across the church called ‘Kafeneio’. Try out different treats and order ‘Ravani’, a traditional orange cake.
It’s time to leave the picturesque ‘Lefkes Village’ and go for a walk in Parikia.
Discover the scenic Parikia Town of Paros Island
Parikia, also called ‘Hora’ is the capital of Paros and it is the main cultural center of the island. If you stroll around the town you will soon realize that Parikia consists of narrow streets and alleys, whitewashed Cycladic houses and small shops.
On a hill overlooking Parikia, you can spot the Castle which was built in the 13th century and it is reminiscent of a temple.
What are the must-visit churches in Parikia Town?
Around the area, you can find many impressive churches, like the church of Agia Eleni (Saint Helen), the church of Panagia Septemvriani, and one of the oldest churches on the island, the church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani ( Lady of the Hundred Gates).
Let’s explore one of the oldest churches in Paros.
1. The marvelous Panagia Ekatontapiliani church
The church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani is one of the best-preserved churches in Greece.
In the church, there are a large number of icons from the 17th and 18th century, including the icon of ‘The praying Madonna’ and ‘The Virgin Mary of Ekatontapiliani. You can pay a visit to the church and admire its glorious interior and learn more historical facts as well.
2. Explore the archaeological museum of Paros
Taking into account the rich history of Paros, a visit to the archaeological museum is a must, especially if you‘re interested in the history of ancient Greece. Get lost in the museum which houses artifacts and sculptures from the Archaic, Neolithic and Roman times and get amazed by their excellent condition.
💭Insider’s tip: Check the statue of Gorgon from the 6th century BC. Its incredible state of preservation will leave you with your mouths open.
Do you want to purchase some souvenirs before you leave? We bet you do. Before we go shopping let’s go for a quick bite.
Enjoy your last traditional meal in Paros and do some shopping
Your time in Paros is slowly coming to an end after a day of sightseeing, mingling with locals and experiencing everything that Paros has to offer.
You can find countless places to eat in Parikia. From seafood to Anatolian cuisine, Paros has a variety of restaurants catering to all tastes. Some notable places are the Trata Fish Taverna and Cafe Distrato, places that will satisfy your inner foodie and will draw you back time and again. Find a cosy little restaurant or bar by the sea and see the sunset of Paros, an experience that will stay in your mind for years to come.
Now that you’ve indulged in a traditional Parian dinner and had a drink, explore the alleys of Parikia for some shopping therapy and come back to your hotel to pack your bags as the second day of your 10 days Greek island Holidays itinerary has come to an end.
Day 3 of Greek island hopping itinerary: Hop on a ferry to Tinos Island
Tinos, here we come
Hey, sleepyheads! Today we recommend an early wake-up because we’re about to start our new adventure. Yep, you heard it. Paros has set some high standards but today we are visiting the holy island of Tinos!
Reach the island by ferry ( unfortunately there’s not an airport there ) and get ready to immerse in the gorgeous scenery of Tinos.
Check-in to your hotel in Tinos and get ready to go
As soon as you step off the ferry, you‘ll find yourself in Tinos town which is the most touristic point on the island. There are countless boats docked in the harbor and there are many cafes and restaurants scattered along the main road.
Before you start your walk in Tinos, check in to your hotel and take a breath as you will spend a whole day full of exploring. If you‘re looking for a high-class hotel, check out the fantastic Mr & Mrs White Hotel in Tinos.
Situated in the picturesque area of Agios Ioannis, just a 15-minute-drive from Tinos town. Wander around the spacious hotel and marvel at the picture-perfect view of the Aegean from the outdoor swimming pool area.
💭Tip: If you’re a morning person, grab your coffee and enjoy it while admiring the endless blue horizon of the mythical Aegean sea.
All the rooms have been designed with Cycladic vibe prominent in all the spaces boast numerous amenities that will satisfy even the most demanding customers. Relax in the bright minimal areas and don’t hesitate to ask for help from the friendly staff of the hotel.
Tip: When we visited the hotel, the hotel served our breakfast in crates with individual packaging, following the latest measures against COVID-19. They had also removed several traditional Cycladic decorations that could be a possible source of infection.
How to get around on Tinos Island
Tinos is a small island with many small villages all over the place. Some of them are quite difficult to reach without a vehicle. Of course, if you prefer taking the bus everywhere don’t worry! There are frequent bus connections for many of the island’s main locations. The tickets are quite cheap, depending on the distance of the location (around 3,00€-6,00€).
💭Tip: Make sure you book your vehicle in advance!
How are you feeling? Are you ready to get going? We think yeah!
Go for a swim at the golden sand beaches of Tinos
Your amazing hotel is situated just some minutes away from St. John’s beach. What a nice opportunity to put on our bathers and go for a swim on our first day in Tinos right?
St. John’s beach is just a couple of minutes away from the hotel and don’t worry if you don’t have an umbrella with you as it is an organised beach. Saint John’s beach is a quiet yet beautiful beach with crystal clear waters and it is ideal for big families who want to relax in a peaceful environment with their kids. If you want to get some cocktails or have a snack there are also some taverns and a beach bar so you won’t have to go far looking for something to eat or drink.
Apart from St. John’s beach, Tinos has some other popular spots for swimming including:
Kionia (Chora): A cosmopolitan beach with the temple of Poseidon and Amphitrite closeby, perfect if you want to have a swim and explore the archaeological site on the same day.
St. Fokas (Chora): St. Fokas is the longest beach in Tinos and it is the ideal location for those who don’t want to go too far from Chora. There, you can rent an umbrella with sunbeds and spend the whole day relaxing. If you get hungry, don’t worry. You can find a handful of restaurants and beach bars along the beach.:)
Big & Small Kolimbithra (Chora): At the end of the valley of ‘Kato Meri’ you can find ‘Big Kolimbithra, a virgin beach with huge waves and a lot of reeds scattered around the area.
‘Small Kolimbithra’ might be the better option as it is an organised beach with sunbeds and umbrellas, as well as a beach bar and a restaurant closeby.
How was your time on the beach? Did you get a tan? Time to head back to our hotel, jump in the shower and get dressed for a night out.
Explore the mesmerizing Tinos town
The hotel is not far from the center so you won’t need much time in order to reach it. As you start exploring the town you are probably going to go through a maze of alleys with whitewashed houses and bright blue doors and windows. What a shocker! 😛
You‘ll probably come across a couple of bougainvillaeas trees, whose vibrant pink colour adds a special touch to the beauty of the island. Be prepared to see numerous restaurants, coffee shops and traditional tavernas on the waterfront and around the city. Explore the maze of alleys to find the best spot for you that suits your needs.
Tinos is widely known for being a religious location, especially for the Orthodox followers. Let’s see why.
The world-renowned Church of Panagia Evangelistra
Every year, thousands of people from around the world travel to Tino to visit the Church of Panagia Evangelistria. If you see a long red carpet from the harbor all the way to the church, it is because many religious people crawl their way up to the church with hopes of receiving a blessing or a miracle from the Virgin Mary.
❗️ Be careful: Please be respectful of the others and avoid taking photos and videos.
💭Tip: If you want to visit Tinos on the 15th of August, be aware that the whole island is usually full of pilgrims and it’s quite difficult to find accommodation.
After some time exploring Tinos and its beautiful shops and streets, let’s find a place to sit down and enjoy some local delicacies. Shall we?
Embark on a Gustatory trip in Tinos
From the moment you step your foot in Tinos, you will probably get overwhelmed by the amazing flavors from the restaurants in the harbor. Depending on the season, you can find a number of tasty options according to your needs.
Some of the best restaurants around Tinos are:
O Ntinos (Ormos Giannaki): ‘O Ntinos’ is a gorgeous little restaurant on a terrace with a view of the ‘Giannaki Bay’ and offers home-cooked delicacies. Try the dishes that include local products such as Tinian cheese and you will definitely love it.
📞Telephone: +30 2283 031673
Itan Ena Mikro Karavi (Old port of Tinos): A great restaurant with both indoor and outdoor areas that serves traditional greek meals in a more creative way. Want to try locally grown meat with Tinian ingredients? Then check ‘Itan Ena Mikro Karavi’ out.
📞Telephone: +30 2283 022818
San to Alati (Hora): The perfect place to try local dishes combined made with local products, such as cheeses and artichokes, and the freshest seafood you can find caught on the same day.
📞Telephone: +30 2283 029266
How are you feeling Grekaddicts? Did you like your first day in Tinos? Don’t worry, your adventure has just begun. Let’s go back to our hotel and prepare ourselves for the upcoming days. Goodnight
Day 4 of Greek island hopping itinerary: Explore the majestic villages of Tinos
Good morning travelers. A new day has come. Get dressed, put a smile on your face, and let’s go have some breakfast. You can always sleep as much as you want and have breakfast at the hotel but you can also hit the road and grab something to eat in Tinos town.
Find a local bakery and try some ‘Tsimpita’ made with walnuts, almonds, or fried pastry and chard pies. If you want to have a proper brunch you should totally order ‘Froutalia’, an omelet made with locally produced sausages that will amaze you with its rich flavor.
Now that our tummies are full, let’s continue our 10 days Greece island holidays itinerary and explore the spectacular island of Tinos.
Discover the villages of Tinos
What makes Tinos special are the different traditional villages scattered around the island and are considered the prime example of Cycladic architecture. Immerse yourself in the out-of-this-world landscapes of Tinos and admire the little houses, the flagstone streets, grandiose churches and the lush nature surrounding them. Every village has its own protector-saint, and there are thousands of churches around the island.
Make sure you sit in one of the shops and taverns there and also buy a basket as the village is famous for its basketry.
Let’s take a closer look at the villages.
Begin your exploration in Volax
Volax is perched on a small hill in Tinos town. Volax means ‘rock’ in Greek and it got this name because of the different kinds of rocks in the area. Get enchanted by the unique terrain of the village which will trick you into thinking you‘re on the moon. The whole area will surprise you with its beauty, so make sure you have charged your camera for countless photos and videos.
Volax is also known as the ‘village of poems’ as the doors and windows are filled with verses from Greek poems and songs. You may find yourself humming the lyrics you read that will definitely fill your heart and free your mind.
Nearby, you can find a small theater that is still used for events throughout the year.
Marvel at the spectacular village of Pyrgos
Pyrgos is one of the biggest and most picturesque villages of Tinos. Pyrgos means ‘tower’ in greek and it was named after the Venetian tower that was built in the 16th century as a defence mechanism for the whole area. The whole area is famous for all the marble creations and especially the museum of marble working.
The churches of Agios Nikolaos (St. Nicolas) and Agios Dimitrios (St. Demetrius) are structures with extensive use of marble that makes the whole area look magical when the sun makes it glimmer. You can also enjoy a traditional meal in one of the local tavernas there. The whole atmosphere will inspire you to stay longer.
It’s started getting late. Let’s go back to our hotel, relax and get dressed for a fabulous night.
Nightlife in Tinos
Tinos is not famous for its nightlife. There are a few bars at the port and some others in Pallada and the outskirts of the town. Tinos is all about relaxation and perceiving the religious energy of the island. If you want to have a drink you can visit one of the island’s lounge bars to enjoy some flavorsome cocktails with your loved ones. We did some research and found the best spot just for you.
Kaktos Bar (Hora): Order an amazing cocktail and spend the night listening to music with beautiful views of the Aegean.
📞Telephone: +30 2283 025930
Sivilla Bar (Hora): Dance the night away at ‘Sivilla’ with a perfect mix of international and Greek sounds along with fantastic drinks. Sivilla has a vibrant environment, with colourful lights and unique decorations that provide the best spot to spend the night.
📞Telephone: +30 697 701 0665
We‘re certain you‘ve enjoyed yourselves so far. Tinos is a magical island with lots of things to see. Get some rest now and prepare yourselves for the upcoming days. Kalinihta!
Day 5 of Greek island hopping itinerary: A new day in the island of Tinos
Good morning sunshines? How was your sleep? Are you ready for another day full of fun? First things first, wash your face, get dressed, put your sunscreen on and let’s find a cool place to enjoy our breakfast.
You can locate a couple of different coffee shops and all-day bars that serve delicious breakfast with gorgeous views and friendly staff.
We can suggest some great places like Myrtilo (Tinos town), Mikro Cafe (Tinos town) with its many vegan options and Athmar (Panormos).
Choose from a variety of sweets, numerous vegan options and traditional delicacies that will satisfy your hunger and give you enough energy to enjoy your day.
How was your breakfast? Are you ready? Let’s explore Tinos’ two other main points of interest.
The cute little village of Kardiani
Kardiani is situated 20 km away from Hora and it is probably one of the most picturesque villages in Tinos. As soon as you get there, admire the impeccable view of the Aegean sea and marvel at the churches there. Kardiani is built on the cliffside of mountain ‘Pateles’. Capture photos of the creek running through the mountain and the village. Roam around the main square and check out the orthodox churches of ‘the assumption of Mary’ and ‘the Birthday of Mary’. Take some time to relax and take in the whole scenery which will amaze you with the beautiful nature and let the wind caress you and cool down your body.
Time to move on to the village of Isternia to get a glimpse of its marble creations
Isternia, the marble kingdom
Not far from Kardiani village, Isternia is a great spot to admire the scenery of Mount Meroviglia and the incredible marble creations in every part of the city. Have your camera ready to capture the passageways made of marble and the traditional two-storey houses in the whole area.
Isternia is a famous location because many popular sculptors were born there. You can find the ‘Museum of Isternian Artists’ in the village to learn more about the artists from the area and admire their artistic works.
If you‘re in the mood for a coffee or a tasty meal you can sit at Exomeria, Mayou all-day bar and Orizontas and embark on a gustatory trip with marvellous views of the Aegean sea.
Finish your day with a final walk
You can go and chill by the beach and swim in the refreshing waters of Tinos (Isternia beach is a good option as it’s not far from Isternia village) and afterwards go and have a final stroll in Tinos town. Admire for the last time the little always and all the cute shops hiding from plain sight, and of course shop some souvenirs to remember your incredible holidays in Tinos. You‘ll probably find a big variety of religious items like icons, crosses and candles, gifts that will boost your religious spirit. After all, Tinos’ holy energy will stay with you for years to come.
Day 6 of Greek island hopping itinerary: Visit Athens, the capital of Greece
Good morning everybody! How was your sleep? We know that you‘d love to stay more on the beautiful island of Tinos but it is time to go to Athens and get ready for our next trip. Pack your bags, grab something to eat and get ready to travel to the capital of Greece, Athens.
As soon as you reach the port of Piraeus, you can get on the tram and get off at ‘Thiseio’ and check in to your hotel.
If you want to stay in the heart of Athens with gorgeous views of the Acropolis, the Urban Frame Hotel in Athens won’t disappoint you. Just a few steps from Syntagma square, the Urban Frame Hotel has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing time in the lively city of Athens.
A former block of flats, the Urban Frame Hotel has gone through extensive renovations in order to reach its current trendy state. Every room evokes a sense of comfort and their urban minimal design will blow your minds. Sit back and take in the picture-perfect views of the Acropolis, Lycabettus hill and the urban landscape of Athens.
Spend some time in the tranquil lounge area where you can catch up with your friends or read a book, an ideal area to drift away from the tourist bubble of the city. Feeling hungry? The indoor snack bar offers a variety of delicacies from sandwiches and toast to refreshments and coffee, everything you may need to make your stay in Athens pleasant and exciting.
Leave your bags there, relax for a brief moment and get ready to explore the historical center of Athens.
❕ ❗️ Want to stay in Athens for more than one day? Read this 3-day Athens itinerary and learn useful tips with that to do and see during your holidays.
Wander around the cool streets of Athens
Not far from the hotel you can visit the Acropolis and the Acropolis museum.
Roam around Plaka and admire all the neoclassical buildings and the roads, all works of marble. If you‘re in the mood you can get to the top of the Acropolis and witness the majesty of one of the seven wonders of the world. In case you arrive late in Athens and want to enjoy the gorgeous sunset, join our Private Sunset Acropolis tour and take your Acropolis experience to the next level.
Come across Ermou & Psiri
From there you can go to Ermou avenue and find many different spots to eat, shop and mingle with your friends. Downtown Athens is the ultimate shopping area along with Monastiraki and Plaka which are widely known to be full of tourist shops. Walking up Ermou street you will see many tourists exploring the whole area as well. Take photos in front of the parliament and the fountain and don’t forget to post your photos on your social media.
Make your way back to Monastiraki and explore the alleys of ‘Psirri’ which is famous for its traditional taverns and bars. Have a seat and try some traditional Greek dishes which will pamper your palate.
Our top picks in Psiri are:
- Arodou: Enjoy delightful ‘mezedes’ in a more alternative atmosphere that complements the surrounding areas of Psiri.
- Liosporos: A quiet spot where you can have your drink while listening to jazz & blues. Try some ouzo with pasta and take in the vibrant energy of the area.
- Nancy’s Sweet home: The most famous patisserie in the center of Athens is Nancy’s sweet home. Full with unbelievable desserts, Nancy’s sweet home will surprise you with its incredible sweet tastes. P.S. You need to try the chocolate soup!
If you prefer to explore the best spots of the city hidden from plain sight with the help of a guide, join an Afternoon Scents and Flavors of Athens Walking Tour and experience the city like a true local.
It’s getting late now. You have two options. You can either go back to your hotel to relax for tomorrow’s new trip or you can end the night with a fabulous drink. You choose.
If you decide to have fun at a club or bar in Athens, here are some great suggestions for you and your friends:
- 360 cocktail bar (Monastiraki): A gorgeous cocktail bar which has panoramic views of the city and the Acropolis. Take into account that it overlooks Monastiraki center, making it extremely easy to find.
- Lohan (Kerameikos): The whole venue is massive and it is famous for the R&B and hip-hop sounds. In the summer, the club moves to a different area in Alimos where it transforms into a beach bar.a
- S-Cape (Kerameikos): Are you a part of the LGBTQ or just an ally? S-Cape will probably suit your needs. The club is dedicated to the LGBTQ community with different party themes every night and spectacular drag shows that will surprise even the most jaded audience.
A long day has come to an end. What do you think of the capital of Greece? We‘re sure you‘d love to stay longer but it is time to head back to our hotel and rest as our new adventure is just around the corner. Kalinihta 🙂
Day 7 of Greek Island Hopping Itinerary: Let’s travel to Kefalonia
Hey traveller! After immersing yourself in the vibrant city of Athens and getting enough rest to continue our fantastic journey, it’s time to pack our stuff again and head for Kefalonia. We know that you‘ve heard a lot of incredible things about Kefalonia as it’s a very famous travel destination for tourists. You‘ve probably heard about the beaches that have nothing to envy from the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean and it is time to find out for yourself. Let’s go!
How to get to Kefalonia
You can travel to Kefalonia by plane or by ferry and choose the most appropriate transportation type that suits your needs. If you decide to fly to Kefalonia you can get to ‘Eleftherios Venizelos airport’ in Athens and get on a plane from there to Kefalonia. If you decide to travel by ferry, there are several options to choose from:
- Get on a bus from Athens and travel to Argostoli where you can get on the ferry to Kefalonia (Poros port),
- Take a bus to Kylini and get on the ferry to Kefalonia (Poros port).
- Take a bus to Patras and get on a ferry to Kefalonia.
You may have to get on another bus once you reach Kefalonia (Poros) to go to Argostoli which is the most touristic part of the island.
Now, it’s time to start to continue our 10 days Greek island holidays itinerary with the best things to do in Kefalonia.
Where you should stay in Kefalonia
Kefalonia is a beautiful island with many interesting places to see. The most famous area is Argostoli which is also the capital of Kefalonia. You can find many great options for accommodation but we believe that Kefalonia Grand Hotel is simply the best.
Just a few minutes from the main square of Argostoli, Kefalonia Grand Hotel will truly delight you with its amazing amenities. Overlooking the bay of Argostoli, marvel at the incomparable views of the sea from the comfort of your room. The rooms have been designed to offer comfort to all the guests in a relaxing minimal environment that compliments the traditional vibe of Kefalonia. The staff will be by your side at all times to ensure Kefalonia Grand Hotel meets your standards.
The food offered in the hotel will transport you into a world of aromas and flavors and the stunning area of the swimming pool will help you wash away the dust of everyday life. Want to spice up your holidays? Enjoy refreshing drinks at the pool bar and live your best life.
💭Tip: During our stay in the hotel, we were satisfied with the safety measures against COVID-19 and the staff was quite helpful with everything we needed.
Now that we’ve got this covered let’s continue our 10 days Greek island holidays itinerary in Kefalonia.
How to get around in Kefalonia
The best way to move around in Kefalonia is by car or bike. Public transport there is not very well organised and the timetables might exhaust you. Make sure that you book your vehicle beforehand as there is a high demand, especially in the summer.
The north part of Kefalonia
Get on your vehicle and head north, following the coastal road overlooking the magical waters of the Aegean. Admire the glorious landscape and feel the refreshing breeze caress your face and get ready for an amazing time in Kefalonia. On your way to the north part of the island, have a stop at Myrtos beach, one of the most famous beaches in Greece.
Let’s take a closer look.
First stop: Myrtos beach
Myrtos beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and has won numerous awards for the quality of the waters and its incredible scenery. Myrtos beach is surrounded by big rocks and lavish flora which make the whole landscape look unreal. The beach is organized with umbrellas and sunbeds, but there is a part that is completely intact for true nature lovers.
Spend a fantastic day by the beach filled with swimming, snorkeling and if you‘re daring you can try extreme sports like parapente. Yep, you‘ll probably see people paragliding over Myrtos beach so don’t get scared if you see them landing on the beach. Lay your towel on the beach, lie down and let the sound of the waters clear your mind while getting a beautiful suntan. This is life!
After enjoying a couple of hours on the beach, it’s time to get back on the road again.
Explore the charming village of Assos
Assos is one of the most picturesque villages in Kefalonia, built around the peninsula of Assos. As you start heading downwards towards Assos, witness the gorgeous scenery of the whole area and especially its traditional Ionian architecture. The main square of Assos is called Paris and you‘ll spot a plaque dedicated to France, which helped rebuild the village after the earthquake that took place years ago and destroyed most of the village.
On top of the Assos peninsula, you‘ll notice a castle perched on the hill. The castle was built by the Venetians to protect the whole Island of Kefalonia from pirates. Be sure that you put on some comfy shoes and start walking the hill and witness the remains of the castle while taking in the lush vegetation of the area. Don’t forget to capture gorgeous photos of the peninsula and of course the castle which will transport you in ancient times.
After roaming around the whole area, you‘ll probably start getting hungry. Let’s find some of the best options for food on the island.
Where you should eat in Kefalonia
Kefalonia, apart from the glorious beaches and the out-of-this-world views, offers a wide range of delicacies and foot options that can satisfy your palate and make your holidays memorable.
Don’t forget to order ‘Kreatopita’(meat pie, often including beef, mutton, veal and pork), chicken in ‘Tserepa (tserepa is the cooking pot made of clay), ‘bourbourelia’ (a tasty vegetarian soup) and ‘riganada’ (the Greek version of the Italian ‘bruschetta’).
While you‘re in Assos, find a cute spot by the sea to enjoy the local cuisine of Kefalonia. Let‘s take a closer look.
- Molos (Assos): An interesting tavern by the beach and an ideal place to try fresh fish and immerse yourself in the perfect aromas of the Greek traditional cuisine. Other great options around the island are:
- Tassia (Fiskardo): A fantastic family-owned restaurant led by Tassia Dendrinou, a famous cook for her incomparable recipes. Have a seat, enjoy your meal, and drift away on a flavorsome journey.
- Lorraine’s magic hill (Lourdas): Enjoy meals made from fresh homegrown ingredients and free-range livestock, and taste gorgeous meals. Drink some flavorsome home-made wine and admire the unparalleled beauty of Lourdas bay from the comfort of your chair.
- Ampelaki (Argostoli): Situated in the beautiful harbor of Argostoli, Ampelaki offers great views of the sea and the yachts docked in the harbors. Ampelaki provides customers with a friendly atmosphere and well-cooked foods that will satisfy all your needs.
Now that we‘ve enjoyed some great meals, let’s experience the nightlife in Kefalonia on our 10 Days greek island Holidays itinerary.
The nightlife of Kefalonia
Kefalonia is not the greatest party place. Unlike Mykonos, Kefalonia is not very wild but has some interesting spots to have a drink and relax. Stroll in the heart of Kefalonia, Argostoli and find the ideal spot to have a fabulous night. Most bars are in the area of Fiscardo but you can also find bars in Lassi and Skala.
- Katavothres Club (Argostoli): Dance the night away in one of the most popular clubs in Kefalonia.
- Baroque le Bistrot (Argostoli): A modern bar in the heart of Argostoli with friendly staff and a great variety of cocktails.
💭Tip: Try ‘the dragon’s breath’ cocktail along with tasty tapas and you‘ll see what we‘re talking about.
- Captain’s bar (Skala): Enjoy amazing drinks in a relaxing open-air environment. Sit down, have fun with your friends and admire the gorgeous Skala views, one of the reasons everyone loves Kefalonia.
- Costa Costa beach bar (Lassi): Have an amazing time with your loved ones in one of the best beach bars of Lefkada. Enjoy a day by the beach and at night get ready to dance and indulge in spectacular cocktails with views of the sea and the lush nature in the surrounding areas.
How was your first day in Kefalonia? We‘re sure you had a blast. Time to return to the hotel and relax for our upcoming days on the island.
Day 8 of Greek Island hopping Itinerary: Perceive the beauty of Kefalonia
Good morning travelers? Did you sleep well? Get ready for another fantastic day in Kefalonia as we still haven’t seen the best parts of it. Before we leave our room, let’s have something for breakfast to get us going. After all, it’s the most important meal of the day.
You can always have breakfast at the hotel but you can find some pretty great spots in Argostoli that serve great breakfast.
Try greek classics like Spanakopita (Spinach Pie), Tiropita (Cheesepie) or bougatsa (custard pie with phyllo), and a refreshing iced coffee, perfect for the hot summer days. Some great spots for brunch are Kastro Cafe (Kastro) and Mel’s (Argostoli), but you can grab something from a local bakery and set out for your next adventure.
Antisamos, one of the most beautiful beaches in Kefalonia
Antisamos is where the famous movie ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’ was filmed and is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. If you‘re a fan of the film. Expect to see a fabulous beach bar, sunbeds, and watersports in the summer. If you‘re in the mood, go and take a look at the Acropolis of ancient Sami (a fortified town that used to be powerful in the past and you can see many of its remains in Lapitha mountain).
If you want to spend your day on another beach we can suggest the following gems:
- Makris Gialos (Argostoli): Makris Gialos boasts a stunning landscape with pine trees and lush nature, creating a spectacular atmosphere.
- Skala Beach (Elios-Pronnoi): Skala beach is one of the cleanest and organized beaches in Kefalonia and has also been awarded the blue flag for its quality. During the summer season, Skala gets crowded, so make sure you search for a quiet spot if you want to relax. Try different activities on the beach like snorkeling and join tours to nearby secluded islands and coves.
- Foki Beach (Fiskardo): The out-of-this-world landscape with lush vegetation and olive forests around the beach will make your stay on Foki beach unforgettable. It is home to many seals and it was named after them (in greek:fokia=seal). Not far from the beach, locate a path that leads to hidden coves hidden from plain sight.
If you decide to visit the Antisamos, make sure that you visit two other incredible attractions close by, the Drogarati caves and the Melissani blue cave.
Melissani and Drogarati Caves
Drogarati is a majestic cave with remarkable formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is about 150 million years old according to numerous geologists. How crazy is that? Get on a small boat and explore the lake while looking around to spot incredible stalactites and stalagmites all over the area. Once you get off the boat, get to the lower levels of the cave and experience the breathtaking rock formations of ‘Sala of Apotheosis’.
The lake of Melissani includes an islet where archaeologist S. Marinatos discovered Pan’s sanctuary. The findings are displayed in the Archeological Museum of Argostoli. Reach the lake by an underground tunnel and explore it with a boat with the help of a guide. Marvel at the incredible stalactites and the perfect blue colors of the waters and transport yourself into a world of wonder.
💭Tip: Buses to and from Sami are not frequent. Rent a vehicle or find a tour that includes Melissani as part of its itinerary.
Weren’t the caves incredible? Are you surprised that Kefalonia is filled with such secrets? Time to head back to our hotel and freshen up for an outing. Wear your best clothes, walk around Argostoli, explore the hidden pathways and find the best spot for you to have an amazing night.
If you feel tired you can always go to bed and rest for your last day in Kefalonia.
Day 9 of Greek island hopping itinerary: Delve into the culture of Kefalonia
Kalimera everyone! It’s time to explore the south part of Kefalonia. Let’s get dressed and explore Argostoli.
Try to wake up early enough to see the turtles in the harbor. Around 9, fishing boats come in with the morning’s catch and many sea turtles gather to get some free treats. There are usually conservation volunteers around, willing to chat with the tourists and share their knowledge about the magnificent creatures.
Along the harbor are countless bakeries. Grab something to eat and let’s make our last day on the island the best one yet.
Wander around the Fanari peninsula and relax on Lassi beach
Explore the Fanari Peninsula and get to the striking lighthouse. Stop and have a swim in refreshing waters along the way and capture beautiful photos of the scenery. End your walk around Lassi and enjoy a delicious meal at a local taverna.
From Fanari, Lassi is nearby for a lazy afternoon on the beach and the beaches along the way get sandier the further you go. If you‘ve rented a vehicle, make your way past Lassi to way quieter beaches at Ammes.
💭Tip: Pay a short visit to ‘Gentilini winery’ and taste local flavorsome varieties of wines that will satisfy your senses and fulfill your soul.
Before you go for a final walk in the area of Argostoli, enrich your historical knowledge of the island at numerous museums. The must-visit museums in Kefalonia are:
- Kefalonia Museum of Ancient Greek Technology by Kotsanas: Apprehend the impeccable technology used in ancient Greece and understand the origins of our modern museum. Use interactive tools during your visit and have a blast while educating yourself with interesting information.
- Nautical Museum of Sami: Perceive the unbelievable structure of different kinds of vessels and get surprised by the impressive skills required for traditional shipbuilding.
- Roman villa in Skala: Explore a stunning villa and admire the well-preserved mosaics that have stood the test of time. The villa itself was built by a powerful Roman in the 3rd century AD. In the old times, a Christian church was situated in the villa.
How was the educational part of your 10 days Greek island holidays itinerary? We hope you learned something new and delved deeper into the history of Kefalonia.
Take a final walk in Argostoli
Argostoli might seem quiet during the day but at night it gets extremely vibrant. Pay a visit to many different tourist shops and purchase from a big variety of souvenirs that will satisfy your needs. Have a meze at a local tavern and continue your night with a cocktail near the waterfront to finish your beautiful night with the sounds of the sea that will stay with you forever to remind you of your amazing 10 days Greek island holidays itinerary.
Day 10 of Greek island hopping itinerary: Time to say goodbye to Kefalonia
Rise and shine folks. Unfortunately, we have to get ready because it’s time to leave the gorgeous Kefalonia. Have a final walk in Argostoli, take in the gorgeous scenery for the last time and say goodbye to your lovely holidays.
And that is it, our detailed 10 days Greek island holidays Itinerary! We hope that you had the time of your life in these amazing destinations and that we managed to transmit the uniqueness that Greece has! What do you think, are there things to do in Greece that we forgot to mention? Share your thoughts and ideas with us in the comments! Safe travels and see you soon 🙂
F.A.Q. about the Greek islands
Is it easy to island-hop in Greece?
Island hopping in Greece is very easy as most islands are relatively close to each other. The best way to get from one island to the other is by ferry or airplane.
How long do you need in the Greek islands?
3-4 days is perfect to see most of a Greek island and without the need to rush.
How many Greek islands are there in Greece?
Greece has around 6,000 islands and islets and only 227 islands are inhabited. That is quite unique for a country in Europe.