Best Greek Islands for Solo Travelers
There is a reason that Greece was the first country I visited solo. In my personal opinion, it is one of the best places to travel to…alone. The tourist infrastructure is one of the better ones and the people are extremely friendly and hospitable. Even when I took my first solo trip there during the economic crisis of 2015 – it was still such an amazing place to visit. Now, I was fortunate to spend a few weeks there and toured both the mainland by visiting cities such as Delphi, Olympia, Athens, Mycenae, and Nafplion and the islands. To me, there are no bad Greek islands. Each is beautiful in its own way. However, here are the 5 best Greek islands for solo travelers.
I mean, when you think of Greece I am sure most of you think of the white-washed buildings with the blue dome roofs of Santorini. It’s no surprise that this majestic island is the #1 destination for many first-time travelers to Greece. Santorini is easy to get around by bus but, ATVs are also very popular. It also is the home to some of Greece’s most affordable accommodations. My favorite budget-friendly place is the Caveland Hostel. This boutique hostel situated in a former 18th-century winery in atmospheric Karterados village is just a 5 minutes drive from the beautiful island’s capital Fira Town and 20 minutes from the famous black beach in Kamari. The complex consists of 8 traditional caves that serve as dorms or private ensuite rooms and one historic apartment. For us solo travel women, it has a girls-only cave. From its organized activities to a huge pool it is no wonder why this is one of the best accommodations on the island for solo travelers.
Crete is the largest island and has something for everyone. During my stay, I was able to spend time on a local family’s vineyard and not only enjoy a delicious meal with dancing but, also can my own Kalamata olives. Crete is home to some of the best beaches and hiking in Greece. Don’t forget to trek the Samaria Gorge; one of the best day hikes in all of Europe. It’s easy to arrange by public transport or organized excursion. In the center of the historic city of Chania, Crete you can find the budget-friendly Cocoon City Hostel. The best part about this hostel is that it is family-owned, meaning you are giving back to the economy of the local community when you stay. After the past year, we have had this, this is more important than ever.
Mykonos happens to be my favorite Greek Island. Not only is it stunning but, it has a nightlife that rivals Ibiza. From Little Venice to its Windmills, Mykonos has so many unique and fun things to do. Known for its Mediterranean cuisine, fresh seafood, and mezze dining culture you are sure to get your fill while visiting the island. For your stay on the island, if you want to enjoy the most beautiful views over crystal waters, chill out or dance in the pool just above sea level, listen to the best early DJ-sets before a crazy night, meet friends from all around the world, be in the center of nightlife but also have the choice of relaxing in the nicest part of Mykonos, then Paraga Beach Hostel & Camping is your place! They have accommodation types to suit any traveler and offer free transfers to and from the port making it very accessible.
This well-established backpacker’s destination is ideal for younger solo travelers. Ios has all the blue-domed churches and great beaches that you hope for when you travel to Greece but at a lower price tag than its cousin Mykonos. Outside of the main traveler’s area, you will find more locals and families who enjoy a slower pace of life. If you wanted to have a longer, nomadic stay – Ios is a great destination. The best hostel on the island is by far Franceso’s. Another family-run hostel, Franceso’s is steps away from Ios’ best nightlife and offers free transfers to and from the port.
Are you a lover of musicals? Have you heard of Mamma Mia? If so, you should make your way to Skiathos where they filmed quite a bit of the movie musical. With its laid-back, youthful vibe Skiathos is known for its nightlife. With its famous beach clubs and bustling main town, the only con is that it is not an easy destination from Athens. It includes a 2.5-hour drive from the ferry. While on the island, checking out the world-class beaches is a must such as Koukounaries, Banana Beach, and Lalaria. While on the island a nice accommodation option is the Bourtzi Hotel. This modern boutique hotel, with its spacious and carefully designed rooms and suites, is situated just a few minutes away from the harbor, in the heart of Skiathos.
Although we only highlighted 5 of Greece’s beautiful islands, there are many more worth visitng such as Rhodes, Naxos, Paros and more.
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