Greece has some magical and iconic islands beloved for their individual character and stunning beauty, and the good news is there is a way to fit it all in even within a holiday that lasts seven days. The following is a 7 day Greece itinerary to give you seven magical days.
The first two days
Mykonos is an ideal place to start your holiday in Greece, with its swanky beach bars and restaurants but the nation’s capital also offers historic windmills and marble streets that are every bit as appealing. Mykonos Town comes with church and bougainvillea-lined streets that have an almost maze-like quality, Matoyanni Street offers plenty of opportunities for shopping sprees and food and cocktails (on the beach) are available in various spots.
On day two you can jet over to the island of Delos, which takes just half an hour by boat to reach. Delos comes with many archaeological sites, with ancient streets lined by Greek antiquities and temples and is a must-see for any history buff.
Day 3 and 4
The place to spend your next two days in Greece is Santorini, which can be reached from Mykonos by high speed ferry in just three hours. There are some lovely food outlets in Santorini including Koukomavios and Theros Wave Bar, which is situated on Vlychada Beach, but the real attraction is the terrace offering magnificent views of the island’s volcano and caldera.
Spend the night at one of the amazing cliffside hotels or one of its cave homes, take a caldera cruise through hot springs and hidden coves to get a real feel of the varied landscape on the island and take a catamaran tour of such as the cliffside cave-built church Efta Pedes or the volcanic island of Thirassia.
It takes two hours by ferry to get to the island of Milos but an early morning will make sure you are there prior to lunchtime. The northeast of Milos offers one of the most photographed beaches in the area because of its white rocks that looks almost lunar-like. The cove of Kleftiko is a former hideout of pirates and allows tourists to go swimming and diving for urchins and the island’s capital, Plaka, offers maze-like streets as well as homemade sweets and sweeping bay views.
The island of Paros is often viewed as a smaller Mykonos but has its own distinct character with island bays that can be viewed by sailboat before heading over to Antiparos, an untouched smaller island with a number of amazing sights including Antiparos Cave, which still has carvings from the Stone Age.
Then you can head back to Paros for the evening for port dining at the Mediterraneo Paros and retire to the Papadakis Hotel and its stunning views of Naoussa Bay.
For the last day in Greece tourists should finish at the biggest isle of the Cyclades, Naxos, which offers hiking trails that pass caves and Venetian castles, the much loved Hawaii Beach and the Naxian Collection, Cycladic-style whitewashed villas that are the ideal way to spend your final night in Greece.
Greece has so much to offer but if you have only seven days this itinerary should help you make them as magical as possible.