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7 Greek island hopping options (in your luxury yacht or catamaran)

7 Greek island hopping options (in your luxury yacht or catamaran)

There’s no doubt about it: Greece, and its countless, charming islands, reaches peak beauty at the height of summer.

And while the country’s travel industry remains in an ambiguous position – some reports suggest tourism in the region remains steady despite the rumbling debt crisis, while others are less optimistic – many of us will continue to flock to Greece somewhat unfazed.

If you’re heading to this beautiful destination in the coming months, be vigilant, take ample cash with you – and consider adding one or two of these stunning stop-offs to your island hopping itinerary; perhaps aboard a luxury Seafarer Sailing yacht or catamaran [below].

Seafarer offer a wide range of island hopping holidays: in between, you'll relax aboard one of their stunning cabin cruisers
Seafarer Sailing offers a wide range of island-hopping holidays: in between, you’ll relax aboard one of their stunning cabin cruisers

1 Santorini

Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in the world
Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands in the world

Number two on this list may pip it to the post as the Grecian gay mecca, but Santorini is another notably gay-friendly option in the region. To read our travel story on the island – from its crystal clear waters to its ‘martian landscapes’ – click here.

2 Mykonos

Mykonos – always and forever a gay favourite
Mykonos – always and forever a gay favorite

Mykonos needs no introduction. It’s of course is a rite of passage for many gay guys – although you might be surprised at how mixed a crowd it draws; for example, it’s a must for nightlife lovers of all descriptions. Meanwhile, the white Cycladic buildings make for charming photo opportunities.

3 Syros

Church of Resurrection in Syros, Greece
Church of Resurrection in Syros, Greece

Home to 21,500, Syros is like a mini island country: it’s very rich in culture, particularly in the capital city of Ermoupolis. You might need a few days to take in the full extent of the neoclassical architecture, religious temples and the gorgeous medieval quarter.

4 Karpathos, Dodecanese Islands

Karpathos is perfect for seclusion-lovers
Karpathos is perfect for seclusion lovers

Of the 162 Dodecanese islands, or the 26 that are inhabited, it’s hard to single one out for special attention – they all look beautiful. But Karpathos, the second largest, promises a mixture of undisturbed escape as well a highly individualistic culture owing to its remote location.

5 Volos

Volos is known for its picturesque ports
Volos is known for its picturesque ports

This one’s not actually an island (it’s in fact a coastal town on the mainland with a population of 150,000), but Volos is a good place to begin your island hopping adventure. From here you can explore the islands of Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skiathos – but before you do, make time to explore its pretty ports and the acclaimed Archaeological Museum.

6 Folegandro

The surface area of Folegandros is just 32 square kilometres
The surface area of Folegandros is just 32 square km

Folegandro epitomizes the strange beauty of Greek island living: with just 715 inhabitants and a land mass of just 32 square km, you’ll feel like on you’re on a different planet. But despite its modest size, it’s said to be great for hiking.

7 Sifnos

Nothing but blue skies and seas as far as you can see from the island of Sifnos
The Monastery of Christ guards the island of Sifnos

Sifnos has a bit of everything: wonderful churches, charming villages, reasonably developed nightlife and beautiful beaches. It’s inhabited by just 2,625 people.

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