Flit from island to island
It is easy to combine visits of the cultural sites on the mainland of Greece with its numerous islands. From Athens, visit the pedestrianised and peaceful island of Hydra or the tranquil Poros. Further afield, travel to Crete with its Minoan ruins or the numerous islands of the Cyclades, which include Paros, Naxos and Folegandros. In the north, travel by ferry from Thessaloniki to the picturesque island of Lesvos with its petrified forest, or the Sporades islands of Skiros and Skiathos. Alternatively, there is an extensive network of internal flights which you can take to the popular islands of Santorini or Mykonos.