Post # 1
So I have some questions for those who have been to Greece! So we absolutely want to do some Greek island hopping on our honeymoon. Originally we were going to go to Greece in September as that is when the crowds have died down and it should still be nice and warm. We are looking to do Athens for a couple of nights, Santorini for 3 nights and then go to one more island before flying back to Athens for one last night and flying home (US-Midwest). Any recommendations for the 2nd island to visit? At that point we would be more into a great beach that we can relax at than anything else. Also, is September a good time to go?
Has anyone gone in early May? There is a special right now that we could go in early May for a fraction of the cost. We were looking at potentially going May as well in case we get pregnant right away (Wedding in 10 days, fiance wants to start trying for a baby right away), but I was leaning more towards booking in September. Is early May a good time to go? Will it still be warm? It seems like too good of a deal to pass up, and it will be easier as a travel company takes care of all flights, hotels, transportation, etc.
Any guidance from those that have been would be appreciated!
Post # 2
I think May would be a lovely time to go. Should be warm by then.
I’ve been to Greece twice, including my honeymoon, and my absolute favorite island is Milos. (I’ve been to a bunch, including Santorini, which is also beautiful but very touristy). Milos is close to Santorini so it’s easy to hop over via a ferry. It’s beautiful and though it’s getting more and more popular, still a lot quieter and less expensive than Santorini. Amazing views, beaches and food!
ETA: I also recommend Crete if you’re looking for great beaches.
Post # 3
The first time I went was in September and the second time I went was in late May/early June.
The first time we had a few days in Athens, which was amazing, but they were having a heat wave. So it was mid-90s the entire time…which is HOT when you are walking around the Parthenon and what not. The islands were cooler due to islands being a bit breezier.
The second time we skipped Athens and went straight to the islands. I prefer traveling when it’s not full on tourist season, so end of May was perfect and I can’t imagine beginning of May will be all that different. Any earlier you risk places being closed for the off season. The weather was nice and we had plenty of pool time and went on an amazing day boat trip from Paros to AntiParos and then another larger sunset boat cruise off of Santorini.
While I recommend flying from Athens to the islands, I HIGHLY recommend taking ferries in between. So easy and inexpensive.
Post # 4
We loved Naxos! It was a much more peaceful and gentle pace after Santorini, and it’s more of a “real” place with an economy that can function without tourists. Amazing hiking between villages in the hills, and we did everything by foot or via public bus — no car rental, though that could be fun too.
Post # 5
Our cruise stopped in Mykonos for a day and it was amazing! We went the first week in May, and we spent half the day at the beach!
Post # 6
I’ve been to Greece 10+ times, never been in May, but my Future Mother-In-Law goes then and it’s always hot. I recommend Crete and Rhodes, both have excellent beaches, restaurants, bars and a wide variety of accommodation for all budgets.
Post # 7
I’ve been in early May it’s beautiful as it’s the beginning of the season. The nights can be chilly though so take a sweater. I’ve been in September too and that’s beautiful too the sea has also warmed up by then.
We love the Lindos Blu hotel in Rhodes and I also recommend Zante and Kos.