Board on the ferry to Greece and enter a country with incredible and rich history and culture, also the birth place of numerous philosophers and artists!
With over 15 million tourists annually who are using mostly the Greek island ferries, Greece is ranked as the 20th best and most visited holiday destination in the world. From graphical mountainous villages in extraordinary landscapes to delightful sunny islands with long sandy beaches, Greece has it all. Except for the dazzling sceneries and climate, Greece is also widely known for its antiquity and tradition while also for being the birthplace of democracy in the western civilization.
Alexander the Great, the philosopher Socrates, his student Plato and Aristotle, the poet Homer, general Pericles, mathematician and physicist Archimedes are only some of the famous personalities born in Greece.
It’s two biggest cities, Thessaloniki and the capital, Athens, are definitely worth visiting since their backstories are incredibly interesting and will bring chills to anyone along with their ancient landmarks for sightseeing like the Acropolis of Athens and Plaka or the Castle and White Tower of Thessaloniki. Greece’s mainland is as alluring as its well-known islands and summer is not the only period where you can travel to the country.
Getting to Greece by ferry
Greece's position on the map, between Italy and Turkey while also on the south of Albania, makes it a perfect destination for holidays. The mainland is surrounded by numerous islands which all worth the visit for the reason that each one has a different character and landscapes. Every year and especially in summer, touristic activities in Greece reach their peak and crowded ferries bring tourists from all around the world to witness the magic of the Mediterranean country.
Ferries Italy Greece
Starting from the west side, the one which faces Italy's east coast, you will find the 7 and main Ionian Islands, Corfu, Paxi, Lefkada, Ithaca, Kefalonia, Zakynthos (Zante) and Kythira. The port of Corfu along with the two mainland ports of Igoumenitsa and Patras are the 3 entrances to Greece by those who are traveling with the ferries Italy to Greece. Note, that Corfu's port is also the gate to Greece for travelers from Albania.
Below are the options you have so as to connect with Greece from Italy by using the ferries:
It is notable to mention that Patras is the second-largest and busiest port in Greece and that the above ferry routes, make stopovers to the port of Igoumenitsa and in high season, to the port of Corfu as well. Keep in mind that the journeys are long and can be tiring so booking a bed cabin or using the camping on board option (if you are traveling with your camper), will be the best idea.
Turkey to Greece Ferry
Greece is counting a few thousand islands and islets while only 227 have inhabitants. On the country's east side which faces the Aegean Sea and shares it with Turkey, there are the well-known groups of Cyclades, Small Cyclades, Dodecanese, Sporades, North Aegean and the individuals Evia and Crete. Some of those islands are the gates to Greece when traveling from Turkey to Greece with ferry.
Here are the most famous ferry routes when entering Greece from the Turkish Riviera:
Greek Island holidays
During summertime, tourism in Greece tends to increase rapidly and millions of travelers around the globe spend their holidays in the Greek islands with their spectacular beaches, landscapes and culture. It is hard to tell there is a best island in Greece since they are all unique and provoke different feelings. Some examples of where you could begin with, is taking the ferry to Mykonos with its vivid lifestyle, to the stunning and romantic Santorini with its magical views, to the cosmopolitan Paros, to Naxos with its excellent beaches, to Ios with its never-ending parties, to the capital of the Cyclades, Syros, to the immense Crete with its traditions and welcoming people, to Rhodes with its ancient city, to Corfu and to the other Ionian Islands and many more.
Generally, it is not possible to discover all Greece’s beauties at once and this is the reason many travelers go again and again. They even include island hopping in their tickets in order to take a taste of as many islands as possible.
Due to high demand, especially in high season (March till late September), ferry tickets to Greece run out fast so consider booking them in advance.