Solo traveling in Greece: should I go and where?

Although the majority of tourists in the country are couples, groups of friends or families, there are also many people who are solo traveling in Greece, either for summer holidays or even off season. These solo travelers choose one Greek destination to totally relax or hop from one island to the other. However, how safe is Greece for single tourists? And which are the best Greek islands for solo travelers?

Is Greece safe for single tourists?

Greece is among the safest countries in the world. Especially the Greek islands are very safe and easy to get around, day and night. There is no need to feel stressed about traveling solo in the Greek islands or any other place in Greece, as you will surely not feel threatened or afraid in any way. Even if you are female, you will find it very safe to holiday in Greece alone, if of course you make sure that you are not putting yourself in any danger, such as with excessive drinking or very provocative dressing.

The only exception is Athens, the capital of Greece, where extra attention is needed especially for pick pocketing in public transportation or for walking late at night at certain quarters, such as Omonoia, Metaxourgeio or Patission Avenue.

Which are the best Greek islands for solo travelers?

We could say that all the Greek islands are actually great for solo travelers. However, we have gathered here our most appropriate places that we would suggest to single tourists.

If your aim is to come solo in Greece, party and meet other people, then the most appropriate island is definitely Mykonos. This is the place where parties take place 24/7: beach parties in the day and night parties in Mykonos Town after sunset. Even if you are traveling single in Mykonos, you will surely find company on the island. Rhodes, Paros and Ios are also nice islands for partying and solo traveling in Greece.

If you are traveling alone because you just need some quality time with yourself, then you should choose more quiet and relaxing islands. Ithaca is among the best destinations for solo traveling in Greece. This is a fantastic little island, with isolate crystal beaches and green nature. You will especially love Ithaca if you are a writer or an avid reader. Choose an Ithaca hotel by the sea and get inspired to write your next fantastic novel!

Another great island for solo traveling in Greece is Amorgos. Located on the southern side of the Cyclades group, Amorgos is an authentic island with traditional architecture and wild nature. This island is especially recommended for hikers and naturists. And of course, so is the tiny island of Anafi, with large isolate beaches and only a small village to buy supplies. Anafi accommodation usually consists of family studios and apartments, where you can sit at the balcony and gaze at the breathtaking sea view.

What to pack for Greek holidays: our list

A common mistake that we all do when we pack our suitcase is that we try to squeeze and take to our holidays half of our wardrobe and bathroom stuff. Do not do that when you pack for Greek holidays! First of all, it will not be necessary to take many things with you. You will discover that you will need much less than what you had thought of.

Moreover, a huge suitcase will be very difficult for you to carry around, especially in the middle of a hot day. If you are staying in a village with paved paths where vehicles are not allowed, like most villages in the Greek islands, you will find it uncomfortable to carry a large suitcase with unnecessary stuff here and around.

Here is our list with the most necessary things to pack for Greek holidays. Have in mind that you can always buy little things from local shops and save space and weight in your suitcase.

# Clothes and bathing suits

As the weather in Greece is hot in summer, there is no need to bring heavy clothes. Light dresses, shorts, skirts, T-shirts and sleeveless tops are fine for few relaxing days in the Greek islands. A light sweater would also be advisable just in case it gets windy in the evening. Do not bring many clothes with you, just some outfits for an evening out as you will probably want to spend all day at the beach, where clothes are not needed.

This is why you should also bring together some bathing suits and beach clothes. It would be better to bring at least 2 bathing suits with you because you might want to have 2 swims per day, which leaves little time for the suits to get dry.

# Shoes

Unless you like hiking and long walks, do not bring sports shoes with you. The most appropriate shoes to pack for Greek holidays are flip flops. Take with you 2 pairs of flip flops and 1 pair of sandals for an evening out. High heels are not that necessary in Greece, especially in islands like Cyclades which have many paved streets in the villages.

# Beach bag

The most useful bag to pack for Greek holidays is a large beach bag. In there, you can have a second bathing suit, a beach towel, a sun lotion, your sun glasses and a hat.

# Personal items

Our advice is not to bring many personal items with you, apart from your camera and any possible medications. There are many shops in Greece where you can buy all kind of little things, such as sun lotion, mosquito lotion, shampoos and shower gels or other hygiene stuff. It will save you from a lot of weight and effort to carry such things around in your suitcase.

Top things to do in Paros

As this is an island with lots of tourists and interesting character, there are many things to do in Paros. Located in the centre of the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea, Paros has a fantastic nature and organized tourist facilities. If you have or plan to rent a private means of transport, then you’d better stay in a beach hotel in Paros. If you plan to rely on public transport, then you are suggested to book a Paros hotel in main tourist places, such as Parikia, Naoussa or Alyki. In any case, here are the top things to do in Paros.

# Swim in fantastic beaches

The beaches in Paros island distinguish for their natural beauty. Whether you are looking for organized or secluded, sandy or pebbled beaches, you will find many options in Paros. The best Paros beaches are found on the south eastern side of the island, including Golden Beach, New Golden Beach, Logaras and Drios. Two nice beaches are also found close to the town of Naoussa, on the northern side of the island: the beaches of Kolymbithres and Santa Maria. One of the most relaxing things to do in Paros is lay on the beach all day long. Apart from swimming, visitors can also try watersports or have their lunch at delicious taverns by the sea.

# Walk through picturesque villages

The traditional style of villages in Paros make them a great place to walk around, through paved streets, flowered yards and white houses. Naoussa and Parikia are the largest and most tourist villages in Paros, both having an old Medieval part in their premises. This old quarter (called Kastro) is actually the original village constructed in the Medieval times and around which the modern village was built with the passing of centuries. Another lovely village to visit in Paros is Lefkes, the first capital of the island. Nice seaside places are Alyki, Drios and Piso Livadi.

# Try windsurfing and kite

The strong summer winds (called meltemia winds) that blow over the Cyclades islands make Paros one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing spots in Greece. Especially Golden Beach and New Golden Beach on the south eastern side of the island as well as the bay of Pounda on the western side are the top windsurfing and kite places in Paros. Windsurfing competitions are taking place in July and August, attracting athletes from many countries. If you are interested to try these two sports, there are many windsurfing centres in Paros that offer courses for all levels and rent the necessary equipment.

# Visit the close island of Antiparos

Among the best things to do in Paros is take the boat from Parikia or Pounda and visit the neighboring island of Antiparos. This is a small island with only one village and nice sandy beaches. Some beaches are found in a walking distance from the village and others need a bus to go there. On the south of the island is the impressive cave of Antiparos, with stalactites and stalagmites.

Why choose holidays in Greece?

Holiday in Greece is the dream of a lifetime for many people around the world. Rated among the top 20 most popular world tourist destinations almost every year, the Greek islands offer wonderful opportunities for holidays. Why exactly should you choose to spend your holidays in Greece? Here are some answers.

# Fantastic beaches

The wonderful beaches of Greece are famous around the world for the fantastic landscape and crystal water. You can find almost any kind of beaches in Greece: fully organized or totally secluded, sandy or pebbled, windy or calm. There is no need to pick up a certain Greek destination for beach holidays. Every single island has great places to swim. The islands with the most famous beaches are probably Kefalonia, Lefkada, Rhodes, Crete, Skiathos, Mykonos and many others, but it is a fact that everywhere you go in Greece, you will find great and safe beaches.

# Country with history

With a history of 3,000 years, Greece is a country with rich past. The fortunate thing is that many remains of this past survive until today. In fact, there are numerous archaeological sites all over the Greek mainland and the islands. Among the most famous ancient sites are the Acropolis of Athens, Ancient Olympia, Delphi, Epidaurus, Mycenae, Knossos and others. Many of these sites have been included in the UNESCO list of world heritage monuments and are visited by millions of tourists every year.

# Perfect weather

A country with Mediterranean climate, Greece has the perfect summer weather: warm days with chilly evenings. Swimming at the sea starts from May and lasts until October in Greece, when the atmosphere starts getting colder. June through August are the hottest months with the temperature reaching even 40oC in the midday. Except for summer, Greece also has a great winter weather with mediocre cold (usually from 2 to 10oC), limited rainfalls and rare snows. This gives a great chance to develop tourism in Greece even in winter time.

# Calm for families

Holidays in Greece is a fantastic option for families. Due to the limited criminality and the safe beaches, parents feel free to leave their kids playing at the sand or the hotel garden, while they are enjoying the sun. Of course, do not miss sun protection for both adults and kids, especially in midday hours when the sun rays are stronger. Greece also offers very convenient family accommodation with self-catering apartments and bungalows that can easily host large families with kids.

# Romantic for couples

Although Greece has always been a popular honeymoon destination, over the last years it has also become a popular wedding destination. Many foreign couples choose romantic destinations in Greece to perform their wedding ceremony or renew their vows. Santorini, Kefalonia, Corfu, Rhodes and Crete are among the most famous wedding spots in the country. Many couples actually perform their wedding in Greece and stay in the country for their honeymoon.

Top 5 beaches in Lefkada

Geographically found on the western side of Greece, in the Ionian Sea, Lefkada island is one of the most beautiful Greek destinations. Lefkada is mostly famous for the fantastic beaches, especially on its western side. The exotic water and the various shades of blue charm visitors at first sight. Here are the top 5 beaches in Lefkada that you should not miss during your holidays.

# Porto Katsiki

Top beaches in Lefkada: Porto Katsiki beach

This is the most famous and impressive beach in Lefkada. Porto Katsiki is located on the southernmost spot on the western side of Lefkada. It can be accessed by car or by excursion boat from the port of Nidri. The name of this beach means the port of the goat and is probably the most photographed spot on the island. This is actually a nice bay with white pebbles, crystal water and an impressive cliff surrounding it. Above the beach are a couple of beach bars with impressive view to the Ionian Sea.

# Egremni

Top beaches in Lefkada: Egremni beach

The name of this beach means abrupt cliffs in Greek. This is indeed one of the most abrupt beaches in Lefkada, fairly difficult to access by foot as visitors have to get down a narrow and long staircase to get to the beach. There are also excursion boats to Egremni from the port of Nidri. The long size of Egremni allows both organized and private places to swim. The organized part has umbrellas, sun beds and a beach bar.

# Kathisma

Best beaches in Lefkada: Kathisma beach

Kathisma is actually the easiest beach to get from the three most famous beaches in Lefkada (Porto Katsiki- Egremni- Kathisma). This is a long beach with crystal water and largely organized with sunbed, umbrellas, beach bars and water sports. There is even a paragliding club in Kathisma beach, Lefkada. Some nice Lefkada studios and beach hotels are found above Kathisma.

# Agios Ioannis

Agios Ioannis beach in Lefkada, Greece

Located in close distance to Lefkada Town, Agios Ioannis is the most popular kitesurfing spot on the island. The wind is perfect for kite and windsurfing in Agios Ioannis, especially from the midday until late in the afternoon. There are many kitesurfing centres along the beach as well as restaurants, cafeterias and studios. At the end of Agios Ioannis beach are few ruined windmills.

# Mylos

Mylos beach in Lefkada, Ionian islands

Mylos is probably the hidden gem of Lefkada island, Greece. This is one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches in Lefkada. It is accessible with excursion boat from the close village of Agios Nikitas or through a hiking path (20-30 min) again from Agios Nikitas. This is a totally unorganized beach with no facilities at all. Due to its secluded location, this is a naturist beach.