The Greek Islands: Fun in the Sun

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Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes, are three names that bring up pictures of romance, blue skies, and history. A Mediterranean cruise is a great way to experience these Greek Isles, and more, in a short amount of time.

Most ships dock in Tourlos which is about a 30-minute walk to town or you can take a taxi or shuttle. Either way, the trek to Mykonos village, Hora, is a worthwhile visit. Mykonos always contains partyers from all over the world. Partying goes on well into the night with numerous bars and clubs. The days are more laid back with plenty of shopping in the seemingly endless boutiques, opportunities to wander through art galleries, and plenty of places to eat and people watch in gourmet restaurants. (Keep your eyes open for celebrities that often venture to Mykonos.) Amid all this fun, don’t forget to see the windmills for which Mykonos is famous.

Santorini is another Greek island that sparks memories of pictures of blue and white cities that reflect the cool waters of the ocean. Cruise ships anchor near the cliffs of Fira, the main town of Santorini. Tender boats ferry cruise guests to shore where you will need to have strong legs to climb the 600 steps, take a donkey, or take the cable car which is, by far, the easiest method to reach the top. On the con side of the cable car, you will probably be in a long line to get one. Once in Fira, you may want to head immediately to Oia where all the beautiful pictures of the blue-domed churches are taken. You can take a taxi or a tour to get there but leave time for a cup of coffee or a glass of Santorini wine. Generally, cruise stops on Santorini are only 5-6 hours, so plan your time well to see as much as possible.

The harbor of Rhodes was once the site of the giant statue of Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Rhodes is a much larger island than Santorini or Mykonos and has more history opportunities including 14th-century medieval fortress walls. Rhodes also houses the Mosque of Suleiman built in 1522, the Acropolis of Rhodes, and the Palace of the Grand Master of the Knights of Rhodes. With all its history, Rhodes is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Rhodes cruise ships generally dock near St. Catherine’s Gate and within walking distance to the historical center. Of course, there are always taxis and buses available.

If any of these islands are on your must-see list, check the cruise lines’ itineraries closely before booking and then Bon Voyage!

Have you visited these three islands or others in the Greek Isles? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments section.

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