Boy I hate this website feature -- that when you hit reply, the whole thread disappears & you can't see the last entry. So you open a new window so as to keep them both and --- you know what happens; y ou accidentally click the wrong thing and your carefully-crafted reply is lost. grrr. that just happened to me. Here are a few of the items I lost, plus more:
• FOLEGANDROS - u will enjoy it, but in High season, don't fantasize about "hanging with the locals in the taverna" -- it will be all tourists. to hang with locals means going in April or Early May, or in October.
• SIFNOS - if u decide to go there: i have loved stayng in the hillside villages - Ano Petali Artemonas Appollonia -- but even walking to dinner up there rquires a LOT LOT LOT of going up/down stairstep lanes... you might do better staying at beach like VATHI expecially i the heat. Sifnos is not super-crowdy because when the housing is FULL, that's it... a self-limiting business. For August, man yof best choices may be full.
• FLY to SANORINI from ATHENS then go to Foley VS Ferry from PIRAEUS. You do realize, you are asking us for advice, but not givig us dates at all --- and as far as I can calculate from your generalities, this travel will be in the PEAK WEEK of the entire year!!! The days surrounding August 15 (the DOrmition of he Virgin) Greece's biggest holiday next to easter. How can we advise when we don't know what days you hope to travel?? If you want help we need Specific dates! My thoughts in general
--- Neither plan is really good, but if you are able to get that PLANE, I still would advise it. I checked this useful website for Aegean, http://en.aegeanair.com/e-services/e-ticket/ and arbitrarily chose the date of August 10, since you have not be specific. It shows the whole week. I found that the best Aug 10 flight/value to get from Corfu to FOlegandros in 5.5 hours dep @ 18:00 & arr Santorini 23:25. Since u need a suitcase, u need the "flex" rate: = €93.53. No other days are as good a sked or value.
--- Now consider what's involved with a ferry. I presume you will fly from Corfu to ATH, then I guess you are considering taking a x93 bus to Piraeus (in usual bad traffic = 70 minutes, in August traffic, 90 minutes). I then looked at last year's schedule -- via Openseas website http://www.openseas.gr/en/index.html because it has this little trick; you can roll back the calendar tosee what ferries ran that day in 2019... there are a lot of ferries, but all are those small hi-speed passenger-only ferries (except for an old "rustbucket" ferry that takes 7-8 hours). And YES, the small ferries can rock & roll when the Meltemi winds blow up, and Yes, the Meltemi is worst in August. And remember, fast-ferries are at least 75% more than slow ferries... so it could cost nearly the same
IF you GO to SANTORINI (this is another part of my draft that disappeared) for just 1 one night (or maybe 2, if you get in at midnight!) ... you probably should stay convenient to Fira town, tho not necessarily in it. Firostephani is on the northern fringe of Fira town, away from the hubbub, but an easy walk along the rimside path to cafes, museum etc. I have a small "budget gem" place just 50 feet from the rimside view, Villa Fotini -- and they pick up at the airport free. only 12 rooms tho, so they may be fully booked by now. Just downhill from there, Hotel Margarita has more rooms, no view, but a pool. If you ever get your travel logistics figured out AND locked in, we can help with rooms... but what's the point until then.