I’ve been reading a lot of the comments on this forum for the past week and would love some insights from some experienced travelers.
I’m going to Greece for the first time in May. I’m flying into Santorini on Wednesday May 8th ( supposed to be arriving early morning, coming from a short family visit in Germany). I already booked a lovely hotel in Fira for 4 nights, leaving Sunday. My original plan was to take a ferry on Sunday from Santorini to Mykonos for 3 ish days (Sunday morning/ mid day to Wednesday afternoon) before heading to Athens for 3 full days (Thursday-Saturday). My flight back to NY is on Sunday May 19th from Athens.
After reading up on all the islands I’m worried that I picked the most touristy and busiest islands and consider replacing Mykonos with Paros or Náxos or splitting my time (2 nights/1.5 days in Náxos and Mykonos, 2 nights/ 2 days in Athens) but also don’t want to rush through everything and constantly commute.
How busy will the islands be in May? Are cruise ships running this early in the season ruining a santorini experience?
Would staying in Náxos and a day trip to Mykonos/Delos make sense at all?
Why would I chose Paros, Náxos or Mykonos over the other?
Should I stick to my original plan and leave lesser known islands for a return trip?
Is Mykonos worth a visit if you’re not looking for the fancy experience and trying to avoid the party-scene?
A few facts about me: solo traveler, female in my mid 30’s, fit and active, love to walk but tend to get seasick on smalls boats ( no sailing or similar leaned that lesson on the amalfi cost!) I’m from a small town but call busy Brooklyn NY home. Love cities and sightseeing but also seeking relaxation and getting lost in small town mazes. I liked Madrid but loved Sevilla in May, Venice in July reminded me of Disneyland with massive crowds. Medium interest in history. Not a party person at all, more of a “good food and a glass of wine” kinda person. Love a good beach but will probably walk with my feet in the water rather than lay in the sand for hours. Somewhat on a budget not looking for luxury.
Would love any insight as I need to book hotels rather sooner than later.
Would alove some hotel recommendations for Paros, Náxos or Mykonos and Athens and restaurants including in santorini.
Thank you all in advance. It’s much appreciated!!!