Remote Residences on Greek Ferry Routes

Ferries offer the chance to see the islands as locals do. Patience is rewarded by the opportunity to enjoy roadside shrines, empty beaches and lamb road-crossings.

The Saronic Islands are closest to Athens and overflow with weekend day-trippers in summer but there are oases like car-free Hydra. A stay in the quaint hotel Paleokastritsa can be magical.

1. The Secret Cape

When a destination is so uniquely gorgeous, it demands more than just an overnight stay. Whether it’s the modern architectural wonder of The Silo Hotel in Cape Town or the rustic charm of Teniqua Treetops in Tulbagh, each unique accommodation is more than just a room; it’s an invitation into a region where adventure whispers in the wind and luxury hides in the most unexpected corners.

From the moment you set sail on your ferry, a world of natural and man-made splendor awaits. Unwind with a glass of wine under the stars on the deck, or spend the day exploring the local sights. And when the sun goes down, sink into your bed and let the tranquil sounds of nature lull you to sleep.

As the ferries sail off to their destinations, you’ll have the opportunity to admire the beautiful Aegean Sea, lush landscapes, and historic sites that make up the Greek Islands. And when you’re ready to explore on land, your unique accommodation will be waiting to welcome you back. From quaint taverns to idyllic beaches, the islands of the Cyclades will delight you with every turn.

2. Xenia

In 1952 and the following decade, the GNTO’s new management led by Konstantinidis conceived, designed and constructed an ambitious program of hotels, motels, tourist pavilions, travel stations and organized beaches that were branded under the Xenia brand name. The goal was to upgrade Greece’s hotel hospitality and consolidate tourism as a pillar of its economy.

This Xenia network reflected the philosophy of xenia, the ancient Greek concept of hospitality and guest-friendship that was rooted in mythological traditions of hospitality and reverence for Zeus (the god of travelers) and his hostesses. As Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, explains, xenia was an obligation of all members of society to treat their guests with utmost hospitality and trust. Failure to practice proper xenia was seen as an insult and was punishable by Zeus and the gods of the underworld.

In this era of Cold War, the idea of hospitality was also linked to nationalism and national identity, as the Greeks believed that their hospitality could turn foreign guests into permanent friends of the country. This performative rhetoric was echoed in the architecture of the Xenia hotels. Their form, scale and materiality were chosen to communicate a sense of nationhood, which in turn, would transform visitors into long-term citizens of the state.

3. Kavous

With more than 200 inhabited islands, the Greek islands can seem overwhelming. However, there are a few island destinations that pack a punch when it comes to culture, beaches and activities. Kos is a prime example. This island is packed with things to do and see and offers some of the best accommodation in Greece for families, couples and friends.

One of the most popular places to stay on Kos is in Kavos. This party resort is known for its nightlife and it’s the kind of place where nobody sleeps before 07-08 in the morning! The beach is huge and there are plenty of bars and restaurants.

Kavos is also home to some of the most famous beach clubs in the world. There are a lot of top DJs and music playing throughout the day and night.

There are some great hotels in Kavos such as the Olympion Village Hotel and the Kavos Boutique Hotel. These hotels offer basic yet comfortable rooms for a reasonable price. They are located near the quieter northern end of Agios Prokopios Beach.

Families and groups can stay in self-catered villas such as Villa Thalia which has 4 bedrooms, a pool and sea views and can sleep up to 12. You can find these villas on websites such as Airbnb or through local sites like kavos4rent or kavos-holiday.

4. Agios Gordios

The quiet holiday village of Agios Gordios is a great place to stay on Corfu island. It has a beautiful beach that is lined with lots of loungers, changing rooms, water sport facilities and a beach restaurant. Agios Gordios is also close to a cedar forest where you can take in the sights and sounds of nature.

For those who love walking there are many beautiful walks around the beaches and hills of Agios Gordios. The village is very relaxed with cafe bars and taverns that serve good food. The town of Corfu is a short bus ride away where you can find plenty more shops and restaurants.

In terms of ferry routes, Agios Gordios is serviced by Blue Star Ferries, who operate large passenger / car ferries that go from the mainland to several Greek islands. You can find more information on these ferries and other Greek ferries by checking out the Blue Star Ferries website.

If you are planning to travel to Greece during high season, my suggestion is to book your flights and hotels in advance. That way you can ensure that your dates are available and avoid any potential travel headaches. However, if you are able to be flexible and visit during May, early June or September, you will see many of the same attractions without the crowds.