If you’re planning a remote retreat with an international team, it’s important to consider how your attendees will get there. This will affect how much they’re willing to spend on flights and if they can even make it!
Luckily, Greece is well-connected by ferries. Here are some tranquil islands accessible by ferry that will make for a relaxing getaway.
Kythnos is one of the least-visited islands in the Cyclades, a place that is loved by Greek islanders for its crystal-clear waters and hospitable residents. Here, visitors will find an abundance of exceptional walking trails and wild vistas that will take them to the excavation site of a 2,500-year-old ancient city and to the remains of a Byzantine castle on a spectacular headland.
The town of Chora is worth a visit, where you can enjoy afternoon coffee or sunsets on the cobbled streets among whitewashed houses with wooden balconies. Kythnos also has a number of beautiful beaches, the most scenic of which are located further north from Merihas. These include Schinari, a long beach with tamarisks reaching down to the sea and Kavouroheris and Maroulas, which are both calm and protected from winds.
The most impressive sight on the island is the secluded cave of Vriokastro, where you will discover the foundations of walls, temples and altars. This magnificent natural formation was once used as a shelter for pirates, Frankish overlords and Ottoman Turks. Today, you can visit the cave during a guided tour and see traces of iron rails, wagons and other equipment inside. Kythnos is a great place to explore by foot but car hire is available for those who wish to travel around the island more easily.
Santorini is one of the most famous islands in the entire world thanks to its breathtaking sunset views and iconic whitewashed houses clinging to the steep caldera cliffs. While you can enjoy its serene seaside beaches, pristine waters and gorgeous landscapes year-round, the best time to visit Santorini is during the spring or fall when temperatures are mild but not scorching.
The bustling international airport of Athens connects with daily flights to Santorini, or you can take a high-speed ferry from Piraeus port. The ferries are comfortable and have a lounge area where you can enjoy local dishes, drinks and a coffee while gazing at the remarkable scenery of the Greek islands.
You’ll find many accommodation options in Santorini, especially the lively capital of Fira. A stay in the central town offers caldera views, easy access to the bus station and plenty of restaurants and taverns. The quaint traditional village of Megalochori is another great choice. It’s only a 10-minute ride from Fira and home to stately whitewashed churches, pirate hideaways and excellent wineries.
Santorini is also known for its secluded black sand beaches of Perissa and Perivolos. Both are family and budget friendly, with tavernas, beach bars and comfortable sunbeds. The secluded Red Beach, named for its crimson cliffs rising out of the water, is an ideal place to snorkel or swim. It’s a short 30-minute water taxi ride from Perivolos and can be reached by a direct bus from Fira too.
Mykonos is a cosmopolitan island that draws celebrities and jet-setters from around the world with its pristine beaches, legendary parties and luxurious villas. However, if you venture beyond the main strip, you’ll find bare hills and a more authentic side of the Cycladic gem.
Stay at a dreamy villa with a private pool overlooking the stunning Psarou beach. Enjoy a healthy breakfast and soulful lunches crafted from local ingredients. Nourish your body from the inside out, and feel your energy replenish as you relax into a daily routine of yoga classes, meditation, and rejuvenating activities.
Then, when the sun starts to set, join a sailing excursion with a professional skipper. Take in the island’s incredible sunset and enjoy a delicious Mediterranean meal on board while you watch the sky explode with color.
Mykonos is famous for its amazing sandy and pebbly beaches, crystal-clear waters, and white chapels. You’ll find everything from secluded nude-friendly beaches like Agios Sostis and Kalafatis to cosmopolitan beaches with all-day bars and restaurants including Super Paradise, Ornos, and Kiki’s Tavern. Whether you prefer to dance the day away at one of the many clubs and beach bars or you’d rather explore the island’s history and culture, Mykonos has something for everyone.
Paros sits at the center of the Cyclades island group, combining modern and traditional elements in a unique way. Visitors will discover endless pristine beaches, vibrant nightlife and enchanting villages. Getting to the island is easy, with quick flights from Athens and regular ferries from the mainland.
All ferries arrive in Parikia, the capital of Paros and main hub of activities on the island. From here, it’s an easy ride to the picturesque inland village of Naoussa, the charming coastal resort of Parikia and the peaceful inland town of Lefkes. All of these locations offer a true escape, perfect for forging a deep connection with the natural beauty and culture of Paros.
Another great way to experience the tranquility of Paros is by renting a scooter or bicycle, and exploring the untouched landscapes of the island. You can also hop on a short ferry ride to the neighboring island of Antiparos, which is small enough to explore in just a day and home to one very unique attraction.