Solo Travel in Greece
Types of Girl about the Globe (GatG) – Arty & Museum GatG, Beach GatG, Historical GatG, Ocean GatG, Party GatG
There's a reason that Greece is a popular destination for solo travellers. There are so many beautiful destinations including ancient temples and breathtaking islands to explore on a solo trip to Greece. If you're planning a trip here and are unsure where to start, below is my guide to help you solo travel Greece. I've included the best places to travel in Greece alone, where to stay in Greece, examples of a Greece trip itinerary, Greece transportation and the best Greece tour companies to use.
I love Greece and having spent time solo in Greece, this article includes my personal recommendations as well as those from our solo female community and comes with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement.
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Greece Solo Travel
Is Greece safe for solo female travellers? Yes, Greece is generally very safe for solo females. Greek people can be friendly and helpful. Men can be more forward than in other Western countries but if you politely indicate your lack of interest, they will apologise and leave you alone.
Is Athens safe for solo female travellers? Yes, it is but you still need to be careful at night and keep a close eye on your belongings, just as you would in any other large city.
Although the neighbourhoods of Monastiraki, Omonia, Psyrri, and Mextaxourghio boast some of the city’s most colourful and alternative Athens nightlife, don’t venture out late at night on your own, especially in poorly lit areas. The boundary between “safe” neighbourhoods and “unsafe” neighbourhoods can be difficult for non-locals to distinguish.
When you solo travel to Greece, one area that women are not allowed to visit is Mount Athos on the Halkidiki peninsula. This holy monastic region of Greece has barred women for centuries and we’re not allowed within 500m of its coast.
Whether you like to party, sail, relax on a beach or discover more about Greek culture or Greek history, this country has something for any kind of solo. That's why I've given it 4 out of 5 stars for safety, ease of travelling around and meeting others.
Is Greece good for solo travel? Yes, Greece is a wonderful country to explore independently as a solo girl but if you're unsure where to visit in Greece and want to do it with some company, you may prefer to join one of the tour groups to Greece, especially if you are planning on Greek island hopping.
Best Places To Travel in Greece Alone
Ancient sites, temples, breathtaking islands, and vibrant contemporary culture make Greece a must-visit stop on any itinerary. The country offers something for everyone and there are places for every kind of solo in Greece. Whether you are a history buff, beach lover, foodie, night owl or nature enthusiast, I've listed some of the best places to travel in Greece to give you some Greece travel ideas on where to go on your solo female trip Greece.
Most trips to Greece begin in Athens, one of the most popular cities and places to visit in Greece. This famous Greece city is steeped in history, has numerous colourful neighbourhoods, and is the ideal base from which to explore the rest of the country.
As for things to see in Athens, you’ll definitely want to visit the Acropolis, one of the best things to do in Greece. Pay a visit to the Acropolis Museum whilst you're there. This famous archaeological site is one of the tourist attractions in Greece, and is home to the world-famous Parthenon.
Your ticket to the Acropolis allows you free access to the nearby Ancient Agora (or marketplace), which was the focal point of civic life in ancient Athens. Today, the agora is a lovely and shady oasis in the middle of the city’s chaos and a great place to curl up with a book on a hot afternoon. The Agora’s museum, inside the restored Stoa of Attalos, provides a fascinating glimpse into everyday life in ancient Athens. * Check prices for Acropolis Combo Ticket
For solo travel in Athens, just wandering the neighbourhoods of the city centre could amuse you for days, and the (air-conditioned) National Archeological Museum is especially good on hot afternoons.
During the summer months make the most of the open-air cinemas (the films are in English), and the beach bars and clubs along Posidonos Street. I have a dedicated article for the Athens solo female traveller below.
Solo tip – “I highly recommend the Athens Free Walking tour! I had my tour with Alex and he was beyond amazing! So knowledgeable and friendly. Very helpful with specific tips after the tour. If you do go, tip well at the end, much deserved!” – Mari, solo female traveller.
* Related Post: A Guide To Solo Travel Athens: 3 Day Athens Itinerary
Day Trips From Athens
From Athens, you can take a day trip to visit the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio. The temple itself is even more beautiful than the Parthenon, and its dramatic setting on a cliff overlooking the sea is breathtaking with a clean, inviting, and uncrowded beach literally right next door.
Delphi, the reputed home of the famous ancient oracle, is another excellent day trip from Athens. About 2.5 hours away from the city, Delphi is in the mountains. Its ancient ruins and gorgeous natural setting provide a perfect escape from the city’s summer heat. Numerous tours head to Delphi daily, as does the country’s national bus company, KTEL or you can take a tour here instead. * Check here for Delphi tours
If you’re driving, it’s worthwhile to spend an extra hour or so on the road to visit the hot springs at Thermopylae. Thermopylae was the site of the famous ancient battle where the 300 Spartan soldiers made their heroic stand against the invading Persians.
Nothing remains today to indicate that the battle ever took place but it is still one of the unique places to visit in Greece. The hot springs at Thermopylae are the best place in Greece to soothe your sore muscles and because is it free, it is also one of the cheap things to do in Greece, set in a striking location.
The city of Nafplio is a breezy seaside resort not far from Athens with easy access for exploring the ancient ruins at Mycenae. If you’re lucky enough to be in Nafplio during the annual summer Epidaurus Festival, you can experience live theatre, music, and dance in the authentic and well-preserved ancient theatre at the nearby Epidaurus.
Solo tip – “One of my favourite places in Greece was Meteora. It’s inland so I rented a car to get there. It’s truly a magical place that I am so thankful I had the opportunity to see.” – Melissa, solo female traveller.
Islands From Athens
Athens is also a great base for getting your feet wet in terms of island explorations. The Saronic Islands are the closest islands to the capital and are great for solo Greek island hopping. I spent two weeks hopping between them all.
The islands of Aegina and Hydra can both be visited in a day from Athens. Aegina is the cheapest Greek island to visit in the Saronic Islands. Famous for its pistachios, the island is relatively flat, and renting a bicycle once you arrive on the island is the best way to get around.
Hydra attracts a more upscale crowd. Its picturesque port town offers great shopping and dining, and its hilly interior is perfect for hiking to the top. I personally think that Hydra is the best Greek island for over 50s as it is one of the quiet Greek islands and perfect for escaping traffic noise. You'll just hear a donkey or two!
Solo tip – “Greece is lovely! I went to Paros and it was wonderful and chilled. I stayed in the fishing village of Naousa for 3 days. I did horse back riding, kayaking, a beach day and just walked around. It was perfect.” – Mari, solo female traveller.
* Read: Greek Island Hopping in the Saronic Islands
If you decide to explore on the mainland after Athens, the Peloponnese is relatively close to Athens and will provide you with a good idea of daily life in Greece today.
Ancient Olympia is a historic site located in the western Peloponnese of Greece. The site is renowned for hosting the ancient Olympic Games, which were held every four years from 776 BC to 393 AD. There are several things to see in Ancient Olympia, including the Temple of Zeus, which was once one of the largest temples in Greece.
The ancient stadium is also a must-visit, where the Olympic Games were held and athletes competed in various sports. You can explore the ruins of the ancient Gymnasium, the Palaestra, and the Philippeion. The Archaeological Museum of Olympia houses many of the artefacts found at the site, including the famous Hermes of Praxiteles statue. * Check prices for tours to Ancient Olympia
The ancient city is about 2 hours from Pilos, a laidback area packed with turquoise sand beaches, cool forests, and abundant hiking opportunities.
Other highlights of the Peloponnese include Monemvasia – a city in such a stunning and unlikely location that you won’t believe it really exists. Monemvasia is a well-preserved medieval fortress climbing a 100-meter cliff on a tiny island just off the mainland. Today it is filled with tiny guesthouses, restaurants, and art boutiques.
Thessaloniki is the country’s second city and at the time of the Byzantine Empire, it was said to be the wealthiest. It is located in the north of the country and there are some beaches here but the city is most known for its vibrant street life, delicious food, and stunning architecture,
Is Thessaloniki safe? Yes, it is one of the safest cities in Greece. And it's also one of the cheapest places to visit in Greece thanks to its lower cost of living. This thriving city is also popular with the party GatG thanks to its Greece nightlife scene and beautiful waterfront bars which also offer the perfect place to chill out during the day and admire the sea views. Thessaloniki also has a thriving street art scene, with colourful murals and graffiti all around the city.
One of the main things to see in Thessaloniki is the White Tower on the waterfront. This iconic landmark of the city has been standing for over 500 years. You can even climb to the top for amazing views! Another site to see is Hagios Demetrios, a church known for its mosaic panels, as well as the colourful houses of Ladadika, the Arch of Galerius, and the UNESCO-listed Rotonda.
For history lovers, explore the Archaeological Museum – one of the largest and most important museums in Greece, showcasing artefacts from ancient Macedonia and beyond. Or just wander around the Ano Poli neighbourhood; a charming historic district with winding cobblestone streets, colourful houses, and great views of the city.
From Thessaloniki, it’s 57 miles to Mount Olympus National Park, where you can hike and climb to your heart’s content, spotting birds and wildlife. There are also mountain refuges where you can stay in the evenings and continue your hike the following day.
So, if you're still left wondering “Is Thessaloniki worth visiting?” Yes it is! And if you’re travelling here from Athens it is accessible by public transport. * Check all things to do in Thessaloniki
Best Greek Islands For Solo Travel
If you’d rather head straight to the islands for your Greece vacation, you have literally hundreds of options. As in the Caribbean, the Greek islands are grouped together. If you're searching for the best Greek island for solo travel, the most popular islands are Zakynthos, Corfu and Kefalonia in the west.
To the east are Rhodes and Kos which make up some of the Dodecanese islands. If you want to mix your lazy beach days with some activities, the Dodecanese are good islands to visit. Kalymnos is famous worldwide for its rock climbing, Kos is a wind and kite-surfing paradise, and the island of Nisyros offers hikes into an otherworldly volcanic crater. You can see Kos and Kalymnos on a boat tour. * Check prices for Kos boat tour
Santorini and Mykonos, Greece, are located in the central Aegean islands. Rhodes is the largest of this group of islands and its Old Town is stunning. I've included the best islands for solos below in alphabetical order.
Culture GatG, History GatG
Corfu is located in the Ionian Sea, off the northwest coast of mainland Greece. It's often called the green island thanks to its abundance of olive trees and vegetation.
Solo travel Corfu for stunning beaches, crystal-clear water, a charming old town, and rich history and culture. The island has been inhabited since ancient times and has been ruled by various civilizations, including the Venetians, French, and British. Corfu has a rich cultural heritage, and there are several museums and historical sites on the island that are worth a visit, including the Museum of Asian Art and the Venetian Fortress.
One of the popular things to do in Corfu is to visit the Achilleion Palace. This stunning palace was built for Empress Sissi of Austria in the late 19th century, and it offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
The island is also famous for its delicious food and wine and for its lively nightlife. Other things to do in Corfu include exploring the narrow streets and beautiful architecture of its old town which is so pretty that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you prefer to see Corfu from the waters’ edge, you could take a boat tour to explore the island's coastline and visit the Blue Caves and nearby islands such as Paxos and Antipaxos. Or just relax on the beach: Corfu has some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, with crystal-clear water and golden sand. Some of the best include Glyfada, Paleokastritsa, and Sidari. * Check prices for Corfu boat tour
Beaches GatG, Hiking GatG, History GatG, Party GatG
Island hopping in Greece can take time so if you have time for only one island, visit Crete – Greece’s largest island with some of the best beaches in Greece and plenty to offer for every type of solo. I travelled here in 2022 and recommend it as one of the best Greek islands for solo female travel, especially in the area of Malia if you're looking to party and socialise.
Crete solo travel is safe and you can drive yourself around the island alone if you want to see as much as you can during your stay here. There are so many things to do in Crete but I definitely recommend not missing these:
The Palace of Knossos is an ancient Minoan palace that's been partially restored. You walk around the ruins featuring amazing frescoes and stunning architecture. It is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece and walking around its ruins and colourful frescos gives you an insight into the civilization that existed over 3,000 years ago. There's a bus that goes here and parking if you have a car.
Balos Lagoon is a stunning beach with crystal clear turquoise waters, pink sand, and an otherworldly landscape. The dirt road getting here is a bumpy ride but it's well worth it. Spinalonga Island is a former leper colony turned into a fascinating tourist destination, with a fortified Venetian-era town and stunning sea views.
The island’s most beautiful beaches are on its southern coast and include spectacular Elafonisi, accessible only by the Greek island's ferry or foot. Then there's Chania Old Town, where I stayed for 3 nights. This charming historic district has lots of winding streets you can get lost in, Venetian-style buildings, and quaint cafes and shops. Make sure to sit by the water's edge and take in the atmosphere.
And you can't miss Samaria Gorge, Europe’s longest (and most beautiful!) gorge. Buses leave from Hania beginning early in the morning for the top of the gorge. The hike is entirely downhill (which you’ll appreciate on a hot summer day) and ends 16 kilometres later in the isolated beach town of Agia Roumeli where afternoon ferries pick up tired hikers and return them to their hotels and hostels. Crete is one of the safest places to visit in Greece. * Check prices for tours to Samaria Gorge
Arty & Museum GatG, Wine GatG
Kefalonia is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and breathtaking landscapes. Myrtos Beach is one of the most photographed spots in Greece and is famous for its turquoise water and white pebble shore
As well as its crystal-clear waters (it is Greece after all), and beautiful beaches, it is home to natural wonders like Melissani Cave, a partially-submerged cave with crystal-clear water that reflects stunning shades of blue and green.
You can go on a wine tour here as Kefalonia is home to several wineries, and visit the charming capital, Argostoli which is home to several museums, restaurants, and shops, as well as a lively market. Or just take one of the several boat tours in Kefalonia to explore the island's coastline and nearby islands.
The island offers a mix of natural beauty, history, and culture, making it one of the most popular islands in Greece.
History GatG, Party GatG
Another of the best Greek islands for solo travellers is Mykonos, a popular party island, but it can often be overrun with groups of vacationing lads. It's also one the best Greek islands for singles. As a young woman alone in Mykonos, you're guaranteed to meet others.
If you're a party GatG, you'll enjoy Mykonos solo travel. Mykonos town is the best place to go in Greece to spend a few hedonistic nights at the big dance clubs with world-renowned DJs. Party it up at Paradise Beach with DJs and beach bars all night long. It's also the best area to stay in Mykonos if you want to be close to the action.
But there is more to Mykonos than just partying. Explore the picturesque neighbourhood of Little Venice with its colourful houses, bars, and restaurants, all overlooking the sea. Visit Delos Island, a short boat ride away – this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to incredible ancient ruins and breathtaking views.
Shop in Mykonos Town – this charming town is filled with boutique shops selling everything from handmade jewellery to designer fashion. Or just rent a scooter and hit the road feeling the wind in your hair as you explore the island's hidden beaches and coves.
Is Mykonos safe to travel alone? Yes! But as it is a party destination, just make sure to look after yourself if you do have one too many drinks. Mykonos solo travel is definitely one for the sociable solo and the best Greek island for singles.
History GatG, Shopping GatG
Rhodes is a gorgeous island with coves and rocky beaches. When you solo travel Rhodes, make sure that you explore the Old Town and the historic medieval street of the Knights. There's so much to see here, from ancient architecture to cute little shops and cafes. And while you're in the Old Town, make sure to visit the Palace of the Grand Masters. It's an amazing fortress that's steeped in history and well worth a visit. And if you're a history solo, you definitely can't miss the Colossus of Rhodes. It's one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World!
Things to do in Rhodes for the more active solo is to take a walk along the medieval walls that surround the city. The views are breathtaking, and it's a great way to get some exercise and fresh air. And if you need to cool off, head to the Water Park for a day of fun in the sun. (It's not just for kids or families). * Check all things to do in Rhodes
There are day trips from here to Kallithea to bathe in its thermal springs, or to Lindos to see the beautiful white houses. It's one of the best places to go in Greece. * Check prices for boat tour to Lindos
Solo tip – If you stay on Rhodes, you can take a ferry from here to Turkey for the day. Ferries go to Marmaris in Turkey which is a great place for solos to explore. The boat ride takes 1 hour 5 mins – Lisa, solo female traveller.
Adventure GatG, Sightseeing GatG
One of the most popular Greek islands to visit is Santorini, with its villages perched atop sheer walls dropping down into the sea (the result of a massive volcanic eruption). If you've only seen one image of Greece, it's probably Santorini. The blue dome churches have to be one of the most Instagrammed and popular spots for women in colourful flowing dresses.
Santorini is romantic with some of the most beautiful sunsets but it can get crowded, especially in Fira with its maze of steps. Don't let its romantic vibe deter you Santorini solo travel either. You can learn about its history and see all of the island's popular sites including traditional villages within a whole day. • Check prices for Santorini day tour
As a solo traveller Greece, Kamari is gorgeous and is a good place to meet others to experience the Greek nightlife. Expect to see some traditional Greek dancing and plate smashing! For the adventurous GatG, things to do in Santorini are to rent an ATV to drive around the island; definitely one of the fun things to do in Greece!
* Related Post: What To Do in Santorini Solo
Beach GatG, Movie Tourism GatG
If you are an Abba fan and loved the movie, Mamma Mia, the best Greek island for solo female travel would be the island of Skopelos where you can see the locations where this much-loved movie was filmed in (the first one was filmed in Greece). This small Greek island has picturesque beauty and gained international recognition after the movie.
Things to do in Skopelos include hiking and cycling. The island is covered with lush pine forests, olive groves, and vineyards, making it an ideal place for the outdoor solo. Skopelos also boasts some of the most stunning beaches including Panormos, Milia, and Kastani. The island's rich history is evident in its many ancient ruins and churches, including the impressive Byzantine Monastery of Evangelistria.
Beaches GatG, Ocean GatG, Wildlife GatG
Zante, (also known as Zakynthos), is another Greek island to visit especially if you love turtles. Located in the Ionian Sea, Zante is home to a large population of loggerhead turtles, and there are several boat tours where you can swim with these gentle giants. * Check prices for turtle spotting
The island is known for its stunning beaches and has one of the most photographed spots in Greece. The picturesque Navagio Beach which is famous for its crystal-clear water and the shipwreck that's stranded on its shore. It's one of the best things to do in Zante. * Check prices for shipwreck boat tour
On your Zante solo travel, make sure to visit the Blue Caves, natural sea caves that are located on the north coast of the island and offer stunning views of the turquoise water, hence their name.
Or stay on land and explore one of the several hiking trails to see the island’s countryside and the coastline instead. And then in the evening, experience the island’s nightlife in the party area of Laganas. I’ve personally been here and it’s great for a party solo with plenty of bars and clubs but it does attract a younger crowd.
Finally… If you're still wondering, “Is Greece safe to travel alone?” Yes! Greece is a perfect summer destination for solos. And with so many islands to explore, this article only covers some of its popular destinations. I hope that these Greece vacation ideas have inspired you to visit. One thing is for sure, once you've been to Greece, you'll definitely want to arrange another trip back there!
Companies For Solo Holidays To Greece
Solo travel in Greece is relatively easy but if you feel more comfortable in a group for either part of your trip or the whole duration. Plus, there are always people to sightsee and dine with too! Here are some of the best Greece tours for solo travelers as recommended by myself and our solo female community.
Tours For All Ages
G Adventures – This responsible tour company mainly caters for budget travellers. Most tours to Greece have an average of 12 people with no upper age limit. Once you book your trip you pay extra for any excursions you want to do when you’re there. Their Greece adventures range from sailing around the Greek islands on an Aegean cruise for 8 days, experiencing the best of the mainland and the islands on a 2-week Greek holiday, or a Best of Greece G Adventures adventure from Athens to Santorini over 15 days. I have personally used G Adventures and highly recommend them as a solo female-friendly company.
* Check itineraries, dates and prices: G Adventures Greece
Intrepid Travel – Intrepid is similar to G Adventures with an average of 12 people on each tour. Over 50% of people who book their trips are solo travellers. They tend to use hotels instead of hostels and have a more comfortable style of accommodation hence the trips can appear a bit more costly than G Adventures. Their Greece trips take you to the best places to go in Greece, from an 8 day Intrepid Athens to Santorini tour, to 22 days including Croatia in their itinerary. Read our Intrepid Travel Reviews. With both tour companies, you share a room with someone of the same gender or you can pay extra for your own room.
* Check itineraries, dates and prices: Intrepid Travel Greece
Tours For 18 – 39s
TruTravels – For the sailing GatG, TruTravels offers Greece sailing trips so you can sail the days away and explore the Greek islands with a group of like-minded others. Choose from an 8-day Greece sailing adventure starting and ending in Corfu, or a 9-day Greece islands hopper from Athens to Santorini island hopping the best of Greece. Snorkel in hidden caves, swim in crystal clear waters and see the iconic Blue Lagoon. Their SailVentures are a mix of adventure, exploration and Flotilla parties. Prices start from £1295 with a £200 deposit and include transport, accommodation, activities and some meals. SAVE 10% ON YOUR TRIP! Click on the link below and enter the code ‘Girlabouttheglobe10' to get the discount!
* Check Greek itineraries, dates and prices: TruTravels
Tours For Over 40s
Just You – Just You offers solo holidays to Greece. In a group of both men and women (usually more women), you will have your own room, time for yourself (if you want it) and other solo travellers to sightsee and dine with! Their Greece-escorted tours for solo travellers include a week to Santorini, Paros & Mykonos; a week walking in Crete exploring the myths and legends or a mixed group and women’s only tour to Athens, Olympia and the Cornish coast from £1949 for 8 days. They are also ideal if you’re looking for singles holidays Greece.
* Check prices and dates for all solo holidays Greece
Explore – Explore offers every kind of trip for solos for all ages, especially if you’re 40 plus. They have several trips to Greece whether you prefer to cruise the Greek islands or hike the Corfu trail for 8 days or explore northern Greece on an 11-day Active Greece trip where you visit traditional villages, visit a honey producer and take part in a cooking class. If you have longer, join their 15-day Greek Island Wanderer or the 13-day Peloponnese Explorer to discover the main historical sites in the country. Group sizes are between 12 to 18 and you share a room with another member of the group or can upgrade to a single room. Prices exclude flights.
* Check prices, dates and itineraries: Explore
Athens Free Walking Tour – The tour guides are so knowledgeable and friendly and answer any questions that you have about the city. Tours run every day and you tip the tour guide what you feel the tour is worth at the end.
Get Your Guide – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated Greek tours and activities. Choose from an entry ticket to the Acropolis and National Archaeological Museum, a full one-day tour of the Saronic Islands from Athens, or a trip to the World Heritage Site of Meteora from Thessaloniki.
Some of the tours require a minimum of 2 people but there are plenty to book as a solo. Just check the rating reviews, price and availability then book online. * Check prices and availability for all day tours and activities in Greece
Best Area To Stay in Greece
Greece has many beautiful and safe areas for solo female travellers. Where you decide to stay depends upon your interests when you're there. For the history and culture solo, Athens is a great place to stay. As the Greek capital, it has many ancient ruins and museums and a bustling nightlife scene.
If you prefer a more laid-back atmosphere, the Greek islands are a great option. Mykonos and Santorini are two popular islands with beautiful beaches, stunning views, and plenty of activities. They are also relatively safe for solo female travellers, with many tourists and locals around.
Another option is Crete, the largest Greek island. It has a rich history, beautiful beaches, and plenty of outdoor activities like hiking and water sports. It is also relatively safe for solo female travellers, with many tourists visiting every year.
Accommodation in Greece
There is a wide variety of accommodation in Greece to choose from whether you prefer a stunning Greek villa, a boutique hotel, an apartment, or one of the international hotels in Greece. For places to stay in Greece, you can stay in your own villa in Crete, or a room with a view of the Acropolis in Athens.
There are hostels on the mainland and various islands and you can even pitch a tent at one of the campsites if you prefer to stay in nature. Some accommodation in Greek islands is family-run too. Plus there’s Airbnb Greece, which connects you to unique travel experiences and isn’t just limited to staying in a local’s spare room.
Below are recommended accommodations that I have either personally stayed in or that have been recommended by solo female travellers in our solo community. For all other accommodation in Greece, click on the link below.
* To book, check prices or availability for all accommodation Greece
If you're unsure of the best area to stay in Athens and want to be close to the Acropolis and other historical sites, Plaka and Koukaki neighbourhoods are great options. If you're looking for a more upscale and modern area, Kolonaki may be a better fit. For a vibrant nightlife scene, Psirri is a great choice. And if you want to be near the beach and enjoy a more laid-back vibe, Glyfada is a good option.
- $ – City Centre Athens Hostel. If you’re backpacking in Greece and on a budget, this is one of the best hostels in Athens. Located in the Psirri area, near Monastiraki Metro, you’re in the heart of the city near bars and restaurants and walking distance to the Acropolis. Prices from £38/€44 p/n * Check prices and dates: City Centre Athens Hostel
- $$ – Hotel Fresh. This 4-star hotel has a sauna, hammam and rooftop views of the Parthenon and the city. Plus you can even pick a room with your own zen garden! It is close to the Acropolis and Syntagma Square. Prices from £86/€99 p/n. * Check prices and dates: Hotel Fresh
- $$$ – A for Athens. This hotel is located in the vibrant area of Monastiraki with a stunning view of the Acropolis from the rooftop bar and the terrace with panoramic views where you can enjoy a morning coffee whilst gazing at Athens’ most iconic landmark. Prices from £133/€153 p/n. * Check prices and dates: A for Athens
The best places to stay in Crete depends on what type of experience you are looking for. I stayed in Chania which is more of an authentic experience with lots of streets and shops where you can lose yourself. I recommend Malia for the party solo, Heraklion for the sightseeing solo as it’s near the Palace or Agios Nikolaos for a more relaxing holiday where you can sit by the marina.
- $ – City Pearl Hotel. This family-run hotel is in the heart of Hersonissos and close to the beach. Popular for Greece solo female travel, the family will make you feel right at home. Each room has a balcony with garden or mountain views. Prices from £39/€45 p/n. * Check prices and dates: City Pearl Hotel
- $$ – Melissa Apartments. These apartments are ideal if you prefer some solitude and a kitchenette. The beach is 1.5 miles away but there is an outdoor pool at the apartments as well as a bar for meeting others in the evening. They also arrange airport shuttles. Prices from £41/€47 p/n. * Check prices and dates: Melissa Apartments
- $$$ – Mistral Hotel, Crete. This small family owned hotel in Crete has more than 30 years hosting only solo female travellers. Enjoy authentic Cretan food and explore the surrounding area with other solo women of all ages. You need to stay a minimum of 3 nights. Prices from £142/€163 p/n. * Check prices and dates: Mistral Hotel
The best area to stay in Mykonos depends on whether you're here for the nightlife. If you want a lively atmosphere with plenty of bars and restaurants, Mykonos Town (Chora) is a great option. If you prefer a more relaxed atmosphere with beautiful beaches, then consider staying in areas like Psarou, Ornos, or Agios Ioannis. If you're looking for luxury, then Elia or Platis Gialos may be more your style.
- $ – My Cocoon Hostel. This funky hostel is located near the bus terminal and port where you can stay in a futuristic pod. The staff are friendly and the hostel is kept really clean. Little Venice and the Windmills are less than 15 minutes walk away. Prices from £28 p/n. • Check prices and dates: MyCocoon Hostel
The best area to stay in Santorini for the night owl who wants to sample some Greek nightlife is Fira, the beating heart of Santorini where you can explore the other locations during the day. Other good places to stay are Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli.
- $$ – Dream Island Hotel. This 3-star Cycladic-style hotel in the heart of Fira has amazing views of the sea. There is a bar to mingle with others and a satellite tv in your room to just relax in the evenings. They also arrange airport transfers. Prices from £144/€165 p/n * Check prices and dates: Dream Island Hotel
Yoga Retreats Greece
For yoga retreats in Greece, I recommend Book Yoga Retreats. I love this platform. I booked my last yoga retreat through them and found it really easy to use. They list yoga and meditation retreats all around the world including Greece so you can find the perfect duration for you.
The beauty of yoga retreats in the Greece islands is that there is so much nature for you to explore. You can sunbathe at the beaches or just hike the islands and there are so many to choose from. Just search by duration or price to find the one that resonates with you. I've also included recommended Greece yoga retreats for solos below.
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3 Day Corfu Yoga Retreat
Corfu is a wonderful destination for a yoga retreat. This 3-day relaxing yoga and meditation retreat also includes hiking so you can connect more with nature on this island. There’s also the chance to sunbathe at the beach or go kayaking instead.
Yoga classes are every morning and evening for two full days to allow you to deepen your Ashtanga and Hatha practice. Prices are from €140 in a shared room and include airport transfers, a healthy breakfast and Greek dinners.
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8 Day Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Corfu
If you have longer than a weekend, this 8-day meditation and Greece yoga retreat is the perfect Corfu beach holiday for wellness. Enjoy two 75-minute sessions of yoga every day with breathtaking views on the rooftop yoga terrace. Learn how to integrate the practice into your life and clear any old patterns that are holding you back.
In a welcoming group, there’s time to hike, swim or sightsee with like-minded others. The retreat is open to anyone whether you are a complete beginner to yoga or a dedicated practitioner. Prices from €495 sharing a room.
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8 Day Kos Yoga Retreat
This week-long yoga retreat in Greece promises to relax your body and mind so that you’ll leave rejuvenated after spending a week on the inspiring island of Kos. Along with daily yoga sessions, there is a trip to the natural thermal spring and the chance for massages too! Experience the beauty of the sunset at Hippocrates Altis whilst immersing yourself in meditation. The retreat is for all levels and includes a free airport shuttle, breakfasts and dinners. Prices from €925 for your own private room.
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How To Tour Greece On Your Own
Solo female travel to Greece is relatively easy. If you are unsure how to travel in Greece, there are several public transportation in Greece options for both the mainland and the islands. Below are different methods of transport to help you plan traveling to Greece alone.
Bus – For getting around the mainland and travelling Greece alone without hiring a car, the country’s bus system, KTEL, is the best way to travel in Greece. KTEL is safe, reliable and comfortable, and goes almost everywhere in Greece. Meaning that you can travel from the major cities to islands which are close to the mainland. Athens does have two long-distance bus stations, so be sure to confirm which station your bus leaves from before setting off.
Taxis/Train – Taxis are difficult and unpredictable to use so ask your accommodation to order one for you or download an app instead. The country’s train system is poorly out-of-date and does not serve many locations.
Car – If you're planning on touring Greece on your own, renting a car is also easy, but Greeks drive on the wild side so you do need to be vigilant on the road. If you want to go to unexplored places in Greece then having a car can make it easier to reach places off the beaten track. The road infrastructure is good but you do have to pay tolls on the new motorways so it can be expensive. For car rental, I recommend Discover Cars which I booked for Crete. * Check prices for Greece car hire
Ferry – For Greek islands travel, the best way to get between them is via ferry. The islands are all so close to each other, a ferry ride or jet makes seeing multiple islands super doable. There are local boats and ferries that can take you island hopping at a reasonable fee.
There are ferry connections from Athens with slow boats taking up to 8 hours to sail to Santorini. So opt for a fast ferry if you are short on time. Ferries leave from Athen’s port at Pireaus, as well as from Rafina. * Book tickets for Greece ferries
If island-hopping is your plan, be sure to check in advance that ferry routes travel between all of your intended destinations. Travelling between two smaller islands may involve an intermediary stop on a bigger island with a larger port. If you travel outside the summer months ferries may not run as frequently due to poor weather conditions.
Flights – Sky Express offers domestic flights in Greece to several destinations including Corfu, Heraklion, Kefalonia, Kos, Mykonos, Paros, Rhodes, Thessaloniki, Zakynthos and many more.
* Check Rome2Rio for how to get to and from each destination.
Travelling Greece alone is a fantastic experience. If you stay in hostels you can meet others and join social events, and maybe even find another solo traveller to backpack Greece with. One tip for saving money in Greece is to buy a city pass for each city if you are planning on seeing many of the attractions. Consider the months that you are there too. Islands may be closed for tourism over the winter months so choose the summer and spring months to travel if you plan on island hopping. Follow the Greece itineraries below to decide on a route.
The ferries are really good here and the islands are well-connected so island hopping in Greece on a budget is definitely doable. And you can just walk onboard with your backpack. You can see several places and then hop across to a brand-new island whenever you feel ready to move on. There are several islands that you can backpack on a budget. Naxos is the largest in the Cyclades and is an affordable island with ancient ruins, or head to Ikaria with hot springs and a laid-back vibe on a budget.
You could also combine Greece with its neighbouring countries. From ferries to buses and trains, below is how to travel to another country after you have spent time in Greece on your own. If you're unsure how to go to Greece from these destinations, you can just follow them in reverse.
Greece to Albania – You can either catch a ferry from Corfu to Saranda in Albania or there is a bus that will take you from Athens and takes 9 hours.
Greece to Macedonia – A twice-daily bus service will take you to Skopje from Thessaloniki and takes 3.5 hours. There is a possibility of a train service from Thessaloniki to Belgrade in Serbia which stops off in Skopje, Macedonia.
Greece to Bulgaria – From Thessaloniki, you can reach Sofia by train in 6 hours. There is also a daily bus service between the two which takes 5 hours.
Greece to Turkey – Ferries operate from Rhodes to Marmaris, Chios to Cesme, Samos to Kusadasi and Kos to Bodrum. Crazy Holidays Bus runs a daily service between Thessaloniki and Istanbul.
Greece to Italy – There are daily ferries between Greece and Italy from Corfu and Patras into Trieste, Ancona, Bari and Venice (you may be able to take your car too). Ferry companies that operate in Greece are Superfast Ferries, Ventouris Ferries, and ANEK Lines.
* Ferries also operate from Rhodes and Piraeus to Cyprus, Egypt and Israel. You can also travel to Georgia and Serbia by bus.
Flying From Greece
- Turkey – 1.5 hours
- Italy – 2 hours
- Egypt – 2 hours
First Time Greece Itinerary
There are so many beautiful places in Greece that a week is the absolute minimum you’ll need for a visit to Greece. This will give you a couple of days to sightsee in Athens and the surrounding areas, and a week to explore the rest of the mainland and/or islands.
To really experience all that the country has to offer and for all of the top things to see in Greece, you’ll want to set aside three weeks to thoroughly explore the country and islands. There are so many different Greece destinations and multi-destinations that you can do.
Whether you are spending a week in Greece, 10 days in Greece, two weeks in Greece or even 3 weeks in Greece and are unsure where to go in Greece for the first time, here are my recommendations for a Greece solo travel Itinerary.
Greece Itinerary: 7 Days in Greece
For a 1 week in Greece itinerary stay in Athens for 7 nights. See the Acropolis and the flea market neighbourhood of Monastiraki. Spend time in Plaka, one of the city’s historical neighbourhoods which feels like a small village. Take day trips to either Aegina, Poros or Delphi, in the Saronic Gulf Islands. Hire a car and visit Meteora, a magical rock formation in central Greece.
Greece Itinerary 10 Days
If you have more than one week in Greece and are looking for a first time Greece itinerary, these 2 itineraries combine Athens with the islands. The first option for your itinerary for Greece is to stay in Athens for 2 nights, Santorini for 4 nights, and Mykonos for 4 nights.
Athens 2 nights, (ferry) Naxos or Paros 4 nights (stay in Naousa to go kayaking or horse riding), Crete 4 nights (hike Samaria Gorge).
Greece Itinerary 14 Days
For 2 weeks in Greece, here are two different options: Athens – 2 nights, Rhodes – 4 nights, Corfu – 4 nights, and Crete – 4 nights.
Athens – 2 nights. Fly to the islands – Santorini – 3 nights. Hike from Fira to Oia (or the other way). Take the ferry between the Cyclades to Mykonos – for 3 nights. Visit Delos an uninhabited island with ruins. Ferry to Naxos / Paros / Milos / or Sifnos (known for its stunning white monastery and traditional pottery tradition. – 3 nights in two places.
* Read our detailed 2 Week Greece Itinerary
Greece itinerary 21 Days
For 3 weeks in Greece itinerary consider Athens 4 nights, Naxos 4 nights, Mykonos 4 nights, Santorini 4 nights, and Crete 5 nights.
Greece Travel Guide
If you need a guidebook for your solo Greece trip I recommend Rough Guides. Covering Greece tourist attractions, where to go and when to go, things not to miss, itineraries, getting around, festivals and events, history, and maps. Although it isn't specifically for Greece solo travel, Rough Guides are amongst the most comprehensive guides on the market.
If you are planning on travelling to Greece alone, the Rough Guide to Greece covers topics such as booking your trip, accommodation, getting there, getting around, food and drink, and travel essentials. They also include what to do in Greece, things to see in Greece, Greece attractions, and an itinerary for Greece, whether you are island hopping or planning to delve into the country’s ancient history so you can maximise your time and know exactly where to go. They’re your travel Bible.
What To Pack For Greece
If you’re unsure what to pack for your Greece solo trip, I have a guide of my favourite solo travel products to help you decide what to pack. One of my favourite travel accessories for Greece is P20 suntan lotion. This is perfect if you are planning a sailing trip around the Greek islands.
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Riemann P20 Suntan Lotion
P20 is great for active Girls about the Globe. Whether you’re sailing or just sunbathing, you apply it to your body before you go out and it lasts all day. It comes in factor 15 to factor 50 and covers all skin types for up to 10 hours. You still get a great tan if you’re in the sun all day and you only need to apply it once. It’s water-resistant and perfect for any solo trip Greece.
Best Time To Go To Greece
Winter in the country can be cold and rainy so the best time to solo travel Greece is between June to September for the best weather. July and August are the hottest months and also the busiest so you may want to avoid mid-July to the end of August when it is peak season. Santorini, Greece, can be visited as early as April and up to November, as the weather stays warm until then. I island-hopped in October and was still sunbathing on the beach during the month.
When you're solo travelling Greece, you may find that some of the ferries reduce their services from September and October. If you are visiting Greece during this time, the best way to travel around Greece is either by car or bus and just explore the mainland, or visit the most popular islands such as Paros or Santorini but check the ferry times before.
The chart below shows the average maximum day temperatures for Athens (from January to December) to help you plan the best time to travel to Greece. Find out the weather for other areas including the islands here.
Travel Insurance For Greece
Greece is a great country to visit but it is always recommended to take out travel insurance for your Greece vacation, especially if you are planning to hike or travel by ferry.
True Traveller and World Nomads are two insurance companies which can cover travel to Greece. True Traveller is available to UK and European residents, and World Nomads is available to over 100 countries worldwide, including the USA and UK. For digital nomads, Safety Wing is a nomad insurance that covers people from all over the world.
All companies allow you to buy insurance when you are already on the road and offer different plans depending on your needs including additional adventure cover.
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N.b. World Nomads provides travel insurance for travellers in over 100 countries. As an affiliate, I receive a fee when you get a quote from World Nomads using this link. I do not represent World Nomads. This is information only and not a recommendation to buy travel insurance.
Greece has so many airports making it easy to fly to most of the islands. The two main airports on the mainland are Athens, and Thessaloniki in northern Greece. Popular islands such as Santorini, Rhodes, Zakynthos, Kos, and Corfu are all serviced by airports as well as many others.
Athens Airport – Flying into Athens Airport is pretty spectacular as you fly over the islands. The easiest way to reach Athens from Athens International Airport is via the city’s excellent metro system. Tickets cost approximately €10 and take 45 minutes, departing every hour. Taxis cost from €70 for the 30-minute journey.
Express buses also travel between the airport and various points in the city. They leave every 20 minutes and are less expensive than a metro ticket from the airport costing approx €6 but expect a longer travel time, especially during rush hour (at least 1 hour 10 minutes). Check OASA for the bus and metro timetables.
Thessaloniki Airport – From Thessaloniki Airport you can take the shuttle which departs every 30 minutes costing €15 and takes 16 minutes into the city. Check shuttle times here. The taxis cost from €45 and take the same amount of time. You can also travel from Macedonia airport to Thessaloniki overland.
With too many airports to list, check Rome2Rio if you are flying to Greece. This platform includes the island airports and shows you the best way to travel to the airport and back.
Feel more confident traveling to Greece alone with someone waiting for you at the airport when you pre-book a transfer with Hoppa, a reliable and safe service for solo females.
How To Be a Conscious Traveller in Greece
In addition to the universal ways to be a conscious traveller such as reducing your plastic, and shopping locally, here are my recommendations for being a conscious traveler in Greece:
Avoid dolphin shows at water parks. Take a whale watching or dolphin watching tour, where you can see the mammals in their natural habitat and help towards the funding of their conservation instead. Look for responsible tour companies (see above tour section).
If you visit the Ionian Islands, be careful not to disrupt the breeding sites of the loggerhead turtle. Avoid any boat trips that may collide with the turtles swimming in the water, and be careful on the beaches where they bury their eggs.
Something positive that you can do is to visit a community-based project and experience life in a rural community where you can help sustain the local traditions and put money back into the villages.
Social Impact Programs
Take a walking tour with a difference. Urban Athens Collective is a non-profit organisation that provides walking tours in Athens to help visitors understand homelessness. Your tour revenue helps to provide meals for the homeless.
Explore Athens on an Athens Food Walk whilst helping to fight food waste in the city. Boroume is a Greek non-profit which combats food waste and bridges the gap between those who have too much food and those who need it.
Volunteering in Greece
Support Refugees – Volunteer within Greece in refugee camps or outside of the camps in a variety of roles. From short term to long term. Choose to sort through donations in a warehouse in Ioannina, carry out food and clothing distributions, or help provide hygiene, shelter and medical support. Refugee camps needing help are in Thessaloniki, Samos and Lesvos.
Save the Sea Turtles in Greece by becoming a volunteer. Interact with the sea turtles and help rehabilitate them and return them back to the sea. Volunteer in The Peloponnese, Zakynthos, Crete, and other destinations in Greece. If you only have a day to spare, you can take a tour of the rehabilitation centre for sick and injured turtles in Glyfada. Revenue from the tour is invested in the care, rehabilitation and food for the injured turtles.
Support refugees in Greece and volunteer within refugee camps or outside of the camps in a variety of roles. From short term to long term. Choose to sort through donations in a warehouse in Ioannina, carry out food and clothing distributions, or help provide hygiene, shelter and medical support. Refugee camps needing help are in Thessaloniki, Samos and Lesvos.
Stay Eco in Greece
Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm
This eco farm in Laconia only uses eco-technologies such as geothermal heating and eco-friendly materials from traditional Greek farmhouse architecture. Surrounded by greenery it was designed around biodynamic farming and permaculture. They create their own compost and recycle water using the natural root method.
They also produce their own olive oil and offer Greece cultural trips where you can join an olive and olive oil tasting, or visit Greece in November or December to help pick the olives. Eumelia is one of the farms in Greece that also offer wine, gastronomy, retreats and wellness experiences too. Choose from breakfast, half board or full board options.
- To book, check prices or availability for Eumelia Organic Agrotourism Farm
Vulnerable Girls in Greece
There are approximately 50,000 refugees in Greece and half are women and children. Reception centres with space for only 6,000 people have more than 6 times the amount of people living in cramped conditions. The International Rescue Committee provides psychosocial support and practical support to help refugees rebuild their lives. Read more here…
(N.b. By purchasing one of my Girl about the Globe products, I donate 10% to the IRC to help support refugee children)
Frequently Asked Questions About Greece
Can I drink the water? Tap water is okay in Athens. Use bottled water for elsewhere or take your own water filter with you.
Is tipping expected? A small tip at restaurants is generally expected. Simply round up your bill or leave an extra euro or two if you’ve had a more expensive meal. Taxi drivers do not expect tips.
Fixed price or barter? In most cases, prices are fixed and bartering would be considered rude. During the off-season or in out-of-the-way places you can occasionally barter with hotel or guesthouse owners over the price of a room.
Any ATMs? Greece has plenty of ATMs which is quite useful as many businesses – even in Athens, do not accept credit or debit cards.
Which side of the road do they drive? The right-hand side.
Good for vegetarians? Greece is a mecca for both vegetarians and vegans. During the Lenten period preceding Easter, most Greeks become temporary vegetarians. This means that the country’s culinary tradition boasts a wealth of traditional veggie options. And don’t forget that almost everything in Greece is cooked with olive oil rather than with butter which makes things easier for vegans as well.
Any Seven Wonders of the World? The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Peloponnesus. The Colossus of Rhodes.
Can I flush the toilet paper in Greece? No, due to the pipes becoming clogged. There is usually a bin next to it to dispose of any paper.
Is it safe to travel to Greece alone as a woman? See the Solo Travel in Greece section above.
Map of Greece
Plan a Trip To Greece
If you are ready to plan your Greek trip, here are some useful links to help you plan your trip including airlines which fly there, vaccinations and social impact projects in the country.
Budget – €100+ a day
How much does a trip to Greece cost? I recommend budgeting at least €100 a day if you are staying in accommodation that isn't a hostel. Like most other European capitals, Athens solo travel can be quite expensive. Islands popular with tourists such as Santorini and Mykonos are quite pricey as well. However, anywhere off the beaten tourist path, you can expect prices to be reasonable.
Current Time in Athens
Capital – Athens
Population – 10.6 million
Language Spoken in Greece – Greek, but English is also widely spoken in the capital and the tourism industry.
Vaccinations Required For Greece
Best Time to Go Greece – May and June.
What Adapter Do I Need For Greece?
Local Etiquette & Customs in Greece
Did you know? Greece is famous for its olives and its olive oil. Olive trees can live to be literally thousands of years old, and scientists claim that a few of the country’s olive trees likely date back to the time of ancient Greece in the 4th Century.
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Check out also Possidi in Halkidiki. It is a 1 hour drive from Thessaloniki city with amazing beaches and value for money accommodation and local tavernas. Thessaloniki is 1 hour drive from Bulgaria and F.Y.R.O.Macedonia. If you want to avoid the car, just take a low cost airline like ryanair, wizz or easyjet to Thessaloniki and get in the public bus (ktel) to Halkidiki Possidi directly.
Hello! 🙂 Thanks a lot for this great post! Traveling solo in Greece sounds really fun and quiet safe but I haven’t been brave enough to do it yet. Keep it up! 🙂 xx
Hi! Your blog is lovely and very helpful,good job! Just wanted to mention that Uber is no longer available in Greece for anyone that might be interested and probably will never be again due to a law that favors taxi drivers. Also if you ever visit Greece, have a tour in the beautiful Peloponnese instead of the dreamy islands. It’s totally worth it!
That’s great, thanks for the update Jenn x
I’ve been planning my first solo trip to Greece and your post is absolutely amazing!! Thank you so much for all of the tips and details!!
I’d like to ask you if it’s safe to walk around Makrigianni (on the south side of the Acropolis) and Koukaki areas at night.
Thanks again, I’ll spread the word about your post!!
Hi Alice, I’m so happy that you found the post helpful. I haven’t been to Greece for a few years so I recommend joining our Girls about the Globe Facebook group to ask the same question. This post may also help. Have an amazing time x https://www.smartertravel.com/areas-avoid-athens-dangers-warnings/
Just getting flight only to kefalonia first two weeks in September. Will I be able to find cheap room without booking ahead?
Hi! That’s exciting that you’re going to Kefalonia. I think there will be a big demand for travel this summer so I would suggest booking ahead if you are looking for something cheap. Usually, you probably would be okay but if travel is coming back this year, accommodation may get booked up. I use http://www.girlabouttheglobe.com/Booking.com/HomePage Have an amazing time! x