|Waiting for the next ferry|
|Ferry arriving at Ios island|
Tourism is the number one source of income for Greece and in the height of season - July and August - Greece is more hell than heaven. Unless hanging out with hoards of bright red, drunk or hung over Europeans is your idea of fun. The best time to visit Greece is mid to low season. If that's not possible then avoid the tourist hot spots and seek out remote areas of Greece. There are places in Greece where time has stood still.
I always say this and it's true. No matter how much time you budget, you never have enough time to explore a country. A person can't see and do it all. You have to prioritise and accept your lot or you can run yourself ragged and ruin your holiday. Athens is probably your arrival destination and a good vantage point for seeing the mainland. So allow a couple of days there.
|Sailing off Skopelos island|
|Most common mode of travel - run down scooters|
Next week in - Part 2 - I talk about food for vegetarians and wine, scooters and getting about. And the week after in - Part 3 - I discuss sailing, the islands and Athens.