Are you are thinking about going to Greece alone? Greece is one of the places I have felt most comfortable being solo. In fact, my first-ever solo trip was to Greece back in 2010. Lucky for you, I have taken many solo trips to Greece since 2010 and know of more than a few great spots.
This post can be your go-to guide for a solo girls’ trip to Greece! I will share with you my experiences on safety, hotels, restaurants, and all the best places to go and things to do.
Solo Trips To Greece
What you can expect from visiting Greece solo is to be constantly amazed by ancient ruins, incredible food, and breathtaking landscapes! Greece truly has everything a solo girl needs. Below is a list of my absolute favorite places in Greece to visit on my own.
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Exploring Athens Alone
Athens is a major city, bigger than I was expecting. Although it was bustling with people, there were plenty of pockets of the city I could just relax. If you are visiting Athens solo, I would suggest staying close to the Parthenon. There is so much to do in that area, and it is best to stay central.
Things To Do In Athens You Don’t Want To Miss
It is hard to get bored in Athens with so many things to do! Check out the top attractions any solo female traveler can feel safe doing alone.
- Visit the Acropolis of Athens & the Museum
- Athens Street Food Tour
- Hop-on-hop-Off Bus Tour
- Visit the National Archaeological Museum
- Panathenaic Stadium
- Visit the Herod Atticus Odeon Theater
Getting around in Athens is easy. A single-ride ticket on public transit costs 1.20 euros and is valid for 90 minutes. There are a few different systems of transportation:
- Suburban Railway *Connects to the Athens Airport
- Buses & Trolleybuses
Taxis are also a good choice when you are traveling with your bags and don’t want to get on public transit. I felt safe in taxis alone in Greece. All my drivers could communicate in basic English or better. It is also very common for a driver to hand you their business card for future pick-ups. I found this very helpful.
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Solo Travel To The Greek Islands From Athens
Athens is great, and if you are solo, you will have plenty to do to stay busy. But when in Greece, you must visit a Greek Island! Which Greek island to visit is the real question!
On my last solo trip to Greece, I managed to squeeze in three amazing islands. These three islands are located in the Western Cyclades. From Piraeus Port in Athens to the furthest island, Milos, it took 3 hours and 25 minutes.
Exploring the Greek Island of Milos Alone
The Greek Island of Milos is every bit of crystal blue water magic you imagine it to be. The biggest draw to Milos in recent years is to visit Sarakiniko Beach, aka Moon Beach.
Milos is a reasonably large island with limited public transportation. Not renting a car was my biggest regret. I wrote all about this in another post, “Do I need to rent a car in Milos?” Have a read if you are visiting Milos and unsure if you should rent a car.
Best Things to Do in Milos Solo
- Sarakiniko Beach
- Visit Plaka
- Check out the Cave Winery
- Eat seaside in Pollonia
For more details, read 10 Best Things to Do in Milos!
Exploring the Greek Island of Sifnos Alone
Taking the ferry from Milos to Sifnos is only 40 minutes! It is a short enough distance to make it just a day trip, however, I recommend you stay.
One might think that traveling solo on the Greek Islands could be scary, but I felt safer there than I do at home. I fell deeply in love with all the sites and smiles I received in Sifnos. Everyone was incredibly friendly, and the landscape was breathtaking.
Best Things to Do in Sifnos Solo
Sifnos is another island where you may want to rent a car, but I didn’t need one. In Sifnos, a few main towns are close to one another. These towns are Apollonia, Kastro, and Artemonas. If you stay in any of these towns, you can take public transit to some of the other exciting parts of the island.
The main things you want to do in Sifnos are:
- Explore the ancient capital of Kastro
- Descend the step to the Church of Seven Martyrs
- Eat at Cantina
- Relax at the beach at Platis Gialos
For More Details, Read: The Best Guide to Sifnos Greece
Exploring the Island of Serifos Alone
Serifos is only 15 minutes from Sifnos by Ferry! It could make a great day trip, or you could stay a couple of nights here on your way back to Athens.
Most things to do around this smaller island are located near the port. I stayed here for 3 nights and thought that was just perfect! I didn’t feel like I needed a car to see and do what I wanted in Serifos.
This island is very laid back, focusing more on the beaches and climbing to reach the top of Chora. I didn’t feel like I missed anything by staying near the port the whole time.
Best Things to Do Solo in Serifos
You will want to spend time on the beaches in Serifos. It is like spending the day in a postcard with calm and crystal blue water. Thing best things to do in Serifos are:
- Check out restaurants along the port
- Take a bus or walk to the top of Chora
- Relax at the beach
- Check out the windmills in Chora
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Solo Trip To The Greek Island of Corfu
Traveling to the Greek Island of Corfu is a bit further than the other islands we have covered so far. Corfu is located in the Ionian Island at the northernmost point. The best way to reach Corfu from Athens would be to fly.
Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek) is a small island with many to offer solo female travelers. It has an excellent safety reputation, my number one requirement when traveling alone. Corfu also has a lot to explore and still offers that relaxed beach vibe. The old town of Corfu is really something! I spent hours strolling through the cobblestone streets.
Traveling to island-like destinations often lacks activities other than chilling by the beach. Corfu has several things to do, making it the perfect place for a solo trip to Greece.
Free GOOGLE Map of Corfu
Short solo trips are all about planning. If you loosely create a daily itinerary, you maximize your time! I try not to overdo it. I don’t want to feel like I have a rigid schedule to follow.
Doing overview research on your destination can help you narrow down exactly what you don’t want to miss. I suggest you have a look at the sites and activities Corfu has to offer!
Transportation to Old Town Corfu
It’s essential when visiting the Greek Islands alone to be prepared. Upon arriving at this tiny Greek airport, here are a few helpful tips:
- Buses to Corfu city are not too frequent
- The taxi ride is only 7 minutes, and should only cost 8 euros * they may try and charge you 15 euro
- You can just walk there in 25 minutes
My Airbnb host told me the taxi should cost 7-8 euros. So I was pretty surprised to be asked for 15 euros at the end of my 7-minute taxi ride. It wasn’t worth arguing over since I didn’t confirm the cost before getting in the taxi. The lovely Greek atmosphere let me forget about it quickly, but I wanted to warn my fellow travelers.
A Solo Woman Traveling TIP: Confirm the cost before you get in the car.
Best Day Activity Ideas Corfu | Greece
Everyone has a different travel style. I prefer solo travel. Mainly because I feel free, light-hearted and love a little challenge and adventure. I’m a stroll-around-town and take-pictures kind of traveler. I wouldn’t consider myself much of a shopaholic. If shopping is your thing, the old city of Corfu has a variety of shops to put your wallet to work.
I didn’t find that many name-brand stores, which isn’t a bad thing, just saying. Overall, I wouldn’t call it a “shopping city.” Corfu has little shops that sell a variety of Greek goods. These can be found all over Corfu’s old town.
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Things To Do Solo in Corfu
Full-Day Boat Cruise to Parga, Sivota, and Blue Lagoon
Who doesn’t want to say they have been to the Blue Lagoon?!? Highlights of this incredible tour are:
- Swimming and snorkeling in the crystal waters of the Blue Lagoon
- Visiting the cave of the Sivota Islands
- Learning the history of the area and its many shipwrecks from the on-board guides
- Strolling the picturesque streets of the seaside resort of Parga
This is a full day of 10-11 hours. Get your tickets for this day trip HERE!
Visit the Old Venetian Fortress By Yourself
The name says it all. It’s an old fortress that sits on a little island located at the base of the old town. I spent an hour or so walking around, staring into the glorious sea, and taking pictures. There are no bad angles when taking photos at the fortress. If you are hungry, it won’t last for long, as a restaurant is lying nearby. For the history buff, the details on this fortress can be found Here.
If you are looking for a place of worship, there is a beautiful church here as well. The other main attraction would be climbing up to the viewpoint. The climb is not all that intense, just a few steps. The sun is fierce, so I suggest you put on some sunscreen. Don’t count too much on finding shade on the island, as it is scarce.
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Check out The New Fortress in Corfu
In Corfu, there is the Old Fortress and the New Fortress. When I visited, the New Fortress was closed for renovations. This current building of Fortress was built by the British. The British ruled the island from 1815-1863.
The Fortress has since been reopened since my visit. Spend an afternoon learning more about its place in history, defending the island from a possible attack by Turkey.
Where to Stay When Traveling Alone in Corfu City?
Cruising online for the right accommodation in Corfu could be time-consuming and energy-draining. Personally, I chose to stay in an Airbnb, located in the old town’s heart. Choosing an Airbnb in such places lets you both save money and get to know locals, their traditions, and their culture.
The vast majority of higher-end hotels are approximately three miles outside of the old town. If you are traveling with others or plan to rent a car, then you should check those out.
When booking accommodations, consider the type of female solo traveler you are. Staying on the outskirts of Corfu could either make you feel relaxed or make you feel a little isolated.
- Siora Vittoria Boutique Hotel – This boutique hotel holds a 4-star rating and is highly reviewed by guests! Terrific location and tasty breakfast are some of the comments prior guests had to say!
- Brentanos Apartments – Located a bit further from the Old Town Corfu, but offers a trade-in luxury setting. The Brentanos Apartments has a pool and views of the ocean! A perfect hotel if you are looking for peace and serenity.
Best Restaurants in Corfu, Greece
Day Trip Ideas From Corfu
Visit Albania by Ferry: Ferry Schedule Saranda, Albania is undoubtedly an option for a day trip if you have the time. I had every intention of making a day trip here, but unfortunately was plagued with bad weather and didn’t go.
Private Tour of Northern Corfu: Tour – A fantastic day tour if you have already spent enough time exploring the Old Town Corfu.
Paxos Antipaxos Blue Caves: Info – One day, when I return to Greece, I will visit the Paxos Antipaxos Blue Caves! This unforgettable tour takes you to the Blue Lagoon!
For more on Corfu, Greece, and why you need to visit, check it out here!
Solo in Rhodes
Rhodes Island, Rhodos in Greek, is one of my favorite islands. When traveling solo as a female, I prefer to choose destinations with exciting old towns with much to explore. Rhodes certainly checks all the boxes with its fortified city castle and grounds. Something important to know about booking a trip to Rhodes on the island is massive.
Important things to consider!
- You might need a car depending on where you get a hotel
- The old town is about a twenty-minute walk from the beach
- Lindos is about an hour and a half away from the old town of Rhodes
Transportation in Rhodes
I decided to rely solely on my feet for this trip to Rhodes. Renting a car is possible, but I wasn’t comfortable doing it on this solo trip to Greece. Public transportation seemed very accessible, but according to the article I read, it could be delayed due to traffic.
For this trip, I split my time between two hotels, one by the beach and the other in the old town center. I took a taxi to and from the airport and would highly recommend it over public transportation. The cost of the taxi was approximately 30 euros.
Things To Do Alone In Rhodes
There is no shortage of fun things to do in Rhodes! If you are a history buff, you will love exploring the castle and museums that are within the fortified city. And if the beach is your thing, then be prepared to be amazed by the crystal blue waters of the ocean.
Rhodes Itinerary For Solo Females
Solo in Symi
Symi Island is one of the most magical of the Greek Islands! Located just 90 minutes from Rhodes Island, it’s the perfect solo escape. With an island as small as Symi you can take your time and see it all. I spent one night in Symi in late September. The weather at this time of the year will still be H-O-T!
Important things to consider!
- There are limited times that ferries come in and out of the island.
- If you are looking for nightlife, this is not the place.
- Be prepared to take it slow, this island is very chill.
Transportation in Symi
In Symi, you will likely be walking from the port to your hotel. Car rentals are possible and would be recommended for longer stays on the island for exploring. For one to two-night trips, it is possible to get around by foot and water taxis.
Things to Do in Symi Solo
Having Reservations About Solo Trips To Greece?
Perhaps you feel experiencing island life is only meant for lovebirds, and you fear the possibility of feeling lonely on an island full of couples. Another concern you may have is that an island could not propose much diversity. When I started traveling alone, I had all those prejudices, too – it is normal. But I made up my mind and said to myself, “I want to visit Corfu city on my own, as a strong and adventurous woman. I will make friends on the way and find out more about the Greek lifestyle.”
Once you mentally get past “being alone,” you really can let yourself enjoy that you are on your own! My days ended up being exactly the way I wished them to be! If you still lack confidence or need an extra nudge, read my 5 Must Read 5 Benefits of Traveling Alone.
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Alternative Greek Island for Solo Travel
Greece has so many islands to visit; it is so hard to choose! I have visited Santorini and Mykonos. Both were incredible!
An itinerary idea for both these islands would be ideal to start in Athens. You should plan to have a full 2 days in Athens if you have a long travel day.
Athens is lovely, with a lot to see. If you plan it right, you can get most of the major sites done in 2 days. Once you say goodbye to Athens, take the ferry to Mykonos!
Mykonos is a beautiful Greek island that is home to iconic windmills. This island is known for its parties, though I didn’t see any. I enjoyed the shops, the food, and the incredible scenery.
After Mykonos, take the HIGH-speed ferry to Santorini. The journey was about 2.5 hours. I was utterly blown away by Santorini; it is the ultimate paradise. This small village is perched upon the top of a dormant volcano. Still considered an active volcano and last erupted in the year 1950.
Santorini is a place filled with romance, and although I was alone, I still really enjoyed it. All three of these islands are very different from each other. All perfect for solo trips to Greece.
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