Solo Trips To Greece
Dreaming of a charming Greek getaway? Maybe you are thinking about going to Greece alone? There are so many Greek Islands to choose from, how do you know which one is best? It can feel a bit overwhelming when trying to narrow down a spot. Lucky for you, I have taken many solo trips to Greece, and know of 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 things to do.
Solo In Corfu
Let’s start with Corfu! Corfu (Kerkyra in Greek), is a small island with a lot to offer solo female travelers.
For starters, Corfu has a great safety reputation, my number one requirement when traveling alone. Corfu also has a lot to explore and still offers that relax by the beach vibe. The old town of Corfu is really something! I spent hours strolling through the cobble stone streets.
Often when traveling to island-like destinations it can lack activities other than chilling by the beach. Corfu has several things to do, making it the perfect place for a solo trip to Greece.
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Short solo trips are all about planning. If you loosely create a daily itinerary, you maximize the time you have! I try not to overdo it. I don’t want to feel like I have a rigid schedule to follow.
Doing some overview research of your destination can help you narrow down just exactly what you don’t want to miss. I suggest you have a look at the sites and activities Corfu has to offer!
First things first, you must have a general understanding of the transportation options in Corfu. I myself should have done more research on this topic.
Finding Transportation to Corfu City
It’s important 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 euro * they may try and charge you 15 euro
- You can just walk there in 25 minutes
I was told by my Airbnb host that the taxi should be 7-8 euros. So I was quite surprised to be asked for 15 euro 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 in advance.
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 are selling a variety of Greek goods. These can be found all over Corfu’s old town.
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 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!
At 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 there is a restaurant laying nearby on site. For the history buff’s 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 to climb 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.
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 the 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 Corfu City?
Cruising online for the right accommodation in Corfu could be a very time-consuming and energy-draining activity. Personally, I chose to stay in an Airbnb, located in the old town’s heart. Choosing an Airbnb in such places let you both save money and get to know locals, their traditions, and 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 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 settings. The Brentanos Apartments has a pool and views of the ocean! A perfect hotel if you are looking for peace and serenity.
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 that have 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 in 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 old town Rhodes
Transportation in Rhodes
I made the decision to rely solely on my feet for this trip to Rhodes. Renting a car is possible, but it wasn’t something I was comfortable doing on this solo trip to Greece. Public transportation seemed very accessible, but according to the article I read, 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.
Highlights 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.
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 is 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.
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.
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!
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 to start in Athens. You should plan to have a full day in Athens, two days if you had a long travel day.
Athens is lovely, but you can see all the exciting sites easily in one day. You will be ready to move on after that. Once you say goodbye to Athens, take the ferry to Mykonos!
Mykonos is a beautiful Greek island that home to the iconic windmills. This island is known for its parties, though I didn’t see any. I enjoyed the shops and the food, as well as 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.
Santori 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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