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Ferries to Aegean Islands

The Aegean Islands are a group of Greek territories that lie in the Aegean Sea mostly off the Turkish coast and include Lesbos, the largest of the group and the third largest Greek island, Thassos, Samos, Chios, Ikaria, Lemnos and Samothrace as well as some smaller islands.

Getting around the Aegean Islands by ferry is relatively simple. There are numerous services connecting the mainland with the various Aegean islands and there are also a large number of inter island crossings offered too.

If you need to reach Greece prior to onward travel to the Aegean Islands then there are plenty of ferry companies offering services from Italy which is itself well connected by land and sea with the rest of Europe.

Less-visited than either the Cyclades or the Dodecanese, the Aegean Islands as a consequence retain more character. Lesbos has been a resort since Roman times and offers a lot of variety from the port and capital of Mytilene to quiet mountain villages, as well as busy resorts and forests.

Outside Mytilene, check out Ayiassos, a lovely hill town with cobbled streets and a 12th century church. Molyvos on the north coast has a picture postcard port and a fine castle, while the resort of Samos is perhaps the loveliest of the group with great beaches, mountainous terrain and forests making for great walking. It also has a number of important archaeological sites.

Ikaria is one of the least-visited of all Greek islands and may well be attractive for those seeking a quieter holiday destination. It has good sandy beaches and a number of medieval castles that were built to withstand the pirates that frequently raided the island. Chios is another relatively quiet island and is mountainous to the north with wooded valleys and medieval villages. Its 11th century monastery is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Limnos has one of the largest natural harbours in the Aegean, good beaches and one or two historical sites, while Samothrace has good night life at Kamariotissa and, beyond it in the hills is the pretty village of Hora with the remains of a fort and beautiful views of the sea.

Thassos has a striking hilltop Byzantine monastery, an outstanding archaeological museum and an ancient Greek temple at Alyki as well as great beaches.

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Aegean Islands reviews

  • "highly recommended transporter"

    The ship was almost on time, boarding very fast, no unnecessary delay. This time I appreciated that the staff handled my luggage gently, unlike my experience two years ago. All staff was very friendly, helpful and professional. The journey was smooth and pleasant. Thank you :-)

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  • "Efficient and reliable service."

    Can always rely on them for reliability and fast turnaround at ports. We always use Dodekanisos Seaways when travelling around the Greek Islands.

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  • "Return Kos/Patmos"

    I ordered my return ticket online Kos/Patmos with directferries.co.uk and received the documentation promptly via email. Ticket you collect at the Kos port ticket office on presentation of passport. Ferries are generally punctual - give/take 5-15 mins. It is recommended one should be at the port one hour before departure. Perhaps in the high season it would be advisable to arrive at port earlier to collect ticket but this is not necessary beg. of Sept. Comfortable cabin seats and on upper deck. I would definitely book with direct ferries again.

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  • "Day trip to Symi"

    All went very smoothly and on time but it was a bit of a surprise to find that our return trip was not on the Express - something the girl in the office at Mandraki Port omitted to explain when I questioned the difference in travelling time between outward and return journeys-

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