My boyfriend and I am planning on doing some Greek island hopping for 2 weeks in August. This is what we have planned so far:
Santorini (3 days)
Naxos (3 days)
Antiparos (1 day)
Milos (2 days)
We are then flying from Milos to Corfu and spending 5 more days there.
We are in our early 30s, and want a good mix of tranquility and nice beaches, hiking, little villages, but also the odd bar and cocktail from time to time. One thing we definitely do not want is to squeeze in between other tourists on an overcrowded beach, or spending our days in huge beach resorts.
I would have liked to spend 1 night in Folegandros or Anafi, but the ferry schedule looked awkward and i reckon it would have been too hectic in such short a time frame.
So here are my questions:
1) How possible is it to do a day trip to Anafi or Folegandros from Santorini? And is it even worth it?
2) I know it's high season, and I know that our itinerary includes some of the most popular islands. BUT - what are the chances of escaping mass tourism and experiencing some authenticity? Where should we pick our hotels? (e.g. in Naxos we have a preliminary booking in Moutsouna, in the hope that it's less crowded there).
3) Are there any other small islands we could do a day trip to, from any of the above mentioned islands? Maybe from Corfu?
4) Would you substitute any of the above islands with another one instead?
Thanks so much in advance!