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4 Greek islands for holidays after graduation

The best destinations for the summer before college

After a demanding senior year with a lot of homework and endless study hours, it’s time for a well-deserved break! Greece is an ideal destination for the summer holidays after graduation.

Explore 4 of the best Greek islands for the summer before college, see where to go, what to do, and how to have fun in Greece, and book cheap ferry tickets on Ferryhopper!

Top 4 islands for graduation vacation

Here’s a list of destinations in Greece to visit after your final year in school:

  • Ios
  • Paros
  • Ikaria
  • Skiathos

Tip: Find more travel tips for travelers on our blog, including the best Greek ferry ticket offers for 2021!

Endless party in Ios

Ios is a beautiful island in the Cyclades, close to Santorini, which is known as the backpackers’ party island. So, If you are looking for a destination, where you can dance with your friends by the sea, enjoy the Mediterranean weather and food, and meet new people, then Ios is ideal Greek island for you and your school mates. 

The beach of Mylopotas is a must experience in Ios. AT the beach bars, the music plays all day long and you can dance until the early morning hours. The legendary club FarOut hosts DJ nights and events, and the party atmosphere extends from the dance floor to the pool and the beach. 

But fun in Ios is so much more than that! The beautiful alleys of Chora have bars and restaurants that often host live music or even street parties. Young crowds from Greece and all over the world travel every summer to Ios to enjoy its unique atmosphere

Transport across the island is easy and affordable, and there are local buses serving regular routes to the main villages and beaches of the island. For low-budget accommodation, you can stay at one of the camping sites in Mylopotas beach or book a room at the port or the outskirts of Chora. 

Mylopotas beach in Ios

The sandy beach of Mylopotas in Ios island

Cosmopolitan life in Paros

Paros is the most cosmopolitan island on our list. It combines delicious food, stylish cafeterias and restaurants, great nightlife, and countless beautiful beaches. 

On the beach of Punda on the east coast of Paros, you will find one of the best beach bars in the Cyclades. Punda Beach Bar organizes DJ nights and parties, and you can also drink your cocktail while sunbathing on the long sandy beach. If you are a water-sports lover, then you should visit the beaches of Santa Maria and Chrysi Akti, to try kite surfing, windsurfing or water ski.

The island’s nightlife offers a variety of options for different tastes and styles. The bars, restaurants and clubs in the coastal village of Naoussa are a popular attraction for young crowds. At the end of the night, it is also a must to grab a bag of fresh donuts with honey or chocolate sauce as a last snack before bed.

The village of Naoussa in Paros

August full moon over the village of Naoussa in Paros

Bohemian atmosphere in Ikaria

Ikaria is an unspoilt destination in the North Aegean Sea with great natural beauty and a slow-paced vibe. Travelers who visit Ikaria often describe it as a place where time stands still. So, if you are looking for a relaxing holiday destination after a stressful senior year, then Ikaria is the place to be. 

The island is relatively big and there is a local bus line that connects the 2 island ports, Agios Kirykos and Evdilos, as well as the coastal village of Armenistis and the mountain village of Christos Rachon. If you have a driver's license, you can rent a small car or a Vespa. Bear in mind hitchhiking is a common mode of transport in Ikaria (and a great way of meeting new people)! See tips for driving in the Greek islands

One of the most impressive beaches on the island is Seychelles, which has an exotic feel as the name suggests: crystal turquoise waters, white pebbles and sand. Ikaria is also a paradise for surfers, so if you are into waves and the beach lifestyle, then you should definitely visit Messakti. The beach has a chill-out beach bar and a surf school

Ikaria is also great for low-budget holidays as it has affordable accommodation, as well as delicious food. The must experience on the island is the local feasts, panigiria, that take place throughout the summer. Panigiria are popular local celebrations that usually mark religious holidays and involve food, drink, folk music, and a lot of dancing by both locals and visitors. 

Seychelles beach in Ikaria

The exotic beach of Seychelles in Ikaria

Beach holidays in Skiathos

Skiathos is one of the most popular Greek destinations for young travelers and holidays after graduation. The island is located in the Sporades group and it’s normally accessible by ferry from the ports of Volos and Agios Konstantinos in Central Greece. The ferry ride to Skiathos is around 2-3 hours. 

Skiathos has some of the most amazing beaches in the western Aegean Sea. The majority of the beaches in Skiathos are surrounded by pine forests and have clear, blue waters ideal for swimming or snorkeling. The beaches of Koukounaries and Banana are famous for their lively atmosphere with beach bars and water sports facilities. 

There is a local bus that connects the main villages and beaches in Skiathos. In the summer months, buses might get crowded, so an alternative is to rent a small car or a motorcycle to be more flexible. The main town of Skiathos has beautiful spots and picturesque alleys for strolling, as well as some great bars and restaurants.

Skiathos has a renowned nightlife with many bars and clubs that stay open until late and often host DJ nights or Greek music gigs. No wonder the island is often called "the Mykonos of the Sporades". 

Fishing boats at a small harbor in Skiathos

Colorful fishing boats at the port of Skiathos

Choose the best holiday destination for your graduation trip and book cheap ferry tickets online on Ferryhopper. Get acquainted with all 2021 Covid-19 ferry measures for the Greek islands and get ready for an unforgettable summer in Greece!