The Greek Islands – Episode 94

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The Amateur Traveler talks to author Will Manus (This Way to Paradise – Dancing on the Tables, A Dog Called Leka) about the Greek Islands.

Will and his wife stopped in Lindos on Rhodes on their honeymoon for 3 days and ended up staying 35 years. Learn what captured their hearts, what to see in the Greek islands, when to go and how to get around.

Rhodes has an Acropolis older than the one in Athens, beautiful beaches and on a clear day a view of  Turkey, although much more overrun with tourists in summer now that it was when they arrived.

Sunset over Old Town - Corfu Island

Sunset over Old Town – Corfu Island

Some people want to flop on a beach, some are interested in history and archeology. If you are interested in archaeology Will recommends Crete, Rhodes, and Corfu. For fans of nature and hiking, he recommends the bigger islands and the mainland. He recommends a book by Marc Dubin for hiking in Greece. Almost every island except maybe the far-flung ones has nightlife. Lindos on Rhodes, for example, is a tiny village with 40-50 bars and 2-3 disco techs.

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Show Notes

Traveling Soon? These useful links will help you prepare for your trip.

Other works by Willard Manus include Mott the Hoople (Life magazine called it “one of the funniest American novels ever.”).
Rhodes on the map
Greece on Foot: Mountain Treks, Island Trails book by Marc Dubin
Nisyros – Will’s second favorite island
Santorini – Tourism guide
Crete – tourism guide
Crete (Regional Guide)
Mykonos – tourism guide

Click Here For Greece Discount Hotels

Internet Resources

Ferry schedules and timetables – 2007
Greek Ferry Schedules (


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Chris Christensen

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

2 Responses to “The Greek Islands – Episode 94”

Michelle Gerdes


Leaving for Greece July 22 & very nerves (only 3 trip over seas). The podcast helped came me a bit. We will mostly stay on the mainland but I thing what Will had to say was helpful. I wish we didn’t have to go in the summer but we go for the European Jugglers Convention in Athens ( and can’t pick the dates. At least we can take two more weeks to explore Greece which many of our friends can’t do! I would like to have another episode on mainland Greece or maybe just add some links. I just bought the hiking book on Amazon for .48 cents + $3.99 shipping, what a deal. Thanks! MG



Thanks for sharing with us podcasts. I want to recommend also another travel Resource. It is Greek Ferries Center.
I had a very good support last summer traveling by ferry to Syros, Cyclades Islands.

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