Athens is a beautiful city which still keeps alive its culture. Although a bit damaged by the natural forces, the Acropolis stands tall and is still the highest point of the city. It is such a glorious sight from any part of the city. Every bit of the area near Acropolis and Parthenon speaks of its glorious past. Once there, it transports us back in history and we could literally visualize the Greeks in their traditional attire and soldiers clad in all armour near their temple of victory- The Parthenon.
Then afternoon was our journey to Red beach. On the way to Red beach , we saw a local corn stall and my husband started pretending he is a chef and asked to take pictures. Locals were very friendly. We came to location but we were not able to see any beach near us. So we asked a local and he told it is a hike. To get to Red beach is a small hike. Climbing a huge rock and climbing down gets us to beach. We started climbing the rock and mid way , we were fascinated to see. It was a very huge red rock infront of us with a small white patch in the middle and beach was almost invisible. We saw many small moving objects down and confirmed it as beach. As we headed down, we were amazed. This is a red sand beach. There were shacks for rent. We took two and rested. We were totally in very clear water swimming and playing around. Spent almost 2 hours there. Very beautiful beach. It does not seem like a beach until you go near because of huge red rock. After a very satisfying day, we headed to hotel.
That day I decided to explore the magnificent town of Fira. It is the vibrant and bustling capital of Santorini with a network of winding alleys and narrow streets making it an outright pleasure for anyone to explore it and then finally relax at one of the sea facing bar/cafe/restaurant and enjoy the mesmerizing views.
In transit with a cargo of cement she sank within sight of Lia Beach and sits intact on the sea bed! The wreck of “ANNA II”, a 62m. long cargo ship that sunk in the South-East part of Mykonos on 20 July of 1995, is one of the best wreck dives. “Anna II” was built on 1966 by the Fa Hijlkema & Zonen BODEWES SCHEEPWERK N. V. shipyard in Holland, operated for the I/S Knud Sif Kopenhagen, with first name as “Knud Sif”. Ship remains in excellent condition and it is possible to enter in a small part of it. The site around the wreck is also very interesting, with a reef of a great biodiversity and a lot of big colorful sponges! This wreck serves as spectacular artificial reef, attracting an incredible diversity of marine life.
Day 9: Beach hopping day- We did Ornos, Super Paradise and Platis Yialos. Super Paradise was fantastic for swimming with its crystal clear waters and school of fishes close to the shore. Spend another evening enjoying the sunset from the windmill farm and enjoy your last dinner in Mykonos. Don't forget to have some Greek gelato! Day 10: Take the ferry back to Athens which should take around 4 hours. Later, head back to the airport for your return flight!This post was originally published on Voyage Treasures.
Fira is the main town/capitol of Santorini. Part of the town is sitting on steep cliffs and it is one of the most picturesque spots in all of Greece. Fira has the most restaurants, shops, and hotels and is the center of Santorini’s nightlife. Firostefani is a suburb of Fira, lying between Fira and Imerovigli. It is on the crest of a hill and thus has one of the spots with the best view on the island and especially looking back down to Fira.
Diving and snorkeling to Tragonisi island cavern/cave system is one of the most popular dives. Tragonisi is a small rocky island, just a few meters east of the island of Mykonos. Everybody can admire a unique marine environment among the different chambers/tunnels. Yellow sea anemones are exclusively found in this area. Caverns diving is the exploration of permanent, naturally occurring overhead environments while remaining within sight of their entrances. Tragonisi is a protected nature reserve and a haven for the Monachus monachus seal. Diving at the “Seal Cave”is addressed to experienced divers and only upon request. Its a unique dive due to possibilities for a closer encounter with a Monachus monachus seal.
Food: Feast on Greek classics such as moussaka, a baked dish made from eggplant and béchamel sauce, pastitsio, a Greek lasagna. Try Kopanisti, a Mykonos special, a cheese famous for its spicy, aromatic taste. And end with baklava.Suggested stay:
Chania is a modern cosmopolitan city but unlike Athens, which has had periods where it was all but deserted, it has been continuously inhabited since Minoan times.In other words for at least 5000 years people have been living in this city, one civilization following another from Minoan, to Mycenaean, to Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, Turkish all the way up to its present day inhabitants some of whom share the blood of all these groups. Yes, there could be Minoans walking around the streets of Chania. Unlike Athens which lay dormant for centuries and basically began again from scratch in the mid 19th century, Chania has had a flourishing culture and in the 18th century was an international center of commerce(thanks Wikipedia and our local guide ;)). Chania, a town with a sophistication that would allow them to view Athens as somewhat provincial.
T+L PICK Koufonissia has a lone windmill that has been on the island since the 1830s. In the last decade, the windmill has been converted into a villa that can be booked for a unique, romantic stay experience. The sunsets you’ll witness from its patio will stay long in memory.
You could have a quiet, idyllic island like Koufonissia all to yourselves. Here, you’re likely to find more boats than people and be alone in almost any corner.
We travelled to the Rethymnon town on the island with lofty plans of scuba diving and other water activities, but the next few days on the island were a blur, partly due to the bad weather that we had to encounter, and also due to the fact that we did not want the trip to end.
You have a plethora of monuments on Paxos to experience. From a Green Man statue to the lighthouse of Lakka - you can experience the culture through them. If you are in Paxos, then you must visit the Cisterns of Paxos, the Lighthouse of Lakka and Panagia, and the mansion of Anemogiiannis.Festivals & EventsSeveral festivals and events are organized throughout the year and grab tourists' attention with eccentricity. You can experience the tradition of Paxos very closely by attending these festivals and events. The Spring Music festival in June, the Varkarola Custom in July, the International Music festival in August, and a lot of others which will definitely entice you are celebrated every year in Paxos.Well, if you have decided to plan your trip for this beautiful island, then do the necessary research. You can reach Paxos over the sea route by taking a boat ride to the main port of Paxos from Corfu or Parga.Featured photo credit: Glyfada Beach Villas via paxos-glyfadabeach.comLove this article? Share it with your friends on FacebookRead full contentThis post was originally published on Life Hack.
About more than sixty churches are situated on this tiny island. Some are still visited by inhabitants to worship while some are abandoned. The monastery of Panayia is the most popular for worshiping, which is located near the village of Gaios. The Churches of Agioi Apostoli and Hypapante are also often visited by tourists.Museums
Day 4: Hike from Fira to Oia. This is a difficult hike and can take around 3-5 hours depending on your speed so make sure you wear comfy shoes. Follow the directions and enjoy breathtaking views of the Caldera. Have lunch in Oia once you reach there and watch the famous sunset at Amoudi Bay. Take the KTEL bus back to Fira for dinner.
Anogia village is located in the prefecture of Rethymno, on the northern slopes of Mt. Psiloritis. The quickest way to get there is through Heraklion – Tylissos, following the old national road to Rethimno. If you come in Anogia and want to see the small museum, ask the people at the square of the Perahori, for Sakoulas: his real name is Giorgos Skoulas.
The island is south of the Peloponnese and north west of the island Crete. It is known for it's rugged coastline and secluded beaches. 2 days remaining in the trip and I selectively chose this as the last stop. The main reason I went there was to go beach hoping. A beach or two a day and taste traditional Greek cuisine. I have had to learn so many basics of different languages when I wanted to say thank you in Greek I went through 4 different ways before I came up with “Efxaristo". My Greek is terrible but this was easily the worst Greek I have had in any of my visits. :P
Here you will be able to find home prepared pasta. Original taste, delicious dishes, nice environment and good prices. Suggested plates: The handmade pasta and soutzoukakia, (long shaped garlic meatballs)
Great beach! And the tombs on the mountain are a great thing to visit
This day was around beaches. We headed to Perissa beach first. It was a direct route. Water was so clear and so blue. We did jet skiing there. Men here were so fit . Greek men proverb doesnt come just like that. For next two hours, we were in beach enjoying blue waters. We walked along the beach till end. At the end was a stone with some clear water near. I put my feet and some fishes pedicured me. It was all magical. By the way beach was black sand beach.
A complete contrast to Sarakiniko, this beach is awash with coloured pebbles of all types, sulphur-smelling water, and jagged rocks. Snorkelling here has some gorgeous rewards.
We arrived in Paleochora town on the shores of the Libyan Sea. want to go to the old castle, located above the seaside town’s houses. Well, of course, Paleochora is not a traditional village, but from above it looks cute with it’s little castle while the picturesque peninsula is rubbing off smoothly towards the Libyan sea, amidst delightful beaches. The castle is no more than 500 meters from the village.
The name of Kardamili is mentioned in Homer’s poets, a proof that it was built in ancient times. In the area you will find many beautiful beaches to swim, as for the local cuisine, it is excellent! Make sure not to miss a walk in the Old town of Kardamili!