173 Kms from Kos
There was a knot in my stomach as I walked past clothing shops displaying life-jackets for sale. Inflatable rafts, most designed to carry two people, three at most. Diesel motors lined-up on the street outside shops that sell tourist souvenirs inside. While the rest of the world debates the migrant/refugee lexicon, in Izmir the inflow of Syrians has decisively created a multi-million dollar "raft economy" that supplies provisions for their sometimes fatal exit across the border into the European Union.
247 Kms from Kos
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.
219 Kms from Kos
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.
215 Kms from Kos
Another Ferry to Naxos, this time it was SeaJet. It was fast but equally expensive. Naxos is more than just beaches, it is a good mix of amazing hills, little town and blue sea. I visited Temple of Apollo (watching sunset from this location is stunning), I tried lot of greek cuisines. Let me take a moment here, Greek food has to be one of the best. I didn’t leave kind of cuisine, for 7 days I was trying different specialities in best restaurants (after some good research on trip advisor) and every time I was surprised and happy with my choice. We also rented a bike here, you might wanna rent a powerful one if you plan to go to hills. You also have lot of hiking opportunities here. If you are into Kite Surfing, visit Mikri Vigla. My favorite moment of the whole trip was at Plaka beach there were literally 6–8 people on the beach and we had sea to ourselves, it is a 4 KM long beach with blue sea in front of you and island of Paros in the background. We could snorkel in peace with the fishes (literally), we could run on the beach do whatever we want as it we had all that 4 KM long beauty to ourselves.