Greek paradise – island hopping

Many people have been seeking a little summer escape to shake off the bad vibes and stress corona has caused. Greece has for sure sparked interest of many Europeans who have been looking for sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. Best time to travel here is between May and October.

A two day visit in Athens is a must. There is so much history to this city. The Acropolis Museum will take you on an archeological trip to discover the findings of the Acropolis of Athens, represented by a very modern exhibition area. It is definitely worth a visit!

Besides from visiting the main attractions such as the Acropolis and its museum, the ancient Agora, Syntagma square, temple of Olympian Zeus and the Panathenaic Stadium, walking around the areas of Plaka, Kolonaki, Psiri, Anafotika and having a coffee or meal there is great to grasp the vibes of Greece’s capital. If there’s some time left, walking around Glyfada, Voula and Vouliagmeni along the south-coast of Athens is a great idea. The nightlife in Glyfada is very special, there are cool restaurants and bars where one can hang out.

Hydra island
Such a beautiful, colorful and special island Hydra is! No cars, only donkeys or horses to move around. People are also especially friendly here. And it is only a 2 hour ferry from Piraeus, Athen’s main port.

A unique restaurant to go to, with lovely people working there, is Piato restaurant in the main port. Particularly interesting is the story behind this place. The restaurant started in 2015. The entire space was restored in 25 days and once it opened, the restaurant was completely packed, especially the first two days. The owners didn’t want to put any pressure on the cooks, therefore they gave customers plates to paint on, which then became the decoration of the place. Kate Moss and her daughter Lila Moss, as well as Pink Floyd’s guitarist Charmian Clift also have their plates hanging on the wall. Pamela Anderson and Vivienne Westwood came here for a photoshoot by Jürgen Teller.

Whether you are a horse lover or not, you must go on a horse trek around Hydra. Harriet’s Hydra Horses will take you to visit Hydra’s monasteries and churches, as well as ride in the the countryside or along the beaches and swim with the horses.

Naxos island
Naxos is reachable in less than 5 hours by ferry from Piraeus. During the trip, besides from enjoying the sunshine on the deck, many other islands can be seen from aboard.

Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea. Besides of its beautiful beaches, small restaurants and narrow white roads with contrasting colors of the purple bouganvilleas and blue shutters, it is also known for the Temple of Apollo.

The old town of Naxos (also known as chora) is located right next to the sea, by the main port. The alleys are like a colorful maze, with little shops, restaurants and balconies adorning the narrow passages.

Milos island
Located southwest from Naxos, is the volcanic island of Milos. Picturesque fishing villages and distinct beaches is what Milos is best known for. The best way to experience the island is by renting a car or a scooter – highly recommended!

Mandrakia is also a popular fishing village on the island. It is very peaceful and lovely to see the fishermen picking their treasures out of their nets. It is a must to have a meal at Medusa restaurant – a must-try there is the octopus.

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