Build by the caldera’s edge, Fira is Santorini’s main village. Charming whitewashed houses and countless hotels enjoy privileged views of the Aegean Sea. Fira’s scenic backstreets are filled with hip boutiques, souvenir shops, busy restaurants, cocktail bars and cosy cafes. Continue reading “Main Attractions and Sights in Santorini”
Frequent bus routes serve most places in Santorini. However, most buses stop operating around midnight. For more independence consider hiring a car, or scooter, from one of the island’s many car rental offices. Continue reading “Getting around on Santorini”
Combining rich ancient history with significant natural beauty, Santorini in Greece is maybe the most visited of the Greek islands. Also known as Thira, it suffered a gigantic volcano eruption in prehistoric times, which is estimated to have contributed to the termination of the Minoan civilization. Continue reading “Introductions to Santorini”
The largest among the Dodecanese Islands, Rhodes in Greece has a population of a bit more than 100,000 people, with half of its residents living in Rhodes Town. Also known as “The Island of Knights”, Rhodes was sold to the Order of the Knights of St John in early 14th century and remained under the order’s rule for 200 years. Glorious fortifications and excellent examples of Gothic and Renaissance architecture were erected during that period, most of which form the medieval part of current Rhodes Town.
Parikia is Paros’ largest village and the port where the ferries from Piraeus and the other islands arrive. The waterfront is crammed with seafood restaurants, taverns and cafes, along with a few souvenir shops. Continue reading “Main Attractions and Sights on Paros”
Local buses connect the major villages to one another, but although public transport is usually trustworthy, the routes are not that frequent. Continue reading “Getting around on Paros”
Among the most popular Cycladic islands, Paros attracts local and foreign tourists of any age and background during the summer months. Avoid late June, when loud high school seniors overflow the island to celebrate the end of the school year. Continue reading “Introductions to Paros”
Once you have enjoyed the sun and the sea, it is time to start exploring the hidden treasures of this island. Although Zeus was supposed to have been born on the island of Crete, Naxos is considered to be the place where he grew up, according to Greek mythology. Continue reading “Main Attractions and Sights on Naxos”
As in most Cycladic Islands, a number of buses connect Hora (the main parish) with other villages around the island. Depending to your destination, bus routes range from frequent to rare. Continue reading “Getting around on Naxos”
The largest Cycladic Island, Naxos is known in Greek mythology as the place where ungracious Theseus abandoned Ariadne after she helped him escape from the Minoan Labyrinth. However, her story had a happy ending, as she came across Dionysos, the Greek God of Wine, who fell for her and took her to Mount Olymbus, where she became immortal.