Monday, June 28, 2010

Ionian islands - Νησιά Ιονίου (επτάνησα)

Ionian, or "seven islands", are totally different from the Aegean ones. Full of plantation, a lot less windy, different style, colors and culture. Just another world to explore ...

Corfu (Kerkyra) - Κέρκυρα
Paxi (Paxos) - Παξοί (Παξός)
Antipaxi - Αντίπαξοι
Lefkada (Lefkas) - Λευκάδα
Meganisi - Μεγανήσι
Zakynthos (Zante) - Ζάκυνθος
Kythira (Cythera) - Κύθηρα

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ro (Rho) - Ρω

Whoever comes as far as Kastelorizo, should take a day trip to this little island. Well known for its "Lady of Ro", who was its only inhabitant, and who for decades rose the Greek flag every morning, until her death in 1982. The islet offers crystal clear sandy waters, ideal for a swim.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Kastelorizo (Megisti) - Καστελόριζο (Μεγίστη)

Kastelorizo, being so far east, does not normally fit in Greece's maps. The feeling of escaping "outside" of the map is exciting and overwhelming. The village is so scenic, the port forms an enormous sea pool with crystal clear waters, no cars can ruin the peace. There are great hikes around the village, the "red castle" offers a magnificent sunset view, and small boat trips to nearby islets and swimming sites. Last but by no means least, the amazing blue cave!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Saria - Σαρία

Α rocky, volcanic small island along the northern edge of Karpathos, separated from the mainland by a narrow strait. Accessible from Diafani by small boats, has little plant and some animal wildlife. Although only sheperds and scientists live on Saria now, ruins of an ancient city, as well as the mysterious "palatia" can be found here. Crystal waters, great hikes, an excellent day trip.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Karpathos - Κάρπαθος

Big island, somewhat isolated, but definitely worth the very long boat trip to get there (ok can also be reached by plane). Can be considered as two separate islands, since the south and north part are very different, and is hard to get from one part to the other. The south part features some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, scenic little villages and adequate plantation. The north is wild, windy, with equally nice beaches, and sea caves, home for a few Mediterranean seals. What comes into mind? The breathtaking Olimpos and the crystal waters of Diafani, beaches like Apela with pine trees up to the sea, the sunset viewed from the west coast, seafood at Finiki …

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Armathia - Αρμάθια

Visible by Kasos, this little islet, inhabited up to late 50's, features one of the most magnificent and "exotic" beaches of Mediterranean. It is accessible from Fri by small boats. Trekkers will discover more remote beaches, interesting wildlife, as well as the ruins of the old village.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Kasos - Κάσος

At the south most of dodecanese and close to the northeast coast of Crete, lies Kasos. A small, and a lot less touristy island, with just one main village and a few minor settlements around it. No need for a car since there aren’t many roads, and most beaches are accessible either by foot or by boat. Nights at Bouka are calm and enjoyable.

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