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Greece

Greece

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  • Day70

    I had huge expectations for Santorini based on everyone else's comments and the standard blue dome photos you always see but our first night there we were really disappointed! It's beautiful, but so touristy, loads of cars and the water is so far away for water babies like us. We explored the main centre Fira and hired quad bikes to head to Amoudi Bay in Oia in search of some water. We climbed down hundreds of steps to reach the most beautiful clear blue water but there was no beach, only uncomfortable rocks to bathe on, and hundreds of stairs to climb back to the top! Nonetheless, it was water and we were so happy!! We didn't let our initial disappointment stop us and we did a bit more adventuring through Fira to find the Santorini we'd been looking for on the other side of the town centre we'd already explored! The hillside was covered in pastel coloured houses with soft edges, alleyways, flowers in full bloom and local shops. We then hiked along the coastline and over the hills from Fira to Oia in time for sunset, about 13km and 2.5hrs. It was one of the highlights of our trip and something I'd recommend to anyone going to Santorini!! We got to see a completely different side to the touristy island and take in some incredible views that aren't tainted by the thousands of people trying to get the perfect shot. Sunset was pretty, nothing amazing and nothing compared to the views we'd see on our way there! I'm so glad we did the hike because it absolutely moved Santorini up in my books and I can leave the island happy we went there!Read more

  • Day1

    I'm staying at my family's village on the island of Ikaria. Ksilosirti is a village about 3km from the island capital and port, Aghios Kirikos. In the 1800s the area was full of cypress trees, which were mostly cut down to be used as masts for sailboats. The area has some traditional stone houses as well as more modern buildings. It has 3 restaurants (one of which is open during the winter months), a blue domed church and a beautiful stone beach with crystal clear water. Within the village there is freshwater spring, Athanatou Nerou, that is rumored to have healing properties.Read more

  • Day2

    This unique rock formation off the coast of the south side of Ikaria is named Ikaris by the locals, after the myth of Dedalos and Icarus. The rock is supposedly the location of Icarus' fall to earth. Some say that he landed on the rock, others that he turned into the rock. The marble shelf that meets the water has an interesting organic erosion pattern.

  • Day2

    This stunning beach has several interesting rock formations and has a clear view of the Ikaris rock. There is a cave, interesting marble organic patterns under the water, and several large flat rocks dispersed along the coast. The water is crystal clear, and the bay protects the coast from too many waves.

  • Day52

    We are only here to connect to a flight. We took the world's slowest ferry from Naxos, which was an hour late. We got to mykonos about 2 hours late, and no taxis were there. We made it to the airport, checked in, and then found our flight was delayed. Now it's delayed again. Hopefully we will still make it to Rhodes tonight!

  • Day4

    The first settlement dates to about 7000 BC. The first palace dates to 1900 BC. The first palace was built in the Middle Minoan period. Excavation dates1900–1931 For the initial teams' work discovering the palace: Arthur Evans.

    The name Knossos survives from ancient Greek references to the major city of Crete

  • Day6

    The Samaria gorge is the longest one in Europe. It is an area of stunning natural beauty. Rare flora and fauna have survived in this area and are protected. The mountains that have formed it are wild, high and steep. One will pass through forests of ancient cypresses and pines and descend between vertical cliffs. The path starts from Xyloskalo (near Omalos) in the White Mountains at an altitude of 1230 meters and comes to an end at the village of Agia Roumeli at the Libyan sea. Walking through the gorge usually takes anything from 5-6 hours.
    The path is 16km long and although it is maintained and in good condition, it is quite stony and also steep at times.
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  • Day4

    Between Ksilosirti village and the capital, Aghios Kirikos, is a natural hot spring that spews hot fresh water into the sea coast. The are is difficult to reach, as there are large bolders in the path from the road. The rocks on the coast where the water is released are dangerously slick, and two of my traveling companions cut themselves on the barnacles that grow on the warmed rocks. The water steams at the exit sites, and will burn you if you touch them directly. However, once you get in the saltwater, the cold sea eater miced with the hot spring water creates an interesting bathing experience. Thae water is said to be irradiated and is considered to have healing properties.Read more

  • Day4

    Seychelles Beach is located between 2 villages, on the south side of Ikaria. In the 1960's the Ikarians created a tunnel through the mountain in order to connect the 2 villages. The rocks, which were removed from the tunnel, cascaded down the mountain, to the shore below. Made from marble, the rocks are bright white. Over the past 5 decades, the rocks have been smoothed and rounded in the rough seas, resulting in a beautiful beach. The large boulders surrounding the beach, look other-worldly, showing evidence if the lava-flows, from which they were formedRead more

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