Our Travel Guide to Paros Island

Discover our complete travel guide to Paros, an island that offers a perfect blend of relaxation, good food, and stunning beaches – making it a must-visit spot this summer.

Eyes are on Paros again this year, as it’s fast become one of the most popular Cycladic islands thanks to its quaint fishing villages, beautiful architecture, and gorgeous bougainvillea-filled alleyways that allow for endless hours of exploring. And, as one of the coolest destinations in Greece, it’s brimming with chic and understated spots to visit on your trip. 

Eat + Drink

Brunch + Coffee

Raggoussis Bakery: In the heart of Naousa, you’ll find a great breakfast spot where you can enjoy handmade pies and great coffee.

Cannelait: This is a place for delectable desserts, pastries, and specialty coffee. 

Tserki: Experience exquisite flavours – both sweet and savoury – in two spots in town, either Naousa or Parikia.

Lunch

Siparos: For a fine-dining seafood experience with great views, Siparos serves classic dishes such as Kakavia, a traditional Greek island fish soup. 

Sigi Ikthios: Around the port, you’ll come across this great eatery where you can order both classic and modern dishes. 

Rada: A boho chic outdoor restaurant, here there’s a strong emphasis on pure produce and seasonal ingredients.

To Balconi tou Aki: This award-winning restaurant that’s been open since 1964 serves simple ultra-fresh seafood in a stunning seaside location.  

Blue Oyster: Come here in the early afternoon and slowly order fresh seafood dishes that can be enjoyed through to sunset. 

Tip: If it’s just a quick bite that you need to get you through the day, head to O Kargas or Pita Frank for a tasty souvlaki pita or a traditional Greek gyros. 

Dinner

Mr E, Parilio: A light and airy restaurant that serves locally inspired Mediterranean dishes. 

Parostia: Set right on the beach, here you can enjoy sashimi, and sharing plates that include Tomahawk and grilled lobster.  

Barbarossa: One of the most popular restaurants on the island (and for a good reason) here you’ll enjoy fresh local seafood. 

Stivli: Savor fresh Mediterranean flavours in a lovely open courtyard. 

Mario: Located in Livadia, this modern eatery offers a culinary Mediterranean experience overlooking the Cycladic Sea.

Santa Pacou: Located in the picturesque village of Kostos, here you can taste traditional dishes with a modern twist.  

Drinks

Sante: Serving signature cocktails, this tiny bar is the perfect spot for an evening drink. 

Agosta: This waterfront bar is the place to be for sunset hour. 

Salty Bar: Ideal spot for an aperitivo or late-night Negroni.

Tip: If you love your wine, head to Domaine Myrsini or Moraitis Winery and explore the wonderful vineyards while tasting a few local drops. 

See + Do

In the island’s capital Parikia, make sure you visit the Byzantine church Panagia Ekatontapiliani (featuring 100 doors, it’s dedicated to the Virgin Mary). It’s also worth making time to check out the Archaeological Museum (with its stunning mosaic floor), and the Sanctuary of Apollo

Spending time at the pretty fishing harbour of Naoussa is a given! Here you can explore the charming alleyways, harbour, and a 13th Century Venetian Castle. There’s also the nearby Petra farm, where you can enjoy farm-to-table dishes. 

Experience traditional village life at Lefkes, boasting charming cobblestone alleys, and Cycladic whitewashed houses, it’s also home to the Holy Church of Agia Triada and the Folklore Museum. 

Tip: Art lovers head to Athanassiadou Gallery, curated by art historian Marina Athanasiadou, here you’ll discover a range of stunning contemporary Greek art. 

Best beaches

Adventurous types will love Golden Beach and Parasporos where you can enjoy a great range of water sports. Monastiri is where you’ll find one of the most sought-after beach bars on the island, while Santa Maria is perfect for those looking to party. Cabana is one of the chicest spots to spend an entire day at the beach, whereas Kolymbithres is one of Paros’ most famous spots thanks to its rocky landscape and stunning blue cove. We also recommend adding Faragas to the list, as here you can dip into crystal clear waters and then have a light lunch without needing to go far. 

Best view…

Head over to Kefalos Hill, where you can discover the holy Agios Antonios Monastery while taking in the incredible views from the island’s most stunning spot.

Ultimate day trip….

Take a short boat trip to Antiparos, known for its relaxed vibe and beautiful caves, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a swim and a long, lazy lunch before heading back. 

Shop

Anthologist boutique offers a curated collection of jewellery, handbags and belts, brass objets d’art, and ceramics, all made by local artisans in Greece. For some of the most unique and stunning jewellery pieces head into the store of Yannis Sergakis. And if you are searching for some locally made pieces head into MX Ceramics and Yria Studio for beautiful pottery. 

Stay

Parocks: Here you’ll find luxurious and elegant rooms and suites featuring stylish Cycladic decor and earthy tones. 

Parilio: A beautifully designed boutique hotel, offering a stunning range of rooms and suites.  

Cosme: A gorgeous new resort-style hotel that’s ideal for both couples and families. 

Cove: A seaside resort that offers five elegant suites with private pools. 

How to get there…

By Ferry: Regular ferries from the Athens port of Piraeus to Paros range from 3-5 hours depending on whether it’s a high-speed catamaran. 

By Plane: Direct flights from Athens to Paros National Airport take around 45 minutes. 

Main Image courtesy of Parocks Hotel 

Ultimate Travel Guide to Skiathos

Explore our complete travel guide to Skiathos, featuring where to head for brunch, lunch, dinner, and swimming on this charming island. 

Skiathos, known for its lush landscapes, gorgeous beaches, and vibrant night scene, is an idyllic destination for every type of traveller. 

See + Do

Visit the Papadiamantis House Museum– Immerse yourself in the life and works of Alexandros Papadiamantis, one of Greece’s best-known authors, whose former home in the heart of Skiathos is now a museum.

Explore the Bourtzi Fortress– This small peninsula in Skiathos Town offers breathtaking views, a charming café, and historical significance.

Discover well-hidden beaches– Skiathos is famous worldwide for its stunning beaches, each offering unique beauty and atmosphere.

Stroll Through Skiathos Town– Wander through narrow streets lined with whitewashed houses, quaint shops, and cozy cafés, soaking in the island’s charm.

Discover Skiathos Cuisine- Try local fresh seafood, meze, and traditional Greek dishes on the island’s many tavernas.

Monastery of Evangelistris- This historic monastery provides insights into Skiathos’ religious heritage and offers stunning views of the island.

Eat & Drink

Coffee + Brunch

Naval Cafe- This small café stands out for its great brunch menu featuring shakshuka, avocado toast, and cream-filled croissants served with specialty coffee.

Ιl Posto- Enjoy a cozy and elegant atmosphere where you can savour fresh bagels, fluffy pancakes, and freshly squeezed juices.

Pecan- Τhis ultimate all-day bar is located by the port and it’s a perfect spot for a casual morning bite.

Lunch

Taverna Akrogiali– Enjoy fresh seafood right next to the sea. 

Bourtzi Skiathos- Perfect place for a long, lazy lunch that includes seafood giouvetsi and veal ragu.

Bakaliko Restaurant- Located in Skiathos Town, this taverna offers authentic Greek dishes in a charming setting.

Under the Pine Tree- Situated in Koukounaries, this hidden restaurant serves traditional Greek cuisine under shaded trees.

Dinner

La Cusina di Maria- This Italian restaurant located in a picturesque alley offers a unique dining experience with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and a curated wine list.

Marmita- Serves traditional dishes with a modern twist.

Panorama Restaurant & Pizza- Offers a delightful culinary experience, blending traditional flavors with contemporary techniques. 

Sweets

Alaska- For the best ice cream on the island, as well as freshly baked waffles.

Gelateria- Serves a variety of handmade gelato and pastries.

Dafni’s Sweets- Τhis cosy café is an excellent choice to enjoy traditional sweets like loukoumades during your evening walk.

Drinks

Barbouni Bar- The ideal destination for tasty cocktails and a vibrant atmosphere.

Anderssons Bar- A great spot to enjoy some evening cocktails.

Kirki- For signature cocktails and great music.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Bar- One of the island’s most famous bars on the old port, you’ll enjoy the vibrant music and perfect panoramic views here.

Ginfish- One of the newer bars at Skiathos Port, here you’ll find the cool crowd sipping on their gin. 

Local Flavours

Make sure to try local flavours and traditional dishes such as the walnut liqueur, quince paste, organic honey, and Malagouzia wine. 

Discover

Best Beaches

Koukounaries Beach- One of the islands’ most famous beaches, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and enjoying beachside tavernas.

Lalaria Beach- Known for its stunning white pebbles and crystal-clear waters, it’s accessible by boat. 

Banana Beach- A chic and vibrant beach with sunbeds, umbrellas, and excellent beachside service.

Mandraki Beach- A hidden gem with serene waters and beautiful scenery, ideal for relaxation.

Vromolimnos Beach: Peaceful beach that also offers water sports.

Agia Eleni Beach- A secluded bay surrounded by cliffs, it’s a peaceful spot that boasts turquoise waters.

Ultimate Daytrip

Kastro- Explore the historic ruins of Kastro, the old, fortified capital of Skiathos, on a cliff offering breathtaking sea views.  

Tsougria Island- Make a short boat trip to this uninhabited island and dive into stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a serene escape from the bustling main island.

Make Sure You Take Home…

Olive Oil- A staple of Greek cuisine.  

Locally Produced Honey- Often infused with thyme or pine.  

Handcrafted Pottery and Ceramics- Reflecting the rich artistic heritage of Skiathos

Where to Stay

We recommend staying in Skiathos Town to enjoy the picturesque streets, bustling markets, and vibrant nightlife. This central location allows easy access to the island’s top attractions and beaches.

Where to Sleep

Elivi Skiathis- Surrounded by a pine-tree forest overlooking Koukounaries Beach, this 5-star hotel features contemporary artwork, neutral hues and a showpiece sea-view lobby. 

Kassandra Bay Resort- This luxurious seaside resort boasts beautiful views, exquisite dining, and top-notch amenities.

Aegean Suites Hotel- This adults-only hotel offers a tranquil escape with spacious suites, a beautiful pool area, and personalized services.

Essentials

Best Time to Go: Early June to late September, when the weather is great and it’s not overly crowded.

Ideal Time to Stay: 3-4 days is the ideal time to experience Skiathos.

Getting Around: On foot for the town area and renting a car or scooter for exploring the rest of the island.

Getting There

By Plane: Skiathos Island National Airport (JSI) offers both domestic and international flights. Check with airlines for direct flights or connecting flights via Athens or other major European hubs. 

By Ferry: Ferries connect the mainland of Greece with Skiathos. You can take a ferry from the ports of Volos, Agios Konstantinos, or Thessaloniki. The ferry ride takes around 2-3 hours. 

Main Image by Elivi Skiathos

Hotel Review: Mèlisses in Andros

Staying at Mèlisses in Andros is an experience of unparalleled elegance, serenity, and laid-back luxury.  

This quaint, and immaculately designed seaside B&B combines the charm of traditional Cycladic hospitality with the finest comforts. 

The lowdown

As soon as we arrived at Mèlisses main house, we were immediately greeted by our warm and attentive hostess Allegra, and her lovely staff who prepared homemade lemonade and a decadent freshly baked chocolate cake served with a dollop of thick cream alongside, which set the scene for the next few days. 

Details

Mèlisses is a masterpiece of modern architecture that blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings. The outdoor space features an exquisite stone terrace overlooking the salt-water infinity pool and nearby gardens boasting varieties of fruit trees, local herbs and blossoming flowers. But it’s those uninterrupted views of the Aegean Sea and the sound of waves slowly splashing against the rocks that helps solidify an all-day soothing experience. As for the notable décor – you’ll find antique furniture, local ceramics, and vintage chic objects sourced from France, Italy and Greece, carefully placed in every corner. 

Rooms

There are five bedrooms at Mèlisses, all beautifully styled with Allegra’s signature touch. Each room features sea views, and natural sunlight, as well as antique pieces, exquisite artwork, plush French mattresses, Italian crisp white linen sheets, traditional handwoven blankets, and locally made organic bathroom products – such as lavender shower gel and rosemary shampoo that smell just as good as they feel on your skin. 

Food + Drinks

Each morning in the open space kitchen-living room, you’ll find Allegra and her small team lovingly preparing a delightful breakfast spread. Think freshly baked bread, seasonal hand-picked fruits, and a variety of homemade jams, spoon sweets, and biscotti – all laid across a wooden communal table where like-minded guests come together to start their day. As each one takes a seat, they are served freshly squeezed juices, local cheeses, Greek yogurt drizzled with honey, cherry tomatoes (from Allegra’s garden), as well as perfectly made fried eggs with fresh herbs. 

In the evenings, Allegra is happy to create a private dinner for anyone who requests it, and each week Mèlisses prepares a signature feast highlighting Mediterranean cuisine. This includes a light aperitivo followed by a three-course meal served on antique porcelain dinnerware – adding to the soft, dreamlike ambience.  

Extras touches

Walking down a few steps of the property gives guests direct access to a private bay- so you can dive straight into the refreshing sea for some snorkelling (Allegra will provide you with fins and gear). Or you can order a picnic basket filled with a variety of cheeses, cured meats, pastries and pickles, then take a seat under the nearby wooden hut to savour each bite. 

What’s close-by

The property is completely isolated, adding to its unique charm and beauty. You will need a car to get around and it’s about a 10-minute drive to Batsi, a pretty fishing village with plenty of good tavernas and a great little beach for a nice dip. Also note that it’s about a 25-minute drive to Gavrio (port) and around a 40-minute drive to the Chora (main town). 

Highlight of stay

Knowing that your days are filled with endless possibilities for nearby exploration, followed by the comfort of returning to a breathtaking place that offers absolute relaxation (and a magical sunset)! We should also mention that not only does Allegra share her curated guide with must-visit spots in Andros before her guest’s arrival, but she is also there to let you in on local secrets, such as what beach to visit on the day (depending on the wind) or a recently opened art exhibition.

Ultimately, Mèlisses is not just a place to stay – it’s an inspiring escape that leaves you with wonderful memories of tranquillity and exceptional hospitality.

Perfect for

Couples, solo travellers, a girls’ weekend away, or anyone who appreciates good food, slow living and attention to detail. 

Accommodation type: Boutique B&B 

Location: Aprovato, Andros 

Images by IN+SIGHTS GREECE ©

Best New Bakeries and Patisseries in Chania

Discover our wrap-up of Chania’s best new bakeries and pastry stores, featuring delightful combinations of traditional Cretan flavours and internationally loved sweets. 

Chania’s food scene has never been better. Strolling through the city’s pretty cobble-stoned streets you’ll come across beautiful display cases of freshly baked buttery croissants, lush dulche de lèche, and glorious galaktboureko – just to name a few!

Red Jane Bakery 

One of the best ways to start the day is by heading downtown to Red Jane, a wonderful new bakery featuring Italian tiles, a long red marble counter, and an exposed brick ceiling. Here you’ll find a great range of treats, from chocolate-filled croissants and mascarpone cream and blueberry Danish to the ultimate egg sandwich with chorizo, caramelized onions, rúcula and Greek truffle Graviera from a local cheese producer. Tip: try the signature tiropita (cheese pie) featuring flaky pâte feuilletée and a filling that combines Greek Feta, goat graviera and Italian ricotta! 

A: Kidonias 101, Chania

Black Eyed Kate

Psychologist turned pastry chef (yes you read that right) Katerina Mavromataki has opened a cool and cozy little cake store in the centre of town. Featuring two wooden benches out the front, make sure to take a seat and enjoy a slice of lemon (from her garden) polenta cake with fresh almonds, the glaze lamington (a local favourite), Kate’s signature carrot cake (with fresh nuts and spices), or a perfectly made mini pastel de nata. Tip: if you are after something a little more traditional, try the halva, a sweetly satisfying vegan semolina cake.  

A: Antoniou Giannari 1B, Chania

Sketi Glyka

Having launched its first store in 2013 in Chania’s Old Town, Sketi Glika, one of the city’s most-loved patisseries recently opened its second location in the Lentariana neighbourhood where you can grab a dessert and coffee on the go! Whether you are looking for the ultimate sweet breakfast or a perfect afternoon sugar hit – here you’ll find some of the most delicious desserts including a buttery sablé biscuit topped with a crème montée and fresh figs, or their interpretation of galaktoboureko- layers of golden brown crispy phyllo, sprinkled with melted butter, then filled with creamy semolina custard and bathed in a fragrant scented syrup. Tip: it’s open till 11 pm each night, so you can even get here for a late treat! 

A: 63 Vrison, Chania

Pallas Philocaly 

Located on the historic waterfront of Chania’s Old Town, this gourmet food store featuring a beautiful bakery, delicatessen, and wine cellar all under one roof is set in a striking 1900s neoclassical building. The store is divided into sections and includes a grand marble display that’s always loaded with delicious creations both sweet and savoury. The bakery specialises in croissants, pastries, pies, pralines, eclairs, and tarts that are handmade daily. Tip: for savoury try the spinach and cheese pie with feta and mizithra from Chania, then for something sweet, we recommend the decadent chocolate eclair. 

A: Akti Tompazi 14, Chania

Main Image courtesy of Black Eyed Kate 

Ultimate Travel Guide to Spetses Island

Discover our complete travel guide to Spetses – a two-hour catamaran ride from Athens, this pine-scented island is home to white-sand beaches, authentic dining, and waterfront bars where you can elegantly drink the night away. 

Known for its old-world charm, sophistication, tranquillity, stunning beaches, and sprawling pine and citrus trees – Spetses is unique as it is one of very few Greek islands where cars are prohibited – creating a serene and nostalgic ambiance. 

Offering a perfect blend of history, natural beauty, and relaxation, this all-year-round destination invites visitors to explore its old-school dining spots, cobblestone alleyways, majestic mansions, and secluded swimming coves.

Eat + Drink 

Lunch + Dinner

Mourayo- Housed in a 19th-century farmhouse, this awarded restaurant’s outdoor terrace offers front-row sunset seats and classic Mediterranean dishes that pair perfectly with a glass of rosé. 

Bostani- This farm-to-table open-air restaurant serves fresh dishes using ingredients handpicked straight from the earth. 

On the Veranda- For a fine dining experience, head to this seaside restaurant at the Poseidonion Hotel and choose from a delightful menu featuring dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients. 

Tarsanas- For freshly caught seafood turned into classics such as octopus marinated in olive oil and vinegar, lobster pasta, and an unmissable kakavia (fisherman’s soup.)

Patralis- For more great seafood, this seaside tavern that’s been here since 1935, is the perfect spot to taste sea urchin salad followed by their signature squid pasta. 

Agios- Serving modern cuisine, this spot is ideal for a long lazy lunch.

Coffee + Sweets 

Vanilia- Located in the centre of town, just behind the church of Agios Antonios, make sure to try the island’s famous amigdalota (almond sweet).  

Klimis- This long-running family shop is famous for its sokolatina (chocolate pie), galaktoboureko (custard pie), ekmek (cream and kataifi pie) and voutiki (serano dipped in chocolate.) 

Tiramisu- For a delicious mille-feuille, decadent tiramisu and fantastic sweet vegan options, this is the place! 

Drinks 

Bikini Bar- A hot spot thanks to a lush cocktail menu, cool lounge music, and all-round great vibes. 

Mayo Café Bar- Fabulous all-day drinking spot set on a stunning terrace. 

Spetsa Bar- This classic bar is where you’ll find locals having a pre or post-dinner drink.

Insider tip: This year will see the opening of two amazing new drinking spots in Spetses, where visitors can enjoy an aperitivo all day long! Taratsa and Spetses All Day Wine and Deli are set to open their doors in the upcoming weeks, and we can’t wait to have our first glass (or two) at both! 

See + Do 

– Spetses is the home of War of Greek Independence heroine Laskarina Bouboulina, whose statue stands outside Poseidonion Hotel, and also to the Bouboulina Museum where you can discover over three centuries of history and cultural heritage. 

-We also recommend visiting the Museum of Spetses. Housed in the mansion of Chatzigiannis-Mexis, you will find exhibits that cover 4000 years of the island’s cultural history. 

-Get your hands on a bicycle and peddle around the cobblestone streets and then explore the Palio Limani by horse and carriage. 

-Visit Panagia Armata, a historic church situated on a picturesque hill overlooking Palio Limani. 

– If you are in Spetses during Spring or Autumn, we recommend hiking the lovely green hills or cycling the coastal road that takes you around the entire island.  

– Stroll around the cobblestone alleyways featuring mosaic designs and discover magnificent mansions and classy yachts along the way. 

-Take a boat tour or rent a sailing boat and dive into the clear waters. Tip: make sure to sail over to Bekiris Cave for an unforgettable swim. 

-Catch a film at one of the island’s open-air cinemas. 

-Swim at one of the many beautiful beaches including Palaia Garifalos, Paralia Agioi Anargyroi, Agia Marina, or Agia Paraskevi. We also suggest a dip in the bay of Zogeria and then head straight to the seaside tavern next door for some lunch. 

Shop

Spetses has some beautiful boutique stores that stock international brands and local designers. For some stunning pieces of jewellery, summer sandals and resort wear head to White Boutique, Soho Soho, Sea + Sun, and Mageia Boutique.  

Stay 

Poseidonion Grand Hotel- For a glamorous and stylish stay at Spetses’ iconic hotel, that’s been open since 1914. 

Orloff Resort– This boutique hotel with a rustic chic vibe is great for families. 

Yayaki- If you are looking for the perfect blend between a luxury boutique and a family guest house – this one is for you. 

Essentials

Getting there: From the port of Piraeus in Athens, the trip to Spetses is about two hours with the flying dolphin and 2.5 hours with the flying cat.

Best time to go: Any time of the year- but if you are keen on a getaway that allows you to take part in a triathlon, check out the Spetses Mini Marathon, for those who love cycling head over during “A Weekend in Tweed” and for yachting enthusiasts, there is the annual Classic Regatta. 

Ideal time to stay: Perfect place for a weekend getaway – but you can easily spend 3 – 4 days exploring the island. 

Getting around: As mentioned, no cars are allowed however you can rent a bike or see parts of the island on a horse carriage. 

What to pack: Swimmers, a linen scarf for the night breeze, and comfortable (needless to say stylish) footwear to walk and cycle.  

Best Greek Island Day Trips from Athens

We’ve rounded up our top five Greek Island day trips from Athens for 2024!  

The allure of Athens is undeniable. Filled with history, culture, and culinary delights on every corner, you could easily spend weeks in the capital and still have lots more to explore. But for those searching for a quick Greek island escape, there are several options easily accessible by ferry. 

So whether you’re looking for a memorable day trip or the next destination to continue your SS24 Greece holiday, these spots are all within two hours of Athens. 

Hydra

If you want to spend some time in a cosmopolitan and chic setting, Hydra is the perfect choice. Known for its vibrant arts scene, the island attracts artists, designers, writers, and musicians from all around the world. Think striking stone-built houses, quaint narrow cobblestone streets, secluded coves, and a rugged coastline perfect for a quick dip! Visitors can also spend the day exploring the town’s beautiful waterfront promenade while enjoying some fresh seafood and local wine at one of the many restaurants or all-day bars.

Ferry tips: Ferries to Hydra from Athens depart from the port of Piraeus and take around 1.5 hours with high-speed services. 

Andros

If you’d like to explore a more authentic side of the Cycladic islands, Andros is the ideal place! Featuring stunning beaches, secluded waterfalls, and picturesque villages, it’s an ideal location for swimming, hiking, and eating! Keep in mind it’s a huge island (the second largest of the Cyclades), so if you are only planning on spending a day, we recommend you head straight to the Chora where you can explore the neoclassical mansions, museums, cafes, restaurants and bakeries. Neiborio Beach is located on the left side of town just a few metres from the main street – so you can easily fit in a swim before departing! 

Ferry tips: Ferries from Athens to Andros depart from Rafina Port and take around 1 hour with the high-speed services.

Kea

If you love rugged landscapes and a relaxed atmosphere, Kea should be at the top of your list! Retaining its authentic charm, Kea is the closest Cycladic island to Athens and one of the most popular among locals looking for a quick island escape. Spend the day enjoying local cuisine and the island’s lovely delicacies, then make your way over to Sikamia beach for a refreshing swim before catching the sunset at the main town of Ioulida, which overlooks the Aegean. 

Ferry tips: Ferries to Kea from Athens depart from the port of Lavio and take around 1 hour. 

Aegina

With up to 30 ferries crossing per day from Athens to Aegina, this is by far one of the most popular day trips from the capital! Aegina is ideal for those looking for a jam-packed day filled with good food, great swimming, and impressive ancient monuments along the way. Known for its wonderful landscapes and traditional villages, Aegina is also home to the sanctuary of Aphaia, one of the best-preserved ancient temples in Greece, which offers breathtaking views of the entire island. And don’t leave before you get your hands on some of the locally grown pistachios – known as some of the best in the world! 

Ferry tips: The ferry from Athens to Aegina leaves from the port of Piraeus and takes around 40 minutes on the high-speed ferry. 

Kythnos

Slowly becoming more and more well-known thanks to its beautiful beaches, impressive hiking trails, and relaxing atmosphere, Kythnos is a great island to explore traditional Cycladic architecture, Byzantine churches, and cobblestoned alleyways that are perfect for an afternoon stroll. Make sure you swim at Kolona or Agios Sostis Beach before heading over to the Castle of Oria where you can take in the stunning views of the Aegean Sea! And also try some of the local seafood – it’s as fresh as it gets! 

Ferry tips: Travel from Athens to Kythnos by ferry from the port of Piraeus or Lavrio – the high-speed ferries will get you there in around 1.5 hours. 

Featured Image Courtesy of YFES Kythnos

Top 8 Experiences in Lesvos

Lesvos is a captivating Greek island known for its rich history, stunning mansions, and warm hospitality. And we’ve put together our top 8 experiences to help you explore this beautiful destination.

Α trip to the third largest island of Greece offers experiences that one cannot imagine exist on a single island. Lesvos, the homeland of Elytis, Myrivilis, Venezis, Theophilos, and Sappho, reveals so many different faces and carries on its soil a strong heritage that locals are proud of- discover more here. 

Explore Mytilini, the glorious capital 

The history of the capital of Lesvos dates back to the 10th century BC. You will feel the thrill once you start driving along the coastal road, next to a series of old mansions – each with its distinct architectural style, clearly competing in glamor and excellence. Just wait until the sunset. A picture-postcard image waits for you, as the sun spreads its warm light on the neoclassical buildings of the waterfront with the triangular roofs, the bell tower of the Metropolis, and the castle of Mytilini, one of the largest in the Mediterranean. In the narrow back alleys, you will find Ladadika, a historic district of Mytilini that is buzzing with cool bars and taverns serving local recipes. Stop by the Ermis cafe and restaurant with two hundred years of history and decor that prove it. Drink a Greek coffee on the embers and try recipes from Asia Minor. Stop by important Ottoman monuments, such as the Yeni Mosque and the Charsi Hammam, and walk along Ermou Street with its modern and antique shops, while in the Varia area, visit the famous museum of the popular painter Theophilos and the Tériade Museum of Modern Art with works by Matisse, Miró, Picasso, and Tsarouchis.

Relax in thermal waters at Therma Spa 

Just outside of Mytilini, indulge in the beneficial properties of Therma Spa Lesvos (tel. 2251041503). The thermal water comes to the surface from a depth of 2,500 meters, penetrating various rocks along the way that enrich it with valuable ingredients for health and wellbeing, as it gushes out like an artesian at a temperature of 39.5 ℃.

Wander in the fossil forest 

20 million years ago, volcanic ash covered a large part of the North Aegean and “froze” in time tree trunks, branches, leaves, roots, and even some animals that once lived here. Today the fossilized forest of Lesvos is a valuable natural museum. It is often referred to as the “Pompeii of the plant world” and is a member of the UNESCO global network of geo-parks.

Visit Plomari, the homeland of ouzo

The picturesque cobbled streets of Plomari are eagerly waiting for you to cross them to experience the special atmosphere of a place that knew great development in the 19th century since it had many olive mills, soap factories, a nuclear factory, and ouzo factories (today in the island’s cafes you can try all 20 different ouzo labels from local producers). After the Asia Minor Catastrophe, Plomari lost part of its old glory, as the possibility of trading with the Turkish coast stopped. At the same time, the recent earthquake of 2017 has also left its mark. On the waterfront of the port, you will take a photo of the Athanasiadeion, also known as the “Great Cafe”, one of the most magnificent cafes on the island. A hallmark of the settlement is the century-old plane tree in the central square, which is said to have been planted in 1813.

Discover the joy of bird-watching

The location of Lesvos in the Eastern Mediterranean and its wide variety of wetlands form the ideal passage for the endemic and migratory birds from Asia, Africa, and Europe. At least 134 different species pass by the island (from black storks, white storks, brown geese, avocados, wine birds, sea urchins to pink flamingos). Wooden houses in Agia Paraskevi, Dipio – Larsos, and Kalloni, are observatories for rare and protected birds. 

Visit Molyvos, a village with the world’s most beautiful alley

Mithymna, or Molyvos as it was called during the Middle Ages, is situated on a small mountain topped by the dramatic Castle of Mithymna, one of the best preserved in the Eastern Mediterranean. Walk along the main cobbled street of the settlement, and wander around the main market with charming shops and little cafes. During spring, the wisteria creates a purple pergola above the cobblestones that certainly resembles paradise. In the park of Molyvos, the old oil factory has been transformed into one of the most interesting hotels on the island. It is worth seeing the picturesque fishing port of Molyvos, with boats and trawls. 

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Agiasos, a village “time machine”

Built on the slopes of Mount Olympus, Agiasos will inspire you with its vivid appearance, right from its square with the colourful chairs. It is impossible not to meet Mrs. Efstratia Tourvalis and her corner shop (with the climbing plant intertwined with her creations) standing in the same spot for 64 years. She will welcome you with the local dialect of the inhabitants of Agiasos, blowing a whistle that produces bird sounds. Opposite this shop, you will find the Reading Room of Agiasos (which was founded in 1894 during the Turkish occupation and continues its multifaceted activity to this day without interruption), to meet the teacher of santouri (instrument of the hammered dulcimer) Mr. Zafiriou who plays the unique traditional music of Asia Minor. A few steps further up are enough to see the “coffee houses”. Enjoy a coffee in the embers and “kainari”, a drink with many spices that are made only in Agiasos. Savor the traditional sweet “placeta” that resembles baklava under the shade of the vine, in this picturesque alley next to the impressive church of Panagia of Agiasos. 

Visit Agios Taxiarchis Monastery 

Taxiarchis is the patron saint of Lesvos. It is said that he wore iron shoes and ran everywhere to protect the Christians. The dark face of the icon is full of power as it projects through the shimmering silver frame. Even today, pilgrims have mixed feelings about this unique image. Sometimes they see the Saint’s face as very wild and sometimes very calm and familiar, believing that in this way the Saint is trying to convey various messages to them. According to tradition, all of the monks at this monastery were massacred during a Saracen raid. The only survivor was a young novice, Gabriel, who was hiding on the roof and saw the roof tiles miraculously turned into a stormy sea and Archangel Michael wielding his sword against the attackers and fighting them off. While the vision was still fresh in his memory, the novice made an icon of the saint using the soil and the blood of the fallen monks. 

Images by Polina Paraskevopoulou ©

Culinary Delights in Santorini: A Gastronomic Journey Through Top Restaurants

Santorini, a stunning Greek island in the Aegean Sea, is not only renowned for its breathtaking sunsets and charming blue-domed buildings but also for its delectable culinary scene.

The island boasts a plethora of restaurants that offer a diverse range of dishes, blending traditional Greek flavors with modern culinary techniques. From seaside tavernas with panoramic views to cozy eateries tucked away in narrow alleys, Santorini’s dining options cater to every palate. Here’s a comprehensive guide to some of the best restaurants on this enchanting island.

OiaAmmoudi Fish Taverna: Nestled at the base of the iconic cliffs in Oia, Ammoudi Fish Taverna offers a quintessential Greek dining experience. Known for its fresh seafood, this waterfront taverna allows guests to savor the catch of the day while enjoying uninterrupted views of the caldera. The grilled octopus and lobster pasta are standout dishes, complemented by the warm and friendly service.

FiraArgo Restaurant: Situated in the heart of Fira, Argo Restaurant is celebrated for its traditional Greek cuisine with a modern twist. The expansive terrace overlooks the caldera, providing a mesmerizing backdrop for a romantic dinner. The menu features a variety of mezze, moussaka, and succulent lamb dishes. Don’t miss the opportunity to pair your meal with a local Assyrtiko wine.

AkrotiriTo Psaraki: For a taste of authentic Greek cuisine away from the bustling tourist areas, To Psaraki in Akrotiri is a hidden gem. The restaurant, located by the beach, specializes in seafood, and the grilled sardines and calamari are highly recommended. The rustic setting and the sound of the waves create a serene atmosphere.

Pyrgos Selene Restaurant: Located in the traditional village of Pyrgos, Selene Restaurant is a culinary institution on the island. Renowned for its commitment to using local, organic ingredients, the restaurant offers a gastronomic journey through Santorini’s flavors. The tasting menu allows diners to savor a variety of innovative dishes paired with exceptional Greek wines.

KamariTo Pinakio: If you find yourself on the black sand beach of Kamari, To Pinakio is a charming taverna that captures the essence of Greek hospitality. With a menu featuring grilled meats, moussaka, and fresh salads, this family-run restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere and is an excellent choice for a leisurely lunch by the sea.

PerissaTranquilo: For a laid-back and trendy dining experience, head to Tranquilo in Perissa. This beachfront restaurant and cocktail bar combine Greek and international flavors, offering an eclectic menu with options like sushi, burgers, and creative cocktails. The vibrant atmosphere and live music make it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

MegalochoriRaki: Tucked away in the picturesque village of Megalochori, Raki is a traditional taverna known for its homestyle Greek dishes. The welcoming ambiance and friendly service create a sense of dining in a local home. The moussaka and souvlaki are crowd-pleasers, and the extensive wine list showcases the best of Santorini’s vineyards.

FirostefaniVanilia: With its romantic setting and candlelit tables, Vanilia in Firostefani is a popular choice for couples seeking a memorable dining experience. The menu features a mix of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal ingredients. The sea bass and prawn linguine are highly recommended, and the extensive wine list complements the diverse menu.

Exo GoniaMetaxi Mas: For a truly authentic experience, venture to the inland village of Exo Gonia and discover Metaxi Mas. Housed in a historic building, this taverna exudes charm and serves classic Greek dishes prepared with a homemade touch. The grilled meats, stuffed vine leaves, and local wine selection make it a favorite among both locals and tourists.

International traveler

Obtaining a travel visa depends on various factors, including your nationality, the country you plan to visit, and the purpose and duration of your trip. visa requirements can change, so it’s crucial to check the most recent and reliable information from official government sources or the embassy/consulate of the country you plan to visit. Always start the visa application process well in advance to avoid any last-minute complications.

To wrap it up, Santorini’s culinary scene is as diverse and enchanting as its landscapes. Whether you prefer dining by the sea, on a cliffside terrace, or in a charming village, the island offers a wealth of options to satisfy every taste. From traditional Greek tavernas to upscale restaurants showcasing modern gastronomy, Santorini’s eateries promise a delightful journey through the flavors of the Mediterranean. So, indulge in the local cuisine, savor the wines, and let the magic of Santorini’s dining experiences enhance your unforgettable island getaway.

Complete Travel Guide to Kimolos

Discover our complete travel guide to Kimolos Island, renowned for its beautiful beaches, stunning Cycladic architecture and unspoiled atmosphere. 

In the shadow of famous Milos, Kimolos, or Argentiera (as the Venetians called this volcanic island) offers natural beauty combined with raw minimalism – leading to a forgotten tranquillity that’s priceless nowadays. 

Travel Notes

Perfect place for…

Kimolos is ideal for a relaxing, laid-back vacation, away from the fuss and the crowds you tend to get on other popular islands. 

Where to stay

Either around Chorio (the main town) or Psathi port. 

Where to sleep

Aria Hotels (2287051677) with a total of eleven different hotels throughout the island, 4 of which (Bonatsa, Thalassa, Psathi, Elephant) are situated right on the beach. 

The amphitheatrically built Kimolis (2287051612) between Chorio and Psathi features suites and deluxe rooms with a nice courtyard.

At Kimolia Gi (2287051192), a complex with 6 studios and 2 independent residences on Prasa beach. They also organise activities such as fishing, beach grilling, and donkey rides among others. 

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Must See + Do

At the foot of Xaplovouni mountain lies Chorio, the picturesque settlement of Kimolos, here The Inner and Outer Castle are connected by four passages. The so-called “Portares”, blend in beautifully with the cubic Cycladic houses, the medieval walls, charming little shops and makeshift libraries. 

In the centre of the Village (Chorio) – without stairs to go up and down – lies the Castle. Built in the Middle Ages, the locals call this “a village within a village”. Many houses are found among the old walls here and traditional domes and arches characterise the buildings.

Make sure to check out the caves carved into the rocks, which local fishermen created to protect their boats during the winter (you can find them on Milos as well), this is on the seaside settlement of Goupa-Kara, about 1 kilometre from both Chorio and Psathi. Coloured wooden doors in front of hollow caves on volcanic rocks, boats moored on the coves, spread nets, whitewashed rocks and playfully meowing kittens form the stunning scenery.

In Goupa search for a rock that looks like an elephant – it’s a creation of nature. The calm sea will tempt you to dive off the rocks and straight into the turquoise waters. 

Check out the Kimolos Experience Festival, which offers open-air cinema events under the starry sky at unique locations around the island. 

Late afternoon, when the sun goes down, head towards Skiadi and check out the rock mushroom, a rare geological creation that formed its shape by nature. 

Cultural hotspots

Opposite the Metropolitan Church of Panagia Odegetria, you will find the small Archaeological Museum (2287051719, open daily except Thursdays 8:30-3:30) which is housed in a traditional two-story home (one of the oldest on the island). Here you can learn all about the history of Kimolos. 

Eat + Drink

Breakfast/Brunch

Head to the bakery O Paradosiakos (2287051257), where Katerina and Chrysanthi bake ladenia, tyrenia, kolokythenia, elenia and honey pies daily.

Make a stop at Kali Kardia (2287051495), either for coffee in the morning or for traditional stews throughout the day. This shop has been open since 1920 and resembles a traditional kafenion. 

Lunch

Prasonisi (6948620224) close to Prassa Beach, for fresh seafood. In Aliki Beach there is the “Sardis Tavern” for fine fish (which you can pre-order) as well as other homecooked dishes, while in the Kalamitsi Tavern (697460 6086), right on the beach you can order seafood and fish caught straight off the family’s boat.

In the square of Kampos, you will find the Avli tou Samplou (2287051666), with characteristic red windows, it’s located in front of Agios Spyridon church. Check out the blackboard with the dishes of the day that are made with organic vegetables from the family’s farm. 

Dinner 

Head to Meltemi View & Taste (2287051360) on the west side, which oversees the Village. The owner and chef Augustis Galanos, after studying and working in Athens, returned to his hometown and took over the family restaurant. His menu consists of local flavours with a particularly creative twist.

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Coffee + Sweets 

A few steps from the largest church of the Village, there is the traditional cafe The Meeting (2287051801) which has been in business since 1940. Sit at the front raised courtyard or in its picturesque alleys for coffee or tsipouro, and Flora’s delicious mezedes.

In an alley below Kampos Square, you will find Stavento (2287051699) where you can indulge in delicious ice creams such as fig, pomegranate, sour apple, or goat’s milk.

At the port, savor the sokolatopita (chocolate pie) at Raventi (2287051212). 

Drinks 

At Agora (6942466937) you can enjoy sophisticated cocktails such as prickly pear, and at Stavento (2287051800), opposite the church of Panagia Odegetria, you can get your morning coffee and your evening drink as well. Tell Stavros your palate preferences and he will serve you a drink to suit your taste. Make a stop at Frangouli (2287051791) for organic pomegranate liqueur from the large pomegranate tree that dominates the cool courtyard. A cocktail from Lostromos at the port is also a must (2287051240). 

Local flavours

Certainly try the ladenia, a traditional pie with cherry tomato, onion, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Discover

Best beaches

The protagonist of Kimolos is Prassa Beach. Found in the east, it’s also known as “white chalk” because of its sand, which owes its special status to the chalk rocks. The combination of white sand with clear turquoise waters creates a dreamlike setting, where mobiles are –fortunately- pretty useless. If you visit the beach in June as I did, you will encounter it in its pristine aspect, while in high season, you will find sunbeds and a beach bar (which may play music at a higher level than what’s suitable for this tranquil beach). 

To the southeast, you will find Aliki with fine pebbles and sand, Bonatsa is sandy and shallow, and immediately after Kalamitsi some beaches aren’t so windy (rare for the Cyclades). In Bonatsa above the dirt road, there is the Bonatsa Beach House Hotel, where you can quench your thirst in style at the beach bar. 

Best view

You cannot miss the sunset at Mavrospilia, it comes highly recommended by locals. The road seems to lead you to nowhere until you approach Aspragremna – perfectly positioned to overlook the sun that sets into the sea.

Local gem

Grab a refreshing ice cream and head up to the school square where you can enjoy a full view of the Aegean.

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Ultimate daytrip

The boat trip to the largest uninhabited island of the Aegean, just one mile from Kimolos, is an experience worth living and seeing with your own eyes. Clear turquoise waters like a swimming pool even in the deep, volcanic hills and white rocks form this ideal setting! In addition to being a paradise on earth, Polyaigos is an important habitat, since there, among other animals, the Mediterranean seal monachus monachus finds refuge to give birth. The Cyclades Polynesia, as many call Polyaigo, has been included in the Natura 2000 program and is designated as a Special Protection Zone, since it hosts a large number of rare and endangered species of flora and fauna. “Bay Cruises” (6956333107) organises tours around Kimolos or Polyaigos either with groups or privé – with the chef of Meltemi restaurant Augustis Galanos, cooking on board.

Best shopping experience

At the small grocery store, I farma tou Samplou (2287051224) you can get goodies from Kimolos including fresh manoura local sour cheese (which locals use instead of Feta), mountain capers, sweet xylangouros and kritamo pickles, among other delicacies. 

Essentials

Getting there: The ferry route from the port of Piraeus to Kimolos is around 7-8 hours and there are only a few routes. Alternatively, you can go to Milos, as there are more ferries and faster routes, and then take the small local ferry across to Kimolos, which is also connected with some other islands of the Cyclades including Kythnos, Serifos, Sifnos and many more.

Best time to go: June, July, August, and early September to get the most out of your trip to the island.

Ideal time to stay: You can easily spend 3 days or a whole week here!

Getting around: Kimolos is a small island, however, you should consider renting a car or motorcycle if you wish to explore the whole island. There is also only one taxi service available on the island (Aneza Logotheti, tel. 6945464093, 2287051552). 

What to pack: Swimmers, hat, and sunscreen, also a jacket as it gets breezy at night, and comfy walking shoes if you plan on exploring the island on foot. 

All Images by Polina Paraskevopoulou ©

The Best Destinations in Greece for Honeymoons 

Greece is home to some stunning honeymoon destinations that get plenty of hype – and they live up to every bit of it. 

Aside from the mainland, home to famous ancient sites like the Acropolis, Greece has over 200 islands that are inhabited. Each has a unique identity and something special to offer every honeymooner! 

From gorgeous beaches to picturesque villages and delectable food and wine- here are the best destinations in Greece for honeymoons.

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Crete  

If you want a honeymoon where you don’t only do touristy things, Crete would be an ideal destination to consider. Due to its vast size, there are plenty of opportunities to escape the crowds and enjoy some privacy with your other half. You will find secluded beaches, which you can have entirely to yourselves on some days!

Crete has its own unique identity, as locals have been living on the island for thousands of years, and neighbouring empires have taken turns conquering it before it gained independence. As a result of these conquests, Crete has some of the most significant archaeological sites in Greece, from the Ottomans to the Venetians and the Byzantines. If you love history and culture, this is the perfect destination for your honeymoon.

The beaches are among the things to look forward to on your honeymoon in Crete. And because this stunning isle is further south than the rest of Europe, the water is warmer here and you will find people swimming through to the end of November. Plus, you’re almost guaranteed sunny days for most of the year. 

The beaches of Crete are some of the most stunning you will come across in Greece and their striking landscapes will make your honeymoon even more memorable, especially Elafonisi, Balos, and Falasarna.

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Mykonos 

Mykonos often tops the list of the most popular islands in Greece for many reasons. Aside from its incredible nightlife scene, Mykonos has gorgeous beaches, a pretty town, and great restaurants. In addition, Mykonos is also an excellent place for gay couples seeking luxury travel since it’s one of the most gay-friendly islands in Greece and offers lots of romance.

The Old Town would be an ideal base for a honeymoon in Mykonos. Here, you can wander hand in hand along narrow alleyways peppered with white-washed buildings. You’ll stumble upon traditional Cycladic houses, churches, restaurants, and bars. So take your time and soak up the town’s buzzing vibe.

Also, make your way to Little Venice before sunset, where you can grab a seat at one of the waterfront bars and restaurants housed in beautiful buildings. The area can get busy at sunset, but the romantic views are something you would not want to miss while on a honeymoon on the island. 

The beaches of Mykonos are often packed, especially during the peak summer season. If you want to enjoy some privacy, head to Panormos Beach. It’s a secluded spot accessible only by car. Don’t forget to bring a towel or mat to lounge on since the beach doesn’t have any sun beds or other amenities.

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Paros  

Boasting stunning beaches, picturesque villages, and breathtaking scenery, Paros is an ideal destination for couples seeking an idyllic setting for their honeymoon. Like Santorini and Mykonos, Paros is part of the Cyclades Islands. It isn’t as busy during peak season (although it is becoming more and more popular each year) so you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to celebrate romance with fewer distractions.

Begin your day with a romantic stroll in Parikia. It’s likely the first place you’ll take in as you embark on your ferry since it’s where the main port is. Admire the town’s Cycladic charm as you walk through its narrow cobblestone streets. You’ll also come across ancient sights, including some well-preserved early Christian monuments and the Castle of Parikia.

One of the best ways to celebrate your life as a newlywed is to toast with a glass of wine. In Paros, you will not only taste a delicious glass or two but will also have a chance to go on a wine tour since the island is home to fantastic wineries producing a great selection of varieties.

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Santorini  

When you search for memorable honeymoon destinations in Greece, Santorini will most likely top the list. Indeed, Santorini is an excellent destination for those pursuing a romantic honeymoon since the island boasts so many romantic spots. In addition, the island is home to incredible cliffside hotels that cater to honeymooners, with outdoor infinity pools and a Jacuzzi from which you can gaze at romantic sunsets.

Enjoy romantic walks in the villages of Fira and Oia, taking in the island’s mesmerising views. The villages exude timeless beauty and will make your honeymoon in Santorini even more romantic. If you’ve built up some appetite, head to one of the cliffside restaurants and treat yourselves to delectable dishes while enjoying the stunning views of the surroundings. 

Make your honeymoon even more unforgettable by booking a private cruise to explore the island and indulge in delicious cuisine and wine on board. A private cruise is the best way to celebrate romance and spend quality time with the love of your life.

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Naxos  

Naxos is another stunning island in the Cyclades that’s gaining popularity as a honeymoon destination in Greece. It’s the largest in the Cyclades but is not as busy or as crowded as Santorini or Mykonos. This makes Naxos perfect for couples who want to enjoy some peace and tranquility on their Greek honeymoon. 

You’ll likely spend most of your days strolling around Naxos Town. Also called Chora, the charming town sits on a hill with a 13th-century castle dominating over it. Walk hand in hand in the maze of narrow streets lined with hole-in-the-wall shops, restaurants, and cafes.

No honeymoon is complete without spending time at the beach. And in Naxos, you’ll have plenty of options. Some of the best ones are Agios Georgios, Agios Prokopios, Plaka, and Alyko Beach. If you want to visit quiet beaches, consider taking a private sailing tour that will take you to the many secluded coves of the small islands nearby.

The Best Greek Islands to Visit for Romantic Sunsets 

If you’re wondering where to catch them, here is our list of the best Greek islands to visit for romantic sunsets.

Anyone who has been to Greece will surely agree that it boasts some of the world’s most stunning sunset views. The dramatic colours painting the horizon are guaranteed to leave you in awe. And the best part is that there’s no shortage of places to marvel at this incredible scenery.

SANTORINI 

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The most famous Cycladic island that undoubtedly tops the list for the most romantic sunsets in Greece is Santorini, where honeymooners from around the world gather to experience the island’s stunning sunset views. And although sunsets are incredible anywhere on the island, some places stand out for the best views. 

The village of Oia is the most popular spot to capture the most stunning sunset views. And one of the most popular is at the old castle, which looks out to the beautiful, blue-domed churches in the town. The area with the famous windmills also offers the best places for admiring the island’s most romantic sunsets. 

The Akrotiri Lighthouse is another incredible spot to admire the sunset in Santorini. It’s on the island’s southern tip, and the lighthouse produces an awe-inspiring silhouette, with the magical view luring visitors here daily, waiting for the sun to set.

If you want to enjoy a cocktail or two while enjoying the romantic sunset, grab a seat at one of the rooftop bars in Fira, or Firostefani- we recommend you consider making a reservation to guarantee a spot, as these bars get very busy just before sunset.

PAROS

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Anyone who has been to Paros would agree that the sunset views here are incredibly romantic. While most people will immediately think of Santorini for the most remarkable sunset views, Paros also has its share of incredible spots for sunset viewing with your other half.

Agioi Anargyroi Monastery is the most popular spot to enjoy incredible sunset views and it sits on a hill above Parikia, the island’s capital city. In fact, most of the sunset photos you’ll see from this Cycladic Isle are probably from here. Hiking is the best way to get to this spot. But if you’re not a fan of uphill climbing, you can drive to the top if you have a car. The drive can be tricky due to the steep road, but you’ll be rewarded with superb views of the island when you arrive, whether you came for the sunset or not.

At the north entrance of Parikia Bay, you’ll find a small church called Agios Fokas, which is also a lovely spot when the sun goes down. Driving is the best way to get here, but you must stop a few hundred metres before you get to the church, where you’ll see Portes Rocks to the west. Park your car here and walk towards the sea. Look for a place to relax while waiting for the sun to set. The soothing sound of the ocean waves will make the experience even more romantic. Couples who rent luxury holiday villas in Paros are guaranteed a fantastic escape for those looking for a quiet and romantic haven where magnificent sunsets are only one of the numerous highlights that await.

MYKONOS 

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As one of Greece’s most popular tourist destinations, Mykonos has something for all its visitors, including those couples looking for romantic sunsets. The extravagant island may be famous for its party scene, but it also has plenty of quieter spots to spend quality time with your loved one and catch the magnificent sunset views. 

You can enjoy beautiful sunsets anywhere in Mykonos. However, there’s something magical in Little Venice. The bustling area offers the best sunset views. Plus, you will find plenty of seaside restaurants here, from which you can marvel at the view while enjoying sumptuous seafood. Of course, you don’t need to be at a restaurant to enjoy the mesmerising views. Little Venice is well-located, and it’s easy to find a place to catch the setting sun- including one of the cool all-day bars.

Not far from Venice, you’ll stumble upon the Kato Windmills, which also offer the perfect spot for seeing sunsets. Hike up to the hill before dusk until you reach an area with about 16 windmills. Find a spot to settle in while waiting for the sun to set. Here you and your partner can gaze in awe as the sun produces incredible hues with the view of the charming village of Chora in the background.

KEFALONIA

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Kefalonia is another Greek island renowned for its spectacular sunsets, where the sun transforms the sky into an incredible palette of vibrant hues as it dips below the horizon. For those seeking a truly romantic escape, Kefalonia boasts a variety of luxurious rentals where you can watch the beautiful sunset from your very own balcony—a perfect date night for you and your love.

One of Kefalonia’s most iconic places to view the sunset is the Lighthouse of Agioi Theodoroi in Argostoli. Nestled along a rocky peninsula, it offers incredible views of the Ionian Sea and its surrounding coastline. When the sun sets, the sky will turn orange, pink, and purple, producing a spectacle. And the lighthouse’s magical silhouette will make the views even more spectacular.

For a more serene and private sunset-viewing experience, visit the picturesque village of Assos. It’s situated on a peninsula surrounded by lush foliage and crystal clear water. When the sun begins to set, the sky will create a magical scenery of vibrant colours, made even more beautiful by the silhouettes of colourful houses. 

CORFU

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Sunset-viewing spots are plentiful in Corfu. But some places offer better views than others, such as the charming village of Afionas, about 35 kilometres west of Corfu Town. Nestled on a hill, about 480 metres above sea level, the Greek village is incredibly scenic, with its narrow, winding streets lined with gorgeous houses. 

Another place to watch Corfu’s romantic sunsets is at Issos Beach, a long sandy beach renowned for its impressive dunes and also called the “Sahara of Corfu.” What’s great is that the beach has sunbeds, so you can sit back and relax by the sea as you watch the sun set.

The scenic village of Paleokastritsa is another place to see romantic sunsets. We recommend you book a private cruise to explore the area and visit its famous caves. As the sun goes down, climb to the hilltop where a 13th-century monastery sits. Here, you can enjoy the island’s most spectacular sunset.                                                

Kafeneion Ermis, One of the Oldest Cafes in Greece 

Kafeneion Ermis in Mytilini is one of the most historic and oldest cafes in Greece- with the antique décor and authentic vibe reflecting the traditional living history of the entire space. 

Having first opened its doors in 1922 in Ali Agats (nowadays known as Aliağa) in Asia Minor, by the Spanoudakis family – during the Great Smyrna Catastrophe they took Turkish coffee from the bank as an exchangeable commodity and moved to Mytilini, where they opened Kafeneion Ermis. It quickly became a place that was visited by working-class people as well as great local, political figures of the time and artists including Theofilos and Stratis Myrivilis.

Today, a fourth generation of the Spanoudakis family has taken over the business, with Eirini Laskari (along with her mum Kyveli) returning to the island to continue her grandparent’s legacy. 

We had the chance to chat with Eirini about Kafeneion Ermis and her love of keeping her family’s traditions alive. 

How do you feel having taken over such a historic café?  

I feel particularly lucky that this historic place landed in our hands. It is very moving to think that where I spend most of my day, generations back have, respectively, spent their days too. I can sense their existence in every detail and corner of the Kafeneion. The old floor with tiles that are well over 100 years old, the ceiling with the antique air ducts – everything inside this space reminds us of the past and instantly transfers visitors into another century! However, like any other business on the island, it takes lots of sacrifices and commitment to keep it going. 

Describe a typical workday for you

I start work at around 9 a.m., which is much better than the 4 a.m. that I was used to a few years back. First on our list is to order all the ingredients we need, and then we start to prepare the appetizers. In the morning we serve freshly baked Greek coffee, teas, homemade lemonade and spoon sweets. During lunchtime, we serve a range of dishes, ouzo and wine. In the afternoon some coffee and then more appetizers and ouzo during the evening.

What are your favourite appetizers on the menu?

All the meze recipes are from old Asia Minor, and they have been handed down to us from our grandmothers. Visitors must try the Smyrna meatballs, wine-braised octopus, cuttlefish with vinegar, giuslemedes (traditional cheese pies), zucchini flowers stuffed with rice or cheese, sougania (local onion dumplings), and last but not least the white beans and fava from peas – which may sound simple, but they are delicately prepared. Another hit is the imam bayildi with eggplants and the wine-braised spleen, which is one of my Grandfather’s recipes.

Do you still have well-known people visiting? 

Over the years, we have hosted numerous cooking and travel shows from Greece and abroad. We have visitors from the entertainment world, artists, and political figures, who are either on holiday or on a business trip and come in to see us. It is a very famous café, mentioned throughout itineraries and travel books to Mytilini – not only because of its historic importance but also because our menu is truly unique and delicious.

Tell us about the products and ingredients used in your dishes. 

Most of the ingredients we use in our kitchen are locally sourced. Our focus is on products that come from the island of Lesvos and the Aegean Sea, however, if there is a certain ingredient that we cannot find on the island then we source it from other parts of Greece. We strictly follow “seasonality”, and this is what gives variety and freshness to our dishes. “Everything in its time,” as Greeks say! That is why Lesvos must be seen and tasted, throughout all seasons of the year.

What other places would you highly recommend when visiting Lesvos? 

It’s a big island and you will most certainly need a car to explore and see it all. The first city a visitor meets upon arriving on the island is Mytilini. Visit the famous 6th-century castle, perched on a steep hill – as it offers the best views of the city and harbour. Spend some time at the aristocratic Kioski neighbourhood located just below the castle, go for a stroll around the new and old port to admire the 40m tall dome of Agios Therapontos church and have a wander around the historic refugee neighbourhood of Epano Skala. Then, there is the Carsi Hamam, the Yeni Djami and Valide Mosque, the Ancient Theatre and the various archaeological sites that are scattered around the city. Other must-see places are the village of Petra- known for the church of Panagia Glikofilousa, the stone-built village of Molyvos with the magnificent castle, the healing springs of Eftalou, Sikaminia, Plomari, the Castle of Agioi Theodoroi (also known as Ovriokastro) on the peninsula of ancient Antissa and Sigri Park where you can see the Petrified Forest of Lesvos.

A: 2 Kornarou Street, Epano Skala, Mytilini