We are on our way to Greece. The land of tzatziki, goat milk and ouzo. It has its own charm with the rugged countryside anchored in azure blue seas, snow-white villages, blue-domed churches, sun-drenched Europeans and dozens of beaches looking like postcard pictures.
We had eight days to explore five different impressions of the Cyclades. We were surprised of the variety found within this island group. Mykonos, Paros, Santorini, Ios and Tinos – you can hop on a ferry and go wherever your heart leads you, enjoy long lazy lunches at waterside tavernas, or simply relax at one of beach club’s sunbeds. You’re living the dream – with a lot of other tourists. If that does not bother you, you have the chance to experience an unforgettable time.
We have arrived in Ibiza, excuse me Mykonos
Mykonos and its rocky landscape is one of Greece’s most popular destinations. It is a high-season mix of hedonistic holidaymakers and cruise-ship crowds. Hip hotels like the Avaton, fancy beaches and lovely restaurants. You can drink, you can dance, you can relax or you can enjoy the water side activities at expensive and famous beach clubs. Away from the sunscreen crowd we interrupted our tour with a spiritual sunset party, found on Paraga Beach. Likewise, we had the chance to see the other side of this island with beautiful and stunning sceneries. Cyclades’s most famous church named Panagia Paraportiani. The Armenistis Lighthouse, located in Cape Armenistis. The romantic old town with its stunning backdrop is characterised by honking cars, yelping cats, strolling people and flickering street lanterns. It is especially charming when the sun goes down.
Group cuddles and special treatments
Santorini – an island where you can find multi-coloured beaches, hot springs, donkey rides and several couples on honeymoon. The whitewashed villages in top of the cliffs almost look like snow-caps from a distance. Santorini is no secret spot anymore and draws crowds for most of the year – but for few days it is simply amazing.
In Paros you can find some great spots to go kite surfing, when the weather conditions are right. If you follow the uphill dirt road behind Molos, among the cedars, you will see a cove surrounded by high rocks. At a beach called Kalogeros you even have the possibility to get a free natural skin care with clay of which the rocks are made of. We took that chance and pampered our bodies with an extensive treatment.
In the port and main town of Tinos we saw many religious people creeping step by step all the way up to the Church of Panagia Evangelistria. But as soon as we left the crowds in town, this piece of earth is a wonderland of natural beauty with dozens of marble-ornamented villages found in hidden bays and on terraced hillsides. There’s a strong artistic tradition, especially for marble sculpting. The food, made out of local products, was some of the best we found in Greece.
Despite the enduring wind from the north of the island’s beaches and lively whitewashed towns, you probably need to prefer the commercial side of foreign countries to enjoy your trip to the Cyclades. But overall, we chased a lot of amazing pictures, relished every moment and came back with a glow in our eyes.
Thanks to the team of iTravel, who organized this trip for us and a big thank you to my crew for those incredible days.
Photo credit: Linda Ambrosius, Tobias Schnorpfeil, Florian Kleinsteuber and Marko Roth