Adventures in Greece: Part VIII

After spending about a week island hopping (from Santorini to Ios to Naxos and Paros), I headed up to the northern region of Greece known as Epirus to visit family. This rugged mountainous region is located near Albania and is where my grandparents were both from. The landscape here is breathtaking. One of the stops…

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Adventures in Greece: Part VII

From the island of Ios, we set sail for Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades islands. Once a cultural center, the island is now a popular tourist destination. Although not as well known as the party-island Mykonos or the geographically unique Santorini, Naxos is beautiful in its own right. The streets of Naxos town are…

Adventures in Greece: Part VI

From Santorini, we traveled by ferry to the island of Ios. As we approached the island, the cliff-side landscape came into view. The ferry boat arrives into the port, but the Chora, main town, ascends up the slope of the island. The Liostasi Hotel,¬†where we stayed, was an absolute dream in terms of amenities. While…

Adventures in Greece: Part V

Santorini isn't just home to beautiful whitewashed houses and volcanic landscapes, it is also the home of the Santorini Brewing Company! The brewery can be visited daily during the summer, and they are a short bus ride away from the central bus station in Thira. At the brewery, the staff are happy to explain the…

Adventures in Greece: Part IV

One of the perks of our quiet lovely hotel was breakfast included, overlooking the pool area. A traditional Greek breakfast is simple with yogurt, fruit, and coffee. With a view like this, what more do you need? Thira is the main town on the island of Santorini. You might recognize the Three Bells Of Fira…

Adventures in Greece: Part III

From Athens, our Greece adventures continued to the Cycladic islands. Although there are plenty of ferry boats, both fast and slow, to Santorini, we decided to fly in order to maximize our time there. Another strategic planning choice was staying outside the smaller town of Oia, at the Ambelia Villas,¬†instead of staying in the larger…