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21 June 2022

Sailing the Mediterranean bound for the Greek islands.

Santorini

Cycladic, Ionian, Aegean, Dodecanese. Wherever you look at them, you will know we are talking about the famous Greek islands.

With their typical white houses, windmills and blue roofs blending with the Mediterranean sea, it will look like as if we were inside the movie “Mamma Mia”.

Today we intend to bring to life these images that come to mind when we evoke the Greek islands, rediscover some of the best known and get to know others that maybe are not as famous.

Santorini

We arrive at Santorini, the southernmost island of the Cyclades, halfway between Athens and Crete.

If you fall in love with Santorini is because of its sunsets and its views from almost anywhere on the island. It is a privilege to enjoy its cliffs when arriving at the Santorini harbor by boat.

Greek islands

But, if we have to choose, we prefer the views from the highest point of Oia Island. Did you know that from this town you can see the spectacular sight of its imposing submerged caldera, result of a volcanic eruption centuries ago?

We love getting lost in its streets, looking for corners and shops to the delight of all visitors.

And if you are looking for the best-known photo, you will find it right here, surrounded by the blue domes of the Greek Orthodox churches that can be seen from the cliffs of the island.

But if you want to get to know a not so touristic Santorini, rent a car and drive around Fira, maybe the second point of interest to visit in Santorini.

Another interesting stop is Pyrgos, a town not as crowded as Oia, where you can breathe the most traditional Greek lifestyle.

Five kilometers from Pyrgos, you can enjoy exquisite Greek food at Megalochori.

Greek islands

And to end the tour, Akrotori, with the most important archaeological site on the island and its picturesque lighthouse. Perhaps, from this corner of the island, you can enjoy a quieter sunset, feeling like another Greek.

Paros

We progress into the Cyclades to enter a mountainous island full of beaches.

The first stop will be in Parikia, the capital and main access point to the island. Perhaps it is the best alternative to travel to the rest of the island, since it is where you will find more options to eat and sleep.

In addition to visiting its famous Old Quarter, it is essential to get to Kastro, in the highest part of the city. Its streets and history will captivate you and its views are unique.

Another essential in Paros is to visit Naoussa. It is a fishing village where you can breathe peace and everything has a special charm.

Its labyrinthic streets, its port, its boats, … will make you want to extend your stay in Paros. Because despite being a great unknown, its charm will conquer you.

Paros

But if there is something that sets Paros apart is its beaches, adding up to more than 118 kilometres.

Agia Irini, Kolymethres and Marcello Beach are among the MUST visits. Peace and  tranquility, in contrast with the noise of more crowded islands, will be the only thing you will find.

And we leave Paros with one last recommendation, take a seven-minute ferry to visit Antiparos.

Its Agios Georgios beach is one of the most beautiful in the Greek islands and the center of the island is a mixture of good atmosphere, good food and views that you will never forget.

If you want to surprise yourself, be sure to visit the Antiparos cave. According to legend, it is the oldest cave in Greece,  accessed by descending more than 400 steps.

Corfu

Last stop on our journey through the Greek islands into the Ionian archipelago.

The history of the island is full of battles and conquests dating back to the ancient Greece.

Corfú

What makes Corfu unique? Its deep bond with Italy, which has left its mark on the island’s architecture. This is due to its geographical proximity and to being under the Venetian control until the 19th century.

The Vlacherna Monastery is one of the symbols of Corfu and one of the most famous and photographed places on the island.

It is a small white church, with the typical bell tower of the Greek islands and located on a small islet, which gives this enclave its magic.

Very close we will find Pontikonisi, also called the Island of Mice. It is a tiny island located very close to the Vlacherna Monastery.

The old town of Kerkyra, the capital of Corfu, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since the 1980s and is basically a labyrinth of narrow winding streets, steep stairs, small secret squares, palaces and Venetian mansions.

Corfú

We recommend that you stop for a few moments at El Listón, an arcade of shops, restaurants and bars located near the Spianada, Corfu’s esplanade.

Does it sound familiar? It is a miniature copy of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris.

If we leave the capital, Paleokastritsa is one of the most picturesque and famous towns on the island. It is located northwest of the capital and is known for its incredible beaches with turquoise waters.

If after this tour through Santorini, Paros and Corfu, you want to fly to Greece and discover them, we make it easy for you!

Do you dare to check it out?

Air Europa will fly you directly to Athens and, from there, you can take a boat that will take you to some of the islands we have “missed” today or to others you already have on your radar and want to know.

Be that as it may, we believe the Greek islands are one of the perfect destinations if you want to stay on vacation in Europe this summer.

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