Archive for ‘Greek Islands’ Category

The Principality of Mykonos – what’s hot, cool and new for 2017

  Mykonos continues to deliver every year, it takes huge pride in improving its offerings summer after summer, and the young new mayor of Mykonos  fights the good fight for stray dogs, beach licenses, rubbish collection and traffic control. The poor, bankrupt, state owned airport with its missing letters and rationed loo paper, (ridiculous on … Read More

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How not to get engaged on Santorini

  A trio of  grand new villas opening on Santorini, (see below for details,) makes a trip to the Rock, as it is known affectionately by locals, imperative, and my daughter and her boyfriend felt that I needed the help of a romantic young couple, as that is what Santorini does best. I had a … Read More

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Where to go in Greece in 2017

We didn’t feel we could compete with world events for your attention until now, but following some grumbles that we have not been keeping you updated, here is our news round-up  to help you choose your perfect island in 2017 Man up and brave the water Greek airport traffic  was at an all-time high this … Read More

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What’s new on Mykonos in 2016

    Last year saw almost one hundred new businesses and openings on Mykonos, the splashiest of which was Scorpios Beach Bar. This year, the boom continues, and here is our round-up of the new and the classics.   WHAT WE ARE WAITING FOR ON MYKONOS   Rakkan Bar Restaurant in Athens is opening Rakkan … Read More

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The 6 New Summer Hotspots: 2016 Holidays in Greece

Everyone seemed to go to Greece in 2015, and it looks like they had a great time as 2016 is set to be just as busy! We really suggest early booking to get the best places. Looking forward to next year, these are the places we’re most excited about:   Paxos This small jewel in … Read More

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Barbarossa, Modern Pirates in the Aegean

If you’ve been hearing “Yarrrr, matey” lately, it’s probably because September 19th was International Talk like a Pirate Day. TLAPD is a parodic holiday that started in Oregon, US as an inside joke between two friends in 1995, and has grown immensely in popularity in these past 20 years. If you think an entire day … Read More

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Paros: Poking around Parikia

Parikia is often thought of as a place  you arrive on the ferry and drive out of  pretty sharpish to head to pretty Naoussa or your villa on the south coast, but  apart from its function as the capital of Paros, it has it own great charms and  considerable interest, and it would be a … Read More

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Paros- Away from the beaches- the Byzantine road and further afield

Paros beaches are fun, plentiful, sandy, safe, clean and  get rather full in summer. Here are some ideas  for getting away from them for a day or two.   THE BYZANTINE ROAD Through Paros’ green and flowery June meadows,  along hillsides and down into cool valleys, a path of weathered, grey marble  flagstones meanders from … Read More

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Kea or Tzia

  Kea-Tzia  is a mildly schizo island; to start with, it doesn’t know if it is Cycladic or something else,  if it is easy to get to or not, whether to build with stone or whitewash, whether it is a tourist magnet or simple and authentic,  it doesn’t know if it is barren and blasted, … Read More

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Surprising Syros

  Although it has an airport, Syros has somehow missed out on becoming a destination, all the more surprising when one takes a close look at it. The other Cycladic islands are variations on a theme, based on the aesthetics of fishermen and peasants; the iconic cubic houses, cane roofs and whitewash are the stuff … Read More

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Mitzela

For retro charm Mitzela is a pretty and old-fashioned fishing village in the Pagasitic Gulf, set amongst fertile hills with gentle shelving sandy beaches and local tavernas which are never in short supply of the fresh fish caught daily. It is a favorite with Greek families from the vicinity, and has remained unspoiled and undiscovered … Read More

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