My Top Ten: Memories of the Greek Islands
The Greek Islands should be on everyone’s bucket list. You could seriously spend a few months traversing to all the islands, there is just so much choice! I had the best time sailing around for one week on a G Adventures tour. Here are my top ten memories.
1. Sunset at the Temple of Apollon, Naxos
After docking our yacht on the shores of Naxos town we wandered around to the Statue of Apollo, a set of ruins that features this gorgeous archway. At first I was annoyed at all the people in the photo, but I actually like the silhouettes now, its gives some scale to the size of the arch. Was also very happy with the selective colouring setting!
2. Sunset at Oia, Santorini
You just have to watch the sun set from Oia, on the edge of Santorini’s caldera. We had dinner at a restaurant right on the cliff and watched the sun set over the famous blue domes. I dared my tour buddy to climb out on to this balcony in her crisp white dress, it was a fantastic photo opportunity!
3. Seeing a 1200 AD monastery in Amorgos
One of the farthest islands of the Cyclades, Amorgos isn’t as popular on the tourist trail, but it is stunning. This monastery, built by nuns into the side of the cliff in 1200 AD was worth the climb in the hot sun!
4. Swimming off the coast of Amorgos
Swimming in the Med was a highlight every day, but after our hot climb to the monastery in Amorgos, we were so happy to head down to the water’s edge to cool off in the crystal clear blue waters.
5. Cocktails above Santorini, at Thira
Santorini was our final stop in the Greek Islands, it managed to wow us completely after everything we had seen so far. We were travelling at a slower pace by now and enjoyed just sitting around looking at the magnificent view, with drinks in hand.
I arrived in Mykonos, the first stop on my week long sailing adventure! I had the morning to wander the old town and explore before starting the tour. So many cute corners, shops, buildings and of course the iconic windmill houses.
What a way to see the islands! The only way I think, upon reflection. Each day we would set sail for a new destination, and along the way we would help out with the jobs on the boat, sails, anchor, fenders, we were crew as well as guests!
We all hired quad bikes and dune buggies to drive around the large island of Naxos for a full day. We got to visit ruins, fishing villages, swim spots and mountain villages.
We visited an ancient village for lunch, so ancient that it was built before cars so we had to park at the top of the village and walk down. Our lunch was in the courtyard of ‘Nona’s kitchen’, no menu, just what ever Nona is cooking that day. Amazing!
10. Seeing the iconic sights of Santorini
I really need to go back to Santorini to see more! Oia especially, with its cute buildings and shops. It was definitely a favourite place to visit during the week of sailing.
SO there you have it, my top ten memories from a very enjoyable week. Can’t wait to visit again some day.