Kythnos, Greece


Kythnos is a Greek island, approximately 100 kilometers from Piraeus, the harbor city of Athens. Until recently, Kythnos has had few foreign visitors as many travelers opt for the more famous and popular Santorini, Crete, or Mykonos. However, with history going back to the Mesolithic Era, Kythnos has a wealth of rich culture.

The quaint village of Chora sits atop a hill as a stunning example of Greek architecture. With its white stone houses, modest churches, and narrow cobblestone streets, Chora is a gem to explore. Kythnos is well-known for its delicious capers, olive oil, and almond cookies in addition to the typical Greek seafood cuisine. Chora offers an abundance of restaurants to choose from, all serving fresh fish and seafood.Merichas port, Kythnos island, Cyclades, Greece

Outside of Chora is Loutra, a town famous for its hot springs, which some locals believe have healing water. Dryopida is another small town near Chora and is famous for the Kataphyki cave, one of the biggest caves in Greece. Dryopida is also home to the fascinating Folklore Museum of Kythnos.

Merichas, the island’s main port, bustles with activity.  Hotels, restaurants, and coffee shops can be easily found along with luxury and entertainment. Despite being a port town, the surrounding waters are clear and blue, appropriate for both swimming and fishing. Merichas also has a vibrant nightlife with its bars and taverns. Vryokastro, the ancient capital of Kythnos, is very close by with ruins of Roman buildings, temples, and altars to explore. The church of Panagia Flambouriani is also worth a visit.

Kythnos has more than 50 beaches, though some are more difficult to reach than others. The best beaches to visit are Kolona, Apokrousi, Skylou, and Potamia. Each offers calm waves, white sand, and most of all, peace and quiet. Most beaches are accessible by scooter or foot. The most unconventional and adventurous way, however, is by parachute. Kolona, which is arguably Kythnos’ most beautiful beach, is popular because it is a narrow strip of land with waves lapping on both sides. Kolona is reasonably close to Merichas, and the pleasant hike along the coast should not be missed. During the months of June to September, Kythnos is at its peak of perfect weather. Days are warm and sunny, making great visits to the secluded beaches.

Kythnos being just a short 100 miles from Athens, makes getting  to Greece’s largest city from several European destinations a easy way to  find you enjoying that Greek vacation in no time.

Sifnos, Greece


Guest Post By: Maria Papadopoulou

One of the most beautiful islands in Cyclades located between Serifos and Milos, about 130 km from Athens’ Port, Piraeus, is Sifnos, Greece. Sifnosis considered to be the island of God Apollo, as an ancient temple of Apollo is in the church of Virgin Mary Ouranofora. The main town of Sifnos, Apollonia, is also named after Apollo.

I visited Sifnos with friends last summer, for the first time. We took the ferry which run on the Piraeus-Kythnos-Serifos-Sifnos-Milos-Kimolos line and we arrived at Sifnos in about 4 hours. From the moment we landed on the island, we knew we had fallen in love with it.

Sifinos, Cyclades Island, GreeceWhite, cube-shaped houses, paved alleys with limy hinges, courts with traditional white stone benches , churches with white or blue domes and impressive bell towers,  valleys with many olive trees and clean, crystal clear beaches compose the portrait of Sifnos.  Such a breathtaking beauty can impress practically everyone; we were watching  tourists taking countless photographs of the island.

There are so many things to see in Sifnos, that is why I recommend you stay for at least one week to be able to enjoy every little detail.

The Church of the Seven Martyrs is built on a rock, hanging over the sea, offering a spectacular, breathtaking view, especially during sunset and sunrise.

Located 5 km east of Apollonia, on the top of a cliff,  there is Kastro Village, offering a panoramic view of the sea. Kastro is built in the ruins of the ancient capital of Sifnos and is basically the only village in the island of Sifnoswith medieval character.

While in the village, tourists can view old mansions, 16th and 17th century churches, segments of the Venetian fortress, as well as a small archaeological museum.

Plati Gialos Beach is probably the most famous beach in Sifnos, as it offers plenty of water sports and has crystal clear blue waters.  As this beach is crowded easily, it is important to arrive there early in the morning to have a seat.

Vathi Beach is another popular beach in Sifnos. Surrounded by tall rocks, this sandy beach with the amazing azure waters is a perfect destination for tourists who want to spend a more quiet time.

Established in 1650 and located on the top of a rocky peninsula is the beautiful Monastery of Chrissopigi. As it is considered to be the protector of the island, it is very special for the inhabitants of the island.

Sifnos is an island that all people should visit at least once in their lives.


Kos Island, Greece


Located in the south-eastern Aegean Sea between Kalymnos and Nisyros, the island of Kos, Greece is a beautiful and exciting place to visit. Full of history, culture, fun night life, shopping and dining opportunities, and relaxing beaches, Kos provides for a perfect island getaway.

Kos Island is the third largest island among the Dodecanese Islands of Greece. Since prehistoric times, Kos has provided an important channel of the sea from the Black Sea to North Africa and also happens to be the birthplace of the famous healer Hippocrates. There are numerous unique and beautiful villages in Kos in which to experience the culture and history of the island. Some of these villages include Zia, Kos Town, Antimachia, and Kardemena.

Island Kastri and ruins on Kos, GreeceKos Island enjoys a temperate, Mediterranean climate. Summers in Kos are normally hot and dry with very little rain. The winters are mild and there is plenty of sunshine and low humidity year-round.

There are over 20 spectacular and gorgeous beaches with crystal clear water and soft sand at which to enjoy some relaxing time in the warm sun. Many of the beaches have fine black sand, courtesy of the volcanic activity that has happened in and around the island over the years. Some beaches in the area of Kos include Mastichari, Thermes, Lambi, Marmari, and Paradise. Watersports, parasailing, snorkeling, and similar activities can be enjoyed at most of the beaches on Kos Island.

Opportunities to enjoy exciting night life on Kos Island are plentiful. Many types of music are featured at the various bars and clubs on the island and dancing is very popular, sometimes occurring all the way through the night and into the morning. The most popular spot to enjoy the night life is in the island’s capital of Kos Town.

When visiting Kos Island, Greece, be sure to check out the many interesting points of interest to further catch a glimpse of the history and culture of the area. Asklepieion is an archaeological site that was once a healing center in ancient times. Nerantzia Castle, or “Castle of the Knights”, is a castle that was built by the Knights of Saint John in the fourteenth century. Another great site to see is the amazingly well-preserved Roman Odeon, which is similar to the Colosseum from ancient Rome and was constructed in the second century BC.


Kastelorizo Island, Greece


Situated in the azure waters of the southern Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Turkey, 72 miles east of Rhodes, beautiful Kastelorizo Island, Greece, is the smallest island in the Dodecanese chain. It offers the traveler delightful Anatolian architecture, panoramic views of the harbor, a rich culture, peaceful people and abundant relaxation.

The island was once called Megisti in times dating back to ancient inhabitants. The name means the largest, as it was the largest island among small rock-like formations surrounding it. Located just two miles off the coast of Lycia, now a village of Turkey, it has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. It was colonized by the Dorian Greeks and was ruled by Rhodes for many years, unill it broke away. The Egyptians, Italians and others all played a role in the history of the island. At the close of the 19th century, Kastelorizo had a flourishing trade, with ships trading goods from Anatolia with those of Egypt. Moreover, a population of 10,000 made their home in this safe harbor.
Harbour of city Kas (Kash) in Turkey and Greek island Kastelorizo
The Paris Peace Treaties in 1947 gave Kastelorizo to Greece; in recent years more and more tourists have come to explore the isolation, beauty and quiet ambiance. Kastelorizo was the setting for the movie Mediterraneo by Gabriele Salvatores, which won an Oscar and made it a more popular tourist destination.

With a rich history and tradition of the various cultures that have marked its civilizations, Kastelorizo Island offers the visitor an array of museums and sites. The Castle of the Knights is one place to see; it dates back to the 14th century; Palaiokastro is the oldest site on the island and the location of neolithic tools, ruins of ancient buildings and more; located under the Castle is the Lycean tomb, found at the port entrance; moreover, visitors should not miss the archaeological Museum.

As far as natural geoglogical formations, travelers can enjoy an amazing site; it is the famous Aqua-colored Cave. Known also as the Parastas hole or Fokiali (from the word seals), its calm blue green waters provide panoramic views and a magical presence. Stalactites and numerous pigeons, as well as seals, welcome the traveler to this palace of nature, known for a fairy tale setting.

Buses, taxis, motorcycles, rental cars are all found here as well as small boats. Kastelorizo, a Greek paradise, will make you feel welcome.

Samos Island, Greece


The beautiful, green island of Samos is nestled among the Dodecanese Island group within the East Aegean Sea. This island paradise has long been known as a cultural center, home to some of the most well-known and respected philosophers and mathematicians. In mythology, Samos was the birthplace of Hera and a temple built in her honor stands proudly, serving as a place where visitors marvel at its size and stature. When traveling to Samos Island, be prepared to take in all of the finer aspects of life on one amazing and unforgettable journey.

Beach Potami in island Samos, Dodecanese Islands, GreeceSamos Island is home to many vineyards offering the finest locally made wines. Fragrant and sweet wine is one of the specialties of winemakers in the region, with some choices being Samos Nectar, Samos Vin Doux, even communion wine is made on the island of Samos. For wine lovers who prefer dry wine to its sweet counterparts, consider trying a Chrisi Samaina, or the dry rose Selana.

There are many fine bars and restaurants located along the seaside, waiting for hungry visitors to partake in their many specialties. For those seeking something casual and relaxed, traditional cafes and ouzeri are plentiful.

No matter the type of accommodations a traveler seeks, Samos Island has exactly what is desired. Samos is home to some breathtaking five star hotels, including the Proteas Blu Resort and the Doryssa Seaside Resort. Both of these hotels and many others on the island are modern and contemporary in design with the classic comforts Samos Island accommodations hold a fabulous reputation for.

From touring museums to wading in pristine waters on Mediterranean beaches, there are attractions to suit the interests of any Samos visitor. Hike through a cavern to see an historic monastery, take photographs of the temple of Hera, tour ancient ruins, and relax on the beautiful Tsamadu Beach.

The island of Samos is a very temperate and enjoyable vacation spot. Temperatures reach an average high of 89 degrees F in the heart of summer, and an average low of 43 degrees F in the cold month of February. For those traveling to Greece in the spring or fall, it is best to bring clothing for warm and cool weather, as the temperatures can be variable.


Dodecanese Islands, Greece


The Dodecanese Islands in Greece are a traveler’s paradise. There is a little of everything to be found there. History and archaeology go hand in hand in some of the marvelous digs. Stunning, out of the way places are yet to be discovered, and the sunniest beaches in the world are waiting.


Located in the crossroads of numerous cultures, many different peoples have populated this island down through history. From the Phoenicians to the Ottoman Turks, and other nations in between, Rhodes has been involved in the history of Greece.Anthony Quinn Bay, Rhodes, Dodecanese Islands, Greece

Visit the military hospital of the Medieval City of Rhodes. It was founded during the Crusades. Note the strong fortifications that were constructed during that time. Then, the Ottoman Turks took over, and the city became a mix of architectural styles including the Jewish Museum.


The Island of Patmos is best known for the cave where St. John the Apostle lived while he wrote the book of Revelation. Patmos is covered with monasteries and churches that all have histories to discover.

Patmos boasts a host of lovely beaches. Kambos Beach is a favorite place for families. The warm shallow water is perfect for the little ones, and there are restaurants, accommodations and water sports.


This is the island where people go for a non-crowded, laid back vacation. Access is limited; visitors arrive by boat or plane. World War II and earthquakes destroyed a number of ancient houses, but residents are motivated to rebuild them due to the growing number of visitors to the Island. There are not many great beaches, but the ones they do have boast almost perfectly clear water and good swimming.

The ruins of the ancient capital of Kastelorizo, Palaiokastro, are worth seeing. An early Doric fortress there has a third century inscription on a gate and an acropolis.

Kastelorizo also has some outstanding eateries where visitors can sample the local cuisine. You can find meat, fish and national meals.


Kos is second only to Rhodes for visitors and tourists. The third largest island of the Dodecanese, Kos is also one of the most fertile islands. From beaches to accommodations, and from restaurants to history, there are such a variety of things for visitors to see and do in Kos. Shopping is another attraction including many local crafts, honey and wine. Don’t leave the island without tasting their specialty, cheese baked with red wine.


Agathonisi Island, Greece


Located in the Dodecanese Island group in the Aegean Sea, the Agathonisi Island, Greece is a tiny precious gem that not many tourists know, but those who do,  prefer it, as it offers them the opportunity to forget about their worries, relax and enjoy themselves.

Agathonisi was occupied by Italian troops and become liberated after the Second World War. It gets its name from the Greek word ‘’Agathos’’ which means gullible and is often called ‘’The Island Of Fools’’ or ‘’The Island Of The Good-Hearted’’.


The Port Agios Georgios, Agathonisi Island, GreeceTo get to Agathonisi, you can take the ferry either from Samos (it will take approximately an hour) or alternatively from Patmos (it will take approximately two hours). Ferries are available four times a week, making it easy for tourists to travel to and from the island.  As there is no local transport in Agathonisi, in order to get to the Megalo Horio, (the main town), you will have to walk a 1.5km distance from the small, cute village of Agios Georgios.

The biggest as well as the oldest settlement in Agathonisi is Megalo Horio, with 100 inhabitants. While quiet most of the time, during various religious festivals in the island, the village seems to wake up. If you want to enjoy that, you should visit the island in July and August and specifically during the festivals of Agiou Panteleimonos (26th July), Sotiros (6th August) and Panagias (22nd August).

On the other hand, if what you are looking for is some quiet time alone, then you can visit the small harbour of Katholiko, in order to see the inhabited and unapproachable islet of Neronisi. There are also some lovely, quiet beaches on the east of the island; some of the best are Poros Beach, Tholos Beach and Tsangari Beach.

As far as nightlife is concerned, there are only a few cute taverns and cafes at the island that you can go to. Considering the few inhabitants as well as the estimated 800 tourists that visit the island every year, this is not bad at all. If what you are looking for is to spend some quiet, quality time with your partner, a few close friends, or even yourself, you will certainly have a good time.

If you are in the mood for shopping, in Megalo Chorio you will find several souvenirs like handmade ceramics, postcards and wine at reasonable prices.

Since Agathonisi is recommended for relaxation, bring over some good books, CDs, a fishing rod (the inhabitants live mainly off fishing) and some good athletic shoes (the roads are ideal for walking). It is for certain that you will not be disappointed.


Popular Things To Do In Athens, Greece


There are so many Popular Things to do in Athens, Greece , that it is practically impossible for tourists not to find something they like. With so many available options, it actually gets difficult to make a choice! However, there are some things that stand out from the crowd.

Ancient Greeks were highly credited with inventing drama and comedy, and this tradition carries on into the present. There are hundreds of active theatres in Athens, where many wonderful plays are presented (often enough, more than one play is presented in a theater), usually from October to May.

Plaka Neighbourhood Athens GreeceTourists who visit Athens during the summer months should visit the ancient theatre of Epidaurus to watch great Greek Tragedies. The ancient theatre of Epidaurus is famous for its amazing acoustics, which allow all of the 15,000 spectators to listen very clearly, regardless of their seating.

Athens offers a big variety of shopping opportunities, including not only the traditional Greek-style souvenirs, but also art, jewelry, clothes and shoes. There is something for everyone to buy.

For tourists looking for T-shirt shops and handmade budget jewelry, Plaka is the place to go. There is a huge variety to choose from, so it is for sure no one will leave with empty hands.

At the Sunday flea market on Avyssinias Square, tourists will be able to find old dishes, metal ware and memorabilia. It is the perfect place for those who are on a tight budget and are avid collectors of vintage timepieces.

Some of the best boutiques and home furnishing stores are located in Kolonaki. Less expensive stores can be found in streets nearby, like Ermou and StadiouStreet.

There are numerous places to eat in Athens, most of them offering traditional Greek cuisine. There are also places to enjoy Italian and Asian cuisine, but it is recommended to taste Greek cuisine while visiting Athens.

Taverns offer steam-tray dishes well known as ‘’mageirefta’’, grills, pre-cooked meals and local wine.  Ideal for tourists wanting to enjoy a delicious, home cooked meal with their families, without paying much.

Ouzeris are traditional Greek taverns serving the famous Greek liquor ouzo, as well as finger foods, well known as ‘’mezedes’’.  Those who are on a tight budget and want to eat something tasty after a long walk in the streets of Athens will absolutely love ouzeris.

Gourmet food lovers who look for top-notch quality and have no financial problems should visit some of the restaurants at the northern suburbs of Athens.

Athens is a great city, with lots of opportunities for tourists to have a great time.  Most definitely, it should be the first choice for tourists planning on visiting Greece.


Milos, Greece


Milos is one of Greece’s more sought-after island destinations, with white washed buildings perched on steep cliffs, plentiful beaches, ancient historical sites, and Mediterranean beauty.

An ancient volcano between Athens and Crete, Milos is not big, only 14 miles wide and 8 miles long with 4,700 residents. It is a mountainous island thanks to its volcanic past, with steep crater walls disappearing into its deep water harbor and an uneven landscape. It’s highest point is Mount Profitis Elias, 2,454 feet.


Beautiful coastline with turquoise waters near Tsigrado, Milos island, Cyclades, GreeceMilos is a typical Cyclades Island in that despite the plentiful blue waters surrounding it, it has a fairly dry and arid climate. This results in an absence of lush vegetation. However, the temperatures are mild year-round and there is plenty of sunshine.

In ancient times, Milos was known for its obsidian, a black volcanic glass that is still plentiful on the island. Ancient settlements on the island, including the old city of Milos, thrived on this industry. The main village now is Plaka, located on a plateau above the harbor. Adamas is the port city and main entrance to the island. Several famous artworks have been discovered on Milos, including a statue of Aphrodite, the goddess of love.

There are two ways to get to the island of Milos: by airplane via the Milos National Airport, or by boat from another island or the mainland. The direct boat service from Athens takes 5 hours and is the cheapest. High speed boat service is expensive but can be as swift as 2.5 hours. Airplane trips from Athens are only 30 minutes long and several direct small-plane flights go to Milos each day.

Diving, horseback riding and yachting are all popular activities on Milos. Mediterranean waters are known for their cobalt and turquoise hues and marine life abounds near the shore. Sandy beaches make for memorable horseback rides and, for those who prefer life above the waves, sailing or canoeing is available. The towns on Milos also have a vibrant shopping, music and restaurant culture.

Some of Milos’ major attractions include archaeological sites, like the ancient city of Klima with its Roman theater and the prehistoric settlement of Fylakopi. There are also early Christian catacombs on the island. The northern part of Milos contains a geological wonder, Sarakiniko, a moonscape-like shoreline with water- and wind-carved volcanic rocks that jut out into the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the most photographed places in the Greek islands.


Delos, Greece


For fans of history and archeology, Delos, Greece is one of the best places to go in Greece. It was a very important center of culture for the ancient Greeks. They believed that the island was the birthplace of both Apollo and Artemis, so they revered it as a holy site. They built numerous temples here and held many religious ceremonies.

Located in the Greek Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean Sea, Delos is covered with historic ruins and archeological sites. Visitors who come here will be able to enjoy some of the best archeological attractions in the country. Some of the most prominent include the three temples of Apollo, the Altar of Dionysus, the Lion Terrace, House of Dionysus, Cleopatra’s House and a theater that had seating for 5,000 ancient Greeks.

Delos island in, Cyclades, Islands, Greece.Besides taking in all of the impressive ruins on Delos, visitors should take the time to explore the Museum of Delos. It holds many impressive artifacts that span the ages of Greek history. There are artifacts from the Archaic, Classical, Roman and Hellenistic ages, many of which are stunning in their beauty. The Museum of Delos is an attraction that should not be missed while visitors are on Delos.

Visitors to Delos will find the climate very pleasing no matter what time of year they come. The days are very warm and the nights are cool with the seas breezes. The island gets plenty of sunshine. This region of the Mediterranean can get very windy at times. Sometimes the ferries that service Delos get cancelled due to these strong winds. Therefore, visitors should leave themselves extra time to make any connections they need to catch when they leave the island.

Most visitors will find that a day or two is enough to explore everything that Delos has to offer. There are not a lot of activities to do on the island other than checking out all of the fantastic ruins and artifacts. It can be pleasant just to walk around the island. Taking a picnic lunch and siting on a cliffside overlooking the ocean is always pleasant.

One of the most enjoyable activities on the island is to hike up Mount Kynthos. This large mountain does not attract a lot of visitors, so you can escape from the crowds. When you make it to the summit of Mount Kynthos, you will be rewarded with an amazing view that shows many of the other surrounding islands.