Island Hopping in Greece: Exploring Paros, Naxos and Santorini
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Island hopping in Greece is one of my favorite ways to explore the best of the Greek archipelago. Every island offers a distinct allure: from quaint villages that evoke a bygone era, to sandy sheltered beaches boasting pristine, turquoise blue waters; from vibrant nightlife, to mouthwatering cuisine; and, of course, the awe-inspiring sunsets that leave an indelible mark.
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Where to stay in Greece
Cosme, a Luxury Collection Resort, Paros
Lavish Greek island sanctuary offering exceptional comfort, breathtaking Aegean views, and a remarkable blend of local culture and high-end hospitality.
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Katikies Kirini Santorini
Upscale hotel overlooking the Aegean Sea with cave-style suites and fine-dining.
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Things to do in Greece
Experience the best of Paros Island by exploring the island’s treasures on an ATV
Explore Lefkes, a captivating historic Cycladic village characterized by narrow stone pathways that seem frozen in time. Take a moment to savor a coffee in the idyllic town square, leisurely observing life unfold amid the melodic backdrop of cicadas' songs. Meander through the labyrinthine alleys, eventually arriving at the exquisite Agia Triada church, a testament to the island's rich history.
Indulge in a rejuvenating clay mud bath at Kalogeros Beach. This beautiful beach is enveloped by towering cliffs and offers a unique opportunity for indulgence. The surrounding rock formations harbor argyle clay, a natural elixir with a plethora of beautifying virtues, ranging from exfoliation to profound skin hydration. To enjoy this impromptu spa treatment, blend the clay with seawater and spread it over your body, relax in the sun, and then rinse with a refreshing swim in the sea.
Visit the Moraitis Winery to indulge in wine tasting and delectable snacks.
Witness the exhilarating spectacle of kite surfers at the beach. Watch as they dance with the wind and waves, creating a mesmerizing display of skill and energy.
Embark on an adventure to Hawaii Beach, a picturesque cove with crystalline waters that beckon for a refreshing swim. Don't miss the chance to savor delicious treats from a charming beachside food truck, adding a touch of local flavor to your day. Uncover the hidden gem that is Akylo Beach, set below an abandoned hotel filled with awe-inspiring street art.
Visit Tortuga Beach Club. Enjoy beachside cocktails while basking in the breathtaking scenery that stretches out before you. It’s the perfect spot to watch the sunset.
Venture into the heart of Chora town, where quaint shops and bustling streets await. Explore the old market section, where you'll find an array of charming boutiques offering unique treasures and local crafts.
Embark on a short hike to the Temple of Apollo, a historic marvel that stands as a testament to ancient times. The doorlike ruins of this temple create an evocative silhouette against the backdrop of the city and sea.
Wander through the picturesque village of Oia. Admire the timeless beauty of its white-washed buildings that blend harmoniously with the surrounding landscape. Let your gaze be drawn to the stunning caldera views that unfold before you, creating a breathtaking backdrop.
Experience Santorini from the sea. Take a trip with Sunset Oia Boat Tours around the island, immersing yourself in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. Your first stop takes you to the invigorating hot springs, where you can indulge in a swim in the sulfur-rich waters.
Next, experience the renowned Red Beach, where crystal-clear waters beckon you to swim and explore. Recharge with a delicious lunch on the serene White Beach. Relish a mouthwatering meal expertly prepared aboard the boat, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the coastline. Enjoy one final rejuvenating swim before embarking on the incredible boat ride back to Amoudi Bay.
Places to eat & drink in Greece
Come Back (Naoussa) - Delicious sea-side spot for casual lunch with great drinks.
Taverna Glafkos (Naoussa) - Excellent sea-side dining experience. Catch of the day is a must!
Sigi Ikthios (Naoussa) - Hip spot in the center of Naoussa Harbour. Must get the shrimp with shrimp saganaki (orzo with prawns).
Klarinos (Lefkes)- A traditional Greek taverna centrally located.
Sweet Smelling Kitchen (Lefkes) - A hidden gem tucked away in charming seclusion. Perfect spot for dessert and coffee.
Sunset Ammoudi Bay - Make sure to savor the lobster pasta, a culinary masterpiece that perfectly complements the breathtaking scenery.
Pacman - A festive, vibrant restaurant located within Andronis Arcadia. Don't miss the chicken dish, and the scallops that are cooked table-side on a hot stone.
Botrini's - a culinary gem known for its 13-course degustation menu and captivating panoramic caldera views.
Melitini - For a taste of traditional Greek cuisine, in a charming, relaxed taverna.
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Elizabeth Kaczka’s guide, Unforgettable Luxury Escapes: Top Hotels in Crete, Greece.
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