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Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island

Last June I had the chance to visit Astypalaia island. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay, as well as a few travel tips on things to do if you plan to visit this Butterfly-Shaped Picture Perfect Island. For those of you who haven’t yet been there, those photos and travel tips may encourage you to consider Astypalaia island for a future island holiday.

Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island

Where to stay

Kalderimi traditional houses / Chrysalis boutique Hotel

Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island

Astypalaia island Greece

Astypalaia island Greece

Kalderimi traditional houses were love at first sight! The owners have given a lot of love and care for this special place, so the customers will feel like being in their own house. Sometimes, at the moment you check out of a hotel that you have enjoyed very much, you leave a piece of your heart…Does it also happen to you? I urge you to visit! 

Astypalaia island Greece

Astypalaia island Greece

Astypalaia island Greece

Where to eat

Agoni Grammi, Ageri restaurant, Aiolos pizza restaurant, Almyra restaurant 

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I’d like to thank wholeheartedly the Municipality of Astypalaia, and especially Mrs. Maria Kampouri for inviting us to explore and photograph their beautiful island. I love Astypalaia island. I simply love Astypalaia’s positive energy. I’ll never get tired of saying this. 

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Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

At the beginning of June I had the chance to visit Volos Pelion Sporades in Greece. The trip lasted one week. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay, as well as a few travel tips on things to do if you plan to visit this area.  

Volos Pelion Sporades

Photo of my hotel in Skiathos island: Aegean Suites Hotel

Volos Pelion Sporades
Volos Pelion Sporades
 

Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

Koukounaries beach in Skiathos island (picture of the beach and its crystal clear waters below)

Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

I found the most beautiful store in Skiathos town. Luckily, they allowed me to take some pictures for you (and for me to remember). The store is called Lalaro. They sell extraordinary jewelry pieces and artsy-crafty stuff for home. I believe in minimalism and in possessing a few things. But in this store, I would buy everything, if I could.

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Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

Volos Pelion Sporades

Picturesque villages to visit in the Pelion Peninsula

Kato Gatzea, Kala Nera, Visitza, Milies, Tsagarada, Zagora, Makrinitsa, Portaria 

Volos Pelion Sporades

Beaches with blue-green water in the Pelion Peninsula 

Mylopotamos Beach, Fakistra, Damouchari, Papanero, Agios Ioannis, Chorefto

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Hop on to a ferry from Skiathos island to Skopelos to visit amazing beaches like the one pictured below.

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How to get to Skiathos and Volos from Austria

If you consider spending your summer holidays in this part of Greece, Volos Pelion Sporades, make sure to book your tickets with myAustrian Holidays that flies you directly from Vienna to Volos  once per week until the 21st of September and from Vienna to Skiathos twice a week until the 28th of September this year.

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I’d like to thank wholeheartedly My Austrian Holidays for flying us directly from Vienna to this paradise, the Greek Tourism board in Austria for inviting me to this press trip, the Region of Volos, Pelion, Skiathos and Skopelos and all the people involved. 

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Disclaimer: Press trip/invitation from the Greek tourism board in collaboration with My Austrian Holidays

Syros island

Syros island

At the beginning of June I had the chance to visit Syros island in Greece. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay, as well as a few travel tips on things to do if you plan to visit Syros.

Syros island

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Where to stay

Hotel Benois, Syra Suites & Syra Bay, Pino di loto boutique bed&breakfast, Ventoura Studios & apartments

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Where to eat 

Iliovasilema restaurant in Galissas, Allou yialou in Kini village, Aventoura restaurant, Savvas restaurant, Avantgarden cafe bar restaurant, Mazi restaurant (fusion cuisine), To tsipouradiko tis Mirsinis, Sta vaporia bar restaurant

Ermoupoli Syros traditional cafes

Cafes: Giosifaki premium cafe in Vari, Kyverneio cafe in Poseidonia village

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Syros island

Syros island

Beach bars and restaurants: The Ono concept, Ciel Asteria beach in Ermoupoli

Syros island

Syros island

Syros island

Syros island

Syros island

Travel agencies in Syros: Gaviotis travel, Siros travel

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly Seajets, Hotel Benois and Syra Suites for the hospitality, Syros Municipality and all the residents of Syros island who went the extra mile to make sure that we have a pleasant stay! Everything was beautiful indeed and I am already looking forward to going back again.

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Kimolos island

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About one month ago, I had the chance to visit Kimolos island in Greece. In this blog post, I’d like to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay, as well as a few travel tips on things to do if you plan to visit Kimolos. 

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Beaches

Prassa, Mavrospilia, Kalamitsi beach, Agios Georgios, Bonatsa

Kimolos island

Restaurants and bars 

Kafemezodopoleio i kali kardia, Prasonisi restaurant in Prasa, Stou Fragouli for breakfast, Agora the cocktail bar

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Shopping

There are many lovely stores with super cute things to buy. One that caught my attention was Arzantiera. Easy to find it as it’s located in the main street of the little town.

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What I loved about Kimolos

The authenticity of the islanders and the relaxed vibes. The lack of crowds and the secluded beaches.

Kimolos island

I am not writing much about my visit in this beautiful island, as it’s hard to describe feelings and in general the way I perceived the island. I’d like you to get inspired by the photos, go and discover the rest on your own!

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One thing that I’d like to highlight is that there are beaches in Kimolos (and some spots in the main town) where you can borrow books in many different languages. Brilliant idea, right? I haven’t seen something like this on another Greek island! They may begin to adopt this wonderful idea as well!

beaches in Kimolos

Golden hour in Kimolos

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I’d like to thank wholeheartedly Elzahed apartments for the hospitality, the mayor of the island Mr. Konstantinos Ventouris for inviting us to Kimolos and the residents of the island for their warm hospitality.

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Samos

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Samos island, Greece. 5th trip of the year!

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samos
 

I used to spend every summer holiday as a teenager in the homeland of Pythagoras. But in the last years I haven’t visited the island due to various personal reasons.

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This May I went back, thanks to Visit Greece and Aegean Airlines, that invited me to join this press trip. Our visit in the island was short.

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One day only. But what a beautiful day that was it!   

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pythagorio museum

Pythagorio museum

It’s interesting to go back to a place that you know so well but haven’t visited the last years. Coming back means you see a familiar place with new, fresh eyes.

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As always, I am happy to share with you the photos I took during my visit, along with a few Samos travel tips. 

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Points of interest: 

Samos Wine MuseumSamos orchids glass house / Archaeological Museum of Pythagorion

Panagia Spiliani Church / Temple of Hera

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Where to shop: 

2 the little store 

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travel tips Greek island samos
 

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pergamonto bar restaurant samos pythagorio
pergamonto pythagorio bar restaurant
 
pergamonto bar restaurant pythagorio
 
Restaurants

Pergamonto bisto bar restaurant in Pythagorio/ Restaurant Ithaki in Agios Konstantinos / Panorama in Koumaradei / Ammos Plaz

pergamonto bar restaurant pythagorio

This blog post has everything that your heart desires to find on an island. Except beaches. Unfortunately the day I visited Samos, the weather was not beach weather. But here are a few beaches to visit in June, July, August, even in September: 

Potokaki, Kaladakia, Lemonakia, Tsampou, Tsamadou, Kerveli bay, Mikali, mikro and megalo seitani. 

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Samos is definitely a summer destination that you may want to consider for your upcoming holidays. And if you wonder how to get there, Aegean Airlines has you covered!

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly Hotel Venus for the hospitality, Samos Municipality, Visit Greece and of course Aegean Airlines for inviting me to one more unforgettable press trip! 

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Leros island

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At the end of May, I got invited to join a group of journalists to a press trip to Leros island. The trip was organized by the Greek Tourism Board in Vienna in collaboration with Aegean Airlines. I’ve never been to Leros island before, so it was a great opportunity for me to explore one more Greek island. 

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Our stay was short though. We were there just for the weekend. Therefore, I don’t have plenty of photos to share with you! But I am happy at least that I can offer you an aerial perspective of view. Nope, I didn’t buy a drone unfortunately. Not yet! From the Castle of Pandeli, you can enjoy a great view to the landscape, the sea and the villages of Leros

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Four reasons to visit Leros island (in my opinion)

For the lack of mass tourism, the good prices, the authentic Greek island living, and last but not least, for the amazing Mylos Fish Restaurant in Agia Marina! Seriously, though!

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Where to stay 

Hotel Crithoni´s Paradise / Hotel Nefeli  

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Where to eat 

Taverna to Steki in AlindaTaverna El Greco / Apostolis Taverna Psaropoula in Panteli Beach  / Mylos Fish Restaurant, Agia Marina / Cafe – Restaurant Glaros in Agia Marina / Cafe Kinezos in Lakki

Leros island

Leros island

Leros island

Here is the online travel guide of Aegean Airlines for Leros.

Leros island

More info regarding the island you will find at the official website of Leros.

Leros island

I’d like to thank wholeheartedly Aegean AirlinesDodekanisos Seaway, and the Greek Tourism board in Austria for inviting me to this press trip. And of course, the Region of Leros island and all the people that contributed to this trip. 

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Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips
In this blog post, I am happy to share with you a few Milos travel tips. I hope that you find them useful, if you plan to spend your holidays on this beautiful Greek Island 

Milos travel tips
Milos travel tips
 

Milos travel tips: ACTIVITIES

Thalassitra sailing boat: Sail around the Milos coastline stopping at all the beautiful hidden beaches and caves which are only accessible by boat.
Archaeological Museum of Milos: Small, yet charming. Immerse yourself in the history of Milos and imagine how things would look like many centuries ago.
Sand museum in Plaka: Enter the shop to admire a collection of sand from all over the world and look through a microscope at the sand itself. 

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Milos travel tips: VILLAGES
Plaka, The capital of Milos
Klima, a traditional fishing village
Firopotamos
Mandrakia
Apollonia

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Milos travel tips: BEACHES
Sarakiniko
Kleftiko
Papafragkas
Firiplaka
Tsigrado

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TRADITIONAL CAFE     

Palaios pastry shop in Plaka: Stop by Palaios cafe and order some of the most typical Greek deserts. Baklava, kadaifi, galaktobouriko, for instance. Savour them in the back yard or take them away.

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RESTAURANTS
Barriello for sophisticated Greek cuisine – Good food unites people
Sirocco for volcanic food!
Armenaki – order octopus with quinoa!
O Chamos – this place is unique! Please, don’t miss it!

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Bar
Akri bar in Adamantas

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

HOTELS
Milos hotel
Melian boutique hotel
Salt hotel

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips

Many thanks from the bottom of our hearts to the Municipality of Milos island, the Deputy Mayor Mrs. Sofia Vamvakari Psatha, our hotel “Milos Hotel” for the wonderful hospitality, and “Milos Rent a car” for providing us a car to tour the island.

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Milos island

Milos island

Let me take you far away…

Milos island

…You’d like a holiday

Milos island

Exchange the cold days for the sun…

Milos island

…A good time and fun

Milos island

Many good things happened last year.

But if I had to pick one and name it as “the best of all“, that would be the Greek island hopping that I did with Pauline.

Without a doubt. 

Milos island
Milos island
 

Don’t get me wrong. I am fully appreciative of all the great travel opportunities throughout the year. But there is just some kind of magic when a travel opportunity is combined with those three “s”: summer, sea and sun.  

Milos island

3 weeks of sea, sun and carelessness.

We left all our problems in the big cities that we live in, and embarked on an adventure to discover the Greek islands.

First stop: Milos island! 

Milos island
Milos island
 

In this blog post, I let the photos do the talking.

In the next blog post, I will share with you my travel tips for Milos island. 

Milos island

Feelings of gratitude for having been in Milos but at the same time…a great desire to go back. 

Milos island
Milos island
 

On Milos island we had the luck to meet one very special person: our travel guide.

We had a great time together and we hope to see her again the next time we visit. 

Milos island

Dear G., without you, our stay in Milos wouldn’t had been the same. 

Milos island
Milos island
 

Milos island

Milos island

Dress: 2the little store

We are forever grateful to all the people who allowed this trip to happen.

We say “Thank you” to the Municipality of Milos island, the Deputy Mayor Mrs. Sofia Vamvakari Psatha, to our hotel “Milos Hotel” for the wonderful hospitality, and Milos Rent a car” for providing us a car to tour the island.

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LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

On the 2nd of June, a group of journalists and I flew from Vienna to Aktion National Airport in Preveza on a press trip organized by the Greek Tourism board and My Austrian holidays.

That was the beginning of a great adventure. We were set to explore 4 islands in the Ionian sea: Lefkada Kefalonia, Meganisi, and Ithaka. Four Greek islands that I have never been before. I was excited to see these new places and capture their natural beauty with my camera.

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

Once we landed in Preveza, we were transferred to Lefkada island where we spent the first 3 days of our press trip. At this point, I would like to thank our travel guide Mr. Spiros Zampelis for spending everyday with us during our stay, and showing us around the beauty of Lefkada.

It was so nice to have a great guide, such as Mr. Zampelis. It made our whole travel experience in a new place so much more interesting and meaningful.

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Travel tips for Lefkada

Hotels: Ionion Blue hotel, Galini hotel
My choice: Crystal waters hotel
Beaches: Pefkoulia beach, Porto Katsiki beach, Kathisma beach
Best Coctail bar/restaurant in Lefkada: Fly Me
Taverna : Burano

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LEFKADA KEFALONIA
 
LEFKADA KEFALONIA
LEFKADA KEFALONIA
 

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

During one of those days in Lefkada, we visited Meganisi, a hidden gem in the Ionion sea. That was my absolute favorite part of the whole trip. In Meganisi we also had a great host. Mr. George Vasileiou-Mourkoyannis organized a very thoughtful daily program for us in order to make the most of the one day we had to spent on the island. Once you arrive in a place for the very first time, you need to know the right persons, right? ; )

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Meganissi is for those who are into slow living, privacy and tranquility.

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

Take the ferry from Lefkada to Meganisi for a one day trip. But in my opinion, the best way to enjoy Meganisi to the fullest is to rent a yacht and a villa…and stay longer than just one day. For lunch go to the TOP sea food Tavern Errikos.

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

From Lefkada, you can easily get access to Kefalonia by ferry.

Travel tips for Kefalonia

The most picture perfect villages: Fiskardo and Asos!

Beaches: Myrtos beach, Xi beach, Makrys Gialos, Platis Gialos, Fteri beach, Skala, Pessada beach, Antisamos beach

Hotel recommendation: White Rocks

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

If you prefer to stay in Argostoli, please check out this amazing boutique hotel: Kefalonia Grand hotel. 

Argostoli has amazing pastries shops! Check “Glikon Esti”!

Taverna : Apolafsi

Fancy wine tasting? Go to Foivos

Points of Interest: The Cave Lake of Melissani

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

Travel tips for Ithaka

Cafe Margarita in Stavros village

Lunch at ODYSSEAS (Raftopoulos- Tzanetos) in Frikes seaside village

LEFKADA KEFALONIA

Many thanks to the Greek Tourism Board, My Austrian holidays and the Regions of Lefkada Kefalonia for the opportunity to visit Lefkada Kefalonia, Meganisi and Ithaka! 

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