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Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

It’s been a while since the last time the Greek Tourism Board in collaboration with Austrian Holidays organised a press trip to the Greek islands. Fortunately we got back on track, and in the middle of October, a little before the summer season ends for good, a group of journalists and I flew from Vienna to Diagoras International Airport in Rhodes island on a press trip organized by the Greek Tourism board and Austrian holidays. It was a short trip, but we had a wonderful time. These are my photos.

Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

For anyone who cannot make its mind, has doubts and is not sure whether a trip to Rhodes in October is a good idea (weather-wise) let me tell you this: it is a very good idea. I still remember the moment I stepped into my hotel room, went straight forward to the balcony to check the view and saw people swimming in the sea. It’s good that I witnessed this with my own eyes, so that I know where to fly to next October. For when I wish to catch the last rays of summer sun, I will make sure to check the direct flight from Vienna to Rhodes island with Austrian holidays.

Rhodes in October

Rhodes is the largest island of Dodecanese. It is situated at the crossroads of the two sea routes of the Mediterranean, between the Aegean Sea and the coasts of the Middle East.

Rhodes in October

Throughout its long history, Rhodes was inhabited by different civilisations who left their mark on all aspects of the island’s culture: art, language and architecture.

Lindos Acropolis

Rhodes is world-renowned for its history and monuments. It is also a blessed land with long beautiful beaches and a rich underwater environment.

Lindos Acropolis

Photos taken from Lindos Acropolis

Lindos Acropolis

Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

Photos of Lindos, known as the most beautiful village in Rhodes island.

Rhodes in October

Rhodes in October

Photos from Old town Rhodes island

Restaurants in Rhodes

Paraga Traditional Greek RestaurantChatzikelis restaurant

Photos from Old town Rhodes island

Photos from Old town Rhodes island

Photos from Old town Rhodes island

We spent the last day of this press trip in Symi island. We went to Symi for just one day.  What a beautiful day that was it! And so much laughter! I had a swim in Pedi, a small traditional fishing village. And afterwards, we had a wonderful lunch in an amazing beachfront taverna. This lunch felt like it was our way to say farewell to the Greek summer for 2021. Tip: If you go from Rhodes to Symi, it’s worth staying longer.

Symi Island Greece

Symi Island Greece

panoramic view Symi Island Greece

panoramic view Symi Island Greece

panoramic view Symi Island Greece

panoramic view Symi Island Greece

panoramic view Symi Island Greece

Symi Island Greece

Symi Island Greece

Symi Island Greece

Symi Island Greece

A THANK YOU NOTE

I would like to thank wholeheartedly the Greek Tourism Board, and Austrian holidays for inviting me to join the press trip, the Municipality of Rhodes and Hotel Mediterranean for the warm hospitality and for the amazing room with the front sea view. Also, many thanks to the Deputy Mayor Mr. Nikitas Gryllis for one more welcome to Symi island!  

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Disclaimer: Press trip 

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

At the end of August this summer, I was lucky enough to spend five wonderful days at Kinsterna hotel in Monemvasia. These are my photos.

Kinsterna Hotel

The Kinsterna Hotel is a Byzantine-era rural mansion, which was lovingly and superbly restored with great respect to its long history. Moreover, all crops and activities that took place in the past on the premises have been revived, so the mansion to be self-sufficient.

Kinsterna Hotel

Today, the estate produces its own wine, extra virgin olive oil and table olives, tsipouro, bread, marmalade and other fruit preserves, soap and much more.

Kinsterna Hotel

Breakfast under ancient olive trees

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

The mansion’s long history dates back to the Byzantine era. The manor’s architectural and morphological features testify to the building’s Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman heritage and identity. The earliest known owner was Ibrahim Bey, probably one of the local Ottoman landlords who signed the delivery of Monemvasia in 1821.

Kinsterna Hotel

The manor was lived in until the late 1970’s by the “Lady of Monemvasia” Lina Kapitsini. The main objective of its restoration was the maintenance of the original architecture using traditional building techniques, old and local natural materials.

where to stay in Monemvasia

where to stay in Monemvasia

where to stay in Monemvasia

where to stay in Monemvasia

where to stay in Monemvasia

where to stay in Monemvasia

where to stay in Monemvasia

Moustalevria, a traditional Greek kind of pudding made of grape must mixed with flour and boiled until thick.

where to stay in Monemvasia

The Viennese Girl blog Vienna Austria

The Viennese Girl blog Vienna Austria

The Viennese Girl blog Vienna Austria

Byzantine-era rural mansion in Greece

Byzantine-era rural mansion in Greece

Byzantine-era rural mansion in Greece

Byzantine-era rural mansion in Greece

Byzantine-era rural mansion in Greece

Byzantine-era rural mansion in Greece

Impressive river-like swimming pool with private relaxation areas

Byzantine-era rural mansion in Greece

Byzantine-era rural mansion in Greece
Kinsterna Hotel
 

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel

Interesting activities such as horse-back riding, cycling, hiking at the Byzantine paths, handmade soap making, wine and olive oil tasting highlight the guest’s experience.

Horses photography

Horses photography

Horses photography

Horses photography

Horses photography

Linos traditional tavern

Table in the tavern Linos

Byzantine architecture photography

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*Disclaimer: This content was brought to you in a friendly collaboration with Kinsterna Hotel. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monemvasia castle

Monemvasia castle

Monemvasia castle, one of the most romantic and historical destinations in Greece

impressive town in south-eastern Peloponnese

Monemvasia castle

impressive castle town in south-eastern Peloponnese

impressive town in south-eastern Peloponnese

impressive castle town in south-eastern Peloponnese

impressive castle town in south-eastern Peloponnese

impressive castle town in south-eastern Peloponnese

Monemvasia castle

Monemvasia castle

Monemvasia castle

Monemvasia castle

Monemvasia castle

Monemvasia castle

Monemvasia castle

Byzantine fortress Greece

Byzantine fortress Greece

Where to stay in Monemvasia castle: experience a truly unique stay at the highly acclaimed Kinsterna Hotel. This medieval castle town is located just ten minutes by car from Kinsterna hotel.

Byzantine fortress Greece

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Corfu island

Corfu island

This summer I found myself in Corfu island. But only for 3 nights. The goal was to visit the neighbour islands, Paxoi and Antipaxoi, and that was possible via Corfu.

Despite my stay being short in Corfu, it was quite adventurous. Many unexpected things happened that I will gladly share with you if you scroll down this blog post and keep reading!

Unfortunately, I am unable to offer a complete travel guide to Corfu island, but I can share with you the photos that I took and a few tips on where to stay, where to eat etc.

Corfu island
Corfu island
 
HOW TO GET TO CORFU

Corfu has an airport, so that makes everybody’s life easy. There are flights from Athens International airport, but also direct flights from many European capital cities. 

Corfu island

Corfu island
Corfu island
 

Below: photo of the interior of Gabao Corfu where I had breakfast! 

Corfu island

WHERE TO STAY 

If you visit Corfu island and you wish to stay in the heart of the old Town, Liston Suites Corfu is all you need! Don’t look any further.

Nine modern and comfortable apartments situated in one of the most distinctive areas of Corfu town centre. The four photos that you see below are taken in the apartments Mon Repos and Merchant. 

The location of Liston Suites Corfu is ideal for exploring the Old Town as well as other interesting sights and tourist attractions on Corfu island. 

Fun fact is that every person who was passing by the pink building of Liston Suites Corfu, was stopping to take one picture (some took more) of the pink building. It is that pretty! You will be tempted to do that too! 

Corfu island

Corfu island

Liston Suites Corfu Old Town

Corfu island

Corfu Old Town strongly resembles an Italian city. 

Corfu Old Town

Corfu Old Town

WHERE TO EAT 

I visited two restaurants and loved them both. 

One was very close to the room I stayed at, therefore I spotted it while I was passing by. And the other one was a recommendation of a local friend. The one which was close to my room is called Limoncello and the other one is called The Venetian Well. As I said, I loved them both, just keep in mind that The Venetian Well is a bit pricey. But it’s also one of the most historical and beautiful restaurants in Corfu town! So you get what you pay… they say! 

The Venetian Well restaurant OLD TOWN CORFU

Remember what I wrote at the beginning of this blog post? Many unexpected things happened during my stay in Corfu. I had dinner on my own at Limoncello. On the table next to mine, there was a couple having dinner. I stole a glance at them and continued with my dinner. I think they were also tourists.

Important info: I don’t know them in person. I don’t know who they are. They probably didn’t know who I am either. Also, this couple never talked to me. I don’t even remember how they look like. We didn’t exchange a word.

When I finished with my meal, I asked for the bill. The waiter came to me and said: The couple that was sitting next to you paid the bill….

I got a shock. This couple paid my bill and left. Never in my life I dared to think that something like this could ever happen. They paid my bill and disappeared.

One thing I can say with certainty is that I will never forget what they did! And I also do believe that this has a deeper meaning for me. It happened so that I can learn something out of this.

The Venetian Well restaurant OLD TOWN CORFU

The Venetian Well restaurant OLD TOWN CORFU

IN THE MOOD FOR AN ISLAND HOPPING

From Corfu old Town you can easily hop on to Paxoi. And from Paxoi you can easily hop on to Antipaxoi. Ok, let’s take it step by step. Book your ferry tickets from Corfu to Paxoi with Joy cruises Corfu. On their Facebook page, you will find their everyday ferry timetable. 

From Paxoi to Antipaxoi, there is a local small boat that you can take from the main square of Gaios. This local boat brings you to Antipaxoi. Or you can rent your own boat and a skipper, like we did for one day! 

Paxoi Antipaxoi islands photos and travel tips
Paxoi Antipaxoi islands photos and travel tips
 

Paxoi Antipaxoi islands photos and travel tips

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Voutoumi beach Paxoi Antipaxoi islands

Liston by night

Liston Corfu Old Town

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Disclaimer: my stay at Liston Suites Corfu was an invitation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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