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Captains House Serifos island

Captains House Serifos island

And after we left  Folegandros, we took the ferry to the island of Serifos. In Serifos, we had the pleasure to spend a few days at the recently restored 19th century home, known as the Captains House, and met in person Emmy and Manos.

Emmy provided me her best Serifos tips which I am happy to list down below for you. Read until the end to find out my personal favourite thing to do in Serifos.

Captains House Serifos island

Best beaches in Serifos island

Agios Sostis (5 minutes walking from the parking) / Psilli Ammos / Agios Ioannis / Platys Gyalos / Sykamia / Livadakia / Karavi / Kalo Ampeli (20 minutes walking from the parking) / Vagia / Ganema / Koutalas / Malliadiko (10 minutes walking from the parking)

Captains House Serifos island

Best restaurants in Serifos island

Traditional greek tavern “Plakes” /  “Aloni” /  “Louis” at Chora / Traditional kafe “Stou Stratou” at Chora / Fish tavern “Tis Kalis” at Livadi / Meat tavern “Mpakakaki” at Livadi / Modern Greek cuisine “Metalleio” at Livadi / Blue bamboo Thai restaurant at Livadi

Captains House Serifos island

Traditional Greek tavernas in Serifos island

“Stefanakos” at Psilli Ammos / “Nikoulias” at Platys Gyalos

Captains House Serifos island

Traditional recipes in Serifos

Marathokeftedes (wild fennel fried balls) / Myzithra cheese usually accompanied by choriatiki salad / Mastello, goat slow cooked / Revythada (chickpea soup, baked in the oven) / Fava

Captains House Serifos island

Local products in Serifos island

Wine / Honey / Cheese / Souma

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Shopping in Serifos island

Kerameio ceramic studio / Charisma gift shop in Chora / Theta concept store in Livadi

Captains House Serifos island

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Museums

Folklore Museum at Kato Chora / Archaeological Collection at Pano Chora / Mining Collection at Mega Livadi

Captains House Serifos island

Best Serifos spots
  • Agios Konstantinos church (the top of Chora) stands over a venetian castle built in 1434 (panoramic view, sunrise and sunset spot).
  • The mining ruins at Mega Livadi and Koutalas region
  • The white tower, archaeological site at Mega Livadi region with free entrance (panoramic view)
  • The throne of the Cyclop, or else Psathopyrgos at Mega Livadi region (sunset spot)
  • The Monastery of Taxiarches at Platys Gyalos
  • Chrysoloras winery at Platys Gyalos region, tour and winetasting (sunset spot)
  • The lighthouse at Spathi cape (panoramic view)

photos of Serifos island Cyclades photography

photos of Serifos island Cyclades photography

Activities

Scuba diving / water sports / canoe / rent a boat / Yoga

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Top Tip

If you plan an island hopping in Cyclades, book your ferry tickets online in advance with Ferries in Greece.

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My favourite thing to do in Serifos

Walk down the path from Chora to Livadi. It’s a very easy path to find, just follow the signposts.

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If you plan to visit Serifos, I can highly recommend you to stay at the Captain’s House, enjoy the Greek hospitality in a 19th century family house and let yourself experience a unique feeling!

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*Disclaimer: This content was brought to you in a friendly collaboration with Captain’s House in Serifos island. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Back to Blue Sand

Back to Blue Sand

It was 2018 when we visited Blue Sand boutique Hotel and Suites in Folegandros for the first time. You can see my blog post from that first visit here. Two years passed by. We felt an urge to go back, so this September we did.

Back to Blue Sand

Blue Sand boutique Hotel and Suites never stop to surprise us and never fail to meet our greatest expectations! Although it was our second visit, there were new things to explore and new memories to be made. For instance, one day during our stay, the team of the hotel organized a private boat tour for us. We swam in crystal clear waters and explored countless secret coves and beaches that were only accessible by boat. The yacht can be privately chartered for a day or half day, so consider this activity if you plan to visit Folegandros island. 

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Back to Blue Sand
 

One night we stayed at the luxury Bohemian villa of Blue Sand. It is called Makarias villa and it is located in the more quiet area of Ano Meria. This villa is perfect for those who would like some more privacy when staying in Folegandros, combined with great rustic Folegandros design and beautiful views.

Back to Blue Sand

Back to Blue Sand

Back to Blue Sand

Back to Blue Sand

where to stay in Folegandros island

where to stay in Folegandros island

Despite the global pandemic that has affected the tourism industry severely, and despite the fact that it was September (low season for Greek summer), Blue Sand was fully booked, which is a proof of how amazing this place is and what good work Katerina and her team do at Blue Sand. 

where to stay in Folegandros island

At Blue Sand you can have everything that your heart desires for a perfect holiday and a real escape from the routine: relaxation and adventure, exclusivity and privacy, aesthetics, fashion and design, landscape and fantastic cuisine, the sea and the sun.

where to stay in Folegandros island

where to stay in Folegandros island

where to stay in Folegandros island

where to stay in Folegandros island

where to stay in Folegandros island
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where to stay in Folegandros island

How to get to Folegandros island from Vienna

The easiest and fastest way is to take a direct flight from Vienna to Santorini (check Wizzair flights) and then take the ferry from Santorini to Folegandros. The trip lasts only 40 minutes. Book your ferry tickets online in advance with Ferries in Greece.

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fashion Greek designers Cyclades Greece
fashion Greek designers Cyclades Greece
 

fashion Greek designers Cyclades Greece

fashion Greek designers Cyclades Greece
fashion Greek designers Cyclades Greece
 

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Greek cuisine food photography

Greek cuisine food photography

Greek cuisine food photography
Greek cuisine food photography
 

We love Blue Sand boutique Hotel and Suites in Folegandros and everything about it. So yes, we can definitely imagine ourselves coming back here summer after summer. 

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*Disclaimer: This content was brought to you in a friendly collaboration with Blue Sand boutique Hotel and Suites in Folegandros. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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From Vienna to Santorini

From Vienna to Santorini

From Vienna to Santorini

From Vienna to Santorini

From Vienna to Santorini

From Vienna to Santorini

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Santorini photography The Viennese Girl blog

Santorini photography The Viennese Girl blog

Santorini photography The Viennese Girl blog

Santorini photography The Viennese Girl blog

Santorini photography The Viennese Girl blog

Altana hotel Imerovigli

Altana hotel Imerovigli

Altana hotel Imerovigli

Altana hotel Imerovigli

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I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve been to Santorini. Despite that, everytime I land on this island, it feels like the first time. I am always in awe, unable to make any decent thought or utter any decent word. It takes a few hours to realize what is happening to me and after that short phase (that you may want to describe as an emotional shock, yet a good one), I am OK again. Whatever people may say about this island, Santorini is and will be a breathtaking place, an island of unparalleled beauty. And you cannot find this beauty anywhere else in the world… 

The reason I wanted to fly direct from Vienna to Santorini is because I wanted to avoid the airport of Athens and Athens as a city itsself. I wanted to take a flight that brings me directly to the Cyclades. I wanted to avoid the hassle of Athens by any means. Thanks to Wizz Air, that was possible. 2 hours flight and I was in paradise! 

This year you won’t see me traveling around the world. That’s also one of the reasons I tried to spend most of my summer in Greece. First of all, there were no travel restrictions between Austria and Greece during the summer. Greece is a safe place for me and just in case a lockdown would force me to stay in Greece, that wouldn’t be a problem for me. 

I asked my Instagram followers if they are afraid to travel during the pandemic. 58% voted for Yes, and 42% voted for No. I can completely understand that fear. But still, my lust for life and for adventure is also that big that doesn’t allow me to stay within the four walls of my little apartment (aka my shoe box) in Vienna. Wizz Air created a video, which I personally find pretty cool, explaining in detail the enhanced hygiene measures that ensure the health and safety of its passengers and crew. Watch it here. 

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*Disclaimer: All photos were taken at Altana hotel in Imerovigli by me. This was a solo trip. Flight tickets to Greece were sponsored by Wizz Air.

A guide to HYDRA

where to go and what to do in Hydra islandHydra is small and magical. And if you believe that you can see and do everything in just 1 day, it’s most likely that you can’t! I spent 3 nights/4 days in Hydra and I found them not enough. I didn’t manage to do everything that I had in mind. There are so many cafes, restaurants, beaches, little shops, streets and museums that are waiting for you to explore. And in every spot you stop for a while, you need time to enjoy and definitely more time if you want to take photos.

where to go and what to do in Hydra island

I compiled a guide to HYDRA island. Hope it will be useful for you…enjoy!

where to go and what to do in Hydra island

Taverna

To paradosiakon 

where to go and what to do in Hydra island

For souvlaki

Kai kremidi

where to go and what to do in Hydra island

For breakfast

 Isalos / Plakostroto 

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Hotels 

 I stayed at Rafalias Mansion. My room was number 4 (loved it) 

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Restaurants

 Techne / Omilos

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A guide to HYDRA

A guide to HYDRA

A guide to HYDRA

A guide to HYDRA

For sunset

Drinks at Hydronetta

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The Viennese Girl blog travel lifestyle photography

The Viennese Girl blog travel lifestyle photography

I can’t wait to get back to Hydra! The sooner the better! 

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Paros island

Paros island
food in Paros
 

If you are thinking of visiting the Greek islands this summer, make sure to inculde Paros island in your travel plans. On this blog post, I put together a few tips, where stay, where to eat, what to do, along with a few photos to get you in the mood for the island life.

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Villages

Prodromos, Lefkes, Marpissa, Parikia, The picturesque fishing village of Naoussa, Piso Livadi, Alyki

Paros sunset photos

Beaches

Kolymbithres beach, Golden Beach, Santa Maria beach, Parasporos beach, Aliki Beach, Monastiri beach, Pounda beach, Livadia beach, Kalogeras beach, Tripiti beach, Lageri beach

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Restaurants in Paros island

Halaris Fish Tavern in Piso Livadi, Markakis Restaurant in Piso Livadi, Charoula’s Tavern in the center of old Marpissa, Barbarossa Restaurant in Naousa, Vanilla Gelateria in Parikia.

Paros island

3 Hotel suggestions

Design hotel PARĪLIO, Mr & Mrs White Paros, Albatross hotel

Paros island
Paros island
 
Rent a car in Paros island 

Athina Rent a car

Paros island

Paros island
Paros island
 

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The Viennese Girl blog Vienna Austria photography travel lifestyle

The Viennese Girl blog Vienna Austria photography travel lifestyle
The Viennese Girl blog Vienna Austria photography travel lifestyle
 

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