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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.

 

Visit Symi island

Visit Symi island

I remember I was in Athens International Airport when I laid my eyes on a photo of an advertisement and I couldn’t figure out which island was pictured on that photo. I spontaneously asked a random person who was working in the store located right next to that photo. Which island is this, I asked! Symi, she said!

I always knew, I had to visit Symi island! But that picture in that precise moment made it even more clear to me! We have to visit Symi! And finally we made it this summer! Symi was the third stop of our Greek island hopping! In this blog post you will find – as always not many words – but my photos and my tips, so that you can get well prepared for when you decide to visit Symi island!

Visit Symi island

HOW TO GET TO SYMI ISLAND

If you ask me, then I would say, the best way to get to Symi island is to take the airplane from Athens to Rhodes and then take the ferry Sebeco or Dodekanisson Seaways to Symi. The ferry only takes one hour and twenty minutes. 

Visit Symi island
Visit Symi island
 
Visit Symi island
Visit Symi island
 

Visit Symi island

Visit Symi island

Symi island Greece

Symi island Greece

WHERE TO STAY 

We stayed at Limani Life, but we fell head over heels for 1900 hotel! They both belong to architect @dimitriszographos who we had the honour to meet in person! There are many reasons for visiting Symi island. Yet, to experience a stay in this 19th century neoclassical mansion is a reason on its own. Opt for the grand suite 1901 and book as many nights as possible. 

1900 boutique hotel photos

1900 boutique hotel photos

1900 boutique hotel photos

1900 boutique hotel photos

1900 boutique hotel photos

WHERE TO EAT 

Haritomeni in Ano Symi – our by far favourite restaurant on the island for the view, the lovely staff, the owner and the food of course!

Manos Fish Restaurant – For the best sea food on the island!

Bella Napoli Trattoria Italiana – For pasta and pizza!

Taverna restaurant International – a lovely traditional Greek taverna!

Elpidas Kafeneion – where the locals hang out!

Most of the restaurants do not have a website. But if you google them, you will find an address, a telephone number or a Facebook page. Or simply ask the locals…

Greek island hopping

Greek island hopping

Greek island hopping

ONE DAY ISLAND TOUR 

Just like in many islands in the Aegean, in Symi as well, a one day around the island boat tour is a must. Check Poseidon excursions. You will have the chance to see unique landscapes, swim in crystal clear waters and have lunch on the small island of Sesklo. 

Greek island hopping

Greek island hopping

Greek island hopping

Symi photos and travel tips

Symi photos and travel tips

A THANK YOU NOTE

This trip wouldn’t have been realised without the help and support of the Deputy Mayor Mr. Nikitas Gryllis and the Mayor Mr. Lefteris Papakalodoukas whom we would like to thank wholeheartedly for making it happen!  

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Visit Patmos island

Visit Patmos island

How to get to Patmos island

We flew from Athens airport to Leros island and then we took the ferry. For ferry routes and online ticket bookings, you will find everything you need in the website of Ferries in Greece.

Visit Patmos island
Visit Patmos island
 
Visit Patmos island
A travel guide to Patmos Greece
 
Where to stay in Patmos island

We tried two different kind of accommodations which are located in two different parts of the island. We often like to do that because we get to experience one island in different ways and see it from different perspectives. So we spent two nights in a unique and historic countryside estate that is called Langada and three nights at one of the beautiful villas of Onar Patmos.

A travel guide to Patmos Greece

A travel guide to Patmos Greece
A travel guide to Patmos Greece
 

Patmos photography

Where to eat in Patmos island

For dinner: To tsipouradiko mas / Benetos restaurant (there are two of them) / Jimmy’s Balcony (here meet the owner) / Vaggelis restaurant

Beach bar: Atmos

For breakfast and coffee: Katoi

Patmos photography

Highlight of my trip to Patmos island was the encounter with the painter Andreas Kalatzis. We passed by his studio/gallery late in the evening and we saw him working on an art piece that he had to ship to the US. Something attracted us to him, and without giving it a second thought, we jumped into his studio! It felt immediately like we have been knowing each other for years but we had just met. Everything about him, his life and his work was incredible inspiring to us! We wanted to keep in touch with him, so we asked for his business card, he took a small piece of paper, he drew a couple on it, and on the back he wrote his name and his telephone number! Definitely the most beautiful business card I’ve ever seen! And the only one I will keep in my wallet!

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Traditional house Langada

Traditional house Langada

We finally made it to Patmos island this summer! We had the chance to spend two amazing nights at the Traditional house Langada and discover the beautiful and peaceful area of upper Kampos. These pictures were taken in the terrace of the Traditional house Langada overlooking Kampos beach.

Where to stay in Patmos island Greece

The traditional house Langada belongs to Nicoletta Houses.

Nicoletta says:

“In 1971, my mother, Dolly Kontogianni, set her foot for the first time at the port of Patmos island. It was love at first sight. She was immediately captivated by the island’s special energy. She soon found a plot in Chora, the island’s medieval capital, where she was planning to build a typical Chora mansion. Dolly was a restless spirit and loved houses! She never stopped exploring the island’s houses and plots until she discovered the 40-acre estate “Langada”.

There was a farmhouse in ruinous condition, which had developed during the centuries, around a small chapel and a central patio. As it can be read on the chapel’s lintel, it was built in 1698. It is said that the chapel and the room next to it had been used by generations of monks of the St John monastery, who wished to lead an ascetic mode of life and cultivate the land. The estate belonged to 30 heirs. As you can imagine, the buying process was very complicated.

Dolly finally managed to acquire the property in 1973. She slowly started restoring the house, strictly following the traditional building techniques and architectural style. She was fully dedicated in this project which lasted 5 years. Since then, we have spent numerous summer and easter holidays with friends and family.”

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If you would also like to enjoy an exclusive vacation experience in a unique and historic countryside estate, book the Traditional house Langada in Patmos island.

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

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