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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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Bella Napoli

Bella Napoli

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Bella Napoli
 

Bella Napoli

Bella Napoli

Bella Napoli
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Bella Napoli

Bella Napoli

Bella Napoli

It was raining the first day we arrived in Napoli, but the city was generous enough and treated us with endless sunshine for the rest of our stay. We didn’t care at all because we didn’t have big plans for the first day anyway, so we were content to just visit that famous pizzeria “Da Michele” that happened to be located a few blocks away from our hotel.

I brought Anastacia with me on this trip. She thanked me over a slice of Pizza Margherita for bringing her to Bella Napoli. This was despite her initial worries regarding all the bad rumors that she had read on the internet about Napoli. I told her not to worry and just follow The Viennese Girl, haha. For me, it wasn’t the first time in Napoli. It was actually my third visit to this city. My previous visits were always during the summer season; therefore I have always connected the South of Italy, and more specifically Napoli, with holidays and summer. But I can’t tell you enough how good it felt for us to fly with with myAustrian Holidays down to Naples in the middle of February. If I look back now, it feels even more like the right decision to take the airplane and fly to Bella Napoli in the middle of February.

One of the best things that happened during our visit to Napoli was meeting up with Marco, a guy who I got to know through Instagram and was kind enough to show us his beautiful city and brought us to parts of the city that we wouldn’t have been able to find without him. Always remember that Instagram connects people. I feel really appreciative that Marco spent one entire day with us showing us around his beautiful city.

While in Napoli, we were never alone. My good friend Marcello picked us up every afternoon from the hotel and drove us to the small Italian village of “Vietri sul mare”, because I had cravings for mussels and pasta with sea food. We were pretty exhausted every afternoon after walking through the city for hours and we had to force ourselves to leave our hotel room and go for dinner. But on the other hand, how can you deny a good dish of sea food pasta and a large pot filled of steamed mussels? I have to say, this was the best way to end every day in Napoli.

We stayed at Una Hotels Napoli, which I would recommend because of its key location. Being next to the main Garibaldi station and being close to the Alibus airport bus makes it easy for anyone who wishes to reach other destinations from Napoli. To be honest, we didn’t spend a lot of time in the hotel. But the little time we did spend in the hotel, we were always greeted by the very helpful and welcoming staff. We enjoyed the delicious breakfast on the rooftop terrace with views to the volcano and of course we loved that the pizzeria “Da Michele” was only 5 minutes of walking distance from the hotel.

To sum it up, the three nights and four days we spent in Bella Napoli were filled with lots of sunshine, hundred of photos, Italian friends, and many delicious slices of Pizza Margherita. I will come back for those and many other reasons.

It was time to say goodbye to Napoli. Our main destination for this trip wasn’t Napoli. It was Matera. About Matera, I will tell you in the next blog post.

Many thanks to ENIT Italia for making this trip happen, My Austrian Holidays for flying us to that sunny destination, and Una Hotels Napoli for the friendly accommodation! More on Instagram!