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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. 

Milos travel tips

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

Milos travel tips

Milos travel tips: BEACHES
Sarakiniko
Kleftiko
Papafragkas
Firiplaka
Tsigrado

Milos travel tips
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.

Milos travel tips

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!

Milos travel tips

Bar
Akri bar in Adamantas

Milos travel tips

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Milos travel tips

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HOTELS
Milos hotel
Melian boutique 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. 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 best 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. 

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

Milos island
Milos island
 
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Milos island

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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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Puglia

Puglia
Puglia
 

 Puglia: read my Top Tips for a great vacation

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Puglia
 

At the end of September, I had the chance to cross another dream destination off my bucket list: Puglia, Italy. With summer coming to an end, I’ll admit my spirits were a bit down as I prepared for the dark and cold Viennese autumn and winter to come.

But this trip perked me up and gave me a final taste of summery warmth and sunshine to look forward to.

Puglia
Puglia
 
Puglia
Puglia
 
Puglia: A Trip to Italy’s Untouched Region

I had never been to Puglia before. So this trip was to be a chance to explore somewhere entirely new while speaking Italian all day long.

Plus — who doesn’t get excited about the food in Italy? Pizza, pasta, gelato, it’s an overwhelming feast for the senses and taste-buds.

Puglia
Puglia
 
A Trip to Puglia: How to Eat, Drink, and Explore Your Way Through Italy’s Heel

And now, I hope you will come with me! As I reflect on my time in Puglia, I want to share my Top Tips and all the hot spots to visit. Plus some of my favourite photos of the trip. Perhaps they’ll inspire you to plan your next journey to Italy — and follow a similar itinerary to mine.

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1st stop: Polignano a mare

Oh, is there anything more exhilarating than arriving after a long trip at the gorgeous Italian coast? Polignano al mare, perched on the shore of the Adriatic, opens its watery gates to all those who travel from far and wide to stay here. And trust me — they do!

The tiny town was jammed on the Sunday afternoon when we arrived, with tourists shopping, dining al fresco at cafés, and gazing out at the turquoise waves.

For much of the afternoon, we wandered. But at points I had to stop and remember how lucky I felt just to be here in this heavenly spot.

Extra tip: Next to our hotel we found a place that was making yummy sandwiches with octopus and burrata. Yum!

Hotel: Giovì Relais

Restaurant: Grotta Ardito

Puglia
Puglia
 
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2nd stop: Monopoli

It was difficult to pull ourselves away from the intoxicating views of Polignano al mare, but the next phase of our excursion beckoned. Pauline and I packed up the car and drove to Monopoli. It’s a short drive — only twenty minutes or so — but still, for such a brief distance away, we encountered our fair share of wacky moments.

For instance, a man I’d never met before started singing a song for me featuring my name. “Viva Silia, welcome to Monopoli!” he called the improvised tune. A greengrocer share a few slices of fresh fruit with us, out in the fresh air on the street. A former craftsman brought us to the tiny shop where he used to repair shoes years ago. And we had a brush with fame — we saw a group of people filming a movie right on the beach. It was as close as we came to Hollywood this trip.

If you would care to spend a night or two in the charming town of Monopoli, check out this beautiful hotel, the Don Ferrante!

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Puglia
 

 

3rd stop: Ostuni, also known as the White City

Like a castle on a hill, Ostuni is an enclave on a cliff overlooking more of that crystalline, sapphire water I treasure so much. The city itself is almost all white and there’s something very striking about that, as well as its wild cacti protruding from every crevice.

Check out Taverna Della Gelosia for a delicious meal!

Hotel: Masseria Grieco

Restaurant: Tito Schipa

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4th stop: Alberobello, famous for its Trulli houses

At our final stop in Puglia — Alberobello — we met Valerio, the vivacious owner of our hotel. We fell in love with the Trattoria Terra Madre’s spectacular cuisine, and overall had a wonderful time.

The press trip concluded with a short visit to Locorotondo, where we had dinner at the restaurant Bina ristorante di Puglia.

Hotel: Palazzo Scotto

Restaurant: Trattoria Terra Madre

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Puglia: A hidden gem in Italy

I came away from this adventure fully appreciating just how unique Puglia is — it’s an Italian treasure that will make an indelible impact on you. I would like to thank ENIT Italia, which in collaboration with the Region of Puglia and Losurdo Viaggi, organized this individual press trip for us.

 

And of course, big thanks to our new friend Pasquale, our amazing driver who kept us company as we roamed Puglia and took us in its stunning sites.

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Disclaimer: Press trip with ENIT Italia, Region of Puglia and Losurdo Viaggi. This blog post contains affiliate links. I get a commission if you make a purchase through the links which comes at no cost to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my links.

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
Beaches: Pefkoulia beach, Porto Katsiki beach, Kathisma beach
Best Coctail bar/restaurant in Lefkada: Fly Me
Taverna : Burano

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LEFKADA KEFALONIA
 
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MEGANISI 

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.

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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

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LEFKADA KEFALONIA

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Travel tips for Ithaka

Cafe Margarita in Stavros village

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

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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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*Disclaimer: The trip to Lefkada and Kefalonia was a press trip. However, all words, comments and thoughts in this post are my own. This blog post contains affiliate links. I get a commission if you make a purchase through the links which comes at no cost to you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for using my links.

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