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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

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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

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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

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1900 boutique hotel photos

1900 boutique hotel photos

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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

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Greek island hopping

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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

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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!  

Symi photos and travel tips

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*Disclaimer: My stay in Symi island was a press trip in collaboration with the Deputy Mayor Mr. Nikitas Gryllis and the Mayor Mr. Lefteris Papakalodoukas. 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.

Visit Leros island

Visit Leros island

Every June we go island hopping! This year we chose Leros island as the first island to visit!

Visit Leros island

It was my second visit to Leros island! I came back a few years later to see what has changed in the meantime! I was particularly excited for going back to the Mylos by the sea taverna in Agia Marina (it’s a must visit)! We also loved Psaropoula restaurant in Panteli! I couldn’t find a website for the restaurant but everything is easy to be found in Leros! Just ask the locals and they will guide you!

For our stay we chose Nefeli Hotel.

Visit Leros island

You can find my blog post from my first visit here.

Visit Leros island

My first visit to the island was a press trip organised by the Greek Tourism board in Austria. This time though, I enjoyed the island a little bit more cause I was free to discover the island the way I like, go to the places I personally chose and spend there as much time as I wanted.

Visit Leros island

How to get to Leros island

Since Leros island has an airport and it’s quite far away from Athens, I would say that the easiest and fastest way is by airplane.

Visit Leros island

Shopping in Leros island

We found a few interesting ceramic shops in Agia Marina. We also loved Aspronisi boutique.

Greece travel photos and best tips

Favourite beach in Leros island pictured below: Agia Kioura!

Greece travel photos and best tips

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In Leros island you will need a car. Rent one at Motoland Leros Rent a car.

Favourite beach in Leros island

The windmills of the Pandeli Castle

The windmills of the Pandeli Castle

The windmills of the Pandeli Castle

If you plan to visit Leros island this summer, take notes of the travel tips I mentioned on this blog post and on my previous one, and I wish you lots of fun and carefreeness!

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Hello from Chania

Hello from Chania Crete

Hello from Chania! I had to get away for my own mental well-being and sanity! I think I made the best decision to come and stay in Chania for a while! It feels so good to be here! This is the view from the balcony of the apartment that I am staying at! I will reveal the name of the apartment at the end of my stay on Instagram, so that you can rent it too!

Hello from Chania – A Personal Travel Story

Chania has always been on my list of places to visit. This Greek city on the southern shore of Crete has long been known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece and many consider it to be the prettiest city in Crete. After finally making it there myself, I can confirm that there’s plenty to see and do in Chania, whether you’re traveling solo or with your partner or family.

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