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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

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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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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

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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…

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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.

Captains House Serifos island

Captains House Serifos island

And after we left  Folegandros, we took the ferry to the island of Serifos. We had the pleasure to spend a few days at Captains House Serifos island, a recently restored 19th century home, 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 in Serifos Island

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

Activities in Serifos Island

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

photos of Serifos island Cyclades photography

Top Tip for Serifos Island

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 Captains House Serifos island. Enjoy the Greek hospitality in a 19th century family house and let yourself experience a unique feeling!

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Infinity view Tinos island

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I spent 3 weeks in July on the Greek islands. This is my first blog post from this adventure. I didn’t have the time to post anything before. August was very busy. I went to Hungary and then to France, and at the same time I was working on 2 extra projects. 

interior minimal design hotel Greece

In July I visited 3 Greek islands: Crete, Hydra and Tinos island. Infinity view hotel in Tinos island was the last hotel I visited during this Greek island hopping. Infinity view is a brand new all-Suite Luxury Hotel and I was lucky and privileged to spend a few relaxing days in July here. You can’t imagine how much I enjoyed everything: the beach in front of the hotel, breakfast, my balcony, the infinity sea views from everywhere you look, the pool. The hotel is also very close to Tinos Town, so you can easily reach the Town on foot. Everything about the Infinity view hotel was truly exceptional and so tremendously relaxing! I hope you have the chance to visit it one day too.

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Enjoy the photos. As always, I let them do the talking!

interior minimal design hotel Greece

interior minimal design hotel Greece

interior minimal design hotel Greece

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Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island
Infinity view Hotel Tinos island
 

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Infinity view Hotel Tinos island

Where to stay in Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

Where to stay in Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

Where to stay in Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

Where to stay in Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

Where to stay in Tinos island, Cyclades, Greece

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Caipirinha Residence

Caipirinha Residence

At the beginning of September, after I checked out from Archipel Mansion, I moved to Imerovigli and checked in at Caipirinha residence. Yep, I was one of those lucky persons who had they keys of a private villa in Imerovigli and could enjoy the caldera views for a couple of days. In this blog post, I am happy to share with you a few photos that I took during my stay.

Caipirinha Residence
Caipirinha Residence

Caipirinha Residence
Caipirinha Residence
 

They say that Imerovigli village is quieter than Oia and Fira, and it offers the best views to the caldera because of its position. I can confirm that. So, if you are looking for a quiet place to enjoy breathtaking views and privacy, Imerovigli is maybe the right choice for you.

The white-washed houses pretty much look alike in Imerovigli. What I actually found very useful during my meanderings in Imerovigli is that you can spot Caipirinha residence even when you are standing at the other side of the village. Right above the private villa there is a windmill that helps you to spot Caipirinha Residence.

imerovigli santorini Greece

Apart from the sunset, scenery, relaxation and privacy, which are all an indisputable fact when you are staying at Caipirinha Residence, I personally enjoyed walking from Imerovigli to Fira and the way back on foot. That was my everyday exercise.

imerovigli santorini Greece
imerovigli santorini Greece
 

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Santorini was the second stop of my Greek island hopping in September. The day I checked out from Caipirinha Residence, I took the ferry to the next island: Koufonisia. 

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