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Zagorochoria

Zagorochoria

Zagorochoria

At the end of May, I joined a group of journalists and together we flew from Vienna to Athens with Aegean Airlines on a press trip organized by the Greek Tourism Board.

I actually joined two trips powered by the Greek Tourism Board in the course of the last two months. Let me make it a little bit more clear for you.

Zagorochoria

On the first day of the press trip we visited Athens, Ioannina, ZagorochoriaSivota, Parga, Paxoi, and Antipaxoi. After that trip ended, I came back to Vienna for a few days and then left again for Karpathos for the second press trip. Yeap, I am lucky, I know!

Zagorochoria

From Vienna to Ioannina via Athens 

On the first trip, Athens was actually just a stop over, because there is no direct flight from Vienna to Ioannina. The two first photos of this blog post were taken at Grecotel Cape Sounio, where we had a welcome lunch by the pool. I loved everything about this short visit at Cape Sounio.

Zagorochoria
Zagorochoria
 

The 5 star resort is situated in an idyllic location. It has great views of the sea and Temple of Poseidon. They treated us to delicious Greek mezedes.

We couldn’t have started the press trip in a better way. It got me immediately into Greek spirit and in the mood for holidays (although this trip wasn’t 100% for pleasure).

Zagorochoria
Zagorochoria
 
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Zagorochoria

After the welcome lunch at Grecotel Cape Sounio, we went back to the International airport of Athens to take the flight to Ioannina (3rd photo of this blog post). We arrived quite late in Ioannina and spent the night at Hotel du Lac.

Many thanks for the lovely welcome and dinner. If you ever find yourself in Ioannina and you are looking for accomodation you might want to check out this 5 stars hotel.

Zagorochoria
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VISIT ZAGOROCHORIA 

The next day we drove to Zagorochoria. Zagorochoria is a cluster of 48 traditional picturesque villages in the Zagori region. Here, we found very friendly locals who did anything they can do to ensure we had a nice time. This is something we have to mention and appreciate.

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What was the first thing we did once we arrived? We went for rafting in the Voidomatis river. Although I am not so much into sports, I was excited to try out this adventurous activity. It was very nice and I was pretty sure that it would be so beforehand!

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My hotel in Zagorochoria was the Aberratio Boutique Hotel. The hotel room was very beautiful and the owner was such a warm-hearted person. I hope that my photos will give you a taste of how Zagorochoria is and what you should expect from this place.

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Best Greece travel photos and tips
 

Now if you wanna know what I would choose if I had to choose between mountains or sea, I would go for the sea. Blame it on my origin. My mother comes from a Greek island and I grew up in a city that was surrounded by water, Athens.

I like to dive in the sea and swim with the fishes (and sometimes with the sharks like in the Maldives). And after all, I am pisces.

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However, the itinerary I describe in this blog post is for people who are seeking both: sea and mountains. A combination of both is great and you will definitely not get bored.

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Best Greece travel photos and tips
 

Best Greece travel photos and tips

Best Greece travel photos and tips

I am so happy that I had the chance to visit all those beautiful places and to feature them all now on The Viennese Girl blog.

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I hope I will always be able to show you more places from my homecountry, Greece, and inspire you to visit them for yourself. If you have any question, please leave a comment and I will get back to you asap.

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Karpathos island

Karpathos island

Karpathos island

If the first day of June already finds me on a Greek island, this is a sign that this summer is going to be great”. This was one of the thoughts that crossed my mind upon arrival at the airport of Karpathos island.

Karpathos island
Karpathos island
 

Even though I grew up in Greece, I never had the chance to visit Karpathos. With my family and friends, we used to always spend summers in Samos, where my mom has a family house there.

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I can’t tell you enough how happy I was, when the official Greek Tourism board invited me to join a group of journalists and gave me this chance to finally visit Karpathos island, take some photos and publish them on The Viennese Girl blog.

Karpathos island

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Karpathos island

Things that I truly loved in Karpathos island during my stay
  • everything about the traditional village Olympos.
  • the restaurant Under the tree in Finiki. The owner cooked for us something I will never ever forget in my life. It was one of the best dishes I have ever eaten: Crab Salad!!! To die for!
  • waking up to the seaview from my hotel room every morning.
  • a little bit of “me time” on the last day and discover the island on my own. I looked for green soaps made of olive oil to buy, treated myself twice with iced coffee latte in a cafe called Anoi all day bar in Pigadia (the town of the island) and ate lots of Yogeat Frozen Yogurt.
Karpathos island
Karpathos island
 

Karpathos island

Karpathos island
Karpathos island
 

Karpathos island

Karpathos island

Karpathos island

Karpathos island

If you consider spending your summer holidays in Karpathos island, make sure to book your tickets with myAustrian Holidays that flies you directly from Vienna to Karpathos twice a week until the 28th of September this year.

Karpathos island
Karpathos island
 

Karpathos island

And just to get you in the mood for Karpathos, watch this video.

Karpathos island
Karpathos island
 
The best travel tips for your holidays in Karpathos

Restaurants we visited in Karpathos: Mama Maria in Pigadia, Under the Tree in Finiki, Petalouda in Arkassa, I zoi ton Aggelon in Pigadia, Kafe Skopi of Manolis in Mesochori.

Car rental companies: BudgetSofias car rental, Makris Travel in Pigadia.

Karpathos Diving Center Dinos in Pigadia

Karpathos island

Hotel: Alimounda Mare

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Holidays in Crete

Holidays in Crete

Holidays in Crete

Crete has never been my favourite Greek island. What I never liked about it is that Crete is a big island. In Crete you simply lose the sense of being on an island. I guess, I am more a small island type of person.

But Crete island has a lot to offer. Culture, sightseeing attractions, sandy beaches, scenic countryside. Plus, it has two international convenient airports (Chania and Heraklio) where you can find the best flight connections to many European cities.

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My friend’s wedding though was a very good reason to visit Crete once again, the last weekend of August. I am glad that I had the chance to spend my holidays in Crete one more time, to discover this island with a different point of view, as the more we travel, the better traveler we become, we learn to appreciate things differently and we mature through this process.

My best Chania travel tips: 

• Go to Pallas for breakfast.

• Visit Sketi Glika for something sweet.

• For exciting views over Chania go to Koukouvaya.

• For dinner and the best traditional Cretan Ntako go to Mesostrato.

Crete is undoubtedly beautiful. Remember that you need time and a car to discover its beauties. Oh my gosh, how nice it would be to be there right now!

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Kalimera

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Kalimera

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A few words about the photos of this blog post. I took them during my visit in Samos. It’s very hot here and when it’s so hot, either you stay somewhere under the shadow or you spend the whole day on the beach until sunset time. I bet you don’t want to take photos moving around and sweat, like I did.

Those photos where taken in Vathi and Pythagorio. More precisely, the photo with the spectacular view of Pythagorio was taken from the balcony of Hera 2 Hotel in Pythagorio and this is one more Samos tip, just in case you are thinking of visiting Samos and looking for a hotel with views to Pythagorio, then this hotel is for you.

And if you come to Greece, remember this word: kalimera (in Greek: καλημέρα). Kalimera means both Good morning and Have a nice day.

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