2020 Covid-19 Road Trip Day 3 Wyoming USA August 25 – September 5, 2020 Lincoln, Nebraska to Saratoga, Wyoming Day 3: Arrival
Naxos, Paros and Milos
Greece has it all. Step back in time in Athens and then head to the amazing islands. When talking about the Greek Islands the most famous come to mind, Mykonos and Santorini. But many do not know of the lesser Greek islands that offer a taste of authenticity, beauty beyond compare, greenery, natural landscapes, a collection of historic sites, sunny days on bright white sands and brilliant blue water at the beach, delicious Greek food and wine and the most hospitable locals and all without the crowds. You may not even find cars – just donkeys used for transportation. And even after all of that you can still party the night away! Greece has it all.
Your journey begins with a quick flight from Athens. After 45 minutes you will land in one of the’ best-hidden gems and the largest of the Cyclades, Naxos.
Not too popular with foreign visitors as it is a Greek’s local hangout, but it is well worth it! From ancient Byzantine history, authentic hilltop villages, mouthwatering local delicacies, and endless, pristine sand beaches, this underrated treasure will make you fall in love. It is an island that has every shade of blue under the sun.
The charming old town of Chora and the ferry port is lined with shops and restaurants and boasts a beautiful sunset, almost as amazing as the sunset in Santorini. A must is a stop at the bakeries with their mouth-watering specialties like fresh-out-of-the-oven spanakopita and baklava!
Naxos has a long-established agricultural economy and therefore produces local delights from its fertile lands, including green vegetables, sheep and goat meat, fish, potatoes, olives, and honey, all of which form the basis of traditional Naxian cuisine.
You’ll find yourself in a maze of cobbled alleys and courtyards where you can stop in one of the many family tavernas, where the finest, most authentic food is cooked by chefs who are likely to be anywhere from 60 to 80 years old. Naxos is Greece’s most underrated island. The world will soon discover this heaven on earth so travel now.
Greek Island’s best-hidden gems and the largest of the Cyclades, Naxos. From ancient Byzantine history, authentic hilltop villages, mouthwatering local delicacies, and endless, pristine sand beaches, this underrated treasure will make you fall in love. It is an island that has every shade of blue under the sun.
Kavos Boutique Hotel Naxos is an elegant and welcoming complex of villas, apartments and studio suites set in flowering Mediterranean gardens, above the spectacular sandy beach of Agios Prokopios, one of the best beaches in Naxos and in Greece. It is also situated within easy reach of the nearby village. Naxos Hotel Kavos has been awarded as one of the Best Small Hotels in Greece.
Get acquainted with Naxos Old Town, and the most beautiful sights it has to offer. Your tour brings you to the Venetian Castle, the Old Market where you can stroll through the alleys filled with ambient bars, cozy taverns, and boutique shops full of souvenirs and local products and the ancient temple of Apollo. Welcome to Naxos
Learn about the traditional cuisine of Naxos with a traditional cooking course in a rural village. All dishes are made from local and fresh ingredients and with pure organic products and at the end of the lesson you will eat the dishes you have helped to prepare along with local wine and traditional music. It is a truly authentic local experience.
Sail from Naxos across the Aegean Sea and reach the picturesque port of Naousa on Paros Island. Enjoy a full day of free time to use as you choose. Relax on a beach, explore the bays by water taxi, or travel around the island by foot exploring as you go.
A short ferry ride to the neighboring island of Paros which is best known for its beaches and traditional villages.
It is one of the most stunning Cycladic islands and many Greeks will tell you that Paros is what Mykonos was years ago without the steep prices and massive crowds.
If you are looking for a party you don’t have to look far as Paros is also considered to be a little Mykonos.
Santorini, the supermodel in the Cyclades group made famous by its stunning sunsets, volcanic sand beaches, dramatic views from Oia town and the crowds.
A head-turner whose face is instantly recognizable around the world. You’ll be amazed by the multicolored cliffs that soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings.
The village of Oia is the quintessence of Greek Island charm. Pronounced “EE-ah,” this idyllic ensemble of whitewashed houses and blue domes delicately drapes itself over a steep slope at the top of a cliff. The famous views are the most iconic in the Greek seas as you will see by the number of photographers clamoring for just the right angle.
Artists fall in love and move in and honeymooners never want to leave. At sunset, the cliffside bars and restaurants are filled with tourists eager to take their Instagrammable photos but Santorini offers so much more than the scenery made famous on postcards – its wonders include countryside wineries, ancient archaeological sites, and unforgettable beaches.
The old windmill located in the quieter end of town speaks of an age gone by. It’s time to check Santorini off your bucket list.
Made famous by its stunning sunsets, volcanic sand beaches and dramatic views from Oia town, Santorini is the supermodel in the Cyclades group of the Greek islands. A head-turner whose face is instantly recognizable around the world. You’ll be amazed by the multicolored cliffs that soar out of a sea-drowned caldera, topped by drifts of whitewashed buildings. Check Santorini off your bucket list.
The Boutique Hotel features ten luxurious Cave Style suites and rooms, inspired by the island’s architecture and created with love and “Meraki” to the last hand-crafted detail with mind-blowing views to the Caldera. It is luxurious and full of tranquility and Cycladic vibes. The unique accommodation experience at Ducato di Oia wouldn’t be complete without the heartfelt services of its staff and their respect for every guest’s privacy and needs.
Amazing Sunsets is what Santorini is all about. Starting from Ammoudi Bay you will head to the neighboring- and once a part of Santorini- island of Thirassia. Here you can swim in the crystal-clear waters and admire the views of the Santorini Caldera.
The next stop is Sulfur Springs for a dive at the volcanic waters and then to the Lighthouse of Akrotiri. Finally, sail to the Old Port of Fira and following the caldera coastline to the hidden church of Eftapedes, the bay of Armeni with the sun setting behind you. It’s an amazing sunset! Your day has come to an end with photos and memories to last a lifetime.
Walk along the rim of the beautiful caldera of Santorini and through the beautiful villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia with distinctive white-washed houses, panoramic viewpoints, and beautiful churches. From Fira, you will hike over the caldera and pass in front of Skaros, a separate rock, where the first fortress was built on the island. Pass by Firostefani, the monastery of St. Nicholas, and the charming settlement of Imerovigli and you pass by the Prophet Elias chapels before stopping for a delicious picnic lunch. The path varies: Some parts are a paved sidewalk, some parts are cobblestone, other parts follow just a dirt track. The hike takes around 3 hours depending on walking pace and how many breaks you have.
Bid farewell to Santorini and hop on over to Milos the secret Greek island of the summer.
Another one of the Cycladic islands just north of Crete and volcanic in nature Milos has some of the best, most varied and impressive beaches in Greece. It is an astonishing spectacle of color and form. You’ll be amazed by Sarakiniko’s white rocks, Kleftiko caves (accessible only by local boats), and the crystal-clear waters of Firiplaka. Use a rope to reach Tsigrado beach or swim amidst the ruins of a Sulphur mine?
While Santorini only has a handful of groomed beaches, Milos has more than 70 along with catacombs second only in historical significance to Rome’s, the remains of an Amphitheatre that once held 7,000, a pretty capital in Plaka with maze-like streets and a castle on a high summit. Move through monuments of stone and never see the same thing twice.
You cannot get the full impact of Milos unless you are viewing it from the water. It is the experience of the rock that is almost mesmerizing. It is an experience in and of itself.
Red and yellow cliffs and blue and white encrusted rocks rise from the water in massive forms with curves ripples and holes. Almost like craters on the moon. Then the volcanic rock in black, blue and green, patterned like snakeskin. Milos is a gallery of the sea!
Everyone knows Venus de Milo, but few have visited this luminous Greek Island. It’s a top destination for Greeks and many choose to wed on this island. It has a fascinating history and amazing seafood.
It is often overlooked which makes it even better for the few who do go there. Milos is a new dimension.
Milos another Greek island in the Aegean Sea and just north of the Sea of Crete it is the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades group. Milos is a picturesque volcanic island with stunning beaches, charming villages, and rich history. Known as the Island of Colors, Milos is well-loved for its crystal blue water, colorful rock formations, and the syrmata, brightly painted shelters for fishing boats. It was here that the world-famous Venus de Milo statue was discovered.
Santa Maria Village located in Adamas is conveniently located just 300 meters from Papikinos beach, and a short walk from Adamas’s many restaurants, cafeterias, and shops. Sit at the pool area enjoying a refreshment with a breathtaking view of the beautiful gulf of Milos, Santa Maria Village consists of seven buildings of traditional architecture endowed with modern facilities
Sailing close to the east coast of Adamas bay pass the first Christian catacombs and the colorful villages of Skinopi, Klima, the capital of ancient Milos and where the statue of Venus de Milo was discovered, Next stop is the seagull islands, Glaronisia an uninhabited island consisting of hexagonal-shaped lava rocks. This is the first swim stop before heading to Poliegos, the largest uninhabited Greek island and home to some of the most impressive waters in the Mediterranean. The main stop in this amazing island is the area of Galazia nera, or blue waters. The transparency and fluorescent color of the sea are beyond words making this one of the best beaches in the whole of Greece!!! Leaving Poliegos, you’ll head west toward south Milos, passing by the bay of Theiorychia, where the abandoned 1930’s sulfur mines still stand creating a magnificent landscape. Continue on the south side for swimming at one of the inaccessible bays of Firligkos or Gerakas with unique rock formations and water clarity.
Next you will be in Kleftiko, the most famous place in Milos. This unique combination of white and grey rocks creates one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. You will have an opportunity to snorkel underwater passages and caves followed by a delicious meal. You will continue passing by the cave of Sykia, the biggest cave in Milos. north passing all the inaccessible west beaches close enough to admire the scenery. The cruise ends with a beautiful sunset color in the port of Adamas.
Head out in your 4×4 vehicle. First stop; Papafragas cave, the volcanic open-top cave and not-to-be-missed out sights of the island. Then head to Sarakiniko beach, one of the most iconic beaches of Greece and one of the most famous of Milos. It’s like landing on the moon with white volcanic rocks, a natural miracle. Leaving behind the inhabited part of the island, you will be driven to the area of Agia Marina, home to impressive regional flora and fauna species and accessible only by a 4×4 vehicle. Get back on the dirt roads to continue to Cape Vani, the imposing Mars territory that forms the north-west extreme of Milos. Home to the legendary old manganese mines of Milos with unique rock formations in black and hues of red, a landscape that is bare of this world. You will also stop for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the almost deserted Agathia beach.
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Day 2 of my Road Trip to Wyoming! What a great experience. We traveled from Chattanooga, Tennessee to Lincoln, Nebraska, and found the most luxurious boutique hotel and had drinks at one of the most famous Olympic figure skaters of all time!!