We are often asked our advice on how someone might best spend a week in the Greek Islands. The first part of the answer is fairly simple. GO TO SANTORINI. Nothing compares with the exilerating beauty of its vistas formed around the caldera of an ancient volcano. (Some claim it is Lost Atlantis). The water is the deepest blue you have ever seen, making a stunning contrast to the white cubist villages clinging to the cliffs of the Caldera.
Photo: Leonard G.
A couple of warnings however. Some of hikes down to the villas are rather steep and if you are less than athletic you need to be careful where you book your hotel. Some folks prefer the other side of the island on Kamari Beach. It is a great boardwalk of hotels and tavernas. However its "black beach" is not sand, its pebbles that can be a little uncomfortable for sunning and making it the water. For that reason, we generally advise that people spend two or three days in Santorini before catching a plane or ferry to a nearby island with better beaches. Of course if you are not a beach person and you are just looking for a place to hike, paint or photograph, then go no further.
Our favorite village is Oia, but Imerovigli and Firestefani are also fantastic - and an easy walk into the main 'town' of Fira (Thira).
The background photo on our new blog is of Logaras beach, one of the most popular beaches of Paros, near Piso Livadi on the southeast side of the island. It is a wonderful beach for swimming and sunning. It has several nice hotels and tavernas and is only a kilometer down to Piso Livadi, which is slightly larger and also very charming and laid back.
We stayed at the Paros Inn. Because we arrived June 15 before the crowds we got an excellent rate of 35 euros. The hotel is a small family owned business.. Rooms were simple, clean and with views to die for, only twenty meters from the beach.
We rented a car at the nearby airport. You really don't need one, but we like to get around a bit, it is only 15 minutes to Nauossa and maybe a half hour to Parokia. You can also catch a very short ferry to Anti-Paros, which is also a wonderful spot.
By the way, the weather was lovely in late June. We usually go to the islands in late June or early September to miss the crowds and get a better deal on accomodation. But anytime June through early September is beach weather.
Welcome to our new Top 10 Greek Islands Blog. This is where we can answer your questions about our Top 10 Greek Islands and also share that information with other travelers. Also we, encourage people to share their Greek Islands experiences and perhaps provide information on islands that didn't make our Top 10.