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5 Sunset experiences you shouldn´t miss!

6 Oct

The first image that comes to anyone´s mind when they hear the word “Greece” is one of its most beautiful islands: Santorini! And there is a good reason for that; according to many, the unique view from Caldera offers the best sunset one could possibly imagine. Well, I am afraid I have to disagree. In my opinion Santorini’s sunset complements the infinite beauty of the island, but without the rest of the scenery it wouldn’t be that unique. And that is because Santorini is not the only Greek island offering impressive sunset experiences! To justify that I went through my electronic and mental photo albums and I present my findings to you… So turn the lights off, set your screen at the highest possible resolution and travel to all the shades of red:

1. Kalamitsi beach, Lefkada, Ionian Sea

Note that the official name of this beach is Aivali but it is widely known as Kalamitsi. Upon arriving in the village of Kalamitsi, turn left and descend through the olive groves. After 4km you will see a junction; take the road on the left and you will reach the beach within five minutes. You can enjoy the sunset either lying on the beach or from the exotic canteen that is amphitheatrically built above the coast. Reggae music, banana trees and the sound of waves on the rocks will offer you one of the most beautiful sunsets of your life!

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2. Anafi, Aegean – Cretan sea

First of all, you need to get some rakomelo (an authentic Greek spirit) or chestnut ice cream by “Ta plagia”, the first shop you meet on your left hand as you enter Chora. Then, take the road that passes by the village and leads to the west of the island. There is no chance of getting lost since the island has only two paved roads! Pick a spot with a nice view and enjoy the sun setting over Santorini!

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3 Ikaria, Aegean – Ikarian sea

After a swim in the stunning beach of Na in the western part of the island, pay a visit to the tavern of Na located just above the beach. Don’t miss the chance to taste their pasta with braised veal and a glass of local Ikarian red wine as you watch the sun setting between rocks!

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4. Balos, Aegean – Cretan Sea

Balos is a mind-blowing (yet quite hard to reach) beach with wonderful blue-green waters. You can get there by boats departing from Gramvoussa but unfortunately they head back before sunset, so I suggest you drive the 8km dirt road to get to the beach. The road ends 3km before the cape but the perfectly preserved footpath is not difficult at all to follow. After 8 pm the colours of the sky will carry you away… Following the nightfall you will be accompanied by the crabs that come out of the lagoon’s shores. Do not forget a flashlight to help you find your way back to the car!

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5. Gaidouronissi or Chrissi, Libyan Sea

Quite a few travellers each year visit this tiny island south of Crete, home to a cedars’ forest since the ancient times. There is neither a settlement nor electricity on the islet, just a canteen on its south coast. You can take a boat from Ierapetra and return with the same one the next day. All you need for spending a night there is your sleeping bag; the rest can be found on the spot (like food, water, even friends!) since Chrissi is a popular free camping place not only for travellers but for local Cretans as well, and they are fully organized and charmingly hospitable! So after enjoying the blue waters go to the north beach (if you’re not already there) and wait for the sunset. Do not be surprised to see a group of people practicing yoga during sunset; classes are offered by a yoga teacher for free and of course you will be more than welcome to join! An experience not to be missed!

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I am waiting for your own sunset photos, and do not forget to share the story behind them! Stories are what make the colours more vivid! 😉

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3 Remote Beaches in a hidden paradise in the Saronic gulf

18 Aug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo 1: Agistri Island, Source Irene Vlachou, flickr.com

Read this article about the beaches of Agistri island at our new website!

How many times have you caught yourself daydreaming of being in a remote secret beach, enjoying yourself, far away from your responsibilities? And, how often was that beach just a second away from you?

It is summertime and whether you are from Athens, or you are just visiting Athens for a few days, you are probably already tired of its packed and noisy beaches. Agistri Island is the solution! Lying just an hour away from the port of Piraeus, it is the ideal destination for short excursion or a relaxing weekend; Agistri is a hidden paradise.

There are two ways to get there. The first option is to take the Flying Dolphin from Piraeus and arrive within an hour in Megalochori, the island’s new port. The second choice is for those of you that enjoy the trip and are not in a hurry: the ferry, where you can spend less than two hours on board overlooking the blue sea and emptying your mind and it is only half the price of the Flying Dolphin! The ferry takes you to Skala, the island’s capital.

But let’s keep it short and dive together in Agistri’s breathtaking beaches:

1. Aponissos Beach

The homonymous private islet located in the southwest of Agistri and almost attached to its coast, creates a stunning small cove.

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Photo 2: Aponissos Beach, Source agistri-island.gr/

A unique combination of exotic colours, nothing less than an amazing remote beach, having nothing to be afraid of when compared with exotic seas from all over the world (8 Km from Skala)

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Photo 3: Aponissos Beach, Source Labros Psomodotis

Tip: Try the crab salad at the only tavern of Aponissos!

2. Small and Big Dragonera Beach

Going downhill towards the beach, you will introduce yourself to 2 astonishing vistas: on your right you will see the Small Dragonera and on your left the Big Dragonera…

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Photo 4: Small and Big Dragonera, Source agistri-island.gr/

I personally prefer the small one because you can have it exclusively to yourself and enjoy an almost private experience (if you are lucky enough to find some space..!), as it fits at most three groups of friends isolating them from the masses. Big Dragonera is equipped with sun beds, a canteen and attracts more people.

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Photo 5: Big Dragonera, Source Labros Psomodotis

Tip 1: For the most daring of you, Small Dragonera is suitable for nudism…!

Tip 2: The dense pine forest that covers the entire area makes it suitable for free camping.

3. Chalkiada Beach

Perhaps the most famous beach on the island is also the most hard to access; 500 meters from Skala, and after passing through a beautiful pine forest, starts a 20 meter descent which in some places requires caution. This pebble beach is gifted with magnificent crystal clear waters.

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Photo 6: Chalkiada Beach, Source alkyoni-agistri.gr

Tip 1: Wearing a swimsuit in this beach is considered a taboo… 😉

Tip 2: The area is suitable for free camping.

Tip 3: On your way back from the beach and after exiting the pine forest, dine at the hotel restaurant “Alkioni”; taste mouthwatering local dishes and, if you are lucky, you will have the chance to meet the awesome brother of the owner!

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Do you need more info about Agistri island? Ask at the comments below!

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