July 02, 2015

Under the Grecian Sun

Brilliantly whitewashed villages and centuries-old churches set against an endless ocean of blue await you in Greece’s enchanting Hellenic paradise of islands and swoon-worthy coastline.

The Aegean Sea is home to a myriad of islands where vacationers flock each year. However, with so many islands - and so little time - where do you start? Just a quick plane or ferry ride from Athens, the Cyclades islands are the picture-perfect choice. The Cyclades (meaning circle) is a ring of islands around the sacred Delos, where Ancient Greek Mythology states as the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Here, stunning natural settings, warm hospitality, inspired cuisine, and seaside lifestyle provide the perfect escape from the daily grind for some relaxing fun in the sun.    

With effortless island hopping, you can’t help but explore the best of the Cyclades. From the dramatic volcanic peaks of Santorini, to the natural splendor of Ios, the vibrant and glamourous Mykonos to the unspoiled beauty of Folegandros, there is something to appeal to every type of traveller. 

Let's begin with one of my favourites... 

An authentic island experience awaits you in FOLEGANDROS with its white washed buildings and jaw-dropping views. Often referred to as the next Santorini, Folegandros is home to picturesque village squares where you can unwind under the shade of a mulberry tree while watching locals go about their daily lives. The island’s bohemian spirit has long provided quiet inspiration for writers and painters alike. Its vast open spaces are perfect for walking and hiking to and from its quaint villages. Along the picturesque streets of Chora you will find artisan shops and restaurants where you can dine on homemade meals. A visit to Panagia Church perched on the highest spot of the island is a must - the view is breathtaking! Take a trip to the northeastern cave of Chrysopelia or relax on one of the island’s many secluded sand beaches. Folegandros provides a glimpse of genuine island life.  


WHERE TO STAY
Perched on a towering cliff overlooking the spectacular Aegean Sea, the lovely ANEMOMILOS APARTMENTS is a boutique property in Folegandros where you can listen to waves softly crashing below as you lose yourself in the expanse of sea and sky.

The look and feel at Anemomilos is that of staying with family at their private Mediterranean villa filled with garden patios overflowing with flowers at every turn. The hotel is family owned and run by Dimitris, Cornelia, Andreas, Diana and Amir (the English Setter), who are always happy to assist you. At Anemomilos, you arrive as a stranger and leave as an extended member of the family. 
Find my full hotel review on Travel About!


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