Category: Greece

Good Vibes & Tan Lines

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

If you love the luxurious lifestyle, the discerning nightlife, and the stunning natural beauty, Mykonos is the perfect Greek island for you.
While Santorini is famous for its sunset, Mykonos has made a name for cool clubs and great parties. If you want to experience it to the fullest, there is no better place than the Cavo Tagoo Hotel. Often, 5-star hotels are rather conservative and fussy, but the Cavo Tagoo Hotel is the absolute opposite.
Wenn ihr den luxuriösen Lebensstil, das anspruchsvolle Nachtleben und die atemberaubenden Naturschönheiten liebt, ist Mykonos die perfekte griechische Insel für euch.
Während Santorini bekannt ist für seinen Sonnenuntergang, hat Mykonos sich einen Namen für coole Clubs und große Parties gemacht. Wenn ihr es in vollen Zügen erleben möchten, gibt es keinen besseren Ort als das Cavo Tagoo Hotel.

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

When we arrived at the port in Mykonos, I was really thrilled by our shuttle driver, Nick. Nick entertained us very well with cool lounge music on the 4-minute drive from the port to the hotel. He even recognized us in the evening when we were at the Mykonos city center and he took us back to the hotel. Although Mykonos is only about 10 minutes walk from the hotel, we did not have to walk because of Nick’s help. He is such a cool and nice guy.

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

Bei unserer Ankunft am Hafen in Mykonos war ich schon total begeistert von unserem Shuttle Service Fahrer, Nick. Oftmals sind 5 Sterne Hotels eher etwas konservativ und „etepetete“ aber das Cavo Tagoo Hotel ist das absolute Gegenteil. Nick hat uns mit cooler Lounge Music auf der 4-minütigen Fahrt vom Hafen zum Hotel sehr gut unterhalten. Nick hat uns sogar abends in Mykonos auf der Straße wiedererkannt und mit zurück ins Hotel genommen. Obwohl Mykonos nur ca. 10 Minuten zu Fuß vom Hotel entfernt ist 😉 . Er ist wirklich super cool und nett!

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

Back to our trip 🙂 … As soon as we arrived, I was astonished! In the glamorous and modern lobby, I immediately felt welcome. At the pool, I could directly recognize some blogger colleagues. Later, I noticed that not all guests were bloggers ;-), but many in the Cavo Tagoo Hotel simply like to use the scenery and take pictures of themselves. I liked it a lot! It did not bother anyone when it took about an hour to get my perfect breakfast pic. In general, I felt very comfortable doing what I wanted to do without being stared at.

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

Zurück zu unserer Reise 🙂 … Kaum waren wir angekommen, kam ich aus dem Staunen nicht mehr heraus! In der glamourösen und modernen Lobby habe ich mich sofort willkommen gefühlt. Am Pool habe ich direkt einige Blogger-Kollegen erkennen können bzw. habe ich auch später festgestellt, dass nicht alle Gäste Blogger waren, sondern viele im Cavo Tagoo Hotel einfach gerne die Kulisse nutzen und ein Bild von sich machen. Das hat mir übrigens besonders gut gefallen! Es hat niemanden gestört, wenn ich eine Stunde lang beim Frühstück versucht habe ein Bild von meinem Frühstück zu machen. Generell habe ich mich sehr wohl dadurch gefühlt, dass man tun und machen konnte, was man möchte.

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

Overall, we spent 3 days on Mykonos and could not leave our hotel because it is so relaxing and cool. Each room, suite, and villa is individually decorated and all have a private Jacuzzi bath and a sea view. We were lucky and could enjoy our own pool on our terrace.

At Cavo Tagoo Mykonos, you really experience the “Golden Side of Life”.

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

Insgesamt waren wir 3 Tage auf Mykonos und konnten unser Hotel kaum verlassen, weil es so entspannend und cool ist. Jedes Zimmer, jede Suite und jede Villa ist individuell eingerichtet und alle haben eine eigene Whirlpool-Badewanne und Meerblick. Wir hatten sogar Glück und konnten einen eigenen Pool am Zimmer genießen.

Hier erlebt man wirklich „the Golden Side of Life“

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

 

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

 

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

 

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

 

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

 

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

 

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

 

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

 

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Mykonos, Greece, Cavo Tagoo, Hotel, Cavo Tagoo Mykonos

8 Top Secret things to do in Santorini

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Santorini, Greece, Oia, Fira

In general, the Greek islands are all individual and with their own peculiarities. Did you know that there are about 3080 Greek islands? Santorini is not the largest island but one of the most famous. If I had to describe the island of Santorini in 3 words, I would immediately think of “sunset, beautiful and unique”. There is no place in the world that I can compare with Santorini. I have explored 8 insider tips for you so that you can experience the sunset alone.

Generell sind die griechischen Inseln alle individuell und mit ihren eigenen Besonderheiten. Wusstet ihr, dass es um die 3080 griechischen Inseln gibt? Santorini ist zwar nicht die größte Insel, aber einer der bekanntesten. Wenn ich die Insel Santorini in 3 Worten beschreiben müsste, würde mir auf Anhieb “Sonnenuntergang, wunderschön und einzigartig” einfallen. Es gibt keinen Ort auf der Welt, den ich mit Santorini vergleichen kann. Ich habe für euch extra 10 Geheimtipps erkundet, damit ihr den Sonnenuntergang zum Beispiel alleine erleben könnt.

  1. Hire a quad and drive around the island

    • There is nothing more pleasant than to blow your hair through the wind in warm / hot weather and explore the places you cannot explore by bus! Above all, you can hold on every corner and take pictures! Surprisingly, a quad costs only around 20 € per day and you can rent it at any corner!
    • Es gibt nichts angenehmeres als bei warmen/heißem Wetter seine Haare durch den Wind wehen zu lassen (allerdings hat man danach keine Frisur mehr 🙂 ) und die Orte zu erkunden, die du mit dem Bus nicht erkunden kannst! Vor allem, kannst du an jeder Ecke halten und Bilder machen! Erstaunlicherweise kostet ein Quad auch nur um die 20 € pro Tag! Ihr könnt sie an jeder Ecke mieten!Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Santorini, Greece, Oia, Fira
  2. Wander from Fira to Oia

    • One of the best things I’ve ever done is the walking the trail from Fira to Oia. In any case, take water with you! After a one hour walk, you find only one kiosk where you can buy something, but you can see the most beautiful buildings and views of Fira, Oia and other islands during the trail. If you are lucky, you sometimes meet other people (depending on the season).
    • Einer der besten Dinge, die ich jemals gemacht habe, ist die Wanderroute von Fira nach Oia. Nehmt euch auf jeden Fall etwas zu trinken mit! Auf der Route kommt nach der ersten Stunde nur ein Kiosk, wo ihr euch nochmal etwas kaufen könnt, aber ansonsten seht ihr nur wunderschöne Gebäude und Ausblicke auf Fira, Oia und andere Inseln. Wenn ihr Glück habt, trefft ihr auch manchmal auf weitere Wanderlustige (je nach der Jahreszeit).
  3. Experience a real dinner with a view

    • My tip is to enjoy the sunset during a romantic dinner in the restaurant “Athenian House”. We did this for the first time and were not only impressed by the food, but also by the location. The staff is incredibly friendly and if it is too windy, you can also sit in the cozy Cave House.
    • Mein Tipp ist, den Sonnenuntergang während eines romantischen Abendessens in dem Restaurant „Athenian House“ zu genießen. Wir haben dies zum ersten Mal gemacht und waren nicht nur vom Essen total begeistert, sondern auch von der Location! Das Personal ist unheimlich freundlich und wenn es euch draußen zu windig ist, könnt ihr euch auch in das gemütliche Cave House setzen.
  4. The famous sunset

    • I believe the sunset in Santorini is one of the most famous sunsets. For this reason, the main avenues in Oia and Fira are always crowded at this time. Then go in the direction of the restaurant Athenian House and enjoy the sunset from here. Here is always a quiet point.
    • Ich glaube, dass der Sonnenuntergang in Santorini einer der bekanntesten Sonnenuntergänge ist. Genau aus diesem Grund sind die Hauptgassen in Oia und Fira zu dieser Zeit immer überfüllt! Dann geht trotzdem in Richtung des Restaurants Athenian House und genießt den Sonnenuntergang von hier. Hier findet sich immer ein ruhiger Punkt!
  5. Take the best pictures

    • For special pictures, you must either get up early if you do not want to do anything forbidden or you simply climb the white roofs at any time of the day. Be careful, of course, but you will get the best pictures because an empty alley is rare.
    • Für besondere Bilder müsst ihr entweder früh aufstehen, wenn ihr nichts Verbotenes machen wollt, oder ihr klettert einfach zu jeder Tageszeit auf die weißen Dächer. Seid natürlich vorsichtig, aber so bekommt ihr die besten Bilder, denn eine leere Gasse findet ihr selten.Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Santorini, Greece, Oia, Fira
  6. Stay in the middle of Fira

    • The best accommodations in Santorini have a sea view and are directly on the slope. However, the cheap hotels can often be fast-boiled and the rest is then quite expensive … Therefore, I recommend you to stay at the Loizos Apartment Hotel . It is right in the middle and it offers a very tasty and extensive breakfast and even has its own pool to cool off.
    • Die besten Unterkünfte in Santorini haben natürlich Meerblick und sind direkt am Hang. Allerdings können die preiswerten Hotels oft schnell ausgebucht sein und der Rest ist dann ziemlich teuer… Deswegen empfehle ich euch im Loizos Apartment Hotel zu übernachten. Es ist mittendrin, bietet ein sehr leckeres und umfangreiches Frühstück an und hat sogar einen eigenen Pool zum Abkühlen.
  7. Cruise around the islands

    • The ferries to the other islands are so much fun! You can sunbathe on the deck, enjoy free Wi-Fi and just be somewhere in nowhere. Everything around you is blue! I booked my ferry with Seatjets . The sooner you book, the cheaper it is.
    • Die Fährenfahrten zu den anderen Inseln machen so viel Spaß! Ihr könnt euch auf dem Deck sonnen, kostenloses WLAN genießen und seid einfach irgendwo im nirgendwo. Alles um euch ist blau! Meine Fähre habe ich mit Seatjets gebucht. Je früher ihr bucht, desto preiswerter ist es!Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Santorini, Greece, Oia, Fira
  8. Take a picture of a donkey

    • Pictures with the donkeys are much sought after, but they are usually found only on the way to the city from the old harbor. I was fortunate enough to meet this island in the middle of Fira. You often hear them with the little bells they carry, then you should quickly hold your camera ready!
    • Bilder mit den Eseln sind heiß begehrt, aber man findet sie meistens nur auf dem Weg vom alten Hafen hoch in die Stadt. Ich hatte Glück, dass mir diese Esel mitten in Fira entgegenkam. Ihr hört sie oft an den kleinen Glöckchen, die sie tragen. Dann solltet ihr schnell eure Kamera bereithalten!

Island hooping in Greece – Santorini, Greece’s most popular island!

It took me about three hours to get to Santorini from Naxos. I did not even notice how time flew by. Santorini’s sublime scenery impressed me from the very beginning.

Where to stay?

Hotel Narkissos at Kamari beach is the best place to stay, if you prefer to stay close to the beach and to take the bus to Fira or Oia. Kamari beach is famous for its crystal water and black volcanic sand. It has a long street (around 2 kilometers) of lovely seaside restaurants and small shops.

Kamari beach and the bus stop are only 4 minutes away from hotel Narkissos (by foot). The bus goes to Fira every 20 minutes all day long and costs 1,80€ for each way. A supermarket is also close by. The price/performance is excellent! The room has air-conditioning, free WIFI and a big fridge. Breakfasts costs only 4€, which includes Greek yoghurt, honey, fruits, cereals, bread, ham, cheese, boiled eggs, cake, juice and hot drinks. I enjoyed having a balcony.

What to do?

Santorini has several breath-taking views such as the steep cliffs, the luxurious hotels and its beautiful sunsets. Watching the sunset is a must!

The best way to see the whole island is the walking trail that connects Oia to Fira. It took me about 3 hours to reach Oia. Apart from the fascinating views of the sea, you should keep an eye on the nature, doors and buildings. It is important to wear good shoes for the long way.

 

Don’t miss!

Obelix is a great fast food restaurant in the heart of Fira. The Gyros are yummy and you are able to watch the world go by while eating your gyro and drinking a beer.Obelix Gyro

Volcano Blue has a special offer during lunch time, which is awesome! The restaurant is located in the middle of Fira. The service was outstanding and very sympathetic. I had a complimentary grappa after my meal. It is a great place to enjoy Fira’s stunning sunset. Definitely try the local white wine (5€) and the Greek seafood menu for two, which only costs 39€.

Creme de la Crepe has the best Nutella crepes in Santorini. Watching them being prepared is part of the experience. The owners are very nice and the menu has a wide variety to choose from. 

Island hooping in Greece – Paros & Antiparos

Paros Old Town

It took me about 45 minutes with the ferry to get from Naxos to Paros. I planned to stay at Paros for one day.

Where to stay?

Alexandra’s rooms are only 10 minutes away from the port by foot. The rooms are big, clean, comfortable and have a lovely bathroom. 

What to do?

Paros charming old town is certainly worth a visit! You will find loads of shops and restaurants. Try an ice or a waffle from VANILLA GELATERIA PAROS! So delicious!! Meltemi Café Paros makes the best crêpe on the island! It is also a great spot for sunset cocktails! 

Antiparos with its stunning beaches is only 30 minutes away from Paros by boat. The trip costs 5€ (one way) and starts at the port. It leaves about every hour.

If you like horse riding, think about a riding tour in the morning at the beach in Paros.

Island hooping in Greece – Naxos’s wonderful nature

Naxos Portara

How I got here?

As you maybe have already read, my last trip was to Mykonos. The ferry from Mykonos to Naxos costs about 14€. It has a sun deck on board but you can also sit inside in comfy armchairs or you book a whole room for yourself. I felt like being on a cruise with all the possibilities on board.

Naxos Port

Where to stay?

One day before I arrived in Naxos, I saw that I live around one hour away from Naxos center and I was not sure how to get there. Luckily, Stamatis told me all possibilities to get to Adonis Hotel in Apollon.

I had three possibilities:

  1. To rent a car or scooter.
  2. To take the bus, which departs every day at 9.30 am and at 1.30 pm from Naxos center. The ticket price is 6,60€ and the trip lasts about 2 hours.
  3. To take a taxi, which costs about 50€.

Quad Bike Moto Power NaxosI decided to rent a quad bike for 20€ per day (pic of quad). Nikoleta, who works for Motor Power Naxos, answered all my questions by email and when I arrived at the port, one of her colleagues was already there with my quad bike. The service was excellent!

I felt a bit insecure because it was my first ride on a quad bike but honestly, it was so much fun!

Moto Power Bike

On my way to Adonis Hotel, I drove along the west coast road. It was such a fascinating drive! 

I was even more stunned when I arrived at Adonis Hotel in Apollon. Apollon is an admirable and calm village with a beautiful beach. It is the perfect place to relax and to enjoy the nature. Stamatis offers a delicious breakfast for 7€ and most of it is from his garden, which is next to his hotel. Have a look at it when you are there! I also had a Greek Salad, which was delightful as well as his strawberry liqueur.

Hint: The next ATM is about 20km away (Apeiranthos) and the next petrol station about 7km (Koronida). 

What to do?

Just drive around the island and enjoy the wonderful nature. Personally, I preferred the west coast and I just stayed at Naxos city center for about 10 minutes. Drive definitely to Apeiranthos, Koronida or to Koronos. If you decide to go back to city center, don’t miss Eggares Olive Press Museum on your way.

If you just want to relax, stay at the beach in Apollon or just stop at a bay.

Next stop – PAROS!

Island hooping in Greece – First stop: Mykonos

Where to stay?

Angelika Apartments and Studios are located really close to the city center. It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to get there by foot. You can reach the old port in about 20 minutes. A mini market and a scooter & ATV rental is less than 5 minutes away from Angelika’s comfortable and enjoyable Apartments and Studios in Mykonos. I paid 50€ for a double room, which is quite cheap for Mykonos. The rooms are very clean, have a TV and free WIFI. The rate also includes a free pick up from the airport. Angelika is really nice and you feel very welcome at her apartments and studios.What to do?

You should definitely visit Mykonos city center. The shops open around 12pm and offer clothes, accessories, jewelry and leather goods. In the morning or during midday it is less crowded than in the evening. Don’t miss little Venice and the windmills, which are close to little Venice. Little Venice is especially beautiful in the evening with its small restaurants. If you go through Mykonos small shopping street, you will reach the old port, which is also fascinating. To get a good snapshot, walk upstairs after the old port.

Mykonos has several beaches, which you can all reach by bus. One bus station is right at the beginning of the city center and the other one is at the old port. Just check the timetable before you go to the bus station. I went to the peaceful Elia Beach. The bus ride takes about 25 minutes from the old port. At Elia Beach are loads of sun beds, which you have to pay for.

How to get there?

Ferries go between the Cyclade islands every day. Direct Ferries offers to compare ferry tickets and to book them online. Mykonos also has an airport.

Next stop Naxos. Stay tuned!