When I think of Greek islands, I think of Mykonos. It’s hard not to, what with its reputation for being one of the most popular places to travel in Greece. So after 5 days on the mainland, 4 days in Santorini, and 2 days in Tinos, I can’t resist ending my trip with 2 days in Mykonos.
“You’re the last guests of the season,” he says with a smile. This is beginning to sound familiar. After being the final occupants of our hotel in Santorini, we’ve arrived in Tinos ready for a repeat. Which makes sense. It’s the very end of October, after all, and the Greek islands are preparing to hibernate until spring. But there’s still time to see this one before it’s too late, and with 2 days in Tinos we’re excited to see the highlights.
A Greek island is about as close to heaven as my inner traveler can imagine. So after 5 amazing days on the mainland, my boyfriend and I continue our 2-week Greece trip with an island getaway in the Cyclades. First on our itinerary is 4 days in Santorini, and I can’t wait for Aegean paradise.
One of my favorite things about traveling is visiting friends. This is particularly true when said friends live in amazing places. And that’s why I’m so excited to fly to Greece. Local friends have offered to show my boyfriend and me around, and they’ve planned an amazing 5-day Athens, Delphi, and Meteora itinerary for us.
Sometimes I get lucky when I travel. This morning, for instance. I’m walking down the street in Athens and I suddenly find myself entering the famous Syntagma Square just as the weekly changing of the guard ceremony begins. Suddenly the quiet space fills with the sounds of the marching band and the colors of traditional Greek military uniforms. It’s a good thing I’ve found myself here, because with only 24 hours in Athens the probability wasn’t high.
All eyes are on Greece this week. The financial crisis has made headlines on a daily basis, and the country’s economic future is up in the air. But before the Grexit fears, Greece chalked up thousands of years of mythical history, cultivated amazing heritage, and developed stunning natural beauty. And while in the short term the country is facing difficult economic times, the country remains a great place to travel. Trust me. I was there last weekend.
There’s something mythical about the Greek islands. Maybe it’s the history or the mountainous landscapes, maybe it’s the fact that the ruins of ancient civilizations pop up on every street corner. Whatever it is, I like it. So much so that while I’m traveling in Bodrum, I take a day trip to the island of Kos in Greece.