Monday, May 4, 2015

RETHYMNON AND HERAKLION IN CRETE



In the morning the day was rainy but when we left the hotel luckily it was no rain. We caught a bus to Rethymnon, where we arrived 1:30h later.




Venetian Port of Rethymnon
Fishing boats in the Venetian Port of Rethymnon, the most interesting area of this town of Crete



The bus stop in Rethymnon is about 20 minutes walking from the Venetian Port along a road between the fortress and the sea.


Venetian fortress of Rethymnon
Venetian fortress of Rethymnon beside the road between the bus station and the Venetian Port


So in Rethymnon we visited:

  • Venetian Port
  • Loggia
  • Rimondi Fountain
  • Venetian Fortress



Venetian Port



Venetian Port in Rethymnon
Caravel in the Venetian Port of Rethymnon in Crete



Venetian Port of Rethymnon
Colourful buildings beside the Venetian Port of Rethymnon



Venetian Port of Rethymnon in Crete
Caravel leaving the Venetian Port in Rethymnon beside the lighthouse



Venetian Port of Rethymnon
Lighthouse in the Venetian Port of Rethymnon



Old town of Rethymnon in Crete
Typical buildings in the old town of Rethymnon near the Venetian Port




Loggia




Loggia of Rethymnon
Loggia of Rethymnon


Rimondi Fountain



Rimondi fountain in Rethymnon
Rimondi fountain in Rethymnon



Old town of Rethymnon in Crete
A street of the old town of Rethymnon



The Venetian port of Rethymnon is quite similar to the one of Chania, but smaller. It has a lighthouse too. After enjoying walking the streets of the old town of Rethymnon we came back to the bus station for going to Heraklio.



Fortress of Rethymnon
Venetian Fortress of Rethymnon in Crete


Heraklion


After a break in the hotel and eating something, we went to the Paleologos Travel Agency (www.ferries.gr) to collect our ferry tickets from Heraklio to Santorini and from Santorini to Mykonos (the tickets of Hellenic Seaways we bought online from Barcelona).

The evening was lovely so we walked up to the port area and the Venetian Fortress.



Venetian Port in Heraklion
Venetian Port in Heraklion


Koules fortress in Heraklion
Koules fortress in Heraklion


Heraklion in Crete
Boats in the Harbor of Heraklion, the biggest town in Crete



In Heraklio there isn't actually much more to do, but it's worth a stopover to visit the Palace of Knossos. Besides it is the communications hub of Crete and from where most ferries leave to Santorini, our next destination in The Greek Islands.


This was our trip route from Crete to Athens:


Day 1 - Crete: Chania

  • Beach of Agios Apostoli
  • Venetian Port
  • Splantzia (Turquish Quarter)
  • Jewish Quarter

Day 2 - Crete

  • Gramvoussa
  • Balos Lagoon


Day 3 - Crete: Rethymnon and Heraklion

  • Venetian Port in Rethymnon
  • Loggia, Rimondi fountain and streets of the old town of Rethymnon
  • Fortress of Rethymnon
  • Venetian Port of Heraklion

Day 4 - Crete

  • Palace of Knossos
  • Agios Nikolaos


Day 5 - Santorini

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Heraklion to Santorini
  • Sunset in Oia

Day 6 - Santorini

  • Fira
  • Excursion to Nea Kameni and Volcano
  • Beach of Perissa (black beach)
  • Sunset in Firostefani


Day 7 - Santorini

  • Red Beach, White Beach and Black Beach
  • Sunset in Fira

Day 8 - Mykonos

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Santorini to Mykonos
  • Mykonos Town
  • Windmills and Little Venice

Day 9 - Mykonos

  • Delos Island
  • Paraportiani Church in Mykonos Town
  • Beach of Agios Ioannis
  • Little Venice

Day 10 - Mykonos

  • Beach of Platys Gialos
  • Super Paradise beach
  • Paradise Beach

Day 11 - Mykonos Town

  • Mykonos Town
  • Blue Star ferry to Athens

Day 12 - Athens

  • Acropolis
  • Ancient Agora
  • Hadrian's Library
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Panathenaic Stadium
  • Monastiraki District

Day 13 - Athens


  • Roman Agora
  • Plaka District



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Thursday, April 30, 2015

VOLCANO IN SANTORINI


We got up early to visit Fira before the tour to Nea Kameni and the Volcano. The day before we bought the tickets of the tour at the hotel with no extra cost.



Sunrise in Santorini
Sunrise in Santorini from our hotel in Firostefani


We had breakfast comfortably on the terrace of our room. I truly liked this moment on our little terrace. Before I had gotten up at 6am to enjoy the sunrise since our room was facing to the east. Among this sunrise and the sunset, we visited:


  • Fira
  • Nea Kameni and the crater of the volcano
  • Hotsprings in Palea Kameni
  • Perissa Beach
  • Imerovigli
  • Firostefani


We arrived at Fira walking through a path next to the Caldera enjoying fantastic views in the morning. This walk takes usually 10 minutes from Firostefani, but we needed half an hour because we stopped several times and took many pictures of the beautiful views.



Firostefani in Santorini
Firostefani in Santorini


Caldera in Santorini
Behind the Skaros rock you can see Oia beside the Caldera of Santorini


Skaros rock beside Imerovigli in Santorini
Skaros rock beside Imerovigli in Santorini


Fira



Catholic cathedral of Fira
Catholic cathedral in Fira in Santorini


Orthodox cathedral in Fira
Orthodox cathedral in Fira


We wandered through the streets of Fira among shops of souvenirs, We visited two churches (both for free) and enjoyed the views of the caldera from Fira.

About 10:15 am we began to descend the 500 steps to the old port where the boats to Nea Kameni leave. The first leg we passed donkeys waiting for customers. It's early in the morning and is not hot yet but the area already smells a bit. Enjoying the views we went downstairs until we reached the port.



Stairway from Fira in Santorini to the Old Port
Stairway (500 steps) from Fira to the Old Port


Donkeys in Santorini
Donkeys going upstairs from the Old Port to Fira



The boat journey is nice and in 30 minutes we were in Nea Kameni. We walked about 20 minutes with our guide to reach the crater that smokes at some point. It's advisable to bring trainers, water and a hat or cup because of the heat. The guide told us that the temperature in the crater is about 100 degrees celsius. We had 30 minutes to walk around the crater and for taking some pictures. From this point we saw Oia, Fira, Firostefani and Imerovigli behind the Caldera.

The tour to Nea Kameni is interesting because of the boat journey, the views of Santorini from Nea Kameni and the curiosity of seeing a steaming crater of a volcano.




Fira and Firostefani in Santorini
Fira and Firostefani from the Caldera in Santorini



Nea Kameni and the Volcano



Santorini from Nea Kameni
Path in Nea Kameni which led us to the crater of the Volcano with Santorini in the background



Santorini in the Greek Islands
Walking to the crater of the Volcano in Nea Kameni near Santorini




Crater of the Volcano in Santorini
People around the crater of the Volcano in Santorini


Crater of the Volcano in Santorini
Crater of the Volcano in Santorini


Crater of the Volcano in Santorini
The crater of the Volcano of Santorini still smokes


Oia in Santorini from the crater of the Volcano
Oia in Santorini from the crater of the Volcano




We came back to the boat for sailing to the hot springs of Palea Kameni, an adjacent island where we enjoyed a bath in sulfur rich thermal waters for about 30 minutes. The tour finished after coming back to Santorini, where we arrived about 2pm.



Boats which took us from Santorini to Nea Kameni
One of these boats took us from Santorini to Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni and back to Santorini


Hotsprings in Palea Kameni



Hot Springs of Palea Kameni near Santorini
Hot Springs of Palea Kameni near Santorini


We had lunch in the restaurant Nikolas in Fira and then we took a bus to Perissa, where there is one of the black beaches of the island. There We enjoyed a nice, relaxing and sunny afternoon on the Perissa Beach with calm water.



Saganaki cheese
Saganaki cheese is a typical dish of the Greek Cuisine



Perissa Beach



Perissa beach in Santorini
Calm water of Perissa beach in Santorini


Perissa beach in Santorini
Black sand of Perissa beach in Santorini


Perissa beach in Santorini
Umbrellas on Perissa beach in Santorini


Perissa beach in Santorini
Perissa is one of the black beaches of Santorini




In the evening, after a relaxing shower and a pleasant walk to Imerovigli, we enjoyed the sunset from Firostefani and then we had dinner pretty well in Simos tavern.



Imerovigli



Imerovigli in Santorini
Imerovigli in Santorini from Firostefani


Firostefani



Firostefani in Santorini
Firostefani in Santorini



Agios Nikolaos monastery in Santorini
Blue dome of Agios Nikolaos monastery located between Firostefani and Imerovigli



Sunset in Santorini from Firostefani
Sunset in Santorini from Firostefani


Windmill in Firostefani
Windmill in Firostefani


Restaurant in Firostefani
Restaurant in Firostefani


Simos Tavern in Santorini
Simos Tavern in Santorini, where we enjoyed our meal



This was our trip route from Crete to Athens:


Day 1 - Crete: Chania

  • Beach of Agios Apostoli
  • Venetian Port
  • Splantzia (Turquish Quarter)
  • Jewish Quarter

Day 2 - Crete

  • Gramvoussa
  • Balos Lagoon


Day 3 - Crete: Rethymnon and Heraklion

  • Venetian Port in Rethymnon
  • Loggia, Rimondi fountain and streets of the old town of Rethymnon
  • Fortress of Rethymnon
  • Venetian Port of Heraklion

Day 4 - Crete

  • Palace of Knossos
  • Agios Nikolaos


Day 5 - Santorini

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Heraklion to Santorini
  • Sunset in Oia

Day 6 - Santorini

  • Fira
  • Excursion to Nea Kameni and Volcano
  • Beach of Perissa (black beach)
  • Sunset in Firostefani


Day 7 - Santorini

  • Red Beach, White Beach and Black Beach
  • Sunset in Fira

Day 8 - Mykonos

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Santorini to Mykonos
  • Mykonos Town
  • Windmills and Little Venice

Day 9 - Mykonos

  • Delos Island
  • Paraportiani Church in Mykonos Town
  • Beach of Agios Ioannis
  • Little Venice

Day 10 - Mykonos

  • Beach of Platys Gialos
  • Super Paradise beach
  • Paradise Beach

Day 11 - Mykonos Town

  • Mykonos Town
  • Blue Star ferry to Athens

Day 12 - Athens

  • Acropolis
  • Ancient Agora
  • Hadrian's Library
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Panathenaic Stadium
  • Monastiraki District

Day 13 - Athens


  • Roman Agora
  • Plaka District



Other countries and cities I have already visited are:




Saturday, April 25, 2015

MYKONOS BEACHES


We spent this day enjoying the beaches of Mykonos (the previous day we have already enjoyed the beach of Agios Gioannis). We went to Platys Gialos beach first because you can get this beach easily by bus from Mykonos Town and since from this beach the Kaikus leave to the beaches of Paradise and Superparadise, the ones we had time to go to.


So we spent this day in the beaches:

  • Platys Gialos
  • Super Paradise beach
  • Paradise Beach


Platys Gialos Beach



Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos
Clear and turquoise water of Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos



Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos
In Platys Gialos beach you can hardly find a place to lay your towel if you don't want a sun lounger 



Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos
Typical white houses built in Cycladic Style beside Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos



Platys Gialos beach in Mykonos
Walking along the beach of Platys Gialos in Mykonos, one of the most popular islands in the Greek Islands



We took the boat shortly after a walk on the beach of Platys Gialos. It is nice but too small. We went first to Superparadise beach, although the boat made a previous stop in Paradise Beach. This beach is wide with clear water. After enjoying the sun we had lunch in a restaurant beside the beach.


SuperParadise beach




Kaiku on Superparadise beach in Mykonos
Kaiku on Superparadise beach in Mykonos



Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
Golden sand of Superparadise Beach in Mykonos


Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
In Superparadise beach there are enough place for sunbathing



Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
Clear and turquoise water of Superparadise beach in Mykonos



Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
Superparadise beach is the beach of Mykonos I liked most



Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
Umbrellas on Superparadise Beach in Mykonos




Superparadise Beach in Mykonos
Houses built in Cycladic Style beside the Superparadise beach in Mykonos



After having lunch we took the first Kaiku to Paradise beach, where we spent just an hour. We saw the environment in Tropicana Bar and at 6 pm o'clock we took the bus back to Mykonos Town.


Paradise beach




Paradise Beach in Mykonos
Paradise Beach in Mykonos



Cavo Paradiso in Paradise Beach
Cavo Paradiso in Paradise Beach




We had dinner at Nikos Tavern restaurant, where we had lunch our first day in Mykonos.

Mykonos Beaches are pristine but apart from Superparadise beach, for me are too small for the amount of sun loungers and people there. Depending on the beach and time in August it must be impossible to find a place to lay your towel.


This was our trip route from Crete to Athens:


Day 1 - Crete: Chania

  • Beach of Agios Apostoli
  • Venetian Port
  • Splantzia (Turquish Quarter)
  • Jewish Quarter


Day 2 - Crete

  • Gramvoussa
  • Balos Lagoon



Day 3 - Crete: Rethymnon and Heraklion

  • Venetian Port in Rethymnon
  • Loggia, Rimondi fountain and streets of the old town of Rethymnon
  • Fortress of Rethymnon
  • Venetian Port of Heraklion


Day 4 - Crete

  • Palace of Knossos
  • Agios Nikolaos



Day 5 - Santorini

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Heraklion to Santorini
  • Sunset in Oia


Day 6 - Santorini

  • Fira
  • Excursion to Nea Kameni and Volcano
  • Beach of Perissa (black beach)
  • Sunset in Firostefani



Day 7 - Santorini

  • Red Beach, White Beach and Black Beach
  • Sunset in Fira


Day 8 - Mykonos

  • Hellenic Seaways ferry from Santorini to Mykonos
  • Mykonos Town
  • Windmills and Little Venice


Day 9 - Mykonos

  • Delos Island
  • Paraportiani Church in Mykonos Town
  • Beach of Agios Ioannis
  • Little Venice


Day 10 - Mykonos

  • Beach of Platys Gialos
  • Super Paradise beach
  • Paradise Beach


Day 11 - Mykonos Town

  • Mykonos Town
  • Blue Star ferry to Athens


Day 12 - Athens

  • Acropolis
  • Ancient Agora
  • Hadrian's Library
  • Temple of Olympian Zeus
  • Panathenaic Stadium
  • Monastiraki District

Day 13 - Athens


  • Roman Agora
  • Plaka District



Other countries and cities I have already visited are: