14-day trip to Greece – Cyclades Islands

Visiting the islands of Mykonos, Delos, Paros and Santorini Akrotiri and Oia.
We left Venice to Athens by plane and then went on towards the island of Mykonos by ferry.

Mikonos island (Cyclades): ecclesiastical complex of Paraportiani, Tourliani

Even before landing we could admire the beautiful and amazing ecclesiastical complex of Paraportiani and the harbour which is dominated by a series of windmills.
The island is also famous for its distinctive chimneys and pigeon houses, some of them are notable for their architectural beauty.

Windmills

Windmills

Mikonos
Walking in Mykonos numerous churches can be admired, not all of them have the same importance, nonetheless each one has its own peculiarity. In the south east area, it is famous the beach of Kalafatis as well as the church that dominates the bay.
Mikonos

Mikonos

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Island of Delos (Cyclades): Terrace of the Lions and many wonderful mosaics

The Island of Delos, which faces Mykonos, is famous for the important ancient monuments, in particular the Terrace of the Lions, but also its Theatre, temples and villas. The villas are still decorated with mosaics that preserve their original colours.

Terrace of the Lions

Terrace of the Lions

Delos – Grecia

 

Delos

Delos

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Island of Paros (Cyclades): monastic complex of Katapoliani and Church of the 100 doors

With a ferry (built in Venice fifty years ago) we moved to the island of Paros. The crossing, due to the Meltemi (a very strong seasonal wind), has been very problematic for the Force 7 at sea. The island offers a variety of very characteristic – both from an architectural and an environmental point of view – corners such as the places where fishermen were mending their nets. Church complexes are important, in particular the one of Ekatontapyliani or Church of 100 doors; do not forget that there are also numerous, and not less important, smaller churches.
Paros

Paros

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Island of Santorini (Cyclades): typical churches, seaside and ancient Akrotiri (16th century BC)

With a large modern ferry we left Paros in order to reach Santorini island where it seems that the eruption, which splat the island centuries ago, finished only a few days ago. The city dominates the sea from above with numerous typical churches; the sea is reachable through a long staircase that tourists can climb on a mule. With a short ferry ride, we could reach the Caldera, still steaming. On the opposite side of the island it is possible to visit the ruins of the city of Akrotiri.

View of Oia

View of Oia

Santorini – Greece

Island of Santorini (Cyclades): Oia village

On the north side of the island, we reached the village of Oia, dominated by a windmill; it is a destination for tourists who goes there for the beautiful sunset viewing. Oia offers, in addition to the usual beautiful churches, several house complexes rich in colours thus differing from the usual white and blue typical colours.

Windmill - Oia

Windmill - Oia

Santorini

Island of Santorini (Cyclades): typical houses of Perivolas village

In Santorini island there are several and varied hotel accommodations. Particularly fascinating it is the proposal offered by Perivolas Traditional Guest Houses, situated in an excellent panoramic position. It is composed by small apartments carved into the rock, traditionally furnished and with relevant common equipment (as the pool). We lived there during our stay on the island.

Perivolas Traditional Guest Houses

Perivolas Traditional Guest Houses

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Greece, Cyclades islands: Typicak churches

During our visit of the Cyclades islands, I was impressed by several churches, many of them small and less important, but still of notable beauty.

Church

Church

Cyclades islands

 

Church

Church

Cyclades islands