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