Summer is fast approaching and it’s about time we are welcomed by some new, nice and warm destinations. As you probably know by now and have followed our blog, I’m a big a fan of Greece and its many islands. Hopefully very soon I will have the privilege of visiting them all. So far I have been to the picturesque islands of Zante, Lefkada, Kefalonia and Mykonos.
The plan for this year is ambitious and starting to take shape as I am looking forward to starting the summer season with a visit to Corfu, followed by Skiathos and Skopelos, and lastly Santorini.
Corfu is the only Ionian sea island I haven't been to yet. I am very much looking forward to my first visit around the days of 24-29 May. Hopefully, a total of 5 days will be enough to appreciate and embrace the spirit of this beautiful island.
As I am located in Blagoevgrad (south-west Bulgaria), Greece is fairly easy to reach. In the case of Corfu, there are only 550 kilometers that separate us, which equates to no more than 6 hours in total. A 5 hour drive, followed by a ferry ride of 30 mins to 1hr and voilla we will be able to set foot on the island.
I have outlined several landmarks and beaches that I wish to visit and hopefully the weather and water will be warm enough to enjoy some tanning sessions on the beach too.
Achilleion – Achilleion is a palace with a really dramatic story. It was built by a woman named Elisabeth who was obsessed with beauty and power. Corfu was her favorite vacation place where she used to admire Greece and its culture. As the name suggests the palace was named after the hero Achilles. It’s located about 10 kilometers from the city of Corfu and is certainly a must see place, as it offers a fantastic panoramic view over Corfu city.
Angelokastro – Castle of Angelos or Castle of the Angel is located on the highest peak of the island. Another good place for a breath-taking panoramic veiew of the island. Angelokastro is said to be one of the most important fortified complexes of Corfu and is another must see site.
Vido – a small island, less than 10 kilometers in diameter. It’s a place to visit and explore and also a good reason to rent a boat or take a cruise ship.
Pontikonisi – yet another small island near Corfu. The trip to there will be combined with the island of Vido.
Mathraki – and another one small island near Corfu. This one has a lovely beach which is one of the most famous in Corfu. The island It’s about 3.5 kilometers in diameter and will be the third stop of our boat trip.
Moving on I will be visiting the islands of Skiathos and Skopelos. I plan to do so as part of the same vacation.Those two little islands look very romantic and I chose them exactly because of this reason.
I’ve chose late of July for this Trip purposely. It is a special occasion as my girlfriend and I have an anniversary on the 23rd of July and I feel that this trip will be a great way to celebrate our first year together. I’m thinking of spending 4 nights on one of the islands and 3 on the other and I am yet to choose the one thlonger stay.
I plan on parking my car at the port of Volos where the ferries departure and perhaps rent a quad bike or two as a means of transportation on the actual island. A quad bike is fairly simple to ride and provides a great level of flexibility in relation to the places you are able to reach.
I would also likes us to travel around the islands by boat and spend a fair bit of time doing so. It is great feeling once you set anchor at a wild and uncrowded beach.This trip will be really special for us and I expect that we make the most out of it. Romance, sea food, quads and boats, what more could I possibly wish for?
My vacation to Santorini is planned for the beginning of September. The weather will still be hot and hopefully it would be a little bit cheaper. The best way to get there is by plane, which should take less than a 2 hour flight from Thessaloniki's airport.
A total of 5 nights should allo enough time to relax and rejuvenate. Santorini is slightly more expensive than the other destinations and especially so if you want to see the best of it. Hopefully, we will be able to find a good deal and book a nice hotel at the top of the island, preferably one with a private pool or at least a jacuzzi.
Also, I am looking forward to seeing the famous Red beach in person. The sea water there is really hot and there are black and red volcanic pebbles.
Santorini is a really special place and perhaps deservedly one of the most famous Greek islands there are. You won't be short of breathtaking views here!
I am more than convinced that this summer will be one to remember and full of special moments and stories to share. In fact, I am certain that after my trips there will be lots of photos and stories which I will of course share with you - our dear Geo Glimpse Travel reader!