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The highlight of many Greek island itineraries, Santorini is the pinnacle of excitement for neophyte photographers and hobby geologists alike. It is also very popular with honeymooners, although not as popular as inaugural attempts to start a family, or anything to do with padded bed restraints. With physical attractions dating back millions of years, historical attractions dating back thousands of years and a few gyro sandwiches dating only slightly further back than is ideal, this guide to Santorini attracts those who love the past, those who focus on the present, and those who simply can’t get enough souvenir Greece tank tops. The guide will tell you when to visit Santorini, why you should visit, the best places to visit, what to eat and drink, itineraries, how to get to, from and around Santorini and help you plan your visit. Why Go to Santorini? Santorini might just be the most famous…

Wild nature and detailed organization – two things that rarely seem to go hand in hand. Which made the quiet and vastly underrated Greek island of Sifnos both rare and the absolute perfect match for these two strangely divergent obsessions of ours. Obviously, we love to hike (and hiking is one of the best things to do in Sifnos). We’ve been doing it all over the world for more than 8 years now. However, less obviously, is just how much I love to have said hikes clearly mapped, meticulously planned and, in a perfect world, fastidiously recorded in document form. Lists, descriptions, info, degrees of difficulty, altitude gains/losses, all the little logistical perks that make it easier for us to simply relax and enjoy the walk without having to wonder if we’re going the right way, how long it will take, or how on Earth we’re supposed to reach, or…

It seems like every Greek island has its little niche, the thing they use to (hopefully) distinguish themselves from all the other islands and convince enough tourists to drop in long enough to spend a few fistfuls of euros before moving on to the next. On Milos, known as one of the best islands for backpackers, the top reason to visit is it’s beaches. They have over 70, I’m told, ranging from traditional sandy crescents with warm shallow water to blinding white-rock lunarscapes to tiny slivers of gravel demurely nestled between picturesque cliffs. Another one even has a tree. So you just never know. We give you information on the 5 best things to do on Milos Island besides the beaches and Milos’s best 5 beaches to visit on your trip to this amazing Greek Island. Having recently visited Athens, historic Naxos and scenic Folegandros, we were excited to check…

Island number two has been a regular nominee on a variety of different “best of” lists: Nicest villages in Europe, Hidden gems of the Greek Islands, Quiet Greek Islands, Places that don’t skimp on the white paint under any circumstances so, yes, tiny Folegandros certainly came highly recommended. I mean, what is more exclusive than a list on the internet, right? Either way, we were pretty excited to see it, having seen a few photos of its crazy cliffs and spectacular white hilltop Church of Panagia which, granted, is another item not exactly rare in the Greek Islands, although some, like this one, are a little larger, a little more popular, and have a bit more impressive locations. Others may have a slightly whiter cross or a more durable goat fence, but we were saving those highlights for other islands, so incredible views would have to do for now. For…

After years of talking about it we finally made it to the Greek islands, starting in picture perfect Naxos, where we discovered that the 6 best things to see and do include relaxing beaches, scenic hikes, traditional villages and a great sunset viewpoint. Going back over a decade these fascinating rocky, historic Mediterranean outposts has been on our list, but over and over they kept getting bumped for one reason or another, despite being one of the iconic Greek seasonal holidays. Usually because they aren’t really too close, geographically, to any of our other top of the list destinations (Morocco, Guatemala, Nepal, Argentina, Thailand). Our best shot would have been back in 2008 when we were in Turkey and you could literally see a couple Greek islands from shore. But back then I wasn’t the epic swimmer I am today (I can front crawl for 50 metres without quite hyperventilating…

Athens is huge city in Greece, which is sort of in Europe. At least I think it still is. I remember hearing something a couple years ago about Europe wanting to kick them out for being too poor or something like that, but I guess they talked everybody into letting them stay. Maybe they promised to get less poor. Anyway, we have wanted to visit Greece for a long time, so we were pretty excited to go there finally. We wanted to spend a day in Athens because it is a really famous city, one we even read about it in school and everything. I don’t remember all of it but I’m pretty sure it’s where all those old guys sat around in togas and discussed stuff like philosophy and physics and sodomy. Mostly boring stuff, but good for filling textbooks, I guess. My phone said that it was going…

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