It’s less than a week until I go on my Greek Island Hopping adventure and I CANNOT WAIT! Apart from a couple of trips to London with mum to obsess over the Jersey Boys, buy everything on Regent Street and drink wine in Covent Garden, this will be my first holiday in two years, which is a mega long time for me. Not only that, it will be my first ever girly holiday.
If you’ve missed me obsessing over my trip on the blog, my best friend and I have booked to go on a Contiki trip to the Greek Islands, starting at Athens and including Santorini, Mykonos and Ios. We leave next Saturday (13th June) to spend 2 weeks in the gorgeous sun, so naturally I’ve spent the past few weeks browsing Pinterest and searching for exciting must-dos to add to my list. So, without further ado, here are my top picks for a Greek adventure, should you decide to follow in our footsteps (in a non-stalkerish way, of course) or just be a little jealous of our early summer holiday.
1) Santorini – Oia Sunset
This one has been my iPhone screensaver for a good six weeks now, so this is pretty much at the top of my must-see list. The village of Oia is renowned for its spectacular sunsets – and for those of you who aren’t familiar with Greece, you may recognise it from its blue domed roofs.
2) Mykonos – Petros the Pelican
I came across this friendly feathered friend during my time working as a travel journalist. Petros, the pink pelican, was rescued by a fisherman in 1958 and nursed back to good health to become a mascot of the island. Sadly, the original Petros passed away in 1986, but Jackie Kennedy-Onassis and Hamburg Zoo have both donated pelicans to the island to fill the void. After researching the pelicans, writing about them and indeed plugging them on social media, it would be rude not to get a picture with them, right?
3) Santorini – Quad tour of the Island
As I’ve mentioned, Pinterest has been my BFF in the run-up to this holiday, and this came highly recommended from travellers who had been on a similar trip to ours. The island of Santorini isn’t particularly large, but its steep terrain means that it would be more feasible to explore the island aboard a quad tour. I have a feeling that I may have some trouble convincing my best friend to join me on this one, but it’s worth a try.
4) Mykonos – Little Venice
This is a little bit of a cliche, but the windmills of Mykonos, and nearby Little Venice are must-sees for anyone visiting the island. Named after the Italian city, this is one of the most picturesque parts of the island. Back in the 15th and 16th century when pirates ruled the waters, this was a popular spot for loading and unloading of goods, but now its old-world and artistic appeal is its greatest draw, whether for an afternoon stroll or a relaxed evening meal. And by the looks of our crazy hotel, a relaxed evening meal could be just what we need to recover from a night’s partying.
5) Ios – Visit the Crazy Cake Hole
This one may seem a little weird in comparison to the sight-seeing and cultural adventures I’ve listed up until now, but they had me at cakes and fairy lights. By day, you can enjoy smoothies and light bites, but by night you can enjoy cocktails and dessert. What a combination, especially since my best friend and travel buddy is a massive pastry enthusiast.
6) Santorini – Tango Bar
OK, I’m not going to lie. I was more than a little disappointed when I found out that this wasn’t a tango dancing bar. But after further consideration, Tango Santorini has an absolutely GORGEOUS cocktail menu and views of the sunset. And it stays open until 5AM, so there’s bound to be a great party atmosphere to make up for the lack of tango dancing!!
7) Santorini – Caldera Boat Trip
By the look of this list, it looks like Santorini is going to be a pretty busy stop on our island hopping adventure, but both the Oia sunset and this excursion can be added to our trip for a pretty reasonable price, so what’s not to like? This trip includes SO much, including a trip to the red sand beach of Akrotiri, a visit to Nea Kameni, the Eastern Mediterranean’s newest volcanic island, and a swim in sulphur hot springs. I think will die happy after this.
There are so many more things that I could have added to this list, including all of the historic gems in Athens and the gorgeous beaches where I plan to spend a large portion of my holiday, but I decided to leave some of my trip to chance rather than planning it out to the letter.
Is there anything I’ve missed out? If you have any recommendations for eating, drinking, sightseeing, feel free to leave them in the comments, I’d love to hear them!