Greece Overview

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Greece is a country spread across some of the finest parts of the Mediterranean Sea. You can easily lose months of your life island hopping, eating amazing food and soaking up the sun next to some brilliant blue water. Bordered by Turkey, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania and the Mediterranean Sea, travelling overland is possble from all bordering countries, and many ferries from Italy offer passage to ports in Greece. Domestic transport is typically by bus or ferry depending on where you are but be prepared to wait as nothing will leave or arrive on time. Officially the Hellenic Republic, this amazing country will give you near unlimited amounts to see, do and eat. You will surely be plotting your return trip before you leave. Ensure you get lost on the windy streets below the Acropolis, island hop to Santorini for the view, walk the crusader walls of Rhodes and hike the ruins of Delphi. If you can only focus on a couple of adventures, go to Athens, Rhodes and another island of your choice.

Athens
Athens
Crete
Crete
Delphi
Delphi
Ios
Ios
Milos
Milos
Delos and Mykonos
Delos and Mykonos
Naxos
Naxos
Rhodes
Rhodes
Santorini
Santorini

Image Gallery

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling, Footside, Sara and Mike Waters

Lindos Backflip, Rhodes, Greece
Lindos Backflip, Rhodes
Greek Parliament, Athens, Greece
Greek Parliament, Athens
Santorini, Greece
Santorini
Vikos Gorge, Greece
Vikos Gorge
Hania Harbour, Crete, Greece
Hania Harbour, Crete
Klima, Milos, Greece
Klima, Milos
Palace of the Grand Master, Rhodes, Greece
Palace of the Grand Master, Rhodes
Cliffs of Santorini, Greece
Cliffs of Santorini
Santorini, Greece
Santorini
Delos, Greece
Delos
Delphi Backflip, Greece
Delphi Backflip
Athens, Greece
Athens
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Acropolis, Athens
Heraklion Harbour, Crete, Greece
Heraklion Harbour, Crete
Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos
Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes
Milos, Greece
Milos
Rhodes Old Town, Greece
Rhodes Old Town
Corfu, Greece
Corfu
Naxos, Greece
Naxos
Mandraki Harbour and Castle, possibly where the Colossus of Rhodes stood, Greece
Mandraki Harbour and Castle, possibly where the Colossus of Rhodes stood
View from the start of the Vikos Gorge Trail, Greece
View from the start of the Vikos Gorge Trail
View from Thira in Santorini, Greece
View from Thira in Santorini
Mylopotas Beach, Ios, Greece
Mylopotas Beach, Ios
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Acropolis, Athens
Mykonos Backflip, Greece
Mykonos Backflip
Rhodes Old Town, Greece
Rhodes Old Town
Santorini, Greece
Santorini
Palace of the Grand Master, Rhodes, Greece
Palace of the Grand Master, Rhodes
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Acropolis, Athens
Theatre, Delphi, Greece
Theatre, Delphi
Santorini, Greece
Santorini
Rhodes Gate, Greece
Rhodes Gate
Knossos Fresco, Crete, Greece
Knossos Fresco, Crete
Corfu, Greece
Corfu
Firiplaka Beach, Milos, Greece
Firiplaka Beach, Milos
Vikos Gorge, Greece
Vikos Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge, Crete
Acropolis Backflip, Greece
Acropolis Backflip
Mandraki Harbour Castle, Rhodes, Greece
Mandraki Harbour Castle, Rhodes
Near Santorini, Greece
Near Santorini
Milos, Greece
Milos
Mount Zeus, Naxos, Greece
Mount Zeus, Naxos
Santorini, Greece
Santorini
Nisyros, Greece
Nisyros
Delos, Greece
Delos
Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos
Rhodes Walls, Greece
Rhodes Walls
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Acropolis, Athens
Athens, Greece
Athens
Greek Parliament, Athens, Greece
Greek Parliament, Athens
Acropolis at night, Athens, Greece
Acropolis at night, Athens
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge, Crete
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge, Crete
Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos
Delos, Greece
Delos
Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos
Delphi, Greece
Delphi
Delphi, Greece
Delphi
Delphi, Greece
Delphi
Delphi, Greece
Delphi
Naxos, Greece
Naxos
Naxos, Greece
Naxos
Naxos, Greece
Naxos
Ios, Greece
Ios
Kos, Greece
Kos
Nisyros, Greece
Nisyros
Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes
Acropolis of Lindos, Greece
Acropolis of Lindos
Acropolis of Lindos, Greece
Acropolis of Lindos
Rhodes Walls, Greece
Rhodes Walls
Rhodes Gate, Greece
Rhodes Gate
Rhodes Old Town, Greece
Rhodes Old Town
Rhodes Old Town, Greece
Rhodes Old Town
Santorini, Greece
Santorini
Santorini, Greece
Santorini
Santorini, Greece
Santorini
Santorini, Greece
Santorini
Santorini, Greece
Santorini
Santorini, Greece
Santorini
Lindos, Greece
Lindos
Lindos, Greece
Lindos
Delos, Greece
Delos
Kos, Greece
Kos

Santorini

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling, Footside, Sara and Mike Waters

Greek Orthodox Church, Santorini, Greece
Greek Orthodox Church
Santorini from the Caldera, Santorini, Greece
Santorini from the Caldera
Thira Santorini, Santorini, Greece
Thira Santorini
Cliffs of Santorini, Santorini, Greece
Cliffs of Santorini
Santorini Sunset, Santorini, Greece
Santorini Sunset
Thira at Night, Santorini, Greece
Thira at Night

Santorini is a stunningly beautiful place, possibly the most recognizable Greek island, from the many pictures taken of its coloured domed churches and dramatic location. Iconically famous for its 300m high, volcanic created, sheer cliffs with intricate white wash villages perched precariously on the top. The island of Santorini is what was left over from an enormous volcanic eruption 3500 years ago. This eruption wiped out the ancient Greek settlements and created the current geological caldera. Watching the sunset over the caldera is a stunning visual display found in few other places on the globe. A popular day trip can take you on a masted ship out to the central caldera island and around the base of the towering cliffs to really appreciate how unique this island really is. Most of the beaches around the island are made up of black sand which can scorch the feet, this is another reminder of the tremendous volcanic eruption that shaped the island. There are a number of ruins sites around the island that display previous settlements and how some were preserved after the eruption. Whether its time on the beach, ruins, jaw dropping views or a love of geology Santorini has it all. 

Oia Church, Santorini, Greece
Oia Church
Oia Church, Santorini, Greece
Oia Church
Oia Church, Santorini, Greece
Oia Church
Thira Church, Santorini, Greece
Thira Church
Hotel in Thira, Santorini, Greece
Hotel in Thira
Orthodox Church, Santorini, Greece
Orthodox Church
Thira, Santorini, Greece
Thira
Oia Chruch, Santorini, Greece
Oia Chruch
Thira, Santorini, Greece
Thira
Thira and Cliffs, Santorini, Greece
Thira and Cliffs
Orthodox Church, Santorini, Greece
Orthodox Church
Black Sand Beach, Santorini, Greece
Black Sand Beach
View from Thira, Santorini, Greece
View from Thira, Santorini
View of the Caldera from Thira, Santorini, Greece
View of the Caldera from Thira, Santorini
Kamari, Santorini, Greece
Kamari
Thira, Santorini, Greece
Thira
Thira, Santorini, Greece
Thira
Orthodox Church, Santorini, Greece
Orthodox Church
Thira, Santorini, Greece
Thira
Church, Santorini, Greece
Church
View from Thira, Santorini, Greece
View from Thira
Orthodox Church, Santorini, Greece
Orthodox Church
Caldera Cliffs, Santorini, Greece
Caldera Cliffs
Orthodox Church, Santorini, Greece
Orthodox Church
Boat for sailing the Caldera, Santorini, Greece
Boat for sailing the Caldera
Sunset, Santorini, Greece
Sunset
Oia, Santorini, Greece
Oia
Oia from below, Santorini, Greece
Oia from below
Caldera, Santorini, Greece
Caldera
Sunset Sailing, Santorini, Greece
Sunset Sailing
Caldera at Sunset, Santorini, Greece
Caldera at Sunset
Thira at Night, Santorini, Greece
Thira at Night
Oia Peninsula, Santorini, Greece
Oia Peninsula
Caldera, Santorini, Greece
Caldera
Cliffs, Santorini, Greece
Cliffs
Sunset Sailing, Santorini, Greece
Sunset Sailing
Windmill at Sunset, Santorini, Greece
Windmill at Sunset
 

Rhodes

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling, Footside, Sara and Mike Waters

Rhodes Old Town, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town
Palace of the Grand Masters, Rhodes, Greece
Palace of the Grand Masters
Acropolis of Lindos, Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Acropolis of Lindos
Rhodes Old Town Square, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town Square
Rhodes Old Town Walls, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town Walls
Palace of the Grand Masters, Rhodes, Greece
Palace of the Grand Masters

The Island of Rhodes is a must-see historic Greek island at the crossroads between Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Rhodes' strategic position on important ancient sea routes has provided a rich history stretching back over 5000 years. This long and often violent history has given the island many interesting faces. From the early Greek acropolis of Lindos, to the Crusader built medieval walled town of Rodos (Rhodes), to the Islamic mosque domes and minarets built by conquering Muslim armies. Some of the best moments include walking the 12m high 3m thick, moat-protected walls above Rhodes' Old Town or climbing ancient Greek ruins perched high above the Mediterranean and seeing early Greek writing inscribed into marble pillars. Rhodes is one of those places that is so sought after that the face of the island and its main city (Rodos) have changed drastically over the thousands of years it has been inhabited. The Minoans came in the 16th century BC, the Greek Dorians in the 8th century BC, the Persians overran the island in the 5th century BC, Alexander the Great in 332 BC and then the island signed a peace treaty with Rome in 164 BC. During the Medieval period, the Byzantine period ended with a siege by the Knights Hospitaller which built most of what you see today in the old town of Rhodes. Towering walls and fortifications held off a number of Muslim attempts to take the city until it fell in 1522. From then, it was a possession of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years. Its hard to imagine how one small island has endured so much bloodshed through its history until you set your eyes on the walls, stunning harbour and fertile land. This island was worth fighting for and its more than worth at least a few days of your time to soak up as much history as you can. Picturing the Colossus of Rhodes (one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world) straddling the harbour or determined muslim armies laying siege to the towering walls, all while you enjoy a couple of beers on the waterfront may delay you leaving this amazing Greek island.

Lindos Backflip, Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Lindos Backflip
Rhodes Old Town Gate, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town Gate
Mandraki Harbour Castle, Rhodes, Greece
Mandraki Harbour Castle
Rhodes Old Town Gate, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town Gate
Entrance to the Palace of the Grand Masters, Rhodes Greece
Entrance to the Palace of the Grand Masters
View from Acropolis of Lindos, Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
View from Acropolis of Lindos
Mandraki Harbour and Castle, possibly where the Colossus of Rhodes stood, Rhodes, Greece
Mandraki Harbour and Castle, possibly where the Colossus of Rhodes stood
Rhodes Old Town, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town
Rhodes Walls and Ramparts, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Walls and Ramparts
Rhodes Moat, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Moat
Rhodes Old Town Gate, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town Gate
Rhodes Moat, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Moat
Rhodes Old Town Skyline, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town Skyline
Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Acropolis of Lindos
Palace of the Grand Masters, Rhodes, Greece
Palace of the Grand Masters
Rhodes Moat from Wall Walk, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Moat from Wall Walk
Rhodes Old Town Gate, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town Gate
Palace of the Grand Masters Mosaic, Rhodes, Greece
Palace of the Grand Masters Mosaic
Palace of the Grand Masters Mosaic, Rhodes, Greece
Palace of the Grand Masters Mosaic
Palace of the Grand Masters, Rhodes, Greece
Palace of the Grand Masters
Rhodes Old Town, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town
Rhodes Old Town Skyline, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town Skyline
Palace of the Grand Masters from Harbour, Rhodes, Greece
Palace of the Grand Masters from Harbour
Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Acropolis of Lindos
Rhodes Old Town Walls, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town Walls
Mandraki Harbour, Rhodes, Greece
Mandraki Harbour
Rhodes Old Town, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town
Rhodes Old Town, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town
Lindos Backflip, Rhodes, Greece
Lindos Backflip
Rhodes Old Town Mosque, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town Mosque
Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Acropolis of Lindos
Rhodes Old Town, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town
Palace of the Grand Masters, Rhodes, Greece
Palace of the Grand Masters
Rhodes Moat, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Moat
Rhodes Old Town, Rhodes, Greece
Rhodes Old Town
Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Acropolis of Lindos
Acropolis of Lindos, Rhodes, Greece
Acropolis of Lindos

Athens

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling, Footside, Sara and Mike Waters

Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Acropolis
Academy of Arts, Athens, Greece
Academy of Arts
View of Acropolis over Athens Old Town, Athens, Greece
View of Acropolis over Athens Old Town

Athens is a vibrant, congested, sprawling metropolis and widely referred to as the cradle of Western Civilization. Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world with a recorded history of at least 3,000 years. Ancient Athens was a powerful city-state that was a centre for arts, learning and philosophy. The classical era importance is still at the forefront of the city with the famous Acropolis standing as a symbol of Athens and Greece itself. Athens is typically the main hub for any visit to Greece whether your transiting on to the islands or other parts of the mainland. The city can be oppressive with heat and pollution but no trip to Greece is complete unless you have spent at least a couple days here. Getting lost in the labyrinth of ancient twisting streets below the Acropolis is a travelling experience in Europe everyone should enjoy first hand.

View of Athens from Lycabettus Hill, Athens, Greece
View of Athens from Lycabettus Hill
Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, Greece
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Athens Parliament Building, Athens, Greece
Athens Parliament Building
Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion, Athens, Greece
Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion
Acropolis at night, Athens, Greece
Acropolis at night
View from Acropolis, Athens, Greece
View from Acropolis
Acropolis at night, Athens, Greece
Acropolis at night
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Acropolis
Athens Parliament Building, Athens, Greece
Athens Parliament Building
Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, Greece
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Temple of Hephaestus, Athens, Greece
Temple of Hephaestus
View of Acropolis Theatre, Athens, Greece
View of Acropolis Theatre
Acropolis Theatre, Athens, Greece
Acropolis Theatre
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Acropolis
Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens, Greece
Temple of Olympian Zeus
Athens Parliament, Athens, Greece
Athens Parliament
Temple of Hephaestus, Athens, Greece
Temple of Hephaestus
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Acropolis
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Acropolis
Erechtheum on Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Erechtheum on Acropolis
View of Acropolis Theatre, Athens, Greece
View of Acropolis Theatre
View from Acropolis, Athens, Greece
View from Acropolis
Acropolis, Athens, Greece
Acropolis
Acropolis Backflip, Athens, Greece
Acropolis Backflip
View of Athens from Lycabettus hill, Athens, Greece
View of Athens from Lycabettus hill
Original Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece
Original Olympic Stadium
View from Acropolis, Athens, Greece
View from Acropolis

Milos

Text by Sara Waters; Photography by Sara and Mike Waters

Church over Milos Bay, Milos, Greece
Church over Milos Bay
Klima, Milos, Greece
Klima
Firiplaka Beach, Milos, Greece
Firiplaka Beach

Milos, a small island in the Greek Cyclades has been called the “island of colors”. While less touristy than some of the other popular Greek islands, Milos is still a perfect addition to your island hopping adventure. Renting yourself a dune buggy or scooter, you’ll be able to explore the island’s fabulous beaches, roll past golden hills dotted with olive trees, visit traditional fishing villages and beautiful, quaint Greek villages with tavernas to sample the island’s excellent, fresh cuisine. Frequent ferries back to Athens make it an ideal final island stop on your holiday. With many locations and activities on offer, some favourites include heading to Sarakiniko (white rocky coast at the north of the island), complete with wild waves and a genuine shipwreck; Firiplaka beach, a lovely sandy beach with clear water and tiny colourful fish to gaze at as you float along; Paleochori, a small pebble beach with crystal clear water and occasional thermal springs in the refreshingly cool sea; Pollonia, a pretty, traditional fishing village sitting right on the beach; and the village of Plaka, quintessentially Greek. The village is perfectly perched on the hill-top allowing you to take in stunning sunsets before visiting a traditional taverna for delicious mezes and perhaps live music!

Shipwreck near Sarakiniko, Milos, Greece
Shipwreck near Sarakiniko
Firiplaka Beach, Milos, Greece
Firiplaka Beach
Klima, Milos, Greece
Klima
Plaka Village, Milos, Greece
Plaka Village
Pollonia Beach, Milos, Greece
Pollonia Beach
Plaka Village, Milos, Greece
Plaka Village
Ferry Dock of Milos, Milos, Greece
Ferry Dock of Milos
Boats near Pollonia, Milos, Greece
Boats near Pollonia
Plaka Village, Milos, Greece
Plaka Village
Sarakiniko, Milos, Greece
Sarakiniko
Plaka Village, Milos, Greece
Plaka Village
Pollonia Beach, Milos, Greece
Pollonia Beach
Plaka Village, Milos, Greece
Plaka Village
Milos Sunset, Milos, Greece
Milos Sunset
Milos Sunset, Milos, Greece
Milos Sunset
Sarakiniko Shipwreck, Milos, Greece
Sarakiniko Shipwreck
Pollonia Beach, Milos, Greece
Pollonia Beach
Sarakiniko, Milos, Greece
Sarakiniko
Sarakiniko, Milos, Greece
Sarakiniko
Klima, Milos, Greece
Klima
Plaka, Milos, Greece
Plaka
Paleochori Beach, Milos, Greece
Paleochori Beach
Milos Scooter Ride, Milos, Greece
Milos Scooter Ride
Milos Sunset, Milos, Greece
Milos Sunset

Crete

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling and Footside

Knossos Fresco, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Knossos Fresco, Heraklion
Heraklion Harbour, Crete, Greece
Heraklion Harbour
Hania Sunset, Crete, Greece
Hania Sunset
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Venetian fortress of Rocca al Mare, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Venetian fortress of Rocca al Mare, Heraklion
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge

The island of Crete is the largest and most populous Greek island. Although a major part of Greece and the Greek economy, Crete maintains its own cultural traits with its own dialect and music. Crete has a long history and was the centre of the Minoan civilization  from 2700 BC till 1420 BC. The ancient site of Knossos near the main city of Heraklion offers a glimpse into life and what these ancient people were like. Moving forward in time, after the Romans and Byzantines, Venice ruled part of the island and their main port was Hania or "Chania" in Greek. This beautiful little port city on the north western end of the island is the main hub for getting to the popular hiking destination of the Samaria Gorge. The Samaria Gorge is a national park in southwest Crete and the hike is roughly 16 km long. It starts at an altitude of 1250 metres at the northern entrance and finishesat sea level on the Med. The drive just to get to the starting point takes you through some fantastic orange and lemon orchards. The hike is all downhill and fairly easy but can be strenuous in the heat of summer, so bring lots of water. Once you hit the "Iron Gates", the famously narrow stretch of the trail where the 1100 metre tall gorge closes in to only 4 metres wide, you know you only have four to five kilometres until the sea. Crete is one of those places in Greece that caters to all levels of travellers. Package resorts, adventure hiking and sports, backpacking, sun worshipping are all on offer. You can spend only a few days, or weeks, on this island and you will be sure to enjoy yourself.

Minoan Palace of Knossos, Crete, Greece
Minoan Palace of Knossos
Hania Harbour, Crete, Greece
Hania Harbour
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Iron Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Iron Gates, Samaria Gorge
Iron Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Iron Gates, Samaria Gorge
Iron Gates, Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Iron Gates, Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge, Crete, Greece
Samaria Gorge
Hania Venetian Lighthouse, Crete, Greece
Hania Venetian Lighthouse

Delphi

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling

Delphi Backflip, Delphi, Greece
Delphi Backflip
Delphi Theatre, Delphi, Greece
Delphi Theatre
View from Ruins of Delphi, Delphi, Greece
View from Ruins of Delphi

Delphi is an atmospheric ancient historical site and modern mountain village on the southwestern spur of Mount Parnassus. A 3-hour bus ride from Athens replaces the big city and congested roads with large ruins and narrow streets of tavernas set amid flourishing olive groves high above the valley floor. In ancient times it was the site of the oracle of Delphi who had considerable influence throughout the Greek world and even Egypt. She was consulted before wars, the founding of colonies, and important journeys. Delphi also hosted the early Pythian Games, a fore runner of the Olympic Games, and running the length of the giant stadium built high up into the mountainside is timeless for any athlete.

Temple of Apollo, Delphi, Greece
Temple of Apollo
Delphi ruins, Delphi, Greece
Delphi ruins
Delphi Stadium, Delphi, Greece
Delphi Stadium
Temple of Apollo, Delphi, Greece
Temple of Apollo
Delphi Theatre, Delphi, Greece
Delphi Theatre
Temple of Apollo, Delphi, Greece
Temple of Apollo
Delphi Stadium, Delphi, Greece
Delphi Stadium
Temple of Apollo, Delphi, Greece
Temple of Apollo
Delphi Stadium, Delphi, Greece
Delphi Stadium
Delphi Theatre, Delphi, Greece
Delphi Theatre
Delphi Theatre, Delphi, Greece
Delphi Theatre
View from Ruins, Delphi, Greece
View from Ruins

Delos and Mykonos

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling and Footside

Stork on Mykonos, Mykonos, Greece
Stork on Mykonos
Mykonos Harbour, Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos Harbour
Mykonos Backflip, Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos Backflip
Top of Delos Island, Delos, Greece
Top of Delos Island
Delos Mosaic, Delos, Greece
Delos Mosaic
Delos, Delos, Greece
Delos

Mykonos is a popular Greek island in the Cyclades grouping where in Greek mythology, Zues battles the Titans. Nowadays it is a thriving tourist zone with many package beaches and iconic windmills. Package tourism and a thriving gay and lesbian scene stands side by side with a maze of white-washed villages that can have you lost very easily. One of the big reasons for coming to Mykonos is to use the island as a base to visit one of the most important historical, archeological and mythological sites in Greece: the island of Delos. The island of Delos continues to have excavation work done to this day and many of the artifacts are on display in museums on the island and in Athens. Evidence shows the island has been inhabited since sometime just after 3000 BC, becoming a major cult centre between 900BC and 100 AD. Famous as the birthplace of Apollo and possibly Artemis (although this is debated), the island was a religious pilgrimage for the Ionians. The island became so important in ancient Greece that at one stage, no one was allowed to die or give birth on the island due to its sacred importance. The site is a sprawling mass of ruins with mosaics, statues and columns, left to give a hint of the island's prior importance. Climbing to the top of the hill overlooking the site is an eerie experience that makes you wonder just how stunning this site would have been in its prime.

Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos
Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos
Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos
Delos, Greece
Delos
Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos
Delos, Greece
Delos
Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos
Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos
Mykonos, Greece
Mykonos
Delos, Greece
Delos
Delos, Greece
Delos
Delos, Greece
Delos
Delos, Greece
Delos
Delos, Greece
Delos
Delos, Greece
Delos

Naxos

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling and Footside

Apollo Temple and Naxos Town, Naxos, Greece
Apollo Temple and Naxos Town
View over Sangri, interior Naxos, Naxos, Greece
View over Sangri, interior Naxos
View on Mount Zeus hike, Naxos, Greece
View on Mount Zeus hike

Naxos is a Greek island in the Cyclades island group of the Aegean sea. It is a sleepy island with a number of small towns, beautiful beaches and the towering Mount Zeus reaching just over a 1000 metres in the centre of the island. There are a number of small ruin sites that can be visited as a day trip from the main town, Naxos. Climbing Mount Zeus is also a great day trip with awesome views from the top over the surrounding island. It's beyond fantastic if you can handle the hoards of bugs that seem to congregate on top. After a day of hiking, relaxing on one of the many beaches is a must. Naxos is an easy stop on the ferry route south between the two big tourist destinations of Mykonos and Santorini.

Top of Mount Zeus, Naxos, Greece
Top of Mount Zeus
Temple of Apollo Sunset, Naxos, Greece
Temple of Apollo Sunset
Sangri, interior Naxos, Naxos, Greece
Sangri, interior Naxos
Naxos Coastline, Naxos, Greece
Naxos Coastline
View from Temple of Apollo, Naxos, Greece
View from Temple of Apollo
Near Naxos, Naxos, Greece
Near Naxos
Temple of Demeter, Naxos, Greece
Temple of Demeter
Temple of Demeter, Naxos, Greece
Temple of Demeter
Temple of Demeter, Naxos, Greece
Temple of Demeter
Sangri, interior Naxos, Naxos, Greece
Sangri, interior Naxos
Naxos Sunset, Naxos, Greece
Naxos Sunset
Naxos Coastline, Naxos, Greece
Naxos Coastline
Mount Zeus Hike, Naxos, Greece
Mount Zeus Hike
Naxos Sunset, Naxos, Greece
Naxos Sunset
Mount Zeus Hike, Naxos, Greece
Mount Zeus Hike
Top of Mount Zeus, Naxos, Greece
Top of Mount Zeus
Top of Mount Zeus, Naxos, Greece
Top of Mount Zeus
Top of Mount Zeus, Naxos, Greece
Top of Mount Zeus
Naxos Coastline, Naxos, Greece
Naxos Coastline
Mount Zeus Hike, Naxos, Greece
Mount Zeus Hike
Naxos Coastline, Naxos, Greece
Naxos Coastline

Ios

Text by Eric Starling; Photography by Eric Starling

Mylopotas Beach, Ios, Greece
Mylopotas Beach

Ios is in the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea. The small main village known as Chora is a white and very picturesque village, full of stairs and narrow alleys that make it inaccessible for cars of any kind. Today, the main path through this village is completely taken over by tourism with some restaurants, shops and numerous bars that cater to a thriving party scene of backpackers from around the world. The excellent sandy beaches provide sun and activities during the day while the bars and resorts offer the best parties on any Greek island at night. Go to Ios for wild memorable times and you wont be disappointed.

Mylopotas Beach, Ios, Greece
Mylopotas Beach
Mylopotas Beach, Ios, Greece
Mylopotas Beach
Mylopotas Beach Backflip, Ios, Greece
Mylopotas Beach Backflip