Naxos to Paros, Greece

Our ferry this morning was scheduled to leave at 9:30. So we had to get up and get going. We returned our rental car and got to the ferry with no problem. The ferry ride to the island of Paros only took up about an hour.

Our ferry

Once we arrived in Paros and got our rent a car it was too early to check in to our hotel so we drove out to the north end of the island and found a deserted beach where we could park and read for a bit.

The coast of Paros
Reading while we wait for our room to be ready

We are staying at a lovely place with an ocean view. The owner of our hotel recommended a place nearby for dinner, Karina. it was fabulous we had excellent fresh fish. The ambience was wonderful. We sat on the veranda and enjoyed the food, the music and the cool night sir.

Our grilled dorado
More fresh fish. This time it was fried.
Eating dinner at Karina

Naxos, Greece day 3

This morning we took it easy and relaxed on the patio of our room. I spent most of my time editing our video of our trip from Naples to Bari, Italy and then across the Adriatic to Dubrovnik, Croatia. You can see it here.

Coffee on our patio

Around noon we headed out to explore the southwest part of Naxos. we stopped at several beautiful beaches. At one there were several people kitesurfing.

Naxos Beach
Kitesurfing at Mikri Vigla Beach

Further down the coast we hiked down to a deserted beach and Duke went swimming.

Duke swimming in the Aegean Sea
Aliko beach
Climbing back up to the car

We drove back to our hotel taking the inland route. The scenery was very different from what we saw yesterday. It seemed more desert like. About six we hiked from our hotel to the point next to the harbor. It has a giant gate on it. The gate is all that is left of a temple that was being built here in the sixth century BC.

Naxos Portara
Naxos Portara

From there we walked down to the restaurant area of the harbor and had salads and delicious gyro plates for an early dinner

Our salads

Santorini to Naxos, Greece

Today we took a two hour ferry ride from the island of Santorini to the island of Naxos. The ferry left at 3:30. But first we did a bit of exploring on the east side of Santorini. We stopped at a beach front restaurant for drinks and to enjoy the view.

The beach cliffs just east of the airport
Walking n the beach east of the airport
Duke and his ice tea at a restaurant overlooking the beach

Next we drove up a steep switch backed road to the point where the trail to ancient ruins of Thera starts We didn’t have time to climb to the top but we did get some pictures of the views of both sides of the island. On the way down we recorded a video of Duke’s thoughts on Santorini and the Panda we were driving.

View to the airport and beyond.
Ready to review our Fiat Panda

After getting gas, driving to the ferry dock and returning our car we had beers next to the dock and enjoyed watching all the activity.

Waiting for the ferry
Our ferry leaving Nexos after dropping us off

On Nexos we rented a car and checked into our hotel. After a short rest we walked back down to the port and had a great dinner at Meze Meze.

We started with Greek salad and tzatziki

We also had mussel risotto and grilled octopus but forgot to take pictures. For desert they gave us complimentary yogurt with candied carrots. It was excellent. It is good thing that we had a walk back to our hotel because we were each very full

Yogurt with candied carrots

Oia to North Santorini, Greece

This morning we checked out of the fabulous Hōm Hotel in Oia on the north end of Santorini. We explored the island and drove out to the south end of the island. Santorini is not much larger than Skiathos or Sifnos. It’s about 30 square miles and long and thin. We walked around the light house and enjoyed the views across the caldera.

Santorini map. We went from top to tip today.
A cruise ship arriving. Last night we stayed on those cliffs tipped by white in the distance
Light house at the southern tip of the island.

Tonight we are staying at another fabulous place, the North Santorini Luxury Spa Hotel. After checking in we went for a swim in our own private pool!

Our pool!

Oia, Santorini, Greece

Santorini is incredibly, strikingly beautiful. I had no idea! Santorini the island we are on and the other islands we can see are what is left of a giant volcano. All the hotels covering the hilltops are on what’s left of the rim. I’ve been reading about it today. The Santorini volcano last erupted in 1950. It’s on a list of volcanoes near populated areas that are active and could erupt again, volcanoes like Mount Ranier, Mount Vesuvius and Mauna Loa.

Santorini caldera

Today we walked out to the west end of the island and then came back to our hotel and swam, read and relaxed.

Walking in Oia on Santorini
One of the stores we passed
This bookstore wasn’t open
Swimming in the hotel pool

I’ve never seen sunsets like they have in the Greek islands. I was going to include another sunset picture. But instead here is one from about forty minutes after sunset.

After sunset from our room balcony.

We had an excellent dinner at Restaurant, Laokasti near our hotel. We had a half liter of the house wine, fish, squid and an appetizer of fava with onion and capers. The bill was only €55.

Fried squid
Sea bass

After dinner we walked along the same route we walked this morning but with even fewer people.

After dinner walk