Milos Island, Adventure Awaits! Greece 2016

 

I sat at my desk in work struggling to concentrate, my mind drifted to Greece.

As i re-read my blog-post from 2013/14, my heart longed for Greece and it’s turquoise waters.

Yes indeed, Greece and it’s many Islands have really become my  number one obsession.

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When i think of Greece i get butterflies in my tummy, yeah, I just admitted that!               I’m a weirdo, I know. (hehe)

So when i got home that evening, I began to stalk some holiday destinations for summer 2016.

MILOS a volcanic Greek Island in the Aegean sea, just north of the sea of Crete. Milos is the south westernmost island of the Cyclades.

After looking at some pictures and reading all about it, I made my decision.It had to be Milos

This time round, we booked all the flights and accommodation ourselves. We flew from Dublin to Athens and then got a short flight from Athens to Milos. When we arrived, we got a taxi from the tiny airport to Adamas port (the life and soul of Milos).

 Looking out the window of the bust up,somewhat retro taxi, I knew the Island was going to be special. My boyfriend however, was sceptical. This quickly changed.

It was a bit early to check into our accommodation so we picked up or rental jeep (a 4×4 as a lot of the Island has no road networks, only dirt tracks) and sat in Adamas port watching the boats come in. Even though it was busy, there was a sense of calm. No one was rushing. It was bliss xx

I was certain that the next 10 days were going to be full of adventure.

Milos has many small fishing villages right on the water, some of which are only accessible by foot.

(Fourkovouni Village)

This was by far my favourite… turquoise waters…. perfect for swimming 😍with the wonderful view of these colourful houses dotted along the shore .

We visited a few of these villages and feel in love with all of them 💜

(Mandrakis Village)

(Klima Village)

From lunching on the shore to diving right into the water, the little villages alone were dreamy, but we reluctantly moved along knowing all that Milos had to offer.

Sea cave swimming in Papafragus

Sea kayaking day trips, deserted beaches with watermelon loving donkeys……………….. ask me about that one… go on!

Cliff diving, even if you picked the lowest one, it still counts!

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The famous Sarakiniko beach, often described as Lunar, is situated on the north shore of the Island

It is probably the closest thing you’ll get to walking on the moon. Who know Volcanic rock could be so magical.

Descending from the cliffs to the beach, holding onto ropes, aided by timber ladders…. reading the below warning signs…trying to keep your legs from shaking 😂 what a feeling! TSIGRADO BEACH

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From adventure to comfort, every beach had something different and unique to offer.

It was heavenly. There were no clubs or no strip like you would have in Zante or Rhodes.

In the evenings we would go for dinner and watch the sun set sitting outside one of the restaurants in Adamas Port. We never woke up hungover which was really nice for a change. (We must be getting old)

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Could it get any better?

How about a ghostly abandoned sulpher mine on the beach?

We rented a quad and drove down a long dirt track to the famous abandoned sulpher mine.

Paliorema Beach

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This Island’s Capitol, Plaka offers narrow streets with buzzing restaurants and magnificent sea views.

There are loads of little jewelry and clothes shops and a really nice vibe there, even if we got a parking fine…. In fairness, we did park on a faint yellow line outside the police station. (haha) There is no access by car so it’s best to park in an actual car park and walk up.

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Milos,  the adventures paradise! 10 days of bliss…. next stop…. Santorini….

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My Love Affair with the Greek Islands

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Apparently, ever since my eldest sister could talk she spoke about France. The sunflower fields, the culture, the people. It was no surprise when she eventually moved there.

For me, its always been about Greece. I never vocalised it like she did but for some reason Greece has always been in my thoughts. When I was a teenager it seemed so far out of reach as a destination. In my head it was a luxury place that someday, when I was rich and a famous singer (oh to be young) I would go to. Of course this is not the case.

Greece is a very popular destination among package holiday’ers. (Is that even a word)

So in 2013 I visited my first ever Greek Island Zakynthos (Zante) and fell madly in love with it.

Zakynthos, a Greek Island in the Ionian sea is small and intimate with deserted beaches as-well as resorts full of party goers. It has an old time, relaxed feel to it. A simple life. It is most famously know for its shipwreck bay or smugglers cove, where a boat smuggling tobacco came into difficulty while being chased by police and washed up on shore.

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Smugglers cove can be seen by boat or more daringly can be seen from the limestone cliffs above which are crumbling away more and more every day.

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I have to say, this was the most beautiful site I have ever laid my eyes on. Driving our rental car around every inch of the Island and finding this was just beautiful and still to this day, when I look back on my pictures, I cannot believe I saw this first hand. When people say that Greece has turquoise waters, believe them. We also went to smugglers cove by boat. You have to go early in the morning because as the package tourism arrives midday, it is like a D-day landing at Normandy.

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As we drove around Zante we found more and more beauty. Restaurants perched on cliff tops, looking down below to crystal clear, turquoise, heavenly waters.

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Deserted beaches with turtle’s nesting. We even got to witness baby turtles making their first steps to the ocean x

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Everywhere we looked beauty surrounded us. Life seemed so easy there. People visited their neighbours at night and sat outside and spoke to each other. Not in front of TV’s, not with smart phones in their hands!!

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The little Island behind us is called turtle island, it is shaped like a turtle and humans are forbidden on it. Turtles come there to nest every year. You can however take a boat and go turtle watching around the Island.

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Cameo Island, the ultimate wedding venue! A small Island attached by a timer bridge has all the essentials, a bar and a restaurant.

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A place where nature blends in with modern life.

(A place where you can pick a lime straight of the tree for your balcony beers)

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Zakynthos, defiantly a place to visit, defiantly a place to return to, defiantly a place to retire in. My first ever Greek love.

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When holiday decision time came round in 2014, I wanted to hit up another Greek Island and Falcon travel had just added Rhodes to their destinations. So we booked and made a list of what we wanted to do there.

Rhodes is much bigger than Zakynthos and more built up. You have to go right into the middle of it to get that left behind sense that Zakynthos has. A feeling that I love. Again, driving around Rhodes, you could see it’s beauty, but just in different ways. Because it is more built up, you cannot get that sense of desertion, you don’t feel like the only two people in the world here and you loose that ‘simple way of life’ that I loved in Zante.

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However, Rhodes is steeped in History. Rhodes old town is just amazing, getting lost here is not a defeat, it’s an opportunity! It is the oldest inhabited medieval town in Europe and as you walk through the narrow streets catching glimpses into people one bedroomed houses your perspective on life changes. 10665385_952853091397116_1617460677983253495_n From one extreme to another you can walk through the palaces of kings and they are truly magnificent. It has hundreds of bars and restaurants but to find good home-cooked food you have to get off the beaten track. xxx The colossus of Rhodes is one of the seven wonders of the world and when you walk around it you get a sense of what life was all about back then. You can almost hear the cheers and excitement of generations passed. 10628436_952849074730851_7681555233574458081_n 10639694_952849171397508_77917104531396295_n

Lindos, another beautiful old village is a must see.

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Where narrow streets leading to colourful gates greet you at every corner.

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A place where fresh fruit and veg and nature surrounds you  even in Town’s and villages.

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Both beautiful Islands. If you feel like you need a break from hustle and bustle and want to laze around, then pick Zakynthos. If you want lavish hotels, beaches smothered in parasols, friendly locals and historic buildings pick Rhodes. Either way bboth are worth a visit.

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And……… there are cats EVERYWHERE!

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I could talk about both Islands for hours and upload a million pictures too but I’ll leave it at that. Both times we booked through Thompson/Falcon travel and they delivered a top class service.

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