If utopia exists, I am hoping that it bears resemblance to Meteora: Karsts reaching up to the heavens. Silhouettes of jagged giants at night. A calming view of villages from the summit. Red-roofed monasteries that seem to float above the clouds. Silence only broken by the sweet melody of chirping birds and occasional winds. A non-fictional world carved out from an animated film.
This is Meteora. My utopia in Greece. My favorite place in Europe. One of the most striking places I’ve seen in my lifetime.
Lighthouse on the edge of a cliff in beautiful Santorini sounds like an ideal romantic setting for lovers.
But for solo travelers like me, this place can still be bewitching-- without making you needy for another hand to hold on to :-P
Located on the southwestern tip of the island, the Akrotiri Lighthouse is one of the oldest lighthouses in Greece.
Vlychada Beach (Vlichada Beach) is the closest thing I could get to reach the moon. Yellow carved cliffs standing tall near the "Moon Beach" makes this Greek paradise a breathtaking alternate universe.
The beautiful formations go on and on. It's as if you're transported to the surface of the moon or to another planet!
Santorini will never be Santorini without its majestic sunsets in Oia. You've probably seen the famous postcard image of this island's blue domes sitting pretty on top of its cliffs or the poetic sun setting beside its iconic windmills.
The truth is that Santorini sunsets are stunning. It's so stunning that it's attracting too many tourists ;-( And if you're a fan of quiet and peaceful sunsets, it might be a little disappointing for you.
Getting a photo is very challenging. Imagine throngs of tourists and aliens suddenly photo bombing just as you're ready to unleash your perfect smile :)) (Hello Ateng! Emote ka pa d'yan! :-P )
White. Black. Brown. Gray--- You have probably seen these beaches in different parts of the world. But have you seen a RED beach in this lifetime? ;-)
The rarity of its crimson color and breathtaking cliffs make Kokkini Beach, also known as Red Beach, a famous spot in Santorini, Greece.
Located at the southern coast of Santorini, one must take a ten-minute walk (from the parking) along this narrow beach trail in order to reach the beach. It is also very near the archaeological site in Akrotiri. For those who do not want to walk to the beach, you may take photos from the view point near the parking.
When you say Greece, people will automatically identify Santorini as the ONLY island paradise to go to. Thanks to travel books, I chanced upon two other paradises that are also worth visiting—Gramvousa and Balos Lagoon in Crete.
Located 42 kilometers west of Chania, one can go here via daily cruises from Kissamos port. From May to October, ferries leave at Kissamos port at around 10:15AM and return to the port at 6PM. From mid-June until mid-September, there are also ferries departing at 12:40PM.
To get to Kissamos port from Chania, you may take the bus or get transfers from tour groups. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket office at the port (arrive 30 minutes early to get good seats).
The cruise from port to Gramvousa takes around 45 minutes. You may opt to sit inside the airconditioned part of the ferry if you want to eat (the bar offers traditional Greek and international dishes) or if you feel like savoring the wind and enjoying the breathtaking views, you may relax outside.
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