Barely 1000 km air route direction south-east are separating the bird of passage of its next destination. When landing in
The Aegean Sea is best suitable, are whispering different sources, then here blows from April to October the "Meltemi", this gives nice weather, a clear view and a welcome fresh wind. Connoisseurs of
But which island for which taste? We have made a varied choice for families, honeymooners, outdoor sportsmen and sun worshippers. Further ideas have the experts of travelling the "
A magic journey through time
The Peninsula Peloponnese is only connected by a small land bridge to the Greek mainland and it is a real firework of cultural richness and scenic beauty. Between long sandy beaches, nice olive groves, Mediterranean citrus plantations and sleepy villages, antiques sites awake pictures of myths and stories on the father of the gods; Zeus and his companions.
One of the many picturesque Byzantine towns has impressed us specially. Monemvasia is situated in the south-east of the legendary
But vacations are as well there to just relax and leave the leadership to others. Who does not want to organize himself, but still wants to have a dreamy holiday according to his desires, he is at Susan Najid in good hands . Her hotspots on the Peloponnese are two extraordinary luxury resorts at the Costa Navarino. "The Romanos" and "The Westin Resort Costa Navarino" are situated in the middle of one of the most natural country sides of the Mediterranean sea and are for golfers, water sports, SPA-fans and gourmets equally attractive. Guests of these magnificent hotel resorts will enjoy fabulous panoramas and a complete wellness package for body and soul.
The Romanos: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/klxlc-the-romanos-a-luxury-collection-resort-costa-navarino
The Westin Resort Costa Navarino: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/klxwi-the-westin-resort-costa-navarino
Susanne Najid: http://www.najid.ch/?lang=en
By land and by water
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From a bird's-eye view, our attention turns to two further favourite vacation places. Partly hidden between gentle hills and luxuriant green, on rock ledges or an idyllic private beach, there are luxury mansions, which offer visitors places of retreat of a special kind. With and without a total service, evening or morning sun, access to the beach or a large park, the well known agency "Five Star Greece" responds to the desires of their demanding clients with an exclusive portfolio for perfect dream holidays
But birds of passage do not stay for a long time at the same place, however idyllic it may be. For this reason, we consider a mobile habitation as very tempting. An exclusive yacht promises not only an absolutely private atmosphere but it has as well the advantage that we can adapt our trip daily to our spontaneous ideas. "Ocean Independence" gets luxury boats all over the world, but is especially enthusiastic on the magic and beautiful beaches and the warm, calm waters of the
Since the 1960ties the small
When the evening sun bathes the island in red-orange light, the island comes to life again. Guests and natives walk about terraces and places of "Chora" in an idle manner, as the Greeks call colloquially the capital of their island. This is the time, when normally the connoisseurs of
Cedar Smell and Divine Nectar
To wake up early in the morning on board of a yacht, a fresh wind blowing around the nose and listening to the sea gulls' cry is a unique experience. Even better begins the day, when we drink a typical "Greek Frappé". This icy drink made of coffee, sugar, ice and milk is offered at nearly every corner of the streets and activates even the most tired party animal.
Today we head for Naxos, the largest island of the
Filled with the scenic beauty, feeling hot and somewhat exhausted, we are as well looking for an ideal seaside resort at
The Island of Lovers
Already soon, our trip on the yacht will end. We reach the southernmost island of the Cyclades and the most well known island of Greece. Like sugar cubes, the houses lay on the rugged rocks of the volcanic island Santorini, the steel-blue domes of the churches and many coloured flags make the postcard idyll perfect.
The popular island exercises a nearly magic attraction on travellers to Greece. The picturesque villages with their white-washed houses and marble lanes, the fascinating view on the blazing red sun, which evening after evening sinks into the sea behind the horizon and the storybook village Oia make a journey worthwhile.
We start for once early in the morning, because the sun rising covers as well the magic coulisse in a warm light and brings the cave-houses to shine. And as we are already awake, we have enough time for a discovery trip far from touristic villages. In the south of Santorini, the village Emporio of the Cyclades enchants the few visitors, who walk in an idle manner through the medieval fortress. Here are only few souvenir and coffee shops, but some original tavernas, which are specially hospitable and serve authentic and regional delicacies.
In front of the village entrance there are eight windmills along the road and show the way to the chapel of the Prophet Ilias. Only few of them are still totally preserved, but they still mark the antique atmosphere, as well as the heavily loaded mules, which cross from time to time the road. Arrived at the chapel, we have a spectacular panorama over the fairytale idyll of the island.
Battle of the Giants
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Before we return to our home port, we make another small trip to the Dodekanen islands. To these belong the important vacation resorts Kos and Rhodos, but as well some smaller islands, which we want to see at close range. The small island Nisyros, about 41 km2, lays only a throwing of a stone from Kos. That's at least what the legend said. The god of the sea, Poseidon, during the battle against the giants , took a rock out of the island of Kos in order to kill the giant Polivotis. With success - the rock made the giant flat and it became the mentioned volcanic island.
At Nisyros the few daily tourists from Kos want to visit the capital Mandraki or the Stefanos crater. But in the evening, when the excursion boats have left, the silence and the grace come back to the island. We stay. Because among the few possibilities to stay over night on the island, there is the nicest and smallest boutique hotel of Greece. The two floor stone house Melanopetra fits totally in the crater landscape of the antique village Emborio. Two simple and purist design apartments, which are totally in white and natural shades stand for style and elegance. On the just as stylish terrace surrounded of sounds and smells of the Mediterranean scenic and the view on the sunset, we are feeling happy, relaxed and arrived at our destination.