Greece: A Trip of a Lifetime – Athens, Mykonos and Santorini

Mesmerizing Landscapes, Romantic Sunsets,  Crystal Clear Waters and Amazing Food. A trip of a lifetime to the Greek Islands

The Acropolis
The Acropolis
The Acropolis
View of The Acropolis from afar

I have always been in love with the ocean and the beautiful sunsets, specially in the Pacific coast. Growing up near the ocean one learns how to be appreciative and respectful of the seas.  I’ve heard and read many things about the history of Greece and that the islands display one of the most romantic sunsets in the world. I was invited by some dear friends to embark on a journey of nine days. I was so excited and humble to start this trip. Many people can only dream of visiting such beautiful place but I was one of the lucky ones about to experience this enchanted place.

My friends and I had in mind to visit the three most popular places in Greece: Athens, Mykonos and Santorini.  We planned the itinerary carefully in advanced, paying attention to every single detail so we wouldn’t miss a thing. We wanted to be sure our vacation was a trip of a lifetime.

Entrance to the Acropolis
Entrance to the Acropolis

Our Journey started from Newark, NY to Athens Greece in a 9 hour flight. Emirates Airlines does it best!

First Stop – Athens: The beginning of Europe, Rich in History and Temples

Temple of Zeus
Temple of Zeus

Athens is the perfect blend of antiquity and modernity, a tour around Athens transports you back 6,000 years. Blessed with a rich ancient and medieval history, the city features the Acropolis, the ancient agora as well as a few temples dedicated to gods of the past. You can also see the Temple of Olympian Zeus, is one of the most striking monuments to human vanity in the world.

Delicious Food and Rooftop Restaurants

@idotwright
Lucky to take a pic of Mr @idotwright

It is widely known that Greece is home to one of the most delightful cuisines in the world.  It is Characterized by ample portions of fresh seafood, sun-grown vegetables, tender meat, amazing yogurt and delicious house wine to accompany any meal. Greek cuisine deserves to be enjoyed and appreciated not only in Europe but worldwide. Depending on the area you find yourself in Greece, you can find many dining options.

Food is tasty and also very affordable. Skip the tourist traps and explore the city like a local. Ask around where to enjoy authentic food to people on the streets and they will be happy to direct you to the right place.

Second Stop – Mykonos:  Crystal Clear Water, Beautiful Architecture & Never Ending Parties

Center of town in Mykonos
Walking thru the alleys in Mykonos

After two nights in Athens, we set to depart to the island of Mykonos by ferry. It is so worth it and economical to travel by ferry. Not only do you save money, but you also get to see other beautiful islands that many times are overlooked.

Mykonos is straight out of a fairy tale book, surrounded by cycladic white houses, crystal clear waters and golden sands, so no matter what beach you choose to spend the day on, you know it’s going to look like paradise.

Sea Urchin
Delicious Sea Urchin

While you are in the center of town don’t forget to make a pit stop at one of the souvenirs shops to get a white tee with the Mykonos logo on it and if you are a foodie, dine at one of the outdoor seating restaurants near the wind mills. A picturesque photo or a selfie from this area is mandatory, and a taste of the sea urchin is highly recommended.

Jackie O'
Jackie O’

Party time is never ending in Mykonos and you can’t go wrong with beaches like Paradise and Super Paradise, where beach parties start from 4pm every day. And if you are looking for something out of the ordinary visit the memorable Jackie O’ where you can enjoy a good drag show.

Third Stop – Santorini: Romantic Destination and Best Sunset in the World

Amazing Views in Santorini
Amazing Views in Santorini

After a shot of espresso and a delicious breakfast to kill the hangover. I was on to my next stop. I was sad to say goodbye to Mykonos , but I was happy to continue with my journey to one of the most iconic places in the world. Anyone who has been there seems to come back filled with stories of this wonderful place.

The ferry ride was smooth; looking for a ride to the town of Fira wasn’t so bad. You could get a ride by van for only $10.

Beach made up of red and black in Santorini
Beach made up of red and black in Santorini

The van dropped us off at the door step of the hotels where we were staying. “Oh my,” I thought as I caught my first glimpse of our cute boutique hotel. Travelers could get amazing views from many hotels from any side of the island. I recommend booking a reservation at one of the boutique hotels on the opposite side of La Caldera. Rates are usually half than if you stayed at one of the hotels near la Caldera and not only that but these hotels also include a breakfast meant for the gods.  Nóstimo!

View of La Caldera from the road
View of La Caldera from the road

As soon as I got to my hotel, I contacted the ATV company to deliver a four wheeler to my hotel. I couldn’t wait to get on with the adventure on  this fascinating island.

From wineries, red-white and black sand beaches, amazing sunsets in Oia to nude beaches (known by locals only), Santorini has something for all.

View from the hotel window in Thira, Santorini
View from the hotel window in Thira, Santorini

 

I wasn’t such a big fan of the typical cliché “Love is in the air”. What does that even mean? You wouldn’t even know the meaning of these words until you travel to Santorini. Sitting by the ocean at a restaurant in Oia, enjoying a glass of wine and seeing couples proposing, or celebrating anniversaries around you, you’ll definitely know that love is in the air.

Beautiful sunset in the city of Oia
Thousands of people attend the beautiful sunset in the city of Oia

Everything was just surreal, too beautiful and so perfect that I couldn’t help but let escape a couple of tears.

I definitely made a promise to myself that I would go back to this place with that special someone that I’ve been waiting for my whole life, and who knows, maybe get married there. Until then I will just keep traveling and living a life of adventure.

Safe Travels!

Israel Montesinos is an ocean lover, social media & marketing specialist, travel blogger aficionado and a zumba fan who enjoys traveling to a new destination every year and likes to taste authentic traditional food wherever he goes.