Mountain villages

Hiring a car we’re off to explore the mountainous interior of Kos for a few days now. First on our trip is a visit to the Monastery of Agios Ioannis. This stunning little building is a revelation at the end of a non-descript road. This tiny gem is covered from floor to ceiling with colourfulContinue reading “Mountain villages”

Thirassia, a slower pace of life

Following on from our visit to the active volcano on New Burnt we carried onto the nearby hot springs where the man had a swim and permanently ruined his swimmers with smelly mud!! Then it was onto the little island of Thirassia which is located in close proximity to Santorini. In fact, it was onceContinue reading “Thirassia, a slower pace of life”

Final glimpses

Since the Byzantine times, pirates were a huge problem faced by the Aegean islands,  imposing taxes and looting local communities. To protect themselves the inhabitants of Santorini built several fortified settlements known as Kastelia. Emporio is one of five such Kastelia on the island. You can spend hours just wandering the compact little streets, the houses all huddled close togetherContinue reading “Final glimpses”

Enchanting Emporio

The final village on our whistle stop day tour around Santorini is the gorgeous little Emporio. It takes its name from the Greek word for “trade” (Emporeio) and for centuries was the traditional trade centre of Santorini. From the main road Emporio might seem like any normal, fairly bland modern town but head up to the traditional, fortifiedContinue reading “Enchanting Emporio”

Magical Megalochori

Megalochori is our next stop and it’s another picturesque village. Its existence is recorded all the way back to the 17th century. Home to historical mansions, old traditional houses and wine canavas it is a colourful, traditional little place. Apparently it has a history of merchants exporting the Vinsanto wine that the island still produces. One striking featureContinue reading “Magical Megalochori”

Free wheeling Greek style!

Continuing our quad bike tour of Santorini here’s a few random shots of  the scenery between the whitewashed villages. We head to a tiny beach for a quick picnic and we have the whole place to ourselves. Here’s a few pictures of the north east of the island including a hillside of traditional windmills. Although theyContinue reading “Free wheeling Greek style!”

Karterados village

The traditional village of Karterados is built beside a stream in a ravine and its existence is recorded back to the 17th century. The original dwellings are cave houses built deep into the rock face and there’s a lovely traditional windmill in the main village square. During the 19th century Karterados was one of the largest seaContinue reading “Karterados village”