Today’s time travelling trawl takes us back to the beautiful Kefalonian village of Fiscardo in 2019.
With its pretty little beach, bustling harbour and terraces of adorable houses, it is picture postcard perfect.
Fiscardo is unique in that it is the only village on Kefalonia that has so many of the original Venetian buildings intact and still in use.
From every vantage point the azure ocean stretches to the horizon with any number of boats bobbing serenely on its surface.
Fiscardo is a bit of a boaters paradise and the harbour is jammed pack with boats of all sizes and specifications.
The buildings in Fiscardo managed to escape the devastating earthquake of 1953 that destroyed many parts of Kefalonia. Most of the houses are built in the attractive Venetian design and painted in pastel colours.
Shops and tavernas huddle around the harbour offering numerous opportunities to enjoy the day’s fresh catch.
The ubiquitous Bougainvillea drapes its shocking pink bracts over every surface, brazen in the knowledge that it steals the show every time!
Weathered wood, traditional textiles and colourful paintings are also on offer to the souvenir seekers.
Colourful walls sit baking in the midday sun while sunflowers are an obvious choice to flourish in this sweltering Greek town.
Dropping down to the harbour side offers some respite from the heat and I am a sucker for a floaty boaty!
Taking a walk away from the town and around the headland reveals more stunning, private little covers where clear waters lap at your feet as warm as bath water!
There’s so much to see that it warrants another post! So enjoy the sun seeking hubby as he paddles in the glorious water below!
It might be snowing, raining and flooding here in dismal Blighty but my mind is floating away in the warmth of a Kefalonian summer!
Stopping for a brief pause on our road trip around the island, we stumble upon this little roadside pebble beach.
Complete with obligatory bobbing boats!
Everywhere you look, Kefalonia has a delightful cove or hidden beach begging to be discovered.
Corsica has no end of stunning beaches to chose from. Here’s a selection of some of them!
Beautiful San cipriano beach is just one of the beautiful swathes of white sand.
So enjoy lots of lovely azure waters and endless white sands.
Take me back . . . . I can still feel the warm breeze and gently lapping water.
After enjoying various labour intensive activities such as swimming, lounging, sunbathing and people watching, we then head onto another wonderful beach Calla Rossa.
Last few shots from our summer holiday to Mykonos (LAST JULY!!) so backlogged with trip write ups!!
Still zipping around on our quad we head for the remote little bay that is Fokos beach in the North East of the island.
Early in the morning we have the beach virtually to ourselves to enjoy.
The last stop on our tour before we retreat to lounge by the pool for the rest of the holiday is to Armenistis Lighthouse.
This abandoned relic was built in 1891 and is located on the north-western tip of Mykonos, overlooking the strait between the island of Tinos and Mykonos.
Now completely derelict it offers wonderful far reaching views out across the sea.
Leaving behind the pretty Agios Ioannis beach behind we’re heading through the tiny settlement to the mini harbour at the far end of the bay.
After enjoying the obligatory snaps of vivid bougainvillea we come across the small picturesque chapel of Agios Ioannis which sits above a tiny harbour.
There’s absolutely no one around at all so we have this sparkling scene all to ourselves.
Various boat trips and fishing excursions take to the waters from this tiny harbour.
The pro tanner scampers off to find some super heated rocks to roast himself on while I opt for the cooling breezes that can be found at the boat harbour.
The colour of the water in Greece is something I never tire of. A constantly shifting, mesmerising, kaleidoscope of greens, blues and golds.
It’s well worth making the ten minute walk from the beach to enjoy the bobbing boats and peaceful views out to the sea.
We’re coming to the end of our Sardinian adventure but on the last day we see possibly the very best of this stunning island.
Hopping on a boat tour around the coastline from Cala Gonone we’re treated to some truly spectacular rugged cliffs and the most beautiful water yet!
I can honestly say that I have not seen water this clear or this blue outside of Thailand.
In fact this is probably even better as it’s just a few hours from home and nowhere near as overrun!
Even swimsuit phobic old me can’t keep out of this gorgeous blue water.
The lesser spotted smiling Marples is testament to just how invigorating and joyous it is!
The limestone cliffs dramatically plunge into the turquoise sea, often erosion has created weird and wonderful sculptures such as the archway and Cala luna caves below.
It’s hard to believe that this gorgeous sight is only a short haul flight from the UK!
Then the boat drops us off on the lovely Cala Mariolu beach for a few hours of soaking up the sun and swimming.
Romazzino beach is the next sandy spot to be bagged on our Costa S’meralda coastal tour and it’s a beauty.
In the middle of the beach you’ll find a pier that stretches out into the warm(ish) waters!
While bizarrely shaped, weather beaten rocks appear haphazardly dotted along the sands.
The wind has abated somewhat but the water is still a glorious mix of navy, greens and frothy white wavelets.
Once again we have this little slice of paradise all to ourselves given that it was October.
But in the height of the summer season this beach will be heaving with sun worshippers.
Personally I much prefer it in it’s lonely, windswept, empty glory. Just us and the elements.
Romazzino beach is right in front of the famously luxurious Romazzino Hotel, one of Costa Smeralda’s best beach hotels. It’s all shut up for the season so we get to roam freely!
Clearly luxuriating guests demand complete peace and quiet hence this amusing collection of “do not” signs . . . not quite sure what the middle one is warning against!
We’ve settled into our little hotel – the gorgeous
Dolce Vita close to the celeb’s hangout of Porto Cervo.
Now we are all set to explore the stunning beaches of the Costa Smeralda, one of the highlights of this gem of an island.
Costa Smeralda is around 20km of jaw droppingly stunning beaches and coastline to the North East of Sardinia.
The main towns and villages in the area are Porto Cervo, Liscia di Vacca, Capriccioli, and Romazzino.
Our first beach on the coastal sight seeing itinerary is the empty stretch of glorious white sand at Spiaggia De Grande Pervero.
The early morning means we get the sands all to ourselves and it is truly beautiful.
There’s also the smaller Piccolo Pervero that makes up a duo of delightful beaches.