On our final day Island hopping across Greece, we visited two of the most picturesque, starting with Ios. We walked through the narrow bright white streets of Chora at the break of dawn when any tourists are fast asleep. The Village is inaccessible to vehicles so we had to walk to the very top where we experienced panoramic views of the harbour. The billowing flowers which hung against the white walls were, of course, my most vivid memory.
We then set off in search of Manganari beach were we feasted and enjoyed the crystal water lapping against the white sand before snoozing on sun loungers until late afternoon.
Our final hop was across the waters to Santorini, an island I have longed to visit for as long as I can remember so I was sad when we had such a short stop there. We enjoyed one of the most pinnacle meals of the trip at Pyrgos, a gastfronomic experience with a pleasant view over the Island where as we dined we learnt about the unique agricultural produce on the island such as Tomato paste and Fava. The food really was spectacular. I longed to see the white caves built into the rocks but we had to catch our boat bound for Athens as it was time to return home from our amazing trip.
I learnt so much about Greek culture during the 5 days we spent exploring and as always I fell a little bit in love with every place I set foot. But I also learnt a lot about my own bravery, for The Very Nervous Traveller travelled for 5 day’s solid.