SANTORINI - THE NAKED CHILD [EXTRACT]
by Girgos Seferis
Bend if you can to the dark sea forgetting the flute's sound on naked feet
that trod your sleep in the other, the sunken life.
Write if you can on your last shell the day the place the name
and fling it into the sea so that it sinks.

Guides

Mykonos
Mykonos is perhaps the most famous among the Greek islands. A long time has passed since the ‘60s, when Aristotle Onassis and his famous friends used to stroll down the labyrinth streets of the town.

Yet the island carries its glamorous reputation with undeniable charm. The locals have managed to create a hugely entertaining place without losing their Greek identity. The picture perfect sceneries are complimented by a wide range of upscale bars and restaurants to create an ideal holiday haven. The stark white cubic houses, crystal clear waters and all-night parties attract a mix of jet-setters, fashionistas and celebrities that have made this small island one of the most popular destinations in the world.

Athens
Athens, the capital of Greece, is located in the region of Attica. The city of Athens is a busy metropolis dominated by one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world.

The majestic Parthenon is the undisputable jewel of a city that was once the cradle of western civilization. The Acropolis leads to the city’s historical center, which has been converted into a pedestrian zone. Athens is a unique blend of ancient and modern, grunge and elegant, chaos and fun. It is a city that satisfies all tastes, offering everything from museums, cultural centers and art galleries to cutting edge markets and countless entertainment options. High street fashion is found in the pedestrian street of Ermou and couture and designer items in Kolonaki. When the night falls, Athenians head for the alternative districts of Psirri and Gazi, the fashionable area of Kolonaki or the summer venues of Glyfada and Voula. Attica has a suburb coastline with beautiful beaches and plenty of seaside venues. The coastal avenue leads to the majestic Temple of Poseidon, which crowns Cape Sounion and offers panoramic views over the Saronic gulf.

 

Corfu
Corfu is probably the most famous island of the Ionian complex. It is a sophisticated island that attracts thousands of visitors every year. The natural beauty, beautiful beaches and vivid nightlife have made Corfu one of the most sought-after destinations in the Mediterranean.

The “beautiful and rich land” of Homer is a paradise of poetic landscapes and culture. Its strategic position made the island vulnerable to foreign conquestors. As a result, a blend of the Venetian, British and French cultures was integrated to the Greek identity. These western influences are prominent in the island’s architecture. The town seems like a fresco painting that has come to life. Liston’s elegant arcades hang over the marble paved square where the locals gather for a cup of coffee or a drink. The old town with its special design and quiet, narrow roads is the biggest preserved medieval town in Greece. Corfu also offers vast options for entertainment, with candlelit restaurants, romantic bars and vibrant nightclubs covering all tastes and styles.

Patmos
If Patmos could be defined by only one trait, this would be the translucence of the light. The island has a magical quality that derives from its spiritual background.

It was here that John the Divine ensconced himself in a cave and wrote the Revelation (Book of Apocalypse). The Cave is today a place of pilgrimage for Christians of the East and the West. Also, it makes Patmos the best place to come and experience the Orthodox Easter. In total harmony with the history that it carries, the landscape creates a sense of harmony and balance. Fine, unspoilt beaches and villages mercifully untouched by the ravages of mass tourism appeal to the culturally inclined, more sophisticated individuals. The imposing, rugged interior is interrupted by fertile valleys. The main town and port stretches around a sheltered bay, featuring elegant cafes and tasteful restaurants. Patmos is the essence of a “getaway”, a place where one can enjoy the greatest luxury of all: to sit in silence by the sea and let the waves wash away the frantic rhythms of modern life.

Santorini
Santorini’s picture-perfect sceneries have made it one of the most photographed islands of the world. The surreal landscape is the result of a huge volcanic eruption that took place 3.500 years ago.

The eruption caused three quarters of the island to sink and created what later became the island’s showpiece caldera. Even the beaches are part of the fairytale scenery, taking their names from the colors of the cliffs that hang above them. Still watched over by the smoldering volcano, the amphitheatrically built houses of the caldera attract thousands of visitors every year. Despite its rapid touristic development, the island has maintained its character. Candlelit cafés and a vibrant nightlife compliment the dreamlike setting of the caldera at Fira, the town of Santorini. Picturesque villages such as Perissa, Imerovigli and Perivolos are scattered all over the island, while visitors gather at Oia to enjoy Santorini’s famous sunsets.

Paros
Located at the heart of the Cyclades complex, Paros is one of the most popular Greek islands. From the seaside plots with their stark white Cycladic houses to the picturesque villages that hide in the mountains, Paros offers a variety in landscape.

Its exceptional natural beauty, vast sandy beaches and impressive landscapes are combined with a well-developed tourist infrastructure. The capital, Paroikia, welcomes the visitors with a pleasant buzz of travelers and locals that crowd the harbor. A few steps away, the white-washed alleys of the old town wind up all the way to the Venetian castle. The cosmopolitan town of Naoussa is a picturesque former fishermen village, with a nightlife that rivals the one of Mykonos. Paros is also one of the most famous windsurfing destinations of Europe, hosting windsurfing competitions every summer.