GREECE; Naxos and Crete

Hello guys!

This summer has been full of adventures and there is nothing I love more to do than to travel and experience new places. My family and I decided to go back to Greece this year because there are a plethora of beautiful islands that are waiting to be discovered and more importantly to visit our family.

We were gone for about three weeks, so it left plenty of room for little trips. As you know, my father is from Crete so we always stay at the renovated house in the village he grew up in, it’s like our home away from home. We spent about a week here just relaxing, going to the beach, visiting family, and shopping inย Iraklion.

The next week, we booked a trip to Naxos, one of the islands of the Cyclades. Naxos holds some of the oldest churches and temples in the Balkans and is mainly attracted to other Greek tourists. Which means the towns are still very old yet authentic, but tourism is quickly rising so I suggest to make this your next trip before it gets too crowded like Mykonos. We stayed at the Aeolis hotel in the port town, which was off the main strip so it was quieter. Naxos was beautiful and charming and had some of the best seafood. My favorite restaurant was Deoudas – the saganaki shrimp is to die for! Also, because I am a fanatic for gelato, I would get a dark chocolate ice cream cone from Milkato every single day because it was SO GOOD! I cannot describe in enough words how amazing this gelato is. It has a high rating on Google for a reason. The ice cream is made from Naxian cows, but because of that, it is only located on Naxos so I couldn’t get this ice cream anywhere else in Greece ๐Ÿ˜ฆ We spent most of our time renting a car and driving around the island stopping at different beaches and checking out ancient temple and churches.

After our wonderful trip to Naxos, we took the boat back to Crete where we went to the beach againย and then prepared for a little road trip to the south part of the island. We decided on visiting Elafonisi beach because of the pink sand and the unusual island strip that you can walk to. Since the rooms in the town were booked, we stayed in Paleochora for one night, driving back and forth through the winding mountain roads. Once at Elafonisi, the site was wonderous! However, note that up to 3000 people visit this beach a day. So by 11am when we arrived, there were already about 400 people. Buses upon buses come from all over to this place and there is only one road to get here. The beach was stunning though. It was overall really shallow water, unless you kept swimming deeper and you can walk just about anywhere through the water and to the island. The pink sand mainly congregates right on the shore line, but you can see speckles of pink throughout the entire beach area. Throughout the day, the color deepens some which is so gorgeous. The sand is actually alive and the entire beach is a national park. There is a small taverna to eat at but, you have to drive back out of the beach and we didn’t want to lose our parking spot. Instead, we ate at this small food stand which was sub par so, I suggest to bring packed food if you plan on being here all day. We left early because of all of the traffic coming in and out of the mountains, but it was a really nice time!

Once back home on the north side of Crete, we continued to be beach bums and visited even more family! You know the Greeks and their families haha, if you have seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I am now back in the states and trying to catch up on things before school starts. This is my final year at University and I am starting to apply for graduate school. I have no idea what I want to do, even though I am graduating with an architecture degree. But who really knows what they want, right? I will have to figure it out soon, so wish me luck!

Also, today marks two years of me starting this blog to talk about my travels, clothes, and whatever else ๐Ÿ™‚ So thank you to those you look at my Instagram and read this posts! I appreciate it!

Sophia

I WORE – There are many outfits, but I cannot tag them all. Most of my wardrobe is from Madewell. But the photos of me in the yellow skirt and the silk blue top and skirt are from Massimo Dutti. My swimsuit is from J. Crew and my coverup is Victoria’s Secret.

 

CRETE

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NAXOS

 

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PALEOCHORA

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ELAFONISI

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CRETE

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Photography by Sophia Kountakis.

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