Kalymnos Travel Guide: What To Do On Our Favorite Greek Island

Kalymnos Travel Guide: What To Do On Our Favorite Greek Island

  Greece is one of those magical destinations where we feel like you can’t really go wrong no matter which island you choose. Santorini is as romantic as can be, with its iconic whitewashed buildings and dramatic caldera. Rhodes has a rich history, beautiful beaches and one of the best-preserved fortresses in the world. Then, of course, there’s the mainland and Athens—a city a bit rough around the edges but which we thoroughly enjoyed exploring. Yet of all the spots we visited in Greece, our favorite was without a doubt the small but beautiful island of Kalymnos. Kalymnos is a relatively off-the-beaten-track destination in Greece. Both Greeks and tourists seemed a bit surprised when we said Kalymnos was on our Dodecanese island hopping itinerary—and even more so when we said we fell completely in love with it. If you’re looking for raving nightlife and fancy clubs, then Kalymnos isn’t for you. But if you’re after a unique Greek experience that offers plenty of adventure, cuisine and beauty, then we think you’ll love Kalymnos just as much as we did. Here’s everything you need to know to start exploring this fascinating spot.     Your Ultimate Kalymnos Travel Guide An Introduction To Kalymnos The first thing you’ll notice about Kalymnos is its striking beauty, with dramatic crags and mountains, dazzling deep blue water, and a much greener landscape than its neighboring islands. It’s the ideal setting for adventure—and as a result is a popular destination for rock climbing, hiking and more (which we go into detail about below.) When arriving at Kalymnos, you’ll likely dock at Pothia, the main port...
What To Do In Rhodes, Greece: Where History And Beauty Abound

What To Do In Rhodes, Greece: Where History And Beauty Abound

  Rhodes (pronounced rho-dos) is the largest—and perhaps the most famous—of the gorgeous Greek Dodecanese Islands. In comparison to the quiet and lovely Leros, the island of Rhodes is well trodden. Before the discovery of Santorini’s unique caldera, Rhodes was actually one of the most popular Greek islands to escape to for sun and sea. As such, there remains a steady flow of tourists who head to Rhodes to discover its stunning beaches and ancient ruins.     We were drawn to Rhodes because of its legendary Old Town, one of the best preserved Medieval towns in all of Europe. While Rhodes wasn’t our favorite of all the Greek islands we visited, it was certainly worth the trip. Overflowing with history and culture, you won’t have any shortage of attractions to discover on any visit to the island. Whether you’re planning a trip to Rhodes or you’re just wondering if it’s worth the long ferry trip from Santorini, here’s an introduction to the ancient island of Rhodes and what you can expect when you get there: The History of Rhodes:   Rhodes has been called home by several groups of people since the Stone Age. Cretans are believed to have been the first to settle on the lush island, followed by the Phoenicians and the Dorians. What’s more, Rhode’s ideal location as a bridge-point for three different continents has resulted in numerous cultures from around the world calling it home, all leaving their unique mark on Rhode’s culture, architecture, literature, art, and philosophy. Rhodes boasts three ancient ruins from the powerful civilizations of Lindos, Lalyssos and Kamiros. Today visitors...
Leros, Greece: An Off-The-Beaten-Track Island To Remember

Leros, Greece: An Off-The-Beaten-Track Island To Remember

One of our goals while island-hopping in Greece was to head to some of the more off-the-beaten track islands that don’t see as many tourists. And we certainly weren’t disappointed by the Dodecanese Islands. One of our first stops: the island of Leros. Historically, Leros was an island reserved for exiles, which is perhaps why it continues to remain relatively quiet. That and the fact that the island still has no airport, making arrival and departure somewhat more difficult. But rather than exiles, visitors can now expect a glimpse of authentic Greek culture combined with countless opportunities for delicious seaside dining, sun bathing on lovely beaches, taking on epic scuba diving or learning about Leros’s interesting WWII history. Where To Stay In Leros, Greece     We cozied into The Archontiko Angelou Hotel during our stay in Leros. This enchanting bed and breakfast had us dazzled from the moment we saw their GORGEOUS garden and terrace, perfect for an evening of drinks and good conversation with friends, or a quiet morning reserved to finally dive into the books we had been carrying around.     Our stay was really made special with all of the little touches from the staff to make us feel at home. For example, with littleOur stay was really made special with all of the little touches from the staff to make us feel at home. For example, with little notice, Marianna (the fabulous owner) will happily pack you a picnic lunch for an outing, or prepare a special meal or breakfast in bed. Not to mention there was refreshing homemade lemonade upon our welcome and extensive information provided about what to do with...
48 Hours In Athens, Greece: Everything You Need To Know

48 Hours In Athens, Greece: Everything You Need To Know

Most travelers breeze through Athens, Greece, opting to give precedence to the enchanting Greek islands over the rough-around-the-edges capital city. And honestly, we weren’t all that different. Dan had firm dates that he had to be in Santorini to photograph a yoga retreat, which meant that we only had a few days in Athens before we were “forced” to take the ferry to Santorini. All in all we spent about six weeks island hopping around Santorini and the Dodecanese islands, and we can eagerly agree that they are just as magical as the reputation that precedes them. I don’t think we would have changed a thing, except that we wish we had allotted a few more days to discovering Athens.     We were pleasantly surprised by Athens. We were visiting during the economic crisis, so we weren’t really all that sure what to expect. (And if you turned on the news during the protests, then you would have assumed the worst.) But what we discovered was an edgy city of contrasts. A breathtaking view of the Acropolis is never too far away (though neither is street art and graffiti.) Great restaurants, world-class shopping, and an efficient metro add to the joy of exploring the city and provide a welcome distraction when you’ve had all the epic ruins and museums that you can handle.     If you have longer than 48 hours in Athens, Greece—take it. You wont be disappointed. However, if you’re traveling on a time crunch and still want to experience the best the city has to offer, here’s our quick and dirty guide to 48...
The Ultimate Romantic Dinner Experience – Dining in Santorini

The Ultimate Romantic Dinner Experience – Dining in Santorini

Santorini is hands-down one of the most romantic places we have ever visited. The iconic white-washed buildings with bright blue domes, the expansive Aegean Sea, the uniquely dramatic caldera vistas…it’s enough to make anyone swoon.           On top of the picture-perfect views, Santorini also boasts world-renowned wineries and delectable local products—the perfect conditions for a wonderfully romantic five-course dinner. It had been a while since we’d dressed to impress and enjoyed fine dining, so our first night in Santorini we decided to join Gastronomy Santorini for one of their five-course tasting menus. The experience turned out to be so delightful—and the food so delicious—that we opted to do it again our final night in Santorini, too! Both occasions with Gastronomy Santorini were absolute perfection, and easily some of the best food we indulged in during our entire thirty days in Greece. The five-course dinner is set at the restaurant of Above Blue Suites in Imervigoli. Imervigoli, in our opinion, is the absolute best place to watch the sun set in Santorini; a dinner here is worth it for the breathtaking views alone. If you head to Oia, Santorini’s most famous (and, as a result, most touristy) neighborhood to watch the sun go down, you’ll be dodging selfie sticks. At Above Blue Suites, we had nothing but tranquility, mouth-watering food, and, of course, a few glasses of wine to accompany our sweeping view.       Since we did the Santorini Five Courses Menu twice, we were able to indulge in a variety of different menu items. We don’t want to spoil all the details, but...
Sunday Snapshot | The Best Sunset In Santorini Isn’t In Oia, It’s Here

Sunday Snapshot | The Best Sunset In Santorini Isn’t In Oia, It’s Here

  Even before we arrived in Santorini, we knew Oia was a hotspot. All of the iconic photos you imagine Santorini to be are taken in this area. It is also to closest spot you can get to see the sunset. What we discovered, however, is that everyone on the island wants that same iconic view just as the sun hits the horizon, and the small twisting alleyways become more crowded than Times Square itself! We spent a week on the island giving us ample time to explore other sunset spots. The only spot we watched the sunset from twice and our overall favorite was the view from the quiet town of Imerovigli. The stunning cliffs of the caldera in the foreground extend all the way to Oia while the sunset falls perfectly between to islands. We had dinner reservations at Above Blue Suites as guests of Gastronomy Santorini and highly recommend getting a table for two during the sunset hour.   Want to see your picture featured on our Sunday Snapshot segment? We want to see your favorite travel photos! Just send us an email at danrmoorephotography (at) gmail (dot) com with your travel photo and a brief description. We’d love to have...