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Santorini a paradise; here is when to go

blue sea, white houses and breathtaking sunsets. Here Santorini, the island of love

Santorini is the southernmost island of the Cyclades, known for its mild climate that allows tourists to begin to bathe in its clear waters already in mid-April. If in fact the question is when to visit this island, you know that from mid-April onwards (after Orthodox Easter), the island is already prey to tourists.

you may want to visit Santorini in late spring period in which the temperature is mild, the climate is very mild and the prices of the facilities are still not as high as in August for those who want to enjoy the island away from the summer crowds, . The island will satisfy any request, since it allows to carry out many activities such as hiking, boating or simply romantic walks among the characteristic vicoli.e

You should visit the Ancient Fira and its archaeological site of Akrotiri, as well as the Thera Prehistoric Museum and the Archaeological Museum. Fira is the capital of Santorini and it is a quaint little village in which stand out the classic white houses and the blue doors and windows. Fira is the place where the nightlife is more present, so it is worth visiting if you want to dance the night away.

Also not to be missed in Fira is the old port accessible by cable car, on the back of a mule or on foot via 587 steps. Oia is instead a highly suggestive locations. It is a village that lies on the edge of the Caldera and Oia is characterized by small alleys that intersect one another, shops, museums, small art galleries and the ruins of the Venetian fortress. Oia is a unique place of its kind, as it still tries to maintain its uniqueness, trying to escape the mass tourism.

Along the west coast, in the highest part of the cliff it stands the Imerovigli village. The location of the village so high, you can have a full view of the volcanoes. A Imerovigli the traditional houses are few compared to hotels and luxury facilities (basically prices of the structures are high). Imerovigli is 3 km from the capital Fira.

Santorini is also famous for its beaches, among which definitely stands out the Red Beach. It is a beach of red sand that is located in the southwest of the island. The typical red color of the sand, is its volcanic origin; But it is worth saying that the beach is quite small and therefore often horsebackriding.

Santorini is therefore a destination that can cater for every need, whether you opt for a relaxing holiday, for a fun-filled. The climate, the atmosphere, the sea and the sky of Santorini will offer a unique holiday of its kind.

The best gadgets to take on holiday

A suitcase is not complete without a good tech department. We chose the unmissable this summer

Shots unforgettable moments with a lifecam, counts your daily steps with a fitness tracker and even on vacation you can not not wearing your smartwatch. Well, here’s what you absolutely can not miss in your suitcase if you’re a tech nerd.

Headphones. The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless are great to listen to great music in moments of relaxation. They have an excellent sound quality and aesthetics trendy because they are wireless and built in valuable and aluminum skin. Suggested retail price 399 €.

Mini Bluetooth speaker. This Leitz is compact and capable of reproducing a crystal clear sound on the move. It is Bluetooth and built-in microphone makes it perfect for conference calls or free calling mode. It is ideal to be taken anywhere and is practical as quick to charge via USB. Price: 55,90 EUR.

Power bank. Dual Ipower Puro 4000 mAh simultaneously charging Apple Watch, thanks to the dedicated support base, and other mobile device.

Not only recharges quickly, from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes, but thanks to the function Auto Detecting and Load Balancing, the power bank automatically recognizes the type of connected device (iOS or Android) and dividing the energy delivered as needed. The solution is compatible not only with the Apple device, even with most of the devices on the market (Samsung, Hauwei, Sony, Microsoft, Nokia, HTC, Asus and LG). Price: 59,99 EUR.

Cover for smartphones. For a selfie on the beach, a video underwater or a walk on the shore to the music, here is the cover that’s right for you. To protect the smartphone from water, splashes, dust and sand, the new Voyager Compact Cellularline is a real colorful shell with hermetic closure which, thanks to IPX6 certification, ensures maximum protection. The front touchscreen lets you use your smartphone in all its functions, and the holes in the rear and the bottom of the housing allow to take pictures and videos, insert the headphone jack and charge your phone without having to remove the iPhone. Available in deep blue color, lime green, black and fuchsia. 19,99 euro.

The latest generation of fitness tracker. Shine 2 keeps track of the amount of movement and the quality of sleep continuously and accurately, showing the progress made by 12 LEDs on the diskette. The major new features include the introduction of capacitive touch sensors and sync with the app Misfit Link, which transform Shine 2 in a remote controller for taking selfies, control audio playback and interact with automated devices. In addition, the Misfit Move function prompts the user when it is time to get moving by vibration. Water resistant to 50 meters, can be worn on the wrist, neck or clipped to clothing. Shine 2 is on sale on the online shop of Hinnovation and large electronics stores to the € 119.99 price.

Camera that protects you from the sun. Sunscreenr is a small camera that shows you where you’ve applied sunscreen to avoid burn. If through the lens you see your dark skin means that you’re protected, otherwise it is the case to slather back protection. The room is waterproof and resistant to sand. It is available in different colors, you preorder and costs $ 74.

Smartwatch. The latest Samsung is available in two versions, Gear S2 and S2 Gear Classic: the first minimal lines and modern at the price of 349.99 euro, the second most elegant and leather 379,99 EUR. If you’re on vacation but do not know to give up the healthy relaxation away from your usual routine, with this smart watch notifications receive and reply to messages right from your wrist. And you can immediately check calendar, e-mail, weather and listen to music. Also thanks to dedicated to fitness function is perfect for physical activity and keep a diary constantly updated on sports improvements and a reminder to reach their goals.

Straps. If you already have an Apple watch, instead, take a look at the new straps presented at the event Apple in March. Before there were only steel, leather and fluoroelastomer. The new model include an update in the Milan jersey and new variants classic, sports and loops, but the most interesting are nylon, which adhere better to the arm. Price: 59 €.

Action cam. GoPro GoPro Hero4 Session contains all the technology but it is smaller, lighter and more versatile. You can dive with it up to a depth of 10 meters, eliminating the need for a Protective Case Pond and is able to start recording and taking pictures at the touch of a single button and only. Record a video resolution 1080p 60fps and take pictures at 8MP and has Wi-Fi and integrated Bluetooth to connect it to the GoPro App and control it remotely from your smartphone or tablet, view content in memory and share them on social. € 219.

Smart keychain. Wire tracker is a 100% Italian and allows you to find the keys in the travel bag or even your car if you’re in a dispersive place you do not know. In short, Filo is useful not only in everyday life, but also on holiday. Through the app you’ll always know where it is. Starting from € 29.90.

Smartphone. For the holidays might be useful to have a smaller smartphones, which come in all budgets. The latest in Apple’s iPhone SE which has the same characteristics of the 6s, but has the size and the homes of 5. In short, powerful and handy to carry around.

In recent years, we have become great fans of Greece ?

 
After Crete, Thessaloniki and Chalkidiki, especially, after the cruise in the Mediterranean last year, where we visited Athens and several islands,
we re-enamored of Greece, especially of Santorini.

“If you like Santorini, then go to Mykonos!” They all said.
“It has the same white houses, blue domes and windmills winds on the sea,
but in Mykonos, the sea is dream. ”
All very true.

“But it is true that you loved?”. Unfortunately.
Mykonos is probably the most expensive island we have ever visited.
But we managed to approdarla out of season, to early May,
so we got to take a vacation Pasha but with a very low budget!
How low?
Well, if I tell you that we spent € 700 for 3, for 1 week, including flight – machine – Hotel (meals, petrol and extras not included), you do not believe it?
Let me tell you everything.
How much we spent
(Total quotas for: 2 adults + 1 child 5 years, 7 nights):

Flight:
Easyjet: Milan-Malpensa -> Mykonos A / R
€ 300 for 3 (taxes included + 1 suitcase boarding) – booked in January

Machine:
National / Alamo – 7 days (pick up and drop off Mykonos Airport) – mod. Suzuki Swift, 5 doors
€ 120 (excluding fuel), booked on rentalcars.com (prepaid by credit card, all inclusive price)

Accommodation:
7 nights in Platis Gialos (an 8-minute drive from Mykonos town)
Acrogiali Hotel (4 *)
€ 270 (c / breakfast – booking.com, offer customers genius, booked one month in advance)

tot: 670 € 3 for 7 nights (meals, petrol and extras not included)
Travel period: first week of May.
Climate: 6 sunny days out of 7.
Outside temperature: an average day: 22-27 ° (in the evening: 16-19 °)
(We were at the beach most days; sunset hours approx 20:30)

And all the rest?
Everything else is quite expensive. From souvenirs, to restaurants, beach bar, all pretty carettino and figures worthy of Italian places more “vipsssss”.
Drinks on the beach x 3 (anacolici): from 13 €.
Lunch x 3: 30 to 50eu (excluding wine).
If the restaurant is long little venice or the old port, the prices go up (on average a plate of grilled prawns – what I love most in the world! – € 20- € 30!).

But there are also many local takeaways and takeaways, where you can eat a simple kebab or sausage typical of Mykonos with a budget of € 10.06 each.
Expensive or cheap, one thing I have to say that I found everywhere incredible hospitality! I love miconiani! They are incredibly kind people, warm and family friendly and, in fact, they remind me a lot of my fellow Thais ?

 

What we did
Here is some guidance on what we did.

After a flight of just 2 and a half hours, we arrive in Mykonos and after practices for the pick up of the car, in 10 minutes we arrive already in Platis Gialos, the chosen location for our stay.
The first impression I had of Mykonos is that it is a very small island: just 85kmq.
As I like to get to a place and find myself immediately in the heart of the place, without having to travel hundreds of kilometers!
And in fact, after one hour by plane landing, you believe us that we were already sprawled on the beach?
Among the various locations, we chose Platis Gialos because the offer found on Booking.com. Hotel Acrogiali was just made up of white houses with blue window frames, Mykonian-style, and it was beachfront.
We were lucky because it was the best choice!

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Platis Gialos is a gem.
A beach towel surrounded by blue and white houses, used as hotels and resorts, with sunbeds (maybe too many for my taste) and surrounded by 4-5 great restaurants!

Have the sea literally on the doorstep is priceless.
In fact, every day, after breakfast, we stopped on the beach.
Then, in the afternoon, we took the car to get around the island and other beaches.
Mykonos is so small that in 10 minutes you arrive at the tip of the north (do not miss the Lighthouse!) And up to 20 minutes at the eastern end (Ano Mera and the beaches of Kalo Livadi and Kalafati).
In short, an island very easy to get around, whether by car or motorbike / quod.

Perhaps for younger couples, my advice is to stay directly in Mykonos Chora (Town), in the heart of the narrow streets, narrow, white and wrapped in a cozy atmosphere:
or somewhere with a breathtaking view:
Then visit the other beaches, taking a bus (€ 1.50 each way) or by renting a scooter or a quad (starting from 8 € per day).
The sea in Mykonos is nice and clean everywhere, even in the vicinity of the port:

(The nearest beach in Mykonos between the two ports, the old one and the new one)
Not to be missed

In short, it is impossible to stand still alone on a beach,
There are too many things to do in Mykonos!

Here are the things that are most liked:

Ornos beach
a beautiful bay, with fine sand, turquoise waters and a very relaxing environment.
A Ornos await you chic lounge bar with sofas and comfortable:
Paraga beach
an almost wild beach, the other side of Platis Gialos.

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Paradise beach and Super Paradise beach
The beaches of the fun. We are told that on these two beaches, in summer approdono boats departing from Mykonos town, the young charges. The beaches are filled with young people, music and sangria!
(Below, the Paradise beach beach, but the photo does not do because the sea was very rough)
The mills
Among our most beautiful ritual: look for mills to photograph them!
And then, go in the late afternoon at 5 mills to wait for the sunset.
Wade that MAGNIFICENT scenery …
Little Venice
And right under the mills, there is little venice, as they call it.
In this stretch, there are 3-4 rooms on the sea that offer unforgettable sunsets.
Do not miss the appetizer to tramondo from the local “Veranda”.

Magic pura..da “thousand Splendid Suns”:

And because, at the sunset Paraportiani?
A church made up of several structures built in time, one of the symbols of Mykonos.
Look when we got to visit that scene we found ..?

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