They are glorious, they are beautiful, they have amazing stories to tell and they are a very good reason to visit these islands. Introducing…

Panagia Hozoviotissa


Sitting on a cliff, Panagia Hozoviotissa’s monastery stands tall, at 300 meters above the sea, since 1088. During the iconoclastic years, locals recall when monks tried to protect the image of the Virgin Mary by putting it into a boat, that travelled from “Hoziva” or “Koziva” in the Holy Land, all the way to one of the island’s beaches.


The sight of this all-white church as you go up the large, wide and seemingly endless stairs will definitely give you goosebumps. Once you reach the top, you will find a yard with enough space and shade to rest, until you are ready to go inside. After facing a few more stairs, you will find yourself in a small room with a breathtaking view, where a glass of cool water, a shot of liqueur or coffee and a traditional treat await.

Agios Symeon


Hidden in the southeast part of Tzia, you will find the church and community of Agios Symeon. This is not just a church. It is a place where you can get a taste of the traditional Greek island hospitality. Awe, beauty and authenticity.


Built right where Aphrodite’s temple used to be, this church reflects the goddess’ beauty, with marbles from her temple and a memorable view. Standing on its yard, you can take a sneak peek of the islands of Kythnos and Serifos, while on September 1st of every year, you can live like a local, in the “Ai Symiou” fair, the biggest event of the island. Before you go, don’t forget to try the local green pies, the cheese, the red wine, the handmade bread and the streaming, fresh local dessert “galaktoboureko”.

Virgin Mary of Dormition


It was the 1st of May 1790 when 18 ships carrying Algerian pirates, the toughest kind, were seen approaching the island. Locals ran terrified towards the church to protect themselves and prayed for their lives, holding the Virgin Mary’s image high above the ground.


Suddenly, a strong wind blew from the north, unsettling the sea and making all pirates disappear, except for a Christian one. The pirate managed to make it to the mainland, only to reveal to the locals in a distressed, weak voice that a lighting came straight from the church’s hill and hit all the ships. When you combine the magic of this story with the view, the all-white color and the glory you may find yourself with more than enough reasons to pay the church a visit. Just make sure you carry a bottle of water and wear your comfortable sneakers.

Agios Ioannis


Mamma mia! It’s about time you learned more about this little church that hosted one of the most famous movie weddings of 2008. Once you arrive at the area of Kastri, just about 30 kilometers from the island’s center, you will see a large rock that stands tall in the Aegean Sea. Once you climb its 100 and something stairs and reach the top, you will discover the church of Agios Ioannis.


The story behind the church matches perfectly with its magic scenery: Late one night, a fisherman was on his way home from the Glossa area, when he noticed a light coming from the top of the rock. He saw the light every night, until a woman visited him during a dream and revealed that the light was, in fact, an image. The next day, the fisherman climbed at the top of the rock and found an image of St. John the Baptist. He took the image home with him, but every night, the image somehow returned to the top of the rock. Thus, the church of Agios Ioannis was built to protect the image.

We strongly recommend that you visit these unique churches, especially since you can mix them up with spending time in some of the most wonderful islands of Greece. Grab your notebook and mark the dates. To book your tickets, all you need is to enter Ferryscanner and pick the itinerary that best fits your needs.


Foam parties, raves that go on till the wee hours of the morning, and unlimited music by top international DJs have always been the primary attractions for most people wanting to spend time in Ibiza.

However, keen travelers will discover that the island offers exciting and exploratory opportunities that go beyond its clubbing persona. It’s a destination with a varied topography leading to thrilling journeys that stimulate the mind and the body. Those looking for a laidback time can book ferry to a nearby island via Ferryscanner and go offbeat, searching for secret beaches. Or else, indulge in exclusive culinary experiences, for there are many things to do in Ibiza besides partying or merely lounging on its golden sands.

Explore Cova de Can Marça


A tour of Cova de Can Marça is a wonderful thing to do in Ibiza with the entire family on a hot day. Part educational and simultaneously full of mystery, these caves, formally used by smugglers to hide their loot, are located in Puerto de San Miguel. Adding to the atmospheric charm of this “underground” excursion are the alien-like stalactite and stalagmite formations illuminated by colored lights. There are tours in multiple languages every half hour that end with a stunning light and sound show with a beautiful backdrop of a waterfall.

Have Fun in the Water


The sea surrounding Ibiza is crowded with an abundance of marine life best discovered while snorkeling or scuba diving. If you want to stay above water, there is the option to take a kayak or paddleboard and explore the hidden caves and rock formations that surround the island. Thrill-seekers, though, should make way to San Antonia Bay, where they have the chance to parasail or jet around on the water and in the air on a flyboard. Lastly, if traveling with friends and family, you’ll find flyfish, banana boats, and tornado rings at all popular beaches, bound to add a bit of fun and frolicking to your day in the sun.

Jump Off A Cliff


Fearless souls visiting Ibiza are in luck, for the island’s rugged coastline has some truly exhilarating cliff jumping possibilities. Punta Galera near San Antonio and Cala Tarida in Ibiza Town are two places with moderate level rocks to jump off into the sea. Those looking to make a day out of this experience can take a half-hour ferry to Formentera and jump into the crystal-clear waters surrounding Salto. First-timers planning to take the plunge should go with an organized tour, as they can guide you to safe cliff diving spots in Ibiza. There are also a select few cliff jumping schools that teach adults and children the basics of this heart-pumping activity.

Shop Till You Drop


Travelers searching for locally-inspired retail therapy should skip the branded outlets in Ibiza and head over to the Los Dalias hippie market held every Saturday in Sant Carles. With over 300 stalls selling handmade and exotic products, the market captures the essence of Ibiza’s hippie culture, responsible for placing the island on the world map. A great spot to pick up bargain buys like jewelry, shoes, clothes, hammocks, books, and souvenirs while eating and drinking, an afternoon at Los Dalias, is one of the most fun things to do in Ibiza. A smaller Night Market in summer and a Christmas Market is also held at the same location every year.

Enjoy an Awe-Inspiring Sunset


Ibizan sunsets are to die for, and best of all, they are entirely free. The island has several spectacular spots from where you can appreciate the orange ball of fire disappear into the sea, an exceptional moment, especially for couples. If desiring a slightly unconventional affair, you can always book a sunset catamaran cruise that includes dinner. But if you fancy going offbeat in Ibiza, take a hike near Santa Inés, and head to Heaven’s Gate for panoramic sea views and the most breathtakingly stunning sunset you will ever encounter.

Soak in the Old-World Charm of Dalt Vila


One of the most leisurely things to do in Ibiza is to enjoy the vintage appeal of Dalt Vila, the island’s “Upper Town,” and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the quintessential Mediterranean destination with narrow cobblestoned streets, quaint eateries, and family-run shops selling souvenirs and handcrafted items. While Dalt Vila’s hilltop location results in amazing views, its real allure is in exploring the streets brimming with historical treasures that give insight into Ibiza’s past. Walk around, and you will come across a bronze statue of historian Isidor Macabich, the Nuestra Señora de las Nieves cathedral, archeological museum, and Museu Puget, which hosts regular art exhibitions. For a perfect end to your day in Dalt Vila, head to Cinema Paradiso. You sit on bean bags at this open-air cinema and get to watch classics in what is unquestionably the most starry-eyed experience to have in Ibiza.


The 2020 Greek Hospitality Awards took place last week, on Tuesday, October 6. In order to stop the spread of COVID-19, the ceremony took place virtually.

Notably, Minoan Lines took home the Gold Award for ‘Best Greek Coastal Shipping Company’. This ferry company operates routes within Greece as well as the Adriatic Sea.

The voting for this award is done by members of the public, while the jury is made up of high-level individuals involved in the business and tourism industries.

Minoan Lines is committed to helping ferry passengers get where they need to go safely, reliably, and in style.

If you would like to book a trip with this award-winning ferry company, head to Ferryscanner.com and book your tickets now!


According to the Italian Minister of Health, all ferry passengers entering Italy after spending some time (or just passing through) Greece are no longer obligated to take a COVID-19 test.

Since August, it had been required to provide proof of a negative test result or to do a test upon arrival in Italy, when arriving on a ferry from Greece. However, as of yesterday, October 8th, that is no longer the case.

We strongly advise that you continue to take precautions though, such as wearing a face mask and maintaining a safe distance from other travellers.

Also, please keep in mind that you will still be required to provide one of the following healths form when boarding the ferry.


Tomorrow, on October 7th, the Athens Court of Appeals will announce their decision regarding extreme right-wing organization Golden Dawn and the countless criminal acts they have committed in recent years. In 2013, they famously became responsible for the murder of Pavlos Fyssas. He was only 34 years old when he died.

Pavlos was not only an outspoken antifascist but also a talented musician who lived in the Piraeus area of Athens.

The court’s decision tomorrow is an important one. Therefore, while waiting for the verdict, the Panhellenic Association of Merchant Marine Sailors have announced that all work in the port area will stop from 10:00 – 14:00. This includes the departure and arrival of any vessels.


The Cyclades is a group of Greek islands known for their crystal clear waters and relaxing beaches. They also happen to be famous for their architecture, which features white and blue buildings that illuminate the landscape. 

From Santorini to Mykonos and Paros and Thira, these islands are known for their bright white and deep blue buildings that light up the surroundings, mirroring the blue skies and white clouds. But how did they come to be? 

In this guide, we’re going back in time to find out why the architecture on the 220-plus islands in the Cyclades are white and blue. So read on and discover everything you need to know about the colours of the Cycladic islands.  

An aesthetic born out of dictatorship

Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the history behind the Cycladic islands’ colour stems from the need to stop an infectious disease – at least that seems to be the most common theory. In 1938, cholera broke out in Greece, including in the Cycladic islands. 

Cycladic Islands, Greece

As a result of the outbreak, Metaxas, the then-dictator of Greece, passed a law that said all houses in the Cyclades needed to be whitewashed to stop the spread. And limestone was the material used to carry out the whitewashing, as it was considered a disinfectant. 

The Greek military also ordered that everything be painted white so that buildings would mirror each other and look impersonal. This coincided with the spread of cholera, with both of these aspects leading to the whitewashing of the Cyclades. 

Adding a touch of colour

Even when Greece was free from dictatorship in the late 1960s, islanders continued to use limestone to whitewash the buildings. With temperatures sometimes reaching as high as 40c, the bright white helped reflect the sunlight and cool down indoor temperatures in the houses. 

Cycladic Islands, Greece

The colour blue also has its own story of how it came to prominence, though it’s not quite as dramatic. Several accent colours were used for contrast to the white buildings, with blue being the most popular choice. 

Folklore says that fishermen would paint the shutters of houses with whatever colour was left after they painted their boat. It just so happens that blue was the most used colour. The blue and white colours have since gone on to become a symbol of the islands and the whole of Greece, as they represent the colour of the flag. 

Enjoying the white and blue of the Cycladic islands

While the colour of the Cyclades buildings was born out of a necessity to stop diseases and uniform the islands, today the white and blues are celebrated as a trademark of Greece. Millions of holidaymakers head to the Cyclades each year to soak up the sun, laze on the beaches and admire the architecture. 

Cycladic Islands, Greece

You can see the white and blue buildings on each island for yourself by doing a spot of island hopping across the Cyclades with a ferry found on Ferryscanner. It’s an opportunity to take in the history and embrace the natural beauty that surrounds the Aegean sea.


September is here for good and autumn is right in front of us, but as genuine Greeks, we continue to wish each other a happy summer. What better way to make our wish come true than a road trip to Peloponnese with our SUP?

For those of you who have heard of it but aren’t sure what it is, over the past few years, SUP has become a water sports trend. It’s one that requires few skills and a lot of love for the sea. More specifically, grab a big surfboard, an oar, and some patience and you will be good to go.

So, here we are, to let you know where you can enjoy your SUP the most!

First stop, Voidokilia

Voidokilia Beach

We know that you know this one, but we can’t help but mention it. The unique beach of Voidokilia is located on the first ‘foot’ and is the ultimate must when taking the road to Peloponnese to enjoy your sup. With powder-like sand, clear blue water, and a landscape that you can stare at for hours, in Voidokilia, you might just forget to get out of the sea. Bonus? If you use your SUP, you can explore every corner and inch of this beauty without having to swim.

Second stop, Limeni

limeni, greece

You will find Limeni on the middle ‘foot’ of the Peloponnese, near Areopoli, just a few kilometers after Stoupa. Don’t let its name fool you. It’s nothing like a regular “Limani” (port). Whether you prefer the mountain or the sea (probably the second one if you are still reading this article), the picturesque beauty, the stone mountain houses, and the crystal-clear sea will definitely win you over. One other thing is for sure: Whichever direction you follow with your SUP, you will discover a well-hidden natural beauty that will fascinate you. Are you ready yet?

Third stop, Gythio

gytheio, greece

In Gythio you will find many, many beaches, ready to welcome you and your SUP board. We will suggest one in particular: the Mavrovounio. Yes, it is time to add it to your list. When travelling towards the middle ‘foot’ of the Peloponnese, in Lakoniki Mani, you will spot an incredible beach, with a 4-kilometer sandy beach, for every taste. Do you prefer an organized beach or a more raw, natural one? Well, here, you can have both! The only thing you have to do is use Ferryscanner and book your ferry tickets!

Fourth stop, Fokianos

fokianos beach

Do you prefer wild nature and the great unknown? Then, our advice to you is to scratch everything you just read and pay attention to this part. In the last ‘foot’ of the Peloponnese, you will discover Fokianos, another well-hidden beach with pure white pebbles, and all-green slopes that lead down to the sea. It will have the calmness you have been looking for (except for the two boats carrying fresh fish for the small tavern where you will eat after your SUP).

These must-visit beaches are ready to take their place in your memories and your SUP destination list. Oh, and one last thing – if you are one of the extremely daring ones, then don’t hesitate to visit the Kaladi beach in Kythira. There’s a mysterious cave just waiting to be explored.


The quaint, easternmost Cycladic island of Amorgos promises ardent travelers a chance to go rustic and enjoy Greece in a laidback yet authentic manner. Famous as the location of Luc Besson’s film, The Big Blue, the warm turquoise waters that surround Amorgos have long been a playground for the Greeks who often come here for their vacations, away from the regular tourist crowd.

One reason why Amorgos continues to be an exclusive escape is its distance from Athens. A ferry to Amorgos from the capital can take over 7 hours. However, it is possible to include a short stay on the island when visiting Mykonos or Naxos, both of which are roughly two hours away. Even though Amorgos is an offbeat destination in Greece, it provides visitors with ample hotel options, with the very best having the perfect location and amenities for a relaxing holiday.

Miké Hotel

Address: Ormos Aegialis, Amorgos 84008

Amorgos, Greece

A cute family-run establishment, Miké Hotel benefits from its ideal location near Aegiali port and beach. The owners, Theodoros and Eleni, are omnipresent and friendly, ensuring every guest has a pleasant stay. Close to the center, the hotel has plenty of restaurants and shops nearby, as well as a bus stop, perfect if you plan to travel across the island by public transport.

Miké Hotel has ten rooms, including two singles. The décor is simple, with soothing color tones that keep the interiors bright and sunny during the day. In-room facilities include TVs, free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, en-suite bathrooms with showers, and balconies. For a bit more outdoor space, ask for their room number 9 or 10 as they share a larger terrace area between them.

Pagali Hotel

Address: Langada Village, Amorgos 84008

Amorgos, Greece

If searching for a unique hotel in Amorgos, Pagali is your idyllic getaway, situated in the island’s northern part. This eccentric retreat in the quiet village of Langada promotes “agrotourism” by allowing visitors to immerse themselves into the local culture through activities like winemaking, olive harvesting, and vegetable cultivation. There is also the possibility to perform voluntary work on the property in exchange for meals and accommodation.

For those planning to pay and stay, there are three living options available at Pagali Hotel. The seven spacious studios have a kitchenette, private bath, balconies, air-conditioning, and writing desks. The 14 rooms are slightly smaller but have all the necessary amenities. Families or a small group can also look at renting Lila House, a traditional Amorgos residence with two bedrooms, a kitchen, verandas, and a garden.

Aegialis Hotel and Spa

Address: Periferiakos Aegialis-Tholarion, Aegiali, Amorgos 84008

Amorgos, Greece

Luxury amidst Amorgos’ rugged terrain comes in the form of the island’s only five-star hotel, Aegialis Hotel and Spa. Located alongside a cliff, guests at the hotel are at a vantage point to admire the beauty of the Aegean Sea at all times. Moreover, a sojourn at Aegialis is all about appreciating the island’s subtle attractions through activities such as cooking classes, traditional dance lessons, boat adventures, donkey rides, and hiking expeditions.

The rooms at Aegialis amalgamate the chic and the stylish with classic Amorgian architecture and natural tones. En-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, fridge, TVs, and free access to the pool and spa are standard across all bedrooms. The Honeymoon and Spa suites, though, have private jacuzzies, while the family suites have a multimedia center, walk-in closets, bunk-beds, and two bathrooms.

Vorina Ktismata

Address: Chora, Amorgos 84008

Amorgos, Greece

Far away from the seaside and surrounded by mountains, Vorina Ktismata in Chora consists of seven fully-furnished apartments and rooms with an alluring Amorgian aura. The four detached residences of Vorina Ktismata boast of “bioclimatic architecture” that uses natural elements and design styles to increase ventilation, keeping the indoors cool. Additionally, the buildings’ whitewashed exteriors juxtapose strikingly with the jagged surroundings, creating a serene habitat that seems like a different world altogether.

There are two styles of accommodations at Vorina Ktismata, favoring either couples or families. The suites are expansive with a single bedroom and living spaces with sofa beds. A fully-stocked kitchen, patio, Espresso machine, and terrace with panoramic views further transform them into lavish quarters. The minimalistic rooms cater to all modern-day requirements and have private balconies for that extra bit of space.

Vigla Hotel

Address: Tholaria, Aegiali, Amorgos 84008

Amorgos, Greece

A 24-hour reception, indoor and outdoor restaurant, pools for children and adults, jacuzzi, and daily housekeeping with turndown service, Vigla is a step towards a conventional hotel stay in Amorgos. A short drive from the port, guests at Vigla Hotel can choose between views of the Aegean, sun-baked villages such as Langada, or the beautiful church of Agioi Anargyroi. Those renting a car can park on the property, while for others, there is a bus service nearby that goes to all major villages on the island.

Unlike most hotels in Amorgos, Vigla has single, double, triple, and family rooms. Trendy and well-appointed, the rooms extend a relaxed atmosphere. Private balconies, Psimeni Raki (Amorgian liquor), double glazed windows, and room service are some of the facilities provided over and above standard fares such as TVs, air-conditioning, and en-suite bathrooms.


For most of us, the coffee doesn’t stop when we’re on vacation. Especially in a magnificent place like Barcelona, Spain. Whether you just flew in or arrived by taking a ferry, you need that caffeine to kickstart your full day of exploring. Barcelona’s architecture is absolutely breathtaking, but boy do they love stairs!

You probably aren’t thinking about what latte you’re going to have on your next getaway. But sometimes, it’s the little things! These local spots are bound to leave that delicious taste on the tip of your tongue and warm your soul with their stories.

Dalston Coffee

Address: Ramelleres, 16, El Raval

Barcelona, Spain

Dalston Coffee is the definition of ‘good things come in small packages.’ One of the best cafes in Barcelona is also one of the smallest establishments in the entire city. Stand back and watch this one-man show whip up some delicious concoctions. Just blocks from Placa del Catalunya, this shop is in the perfect spot to grab a delicious pour and pastry.


Address: Carrer de Luis Antunez, 18

Barcelona, Spain

As if you just stepped into someone’s workshop, SlowMov opens its doors not only to coffee drinkers but to coffee believers! Their philosophy is, “Favoring quality versus quantity, a job well-done versus speed. Passion and reflection, instead of irrational consumption.” Working with seasonal and single-origin beans, a lot of love and thought goes into every cup. So whether you’re swinging by for a tasting or just a simple morning pick-me-up, no doubt you’ll enjoy your stay.

Café Cometa

Address: Carrer del Parliament, 20

Barcelona, Spain

If you’re looking for kitschy décor and colorful art, Café Cometa is the place for you. Here, the incredible smells coming from the kitchen match the vibrant walls and people. With a full menu of specialty coffees and artisan sandwiches, it’s definitely worth your time on an empty stomach.

Cafes El Magnifico

Address: Carrer de I’Argenteria, 64

Barcelona, Spain

Known for some of the best cappuccinos in town for over two decades, Cafes El Magnifico definitely lives up to its name. The shop is filled with laughs and fun gadgets including a full bean bar, so you can take bags of the freshest blends home with you. Nestled right between the Parc de la Ciutadella and the Placa de I’lctineo, the fabulous aromas are sure to lead you in.

Café Babel

Address: Carrer del Correu Vell, 14

Barcelona, Spain

If there’s anything more spectacular than roaming Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, its enjoying afternoon coffee and tapas inside one of it’s oldest buildings. This spot makes you feel at home in a place you’ve never been. There’s so much history within the Café Babel walls that the waiters are happy to share with you, so don’t miss out on this amazing hidden gem!

We know there are plenty of coffee choices around every corner, but skip that Starbucks and be a local for a day! The experiences come free with these coffee shops, and sometimes that’s just what we need.


At the north-east end of the Aegean, one can find a small island with lots of secrets to unravel, called Samothraki (or Samothrace). It’s probably most known to non-Greeks for being the birthplace of the ‘Winged Victory’ statue, which now sits at the Louvre Museum in Paris. 

Winged Victory, Paris

Samothraki is filled to the brim with natural, untouched landscapes, rural beauty, and dense forests. The only way to get to the island is by taking a  boat from Alexandroupoli. Booking tickets for this trip is easy via the Ferryscanner website. As soon as you arrive at Samothraki, you’ll see what the bustling port town of Kamariotissa has to offer.  Although it is not the capital of the island, it is certainly one of the most visited locations as it offers a plethora of cafes, restaurants, bars, and clubs to pass the time both day and night. You can also rent any mode of transport that is to your liking from one of the many rental places around. The Chora, which is the capital, should not be missed. As with many other Greek isles, the capital is hidden away in the mountain, which was done historically to protect the civilians from pirate raids. Samothraki is best suited for a relaxing vacation, based mostly on the natural beauty it has to offer. There are stunning waterfalls to visit like “The Fonias Stream” which is a beautiful place to go on foot. Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit so you can take a dive!

Samothraki, Greece

It’s a great way to cool off and enjoy the waterfall up-close. Hiking is quite popular with tourists on Samothraki, just as eating goat is with the local cuisine. In addition to the lush forests, Samothraki has a variety of beaches. There’s even a road that encircles the island where you can stop almost anywhere to jump into the pristine blue water.  After your drive, why not enjoy a nice meal at a traditional fish tavern (Psarotaverna) by the sea? 

Culture is not lacking on this island. The Sanctuary of the Great Gods might sound like something out of Lovecraftian fantasy but in fact, it was a real temple where many well-known historical figures paid their respects, including Odysseus and Phillip of Macedon.

Samothraki, Greece

With tons of fun sightseeing locations and beautiful nature, Samothraki is a must-visit for travelers that come to Greece by road but still want to get the feel and taste of an island. While you’re here, you might even be able to catch some interesting events as Samothraki is popular with various cultural associations. Due to the inexpensive accommodations, many pick this island as the venue for retreats. Generally, the whole place is very camper-friendly. If you’re looking for a fun, adventurous vacation where you will be surrounded by natural beauty the entire time, book your tickets to Samothraki today!