“Crete had the best food, Santorini- the best View, Milos had the most spectacular coastline and Folegandros – the most beautiful Chora.”

This is my last post on the Greek Islands. In some ways – by writing about it, I have been able to relive the journey, clarify what I took away from it and plan similar adventures for the future based on what I learnt.

So in conclusion, I thought I would leave you with my ‘ Best of Greece’. My best travel tips and of course my best photos….Enjoy!

Best Meal: The meal I had in Drakona at the slow food tavern in Crete was the best meal I have ever had – full stop. I was in foodie heaven. If you visit Crete….you absolutely MUST hire a car and drive through the mountains.

Best View: Easy….the view across the caldera from my villa at Chelidonia Villa’s in Santorini was so beautiful it almost brought me to tears. Tucked away from the swarm of tourists, I had the privacy to actually enjoy it.

Best Service: Ammos! in Crete. The small things – like all the staff remembering my name and taking a personal interest in my trip, really made all the difference. Plus…Nikos (owner/manager) is a library of local know how and helped me plan an itinerary in Crete that suited my needs perfectly.

Best Travel Tip: Book all your ferry/flight transfers with Danae Travel. The service is fabulous and it is affordable. You might remember my logistical nightmare I had getting to Greece after all my flights were delayed on the way over. I contacted Chryssa at Danae while I was in London and she stayed back late to take care of things for me…she even touched base with me to make sure I had arrived safely. When you are a solo traveller, it is nice to know someone is looking out for you.

Best Island: This is impossible to answer. What surprised me most was that each island was different from the next. Each had its own unique personality and quirks. Crete had the best food, Santorini- the best View, Milos had the most spectacular coastline and Folegandros – the most beautiful Hora. I took something away from all of them and appreciate each island equally.

Best Experience: Driving up to Mazza in Crete and having lunch with the locals at the tavern. This was immersion travel at it’s best. Read more here about this experience.

Best Moment: Kayaking through the blue cave with Sea Kayak Milos blew my mind. Kayak + Sea Cave + Electric blue water=awesomeness/happy traveller.
Best Indulgence: Sipping champagne poolside at Ikies whilst watching the sunset over the Caldera in Santorini was heaven and a must for everyone’s bucket list.

Best Sunset: This is a controversial choice because I know that Santorini is famous for it’s sunset but the best sunset I saw was from Plaka in Milos. Maybe it was the adrenaline from my run in with the goats that made me see everything in a different light…mmm.
Best Local Community: Folegandros for sure. A beautiful, vibrant community passionate about maintaining their local heritage.