Greece is one of the most popular destinations to enjoy the sea, the sun and the unique Summer light. For the rising connoisseur travelers looking for more pure experiences and authentic luxury we recommend the following designed itineraries in some of the popular islands:
A private tour of Delos and Rhenia in Mykonos
In a 30 minute boat ride from Mykonos, you arrive at the Sacred Island of Delos which is the center of the Cyclades complex and one of the most well known archeological sites in Greece. The island has also his unique place in mythology as is noted to be the birthplace of Apollo, the son of Zeus. According to local tales, it is also the local rocky terrain that emits an energy we all feel the minute we set foot in Mykonos. Walk through the ancient ruins and museums of Delos with a trained guide to get a feel of the area before you return to the boat which will take you to Rhenia, an inhabited island known among sailors for its secluded beaches and coves with green-turquoise waters. Let the crew of the boat prepare your lunch and uncork the chilled wines, while you dive in the crystal clear waters, all alone gazing at the crowds in the Mykonian beaches across the sea. At sunset, sail back to cosmopolitan Mykonos, with all your senses revived and ready to party!
Wine tasting in Santorini
The island is a great place for wine lovers and combines tasting of special flavored local wines with one of the most famous sunsets of the world. The explosion of the volcano left behind the soil of the island called “aspa”, a mixture of solidified lava, stones and ash. The aspa defines the vineyards and the texture of the dry and dessert wines “Vinsanto” known for the citrus aromas with some minor smoke elements. Local sommeliers are available to design a private wine touring day through the 10 existing wineries including Gaia Wines, Boutaris, Argyros and Hatzidakis where you find yourself into a memorable experience of wines, food , fun and sightseeing. The locals call such tours, “journeys of the senses” which end up to tailor made romantic sunset dinners or parties for large groups in a handpicked restaurant. At the end of the evening, full of flavors, the private guide and the chauffeur will transfer you back to your hotel or villa.
The Armada in Spetses
Armada is one of the most popular festivals in the area and takes place during the second week of September ever year, to celebrate the naval battle of 8th September 1821. The week includes a plethora of events from folklore dance performances, street theatrical plays and various art shows in the local galleries. A local guide will ensure your place in the events and plan your week to visit the most sought after shows while reserve a first row place in the main Saturday event at the Spetses port. On Saturday, the celebrations end up with a dramatization of the battle where the port is full of yachts, cruisers and sailing boats, with candles in their deck while a specially built model boat is burnt in the sea. The experience is enhanced by fireworks displays and ends with dinners and parties all over the island.
Maria Nikolakaki is Managing Partner at Beyond Spaces Villas.