Now that I’ve arrived in Ithaki, it’s time to explore what this ruggedly beautiful island has to offer. It might be small, but sure packs a punch. Because it is so tiny, it’s easy to see a whole lot in a little bit of time. From here, my journey will then take me to Lefkada.
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Hydra is one of the busiest ports in Greece. Everyday thousands of visitors come by ferry to stroll around the harbour area, eat at the cafes, swim in the clear blue waters and take donkey rides to explore the town’s laneways. There’s no denying the beauty of the place, or its unique attributes.
This episode I’m leaving the big smoke, and heading across the Aegean to Epidavros. Here I’m going to delve into the history and unique culture of the region. It’s a part of the country that many of the city dwellers visit for holidays, but for some reason, most foreign tourists don’t make it part of their itinerary.
Our journey begins in the Greek capital of Athens. It’s one of the oldest cities in the world. It’s the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, modern medicine, mathematics, free speech and the power for you and I to vote for our elected officials. The city is also packed with ancient ruins, many of which are amongst the most recognisable sites on the planet
In this episode my journey through the Aegean continues, as I head deep into the Argolic Gulf to the port of Nafplio. It was the first capital of Greece after the War of Independence and is famed for its mix of architecture. Building styles that tell the story of different cultures having influenced the development of this unique port town throughout the centuries.
In episode nine of My Greek Odyssey, my exploration of Zakynthos continues. First stop though, is a quick side trip to Pilos for a very special dive. Then it’s back to Zakynthos to learn about the famed nougat of the island, before getting to know more about another thing it’s known for, the poet Dionysios Solomos.
In the last episode of series one I’m headed to Antipaxos, just a stones throw from its bigger neighbour, Paxos. Then I’m upping anchor and making waves as I cruise across to Corfu, where I’ll be spending my final week in Greece, exploring the far north of the Ionian Sea.
As my time on Kefalonia continues, I’m going to explore the stunning Melissani Lake, a place of both myth and beauty. There’s only a few such formations found on the planet, and it’s one of the more popular sites for tourists. I’m also going to meet a couple of the locals who spend their days at sea, forging a living as fishermen
As my journey continues, I explore more of Monemvasia and the inland area nearby. Here I’m going to learn about the past of the island and go from one of the oldest churches in Greece, to one of the most historic wine growing regions in the world.
In this episode I’ll be discovering more of the island paradise of my heritage, taking in places that I’ve never seen before, and revisiting old haunts to see how things have changed over the years. I’m then making my way to one of the most photographed places in Greece – Zakynthos.