Taking the ferry from Santorini we headed north to the island of Ios – the renowned party island in the Cyclades. Little did we know that we had missed the season by about one week and a lot of the larger beach bars had already closed down for the year! That suited us just fine, as we lazed on the beach without the crowds and explored the quiet island by ATV.
Emma had booked an amazing apartment with a private pool at the Ios Boutique Hotel and Spa situated above the famous Mylopotas Beach.
On our second day we headed to Koumpara beach and checked out one of the large lounge bars – EREGO – which was luckily still open for the season. It had an amazing infinity pool and I could imagine it would go off in the peak of summer! This would be an ideal place to watch the sunset but we set off to explore other parts of the island and headed down to Agia Theodoti Beach which our hotel said was nicer than Mylopotas (we didn’t totally agree). We then headed back towards the main village and discovered the archaeological site of Skarkos, an Early Bronze Age settlement from the mid-3rd millennium BC, and the old windmills at the back of Chora.
After two nights in Ios it was back on another ferry further north to the island of Paros where we stayed in the traditional fishing village Naoussa. Emma had booked an amazing apartment again, this time at Hotel Senia, which had not one but two infinity pools, and overlooked the small Piperi beach.
As we had been on the go a lot we spent our two days chilling poolside, exploring the beach, roaming the streets of this quaint village and enjoying our last Greek meals.
Nathan and I also loved all of the island cats hanging around – I could probably make a whole new post with the photos I took…yes bit of a crazy cat lady, but seriously look at those faces!
So that wraps up our 9 day/8 night wedding + friendmoon in the Greek Islands with The Rixons. It truly is a stunning place and each island we visited had a different vibe and something unique to offer. I would love to explore more of the islands within the Aegean Sea in the future – with another 200 or so to choose from there is plenty more to see!