Looking back at Santorini from the island of Naxos | Hetty Schuppert
Born and bred in Greece and having visited more than 25 Greek islands, Tom from our UK office is a great source of information about trips in this beautiful Mediterranean gem. New for 2019 is a trip that combines two of his favourite destinations in the Aegean: Santorini and Naxos on Foot. We asked Tom to share some of his favourite photos and give us some tips about the world-famous island of Santorini and the lesser-known (but equally stunning) Naxos.
UTracks' Tom has visited 25 Greek islands and keeps adding more to his bucket list
Naxos may be little known outside Greece, but for Tom it's the epitome of a holiday in the Greek islands. Getting lost in its narrow cobblestone streets, admiring the traditional architecture and smelling the bougainvillea that adorns its whitewashed houses are just a few of the pleasures that await you.
The white and blue colour scheme extends to everything and everyone in the Cyclades
Contrary to popular thought, whitewashed houses with bright blue doors and shutters are not typical of every Greek island. You can actually only find them in the Cyclades, in the heart of the Aegean Sea, on islands including Santorini and Naxos.
Portara is a 'must' on your Naxos walking holiday
Portara, a massive 2,500-year-old marble doorway (what’s left of a temple dedicated to Apollo), is an icon of the island of Naxos and can be found on the edge of the harbour. According to Tom, it's the perfect place to watch the sun set.
Take in stunning views of Naxos from the peak of Mt Zas
Like most islands in the Aegean, Naxos is anything but flat, but Naxos boasts the highest peak in the Cyclades. Ascend the legendary 999m Mount Zas at your own pace on our Santorini and Naxos on Foot
Relax by the stunning Aegean Sea and soak up the atmosphere of the Cyclades
In Tom's opinion, Naxos is home to some of the finest beaches in all of Greece, so reward yourself after a long day of walking by taking a dip in one of its pristine stretches of water. Thoughts of swimming and tavernas in idyllic settings like this are what keep Tom going during England’s cold winters!
Desserts coated in 'sweet gold' are widely available in Greece
One of Tom's favourite desserts is loukoumades, a type of fried doughnut that is served drenched in honey and sprinkled with cinnamon. If you have a sweet tooth, you won't be able to get enough of this dish.
A typical white and blue-domed house in Santorini
Ah, Santorini… it is images like this that have made the island famous all over the world.
The photogenic island of Santorini is best explored by foot
Tom fell in love with Santorini when he first visited as a student and, to this day, he still thinks it’s the most photogenic of all the Greek islands - an opinion shared by many. While many visit the island to see its architecture and swim in its unique beaches, many don't know that the island is also blessed with some beautiful walking trails.
Use a combination of our route notes plus local signposting on your walking holiday in Greece
Good signposting makes it easy to follow walking trails in Santorini. Using a combination of way-markers and our route notes and maps, it is difficult to get lost.
The picturesque village of Fira is built on the rim of the caldera in Santorini, Greece
Fun fact: Santorini is built on the rim of a caldera. The now dormant volcano famously erupted in the 17th century BC, inspiring the legend of Atlantis. The most recognisable villages of the island are built on the rim of the caldera. Don't leave Santorini without visiting the capital Fira and picture-perfect Oia.
Want to take a similar shot like this on your Santorini walking holiday?
If you are aiming for this classic sunset shot, head to Oia on the northern tip of the island. *Tip: If you can, try to visit outside of the main tourist season in summer so that temperatures are cooler for walking and you won't have to battle for the best photo position.
We have a range of Walking, Cycling and Bike & Boat itineraries in Greece that explore the country's history, mythology and spectacular coastal vistas. Self Guided, Small Group and Family Friendly options available.
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