Nea Kameni – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 26th, 2019

Nea Kameni - Keep Calm and Wander

Nea Kameni is one of the volcanic islands situated in the Santorini caldera. It’s almost two millennia old and around the caldera, there are many volcanic islands present – active volcanic islands, mind you.

If you’re holidaying in Santorini, you must go for a day trip to the surrounding islands. Find a tour agency that brings you not just to one island, but two or more. This is what we did – and Nea Kameni was our first stop of the island hopping day tour.

Here are some interesting facts about the island.

An Island Made of Lava

The island and its neighboring Palea Kameni are a result of a repeated dacite lava eruptions and ash. While strolling on the island, you’ll be able to see not just one, but a few deep craters. It’s surreal.

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Fira Santorini at Night – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , June 22nd, 2019

Fira Santorini at Night - Keep Calm and Wander

Fira Santorini at night is truly mesmerizing. When the sun goes down and the lights are on, the island is something you can only see in movies. It will leave yourself breathless, constantly sighing at the beauty that never seems to fade.

Fira is the capital town of Santorini. The white-washed houses you see on postcards are either from here or from Oia. Both towns are expensive, but Oia seems to be more expensive when it comes to hotels/accommodation. However, if I had the money to splurge, I’d prefer to stay in Oia where I’ll have my own infinity pool.

Going Around Santorini

It is easy to get around Santorini. The island has convenient buses from one place to another but it takes around 10-15 minutes to wait at peak hours. Fare starts at 2.50 euros for one way only. Be aware that buses start and end in Fira. This means that if you want to continue your journey to another place, you’ve got pay another fare again.

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Oia, Santorini is Paradise on Earth – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , November 23rd, 2018

Oia, Santorini, Greece - Keep Calm and Wander

In Santorini, Oia is paradise on earth. That is – if your idea of paradise is filled with white-washed houses with blue domes, sitting on a cliff that traverses down to the blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

You have probably seen Santorini already, I’m sure. Its white-washed houses with a spectacular sunset in the background have graced in countless postcards, books, photography websites, calendars, blogs, posters, promotional materials, and romantic wedding albums.

The volcanic island’s capital is Fira, but the postcard-perfect place not to miss is Oia. It’s on the edge of the island but it’s accessible by buses.

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Oia is Paradise on Earth – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , November 23rd, 2018

In Santorini, Oia is paradise on earth. That is – if your idea of paradise is filled with white-washed houses with blue domes, sitting on a cliff that traverses down to the blue waters of the Aegean Sea.

You have probably seen Santorini already, I’m sure. Its white-washed houses with a spectacular sunset in the background have graced in countless postcards, books, photography websites, calendars, blogs, posters, promotional materials, and romantic wedding albums.

The volcanic island’s capital is Fira, but the postcard-perfect place not to miss is Oia. It’s on the edge of the island but it’s accessible by buses.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Lesbian Santorini – Go Girlfriend

Author: , August 3rd, 2018

Santorini

Santorini’s reputation began 36 centuries ago with the eruption and implosion of an ancient volcano, creating a mega-tsunami massive enough to end the Minoan empire 120 km (75 miles) away. The Caldera (remember the myth of Atlantis?), ringed with smaller remnant islands boasts 1,000 ft. cliffs upon which perch the whitewashed main capital of Thira.

Towering seaside cliffs and charming whitewashed villages along the caldera coast make Santorini a favorite of cruise ships and tourists with unique cliffside restaurants, shops, hotels and churches. But arriving by cruise ship presents the problem of getting up the 1,000 ft. vertical cliff face. Your choices are to walk the almost 600 steps along the meandering pathway, ride a donkey up this same path or board a cable car for the quickest, most direct route to the top. How energetic do you feel?

Depending on your stay in Santorini, you’ll need to prioritize what you want to see.

1 day or part day (Cruise ship tour) – Set your sites on Santorini’s main city, Thira (sometimes referred to as Fira). The cruise ships dock here so it’s an easy choice. This is the island’s gem with the main shops, restaurants and caldera views all walkable from your ship – you must have lunch on the cliffs. Also consider booking a tour with Viator or Expedia to see some other locations close by like Nea Kameni’s volcanic crater and sulphur hot springs [our GG Recommendation], or a catamaran sailing cruise sightseeing the caldera.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Gay Santorini – Gay Star News

Author: , May 2nd, 2018

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Are you soon to be married or civil partnered, or are you part of a recently-married or civil partnered couple? If so, you are most probably searching for the ideal destination to host the most exciting trip of your life. Even if you have already found that ‘one’ destination, you may still in doubt that you have made the right choice.

You have most probably considered visiting Greece, but have you really given it the thought that it deserves? Greece is one of the most popular countries for honeymoons and romantic holidays, with cosmopolitan destinations where you can transform your honeymoon into a party as well as alternative villages and seaside towns where you can devote your vacations only to yourselves.

Among all the Greek destinations, there is one particular island that is so beautiful, that looks like it came out of a wedding magazine. Santorini is ranked among the most popular romantic destinations in the world, with a reputation that rapidly grows among gay travelers as well. Is it its elegant atmosphere? Its gay-friendly attitude? Or its stunning landscapes, that make Santorini a beloved destination for gay couples in love? Let’s find out!

There are so many activities to do in Santorini with your partner that you are never going to get bored. You can go full romantic and devote your holidays exclusively to each other by watching the sunset together or by sharing a passionate kiss on top of the Caldera. Or, you could explore the island’s peculiar white, red and black sand beaches in a thrilling excursion.

These are the top three romantic activities for gay honeymooners to do when in Santorini, as well as some excellent LGBTI-friendly Santorinian hotels to further upgrade the most important trip of your life!

By Paraskevas Sklavos – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Apanemo Hotel – Santorini Gay Friendly Hotel

Author: , November 18th, 2017

Apanemo Hotel - Santorini Gay Friendly Hotel

If you ever imagined yourself basking inside an infinity pool under the Mediterranean sun, with a glass of wine in your hand from the vineyards of Greece and the view of a volcanic island stretching into the endless blue of the sea… we can tell you the name of the place: welcome to the Apanemo hotel in the island of Santorini.

The Apanemo hotel is located atop a hill in the area of Akrotiri -an ancient settlement of the Minoan Age that was overflowed by lava when the volcano of Thera erupted in 1627 BC. The mystery surrounding the catastrophe is believed to have inspired Plato in his conception of Atlantis -the utopian and forever-lost mystical island of the Mediterranean.

It was millenia after the dust had settled when the Apanemo hotel sprung into view with its elegant venetian architecture, crisp-white walls and pools of vibrant, blue waters. There, the modern came in touch with the timeless, channeling a sense of awe every time the amber colours of the sunset fall over the caldera.

Today, the Apanemo is abundant in what it has to offer. You could wake up in one of the 25 bright and spacious guest-rooms which are fully equipped with air-conditioning, refrigerator, safe, TV and wireless Internet access. Ready to leave the coziness of the bed? How about breakfast? The buffet is rich with traditional Greek delicacies which you can enjoy on your private balcony with the panorama of the Aegean reaching the horizon. A messy room need not bother you since cleaning services are available daily. Now, why not take a stroll in the garden or the sun terrace? Perhaps you could spend an hour or two in the hotel’s spa tub or lounge in the common area for a cup of tea.

If you’re planning an adventurous day you’ll find the surrounding area a real thrill! The path leading to the ancient city of Akrotiri, which was unearthed from the volcanic ashes in the ’70s, is optimal for hiking, trail-running and mountain-biking. For the fans of water-sports scuba-diving services are offered nearby while the magnificent Red Beach is within walking distance. Other sites worth visiting include the infamous volcano whose crater is easily reachable, Oia, a nearby village where the extraordinary sunset is admired by dozens of people daily, as well as Pyrgos with its majestic castle dating back to the Dark Ages.

After nightfall you could return to the hotel and enjoy a bath with Apanemo’s complimentary toiletries, grab a bite at the hotel’s restaurant, or have a drink at the lounge bar. Alternatively, you could visit Fira, the island’s capital where the night-life is alive and vibrant with the colours of the rainbow! Worried about getting around? The Apanemo hotel offers shuttle services and the staff is always available for anything else you might need!

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Santorini in Two Parts – Go Girlfriend

Author: , September 21st, 2017

Santorini

Santorini’s reputation began 36 centuries ago with the eruption and implosion of an ancient volcano, creating a mega-tsunami massive enough to end the Minoan empire 120 km (75 miles) away. The Caldera (remember the myth of Atlantis?), ringed with smaller remnant islands boasts 1,000 ft. cliffs upon which perch the whitewashed main capital of Thira.

Santorini cliffsideTowering seaside cliffs and charming whitewashed villages along the caldera coast make Santorini a favorite of cruise ships and tourists with unique cliffside restaurants, shops, hotels and churches. But arriving by cruise ship presents the problem of getting up the 1,000 ft. vertical cliff face. Your choices are to walk the almost 600 steps along the meandering pathway, ride a donkey up this same path or board a cable car for the quickest, most direct route to the top. How energetic do you feel?

How to choose what to see and do in Santorini if your time is limited

Depending on your stay in Santorini, you’ll need to prioritize what you want to see.

sunsets in Santorini1 day or part day (Cruise ship tour) – Set your sites on Santorini’s main city, Thira (sometimes referred to as Fira). The cruise ships dock here so it’s an easy choice. This is the island’s gem with the main shops, restaurants and caldera views all walkable from your ship – you must have lunch on the cliffs. Also consider booking a tour with Viator or Expedia to see some other locations close by like Nea Kameni’s volcanic crater and sulphur hot springs [our GG Recommendation], or a catamaran sailing cruise sightseeing the caldera.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Lesbian Greece – The Best Beaches

Author: , September 9th, 2017

Lesbian Greece - Santorini Black Sand Beach

So you want to go to Greece. Why? For the delicious food, the wonderful people and timeless history? And, and of course, Greek beaches. Greece has hundreds of beaches – each of them spectacular in their own way – if, for nothing else, it’s Greece! Where better to soak up some sun? Nestled close to the ever-alluring, impossibly clear blue Mediterranean Sea.

What kind of beach-goer are you? A toes-in-the-golden-sand beach person, a crowded, party-beach person, a quiet romantic cove seeker, just-want-to-be-close-to-the-water beach seeker or a stunning-beach-view person? Or maybe you’re a cooler, beach umbrella and full prep beach goer, a walk-the-shoreline bikini strutter, or someone who just-wants-to-shed-it-all-and-let-the-sun-kiss-you-all-over kinda naked beach lover?

GoGirlfriend personally visited each of these beaches on our 5 island Greek tour and we’ve got the must-visit highlights.

By Stacy Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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Gay Greece: 11 Places to Go

Author: , January 15th, 2016

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Gay holidays in Greece can mean a lot of things. Long nights in the amazing gay bars of Athens, sunbathing at Elia Beach in Mykonos (one of the most famous gay beaches in the world), romantic honeymoons on alternative islands, gastronomic experiences and adventurous walks in some of the most beautiful and breathtaking landscapes of the Mediterranean. But Greece has something even more important to offer to gay travelers: a distinctive and unique gay scene and mentality, which is different to every other country around the world.

In this guide, we will help you discover some classic information about gay travel in Greece while also revealing a few hidden secrets that will upgrade your trip into a fascinating vacation.

Gay Greece – Mykonos

The gay life of Mykonos is widely popular, since this small Greek island is ranked among the best gay destinations in the world, especially for summer holidays.
In Mykonos, you won’t have to go to a gay place to meet other guys, since the island is full of gay travelers like you, who are enjoying this spectacular place.

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