Chios has been one of those islands that I have always wanted to visit but never made any actual plans. Until this summer, where everything just fell into place and I visited this beautiful place in the north aegean, under the best of circumstances. Although it’s a relatively big island and five days are not enough to see everything, I had a perfectly designed itinerary from one of my friends, so I got to see literally nothing but the best! I would definitely recommend Chios as a vacation destination, beaches are many and some of them are absolutely stunning, food is great and there are many interesting villages, museums and sights to be seen. Check out some of the photos I took in these five days on the island!
Some of you may not know but I am a football fan, especially when it comes to UEFA Champions League finals. So when Heineken invited me to the Champions Voyage I was thrilled. This is a global event that has been taking place in Ibiza and this year, for the first time it took place in Greece. From 3 to 5 of June I would be on a crazy cruise to Mykonos with 450 people from all over the world and I would get the chance to watch the final on a huge screen while traveling in the Aegean sea with dancers and musicians creating a real stadium feel. Sounds great, right? There’s more! Our captain on board was Ronaldinho and I was lucky enough to take a photo with him! The second day of the cruise we had a full on party schedule, first stop at Super Paradise beach and the same night, a club night at Cavo Paradiso. Check out some of the photos below from the #ChampionsVoyage!
Somehow Santorini has never lived up to the hype in my book. Perhaps this has something to do with me spending a part of my military service on this island back in 2001. It had been many years since I visited and I can say this island has changed a lot. A lot of development, many hotels and hundreds of houses have been built in areas that didn’t even exist residentially years ago. However, what has remained intact, is the amazing beauty that has made this island what it is today. A photographer’s dream, literally, everywhere you look you can snap an amazing photo. I was lucky enough to stay at Oia Mare Villas for a few days and explore beautiful Oia, one of my favorite regions on the island. It was also a good chance to test out my brand new Sony A6300! Check a selection of photos I made from my October visit in Santorini!
This year I visited Mykonos quite a few times for work and pleasure. Luckily at the very beginning of the season and even better, at the end of it. It still remains one of my favorite islands to visit as long as it’s not July or August. Here are some photos I took during my visit in mid September.
The beginning of Summer found me working in the Cyclades, shooting photos for the touristic promotion of Syros island. Almost a week there and I hadn’t found some time to shoot anything personal as the schedule was very hectic, trying to shoot the entire island in a few days. Luckily all went well and my last morning on the island I was sure I had to create something for me. So I took my friend Orestis who is also the actor of the video campaign soon to be released and we headed to the beach. I had absolutely nothing in mind, all this was an impromptu shoot that just happened.
I visited Karpathos in August for the first time and I absolutely fell in love with the island. Fantastic beaches throughout, strong traditions and positive people. I was wishing to go back since I came back to Athens and finally my wishes came true! I had to travel back again in late September to shoot the fantastic Silene Villas with my new gorgeous friend & owner of the hotel, Popi. Once the work was done we took some time to go swimming and shoot more photos!
Island hopping continues and my next destination is the nearby island of Tilos. Much bigger than Chalki meant more beaches to discover. I had great food in Michalis taverna in Livadia, at Kastro in Megalo Chorio & at Nitsa’s in Eristos. Great beaches like Tholos and Agios Sergios are definitely worth the hike. Loved the village of Megalo Chorio, don’t forget to grab breakfast at Sofia’s “kafenio”. One of the most amazing things to see and do though is visit the abandoned village of Mikro Chorio for a drink in the evening under the sounds of classic rock and a unique night sky. Tilos was by far the island with the least light pollution, so I managed to take some pics of the Milky way during the small hours. Click and have a look.
After having spent five awesome days in Karpathos it was time to move on. Next destination, the tiny but picturesque island of Chalki. Our expectations were quite high and this little gem of an island did deliver! Having your room right on the water really gives a feeling of relaxation. Also, it really helped getting to know a local hero, Michalis, who took us to some serious hikes, the uncharted kind. Check out some of the photos that I took while spending three days on the island.
So after returning to Athens from a fantastic week on Kythera, I just had enough time to wash some clothes and embark on a journey to the south Aegean. My first stop would be Karpathos. An amazing island with fantastic beaches, picturesque villages keeping strong traditions, delicious food and super friendly people! Here you can see all the non iPhone shots, taken with the dslr, which is not really easy to carry around all the time. For the mobile shots you can always check the #summer_odyssey hashtag on Instagram.
Following my great stay in Naxos, next stop was Folegandros. An island I was visiting for the first time, although I felt familiar with, since I had heard so much about it from friends. And it was all true!