With our time in Europe flying by and traveling to see the best of what it has to offer, I’m really not sure why we waited so long to visit Greece and all its many islands. It was the perfect location for much needed relaxation for both my husband and I. The landscape is very inspiring and unlike a lot of the areas we have explored so far. Then you have the weather which makes it just perfect for a vacation.
The summer in Germany often leaves much to be desired and although it does have its good days, a lot of the produce is flown in so there is variety. Most of the time it comes from the south of Europe which for the most part has beautiful weather. When ever we travel to the south, we tend to stay in hotels so I never have the chance to cook with all this fantastic fresh and very local produce. This time we decided that we were going to do things a bit differently and try out a rental house for a week. Yes, I know people do this all the time, but in my head were visions of hideously decorated tiled apartments complete with dingy mini-kitchenettes. Wow was I wrong! These types of apartments still do exist, but there are some absolutely beautiful options out there.
We ended up renting a beautiful house on the Greek island of Folegandros. The island is perfectly quiet and relatively untouched by tourism which is exactly how I like it. The only way to reach the island is by ferry or by helicopter- we opted for the first option for obvious reasons! Once you leave the port, there is basically one road that goes straight up the island from one end to the other. After a few days of exploring the island by foot and getting some much needed exercise, we rented an ATV (or Quad bike if you’re British) and cruised down to the port to convince the fishermen to sell us some freshly caught Red Mullet. After a bit of help from a local who spoke fantastic English, the fisherman reluctantly sold us some and I started dreaming up ideas of how to cook it! Having a set of wheels also let us drive the entire island exploring secluded beaches and beautiful sunsets.
Since there are no major sites to be seen on the island, we took full advantage of our free time and happily ate, drank, read, hiked and sunbathed the day away. I can’t imagine wanting to do anything else! After a whirlwind year so far, this was the perfect seclusion and relaxation to set us back on track to enjoy what the rest of the year has to bring!
Where we stayed:
Villa Lithia – These beautiful villas are just a stones throw from Chora. They’re far enough to feel a bit secluded and close enough that you can walk into town, which is just what we wanted. We stayed in the larger of the three, Villa Levanda which had phenomenal views, was tastefully decorated and well appointed. We were provided with lovely fresh bread, greek yogurt and loads of fresh fruit every day. Sara and Haris are great hosts and make you feel very welcome. If you’re in Folegandros, you must stay here!
Where we ate:
Chic Restaurant – The food was lovely here and the little square was very lively. We really enjoyed the lamb with prunes and the giant beans! The best part was that everything was locally grown and raised either on the island or within 100km.
Rakendia Bar – It’s just on the outskirts of Chora and has the most beautiful view of the water, especially when the sun sets!