October 3rd, 2013
Few places hold the energy and magic of the Cycladic Islands. For majestic sunsets, breathtaking beaches and a whitewashed chora perched high above the Aegean, Serifos is one island not to be missed.
For simple, clean rooms steps from the beach, budget friendly Maistrali is a great option (from €45 a night). For a few extra euros, The Rizes (from €90, pictured) is popular among the jet set with its gorgeous views and minimally appointed rooms. www.hotelmaistrali.com and www.hotelrizes.gr
Along the port, you'll find plenty of tavernas serving traditional Greek food from Moussaka to Gemista to Yiouvesti. Ask about the fresh fish and don't miss out on local favourites like fennel pancakes, chickpea soup and fava bean puree. Another option is the beautiful Aloni, up in the hills, with panoramic views and made-from-scratch quintessentially Greek fare.
Rent a bike (or car) and explore the island's glorious beaches. Koutalas, Agios Sostis and Vagia are among our favourites. Some have a taverna or bar, but in most cases, you are on your own when it comes to finding shade, snacks and water. Come prepared.
Watch the sunset with an Ouzo in hand from picturesque Chora. It's a fairly steep walk up, but it's truly the most beautiful village in the Cyclades. Bring a camera for extraordinary photo moments from the monastery at the very top of the mountain.
Serifos is a 2 hour high-speed ferry ride from Piraeus.
July 12th, 2012
Far flung beaches, majestic sunsets, meze, mastika and non-stop music make Mykonos a must-see when you’re touring the Greek islands.
The rooms at the much-talked-about pop-up, San Giorgio are an eclectic mix of romantic canopy beds, Berber rugs, rattan lights and vintage furnishings sourced at Athenian flee markets. The whitewashed hotel with breathtaking views of the Aegean is already the summer’s hotspot. Open though October 31. From $150/night, http://sangiorgio-mykonos.com
From oh-so-cool Psarou to peaceful, windswept Fokos, there’s no shortage of beaches to bask on. Bikinis are optional, but if you must wear one, opt for something skimpy and neon.
One thing Mykonos has plenty of is wind. Why not try your hand at surfing? The charming Raphael at Kalo Livadi beach (80 euro per hour) will have your heart racing in no time.
For sunsets the colour of a Campari, grab a front row seat at Caprice. The view is postcard gorgeous.
Aqua (at Caprice) sits on the edge of the water and serves some lovely modern-Med food. Think melt-in-the-mouth Burrata, light-as-air ravioli and Greek salads with a modern twist.
Away from the buzz of town, the tavernas in Ano Meria are very hospitable and ideal if you have tots in tow. Proedros (the President) is a winner with perfect fava, fresh sardines and onion pie stuffed full of local cheese. —Athena Tsavliris
August 12th, 2010
Of all the Greek islands, no other achieves simple sophistication quite like Folegandros. Home to endless goat trails, exquisite beaches, a stunning Chora and the warmest people on earth, this Cycladic jewel is worth every step of the journey.
Try to find a view more breathtaking than the one from Anemomilos Hotel. Perched on a cliff-edge, this family-run gem is truly unique. Rooms are typically Cycladic with vintage accents. Don’t miss cocktail hour at sunset. From €120. 00 30 22860 41309, www.anemomilosapartments.com
Don’t expect souvlaki and chips. The food on Folegandros is really aunthentic—think homemade gigandes (giant beans), bourekia (cheese-filled pies) and freshly caught octopus grilled to perfection. Kritikos (00 30 22860 41219) in the main square serves fantastic pies and meats and Mimi’s in Ano Meria (00 30 22860 41377) is a local institution. Wash everything down with well-iced ouzo.
Rent an ATV/car and explore the island’s far flung beaches. The more intrepid traveller will come across beaches that will blow you away. Don’t miss Katergo, Ambeli and Aghios Nikolaos. If you’re more of a trekker, there are some extraordinary trails on the island.
The town really comes alive after dark when the music and dance begin. Sit on an old stone wall, sip Rakomello (a local drink of Raki and honey) and watch the world go by.
August 26th, 2009
“It's the old chicken that makes good broth.”
Anyone with a penchant for pasticcio and a taste for tarama should dip into Vefa Alexiadou’s simple and delicious new culinary tome.
In Vefa’s Kitchen, the Hellenic Martha Stewart shares classic recipes for dolmades, saganaki, moussaka and more. With over 650 recipes and 200 photos, this is the bible of Greek cooking.
Time to crack open the Retsina, blare out the bouzouki and picture yourself at a taverna in the Aegean.
At Type Books, 883 Queen St. W., Toronto, 416-366-8973, www.typebooks.ca
July 17th, 2008
Outside, the Athens' heat blisters. Inside, Periscope is nothing but modern cool.
Should your travels happen to take you through the ancient city of Athens, cool your well-heeled feet and rest your head in the sharpest boutique hotel around.
Located on a quiet street in the “little column” known as Kolonaki, Hotel Periscope nestles itself neatly amongst the high street and couture shops in the area, just a few steps away from the bustling Athens nightlife. The hotel boasts clean, crisp sheets, a minimalist design, Propoline natural beauty products, and a relaxed attitude.
You’ll also find each room outfitted with cool air—a welcome retreat from scorching heat.
From €145 per night, 22 Haritos St., 106 75 Kolonaki, Athens, Greece, 30-210-729-7200, www.periscope.gr