Our complete SUP Guide

Our complete SUP Guide

SUP, short for Stand-Up Paddleboarding, is one of the most popular watersport activities that have come up in the past few years. It’s a great way to explore coastal areas while staying fit at the same time. And the best part about it – it’s super easy to learn and anybody can do it! We at SeaBookings are also absolutely in love with SUP, and decided to offer a complete SUP guide to anyone looking for some advice! 

Ways to do SUP

By renting a board, you can experience the sea all by yourself

SUP Board rental

Before anything else, you should decide how you want to do SUP for the first time. For this, there are different options – you can rent a SUP board and venture out by yourself and try your luck. If you want to do this, it would come in handy if you already had some experience in other board sports like snowboarding, surfing or skating. 

Guided SUP Tour

If you prefer having a guide teaching you the basics about SUP and showing you around the most beautiful spots, the best option would be a guided SUP Tour. Usually, there are private as well as shared tours available in any region where SUP is possible. A guided SUP Tour is great to really explore the region in a safe and fun environment, while also improving your SUP technique. 

SUP holidays

And for those looking for a real extensive SUP experience, there are more and more offers of full SUP holidays! On these kind of holidays, you will have different SUP experiences and really get to improve your skills. SUP holidays are offered in many destinations already, like Croatia, Greece or Spain! This is a great opportunity for those looking for an active holiday out in nature! 

Stand-up paddle is a favorite for environmentally-conscious travelers

Basic techniques of SUP

A complete SUP guide wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the most important SUP techniques! There are a few things to have in mind when paddling around the water, so here come our most important basic techniques of SUP! 

How to stand on a SUP Board

While it may look easy, you will see that it actually can be quite hard to keep your balance when standing on a SUP Board. To stabilize your body, there a few simple techniques you can use. 

First of all, you should be standing right in the middle of the board. The middle is usually quite easy to determine because it is where the handle is situated. Make sure you use this helping point because if you stay too far in the front or the back, it will be very difficult to balance the board on the water.

Secondly, your feet should be standing shoulder-width apart. This is the best position to balance your body and evenly distribute the weight between your two legs. Also, make sure you don’t grip your toes into the board, but keep your feet flat and stable. In this position, you should be able to stand perfectly stable on your board! 

If you prefer, you can stay on your knees

How to paddle 

After you know how to stand properly on the board, the next thing to do is to paddle forward! When doing SUP, you have one big paddle you use. The first thing to do is to adapt the paddle to your size. There are a few tricks you can use to adjust your SUP paddle correctly:

  • Do a “shaka” or hang-loose, place the thumb on top of your head and where your pinky is, that’s where the paddle should end (while touching the ground with the other end)
  • Put the paddle upright with the handle touching the ground in front of you. The place where the blade starts and the stick of the paddle ends should be right in front of your eyes

Once you have the right paddle size for you, you just need to figure out how to do the perfect stroke. Before starting, make sure you’re holding the paddle correctly – it should be bent away from you. This way you can generate the biggest power while paddling. 

When you start paddling, you first need to dip your paddle in the water in front of your body. Make sure you have the entire blade underneath the water surface to be able to do a strong stroke. Knees should be slightly bent and your shoulders should be relaxed and not pulled up to your ears to avoid injury.

Once the blade is inside the water, you need to do the stroke that moves you forward. For this, you should activate the muscles in your core and back to move the paddle towards you. It’s important to really engage all muscles in your upper body and not only use your shoulders. This way you will have a lot more energy and power! After completing the stroke, you just dip your paddle in front of your body in the water again and go for the next stroke! 

How to turn on a SUP board

To turn your SUP board as a beginner, the easiest way to do so is simply by stroking with more power on only one side. So if you want to go right, you just keep paddling with strong strokes on the left side. To do the turn even faster, you can even do a wider stroke, like drawing a half-circle on the water. 

The other technique to turn is by doing a backstroke. You might already know this if you have done kayaking before! For this, you just remain in the same position standing on the board, but instead of paddling from the front to the back, you reverse the direction of the stroke! So you dip your paddle back of your body and do the stroke to the nose of the board. This way you will turn even faster than using the front stroke! 

These are the two basic techniques to turn a SUP board in the water. Some people prefer the one while others feel more comfortable with the other. The best way to find out which one is better for you is simply by trying them out in the water! 

SUP na Madeira SUP en Madeira SUP auf Madeira SUP in Madeira SUP op Madeira
Big SUP is also fun to try out. In Madeira, Portugal, for example.

Best places to do SUP

Alright, after establishing the most important things about Stand-Up Paddleboarding it’s time to plan your next SUP trip, right? Our complete SUP guide will show you the best spots in Europe for SUP


Portugal is our all-time favourite for any kind of boat tour or watersport activity, thus we also think that SUP in Portugal is a perfect holiday activity! The variety of different landscapes and regions in Portugal come with some incredible spots to do SUP! Number 1 being, of course, a SUP Tour to the world-famous Benagil cave in the Algarve. But did you know that the Ponta da Piedade in Lagos is just as stunning as the Benagil area? Here you can also do a sunrise SUP Tour along the impressive rock formations.

Further west there are some unforgettable SUP Tours in Arrifana or, for a change, on an amazing river along the beach of Odeceixe. If you’re looking for an option closer to Lisbon, you can do a SUP tour in Sesimbra that allows you to explore the unique bays of the region. Or you can do a SUP tour in Lisbon to explore the city coastline! For those looking for something calmer, there are options for SUP Yoga in Lagos and Cascais! Portugal is a true paradise for SUP-lovers, and has great options for everybody!

Imagine exploring these incredible landscapes of Rhodes by SUP


Another great destination in Europe that can’t be left out on our complete SUP guide is Greece! The islands of Greece are great for SUP thanks to the calm and warm waters surrounding them. Being islands, there are also, of course, plenty of coastal spots to explore by SUP! The best way to find the best spots around the coast is by joining a guided SUP tour!

Some of the best destinations in Greece to do Stand-Up Paddleboarding is Rhodes and Crete! In Rhodes, you still have a lot of unspoiled nature that can be best admired from the sea. On a SUP Tour in Rhodes you have the opportunity to move really close to the impressive coastline! In Crete, you can also enjoy the coast while paddling along it, and on a SUP Tour you even have the chance to do some cliff jumping as well!

Croatia is a true SUP paradise


Croatia is probably the hidden gem among the best destinations for SUP in Europe! It is spoiled with splendid landscapes and stunning beaches all around, and the warm water of Croatia makes it the perfect destination for your next SUP adventure! 

In Croatia, you actually have quite a lot of complete SUP holidays that are very accessible when it comes to prices! Along the Croatian Coast, there are some amazing spots that you can explore while paddling on your board, like Kornati Islands, Brioni Islands, Hvar Island or the famous Brač Island. Wherever you go, expect breathtaking landscapes and perfect conditions for SUP in Croatia.

SUP yoga is a great alternative to a regular SUP tour


Last but not least on our list of destinations in our complete SUP guide is Spain! The Mediterranean country and its surrounding islands have a lot to offer when it comes to Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Whether you want to do a relaxed SUP Tour along the coast of Alicante or explore the coast of Mallorca, there are plenty of options to choose from!

Also, the Canary Islands have a lot to offer for SUP-lovers! Stand-Up paddle in Tenerife is a great adventure for those looking for some fun, and allows you to have some of the best views over the volcanic island! And for those looking for an alternative to partying in Ibiza, there’s the option to do some SUP Yoga along the coast!

We hope we could help you out with our complete SUP guide and maybe even ignited the fire to try out stand-up paddle boarding during your next holidays! We promise that you won’t regret trying it out and most probably will find a new addictive hobby! If you have any questions about our SUP guide or any tours, just send us an email! We’re always happy to help spreading the passion about the sea!

Maximizing The Health Benefits of Your Travels in Greece, Portugal, and Beyond

Maximizing The Health Benefits of Your Travels in Greece, Portugal, and Beyond

The only thing better than time spent on vacation is getting healthier when you’re there. The subjects of health and leisure do not always go hand-in-hand, as we often go to an exotic destination only to sit around the pool and drink fruity beverages. However, those who seek to get more out of their trip only need to look for the right destination. 

A trip to the Mediterranean Sea could be just the ticket. When you visit great vacation spots like Greece and Portugal, you are transported to a land of amazing sights along with many ways to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape. To help you plan your next sea-based adventure, we have compiled a guide of the best fitness activities, food options, and travel tips that will help you have fun and feel great at the same time.

Kayaking allows you to explore hidden gems and stay fit

Hiking and Kayaking

The greatest thing about going on vacation to a new place is the opportunity to see amazing sights that you never imagined, and the seaside areas of Greece and Portugal are simply breathtaking, with many man-made and natural sights to behold. One way to stay healthy while taking in the forests and the hilly cliff sides in either country is by taking a hike, and there are many great notable areas to try. 

When traveling among the islands of Greece, one must-see hiking spot is The Menalon Trail, which runs through Arcadia. A hike down this trail will take you through mountains, canyons, and valleys, plus you will see some old and gorgeous villages that will get your heart pumping in more ways than one. There is also the hike on Mount Olympus, which leads you past picturesque vistas on trails for multiple skill levels. On the longer trails, you can even set up camp and sleep under the stars.

In Portugal, there is also a slew of gorgeous hikes, including the Costa Da Caparica Trail, which takes you among awesome white-sand beaches and breathtaking sandstone cliffs. If you love canyons and waterfalls, then the Paiva Walkways are perfect, and you can swim in many of the rivers, which will provide even more exercise. 

There are other opportunities for healthy leisure along the coast as well, including kayaking trips, which may be a bit outside of your comfort zone, but once you get used to it, you will experience a relationship with the ocean that you never imagined. The act of kayaking is exceptionally healthy, as it helps to lower your blood pressure and heart rate, in addition to improving muscle strength in your back, arms, shoulders, and chest.

Healthy Eating

Of course, exercise is only one half of the fitness equation; you also need to eat right, and these travel destinations are known for their tasty and healthy food. There are many ingredients in Mediterranean meals that will keep you in good shape and help fight off sickness. For instance, olive oil is often a common component, and in addition to adding extra flavor, it is said to lower your risk of heart disease. Both countries also use less processed food, which often contains unhealthy levels of sugar and sodium, and instead, they turn to more plant-based ingredients. 

These areas are also big on gluten-free food that focuses less on bread and more on vegetables, fruit, and cheese. While some people may need to eat gluten-free food for medical reasons, those who choose the diet often see an increase in energy plus a chance for weight loss as you eat less bread. Some of the best dishes to choose when in the area include risotto, polenta, and rice mixed with vegetables.

While you are on your trip, check your proximity to some of the best restaurants that are famous for their healthy food. In Santorini, there is a great eatery called Falafeland, which is known for its many vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Meanwhile, the Katharos Lounge Vegan Meze Bar has received glowing reviews for its affordable dishes and great hummus options.

In Portugal, the area around Lisbon is growing more notable for its many healthy restaurants. The Restaurante PSI has been rated as one of the best vegetarian places in the area, while The Food Temple has many delicious vegan dishes that are very exotic and flavorful. Both destinations are worth the visit if you are looking to try something new.

Coasteering is ideal for nature lovers

Try New Things

Whether your destination is Greece, Portugal, or any of the other hundreds of great landing spots of the Mediterranean, you can maximize the health benefits by getting out there and trying something you’ve never done before. This is especially important as you get older because as you see new places and try new things, you keep your mind sharp. Now is the time to step outside of your comfort zone and begin knocking things off of your bucket list.

When we say try new things, we mean to make a plan to do it all. Make it a habit to speak to merchants and locals that you meet and try to strike up a conversation. While planning out your activities is a great way to see it all, you should also try to do something spontaneous like coasteering along a cliffside or hike a new trail. When you expand your mind by doing new things in a new place, you diversify your mind and gain fresh insights about the world while sweating the small stuff just a bit less.

If you are eager to see the world and experience all that is out there, but you don’t have the funds or the people with which to enjoy it, consider joining or creating an adventure friend group. Essentially, this is a group of people you gather together to experience the outdoors and new locations and experiences. The beauty of these groups is that you are all a team, so if someone is scared to try an activity, the group can provide positive reassurance. Plus, if you are faced with tough decisions or differing opinions when making an itinerary, working together can improve your teamwork and problem-solving skills.

When planning your next seaside trip, consider these fun and trendy destinations. They are gorgeous, festive, and will help you feel better in your body and mind.

The best boat tours for groups in Mykonos

The best boat tours for groups in Mykonos

Mykonos is one of the many Greek islands and is part of the Cyclades. It lies in the middle of the Aegean sea, blessed with calm and warm waters. It is one of the most popular islands off the Greek mainland for travellers from all over the world.

In Mykonos, you can get it all – amazing beaches, crystal-clear waters and a hip scene. The picturesque villages and white-washed houses are simply picture perfect. No wonder there are lots of people who want to visit Mykonos and take home some of those amazing Greek memories.

Discover the island from a different perspective

Discover the island from a different perspective

Being an island, it’s just obvious that a boat tour in Mykonos is something that you can’t skip during your stay here, right? Let us help you find the best boat tour for your group during your days in Mykonos! We have created this little list to give you an overview of our selection of the best boat tours for groups in Mykonos!

Enjoying the islands from a deck, why not?

Enjoying the islands from a deck, why not?

Full-day private boat tour in Mykonos for up to 10 people

This private boat tour in Mykonos for all groups of up to 10 people looking for a stylish and full-day experience! Our luxurious yacht Cranchi 40 is the perfect setting to just enjoy a day out on the sea, relax and sunbathe.

During this 8-hour tour that starts from Ornos, we will take you to explore the most beautiful places around the coast. Let us take you to Rhinia, Kalafatis cave and to beaches like Platis Gialos and Paraga.

This private boat tour in Mykonos also includes a delicious Greek lunch served on board as well as some snacks and water. You can also bring your own food and drinks for this full-day tour. This private tour is one of the best boat tours for groups in Mykonos if you’re looking for an exclusive and luxurious day out!

If you like sailing, take this catamaran!

If you like sailing, take this catamaran!

Full-day private catamaran tour for up to 12 people

If you love catamarans and are travelling with a group of up to 12 people, this full-day private catamaran tour in Mykonos should be on your list! The luxurious catamaran is just perfect for all luxury-lovers that are on holidays in Mykonos!

This 8-hour tour starts from Agios Ioannis Diakoftis, where our friendly crew will welcome you on board of this stylish catamaran. There is space in the sun and shade and bathrooms on board. Snorkeling equipment is included, as well as a delicious BBQ for lunch.

This private tour on a catamaran in Mykonos will take you along the amazing coastline and anchor at a beautiful beach. Here you can enjoy the sun, swim and even snorkel in the crystal-clear water. It’s the perfect day cruise for your group of up to 12 people and one of the best boat tours for groups in Mykonos!

Tis boat has capacity up to 20 guests

This boat has a capacity of up to 20 guests

Cruise in Mykonos to Delos and Rhenia

For those of you looking for a shared boat tour in Mykonos, this cruise to Delos and Rhenia is a great option. It’s a 6,5-hour tour on a beautiful sailing ship, that departs from the Old Port of Mykonos. The boat has space for up to 20 people, so it’s still an intimate experience.

A visit to Delos is a Must-Do if you’re on holidays in Mykonos. Delos is a UNESCO cultural heritage site, and a magical island to discover. If you want, you can even join a guided tour on Delos through the ruins (not included).

This Delos Rhenia cruise will also take you to visit the uninhabited island of Rhenia, a real jewel. A delicious Greek lunch is also included during this tour, making it one of the best cruises in Mykonos to explore Delos and Rhenia.

Traditional boat

Join this traditional boat to Dragon Island

Boat tour to Dragon Island

Have you already heard of the Dragon Island, just outside of Mykonos? This island is only accessible by boat, so it’s the perfect destination to escape the tourist masses for a few hours. You can even find wild seals in the nature reserve.

This 2-hour boat tour from Mykonos to Dragon island is the perfect excursion if you’re looking for just a short boat ride. The Vintage boat has space for up to 48 people and starts from Kalafatis Beach. It’s the perfect way to explore the beauty of Mykonos.

Snorkeling equipment is provided and there is time to swim. This way you can explore the crystal-clear waters of Dragon Island. This tour usually runs from 17h00-19h00, so the perfect time to end off your day at the beach and make some extra special memories!

Island tour

Island tour to Delos and Renia

Island tour in Mykonos on a sailing boat to Delos and Renia

This island boat tour in Mykonos will also take you to visit the famous islands Delos and Rhenia. The classical boat has space for up to 45 people, so you can join with all your friends and family.

At the Old Port of Mykonos, our friendly crew will welcome you on board for this 6,5-hour boat trip from Mykonos to Delos And Renia. You can join a guided tour on Delos to explore the cultural heritage site (not included).

Snorkeling equipment is available on board, so you can explore the underwater world of the Aegean Sea. Swim and snorkel in the blue waters! For lunch, there will be a big delicious buffet on board with typical Greek food for all tastes. It’s the perfect boat tour for groups in Mykonos.

We hope we could help you with this list of the best boat tours for groups in Mykonos. If you have any special requests, just send us an e-mail and we will be happy to help you organise the best experience for your group!

best things to do in Corfu

What are the best things to do in Corfu

Corfu is the second largest Greek island in the Ionian sea. It is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece, and a great place to visit! The island is full of ancient history and Greek mythology, so history fans will have lots to explore! But also nature-lovers will find lots of great things to do in Corfu!

So what are the best things to do in Corfu? For fans of boat tours and watersport activities, there are many great sea-related things to do in Corfu! But there is lots more to explore on the island. In our list, you can choose whatever you prefer for your next day trips in Corfu!

The best things to do in Corfu are:

1. Stroll through Corfu town

Discover Corfu's cute alleys

Discover Corfu’s cute alleys

Corfu Town is a beautiful traditional village and a great place to spend a day strolling through the narrow streets. The old Venetian architecture is impressive and unique, and makes for some great photos! It has two forts you can explore – the New Fortress in the west and the Old Fortress from the 15th century in the east!

One of the most beautiful places in Corfu town is the Spianada square. It was built during the Venetian rule in Corfu. Today, it’s one of the main tourist attractions of Corfu town and a beautiful place to just sit and enjoy the sun.

2. Boat tour to explore the Ionian sea

Stunning Albania is just around the corner of Corfu

Stunning Albania is just around the corner of Corfu

The Ionian Sea around the island is beautiful and blessed with crystal-clear water. And what better way to explore it than with a boat tour? In Corfu,  you can choose from many different boat tours. Did you know that the Albanian coast is not very far away and that you can go on a boat tour to visit it? 

Make sure you book one of the boat tours in Corfu to explore the Ionian Sea and the impressive coast! Just outside of Corfu, there are the islands Paxos and Antipaxos, which are definitely worth a visit too! 

3. Admire the Achillion Palace

Discover the Palace of Sissi in Corfu

Discover the Palace of Sissi in Corfu

The famous Achillion Palace is a Palace in Gastouri, not far away from Corfu Town. It was built in the 19th century for the Empress Elisabeth (Kaiserin Sissi) from Austria. It was built one year after the loss of her son as a summer residency. The impressive architecture and sheer beauty of the Achillion Palace also attracted Hollywood – a scene of the James Bond Movie “For Your Eyes Only” was shot at the amazing Achillion Palace!

4. Boat tour to the famous Blue Lagoon

Talking about Hollywood in Crete – another famous place in Crete is the incredible Blue Lagoon! The name says it all! The water at this natural cave is so crystal-clear and blue, it will take your breath away.

Visiting the Blue Lagoon is definitely one of the best things to do in Corfu. And the best way to visit the place is on a boat tour! The warm water at the Blue Lagoon also invites to do some snorkeling to explore the fascinating underwater world of Corfu! 

Welcome to the Blue Lagoon

Welcome to the Blue Lagoon

5. Mountain bike in Corfu

For all you sporty travellers out there, a Mountain bike tour in Corfu is one of the most fun things to do in Corfu! The mountains of Corfu are a perfect destination for day trips to escape the busy coastal towns of Corfu. The west coast of Corfu is especially great to go mountain biking.

There are plenty of trails in Corfu to go mountain biking, for all levels of experience. So if you’re looking for a fun activity in Corfu, mountain biking is a great option. And if you do a mountain bike tour in Corfu to the beach, you can refresh yourselves in the Ionian Sea afterwards! Sounds good, right?

6. Enjoy the local cuisine in traditional villages

Greek food is famous all over the world for its delicious tastes and of course the wine! The traditional food of Corfu includes lots of lamb, fresh seafood and local honey, amongst some other delicious treats.

Have you heard of Sykomaitha for example? If you haven’t make sure to try it during your holidays on the Greek island! It’s a delicious Greek fig cake wrapped in fig leaves. It’s truly delicious, so make sure you don’t miss out on it!

7. Visit Paleokastritsa Monastery

Enjoy local architecture at the Paleokastritsa Monastery

Enjoy local architecture at the Paleokastritsa Monastery

Make sure you visit Paleokastritsa Monastery during your holidays in Corfu! What’s so special about the Paleokastritsa Monastery you ask? Well, besides the impressive architecture from the 13th century, you have one of the best views of the island from here! The Paleokastritsa Monastery is located in the north-western part of Corfu on a hill.

Leaving Corfu without visiting this historical jewel of Corfu would be a big mistake. So make sure to head up to the Paleokastritsa Monastery. Since it’s still in use as a monastery today, please respect the dress code of the monastery. Women should have their shoulders covered. Also, please avoid using the flash to take photos inside the monastery.

8. Visit Mon Repos

Mon Repos is a beautiful little palace from the 19th century in a lush green landscape. It’s beautiful colonial architecture and the region surrounding it has made it a popular destination for tourists to visit in Corfu. The British high commissioner Frederic Adams had it built in the 19th century for his wife.

Today, it is a main tourist attraction in Corfu. It hosts a museum with a lot of Ionian artefacts and is a great destination for a day trip to the region around Kanoni. Mon Repos is located on Analipsis hill, providing a great view of the beautiful landscape of the island.

9. Visit the Church of Saint Spyridon

The patron saint of Corfu is Saint Spyridon, so the Spyridon church is one of the most important churches of the island. St. Spyridon is said to have saved Corfu in the 18th century, during the war between the Turkish and Venetian fleets.

Today, the church of Saint Spyridon located in the centre of the old town is one of the big tourist attractions. You don’t have to be religious to be amazed by the impressive architecture of this church. It was built in the 16th century and has the highest bell tower of the Ionian islands. Make sure to visit it during your holidays in Corfu!

The area around Mouse Island is a must!

The area around Mouse Island is a must!

10. Admire Mouse Island

The famous Mouse island is a tiny island just outside of the Corfu coast is the first thing people see when they fly in to the nearby airport of Corfu. It’s a paradisical little island, and there are many theories where it got its name from.

While some say it’s called mouse island because it looks like a mouse from above, there is also a very mythological story around the island. It is said to be the boat that Odysseus used to get back to his home island. The gods were not happy about it and turned the boat into a green rock to prevent the return of Odysseus.

Whatever the origin of that small island is, it is a famous tourist attraction in Corfu. It is simply beautiful, and from the Byzantine Church that is located on the top of the island, you have an amazing view over the island.

Corfu has a lot to offer, but we hope we could help you find the best things to do in Corfu! If you have any questions or need any help, just send us an email. We hope you have a great time during your stay in Corfu!

beaches in Mykonos

The 5 most beautiful beaches in Mykonos

Mykonos is one of the hippest and most attractive of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. With its unique landscapes, hip cafés and restaurants and super hot parties, Mykonos is swamped with young party people, influencers and of course just travellers looking to spend an awesome holiday on a beautiful island. The turquoise warm water and white sandy beaches are perfect for a relaxing beach holiday.

With so many amazing beaches to choose from all around the coast, it’s hard to choose the best ones. But don’t worry, we’ll help you find the 5 most beautiful beaches in Mykonos!

Don't miss out on a beach party!

Don’t miss out on a beach party!

Platys Gialos Beach

Yes, Platys Gialos is one of the most famous beaches in Mykonos and can’t miss on the list of the 5 most beautiful beaches in Mykonos. The close proximity (5km) to Mykonos town as well as the long sandy beach in front of the turquoise waters are the reasons why Platys Gialos Beach is one of the favourite beaches among travelers in Mykonos!

There are loads of hotels and restaurants just in front of the beach, making it perfect for those travellers looking to not only spend a day at the beach but also want to have a delicious lunch or some fresh drinks. It’s perfect if you like to be among people and still enjoy the beach! You can admire Platys Gialos Beach also from the sea, like on this full day boat tour in Mykonos.

Why not join a boat trip?

Why not join a boat trip?

Paraga Beach

Paraga Beach is also one of the paradisiacal beaches, not far away from Mykonos town and very popular amongst tourists and locals. Back in the 70s, it was very popular amongst Hippies, due to the unique and beautiful sandy beach and the rocks in the middle, making the beach look even more special. Even today you can still do nude sunbathing at this beach.

In summer, Paraga Beach is one of the hotspots for beach parties among young and stylish travellers from all over the world. The parties at Paraga Beach are legendary, and the setting is simply the best! It’s one of the 5 most beautiful beaches in Mykonos for those looking for a laid-back place where you can also party and meet loads of new people!

Paraga was very popular amongst Hippies in the 70s

Paraga was very popular amongst Hippies in the 70s

Fokos Beach

For those of you looking for a more quiet beach to relax and not be disturbed by too many tourists, Fokos Beach is a good place to go! Fokos is not one of those perfectly organised beaches where you are sharing the place together with the crazy crowd of Mykonos town. Instead, you have a nice stretch of sand, some pebbles in between and of course the crystal-clear waters.

Fokos Beach is perfect for families looking for a quiet corner on the island. But also nudists will find all the freedom they want on Fokos Beach since it has turned into a naturist beach over the past couple of years. The beautiful scenery is definitely worth a visit and thus one of the 5 most beautiful beaches in Mykonos.

Hard to choose, so here's some help to pick some beaches in Mykonos

Hard to choose, so here’s some help to pick some beaches in Mykonos

Agios Ioannis Beach

Agios Ioannis Beach in Mykonos is a great spot at the south-west coast of the island. From here, you have an amazing view of the historical island of Delos. You can easily get here by bus from Mykonos town to enjoy the soft sand and the warm, clear waters in front of the sea. At Agios Ioannis, you have some hotels and restaurants just around the beach as well to enjoy some food and cold drinks in between your sunbathing!

Since you can easily get into the calm waters at this beach, it’s perfect and very safe for families with small children! And if you would like to go on a fun day out on the sea on your private catamaran, this full-day private catamaran tour in Mykonos with a delicious BBQ starts right in front of this beautiful beach!

Refresh with a dive!

Refresh with a dive!

Merchia Beach

Merchia Beach is another one of those absolute secret spots among the 5 most beautiful beaches in Mykonos. If you’re looking for a really quiet spot without any distraction at all, Merchia Beach is the place for you! It is in the North-East of the island, and there is not much infrastructure all around – so make sure to bring enough water and something to eat!

Merchia Beach is not your typical sandy beach like all the beaches in the South of Mykonos. Instead, you will find a rather pebbled ground, no hotels around and therefore not many people. If you want to escape the crowds completely for a day, it’s the perfect place to find peace and quiet! This one is one of the 5 most beautiful beaches in Mykonos due to its serenity and emptiness!

If you have a rental car or a scooter during your holidays in Mykonos, why not explore all of the 5 most beautiful beaches in Mykonos? This way you have many different impressions of the island, and can enjoy it to the fullest! We hope you have a lot of fun doing so!

Top 5 things to do in Crete

Top 5 things to do in Crete

Crete is the largest one of all Greek islands and has a lot to offer – from paradisiacal beaches with white sand and crystal-clear waters, over the impressive mountain landscapes and the antique towns like Chania and Heraklion, full of ancient history and Greek mythology. Did you know, that according to the Greek mythology, the god Zeus was born in the Ideon Cave on Crete?

Crete is the perfect destination for all kinds of travellers. Families, group of friends, solo-travellers, party people, sun-lovers and naturefreaks will all find something to do on this special island. With this blog post we would like to give you an idea of the big diversity of activities offered on this island. Our list of the top 5 things to do in Crete will help you get the most of your holidays in Crete!

The Top 5 things to do in Crete

1. Enjoy Balos Lagoon

Enjoy the sceneries of the island

Enjoy the sceneries of the island

Balos Lagoon is one of the most famous beaches of Crete, and a visit to this paradise is definitely one of the top 5 things to do in Crete. Most probably you have never seen a beach this beautiful ever before in your life! In the Balos Lagoon you will find the whitest sand, the most crystalline waters and simply a breathtaking view over the two islands lying just in front of the lagoon!

Balos Lagoon is situated in the northwest of the island, on the Gramvousa peninsula. The best way to get here is by boat or ferry. If you’d like to visit the region around this unique place, a private boat tour in Crete is the best way to do so! However you decide to visit this natural paradise, we’re sure you will be amazed by the sheer beauty of the amazing Balos Lagoon!

2. Stroll through Chania old town

Gotta love the colors of Chania!

Gotta love the colors of Chania!

Chania is one of the most beautiful towns in Crete, and this is not only because of its location right at the sea. The many old buildings, narrow streets and cute cafés and restaurants invite all travellers to stroll around the old town and enjoy the feeling of history around every corner. Visiting Chania is one of the top 5 things to do in Crete. Just don’t forget to bring your camera, as the picturesque little town is the perfect place to take amazing photos at.

One of the most popular attractions in Chania is, by no doubt, the Old Venetian Harbor. It is called Venetian Harbor because it was created, just like most of the old town of Chania, during the times the Venetians were in charge of Chania before the Ottoman Turks took it over. In the Old Harbor, you will find the old Venetian and Turkish designs. These different influences are very interesting to look at and certainly unique! From the Old Venetian Harbor, you can also do a lot of great boat tours, like for example a private half day sailing tour in Crete!

3. Do a SUP Tour

Enjoy the warm waters around Crete

Enjoy the warm waters around Crete

The warm and calm waters of Crete are simply perfect for all kinds of watersport activities! Since we are absolute ocean-lovers, it’s no big surprise that one of our top 5 things to do in Crete is a SUP Tour. And during this fantastic SUP tour in Crete, you can even go snorkeling to explore the beautiful underwater world and jump off the impressive cliffs around the coast.

For us, SUP (short for stand-up paddleboarding) is one of the most fun ways to explore the amazing coast of Crete. During a SUP Tour in Crete, you stand on one of the big and stable SUP-Boards and use a paddle to move in the water. This way, you stay fit while exploring the unique coastline. Our SUP Guides know the region very well and will bring you to the most beautiful hidden spots around the coast!

4. Try Scuba Diving

Crete is the perfect spot to try scuba!

Crete is the perfect spot to try scuba!

Scuba Diving is a real adventure and always an unforgettable experience. The warm and calm waters around Crete are perfect for this sport, and trying scuba diving for the first time in Crete is the best way to explore the underwater world. Immersing yourself for the first time in the fascinating world beneath the surface will literally be a breathtaking experience!

If you try scuba diving in Crete for the first time, you will be of course under the supervision of experienced and professional PADI Instructors. With them, you will learn all you need to know to take your first breath underwater. Exploring the magic world underwater for the first time is so exciting and for us one of the top 5 things to do in Crete! And since you don’t need any experience at all, everybody can join! Even kids can go diving for the first time in Crete, with our special Kids program!

5. Walk the Samaria Gorge

Welcome to hiking paradise

Welcome to hiking paradise

If you would like to explore other landscapes besides beautiful beaches in Crete, hiking the Samaria Gorge is definitely one of the top things to do in Crete during your holidays. This Gorge is one of the longest gorges in Europe with 16km. The landscapes are simply beautiful, and you will find peace far away from the busy touristic coastal towns.

The mountain landscape of the National Park is a big contrast to the beachy scenery down at the coast. Sometimes you will even see snowy patches on the top of the mountains! The trail is very beautiful and good for all levels of hikers. Along the trail, you will also pass by old churches and other remains of people who once lived in this mountain area. It’s a great way to spend a day escaping the crowds and enjoy nature!

There are many nice things to do in Crete

There are many nice things to do in Crete

Whatever you decide to do of the top 5 things to do in Crete, we’re sure you will fall in love with the big diversity of this island! Crete is a great holiday destination all year around, and we hope you have a great time exploring!


Valentine's day in Greece

Romantic ideas for Valentine’s day in Greece

Greece is probably one of the most idyllic places to spend Valentine’s day! Especially in the off-season, you have the amazing beaches and vast landscapes almost completely to yourselves. There is always something special about visiting such popular places like the Greek islands without the masses of tourists!

So if you’re lucky enough to be on one of the islands on February 14th, here are our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Greece for you!

Private half day sailing tour in Crete

Sailing is always a romantic idea

Sailing is always a romantic idea

Crete is one of those places that are already romantic enough by itself! Crystal-clear waters, white-washed houses, narrow streets and delicious food – Crete is the perfect destination to spend your Valentine’s day in Greece together!

For the extra portion of love, this private half-day sailing tour in Crete is the perfect option! On board of our beautiful sailing boat, you can enjoy the art of sailing and spend some time together on the spacious deck! Our friendly captain will give you privacy, and when you get hungry serve you some snacks and drinks! That way you can explore the coast at your own pace, and in full privacy! This private half day sailing tour in Crete is definitely one of the most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Greece!

Sunset Tour in Rhodes

Having dinner onboard is surely a unique experience

Having dinner onboard is surely a unique experience

Watching the sun set over the Mediterranean sea from a Greek island sounds like the perfect pitch of romantic ideas for Valentine’s Day! On this sunset tour in Rhodes, this dream comes true! Enjoy a romantic dinner on board while sailing along the impressive coastline of Rhodes!

On board this beautiful yacht, you and your loved one will have one of the most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Greece! The friendly crew will make you feel special all along the tour. Make sure you don’t forget your camera, to capture these unique moments for eternity!

Island boat tour in Mykonos

Discover the island from a different perspective

Discover the island from a different perspective

Mykonos is probably one of the hippest islands in Greece! But besides the many stylish boutiques and high-class restaurants, there is also an amazing nature and beautiful landscapes to discover! This island boat tour in Mykonos will take all lovebirds out to see some of the idyllic islands just off the coast of Mykonos!

For 6,5-hours you can simply relax on board the classic boat and enjoy the quality time together! Our experienced crew will make you feel welcome on board and you can forget about all your worries. From the old port in Mykonos, you will cruise along the coastline to the islands Rinea and Delos. On Delos, let yourself be surprised by the rich mythological past of this famous place! Following the footsteps of the Greek gods Apollo and Artemis is surely super special and one of our most romantic experiences for Valentine’s day in Greece!

Wherever you and your lover spend Valentine’s Day in Greece, we hope we could give you some inspiration with our most unforgettable experiences for this lovely day!

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Our 4 favorite things to do in Mykonos

Mykonos is famous for its laidback lifestyle, amazing beaches and a wild party scene. For decades this magical Greek island has been attracting travelers from all over the world. Its location in the Mediterranean makes it a popular destination all-year around, thanks to the mild climate!


Be careful: you might fall in love with this island!

Everybody will love Mykonos, as it has something for every taste. Families will be able to enjoy the clean beaches and calm waters around the island, active people have lots of activities to choose from both on and off-shore! And the young and hip will love the vibrant nightlife and stylish scene of the island!

Mykonos has so many great options that it’s hard to choose the best ones! Here we want to show you the 4 best things to do in Mykonos!

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You should really visit Delos if you have the chance!

  1. Visit the Island Delos

Delos is a little island not far away from the coast of Mykonos. It was once of high religious and mythological significance in Greece, as it was said to be the birthplace of the Gods Apollo and Artemis! Its ancient history attracts a lot of historians and has turned it into an archaeological jewel – definitely one of the 4 best things to do in Mykonos!

If you visit Mykonos, you should definitely take a boat tour to Delos and visit this mysterious little island! Besides amazing views and wild landscapes, you can also visit the Archaeological Museum of Delos and be surprised by the numerous artefacts of past times! A visit to Delos is worth it in every way, and the boat ride between Mykonos and Delos will also make you feel like a real explorer!

Enjoy a sunset party in Mykonos

Enjoy a sunset party in Mykonos

  1. Party at Paradise Beach

Mykonos is famous worldwide for its vibrant nightlife. Many people come here only for the famous parties around the island. One of the best spots to party is at Paradise Beach! Here you can even start partying during the day. Once the sun sets, things get really wild though! A Party at Paradise beach is one of our favorite things to do in Mykonos for all party animals!

Meet like-minded people from all over the world and dance your feet away in the sand and right in front of the ocean. The feeling of a party at the beach is like no other and you will probably never want to go into a real club afterwards. But if you do, no worries – if you head into town, you can keep partying all day and night!

Enjoy the christal clear waters

Enjoy the crystal-clear waters

  1. Try Scuba Diving in Mykonos

The warm and calm waters are great for Scuba Diving! Divers can visit many different sites – wrecks like the Anna II, beautiful reefs in Kalo Livado, Agia Anna and Lia Bay and cave such as in Tragonisi.

But even for those who have never dived before and would like to try it out for the first time, Mykonos has some great options! You can go for your first-time scuba diving at the beautiful Lia beach. The feeling of complete weightlessness is simply unique and you are sure to love it. Diving in the crystal-clear water of Mykonos is definitely one of the best things to do in Mykonos!

  1. Watch the sunset in Little Venice

Sunsets in Greece are magical

Sunsets in Greece are magical

Little Venice is probably one of the most popular areas around the island, especially in the afternoon when the sun starts setting. This area has come to its name thanks to the many little houses that are built right on the water. These houses were mostly built in the 18th century by shipping merchants.

Today, the houses have turned into numerous little cafés and restaurants with probably some of the best views you can get around the island while sipping on your coffee (or wine!). You can sit relaxed on the edge of the water and simply feel the spirit of the sea. During sunset, however, these front-row seats are very popular so make sure to get there early. The sunsets seen from Little Venice will be some of the most beautiful you will ever witness, we promise! Thus, watching the sunset in Little Venice is one of the best things to do in Mykonos!

When you plan your holidays in Mykonos, make sure to include a few of our favorite things to do in Mykonos for your ultimate experience! This Greek island is simply magic and surely you will fall for it as well!


Rhodes at Easter

Why you should visit Rhodes at Easter

Greece has been one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe forever, and there’s a good reason for it. Paradisiacal beaches, turquoise waters, friendly people and great food. Rhodes is especially beautiful and worth a visit. Let us show you why you should visit Rhodes at Easter.

Be impressed by the island's lanscapes

Be impressed by the island’s landscapes

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands in Greece, that lie surrounded by the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. Due to this special location in two important sea-routes, it has always been an important place in history. Thus, the old town of Rhodes is incredibly rich in culture, museums and history!

Enjoy the cute towns

Enjoy the cute towns

But not only historians and culturally interested travellers will love Rhodes. The warm and calm waters are perfect for beach holidays and nature lovers have endless terrain of untouched land to discover!

Rhodes is a great holiday destination all year around. But in this post, we’ll show you why you should visit Rhodes at Easter!

The mild weather

Temperatures in Rhodes are nice all-year around, but in springtime, it’s especially great to visit this magical island. The average temperature in April is around 20°C, so it’s warm enough to spend time at the beach but not too warm. This way you can also enjoy bike-rides and do other active things during your Easter holidays in Rhodes, like a fun SUP Tour in Rhodes for example!

Empty beaches!

Empty beaches!

It’s only the start of the season

If you visit Rhodes at Easter, it means that all restaurants, hotels and tour operators have just re-opened after a well-deserved winter break. So at this point, everybody is relaxed and motivated for a new season, which means you get to meet the people while they are still full of energy and happy about all tourists coming in! As you can imagine, during summer it gets very stressful for the locals! So that’s another reason why Rhodes is the best destination for your Easter holidays!

Beautiful coastline

Beautiful coastline

Less crowded beaches and tourist attractions

Rhodes is one of the most visited islands of Greece, thus in the summer, it gets very busy around the coast! If you visit Rhodes during your Easter holidays, you will find even empty beaches as well as fewer queues around the most famous tourist attractions like the town Lindos or the medieval part of Rhodes town!

So Rhodes is the perfect destination for your Easter holidays because you get to enjoy the beauty and magic of the amazing places around the island without tourist masses! That way you might fall in love even more with the island of Rhodes!

Enjoy the Spring colors

Enjoy the Spring colors

Discounted prices for flights and accommodation

Another reason why it’s worth to visit Rhodes at Easter is that at that time of year, you pay much less for both flights and accommodation! If you have a look around you might even find some nice package prices that included both flights and accommodation for reasonable prices!

Also, boat tours and other watersport activities have low-season prices many times, so that you can actually save some money! With that extra money, you can enjoy some extra yummy food! In Rhodes, you will find many delicious restaurants with seafood and of course the famous Gyros!

You'll be amazed by this island

You’ll be amazed by this island

We went to Rhodes in April and we loved it there! Only sunny days, warm beach weather and really cheap prices all over the island – it was the perfect Easter holiday destination, and the best way to warm up after a cold winter! So yes, Rhodes at Easter should definitely be on your bucket list!

Holidays in Greece

Travel Tips for the Best Holidays in Greece

Travel tips for the best holidays in Greece by freelance writer Harper Reid:

As the weather cools and you’re reluctantly pulling your coat and boots from hibernation, perhaps you’re daydreaming about planning your holidays in Greece for next summer. If so, great choice! Whether you’re looking to party the nights away or relax on a tranquil beach far away from other tourists, Greece has plenty to offer you. Island hopping is particularly easy in Greece, with many of its islands well-connected to one another and to the Athenian port of Piraeus. To get started, consider the following tips:

Think about what you want to do and see on your holidays in Greece

You’ve probably heard of the tourist favourites of Santorini and Mykonos, but Greece is home to over 150 inhabited islands, which can make planning feel a little overwhelming. Essentially, there are seven ‘groups’ of islands, including Crete, which is by far the biggest island. Island hopping can involve any number of islands, but choosing one group to focus on will make your planning easier to plan and will involve less travelling time. Each island is different, but many share similarities with their fellow islands in the same group.

Perhaps you’d like to check out ancient ruins, or maybe you’re on a mission to find the best beaches. First, make a list of what you’d like to do during your holidays in Greece; you’ll then be able to narrow down your choice of islands.

You’ll then have to choose your first stop for your holidays in Greece. If you’re flying into Athens, you’ve got plenty of options, as many ferries start their journeys here. Where you go is up to you, but popular destinations reachable from Athens include Santorini, home of the picturesque white-and-blue buildings, Rhodes, the perfect place to soak in the sunshine, and Crete, where you can explore the enchanting ancient ruins of Knossos. Many ferries offer overnight trips; you can generally choose to book a small cabin or to sleep on the floor of the ferry. What you decide to do will depend on your budget and the strength of your sense of adventure!

Holidays in Greece

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Be prepared for differences from other European countries

  • Greek merchants often prefer cash, so always try to have enough for the day on you.
  • Plenty of Greeks smoke indoors even though it’s been ruled illegal, so try not to be offended if someone lights up next to you.
  • Don’t be surprised if you come across a sign warning you not to flush toilet paper – just ensure that you obey this rule!


Find accommodation in advance for your holidays in Greece

While it’s may be possible to be spontaneous and only start looking for lodging when you arrive at your destination, the Greek islands are exceptionally popular in summer – thus, accommodation sells out quickly. If you’re planning on staying overnight, it’s best to book your room early. If you’re worried about a change of plans, choose a place with a flexible cancellation policy.

Photo by Oliver Sjöström on Unsplash

Photo by Oliver Sjöström on Unsplash

Don’t be too committed to your itinerary

Greece is home to a plethora of incredible islands, and it attracts all kinds of travellers. You never know who you might meet or which islands might captivate you, so keep an open mind. One of the best parts of travelling is freedom, and there’s nothing free about being locked into a rigid itinerary!

When your trip is over, and you’ve seen the inside of enough ferries to last you a lifetime, why not head to another amazing European country – this time by plane? There are plenty of incredible summertime destinations reachable from Greece – try Naples for the best pizza you’ll eat in your life, Madrid for awe-inspiring museums, Dublin for city vibes and a break from the never-ending sunshine of Southern Europe, or Portugal for their intriguing egg tarts and other heavenly sweet treats.

Freelance writer Harper Reid happily lives in the gorgeous city of Auckland, New Zealand. She has produced articles for sites and blogs, as well as for various local businesses such as Keith Andrews. She loves browsing travel articles and magazines to feed her wanderlust between journeys. Her eye is currently set on Norway – to experience sleeping under the beautiful night sky and see the Aurora Borealis. Get to know more about Harper and her published work on Tumblr.