• 2020-02-06 Greece

    Crete without tourists

    After we had done everything, we started to explore the west coast… What an opportunity. To experience Crete without tourists. We had the island almost entirely to ourselves. A unique chance. On Gavdos we had found a travel guide from 1987 and laughed ourselves half to death about the descriptions of the “lonely bays”, “deserted beaches” and “sleepy fishing villages” that were to be discovered on Crete 33 years ago. Due to the current situation, however, the travel guide experienced an unexpected renaissance and was more up-to-date than ever! On our coastal route we found the famous beaches of Elafonisi, Falassarna and Balos really lonely and were often almost the…

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    Elafonisi

    Elafonisi is a nature reserve where the beach junipers known from Gavdos also grow. The wide sandy beach with its shallow bays invites you to splash around, windsurf and kite. Also the island off the coast wants to be discovered on foot. Those who do not want to stand on the main beach will find a great, lonely place for camping at the end of the bay. There, low hanging trees provide shade and you can hang up your hammock in front of a spectacular panorama. On a mild night you can certainly sleep outside. Three small bays, which you will surely find deserted in the off-season, invite you to…

  • 2020-02-06 Greece

    Pizza, uh, Crete, we come

    What was logically the first official act when we reached “the mainland” (Crete was established as the continent for us during the time on Gavdos and was definitely the mainland for us)? Right, we stormed the first pizzeria, which fortunately was only 50 m away from the port, on the next beach promenade. After more than two months of wild life and cooking, a busy beach promenade with restaurants, the abundance of offers and life was almost too much for us. And why is everyone wearing so many clothes? Okay, we had to realize that we were a bit wild on Gavdos, but somehow it was also exciting and thrilling…

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    Balos Beach, the pirat bay

    Just the fact that pirates are said to have lived on this beach makes it a real highlight for me. Arrrggh, it makes sailors’ hearts miss a beat. Whoever looks over the edge of the cliffs at the end of the Gramvousa headland will not forget this sight. The descent to the bay is quite steep, but easy to manage. Those who come here should definitely take a tent and enough water, as in this bay one wants to stay. Unfortunately we ran out of drinking water after one night, otherwise we would have stayed longer. The water is beautiful, turquoise and crystal clear. The view of the small islands…

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    Gavdos

    About Gavdos I have already written a lot here. It is clear that the island was a very special place for us and will be forever. Even if Gavdos in a normal summer surely shows a completely different face, it will always be the lonely, deserted, wild island for us, which was our home in a crazy time. That held and captivated us, where we learned a lot about ourselves, about Greece, about getting out and about acceptance. The historical background of the island is also exciting. In the past, the island was used as a “deportation point” for unwelcome communist activists who were sent there in exile. Gavdos is…

  • 2020-02-06 Greece

    Free, but not voluntary

    The time on Gavdos passed at a strange pace. Some days, even weeks flew by. Time ran through our fingers like the sand on the deserted beaches. Other days stretched like chewing gum. The hours just wouldn’t go by. Not even the clouds seemed to move. There was little to do and even less motivation. Resentment was spreading. Why is it so hard for us to stand still? There was still so much to discover. But often the weather simply put a damper on our plans or we had to take care of organizational matters, which quickly became a daily task. Going to the ferry to pick up food or…

  • 2020-02-06 Greece

    We´ve come pretty far…

    After the time in the Cavazza I went on a little bit of a discovery tour on my own. I had heard of a garden more in the interior of the island. I really wanted to see it. Elohim had talked about the fact that he would like to start a garden project but would need several people. Since the situation with the virus had come to a head in the whole time and it was clear that we were probably best off here on the island at the moment, I thought a garden could be fun. No sooner said than done, I walked there. On the way I met…

  • 2020-02-06 Greece

    No trousers, no problem!

    True to this motto we started the time on Gavdos exuberant and textile-free. However, we soon found out that we had to deal with some special problems, also and maybe even especially here. But first the fun part. We arrived at Gavdos in a good mood after having already spent almost two weeks on Crete (more on this in another article). We liked the spirit of the little hippie island right from the start. The cars driving around have no or arbitrarily attached license plates. The taverns and the minimarket were still in relaxed hibernation and time just seemed to tick differently here. Lived deceleration… Just what we were looking…

  • 2020-02-06 Greece

    A very special day on Santorini

    I do not want to write too much about Santorini, as there are endless travel reports about this island…I was a little sceptical at first, but I wanted to experience something special for my approaching birthday and Martin was on fire to discover the volcanic island. In a stormy night we reached the island Santorini by ferry from Kos via Karpathos (where we also had a night stay).What many people don’t know, the characteristic picture with the blue domed churches and the whitewashed houses that many of Greece in general have, is mainly due to the pictures of the old fishing villages Oia, Perivolas and Fira on Santorini. There are…

  • 2020-02-06 Greece

    Island fever

    After the exciting time in Istanbul we wanted to translate to the Greek island of Kos. Because of the tense situation with the free living dogs in Turkey and the, but quite uncomfortable, temperatures, a small sunny island in the south of Europe was a promising alternative to our wintering plans in Turkey. We crossed from Bodrum with the ferry, which can transport a van of the size of Don Busso. We noticed that we entered the EU again after only a few moments. Tired, because we got up early and such an event, like a ferry trip, but also always consumes a lot of energy, we looked for a…