Greece by Land and Sea, Day 6 Poros to Mykonos
Before we return to Athens this morning, we’ll make a stop in Aegina where we visit the amazing Afea Athina Temple. Even though the island is small, it has a great number of sights, the most famous of which is the Afea Temple. It is the first of an equilateral triangle with the Parthenon and the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the so-called “holy triangle” of antiquity.
According to myth, the island took its name from a nymph, daughter of the river god Asopos, whom Zeus fell in love with and took with him to the island! From 11/1/1827 until 3/10/1829 Aegina town was the temporary capital of the newly founded Greek state.
The temple is a very well preserved example of the Doric style and is the most important archaeological site in the Saronic islands. With a spectacular view, it was built in 480 BC when Aegina was at the height of its power and from it you can see the mainland from Athens to Cape Sounion.
Aegina is famous also for it’s pistachios, said by many to be the best in the world!
Lunch and Hors d’oeuvres are onboard while we make our way back to Athens. At the port we’ll be met by our private coach to take us to the airport for a short 6:30 flight to Mykonos, an island unlike anything we have seen yet!
Mykonos is a beautiful island in the Cyclades, which looks just like the postcards. With the exception of Mykonos town, Chora, all over Mykonos you will see the typical Cycladic cubist style of architecture, small, mostly one story white houses with bougainvillea and geraniums, blue windows and doors. There are hand painted streets, windmills, pigeon keepers, chimneys, lots of little churches and wonderful restaurants and cafes.
Mykonos Town is a captivating labyrinth that’s home to chic boutiques and a handful of small museums and photogenic churches. Here too, you will find a change from the ubiquitous blue and white decor of Greece. In Mykonos town the wooden structures of every house are painted in a rainbow of colours, against the whitewashed walls and blue sky, the effect is absolutely delightful.
After checking into our hotel, we’ll have a brief walking tour, followed by a welcome dinner in Mykonos Town.