‘Notes from the field – Samos, Ikaria and Lemnos’ is the latest in our series of blogs following the Sunvil team as they explore our destinations in search of hidden gems and to handpick our holiday accommodation. Written by Stella, a member of our expert Greek team, this piece details her experiences on the islands and the highlights from her trip.

Where did you go?

I started my journey on the Aegean island of Samos before visiting the islands of Patmos, Ikaria, and Lemnos.

What was your favourite property and why?

Samos

My favourite property on Samos was Villa Penny. It’s elevated position affords amazing views to the sea, and these can be enjoyed from our apartments, the pool and the sun terrace. The property is really well looked after by Dimitris, the friendly owner and the two new units, in particular, are really beautifully furnished.

Ikaria

My favourite property on Ikaria was the Erofili Hotel. Once again this property has stunning views, a good level of service and it is within easy walking distance to amenities and the beach.

Lemnos

My favourite property on Lemnos was the Plati Beach Hotel. This is a small, friendly and family run property right in directly on Plati Beach, the perfect location for beach lovers. The hotel has a very good taverna and bar with fabulous sea views – they also offer beach service!

What was your favourite viewpoint?

Samos

My favourite viewpoint on Samos was the view of Pythagorion harbour from the Hera II Hotel. The view of the sunrise over Turkey from the Kerveli Village Hotel was also breathtaking.

Ikaria

My favourite viewpoint on Ikaria has to be the sunset I watched from Afianes Winery.

Patmos

My favourite view here was of a local gentleman riding his donkey – quite a unique sight in most of Greece these days!

Lemnos

My favourite viewpoint here was the sunset on Plati Beach.

Your favourite meal?

Samos

Fresh Kalamari with a Greek salad – fresh and cooked to perfection

Patmos

Chicken souvlaki gyros cooked on charcoal and Greek salad – the perfect quick snack

Ikaria

Freshly caught fish with olive oil and lemon juice

Lemnos

Prawn Saganaki – a traditional dish made of tomatoes, prawns and feta cheese crumbled on top

What was your favourite activity?

Samos

On Samos, I enjoyed strolling through the pretty streets of Kokkari and the harbour, filled with shops, tavernas and café bars.

Ikaria

Visiting the Monastery of Theoktisis in the village of Piga, which dates back to the 1600’s. The little church is decorated with frescoes and is really beautiful.

What was your favourite beach?

Samos

My favourite beach on Samos was Limnionas Beach on the south west coast. The beach is quiet with a couple of tavernas and crystal-clear water.

Lemnos

My favourite beach on Lemnos was Plati Beach. It is beautifully sandy, gently shelving and completely calm – perfect for swimming with a good choice of water sports available, plus a selection of beach bars.

The highlight of your trip.

Spending two nights on the island of Ikaria. It’s a truly stunning and unique island: mountainous and rugged; the locals are very self-sufficient and forward thinking. They spend lots of time socialising outside the home –which they feel contributes to their good health and happiness. Even the ‘Cafeneon’ traditionally for men is used by both sexes on Ikaria which is quite unusual. The island grows many different herbs and produces honey made with pine, lavender and heather made completely naturally using the same techniques as their ancestors.

Stella Proctor

By Stella Proctor

24th October 2017



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Stella Proctor
Stella Proctor

A long serving member of the Greek team, Stella joined Sunvil in 2004. At the start of her working career in the early 1970s, she worked for one of the original Cypriot specialists and a then Sunvil competitor Kypros Holidays. She subsequently spent a long time out of travel but was inevitably drawn back to the industry. Very well travelled and well versed in our Greek destinations, Stella is responsible for reservations to Cyprus which is where her parents come from and where they currently live. She ranks Skopelos as her favourite Greek island.

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