It's Day 3 of our island hop challenge and we have reached the birthplace of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty, Kythira. This island that bestows all the virtues of Aphrodite, officially belongs to the Ionian islands, but it is located much further south at the southern tip of the Peloponnese at the mouth of the Laconian Gulf. Although Kythira has no mountains, it has a hilly landscape with many fertile valleys. The eastern side of the island mostly slopes down gradually to the sea ending at some beautiful beaches. This in contrast to the western side which often descends with a spectacularly steep drop into the Ionian Sea.
The team are really in their stride and whether it's a jog around their local park, cycling along the Thames or simply taking the dog for a walk, they are have already covered a great distance and show no signs of slowing down. So as we head into Day 4, we push on towards Crete.
Crete, the largest Greek island and also the southernmost island in Europe really does have it all. Mountain villages, quaint harbour towns and the long sandy beaches offer tranquil locations to swim in the azure-blue seas. It also has a magic radiance. There is the supreme quality of the light here, the sharp rugged mountains meeting openly with clear seas. There is an abundance of wildlife, plants and flowers that are unique to the island. Breath in the ever-present scents of wild herbs, taste fresh fruit, the best of the world’s olive oil and healthy, delicious cheeses. No other place in Greece can delight the senses of smell and taste like Crete and no better place to complete the first leg of our Ultimate Island Hop in memory of our dear friend Issy.