We recently caught up with the beautiful Lucia (@lucyinthesskyy) and we were lucky enough to get her to share some top places to explore and travelling tips when visiting Greece.
Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Lucia Tranos (@lucyinthesskyy) and I was born and grew up in Greece. I have a BSc in Economics and an MSc in Management from Imperial College London. I lived in London for 5 years but could not live without the Sea and Sun so I returned back to Greece eventually. I love island hopping and taking wanderlust pics during my travels. At the moment I’m obsessed with the off the shoulder style and ruffles everywhere (bikinis, tops dresses, shorts).
Where are your favourite places in Greece and why?
The islands of course, especially the Cyclades! I think it’s the best place for island hopping! I love that each island is different to one another. They have the most amazing crystal clear beaches, delicious food and picturesque scenery.
Where can we find the best beaches?
Koufonisia, Milos, Antipaxos, Ios, Mykonos and Crete.
Where are the best views?
Famous Santorini and Zakynthos but also less known Folegandros Island.
Must-go places to eat and drink or cuisine we must try?
My favourite Greek cuisine is found in Chania, Crete and Sifnos Islands. Local dishes you should definitely try are Pastitsio, Mousakas, Greek Salad (Choriatiki), Tzatziki, Souvlaki, Tomatokeftedes, Spanakopita and Dolmadakia. Try Bougatsa and Loukoumades for desert, these are just some but there are so many more. I am getting hungry just thinking about all these!!! You should also try the local wine, Ouzo and Raki (local Cretan drink)
How many days do you recommend we spend in Greece?
It's difficult to say there is so much to see and do! I live here and still haven’t explored so many places I would like to visit. For a first visit though I would recommend a minimum of 12 days in order to visit 3 islands.
As a local, can you let us in on some of your secret spots/places to go/things to do?
Visit Koufonisia Island for amazing turquoise water beaches, visit Crete for loads of activities, go on a sailing trip to Kleftiko beach in Milos, visit a village called Olympos in Karpathos Island with amazing views and ladies wearing traditional uniforms.
Greek Island style: what do you pack to be so stylish on your trip?
Lots of bikinis- current favorites are by Ete Swimwear- white and blue dresses, a sunhat, flip flops, flat shoes, a beach towel and sunscreen!
Top activities we must try?
Apart from swimming in crystal clear beaches, you should try hiking and sailing to secluded ones, wine tasting and a cooking class!
5 Tips for others travelling to the Greek Islands?
Avoid visiting during August as it’s peak season and the islands get really crowded. Best time to visit is from the 15th of June to the 15th of July and end of August to end of September especially for super popular islands like Santorini or Mykonos.
See more from Lucia Tranos on Instagram @lucyinthesskyy.