THE MINOR CYCLADES
From the unihabited southern beaches of Ios we moved the boat up Ormos Milopotamou a bay just below the main town of Hora. Here there was much more action, but still no luck with the nude bathing!!! The old town of Hora is built on a hillside and is incredibly picturesque. It has meandering arcaded lanes and heaps of chapels – It seems one way of getting planning permission here is to offer to build a chapel – A great idea , may be Gosford Council should consider it!!!
From Ios we headed 25 miles further north to Iraklia in the Minor Cyclades. So far the best of the Greek islands- The population is about a 100 and increases a little in the summer. Stella and Innforapenny were the only yachts in the harbour and although there were only about 3 tavernas on the whole island, we had one of the best Greek meals so far and the cheapest- The Zucchini pie you could die for.
To justify our high intake of alcohol, we completed a 5 hour walk on the island along a donkey track to the caves of Ayios Ioannis, where during the second world war the British used it as a hide out for their transmitter. As you imagine we were completely buggered when we got back to the boat, but nothing a few drinks could not remedy.
We are now in Paros a much larger island with all the facilities – an internet cafe and supermarket to replenish the tonic,gin and beer!!