About Time: You rediscovered Greece's hippie trail - About Time Magazine
A guide to my favourite islands in the Cyclades. On these lesser explored gems the crowds of Santorini seem miles away and you can still find the Greece of the 70's, when it was a key stop on the hippie trail and Joni Mitchell spent the summer living in a cave on Crete. Read the full story here or get a sense of it from the excerpts below.
Tiny and vertiginous, Folegandros (not above) was once a Roman prison and there is still something forbidding about its sparse landscape and doleful population of goats. However nowhere did we receive a warmer welcome than in Hora, the medieval town built around a shady square where locals sit playing backgammon and sipping Ouzo.
In the evening, get lost in Castro’s ridiculously confusing whitewashed streets, but make sure to stumble on Habana bar in time for sunset. Effectively a cave in the cliff, it is definitely worth a visit both for its amazing view and eccentric proprietor, an elderly communist who models himself on Che Guevara.
An evening in Antiparos starts late, with a trip to Yorgis, the oldest family run tavern on the island, and ends early, after a night spent dancing in the Doors, an incongruous tribute bar whose owner gives free shots to anyone who knows all the words to Bob Dylan’s ‘Hurricane’
Prehaps due to their location, tucked behind hulking Naxos, or for superstition reasons (uninhabited Keros was thought to be the gateway to Hades) these little islands seem to some extent to have been forgotten; In fact, electricity wasn’t installed until the late 80’s. The result is a melancholy charm which lends itself perfectly to self-indulgent musing.