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Some hidden gems in Greece

Greece has over 2000 islands, and some of them you have never heard about. Like our two next islands. Oinousses and Psara/Anti Psara. Oinousses is the island on the east side of Chios, and Psara is on the west side, a nice place to have a stop on the way to Skyros.


But first we sailed from Chios town to Oinousses. It took a little bit longer time than we expected because there was a thunderstorm in front of us. So we turned around and waited for the thunderstorm to pass. We arrived Oinusses late afternoon, and we found a place to moor alongside.

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This mermaid wishes us welcome to the island.

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On the left side of the bay there is islands with at least three churches/monastery. I wanted to go ashore there to have a look.

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The village is beautiful seen from the sea.

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You can find some steps if you like to exercise!

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Not many boats there so it is easy to find a place to moor. The highseason here is August and until then it is free to stay here. In August it can be caotic with many superyachts.

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Nice small port with some restaurants and a small supermarket.

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Many small local fishingboats.

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Fishing has been a large industri here for decades and I guess, like it was back home in Norway, most of the womens sat back home waiting for them to come back. So maybe this is the fishermans wife?

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You can see our boat in the left of this photo.

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The duck looks fake but it is not!

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Some nice houses in the village. We had to have a look around, but the temperature is increasing so it starts to get too hot to walk around in daytime.

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A small beach next to the square.

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Beautiful flowers!

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A tip for other places? Why not decorate the garbage containers?

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We had a short walk around the village.

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It is allowed to enter the islands outside the main island, but not this one with the monastery on. The reason is because the rats has taken over the island!

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The next morning we had plan to have a walk to the northern part of the island. We had seen a monastery on the map so we tried to find that. But on the way we saw a huge cross first and thought we had to go there as well. The trail was nice all the way here.

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The view from the road to the cross. You can see a church in the middle of the photo, but you can still not see the monastery, it is down in the valley.

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Here it is, you can see the roof of it! On the other side of the ocean you see Chios.

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The cross is huge! The letters means “with this you win” and the sign has the names of the people who build the cross. Greek people often build a cross to have a place to pray.

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After the cross we continue to the church (I am sorry I can`t give you the name, because it is only in Greek… And the church had a closed gate so we couldn`t see more of it. But from the church we had a nice view to the monastery. We walked a little bit back on the trail and took a shortcut down the hill to the monastery. I guess it has been the main road many years ago between the church and the monastery. It was now overgrown…

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The gate to the monastery. It was a lot of flowers around, so it was a beautiful place to visit.

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There were a couple in front of us, and a nun came out and took the woman in to the monastery. This monastery is only for woman. I could have waited for my turn, but we decided to walk further on.

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From the other side of the monastery, you can see the church in the distance.

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The view back to the village. I asked Astor if we should run down to the beach in the front. (or if I could manage that…) It was mostly downhill, but it was much more curves than we saw from the top, so the distance was 1,3 km. But I manage to run all the way down, the longest distance I have run in one leg ever! Between this and the village we had a short swimstop on a nice empty beach.

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We found a part of this trail on alltrails.com, and the rest of it we saw on google maps. We thought it would be around 6 km, but when we came back to the village we have walked over 10 km.

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It was a nice place to stay for a couple of nights, and it was free.

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The next morning we were ready to sail further on. And after some windy days most of the boats left the island.

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We didn`t had time to go over to the island with the two churches, so maybe we had to come back here..

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We sailed past the northern tip of Chios and over to the west side to the island Psara. A beatiful small island and a perfect stop on the over to Skyros.

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We moored alongside at the town quay and it was also free here.

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Dimitrios Papanicolis, born in 1790, the fire commander who gave the first brilliant sea victory of the Greeks by firing a fireball at Eresson of Mytilene Turkish Dikrotos of 88 guns on 27. of May 1821. (google translate)

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The villige of Psara. A nice harbour in a huge bay, you can also anchor outside the harbour.

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When we came into the harbour we saw a small church up in the hill and decided to walk up there in the evening. We met this angel on our way.

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The harbour where the public boat is coming in.

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On the way up the trail. The view from an old building.

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The view from the hill over the village.

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An old windmill.

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It was a nice trail up to the hill, really nice work!

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The Churches, St. John and St. Anna. It was closed.

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The view from the church. An interesting landscape on the island. You can pick and choose among many hills!

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On the way down again. This is a really short walk, but it is worth it, specially in the morning or in the evening.

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Drone photo of the hill (it doesn`t look steep…)


A video from the sailtrip from Oinousses to Psara and the hike up in the hill:

Some restaurants along the harbour. There is a bakery, but we only found a old woman baking in a small kitchen, and she didn`t speak English at all, so no bread for us!

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A drone photo from the village. You can see Anti Psara in the distance.


Not many boats here, so it is easy to find a place.

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The next morning we had a run around the village. Not long, but okay.

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Almost back to the village we found this nice little beach and stopped for a swim.

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On the way back to the village.

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We ran here:


The village. You can find beaches on both sides of the village.


After breakfast we had a walk to the Church of St. Nicolas.

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The church. Not a beautiful church from outside. But laying on the top of the hill with a nice view!

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But it was nice inside. I am not sure if the church was open but the woman that cleans the church was there so maybe that was the reason it was open.

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An important guy from Psara, born in 1796.

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Nice decorated garden!

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This amazing basils!

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After lunch we left Psara to visit Anti Psara before having a night sail over to Skyros.

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The harbour and the hill.

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Anti Psara is a small island, and here we had the whole bay for ourselves! It was amazing! I really hope we can come back here and stay for some days!

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We wanted to have the sunset outside of Psara to get some nice photos of the church.

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And the sunset was amazing!

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It was a calm nightsail, not much wind, but perfect for me!

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A video from the sunset sail:

Next time we will explore Skyros where you can find the best marina in Greece!

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