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Have you ever had a secret that’s just so good, you can’t help but share it? That’s how I feel about a hidden-away spot in Greece I recently stumbled upon. Part of me wants to keep it a secret so it remains untouched, unattainable – but the other part of me wants to share it with everyone I meet so that they too can witness the magic of it. Clearly I’m not the best at keeping secrets…
After spending two weeks in Greece, enjoying all the social aspects it has to offer, my partner and I decided that we wanted to stray away from the beaten path. With just two days left before we flew back to Australia, we didn’t have the luxury of going too far. Searching every Greek island in our vicinity and scouring Booking.com for any available accommodation, we narrowed it down to two islands that made sense with the ferry timetable: Tinos and Andros. We’d heard nothing of either prior to our search.
Flipping a coin, we settled on Andros. It was directly in the middle of where we currently where – Mykonos – and where we had to get to – Athens. We then chose accommodation based on the price and the pictures – no research went into its location. I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best.
Landing on Andros Island, it seemed to be that the only people getting off with us were locals. What were we getting ourselves into?! Meeting us there was a man we’d organised to pick us up from our accommodation. He was driving a beaten up mini car that barely looked like it could fit him in, let alone us. But we all squished in and began driving. And driving. First along tarmac roads with not another car in sight, and then along windy dusty roads. Where on earth where we going?!
Eventually the car pulled up in front of a gate where our driver spoke into the intercom. As the gates opened, I breathed a sigh of relief. There in front of us was the most beautiful of cobblestone pathways filled with bougainvillea on either side. The pathway lead down to a turquoise infinity pool that looked out over a valley of green. Other than the villas attached to the resort, there wasn’t another building to be seen. It was just countryside and coastlines as far as the eye could see. Aegea Blue Cycladic Resort – you nailed it.
After being shown our villa, me and my partner quickly stripped down to our swimmers and headed off to check out the beach. And what a beach it was. White pebbles contrasted against the clearest turquoise water you’ve ever seen. A scattering of beach umbrellas were found on either side of the beach, but there were no signs of the blasting music, or the 20 euro beach chair charges that we’d become familiar with during our time in Greece. It was still. It was peaceful. It was paradise.
Conscious that we only had two days in total on the island, the next day we decided to go exploring after being told of a private beach nestled into the cliffs, a short walk from our accommodation. We spent the next hour wandering along cliff-top paths, with scarily dizzy drops down to the water below. Obviously the people who had originally forged this path were not scared of heights!
But we were well-rewarded when we arrived at our destination. A beach so secret I can’t even track a name for it down on a map. The only other sign of life there was a small Greek fishing family who travelled aboard their tiny boat – eating what they caught. While a deeper blue than the water found at Zorgos Beach, this small private beach was exquisite thanks to its untouched nature. Crystal clear waters greeted us, accompanied by a white, sandy beach. Perfection.
And then it was time to head back: back to our accommodation, back to our cramped car, back to the port, and on our way home with a bucketload of memories to hold on to forever. If you visit Andros, I highly recommend searching for this beautiful, secret beach, where you can spend a rare afternoon in solitude.
*NOTE: While this wasn’t an issue for us, I do have to warn there’s not many food options available in or near Zorgos Beach. If you stay at Aegea Blue Cycladic Resort, there are chefs on hand to cook a selection of a la carte meals, as well as a buffet breakfast. And on the beach, there is Zorgos Tavern, offering a range of Greek-style food. If you want extra nibbles or anything, stock up at the port when you land in Andros.
By We Are Travel Girls Contributor Yelena Fairfax
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