Sep 23

KOS – TURQUOISE WATERS AND ANCIENT HISTORY (ΚΩΣ)

The island of Kos is part of the Dodecanese group of islands, is the second most popular island after Rhodes and the third largest. Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the founding father of medicine. Here you can visit the ruins of the ancient city and the castle. The view that unfolds in front of your eyes from the highest point of the old city is beyond magnificent.

Kos is only four kilometers away from the coast of Bodrum in Turkey, from where you can arrive by ferry. In summer (between May and October), there is a one way ferry ride departing towards Kos at 9 a.m. (the ticket costs 25 Euros per person for a single road), and a slow ferry ride for 50 Euros per person. You can reach the island by ferry from Kos within any other Greek islands. Travelling by ferry from Rhodes to Kos lasts between 2 and 8 hours and the ticket prices start from 30 Euros per person on the fast ferry, with special seats like those of an aircraft. The ferry from Santorini to Kos can make about 4 hours and 15 minutes and the ticket costs 28.50 euro per person for one trip at economic class.

There are flights from Athens to Kos. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour, and a ticket at the Aegean Airlines company starts from 126 Euros one way. In summer, there are direct flights from many European cities straight to Kos; for instance, TUIfly flies from Cologne, Basel, Hanover, Stuttgart, Bremen, Nuremberg, Munich, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.

The climate of Kos

Summers are hot and dry, while winters are mild, which means that the island enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate. The average temperature in July and August is around 28ºC during the day and 22ºC at night. Summers are dry and rain is missing.

What to do in Kos

The main port, Kos, is the cultural and tourist center of the island. The whitewashed buildings are hotels, restaurants and several nightclubs; enough to ensure delightful spending a night on the town.

One of the attractions on the island is a fortress dating from the 14th century, located at the harbor entrance. History says that here is the birthplace of Hippocrates. In the center of it is there is an old plan-tree that is known as Hippocrates’ plane-tree Hippocrates. It is said that he used to teach the art of medicine under this tree. You can also visit the ruins of Asklepion, a temple dedicated to healing the sufferings.

The beaches of Kos

Kos is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Dodecanese islands:

Psalidi – has numerous beach bars, is located only 3 kilometers from Kos.

Kardamena Beach – 30 kilometers west of the city of Kos, very popular among tourists and well organized.

Marmari Limnaria – 20 kilometers from the city of Kos, is designed for practicing windsurfing beach.

Tigaki – 11 kilometers from Kos, with crystal water and shallow.

Kamari – is 45 kilometers from Kos town, is surrounded by high rocky peaks; part of this beach is not landscaped and is quite isolated.

Mastichari Beach – situated 27 kilometers from the city of Kos, is an exotic beach with white sand and emerald water; here you can practice windsurfing.

Lambi – only 3 kilometers from the city of Kos, well organized; rents umbrellas and sun beds.

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Aug 25

ZAKYNTHOS THE GREEK ISLAND THAT HAS EVERYTHING (ΖΑΚΎΝΘΟΥ)

Zakynthos is the third largest island of the Ionian Archipelago and also has become a very popular destination among tourists. Beautiful beaches, charming places to visit and relaxing atmosphere make Zante (as it is nicknamed) a perfect choice for summer vacation.

Getting to Zakynthos

Being an island, Zante is served by ferries leaving from the continental side of the country and from other Greek islands. Ferries to Kefalonia leave from Agios Nikolaos, while the boats to Kilina (Kyllini) leave from Zakynthos town.

There is also an airport in Zakynthos, close to the resorts of Laganas and Kalamaki. It is both domestic and international flights. You can fly from Athens with Olympic Air, whose prices start from 78 euros per person, one way (during peak season). In summer, there are other low-cost airlines offering flights to Zakynthos.

What can you do in Zakynthos

Due to rainfall in winter, Zante is a lush island, known as the “Flower of the Levant”. A very good time to visit the island is between March and May, when everything turns green.

The island was hit by several earthquakes over time. But the main town was rebuilt and still retains the resemblance to San Marco Square in Venice.

Blue grottos are a must-see. Located in the north of the island, they are known for the turquoise color of the waters (especially in the morning). Tour operators offer guided tours in the area of these unique formations and caves.

The wreck of Navagio was brought ashore in 1981 and is now a tourist attraction known worldwide. Situated in a wonderful location, it offers excellent possibilities for taking creative pictures. The best snapshots can be captured on the platform next to the Agios Gergio Kremnao monastery. And for even more wonderful panoramas of the horizon, go to Cape Skinari in the north side of the island.

Climate

Zakynthos is blessed with a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. It is known to be the sunniest place in Greece. In August, temperatures can easily reach 32º Celsius and humidity is quite high. To avoid high temperatures, plan your journey in May, June, September or October.

The wonderful beaches of Zante

Zakynthos has some of the most wonderful beaches in Greece. Agios Nikolaos is the best on the island. There you can find a bar and you practice a lot of sports: from water sports to sky diving and other extreme sports. Xehoriati beach is quieter and offers dreamlike landscapes and a lovely view from which you can admire Kefalonia from afar. There are two restaurants on the beach with fresh delicious food, where you can indulge yourself in traditional Greek meals.

Enjoy your time here and we assure you that you will want to return!

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Jul 15

GREECE AND HER ENCHANTING BEACHES (ΕΛΛΑΔΑ)

Because the weather is so hot today, we can’t think of anything else but holiday in the sun, waves and cocktails on the beach. And what other country would you think of for such an experience, but Greece and her thousands of beautiful islands, clear blue waters and good vibes?!

On our trip we shall check some of the most beautiful Greek beaches – although choosing among them is one of the hardest tasks you can think of – and see if we can make up our mind about where to go. You can write novels and talk for days about the fascination that Greece reveals, but we have to make up our mind and begin somewhere…

The first one that comes into our minds is Paradise beach. Just like the name suggests, this spot located on the magnificent island of Mykonos is truly Heaven on Earth. Especially tourists who want to party all night long by the water and sand will appreciate this place. Paradise beach awaits revelers from all over the world, herbalists, bohemian souls and anybody who wants to live a unique experience from sunrise until sunset and the other way around. Even if you’re not interested in partying, the water is warm and the sand on the beach is soft and golden. Food and drink abound here, and for guaranteed fun, better leave the children at home.

Balos Lagoon

One of the most beautiful beaches in Crete, Balos Lagoon is near the town of Kissamos. Placed between two islands, Imeri Gramvousa and Crete, the beach is accessible only by boat or by car. At Balos Lagoon you are greeted by a landscape of unparalleled beauty created by a group of rocks, surrounded by pink sand and turquoise blue waters. This is certainly the most photographed natural wonder in Greece, which attracts tourists each year. July and August are the busiest. When you come to Balos, do not forget to get yourself a snack, because in the small cafe on the beach, the offer is quite limited.

Lindos Beach

Rhodes is the place where Lindos Beach, known by the name of Pallas, where the sea blends in perfect harmony with the history of the Greek islands. Tourists relax on the beach while admiring a temple that was built in the fourth century B.C., within walking distance. Here you can splash in the water, or you can rent a canoe or a rowboat, if you want a lazy afternoon around. The small town also known as Lindos nearby reveals the whitewashed houses and cobbled streets. Try the local cuisine and buy souvenirs, while strolling around the area.

Elafonisi Beach

Elafonisi Beach is truly magnificent. Located on the island of the same name in the southwest of Crete, it is distinguished by pink and white sand and clear blue waters. Lifeguards ensure that everyone is safe in the low waters of Elafonisi and the tourists’ umbrellas protect them from scorching sun of Greece. If you want to explore the surroundings, you can go to Chrysoskalitissa monastery nearby or you can visit the Agia Irini lighthouse.

Navagio Beach

Isolated and putely magnificent, Navagio beach is the main attraction of a holiday spent in Zakynthos, the third largest island of the Ionian Islands. The beach is surrounded by rocks and here you have access only by boat. Once on Navagio, you’ll see the famous ship wreck, you’ll enjoy the clear blue waters and you can go sky diving, together with other tourists jumping into the sea from cliffs in the area. The beach is not landscaped and its rough natural beauty hasn’t been altered by the influence of man, and the boats carrying tourists even offer drinks and lunch on board, so everything is perfect.

Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia is as delightful as it is surprising. The pebbles of pure white are studded on the coastline, reaching the depths of the sea that has a surreal blue color. Steep mountains and high cliffs behind the beach add to the beauty of the landscape. For all these reasons, Myrtos was voted no less than 12 times, the most beautiful beach in Greece. Those who love Myrtos Beach come here for the sun, the sun and the sun. And, of course, the sea. Shadow is a rare bird in these places, and the only water sport that can be practiced here is swimming. In any case, sunbeds and umbrellas can be rented for a fee symbolic. If you come here it’s good to wear some more solid shoes, because what seems to be soft sand in the pictures, it’s actually pebbles that can create discomfort to your soles.

Greece is a magnificent place that needs to be discovered island by island, therefore, our trip to the realm of gods and eternal sun is not over.

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