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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Jun 30

KEFALONIA, AN ISLAND OF MYTHICAL BEAUTY (KEFALONIA)

As the largest Ionian island of Greece, Kefalonia offers tourists paradise-like experiences that include many kilometers of beautiful beaches. The dramatic mountain scenery and pine forests serve as background for fishing villages, traditional taverns and buildings in pastel shades, Venetian type. After having appearing in the Hollywood blockbuster “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin”, Kefalonia has had a plus in terms of tourism. Look what you can see and do in Kefalonia, perhaps the most beautiful island in the Ionian Sea.

Relax in Fiskardo during a hot afternoon. Known as the St Tropez of Greece, Fiskardo was once the richest fishing town of the country. With time, fishermen have lost importance and authority, and this is when the Fiskardo was reinvented into a destination spot for relaxation. Many international stars and celebrities were spotted by paparazzi in this splendid city. What makes a place so loved by tourists? It’s easy. The marine scenery, the rich specifics, the beauty of Venetian-style architecture, the houses colored in pastel shades and fascinating history of the city, the warmth of the locals and these are only a few things!

A fun fact about Fiskardo is that, in 2006, there was discovered a room full of gold jewelry, bronze goblets and dishes that lasted for over 2000 years. It was so well preserved during these last two millennia because it has been forgotten and rediscovered by chance and strangely, the doors’ pins are still functional.

Take a gondola ride on Lake Melissani. This underground lake was not discovered until 1951, when an explosion caused the roof to give way, leaving a massive hole in the cave ceiling. Get a boat and paddler and enjoy the clear waters of incredible electric-blue.

Explore the Drogarati caves. Drogarati Caves are less than 40 minutes’ walk from Arostoli and are breathtaking. They are situated 120 meters above sea level and have a depth of approximately 95 meters. Caverns with more than 150 million years old – you’ll definitely be impressed. Afterwards, you can climb down the rock steps and enter a quiet cavern adorned with stalactites and stalagmites.

See the Loggerhead turtles in the Gulf of Argostoli. Argostoli is the capital of Kefalonia. Here you will find restaurants, bars and souvenir shops. But the most important thing when it comes to this city is the Loggerhead turtles. In the morning, between nine and eleven the turtles are patrolling the gulf beaches, waiting for the fishermen to leave behind the fish that could not be sold. Sitting a few meters from them and watching them in their natural habitat is an experience that cannot be experienced in any zoo.

Find paradise on Myrtos Beach. You will recognize this beach as soon as you see her. Myrtos Beach is one of the most beautiful and most photographed beaches across Europe. Locals will remind you constantly that it is the beach that has made a considerable contribution to film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. Myrtos is entirely covered with very fine white pebbles, which blend harmoniously with the crystal-clear sea. Limestone cliffs surround the beach, separating it from the rest of the island.

Go on a cruise under the Greek sunny skies. There are numerous types of boats that you can choose from to take a cruise in Kefalonia, and the ones with glass bottom are the most popular among tourists. The facilities of this type of boat are the possibility of admire the underwater beauty of the crystal-clear sea, the chance to do some diving, jumping off the bridge, a traditional Greek meal served on another sandy island and the karaoke session on the way back.

Also, enjoy a kayak ride: you’ll have the perfect opportunity to combine the sun, the sand and the sea in the best way. The calm waters around the island are perfect for kayak rides. You will enjoy beautiful landscapes and you’ll pass by caves and beaches accessible only by water. But don’t do it unless you are very experienced in this area, otherwise take an experienced person in a double kayak.

Another amazing experience that Kefalonia can offer you is visiting… a few other islands nearby; a ferry ride between Argostoli and Lixouri costs $ 6 per person and it goes every half hour. In addition, you can choose Ithaca, Lefkada or Zakynthos.

Don’t miss your chance to go to a Greek tavern. Perhaps you might think that it’s a joke, or a cliché. However, because the Greeks have an economy based on tourism, you will notice their tendency to offer a wide range of European cuisine, and not specifically Greek. So I suggest you to see where the locals dine and follow their example. There are many good taverns in Kefalonia.

If you want to retire in a quieter place, similar to Fiskardo, Agia Efimia is right place. It is an old fishing town in eastern Kefalonia, where you can feel the atmosphere of the old days. Although it is much less known than Fiskardo, Agia Efimia is the ideal place where you can have a drink or lunch without worrying that a busload of tourists will shatter the silence.

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