What to do in Skyros, the pearl of the Sporades

The guide for a vacation to Skyros, hiking trekking, visits to monumental churches and relaxation in sunny beaches

The goal of this adventure is the island of Skyros, the southernmost part of Sporades, enchanted archipelago of Greece, with its wonderful seabeds awaiting your dives. The island of Skyros was also frequented by mythological heroes. Here Achilles was concealed from her mother Thetis who knew that her son would have had serious trouble if she left for Troy to fight. Teseo, who was killed by King Licomede, who considered the Athenian hero a threat to his own life, would die here.

The island was conquered by Athenians in 475 BC, in 323 by Macedonians and in 196 by the Romans. After the Ottoman occupation in 1830, Skyros moved to the state of Greece.

Its architecture is typical of the Greek islands: cubic houses, white walls, wooden doors and colorful balconies full of flowers. Moving on the island is complex because the roads are all dirt and the public transport facilities are uncomfortable. There are buses that link Sciro town to Molos and Magazia but there are no buses for the small resorts or the more remote beaches. You can know the rest of the island by taxi or car. The best solution is to rent a bike to enjoy the beauty of Skyros.

So many places to visit. The Linaria area is 12 kilometers south of the city of Skyros and is built around a dune bay from which you can enjoy a romantic sunset. Here you can organize boat excursions in nearby caves and nearby islands. There are also Sciro ponyes with arched back and a long mane. They are from ancient times the symbol of the island. And there are deserted islands like Valaxa, Sarakiniko, Skyropoula and Platia.

Sciro City is the capital of the island of Skyros, located on the northern part of the island, extending on a hillside, dominated by an imposing Byzantine castle built on the remains of an ancient acropolis. The center of the capital consists of Pano Piatsa or upper square, full of inns, taverns, cafes and bars, where the bronze statue of immortal poetry was erected in 1931.

Do not miss the church of San Athanasios built in the 17th century at the central square. While at ten minutes from the city there is the church of San Costantino and from the hill you can admire the enchanting panorama of Skyros. Among the beauties are the Monastery of St. George, dedicated to the patron saint of the island: a beautiful structure built around 962 dC. during the Byzantine period.

And inside the monastery is the b. Located on a colina of the city was built to defend the island against the ravings of pirates and enemies. At the entrance there is a marble lion engraved on the wall. Among the monuments is the church of Santa Triada with its extraordinary and ancient frescoes.

There are also interesting museums in Skyros. There is the Museum of Folklore Manos Faltaits that exhibits objects that depict daily life in the different periods of the long history of Skyros. A rich collection of documents and publications dating back to the Byzantine period up to the Independence War, traditional island customs, daily tools, rare maps, books and manuscripts. Sculptures and paintings by Manos Faltaits.

Finally, the Archaeological Museum. Located in Sciro town, it exhibits archaeological finds on the island. It was built in 1967 and contains coins, paintings and jewels from the old warehouse of Magazia. The museum also houses a Kostoria folklore collection that depicts a traditional Scito home with furniture and all its everyday utensils.

On the island there are many beaches, almost all isolated and quiet. There is Prafkos 11 kilometers south of Skyros town, surrounded by dense vegetation and a dreamy landscape with crystal clear water, ideal for relaxation. Or Atsitsa 18 kilometers from the capital, with rocks reaching to the sea. Great for swimming but few trees and few tourist attractions.

There is Agios Foksa beach with white sand and coastline with pebbles. A dirt road leads to the beach and the surrounding area is rich in greenery and makes the place picturesque and absolutely relaxing. Lastly, there is the beautiful Molos beach 4 kilometers north of the island capital of Skyros, the most popular and best organized beach on the island, long and sandy, surrounded by picturesque landscapes.

Skyros’s nightlife is very quiet, is not subject to mass tourism and has always kept its traditions alive. It is a deserted island, with no noise and crowd as is often the case in the Greek islands. There are no nightclubs or nightclubs but pubs where you can take something to drink

In the mountains of Greece in search of the ancient gods

With the stick I release the unlocking and free my boots. I look down at the ski track that goes up along the large ridge leading up to the top of the Skala. The snow in the last one hundred and fifty meters of altitude was hard and windy. Not a great pleasure to climb and probably will not even be down. Below, I’m sure the squirrels will leave the post to the most beautiful spring firen you can imagine, a mantle that will give our skis curves memorable. When I finally look up, I do it slowly, almost with fear.

The true summit of this mountain is just over, taller than just 7 meters. To reach it, however, it is necessary to descend to a collar and climb climbing on the rocks discovered on the ridge. But this is not what I want. I prefer to sit here in the snow and observe that dolomitic wall, that steep climbing stone on which the great pioneer of dolomite climbing Emilio Comici traced in the 30s of the last century a climbing path which from the center ascend directly to the summit, up to the sumptuous rocks of Olympus.

So I stay silent, the gaze fixed on that limestone and yet, for so many efforts to do, I still can not see the son of Crono and Rea, the Sovereign of the Gods, the Lightning Thrower, the Seduction of goddesses, nymphs and mortals. ‘immortal Zeus. I can not even see any of the others, neither Era nor Aphrodite, Ares, Athena or Hermes. Yet I’m sure their spirit still lives among those rocks.

The weight they have had in the history of European men and women is so great that it is not possible to think of this mountain and these lands without going with the thought of the aura of mythology that they pervaded. For this reason, though I went up and down with the highest or harder mountain skiing of this, the feeling that makes my soul tremble now is one of the strongest I have ever experienced. It is an emotion that comes from a past that precedes my births for millennia but which is still powerful as it was when it was living in the words that came out of Homer’s mouth. Here is what we are today, here are the basics of our culture and our way of life. Here are the basics of our civil and democratic coexistence. It is not possible that all this heritage has left a mark on these rocks as well.

I’m still looking at the top of Olympus, but my fantasy does not just take the body. The rocks continue to be deserted. Only a handful spreads his wings from the peak of the Mitikos. With quick wings of wings he stands, stands for a moment on the vertical of the mountain and then disappears to the Gulf of Thessaloniki. Who knows, I think with a smile, maybe it might be just Zeus in one of her many disguises. I knit the skins and catches the skis, strain my boots, and with my friends start the descent. It’s the last day of this little adventure. Tomorrow, an airplane flight will take us back to home for a few hours. A non-trip trip that of return. Because even though it will lead us to affection and affection, it will also be a journey towards the certainties and secrets of everyday life. The journey, on the other hand, is the real journey, is first of all the confrontation of man with himself and with the doubts that the road puts before him. Only in this sense also the return can make sense: it is no longer the end of the experience, but a moment of a circular path, a return to the origins, where everything started and where the history of the journey itself can be metabolized and told.

To live this right here, on the land of Greece, where the prototype of all travel narratives was born, the affair of the Homeric hero Ulysses, was like weaving a fitting with that distant history and with all the mythology of the gods of ancient Ellas . Crossing the Epirus and climbing three of its mountain ranges, with a snow perhaps not abundant but amazing for quality, a gorgeous firn, a granite on which to let slip the aces with unparalleled pleasure, we met other skiers and discovered that even in Greece there are ski mountaineers, perhaps a small number, but with great abilities and a desire similar to ours to enjoy the snowy mountain environment.

Interrail, Europe for everyone from Christmas markets to Greek islands

“We break the myth of the backpack travel, sitting on the floor and just for the young. No, Interrail is a product for all, families, moms with children, young and senior. First and second class, sitting comfortably. ” This is how Silvia Festa, the Southern Europe market manager of Eurail Group, is the presentation press conference in Milan of the latest Interrail product news for the Italian market on Trenitalia sales network and the exclusive benefits for Pass holders.

Until December 31, 2017 with Interrail will be valid promotion that offers a 15% discount on a wide range of Pass, with the possibility to start traveling within 11 months from the date of purchase.

“An initiative that allows you to travel even in the winter, by arranging your holidays. Interrail brings you, for example, to the Christmas markets of Germany and Austria or Eastern Europe. Or in a European capital like London, Paris, Berlin or Barcelona for New Year. ”

For sea lovers and for the sake of integrated mobility, it is possible to combine even more ferry train for a tour on the Greek islands, starting from Bari and visiting Santorini, Kos and Rhodes.

“While with the Global Pass tour, which includes up to 30 European countries, you can visit Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria.”

EUROPE IN TASCA. The dedicated Rail Planner application, which allows you to view train timetables for all European rail companies, is also available to travelers, as well as the advantages of hotels, museums and attractions, and reservations on Eurostar, Thalys and Tgv trains and Trenitalia’s Arrows, which in 2017 were the most booked trains via the Pass Eurail and Interrail trains with the Florence-Rome and Venice-Florence trains.

Travel Interrail means going on a cultural trip, discovering different European countries, meeting other travelers to share experience. “We are thus creating a kind of community to be able to confront and tell and why not enjoy the experience of a train trip. Do not forget the advantage of flexibility in choosing the itinerary, which can be modified according to your needs even during your trip », continues the manager.

But how does Interrail travel? In January-August 2017, 24% chose the One Country Pass solution, which allows travel to one country, while 76% have chosen the Global Pass solution, which includes up to 30 European countries.

SUCCESS OF TOTAL SENIOR. Again in the same period as the sales item, the target of young travelers scored + 6% as well as the adult target. The total senior segment recorded a + 72%. As far as the Italian market is concerned, Italian Interrail travelers prefer southern Europe as a destination with headland Spain, followed by Portugal and Greek islands. You can also purchase Pass on the Trenitalia website and in the network of authorized agencies.

GET TO THE ANCILLARY. “Despite training and training meetings between agents, there is still little knowledge of the Interrail product. Many remain anchored to the idea of ​​a mature journey, just for young people – emphasizes Silvia Festa – Instead, they should know that besides being all age targets, it is also a very profitable product. Adv can sell a route in a single product by adding ancillary services such as hotels and ground services. In short, pack and sell a real custom travel package. And to try to make the change and evolution of the Pass from 13 November on to trade and consumer, we are also on air with an advertising and information campaign on Radio Monte Carlo and Radio 101. “

Genoa points to Madrid, Mykonos and Lampedusa: here are the new Volotea routes

Today and tomorrow super discount rates ranging from 9 euros

Genova. Madrid, but also Mykonos and Lampedusa, as well as an increase in the flight to Palermo, which goes hand in hand with the problems experienced by Ryanair.

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Volotea, the airline based in Genoa, launches a new offensive bringing 16 targets that can be reached by Cristoforo Colombo where it is the first for a number of linked destinations. Eight in Italy: Alghero, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Lampedusa (new 2018), Naples, Olbia, Palermo. And eight abroad: Ibiza, Madrid (new 2018), Menorca and Palma de Mallorca in Spain, Vienna in Austria, in addition to Athens, Mykonos (new 2018) and Santorini in Greece.

“Madrid will become operational from 30 March with two weekly frequencies next year – says Valeria Rebasti volotea country manager – and will be operated twice a week. It is a very important flight because it will allow the Genoese to go on holiday in Spain and visit the magnificent capital, on the other hand it will increase the incoming traffic, bringing the Spaniards to know Genoa and Liguria. ”

The other two routes are Lampedusa (26 May a weekly rate) and Mykonos (available from May 29th once a week), while Palermo departures will increase. “From two times a week we go to four,” explains Rebasti, “allowing those who go to Sicily and vice versa to travel throughout the winter.”

Meanwhile, Volotea successfully celebrates Genoa’s first summer, which has led to a 73% increase in passenger numbers over 120,000. “Since the beginning of the business (2012) to today,” Rebasti continues, “we have transported about 750,000 passengers and for next year we have more than 400,000 seats available for sale.”

“Volotea’s new development, announced today by Volotea, adds new important elements to the development project of our airport,” commented President Paolo Odone. “Volotea’s development demonstrates the potential for growth in our territory, and thanks to this company we are keen to be the Mediterranean access gate for Northern European tourists. ”

For the launch of the new routes, a promotion has also been conceived to allow new flights to be purchased for a few days at special rates (starting at 9 euros).

Greece: the islands of Patmos and Simi

Adventure lovers guide us through the beauty of the Aegean Sea, between blue sea and picturesque architecture

Greece is an exciting land that loves to offer under a thousand facets to its visitors. In addition to unforgettable landscapes and crystal clear waters, rich Mediterranean vegetation has archaeological sites and traditions that still preserve the memories of a prestigious past.

The Hellenic country is made up of many islands, each with its own characteristic that allows it to be original and not at all discounted, so to curious tourists to travel from one coast to the other, to get involved in this magical atmosphere.

One of the islands of the Aegean is Patmos, famous because according to Christian tradition it is here that John the Evangelist hid himself after being exiled from Diocletian and wrote the Book of Revelations.
It is impossible not to notice for Kora, the old town, the large number of churches and chapels of various shapes and sizes, all to be visited and photographed. Here the houses reflect the classic Hellenic scenery: white and blue doors and windows, typical Greek colors that, besides remembering the colors of white sand and sea, also recall those of the Greek flag. While in the new city, Skala, it focuses on the lively part of the island, full of restaurants and taverns on the sea offering local fresh fish, souvenir shops and stalls.

In addition to being a paradise, Patmos is definitely a place where you do not have the heat, in fact it is one of the most succulent islands and features the restored and working old millstones of the sixteenth century, really beautiful to see!

Another pearl of the Dodecanese is the island of Simi, particularly picturesque. It is already noted as you reach its shores, meeting small family-run fishing boats and seeing colorful houses with vibrant and solar tones beside beautiful beaches.

Among these Mediterranean lands lie ancient traditions that have made it famous, like that of the masters of the ax. In fact, already in ancient times, fast and powerful galleys were built, also used by the Turkish conquerors and still this ancient work continues with the construction of the best ships and gulets throughout Greece.

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Zante, the island of Greece on the Ionian Sea, epicenter of the earthquake magnitude 8.5 earthquake 8.5 of November 2 for the international tsunami exercise

Everything will start from Zakynthos: the Greek island of the Ionian Sea will be the epicenter of the magnitude 8.5 earthquake that will be simulated on Thursday 2 November for the international “NEAMWave17” Exercise, an anti-tsunami test throughout the Mediterranean, Southern Italy. A very important appointment to test the new monitoring and prevention network established by the Maremotion National Alert System (SiAM), envisaged by the Prime Minister’s Directive of 17 February (in G.U. on 5 June 2017). The SiAM – created to assess the possibility of earthquakes at sea or along the coast of a tsunami and of what magnitude and to spread alert messages – is composed of INGV – National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, which operates through the Center Tsunami Alert (CAT), ISPRA – Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research and Civil Protection Department.

Zante, with an area of ​​405 km, is an island of the Ionian Sea, located 300 km west of Athens and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It is a real paradise of terrestrial with very fine sand lapped by a turquoise sea with crystalline backdrops. Note more like Ugo Foscolo, Zakynthos or Zante’s native island is just as the poet depicted in his poetry and the Blue Caves are one of his most famous and publicized attractions, which can be visited either by his own boat or by one of the many organized boat tours.

These particular geological formations, which are named after the particular blue reflections that water takes into them, follow the northwest coast of the island, beginning immediately after Agios Nikolaos and then ending in the vicinity of Capo Skinari, creating scenic scenery, postcard. In many caves it is possible to enter a small or medium boat, while the discovery of the others is reserved only to experienced swimmers and divers. Boat tours to visit the caves start from Makris Gialos Beach, Aghios Nikolaos and Cape Skinari.

The simulation of the earthquake will allow a test of a real state-of-the-art alerting process for southern Italy: the exercise will therefore provide an analysis of the tsunamigenic potential of the earthquake carried out by CAT-INGV, the real-time study of the seaographic data collected by ISPRA and the application of the rapid alert procedures by the Civil Protection Department. It will also be an opportunity to test the ad hoc platform for rapid alert alert delivery, which will allow simultaneous transmission via three channels: email, sms and IVR (Interactive Voice Response). Alert messages will be forwarded to all Regional Civil Protection Offices and Sicily, Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia regions – those most concerned by the exercise scenario – communications will reach, through the platform, some municipal administrations identified by the regions themselves .

Holidays in Euboea, a pearl among the Greek islands

Discovering Euboea, one of the most beautiful Greek islands, economical and little touristy, between wonderful beaches, historic cities and archaeological sites

Ideal for those who do not like the assaulted places of mass tourism, Eubèa or Evia extends for about 170 kilometers and is connected to the mainland by a road bridge on the Euripo Strait that unites the city of Calcide, the island’s capital with the eastern coasts of Greece. Located in the Aegean Sea is the second largest island after Crete and offers many opportunities, including wonderful beaches, historic towns and archaeological sites that are worth a visit.

Thanks to its strategic position, Euboea has always been a safe route for sailors, often becoming a crossroads of ideas and cultures and a succession of different domination. Euboea has very ancient origins. The region was inhabited by Ionian populations, and the two cities of Calcid and Eretria were very flourishing throughout history and played a key role in the Greek colonization of the northwestern Aegean, Magna Grecia and Sicily.

In the 6th century BC passed under the rule of the Athenians while the Romans arrived in the third century BC. Subsequently during the Byzantine period many churches and monasteries were built up to the thirteenth century when it passed to the Republic of Venice that changed its name to Negroponte, holding it until the Turkish conquest in 1470. Later, in 1830 he was brought back to Greece after centuries of Ottoman domination. Eubea’s entrance gate is the town of Calcide, connected to the mainland by an iron bridge, from where ferries leave and arrive.

Euboea can be visited both in winter and summer. To reach it just take a stop at the Athens Airport and from here take the train or bus to Calcide which is about 90 kilometers from the Greek capital. But the island has a vast network of roads and you can then explore it quietly by car or by bus. Scarcely known and frequented by foreign tourists, the island of Euboea, is one of the main tourist destinations for the Greeks, especially from the Athenians who spend the weekend here or the summer holidays. In addition, it still offers prices that are absolutely cheap and economical compared to other Greek islands.

Its ancient capital is Calcide which besides being the main point of connection to the mainland today is presented as a modern city dotted with bars, restaurants and shops. You can find them in the main street or in the small harbor where to stroll, drink a little ‘tsipouro’ or eat a good Greek fish dish. But Calcide is also a city with 3000 years of history. Here is an interesting Archaeological Museum with several finds from all over the island, and the ruins of some ancient temples, including the ancient fortress of Karababa, built by the Turks in the 15th century to protect the city from the Venetians.

Towards the south, the second largest city is Eretria, an important financial and cultural center in ancient Greece, with its Archaeological Museum and the ruins of an ancient theater destroyed by the Romans in 198 a. Also to see the remains of the Temple of Apollo from the 6th century BC with several sculptures, some of which are kept in the Calcide Museum. Even in this city of Eubea you will find the sacred temple of Isis, one of the most interesting monuments of ancient Eretria, as well as the beautiful mosaic home, an ancient Hellenistic building, featuring elegant mosaics representing mythological scenes.

More in the center is Kimi, one of the oldest cities in Euboea, with its old mansions characterized by wrought-iron balconies. An interesting museum is the one of Folklore, considered one of the best of its kind, you can admire handicraft items, in particular dresses and embroidery and a wide range of local costumes and various traditional and agricultural utensils. Just a few minutes drive you will reach Limni, a delightful town overlooking a natural harbor that connects Euboea with the rest of the Greek islands, distinguished by an urban center with typical white houses with red roofs along the waterfront, along with many typical tavernas and cafes .

8 kilometers from Limni you can visit the oldest Byzantine monastery, the Moni Galataki. It is a wonderful place with many vestiges and frescoes. In the northern part of the island, Edipsos is one of the most renowned destinations in Euboea since ancient times for its healing waters. Today, it is known for its spa and spa resorts where it can regenerate with a nice bath in one of its springs, dive into the mud or relax with a nice massage.

In addition to the many centers, Euboea has wonderful beaches, some of which offer wonderful sandy beaches and places to meet and enjoy.

What to see in Mykonos, the island of mills and fun

Mykonos is an all-seeing island with windmills, white villages and beautiful beaches, but where the venues where to have fun in the morning are not lacking.

The island of Mykonos is one of the most popular in the Cyclades, and especially if you arrive by plane, you will be surprised by its bushy appearance where the blue of the sea dominates and the earth’s brown shades interrupted only by the white of the small villages. Mykonos is a very popular tourist destination so if you want a bit of relaxation the solution is to visit it in the low season (June or September) when the narrow lanes of its old town are less assaulted. Here are the things you should not miss in Mykonos and the surrounding area …

Begin your visit to Mykonos from its capital, Chora, which will conquer you with its narrow twisted streets overlooked by dazzling white houses encircled by blue railings and thousands of colors on balconies and porches. The most famous neighborhood in Mykonos is definitely Little Venice with houses built by water that once belonged to wealthy merchants and shipowners. Today the area is populated by cafes and restaurants to eat just a few steps away from the waves and there are also the most fashionable galleries and shops.

In the port area, however, you find the singular church of Paraportiani, which includes elements of five previous religious buildings “embedded” by the latter, and the square dedicated to Greek heroine Manto Mavrogenous, surrounded by bars where to wait for the sunset . A visit to Mykonos can not be considered complete, however, without getting to the famous anemomies, that is the windmills deployed on a hill offering wonderful views of the city.

If you are hungry then the capital of Mykonos is the right place for you because along its streets there are plenty of restaurants and taverns of all kinds. Starting from the tavern of Niko where traditional Greek cuisine attracts many tourists, so the presence of the Pelican heir to the famous Petros often walks between the tables. In the city there is plenty of suggestions for vegetarians and lovers of Mediterranean cuisine in elegant venues such as M-Eating (we recommend you book) or Vegera in the old harbor area.

At Platys Gialos, one of the most famous seaside resorts on Mykonos Island, the dominant seaside are seafood restaurants such as the Blue Myth overlooking the beach or Yialo-Yialo to dine with sea views and taste very well groomed even in presentation. There are, of course, specialty street food specialties for fast pita and gyros lunches before running on the beach or indulging in a tasty snack throughout the day.

Vacation in Syros, the Cycladic Island that you do not expect

In Syros you find the authentic soul of Greece with culture, beaches and postcard views and great cuisine to enjoy.

Syros is part of the Cyclades archipelago, but compared to more popular destinations such as Mykonos and Santorini, it can count on more discreet and sustainable tourism while maintaining the characteristics that have guaranteed the success of these islands in Greece. Syros is a small island, so it is possible to turn it around in a few hours, but it offers excellent cuisine, culture and small beaches perfect for relaxation.

Here are the institutions that deal with the administration of the Cyclades and many of the business activities that are not only related to holidaymakers. In Syros, you dive in authentic Greece with few concessions to “tourist traps” and is a perfect destination for those who are not interested in the world at all costs. Its capital is the town of Ermoupolis climbing on two hills while it is reflected in the waters of the Aegean Sea.

Prosperous and vibrant, this is an ideal base for exploring the island and it will be a pleasure to walk through the paved streets and admire the incredible palaces decorations. Ermoupolis was founded in 1821 on the occasion of the Independence War and, in a few years, saw not only the number of its inhabitants but also their prosperity. Houses and palaces are neoclassical, while if you want to see the typical Cycladic postcard village with its white square squares, you will have to move to Ano Syros, located to the left of the city and built as an amphitheater to defend yourself against enemies. Even here, however, white houses coexist and combine with influences of other historical epochs, considering that the village was founded by Venetians around 1,200.

Among the things to see in Ano Syros is the Baroque Cathedral of San Giorgio and here was born Markos Vamvakaris, one of the most important musicians and composers of the musical genre known as rebetiko and to whom are dedicated a town square and a small museum with his recordings and personal effects. The village is about 3.5 km from Ermoupolis so you can reach it with a nice walk that will let you discover the peculiarities of the Syros landscape.

Ermoupolis is located almost half of the island, which is characterized by a shorter and mountainous northern part, and a much greener south end of the island where the main crops of the island can be found. If water is your element and you love diving, the sea around Syros is not only rich in flora and fauna, but full of wrecks and caves to explore alone or on excursions organized by local diving centers.

For those who prefer absolute relaxation, Syros find beaches that face crystal clear waters and are certainly among the most beautiful of all the Cyclades. Following the coast you can opt for a beach equipped as Vari, Azolimnos, Foinikas or Megas Gialos where you can find all the services you need or to reach more isolated and wild places where you practice, for example, naturism. Of course, there are sandy beaches that are particularly appreciated by families with children like Agathopes Beach just a few miles from Ermoupolis or Lotos Beach near Kini where the winds rarely come and you can swim in peace.

If you want to spend a few hours discovering the cultural aspects of Syros, there are also museums among which we point out the archaeological site of Ermoupolis or the exhibition on traditional professions and their objects in Ano Syros. On the island there is also the historical Apollon theater created in 1864 by the Italian architect Pietro Sampo and inspired among others also at the Scala of Milan. Today, the hotel hosts numerous events including the Festival of the Aegean, which attracts artists from all over the world.

A vacation in Greece can not be called complete without talking about its cuisine and Syros, it certainly is no exception. Unlike other islands, however, here we find a mix of tastes coming from the Orient with dishes such as aetopita (a salted pie with fish and vegetables), the carabola (salvia snails), lachanodolma (rolls of cabbage leaves filled with rice) and many specialties made from local meats and cheeses. Do not miss the restaurants to try them, and we bet that a lunch in a typical tavern or a dinner on the seashore will rightly enter the favorite activities of your vacation in Syros?

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What to see in Icaria, a treasure in the Aegean Sea
A trip to Icaria, the island of Icaro in the Aegean Sea, what to see in the natural paradise from millenary history

Icaria, or Ikaria, is a Greek island of the Aegean Sea, just a few miles from Samos Island. According to tradition, the name of the island is derived from the myth of Icarus, the son of the inventor Dedalo, precipitated in the sea still bearing its name today. The myth of Dedalo and Icarus, linked to the legend of the Minotaur and the labyrinth, is an integral part of the culture of this region and surely during your holiday you will discover and deepen it.

The sun that wiped out the Icaro wax wings is waiting for tourists to pamper them on the golden beaches of the coast. The unique landscape and the uncontaminated natural landscape are the goals of numerous travelers, the coves and the small gulets of Icaria hide the corners of authentic beauty that make Icaria one of the most beautiful islands in Eastern Greece.

The island of Icaria occupies an area of ​​about 250 square kilometers and is strongly characterized by a mountainous area. Mount Etheras develops along the entire strip of land with several peaks over 900 meters high, the highest point is in the vicinity of the capital, in the northeast region and exceeds 1,000 meters of altitude.

The history of Icaria is very ancient, the island has been inhabited since the Neolithic and archaeological excavations have confirmed constant settlements over the millennia. Numerous are the archaeological sites and museums dedicated to the immense heritage of the region, the museums are the most precious archaeological finds, but the archaeological sites outdoors allow us to fully grasp the greatness of the peoples who lived on the island.

At Agios Kirikos, along the northeast coast, is the Archaeological Museum of Icaria. The newly built building houses the museum center from 2014 and is equipped with a modern set-up with multimedia and video panels. Inside the exhibits tell the visitors the cultural, commercial and social history of the island.

In the same city, the Folk & History Museum aims to enhance the island’s cultural and folk heritage by promoting local traditions. Exhibitions are organized by themes and exhibits documents, photos and historical objects such as traditional dresses and utensils.

Not far from Agios Kirikos lies the village of Therma, where the thermal tourism of Icaria Island is concentrated. These two cities are also the starting point for excursions to the nearby islands of the Furni archipelago.

Continuing to the southwestern region of the island, you arrive at the port of Evdilos, one of the gateways to the island. Along the coast, which leads here to Armenistis, a small village, there are the main seaside resorts of Icaria: Gialiskari, Messaktì and Livadi.

Not far from Evdilos is Kampos, the ancient capital of Icaria. The Archaeological Museum of Kampos houses numerous Neolithic finds, clay statues, vases and coins. Inside the site there is also an ancient church dating to the 12th century and according to some sources is the oldest church on the island.

Continuing along the western coast you reach Vrakades, where there is the Folklore Museum dedicated to the island’s history and to the memory of the Ikaria State Stage. The village of Vrakades was founded in the 17th century and still maintains its original features such as the old stone houses.

At the southern end of Icaria lies Faros Papa, a lighthouse that has become a tourist destination for the exceptional panorama that the tourists offer. The exceptional location gives you breathtaking views of the sea and fascinates many tourists for the quaint natural landscape in which it is located.

Continuing east along the coast you will find the small village of Karkinagri. In the eastern part of the village a small white church built on the cliff is a pleasant surprise. The scenic road offers incredible and unique views of the coast.

Going up the coast it reaches Magganitis, a characteristic country on the Icaria mountainous slopes. Not far away is one of the most famous beaches on the island, Seychelles Beach; the name remembers another well-known tourist destination, but this corner of paradise really has nothing to envy on the islands of the Indian Ocean. To reach it, it is necessary to go along a stretch of path, but it is worth it. The pebble beach, washed by the action of the sea, overlooks a crystal clear sea where diving is a real pleasure. Here snorkelling enthusiasts can enjoy admiring the backdrops and marine fauna.

Finally, in the center of the island of Icaria, is the Koskina Castle, a fortification built in the 10th century by the Byzantines. Today the remains of the impressive structure of the fallen castle in the 15th century remain

Zante

Zante, the island of Greece on the Ionian Sea, epicenter of the earthquake magnitude 8.5 earthquake 8.5 of November 2 for the international tsunami exercise

Everything will start from Zakynthos: the Greek island of the Ionian Sea will be the epicenter of the magnitude 8.5 earthquake that will be simulated on Thursday 2 November for the international “NEAMWave17” Exercise, an anti-tsunami test throughout the Mediterranean, Southern Italy. A very important appointment to test the new monitoring and prevention network established by the Maremotion National Alert System (SiAM), envisaged by the Prime Minister’s Directive of 17 February (in G.U. on 5 June 2017). The SiAM – created to assess the possibility of earthquakes at sea or along the coast of a tsunami and of what magnitude and to spread alert messages – is composed of INGV – National Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, which operates through the Center Tsunami Alert (CAT), ISPRA – Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research and Civil Protection Department.

Zante, with an area of ​​405 km, is an island of the Ionian Sea, located 300 km west of Athens and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It is a real paradise of terrestrial with very fine sand lapped by a turquoise sea with crystalline backdrops. Note more like Ugo Foscolo, Zakynthos or Zante’s native island is just as the poet depicted in his poetry and the Blue Caves are one of his most famous and publicized attractions, which can be visited either by his own boat or by one of the many organized boat tours.

These particular geological formations, which are named after the particular blue reflections that water takes into them, follow the northwest coast of the island, beginning immediately after Agios Nikolaos and then ending in the vicinity of Capo Skinari, creating scenic scenery, postcard. In many caves it is possible to enter a small or medium boat, while the discovery of the others is reserved only to experienced swimmers and divers. Boat tours to visit the caves start from Makris Gialos Beach, Aghios Nikolaos and Capo Skinari.

The simulation of the earthquake will allow a test of a real state-of-the-art alerting process for southern Italy: the exercise will therefore provide an analysis of the tsunamigenic potential of the earthquake carried out by CAT-INGV, the real-time study of the seaographic data collected by ISPRA and the application of the rapid alert procedures by the Civil Protection Department. It will also be an opportunity to test the ad hoc platform for rapid alert alert delivery, which will allow simultaneous transmission via three channels: email, sms and IVR (Interactive Voice Response). Alert messages will be forwarded to all Regional Civil Protection Offices and Sicily, Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia regions – those most concerned by the exercise scenario – communications will reach, through the platform, some municipal administrations identified by the regions themselves .

What to see in Antiparos, a small gem between the Greek islands

Holidays in Antiparos, Greek island in the Aegean Sea, which hides small-great treasures such as the caves of Agios Ioannis and the archaeological site of Despotiko

Small, beautiful and elegant, Antiparos is an island of Greece that is part of the small Cyclades, in the heart of the Aegean Sea. Next to the island of Paros, Antiparos is a paradise for those who love wildlife and those who want a quiet and comfortable vacation. The best time to visit the island is the beautiful season, from spring to autumn. During the summer months there is a great crowd of tourists, so to enjoy the full holiday it is best to choose June or September.

It’s easy to get around the Greek Cyclades Islands, a relatively cheap trip, a bit for the proximity and a bit because some islands are less well-known and therefore not crowded with mass tourism. A few hours away from Italy you arrive to Athens and there ferries or flights to Paros to which Antiparos is connected by sea. Despite its small size, the island offers a wide range of attractions that can provide everything you want from a vacation: sea, beaches and a lively nightlife, a great destination for younger people but also for families.

Obviously, in order to be able to visit Antiparos Island long and wide, it is better to rent a bicycle or a scooter; Alternatively, in the summer season there is an efficient and cheap bus service connecting Chora to the famous Antiparos Cave and several gulets offering their return service to Antiparos or the Despotiko Island.

The resort of Chora is the small center of the island of Antiparos, characterized by cubic white houses, blue doors and windows, picturesque balconies rich in flowers and decorations, traditional architectural style of the Cyclades. In Chora there is a single main street that leads from the small port to the small and pretty square of St. Nicholas and to the homonymous church of 1783, which is inevitably white. At the sides of the street there are numerous bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and local handicrafts where you can buy some of all and countless taverns where to taste the typical dishes.

The other heart of Life of Antiparos is the harbor, with many fishing boats, tourist agencies, car hire, scooters and bicycles, banks, taverns and bars. The island offers many beaches, mostly sandy and unspoilt with a fabulous sea and seaside rich in fish and marine flora. The best beaches on the island are definitely Monastiria, a small, secluded bay (in order to reach it you must cross a very steep mountain path), ideal for anyone who wants to escape and find peace and relaxation; the sea is gorgeous, perfect for snorkeling.

Among the most suggestive beaches we also suggest Livadi, intimate and unattractive, and those in the resort called San Giorgio, among them the most popular Agios Georgios, on the western side, near the homonymous village, 12 kilometers from the capital of Antiparos . Or the beach of Glyfa, one of the best on the island, in the southern part 6 kilometers from Chora. But along the roads to reach these two lids you will find a myriad of other marvelous coves where you can swim and sunbathe on the golden sand.

If you want to spend a day away from the sea, it is also worth visiting the Kastro of Antiparos, the ruins of the ancient medieval Venetian castle in the center of the village, surrounded by a fortress, and the four ancient churches: Christos, Agios Antonios, Agios Ioannis and Agios Nikolaos. Nine miles south of Chora is one of the main attractions of the island, the marvelous cave on the promontory of Agios Ioannis in the southeastern part of the island. The cave has a real collection of stalactites and stalagmites inside it. It is a large underground cave deep in the 100 meters discovered during the reign of Alexander the Great.

To reach the center of the cave, you have to walk about 411 steps that wind through unique and fascinating formations. In addition, there are several graffiti and decorations, ancient testimonies dating back to the 7th century BC. but also of illustrious characters who in the course of history wanted to leave a trace of their visit to Antiparos, such as that of Brittany of Wittelsbach king of Greece in 1840 or the marquis of Nointel, then French ambassador to Constantinople who in 1673 the most impressive stalagmite of the cave called the altar, celebrated Christmas Mass for 500 people.

Manager for a luxury resort, start over from Mykonos

Zanardi and the decision to leave everything after escaping to a terrible accident to move to the Greek island: “But Mantua is always with me” by Alberto Sogliani

Live in Mykonos, the Pearl of the Cyclades and a dream vacation for many Italians of all ages. Someone has succeeded, despite his Mantua missing him. Maurizio Zanardi, for all friends “Icio” for some years has settled in the beautiful little Greek island with his wife Claudia, putting the fruit of the long experience gained in the field of catering and reception.

Working now is the manager on behalf of Acqua di Mare, a luxury villa-resort in Panormos: a 60,000-square-foot complex including the private park, with six rooms, swimming pools, plus 14 beds plus a staff consisting of chefs, fitness practitioners, physiotherapists, waiters and more.

“I have to deal with the management of the guests,” explains Zanardi. “From the reception, by concerting the menu, checking the cellar and all the customer’s needs. Including sea trips or any other request. Of course it is not a facility that is properly accessible to all pockets; however, considering the location, everything offered and the island’s exclusivity, it’s a real dream vacation. ”

Because Zanardi has moved to Mykonos, everything is to be said: “For years my wife and I managed a high level restaurant in Pavia, Villa Glori at San Michele, in the historic center. You are originally from there and we had together built a very nice place, inserted in all the gourmet guides, one step away from a Michelin star ». Suddenly the event that forces you to change life: “I’ve always been passionate about motorcycles,” he continues, “and during a trip to Morocco I had a very serious accident from which he left miraculously alive but unable to work for at least two years. I can not be certain, but I suspect there has been no sign of this disaster: days ago a guide had escorted me to an area where boys were forced to prostitute and I wanted to document, even on a personal level, the sad one each other by taking pictures. It is a fact that a few days later I went on my way to 40/50 at an hour when behind me I felt a roar ever more powerful than a car that overwhelmed me. ”

Life, you do not know how or why, was saved but Zanardi had broken bones almost everywhere. Long rehabilitation, resulting in repercussions at work. “We used the restaurant in two, and my wife alone could not go on, between the kitchen and the room service. So at that time we were forced to sell the premises, even at a price certainly lower than the value and to think back to the future. ”

Claudia, a chef who also teaches cooking, recalled a student who had moved to Mykonos: quick contact and the couple decided to start off from scratch. Maurizio began to trade wine for the various island restaurants, his wife easily found space in restaurants where he still works. “Unfortunately, Greece is very touristic and Mykonos in particular – explains Zanardi – so I realized that it was getting more and more complicated, in times of crisis, placing quality bottles as I suggested. Which would then be resold with very high charges. Through a series of contacts, I had a conversation with a businessman who offered me this tempting opportunity for managers in Water of Sea. I am satisfied: it requires the utmost professionalism and clarity, in addition to competence, but it is a job that I am grateful for, in addition to great expansion. ”

Among other things, in Mykonos in the moments of calm from tourism, Zanardi has developed the passion for art: “Here in summer you just have to work and in August it is a delusion of people. In the autumn, I discovered the wilderness northwestern part of the island, where there was an old miners’ village: I started painting these abandoned houses, then I took some photos and then developed a technique of using glass and mirrors for reflexes. I started almost jokingly, but some Asian galleries made a show of their own, a while ago. For now I do not have time, we’ll see later. ”

A happy life but the appeal of his hometown is felt: “Until some time ago,” concludes Zanardi, “I’m coming to find my mother who is unfortunately now missing. But Mantova is in my head and memories: the smell of the alleyways, the salty Rio, the atmospheres of everyday life, the dialect. And then the Mantua football: I tattooed the ultras symbol on my arm, followed the white team for over 40 years, home and away. This last failure made me even worse. “

In Gavdos, sea and nature all to discover

On the wild island of Gavdos among pristine beaches, small white villages and excursions to the discovery of lighthouses and other magical places

70 kilometers south of the southern coast of Crete lies the island of Gavdos, one of the most beautiful and remote places in Greece, once a secluded and often exile destination for political figures and dissidents, especially under the dictatorship of Joannis Metexas . Homer already quotes it in the Odyssey by the name of Ogigia, while the Venetians decided to call it Gozzo and, since it is the southernmost point of the whole of Europe, is the favorite destination of those who do not like conventional tourist resorts and prefer the contact with nature (not by chance, free and nudist campers are among the usual visitors).

The white reefs of the south coast, the ocher earth and the sun-reflecting sand invite you to discover every corner of Gavdos starting from the harbor to the north where you can take the road that will take you to a must-see destination, the Lakoudi beach you can only walk on foot and at the end of a nice walk will take you in front of a blue sea that you can not resist. Considering that Gavdos is a small island, soon, continuing your journey, you will find it on its tip south of Tripiti Bay, a truly unusual place. Do not forget to take a nice selfie sitting on the giant chair over the beach and give you an incredible view of the background. Equally enchanting are the beach of Potamos with its reddish beach and Pyrgos beach on the opposite end of Gavdos in the northwest. These beaches are definitely the wildest and few offer services or equipment, so remember to bring along the necessary snacks and snacks.

If you prefer a more comfortable place you can choose the most frivolous beaches of Gavdos, among which the most famous is Agios Ioannis, located next to a small village with some of the most loved by naturists for the crystal clear sea and the sand here and there from junipers making it a paradise. Sarakinikos beach, on the other hand, is about 2 km from the harbor, and the small taverns that will be overlooked will also give you the chance to sample some local specialties. If you are passionate about history, on the hill of Kavos, you can admire the numerous prehistoric ceramic shells and stone utensils, while Sarakinikos is still visible in the building where Velouchiotis Aris, founder of the National Liberation Army people who were exiled to this place.

Leaving the beaches to go on a tour of the island of Gavdos you will soon discover that the architecture of the villages consists of one-storey cubic cubicles with a sort of tool-assisted enrichment and enriched by the inaccessible horticulture adjacent to the building. Visiting Kastri, the most important center in Gavdos, you will find that time has stopped and the small village will give you unique landscapes, while in the surrounding area, Lebanon’s pine and cedar woods are a shelter for many bird species.

If you can miss a day at the beach for a pleasant hike, Gavdos Island offers a number of well-groomed trails that allow you to reach the 17 rural churches scattered here and there or the 1880’s lighthouse on the southwest coast. A visit to the latter will prove to be very interesting to understand how it works, since today the structure has lost its original function and the lighthouse is used as a café even though part of the building (the most interesting one) houses a small museum which tells the story through the show of ancient equipment and photographs. We recommend keeping you here until sunset because the show is really magical!

Being a somewhat wild island, Gavdos is quite difficult to spin because transport is few so you need to plan your trip with some caution. To get to Gavdos you can embark on ferries departing from PaleophÃa or HÃara Sfakion and arriving at the port of Karave. Once you arrive on the island, you can use buses that, upon arrival of each ferry, generally provide tourists beaches and the most famous resorts.

Vacation in Syros, the Cycladic Island that you do not expect

In Syros you find the authentic soul of Greece with culture, beaches and postcard views and great cuisine to enjoy.

Syros is part of the Cyclades archipelago, but compared to more popular destinations such as Mykonos and Santorini, it can count on more discreet and sustainable tourism while maintaining the characteristics that have guaranteed the success of these islands in Greece. Syros is a small island, so it is possible to turn it around in a few hours, but it offers excellent cuisine, culture and small beaches perfect for relaxation.

Here are the institutions that deal with the administration of the Cyclades and many of the business activities that are not only related to holidaymakers. In Syros, you dive in authentic Greece with few concessions to “tourist traps” and is a perfect destination for those who are not interested in the world at all costs. Its capital is the town of Ermoupolis climbing on two hills while it is reflected in the waters of the Aegean Sea.

Prosperous and vibrant, this is an ideal base for exploring the island and it will be a pleasure to walk through the paved streets and admire the incredible palaces decorations. Ermoupolis was founded in 1821 on the occasion of the Independence War and, in a few years, saw not only the number of its inhabitants but also their prosperity. Houses and palaces are neoclassical, while if you want to see the typical Cycladic postcard village with its white square squares, you will have to move to Ano Syros, located to the left of the city and built as an amphitheater to defend yourself against enemies. Even here, however, white houses coexist and combine with influences of other historical epochs, considering that the village was founded by Venetians around 1,200.

Among the things to see in Ano Syros is the Baroque Cathedral of San Giorgio and here was born Markos Vamvakaris, one of the most important musicians and composers of the musical genre known as rebetiko and to whom are dedicated a town square and a small museum with his recordings and personal effects. The village is about 3.5 km from Ermoupolis so you can reach it with a nice walk that will let you discover the peculiarities of the Syros landscape.

Ermoupolis is located almost half of the island, which is characterized by a shorter and mountainous northern part, and a much greener south end of the island where the main crops of the island can be found. If water is your element and you love diving, the sea around Syros is not only rich in flora and fauna, but full of wrecks and caves to explore alone or on excursions organized by local diving centers.

For those who prefer absolute relaxation, Syros find beaches that face crystal clear waters and are certainly among the most beautiful of all the Cyclades. Following the coast you can opt for a beach equipped as Vari, Azolimnos, Foinikas or Megas Gialos where you can find all the services you need or to reach more isolated and wild places where you practice, for example, naturism. Of course, there are sandy beaches that are particularly appreciated by families with children like Agathopes Beach just a few miles from Ermoupolis or Lotos Beach near Kini where the winds rarely come and you can swim in peace.

If you want to spend a few hours discovering the cultural aspects of Syros, there are also museums among which we point out the archaeological site of Ermoupolis or the exhibition on traditional professions and their objects in Ano Syros. On the island there is also the historical Apollon theater created in 1864 by the Italian architect Pietro Sampo and inspired among others also at the Scala of Milan. Today, the hotel hosts numerous events including the Festival of the Aegean, which attracts artists from all over the world.

A vacation in Greece can not be called complete without talking about its cuisine and Syros, it certainly is no exception. Unlike other islands, however, here we find a mixture of tastes coming from the Orient with dishes such as aetopita (a salted pie with fish and vegetables), the carabola (snails to sage), lachanodolma (rolls of cabbage leaves filled with rice) and many specialties made from local meats and cheeses. Do not miss the restaurants to try them, and we bet that a lunch in a typical tavern or a dinner on the seashore will rightly enter the favorite activities of your vacation in Syros?

Islands of Greece: the guide of Paros, the marble island

Our review on beautiful Greece and its wonderful islands continues. Fantastic places to see at least once in life. Each with its original features. After the general guide of the Cyclades and that of the less touristic islands, we want to bring you to the discovery of Paros, or Paro in Italian.

The island of Paros is located in the central-southern Aegean Sea, next to the island of Naxos, to which it was formerly united. Off the southwest coast is the smallest island of Antiparos and the uninhabited islands of Despotiko, Strongyli, Fira and Diplo, plus a number of rocks and islets that form the Paros archipelago. Revmatonissi is a small private island between Paros and Antiparos. Other rocks and islets are off the coast of the south and north-east coast of the island. In the north of Paros there are the islands of Syros and Mykonos, South Sikinos and Ios, while the west is Sifnos Island. So Paros is at the center of the Cyclades archipelago, easily reachable from the other main islands. From the port of Piraeus is 90 nautical miles.

Paros is the third island of the Cyclades in size, with about 196 km² of surface after Naxos and Andros. Its coast stretches for 120 kilometers. It has a predominantly mountainous area, like all the Cyclades, although less harsh than nearby Naxos. The highest summit of the island, on the Profitis Ilias mountains reaches 771 meters above sea level. Like the rest of the Cyclades, it has a barren territory, with little vegetation, mainly concentrated in the central part. The rocks of Paros are mainly of granite and marble, a feature that has made the island important for its white marble quarries, still present, still a part of its economy. Although the main activity today is tourism.

The island of Paros was inhabited since prehistoric times. At the center of Mycenaean civilization, like the other Cyclades, he was later involved in the wars between Athenians and Persians, allied with the latter. It was conquered by the Romans and by Byzantines. At the beginning of the 13th century it was conquered by the Venetians and included in the Duchy of Naxos. In his story he was subjected to numerous raids and devastations by pirates. Paros is the home of the poet Archiloco.

The capital of Paros Island is the town of Paroikia or Parikia, on the northwest coast, the second most important city being Naoussa, on the north coast. Highly populated areas are Marpissa, near the eastern coast and its port of Piso Livadi, Lefkes inland, Aliki, on the southern coast.

Islands of Greece: what to see in Paros

The island of Paros offers enchanting views of natural beauty, white villages typical of Cyclades and marinas with fishermen’s boats, today mainly used for tourist activities.

Arriving on the island, the first visit is to the town of Paroikia, a pretty residential town that develops between alleyways and alleys between the traditional white houses with blue doors and windows. The highest part, the one that offers a stunning view of the harbor is Kastro, the castle where the remains of a Franchi fortress, a Venetian tower and some characteristic houses around the ruins are located. Near the castle stands the church of Agios Konstantinos, while in the interior is the Basilica of the Madonna of Katapoliani (Panagia Ekatontapiliani, Madonna of the hundred doors) Byzantine church with bricks, an older part, the chapel dedicated to St. Nicholas , dating to the IV century AD, several mosaics and important icons inside. The religious complex also houses the Byzantine Museum. To visit near the basilica, the Archaeological Museum of Paros, with important finds of ancient Greek and Roman times. Around the port to see the pretty little church of Agia Anna. The town of Paroikia is full of clothing stores, especially for the sea, restaurants, taverns and locals.

In the north of the island, the town of Naoussa overlooks a large bay, with a glimpse into the array of white houses overlooking the harbor. Despite the tourist development, with the tables of the numerous taverns on docks, the port of Naoussa is still dedicated to fishing, one of the main business activities of the town. The many fishing boats and boats give the port of Naoussa a very distinctive and authentic look. To be seen. On the tip of the west shore of the harbor stands, among the taverns and shops, the delightful white church of Agios Nikolaos.

Mykonos in December

Staying at Mykonos in December is a good solution to enjoy a pleasant and mild Mediterranean climate with temperatures ranging from 8 ° C to 12 ° C. In the Cyclades, the winter is generally dry and sunny, and here and in the clouds overflowing, the rains do not last long and the winds are moderate. Some snowflakes can sometimes fall off at Christmas. In Mykonos, the comfort index in December (about 30 out of 100) is not ideal for a beach holiday but it is still interesting to explore the island under a clear sky for much of winter.

Weather forecasts in Mykonos are based on a calculation platform that takes into account the historical data of the last 10 years and predictions based on some criteria such as ambient temperature, humidity, water temperature, wind and sun .

Prepare for now your stay by taking into consideration the weather forecasts of Mykonos!

On the small stage of a converted church in East London, a smiling Sam Smith is enjoying the emotion.

The audience invokes his name and screams before his band starts playing a single note. Everyone is totally focused on the present, about what’s going on at that time, because every cell phone was kindly kidnapped at the entrance by the staff who cares for the event. It’s a rainy Friday mid-September. This week the English songwriter has performed in Los Angeles and New York. Between two days he will do it in Berlin. The clubs in which they play have a limited audience capacity – each contains less than 1000 people – but expectations are, as it say, huge. Four concerts in four clubs, four different castings, one week: this is how a global superstar that fills the stadium returns after 18 months of silence – and returns after selling over 12 million copies with “In the lonely hour” (2014), his first album, and won four Grammy, three Brit Awards, one Oscar and one Golden Globe (the last two for “Writing on the Wall”, the theme of the Bond-movie “Specter”).

Now, in this ancient church, the fans’ reaction is adorable and devoted. A reassurance that a pretty nervous Smith really needs. “Fuck!” Exclaims the 25-year-old with a big smile at the beginning of her 55-minute concert. “It’s nice to be back. I’ve dreamed it for so long. ”

 

In November comes his “The thrill of it all”. It is a second album full of ballads that thrill emotions, broken hearts and romantic hymns to be sung around the world for months-for years to come. The bets are good: on the day when the London concert was held, the first single, “Too good at goodbyes”, fluttered in the top of the charts in various countries around the world. When, four days later, we meet in a pub near her home in North London, the tall, slim musician admits to being more relieved. He sang for the first time these new very personal songs. Now he can relax – a bit.

Sam Smith: Yes, after this week I’m destroyed. Because emotionally it was very demanding. I think these concerts have been, to this day, the most important part of my career.

S.S .: Yes. Those four little shows made me regain my craft, and I was scared again. When I started working on this record, I did not want to rest on the laurels. I always wanted to challenge myself. Every time my album goes out I want to feel like it’s the first one. And since my music is very personal, it was great that people were in a room without cell phones!

The U.V: What did you feel when this return has begun?
S.S .: I thought about these moments for the last year and a half. I always tried to stay away from word pressure, stress, but fuck (laughs, nda): launching the first single of the second album after the release of “In the lonely hour” is not an easy task. That album went badly well! I was scared! But when the tour ended, I found myself home in London and again the only thing that counted was music. So the release of this record is a fact that I feel very organic, and that comes at the right time. Nothing and nobody hurts me. I am proud of the work done.

The U.V .: “Too good at goodbyes” is very personal – you described it as a “song about a relationship I’ve had and basically talks about how, when it was over and left me, I did not suffer so much”. So, to inspire you was a disastrous relationship?

S.S .: It was not a disaster, nor was it so intense. It lasted five, six months. When it started I did not like much, and when it was over I felt even worse! So yes, I got thrown, it was over, and then there were two or three months of self-analysis – and much of the music was born from there.
U.V: We talk about “Pray”, of which we talked about as the possible second single.

When to Go to Mykonos Book your holiday in Mykonos!

The island is an ideal destination from April to October thanks to its wonderful climate.
July and August are very hot In the sections: Mykonos Guide Very popular as a holiday destination for its climate, beaches and nightlife, Mykonos is one of the Mediterranean tourist destinations that best suits most of the year thanks to over 300 days
of the sun kissing this land part of the Cyclades archipelago.
Spring, especially after Orthodox Easter, is the ideal time to organize your vacation in Mykonos: the air and the sea are warming up, the beaches are quiet and the landscape of the island is green and lively.
If you are looking for a frenetic nightlife, however, we advise you to wait for the high season.
Great months for your vacation even in May and June during which temperatures are not stifling, the island begins to fill and have fun,
and the beaches are still crowded.
July and August are the most tourist months and the island is crowded with people who want to sunbathe and party.
Temperatures in recent months can be under severe fluctuations: July is the hottest month, but from the beginning of August the Meltemi,
the wind blowing on the island from the north, creates a pleasant refreshing breeze and ripples the sea that attracts many surfers.
September is a beautiful month to visit Mykonos: nice weather does not leave the island, temperatures are narrower and tourist crowds are just a reminder.
In October, the temperatures are pleasant and the sea is warm enough and ideal for a lonely swim, just a few drawbacks.
From November until early March temperatures drop to 9 degrees and blowing winds from the south.
These are the driest months but the sun shines every day and the temperatures are never stiff.

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Uncompromising horizons, landscapes sculpted by the wind and by solitude, rocky beaches you can only walk or sail to, but also “glamorous rituals” like fish&ouzo evenings in the small squares of Chora, a tangle of white houses built around the old Kastro and the church of Aghios Nikolaos. On Folegandros island, despite its latest success as a tourist destination, very little has changed.

In one of the most charming locations of Folegandros island, on a plot (of approximately 5,000 sqm) looking south-west to Milos island, the bluest sea and sky and the most moving sunsets of the Aegean, we rent two 90sqm villas together as a two-family house.

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