The Ionas monk seal cub returns to the sea in Greece

The little Ionas, a monk seal cub found on October 8th on a beach in Mykonos in a state of dehydration and anemia and taken care of by the Mom, a non-governmental Greek organization that took care of the sea, returned to the sea after about four months of treatment. of protection of the coastal marine environment.

Hospitalized at the Attica Zoological Park, under the guidance of Professor Natassa Komninou of the University of Thessalonica, the puppy has undergone intensive care and a careful observation program to monitor the state of health.

The little Ionas, which takes its name from the person who found it, has gained weight and has reached a state of health out of danger. After 114 days of hospitalization, having reached a weight of 58 kg, on January 31 Ionas was released into the sea in the heart of the National Marine Park of Alonissos, in the Northern Sporades.

Volonline, allotment packages in the new section

News at Volonline, the t.o. B2B specialized in tailor made. In its second year of activity, the Volonclick business unit, a self-booking tool for adv, now also includes allotment packages with guaranteed availability. A product offered for two years only through the booking, now within the portal. To book, simply define the destination and choose from the different options available for dates, departure airports, length of stay and treatment.

For each travel solution, the portal provides technical data sheets and information useful for the sale, anticipating the majority of customer requests; Furthermore, prices are always finished, including medical / baggage insurance, registration fee and fuel / currency adjustment.

The inclusion in the platform of the new Packages section, which is added to the flight, hotel, hotel + flight and itinerary channels, aims to make the agent more autonomous: in terms of dynamic packaging and the composition of tailor-made packages. “Without prejudice to our specialization in level tailor-made – explains Luigi Deli, to Volonline – we have also invested in fixed-date products to offer distribution partners the ability to intercept the most price-sensitive customers, especially in the case of bridges and high season periods ».

For example, for example, additional city breaks are announced with New York, Greece and Malta alongside the classic European cities. But the concentration is on the next high season. With 4 thousand seats on fixed dates blocked on August, and the possibility of unusual combinations such as Crete and Santorini for example, the games are made on a large part of Greece but also on other Mediterranean, Cuba, Caribbean, East and new circuits in Singapore and in Indonesia. On the long haul, stars of the Christmas / New Year programming, then, in the summer months, the Indian Ocean, Canada and the United States return.

Lastly, double-digit growth in Volonline in 2017: + 18% compared to 2016. “The tour packages have grown so much – Deli comments – Among the destinations remains the Indian Ocean best seller, especially the Maldives, but they go very well also South Africa and Oman ». The operator works with a selected parterre of 150 adv, between Lombardy and Triveneto, but for a year has also a solid presence in Lazio, Puglia and Sicily.

“I want to move forever on the Greek islands and THESE are the reasons”

“I want to move forever on the Greek islands and THESE are the reasons”
Cliché or not cliché, this is the definitive handbook of the Greek islands where to go on holiday for a week … or for a lifetime.

Okay, okay, okay = holiday in Greece = trivial holiday = NO, that’s not true. Are the Greek islands the tourist cliché that we will take with us forever? NADA. Are the Greek islands recommended only the Greek islands for young people? NOPE. The most beautiful Greek islands are the ones to go (and return) at least once in life, but the little Greek islands are the ones where to spend the holidays of life or all life … In all there are about six thousand and they are beautiful, beautiful, from the smallest rock to the largest islets. One fifth of the territory of Greece is occupied by its islands, or 25 square kilometers of sandy and often deserted beaches, stretches of jagged coastline that conceal small rocky bays, blocking and precious seabed.

Cyclades Islands map = among the most famous islands of Greece, southeast of Athens in the Aegean Sea. There are about 220 and among the main islands there are Amorgos, Ios, Milos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini and Mykonos, Andros and Folegrandos. What to see in Santorini and in the beaches of Mykonos AKA the most famous destinations of mass tourism, the best choice for those who want to party and pull the small hours making life mundane. Island of volcanic origin, Milos is also part of the Cyclades archipelago. Defined “Island of Colors” for the color effects of its waters, beaches and rocky landscapes. Despite being well known and loved by tourists, it has not yet been completely stormed. The island of Patmos is one of the most spectacular Greek islands of the Dodecanese: the climate is exceptional with a very long summer, with peaks of 35 degrees but beaten by a constant and light wind.

The Ionian Islands in Greece identify the group of islands that rest on the Ionian Sea. The largest is the island of Corfu to-te-mi destinations for low-cost travel. If you want to feel at least once in life Ulysses you can not however visit the island of Ithaca whose literary fame does not correspond large tourist influx because of its “rocky” but it is worth visiting for the beaches of rare beauty especially if you want a holiday of total relaxation. Also the north side is a maze of coves, bays, of fishing villages like Firopotamos, Mandrakia; to see the sand crescents of Mikitas, Aghios Kostantinos or Pachena Beach. Rhodes city attracts for its history that, like Ithaca, has its roots in mythology: its beautiful medieval center is beautiful. Ideal for those who want to combine a holiday in Greece with a culture, relaxation, sea and fun.

Greek Islands = Zante what to see. Among the most beautiful Greek islands, from the incredible reflections of the water of its Blue Caves or the splendid view from the Venetian castle of Bochali and the white sand with a lot of wreckage between two horseshoe rock faces. Beaches of Cerigo = among the most isolated Greek islands, here tourism is not yet very developed, an ideal destination for a journey of peace and tranquility. The beaches of Skiathos? In the Sporades archipelago Skiathos, the island of Greece recommended for its monasteries, the medieval remains of Kastro and the naturist beaches. Equipped with an airport, it takes about an hour by ferry to reach Skopelos, the largest of the Northern Sporades archipelago, also unknown to mass tourism but rich in greenery and beaches of rare beauty.

To the south of the Peloponnese, instead, we find the island of Khytera or Citera beaches where mythology tells the story of the goddess Aphrodite whose beauty is reflected in the Venetian and Byzantine architecture and in the breathtaking natural views of caves and waterfalls. Greek Islands = Crete totemic destinations. The largest of the islands of Greece, Crete, with over one thousand kilometers of coastline where to choose their destination. With its artifacts kept in the archaeological museum of Heraklion but above all its gastronomy really to be tasted and savored.

Unreachable Facebook and Instagram: what happened

Now a couple of minutes of overload and lack of connection are enough to unleash the social panic. Last night, as happened several times during the year, Facebook and Instagram have lived moments of fear, given the inability to connect both via the app for smartphones and tablets that directly from the computer.

The services managed by the US giant all lead back to the same brand, Facebook, but live on separate servers. This is a logical question: if something is wrong for the machines that run the main social network, it is not acceptable that the consequences are also felt by other platforms, which also serve millions of people.

And yet, just yesterday something happened that was rarely seen so far, perhaps only localized and for a few seconds: a contemporary down of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp. How is it possible?

The social network will unlikely reveal the source of the problem but, excluding the possibility of an uninverted union of the servers, much could depend on the API shared between the three software. These are parts of code that, thanks to acquisitions over the years, allow the various apps to communicate with each other, for example to instantly share content from Instagram to Facebook and from these to the chat messages of WhatsApp.

It would be enough a couple of serious errors of the API on which Facebook works to tear connected clients, through a chain reaction that is not enviable at all. After all, just the bees were the cause of the last blackout occurred just a month ago, when both Facebook and Instagram had become inaccessible.

The mystery remains: according to the Facebook Outage Map, disclosed by the sites that monitor the international traffic of the main portals, Italy would be the nation that more than others suffered yesterday’s slowdowns, indistinctly from North to South. With us, in Europe also Portugal, central and eastern Spain, Greece and some specific cities including London and Paris, have experienced a similar but not extensive bloc as in our peninsula.

Ironically, a few hours after the rival of all time, Twitter, made available the doubling of characters available for each post: 280 instead of 140. So much so that someone has jokingly defined the down event as a mass transfer of the users from the blue square to the microblog with a thousand tweets.

Easter 2018 in Greece: where to go and what to see

In view of the Easter holidays 2018, among the many travel proposals that we have reported there is one that we particularly want and we want to propose: a nice trip to Greece. Spring is the ideal season to visit the cities and especially the ancient archaeological areas of this wonderful country, but also its fascinating monasteries and Orthodox churches.

In this season the summer heat wave, its unbearable temperatures and the scorching sun are far away, so it becomes pleasant to be outdoors, to take walks and excursions in a place with a thousand-year history. Sure to swim at the sea and sunbathe in the beautiful Greek islands is still early. The high Easter, Sunday 1 April, does not yet allow a summer holiday, not even in the mild Greece. Unless you want to challenge cold water on a sunny day.

Spring, however, is the perfect time to visit Greece, its monuments, archaeological sites, museums, churches and even for trekking and hiking on its mountains and natural areas. In short, all those activities for which it is too hot in the summer. You are spoiled for choice and above all the opportunity to discover many wonders and even little known places.

This year Easter will be high, Sunday, April 1st, and the holiday week will be more or less from Thursday, March 29th to Tuesday, April 3rd, following the school calendar. A party that will arrive in early spring, when it will be too early for swimming in the islands of the southern Mediterranean, but it will be the right season to visit art cities, monuments or to go hiking in nature, especially in southern Europe, where temperatures are milder. That’s why we want to offer you a nice trip to Greece, reminding you that our Easter period will not coincide with the Greek one, since the Orthodox Easter, which is celebrated in Greece, follows a different calendar from ours and this year it will fall exactly one week later ours, or Sunday, April 8th. What does this mean? That while during our Easter week we and other countries that celebrate at the same time will be high season, because everyone goes on vacation, in Greece the high season, at least for the Greeks, will be the following week. Be sure that many will book a trip to Greece in early April, so it’s good to hurry up.

The first destination that comes to mind talking about Greece is Athens, the capital with its ancient history and the majestic Acropolis that dominates its profile. There are many things to do and see in the Greek capital, from the visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, together with the underlying archaeological area with the Agora and the Temple of Zeus Olimpo, to the exploration of the most modern part, with museums, central Syntagma square and the many typical restaurants. Also visit the port of Piraeus with its breathtaking views and take advantage of it for a day trip to the beautiful islands of the Saronic Gulf. The holiday in Athens, then, is low cost.

The other great city of Greece that deserves a view is Thessaloniki (Thessaloníki), in the north of the country, commercial capital and second city after Athens. Thessaloniki is lively and full of cultural ferments, with numerous museums and monuments, including the White Tower, which is its symbol, and the Hagia Sophia, 8th century, which together with the other early Christian and Byzantine monuments of the city is ‘Unesco Humanity. Thessaloniki has a vibrant nightlife, with numerous restaurants and trendy clubs.

On a trip to Greece you can not miss a stop at the famous archaeological sites. After the Acropolis of Athens, to remain in the continental part of the country, a visit to the famous site of Delphi with the oracle of Apollo and the navel of the world is unmissable. Delphi is located in central Greece, in the historical reason of Phocis, at the foot of Mount Parnassus.

In the region of the Agri- colis, not far from Corinth, is the city of Mycenae, the center of the ancient Mycenaean civilization and famous for its Porta dei Leoni. The archaeological site of Mycenae is a UNESCO World Heritage site with an exceptional panoramic view.

Further west, near the coast overlooking the island of Zakynthos, we find the ancient Olympia, the most important place of worship of ancient Greece, with the temple dedicated to Zeus, and naturally also the place where the Olympic Games took place. Even today, the ignition of the Olympic torch takes place here with a solemn ceremony.

Guide of Mykonos: discovering the Greek island of entertainment

Continue our journey to discover the beautiful islands of Greece. After the general guide of the country, the archipelago of the Cyclades Islands and that of Santorini, it is time to propose the guide of Mykonos. The island is a popular tourist destination and has the reputation of a place of fun and transgression.

Mykonos (also Micono in Italian) is located in the eastern part of the Cyclades archipelago, close to the islands of Tinos, Syros, Naxos and Paxos, in the middle of the Aegean Sea and not far from the island of Ikaria. It has an area of ​​86 km², its territory is predominantly mountainous, formed by granite rocks, and the highest point is 341 meters above sea level. Off the coast of its western coast are the islands of Delos and Rineia that belong to the same municipality of Mykonos. Other uninhabited islets surround the island.

Mykonos was inhabited since the Neolithic and followed the fate of the other islands of the Aegean Sea, with different occupations by the Phoenicians, the Cretans, the ions and the Romans, where Mykonos experienced a period of prosperity. It ended therefore under the Byzantine Empire and under the dominion of the Venetians, until the Ottoman occupation. Having gained independence from the Turks, however, the Cycladic islands were abandoned due to extreme poverty. Only around the middle of the 20th century, thanks to tourism, Mykonos and the other islands returned to repopulate. Today the island is a cosmopolitan destination, which attracts visitors from all over the world. Discovered by the hippies in the 70s it has long been considered the paradise of the LGBT community for its tolerant costumes. Today it is known as the summer capital of tolerance in general and is a worldly holiday destination and aimed at fun on the kind of places like Ibiza and Rimini.

The name Mykonos comes from Greek mythology, from Mykons, son of the king of Delos, Anios, in turn born from the union of the god Apollo with the nymph Rhoio. On the island the battle between Zeus and the Titans took place.

The capital city is called Mykonos, but it is also known as Chora (to distinguish it from the island). It is located on the west coast and is inhabited by most of the island’s residents, just under 10 thousand people. The other inhabited centers, located mostly on the coast are: Agios Ioannis, Agios Stefanos, Ano Mera (inland), Kalafati, Ornos, Platys Gialos, famous seaside resort, Psarrou, Tourlos.

The island of Mykonos offers enchanting views, with beautiful views of the sea from the coast and the surrounding hills. Its coastline is very jagged, where beautiful sandy beaches open up between headlands and bays.

The first thing to see is certainly the beautiful city of Chora (or Mykonos), the main center of the island, where there are the typical white houses with windows and blue doors, crossed by narrow streets and paved squares. From the balconies and windows look out colorful flowers, which help to create a romantic and picturesque scenery. At the edges of the streets we find wooden chairs, white and blue, taverns and restaurants that give an even more characteristic look to the place.

To see in Little Chora the Little Venice, Little Venice (Alefkandra). It is a neighborhood of whitewashed houses with wooden balconies overlooking the water in a half-moon bay. The houses and the bay form a very characteristic and romantic scenery, a perfect place to admire the sunset. Today the buildings are home to bars, restaurants and trendy clubs. A very crowded place at aperitif time.

Near the Little Venice, a little further south on the same bay, there are the famous windmills of Mykonos, standing on the sea from the hill of a small promontory. From here you can admire a wonderful view of Little Venice and the sea and of course it is a another fantastic place to watch the sunset. The mills date back to the 16th century and have always been one of the symbols of Mykonos, depicted in many postcards.

Mykonos is home to around 400 churches, the most important being Panagia Paraportiani, the island’s most famous Orthodox church, located along the coast of Chora, at the end of Little Venice, near the old port. It is a real architectural gem dating back to 1425 and completed in the seventeenth century, whose particularity consists in being formed by several chapels, of which four on the ground floor and one on the upper floor. The characteristic religious complex is entirely painted white, overlooking the sea, giving a magnificent view.

Ten destinations not to be missed in 2018

From Lucca to Ragusa, from Bled in Slovenia to Sifnos in Greece: hidden wonders

From the extreme north of Norway to the striking shores of the Mediterranean, passing through Lucca in Italy and other less known destinations like Bled in Slovenia or Heidelberg in Germany, here are 10 European cities of great personality, creative, special, to discover or better yet to rediscover during 2018.

1. Ragusa Ibla, Italy – Here is a beautiful Sicilian city with baroque charm: Ragusa Ibla, a UNESCO World Heritage set in the southernmost province of the island of Sicily. Ragusa Ibla is an ancient district of Ragusa, the one located in the easternmost part on a hillock dotted with finely decorated churches and palaces. To capture its most scenic view, you have to climb the highest part of Santa Maria delle Scale, and then descend again into the tangle of whitewashed streets and surmounted by romantic terraces with pot-bellied railings. And then off to dispose of lunch in the footsteps of Commissioner Montalbano. Nearest Airport: Comiso (about 15 km), Catania Fontanarossa (about 100 km).

2. Heidelberg, Germany – 2018 is the right year to discover the romantic side of Germany, in a city still little known by Italians but very famous among Northern European travelers: Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg. The Alte Brücke bridge crosses the Neckar river while the manor, perched on the Königstuhl mountain, frames the village, a stone’s throw from the Odenwald forest. To discover the dungeons of the castle, and then descend into the cellars where the largest barrel in the world is preserved, consisting of 130 oak logs, 8 meters long, 7 wide and with a capacity of well to 221,726 liters! Then, do not miss, Kornmarkt, the most beautiful square in Heidelberg, and a ride to the oldest university in Germany, one where students such as Max Weber and Karl Jaspers have enrolled. Nearest Airport: Frankfurt / Main (95 km).

3. Krakow, Poland – 2018 is the right year to get to know Krakow, the pearl of southern Poland inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Located at the foot of Wawel Hill and embraced by the Carpathian Mountains, this is a city that still bears the aftermath of a sad but formative history, also visible in the shape of its center divided into two parts: Christian to the west, Jewish to the east . This last part opens the door to an authentic world that takes the name of Kazimierz, a neighborhood not to be missed. Then there is the ancient Agiellonian University, frequented by Copernicus and Wojtyla, to name two, and an event to be admired: the Juwenalia Krakowskie, the moment in which the city authorities, in May, deliver the keys of the city to the student community and so a myriad of interesting initiatives are organized. Nearest airport: Krakow-Balice John Paul II (about 10 km).

4. Moscow, Russia – Will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup and welcome the flying taxi. Beyond these two great innovations, the first that will mobilize thousands of tourists from every country and the second that will revolutionize the world transport, the Russian capital is closely linked to the past, the glorious and monumental of the Tsars, and continues to show great pride. Moscow lets its visitors enter the red walls of the Kremlin, among bells, cannons and museums, fills their eyes with the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral and illuminates its face with the golden chapels of the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. And then he brings them to learn about Russian art in the Tret’yakov Gallery, to see the ballet in the legendary Bol’shoj Theater and invites them to have a cup of tea with history in the romantic Café Pushkin. Nearest Airport: Moscow Šeremét’evo (about 30 km).

5. Kamares, Sifnos, Greece – Sifnos, a Greek Cycladic island that stays in the shadow of its Mykonos and Santorni sisters but has so much to offer between sunsets, beaches and cities. Among these there is the port of Kamares, one of the most beautiful of the Aegean, perched on a breezy hill and characterized by white houses, wonderful monasteries and romantic windmills. You start the day under the sun of the southern beaches like Platy Yalos, and then you can enjoy the last hours of the day from the Church of Ayia Maria and conclude with a dinner in a tavern typical of Agia Marina. Nearest Airport: Athens-Eleftherios Venizelos, Milos Island National Airport, Santorini Thira (then continue by ferry).

6. Alhambra, Spain – Granada is a marvelous city, an excellent example of Arabian style in Andalusia and a UNESCO World Heritage city, which has inspired artists and writers from all over the world. In part palace, partly fortress, essentially walled city, the Alhambrait enchants with gurgling fountains, sumptuous decorations and a unique atmosphere, magnificent during the day, amazing at night, with the walls illuminated by the pale moonlight. The name of Al-Qal aal-Hmbra means “red fortress”, probably because of the color of the sun-baked bricks of its outer walls … the leitmotif of all the views of the ciudad! Especially in the summer, there may be a queue and the number of daily entrances is limited, so it is good to book in advance. Nearest Airport: Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén (10 km), Malaga Pablo Ruiz Picasso (130 km) .7. Leeuwarden, The Netherlands – This marvelous Dutch city, capital of the northern province of Friesland, will be the European Capital of Culture 2018. Thousands of inhabitants are thus completing the program of a very rich calendar of events, which revolves around the open-minded Frisian concept: ” iepen mienskip. “The centerpiece of the city is the avant-garde Fries Museum which hosts various exhibitions such as the one dedicated to Mata Hari, the Friesian courtesan with an intriguing and mysterious life, and the other which pays homage to Escher, the most popular and brilliant Dutch artist 20th century: from May it is the turn of the exhibition dedicated to 11 Fountains in 11 cities of Friesland and from 17 to 19 August it is the turn of the Royal de Luxe street show, with its iconic giant characters … for a magical tale of the city. Nearest Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol (150 km approx.) .8 Bled, Slovenia – This is the ideal city to amaze and astonish (maybe your own half). Bled, is located in Slovenia and offers the most romantic postcard view in Europe, the one that every lover or dreamer would like to have impressed in their heart and mind, in short, forever. We are talking about the vision – more than real believe it – of a small green island surrounded by the blue of an alpine lake. The small islet is only reached by sea on board a typical boat, the pletna, ferryed by experienced boaters who remain standing for the entire time of the journey. A few minutes and you reach the 99 steps leading to the Church of the Assumption of Mary. Once back on the mainland, you can walk to Bled Castle and admire the breathtaking view, or arm yourself with hiking boots and climbs on the Grajski gric hill. Nearest airport: Ljubljana Brnik (about 40 km) .9. Lucca, Italy – The visit to Lucca is a tour of the flavors, among local recipes, of history, among the many monuments, but also a fun ride, with the most famous cartoon festival in Europe. If you can not visit it for the Lucca Comics & Games, in November, do not despair because the beautiful Tuscan will still dream starting from its fantastic square “closed” Piazza dell’Anfiteatro, nineteenth-century work of the brilliant architect Lorenzo Nottolini. An urban masterpiece that is transformed into the symbol of this city surrounded by the Apuan Alps and the Garfagnana countryside. Another masterpiece are the Walls with the ramparts, the doors and the ancient trees, and also the Towers, like that of the Hours and the Guinigi. The homeland of Giacomo Puccini is to be discovered and knows how to take its visitors to the gorge with the buccellato – its typical dessert – because as a Lucchese adage says: “who comes to Lucca and does not eat the buccellato is like there had never been “Nearest Airport: Pisa San Giusto (about 30 km) .10 Tromsø, Norway – Here nature and culture shake hands leading to a magical world made up of midnight suns and northern lights.We are in Tromsø, a city that leads to the pursuit of strong emotions in the extreme north of Norway, after all, this was one of the most significant stages for the first Arctic expeditions, and from where the Hurtigruten, the Postal, the dream boat of naturalists, photographers or simple travelers looking for the red sunsets of the Barent Sea.The 2018 looks like a year full of winds from the International Film Festival and the Northern Light Festival, two events that attract visited from all over the world. But also full of adrenaline, since you can practice the most diverse sports, from kayaking to sleddog. Nearest Airport: Tromsø Langnes (approx. 5 km).

Skiing, which are the most frequent injuries and how to avoid them

A bad fall on skis often comes out bad and you are forced, at times, to greet the slopes until the next ski season. An injury on the track, in fact, between treatment and rehabilitation, can also take seven to eight months. The Achilles’ heel of snow lovers is the knee, but the traumas to this articulation are just some of the most frequent injuries among skiers, as explained by Dr. Davide Marchettini, traumatologist of Humanitas, medical collaborator of the Italian Federation of Winter Sports , following the women’s teams of giant slalom and special slalom of the Alpine Ski World Cup.

The knee is the weak point of the skiers because it undergoes the greatest stresses during skiing, especially in torsion: “The foot and the ankle are locked and protected inside the boots and the movements that are performed by skiing determine a series of important stresses to the knee. The articulation thus becomes the fulcrum on which most of the energy is discharged. The most frequent injury is definitely the distortion, “recalls the specialist.

In the most serious cases the distortion can lead to the rupture of one or more ligaments: during the fall, in fact, the knee may undergo a greater twist or rotation than those that the ligaments themselves can bear. The anterior cruciate ligaments are very exposed, as well as the collateral ligaments which may be injured when the knee is bent and is subjected to lateral force. In addition to the ligaments, other joint tissues can also suffer an injury, for example the meniscus, the fibrocartilage that cushions the stresses on the knee and protects the cartilage. In this case too, injuries can arise as a result of sudden twisting movements.

Holidays in Eubea, a pearl among the Greek islands

Discovering Euboea, one of the most beautiful, economical and little tourist Greek islands, among marvelous beaches, historic cities and archaeological sites

Ideal for those who do not like the places besieged by mass tourism, Eubèa or Evia stretches for about 170 kilometers and is connected to the mainland by a road bridge over the Strait of Euripo that joins the city of Chalcis, 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 beautiful beaches, historic cities and archaeological sites that are worth a visit.

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

In the VI century BC it came under the dominion of the Athenians while the Romans arrived there in the third century BC. Later during the Byzantine period many churches and monasteries were built until the thirteenth century, when it passed to the Republic of Venice which changed its name to Negroponte, holding it until the Turkish conquest in 1470. Later, in 1830 it was re-annexed to Greece, after centuries of Ottoman domination. Eubea’s entrance gate is the city of Chalkida, connected to the mainland by an iron bridge, from which ferries depart and arrive.

Euboea can be visited both in winter and in summer. To get there just stop at 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 easily explore it by car or travel by bus. Sparsely known and frequented by foreign tourists, the island of Evia, is one of the main tourist destinations for the Greeks, especially by the Athenians who spend their weekends or summer holidays here. In addition, it still offers absolutely cheap and inexpensive prices compared to other Greek islands.

Its ancient capital is Calcide which, in addition to being the main point of connection to the mainland, today presents itself as a modern city dotted with bars, restaurants and shops. You can find them in the main street or in the small port where you can stroll, drink a bit of “tsipouro” or eat a good Greek seafood dish. But Calcide is also a city with 3000 years of history. Here you will find an interesting Archaeological Museum with several exhibits 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.

To 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 in part by the Romans in 198 BC. Also worth seeing are the remains of the 6th century BC Temple of Apollo. with several sculptures, some of which are kept in the museum of Chalcis. Furthermore, 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 splendid house of mosaics, an ancient building of the Hellenistic period, characterized by elegant mosaics representing mythological scenes.

More in the center is Kimi, one of the oldest cities of Evia, with old houses with wrought iron balconies. An interesting museum is that of folklore, considered one of the best of its kind, you can admire handicrafts, especially clothes and embroidery and a wide range of local costumes and various traditional and agricultural tools. A few minutes by car you reach Limni, a delightful town that overlooks a natural port connecting Euboea to the remaining Greek islands, characterized by an urban center with typical white houses with red roofs on the seafront along with many taverns and cafes. .

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

Economic destinations for the summer, where to go to the beach spending a little

Longing for the sea, but without spending a fortune? Here is a selection of 10 cheap seaside resorts, for your beach holidays between Italy and abroad, where to have fun, discover new places, enjoy the deserved relaxation. But with an eye on the wallet. Although it seems that the trend of booking holidays, for Italians, is growing, this is even more true if we take into account nearby destinations. And for limited periods of time.
Therefore, the holidays hit and run by a few days increase, while the more substantial ones, from a week upwards, remain stable after all.

With our mini-guide to the most beautiful seaside resorts (and especially where to spend little), easily accessible and less traveled by mass tourism you will discover that it is possible to enjoy, at least once a year, a period of detachment a little longer than a handful of days.
The Bel Paese would suffice, in itself, to provide all the necessary ideas for a rich and interesting selection of summer destinations kissed by sun and sea. Among all, however, there are some that for the fantastic value for money do not really rivals, with often offers low-cost holiday packages, even in August. A single note to keep in mind: before you book, the less you spend!
Let’s start from Italy: Policoro, Basilicata

The crystalline and very clean water, the iridescent colored sand, which turn from dazzling white to bright pink, and its shallow and sandy bottoms make Policoro beach one of the hidden gems of Basilicata. Inside the WWF natural oasis Policoro Herakleia, here you can admire the hatching of the turtles’ eggs. Among the protected species that have elected the beach to their “nursery” there are the Caretta Caretta, those of land and the marsh turtle. Access to the beach is controlled by WWF volunteers who protect and preserve these friendly animals, very often subject to high risk of extinction. Policoro is not only sun and sea, but also archeology and uncontaminated nature. The history of the area tells of a glorious past linked to the glories of the Magna Graecia, of which you can admire evident traces in the National Archaeological Museum of Siritide, in the Sanctuary of Demeter and the Temple of Dionysus, even though in reality the city was founded in antecedent, around 432 BC Another must-have stop is the baronial castle or Palazzo Berlingieri, built in the middle of the Middle Ages and rearranged on several occasions until the late 18th century. If you are a lover of flavors, do not miss out on tasting the famous fragrant and juicy top quality Candonga strawberries, and taste a great glass of local wine in one of the numerous wine bars in the city center.
Because it is cheap: far from the usual circuits linked to mass tourism, the town of Policoro is still little known and is (also) for this reason that a holiday in this area offers very low costs.

San Ferdinando overlooks the Gulf of Gioia Tauro, in the province of Reggio Calabria, and is set between the Costa degli Dei and the Costa Viola in Calabria. Not very touristy and also far from the crowds that choose other locations, San Ferdinando is perfect for a beach holiday, relaxation, but also cultural visits. The strong point for sea lovers is its beautiful sandy beach that stretches for miles, kissed by a thick pine forest in which to find refreshment from the summer heat. But even at the historical-cultural level, do not mess around! It is in this area, in fact, that the Greek city of Medma stood, which left traces of its fertile presence with numerous finds of the era, and the entire area also tells of a prosperous Byzantine period. Not to be missed: a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Medma which is located inside the Archaeological Park of the same name. Here, among the olive trees, you can admire the necropolis with its cappuccina, tub and embryo crates. Then still terracotta statuettes, masks, vases and weapons in iron, precious bas-reliefs. Because it is cheap: the accommodation facilities, as well as the premises and restaurants are almost all family-run, when not single. This obviously allows to reduce costs.
In San Menaio, Puglia, crystal clear sea and Aleppo pines
In Talamone, Tuscany, explore the MaremmaMinuscial medieval village, protected by an imposing fortress, Talamone admires the Golfo dell’Argentario and its crystal clear turquoise waters in the Tuscan sea. According to legend, in the fortress of the village would be buried the Greek hero who gives the name to the town, Telamone, son of Aeneid and uncle of Achilles. Mythology aside, this village has in fact very ancient origins: some of the findings found on the territory, in fact, date back to the Neolithic. A holiday in this beautiful location can not ignore some fundamental steps: the Archaeological Museum of Orbetello, where you can admire the Roman finds, the Rocca di Talamone, built around the middle of the XIII century and the Natural Park of Maremma where to make bird -watching, walks immersed in nature, horseback rides or canoe explorations. Among its most beautiful beaches we mention the Bagno delle Donne, a small cove located along the Silver coast, overlooking the sea with an amazing beauty. Because it is cheap: between b & b, apartments and popular hotels, you can book wonderful holidays, at affordable prices.Extra low cost in AlbaniaA Saranda, Albania, sea and nightlife The coast is that of the Ionian Sea. Saranda is a charming Albanian tourist resort that has nothing to envy to other more popular sea destinations.