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Mykonos, the most ecumenical of the Cyclades Mykonos, the most ecumenical of the Cyclades

 

Alternative and fashionable at the same time, able to attract fans of architecture and of course people who expect sea and nightlife, the island of windmills (survivors) and Paradise beaches, in name and in fact, remains a must of summer .

Like the celebrities and lovers of cheese, lovers of wild nights and lovers of Cycladic architecture. First refuge of pirates, then stop on the itinerary between Woodstock and Kathmandu, today synonymous with high society and transgression, Mykonos has a historical vocation of a natural camouflage and fashionable. If the heritage windmill, that once characterized the island, it has remained a single row haggard, strict ordinance protects the harmony of the houses all whitewashed, with blue shutters – the gray and green are permitted, but only after special approval.
The narrow streets of Chora steep climb overflowing with restaurants and shops, while the elegant Alefkandra called Little Venice, deploys its multicolored houses on stilts, coveted destinations at sunset. A little farther on, check a giant meringue plywood is Panagia Paraportiani, a fifteenth century church consists of four chapels on the ground floor and one upstairs, so close to each other as to seem fused. The other place of worship on the island architecturally interesting is the Orthodox monastery of Panagia Tourliani century, which, with its beautiful doors red stands in the sleepy village of Ano Mera, among the hills of the interior.

Most visitors, however, in Mykonos goes directly to heaven: the most famous sandy beaches of Greece, Paradise and Super Paradise, welcome varies worldliness, nudists and pop music at high volume from five in the afternoon at five in the morning. The surfers chasing the Meltemi, the relentless wind of the Cyclades, link to Ftelia on the north coast, while Psarou, on the south coast, there is a qualified diving center. The best way to unwind after nights of dancing or offshore activities is a dish kopanisti, goat cheese very spicy obtained after repeated fermentation, accompanied by a glass of ouzo, or for those who do not like alcohol, of soumada, refreshing drink milk of almonds.

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For a day trip away from the crowds you can choose between Kea, Andros and Tinos, green mulberry trees, olive trees, oaks and fragrant pine trees. It starts from the old harbor, Ghialos, with the blessing of Petrus, the photogenic pelican, a descendant of a long line of mascots of the island, which oversees the lively fish market.

Alonissos, the pearl of the Aegean

Belonging to the Sporades, the Greek island has nothing to do with mass tourism: here you can enjoy the charm of nature between stunning beaches and picturesque views

Although the crisis has crippled Greece, the people of travelers not give up the dream of a midsummer night. There are poles nightlife dear to the young which Ios and Mykonos but there are actually unknown to mass tourism, places where peace is on the agenda: to respond to the desire for peace is Alonissos that, along with Skiathos and Skopelos, It is part of the Northern Sporades. You, the ancient Ikos, located in the northern Aegean, is the farthest island from the mainland why preserves that aspect so intact and untouched; for those wishing to visit her, you can be reached via Athens from Italy with scheduled flights of the national airline, Aegean Airlines, after the graduation Skytax Wordl Airlines, has distinguished itself as the best airline in Europe in 2015 ; once they arrive by bus to Aghios Konstantinos proceed by ferry or, alternatively, you can opt for the airport of Skiathos served, as well as dall’Aegean, by Volotea, Blu-Express and Meridiana, then to embark sull’aliscafo that, in a few hours, you can reach its destination.

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The history of this island and very troubled, because, in 1952, with the arrival of phylloxera that began to ravage the vineyards from California, the agricultural sector was severely compromised; sometimes, as they say, the worst there is no end in fact, in 1965, the island was disrupted by a huge earthquake that brought the people to move in a hurry in the Patitiri abandoning their homes to find refuge in new earthquake-resistant buildings. To get a small summary of the history of this island, you can visit the Folklore Museum and the Northern Sporades, located behind the beach marina, a private pole owned by Kostas and Anghela Mavrikis that, from May to September, invites tourists to get into the tradition admiring everyday objects that tell the lifestyle of the local as well as make a complete picture of Greek history and the wars that have seen protagonist.

Once out of the museum you can savor the sparkling side of the island between souvenir shops, cafes and taverns where to sit back and enjoy the view as “Alonissos”, a tasty restaurant where you can try the specialties of the house. From here everything begins and everything ends Patitiri, with its picturesque port set in a small bay, is the starting point for any adventure, primarily the National Marine Park of Alonissos, established in 1992, a marvel jealously preserved that articulates in 2200 kilometers square of surface, habitat for about 300 species of fish, dolphins and she, the seal Monachus-Monachus, the rarest species in the world as well as endangered, protected from Mom, the Greek Association for the Study and the defense of Foca Mediterranean which, since 1988, is responsible for defending the marine and coastal environment. In order to know with their own eyes this paradise, it’s worth taking part in day trips aboard the “Gorgona” in the company of Captain Pakis Athanasiou driving, with his stories, at a time of wonders like the Blue Grotto, Peristera, Agios Demetrios then reach Kyra Panagia and visit the monastery, still under construction, where you can buy wine, olive oil, souvenirs and various sacred objects.
Its small size, it is about twenty kilometers in length, allow to discover it in full in a few days, which is by car or scooter: do not miss the old Alonissos, or its Chora, a place with a high level of romance set on the top of a hill where you fall in love those white houses full of fuchsia bougainvillea, a particularly scenic at sunset when the sun gives fascinating play of light and colors that illuminate immense. Here you can stroll among the shops, stopping off in one of the many restaurants and cafes as the “Taverna To Aloni” from whose terrace offers a climate of total relaxation, surrounded by the atmosphere simple and familiar while, to delight the palate, we think specialties such as the famous cheese cake, the tyropita.

Can not deny that Alonissos is renowned for its beaches that have a really authentic look because mostly shrouded by lush vegetation as Milia, located in the south-east of the island in a cove hidden in a thick pine forest: over here the stones, you can take advantage of a sandy area that takes nothing away from the intense blue of the sea. The mix sand and stones is also found in Kokkinokastro, very romantic at sunset when the sun sheds light on the big red cliff that forms a small cape; it was here that, apparently, was the ancient city of Ikos, and, to prove it, are the remains of the walls that emerge from the water. No less Chrisi Milia, the busiest beach of the island and because it turns admiring its golden sand and its position that sees fit in the heart of a lush pine forest and the beaches more rocky site north as Megali Ammos, Tourkoneri and Gialia.

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