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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.

Seven things to know about Rhodes, Greece

 

Where to go to the beach, take an aperitif, take a walk and sleep: that’s all you need to know for a perfect holiday in Rhodes

Legend has it that Apollo, the Sun God, chose it as a house and that it is for this reason that in Rhodes there are 300 days of good weather a year.

Net of Pollon and the other Gods, however, the truth is that Rhodos is an island that is worth visiting for many reasons, of which the climate (almost) always sunny and the temperatures (almost) always mild during all seasons I’m just a small (albeit significant) part.

In fact, Rhodes is a magical island, where you can immerse yourself in the ancient history of ancient Greece and walk through the walls of its medieval city (Unesco Heritage), but also change the beach and view every morning, choosing a day to lounge in a cove of deserted sand and the next day of kitesurfing and the most popular beaches.

Among romantic bays from which to watch the sunset with a beer in hand and craft shops where to give free rein to shopping, here’s all you need to know about Rhodes.

Located halfway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea, Rhodes has two extremely different sides.

The west coast, overlooking the Aegean (more rough), is characterized by rocky, rocky and steep cliffs and pebbles, while the eastern one (on the Mediterranean) is ideal for those who love sandy beaches that fade into the sea with a long beach.

In addition to this there are many coves and each beach is different from the other, which is why it is worth renting a car (the island is too big to be turned by scooter) and explore the area to discover the various aspects.

Keep in mind that the air temperature is mild for almost 12 months a year, on the other hand the sea remains cool even in summer.

In general the most beautiful beaches are located on the North East side of the island, between the city of Rhodes and Lindos.

The most famous beach of Rhodes is known as Antony Quinn Bay (but it is called Faliraki), an inlet between the rocks with crystal clear water and incredible colors (the beach is rocky, but equipped, and with 10 euros you take two sunbeds and a Beach umbrella).

Prassonissi is an isthmus of sand frequented by lovers of sports with sailing, because it is extremely windy (and so here is where all the fans of surfing, windsurfing and kiting), but it is an incredibly beautiful beach, which is worth being seen also by those who do not intend to get up from the towel.

Special mention, then, for the beach of Rhodes, which has nothing exceptional in itself, but is located at the point where they join the two seas (Aegean and Mediterranean) and with certain lighting conditions from here you can see a line that divides them.

Lindos is without a doubt the most beautiful thing you will see in Rhodes. It is an evocative country, candid and in which one breathes the air of summer and vacation that only the lime paint of the Greek alleys manages to transmit with such simplicity and immediacy to the brain.

Topped by a fortress and surrounded by a bay to the north and a small beach to the south, the white-washed village is located on the east coast of the island and is ideal for a walk at any time of the day.

Park in the square at the entrance of the village and go into the pedestrian center: dozens of streets full of beautiful craft shops and cafes where you can wait while you climb to the castle fortress where stands the Acropolis.

On the road, uphill or downhill, stop for a restorative break in one of the many bars, clubs and restaurants with the rooftop terrace, where you can sit at a table under the shade of plants.

Do not miss a visit to the Church of Panagia, a small church in the middle of the village entirely covered with frescoes.

It could be said that all the streets of Lindos lead to the Acropolis, but the truth is that it is only valid if the roads that go uphill are always chosen at the crossroads.

In fact, in the middle of the village there is a path that goes up to the fortress-castle fortified by the Knights, where there are the Acropolis and the Doric Temple of Athena Lindia, dating back to 300 BC.

You can decide to go up a donkey (there is a deposit in the village impossible not to notice), or to walk a path with 300 steps – more than passable without great effort, unless in life you do not want to try the the thrill of riding a donkey.

Once up, you will have the feeling of dominating the world, with a breathtaking 360 ° panorama.

Where we will travel in 2018: the agencies’ forecasts

Some say that it will be the year of cruises, who confirms the performance of the Italian Sea, who hopes in the long haul and who, prudently, speaks of the return of Egypt. Also in 2018 we will travel and, even with the imponderability of the case, we will do it relying more on organized distribution: this, at least, is the trend traced by the distribution networks.

The certainty: the Mediterranean
Sea Italy, Spain and Greece: the summer 2018 safe is the trio that for a couple of years has been keeping a watch on the t.o. catalogs. “The Mare Italia will be confirmed as a growing trend”, predicts Adriano Apicella, a.d. of Welcome Travel, but, adds Massimo Caravita, president of Marsupio Group, “we will have to see the pricing, we expect strong sales on Puglia and Sardinia, excellent performance of Spain and further growth of Greece”.

Exploit for cruises
In the first place in terms of sales, as well as profitability in adv, there will be cruises. “For us – ensures Claudio Busca, the leisure manager of the Bluvacanze Group – they are among the best-selling products”.

An analysis on which Sergio Testi, general manager of Gattinoni Mondo di Vacanze, also agrees: “The crocieristi were good at creating alternative products: the four-day cruises fill the ships, cover the periods of shoulder and offer alternatives to North Africa” .

Long-range hope
Even in 2018 the long haul will continue to be felt, especially in a less traditional season for this type of travel, such as summer: Caribbean, Madagascar, Indian Ocean and then the cornerstones, the United States in the lead, and South America.

“Consumers have shown in the last year the desire to travel to new destinations too – comments Ivano Zilio, president of Primarete – from Oman to Japan, we expect an increase in the long haul”.

The surprise: European capitals
The real surprise of the year, say the networks, will however be the European capitals: after years in which the product had almost disappeared from the adv, disintermediate from online DIY, now there is an increase in requests for both flight and hotel packages , both for group travel.

“It is a factor linked to the latest socio-political events – explains Massimo Caravita, president of Marsupio Group -: customers are looking online, but they are booking in adv because they want security, assistance and certainties”.

The slow recovery of Egypt and Tunisia
2018 could be remembered as the year of Egypt’s return: “There is a slight recovery – confirms Sergio Testi, general manager of Gattinoni World of Holidays – and I hear someone talking about Tunisia for 2019. It is an important sign because it means that you return to investing “.

Same consideration also for Dante Colitta, commercial director of Geo Travel Network: “I believe there will be a return of Egypt, slow but steady”.

Icaria

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

With mesmerizing views across the sparkling sea, TheVilla is situated in Porto Zante Villas & Spa, one of Greece’s top resorts.

Experience contemporary living with a charming Grecian twist in this exclusive boutique hideaway. A private sandy beach beckons daily, while the island’s historic capital is within easy reach. Get the rest and relaxation you deserve with IKH VILLAS.

Spend heavenly days sunbathing on the chic mahogany deck. Immerse yourself in the refreshing waters of the private heated infinity pool or recline with a drink on the sun-kissed verandah. Take the villa’s snorkeling gear to your private beach and experience the unrivalled feeling of being at one with the mystical Ionian Sea. Relax in the resort’s brand new Waterfront Spa situated right above the sea and enjoy rejuvenating treatments. When it’s time to eat, fire up the charcoal barbeque for laid back alfresco dining. Or choose a seat in the open-air Club House restaurant, a romantic stilted pergola that serves up exquisite Greek and Mediterranean cuisine with waves lapping gently in the background.

The open plan living area exudes refinement. Ocean blue half-moon lights add splashes of color while a rustic fireplace, Persian rugs and wall art offer a resplendent character. From the dining area, you’ll appreciate the wide, open frontage of the lounge, presenting a ‘real life movie screen.’ Every night, as you enjoy a Grecian feast, you’re invited to the exclusive screening of ‘Sunset over the Ionian Sea: A Symphony of Color.’ Should you want a caffeine kick before having breakfast, the in-villa Nespresso coffee center will cater for your needs.

The three bedrooms foster a Zen-like sense of peace and tranquility. Roll out of your king size bed and straight on to the poolside deck, the soft morning breeze uplifting. Head back to your en-suite, and take advantage of the Jacuzzi or opt for a shower in the separate cabin with rain shower and hydro jets, before moving to your glamorous walk-in closet to choose your outfit for the day. Fully air conditioned, and each with a TV, the three bedrooms are divine sanctuaries for up to four guests.

With a private beach at your doorstep, enjoy the meditative rhythm of the sea as you bask on a comfy lounger. Stroll to the nearby tennis court and serve up some aces. Zakynthos city and harbor are also a short drive from the villa. A cultural, shopping and gastronomic hub, the city is also rich in historical architecture. The airport is just five miles away, while the private VIP transfer is the ideal beginning and end of your stay in Zakynthos.

Where we will travel in 2018: the agencies’ forecasts

Some say that it will be the year of cruises, who confirms the performance of the Italian Sea, who hopes in the long haul and who, prudently, speaks of the return of Egypt. Also in 2018 we will travel and, even with the imponderability of the case, we will do it relying more on organized distribution: this, at least, is the trend traced by the distribution networks.

The certainty: the Mediterranean
Sea Italy, Spain and Greece: the summer 2018 safe is the trio that for a couple of years has been keeping a watch on the t.o. catalogs. “The Mare Italia will be confirmed as a growing trend”, predicts Adriano Apicella, a.d. of Welcome Travel, but, adds Massimo Caravita, president of Marsupio Group, “we will have to see the pricing, we expect strong sales on Puglia and Sardinia, excellent performance of Spain and further growth of Greece”.

Exploit for cruises
In the first place in terms of sales, as well as profitability in adv, there will be cruises. “For us – ensures Claudio Busca, general leisure manager of the Bluvacanze Group – they are among the best-selling products”.

An analysis on which Sergio Testi, general manager of Gattinoni Mondo di Vacanze, also agrees: “The crocieristi were good at creating alternative products: the four-day cruises fill the ships, cover the periods of shoulder and offer alternatives to North Africa” .

Long-range hope
Even in 2018 the long haul will continue to be felt, especially in a less traditional season for this type of travel, such as summer: Caribbean, Madagascar, Indian Ocean and then the cornerstones, the United States in the lead, and South America.

“Consumers have shown in the last year the desire to travel to new destinations too – comments Ivano Zilio, president of Primarete – from Oman to Japan, we expect an increase in the long haul”.

The surprise: European capitals
The real surprise of the year, say the networks, will however be the European capitals: after years in which the product had almost disappeared from the adv, disintermediate from online DIY, now there is an increase in requests for both flight and hotel packages , both for group travel.

“It is a factor linked to the latest socio-political events – explains Massimo Caravita, president of Marsupio Group -: customers are looking online, but they are booking in adv because they want security, assistance and certainties”.

The slow recovery of Egypt and Tunisia
2018 could be remembered as the year of Egypt’s return: “There is a slight recovery – confirms Sergio Testi, general manager of Gattinoni World of Holidays – and I hear someone talking about Tunisia for 2019. It is an important sign because it means that you return to investing “.

The lord of the sea and the islands of the Harpies

A trip to the Strofadi islands, considered the home of the mythical Harpies, where today is stealing the beauty of an ancient hermitage, rich in history

A monk, the last survivor of an ancient monastery, goes off in a hot summer among the tourists of one of the most beautiful Greek islands. Not far away, the body of a saint removed from pirate raids has been in exile on this same island for 300 years: perfectly preserved, it is exposed several times a day to the adoration of the faithful, then each time locked up in its precious case. Both, the ancient and the holy monk, had voted for God in two paradisiacal islands, now inaccessible and unknown to most, lost in the heart of the Ionian Sea. On the largest, Stamfani, a unique monument and splendid for centuries has been a sentinel of the seas: it is now falling irreparably into ruin. Around this

building and these characters have flourished for centuries troubled events: of Orthodox metropolites and imperial shipwrecks, of hideous mythological beings and of tireless winds, of miraculous miracles and pirate raids. Until one fine day of this summer a handful of men, including an electrical technician with his briefcase, an orthodox metropolitan and young singers with their psalms, are transhipped down there, in the remote Strofadi, where beautiful and never seen birds elsewhere they fly in an almost impenetrable ‘jungle’. They go, respectively, to celebrate with their voices the liturgy of the Transfiguration, and to repair a jammed revolving mechanism: so that a beacon – of navigation and civilization – does not get tired of emitting its light and indicating the route to modern sailors.

It took me a few weeks before I could put my memories in order, to reflect with the due detachment on what I experienced on two incredible days of this August 2017: occasionally obliging, once in Italy, essays of modern Greek architecture or hagiographies in ‘katharevsa’ (the ‘pure’ language, complete with spirits and accents such as that of Plato, remained official until the time of the Colonnelli), concerning photos and mulling words.

It all began without me noticing it in the late afternoon, when a scorching sun beats the sidewalks of Zakynthos, or Zante, the island sung by Foscolo. At the end of a walk along the promenade I come under a grandiose monastery that rises before the port. On the high portal an inscription bears a surprising and fascinating name for me: ‘Strofadi Monastery’. I’m a little surprised, because the Strofades are not exactly here. I had just glimpsed them, those little islands, during a slow circumnavigation around the Peloponnese a dozen years ago; I remember them far away, flat and glistening in the sky of an equally infused afternoon. That appearance on the horizon had excited me leaving a bit of regret: I wonder if I could ever visit them.

Anyone who has studied a bit of epic knows that the Strofades were considered the home of the mythical Harpies, winged monsters symbol of the ‘rapinosi’ Winds (this means their name, in Greek), which attacked and threatened Aeneas and the other refugees from Troy as they stood exhausted in the Mediterranean crossing. Rarely, however, the notes to the editions of the Eneide add that the Strofades really exist, and that the smallest of them is called Arpya: two tiny lands (2.6 km² in total) over 40 nautical miles from Zakynthos, the southernmost Greek island inhabited by the Ionian. But also for a more personal reason I am attracted by the name read on that monastery: the Strofades are one of the last edges of the Hellenic archipelagos that I still have to visit. Since I arrived in Zakynthos, I asked in vain to all the shipping agencies how to get there: and unfortunately I learned that no scheduled boat, no day trip, no private boat is available for that crossing.

At this point, my face must reveal to the interlocutor, beyond the fascination that his words and images inspire, an intimate sorrow: because I understand that I will never be able to go there. But here comes words from the same voice in which I did not hope: “In a few days – you know? – is the anniversary of the Transfiguration, and the islands will be exceptionally visited the Metropolitan of Dodona, which is then the former Metropolitan of Zakynthos: he will celebrate the liturgical function in a still practicable church located not far from the monastery, accompanied by some singers.

I have wings on my feet when I enter the shady garden of today’s monastery, where the tradition of that other is kept lying solitary beyond the sea, and I become acquainted with the one who will then invite me, and host me, in a guesthouse built some time ago on the greater of the two islands, used only in exceptional cases. It is called Chrysostom, but all turn to him with the titles of ‘Saint (Metropolitan) of Dodona’, ‘Venerable’, or, more familiarly, with ‘Anzianissimo (Father)’.

Thanks to his hospitality, and, of course, to that of the current Metropolitan of Zakynthos, Dionysius, I spend two memorable days on the Strofadi. First of all, because the two islands are difficult to approach even physically. There is no port. The shallow waters infested with rocks on the water and the often rough sea near the steep banks, will force us to follow, slow transshipments on a small boat from the patrol boat with which we reach: instead, throws the anchor, prudently, to a hundred meters from the landing. In addition to the captain and his sailors, to land with me there is a handful of other visitors, including the technician who has to repair the lighthouse still active on the island, but which will not stop there for the night. While I await my landing shift I admire so calmly, for the first time, the imposing and gray building, sacred and warlike together, that it seems, indeed, the Lord of the Sea.

I think back to what I learned on the two islands in the few days before the start. For millennia, those who sailed between the West and the East of the Mediterranean, and in particular between the Adriatic and the Ionian and the Aegean, had to face the perilous tour of the Peloponnese. Always keeping in sight of the coast, but at the same time prudently far from it, it passed between this peninsula and the Strofades. They are lands almost invisible and very dangerous for the hulls, because very low and flat on the sea, boards measured only about twenty meters high on the surface of the waves: they suddenly appear and are difficult to spot during the day (at night there is precisely the lighthouse, to signal them).

Yet, for their strategic location are precious islands: among other things, they were and are rich in drinking water. All this explains many things: from the mythical stop of Aeneas and his, to the rise of the legend of the Harpies, up to the erection of a monastery that is also a fortress, because those tiny bases were sought after by those who wanted to control the sea passage. And finally, it explains not only how it was possible that dozens of people would get support and nourishment (even today they are partially cultivated, and to welcome us we will find some seasonal farmers who had been there for some weeks for the wheat harvest), but also because a large part of them is covered by the one that, a little jokingly, is called the ‘jungle’.

I do not have the time and space to tell everything I’ve seen and done in those two days. I only say that I have an almost enchanted memory, very bright, to which is added the invaluable sense of the immense quiet of the night (neither television nor even cell phone signal, down here), amidst panoramas of an absolute suggestion. A stay not without even a bit of uneasiness. “When we can return to Zante from these islands only He knows”: he tells me at the table, pointing the index upwards, the Metropolitan of Dodona when I ask him about our return. “You know, it depends on the conditions of the sea …”.

Things to do in Thirasia, Santorini’s enchanting volcanic island

Beach holidays in Thirasia: the main attractions of the splendid Cycladic Greek island which is part of the archipelago of Santorini, in the Aegean Sea.

The wonderful island of Thirasia is part of the famous archipelago of Santorini, which is part of the enchanting natural environment of the Cyclades islands, in the Aegean Sea. Thirasia is the second largest island in the Santorini archipelago and owes its origin to a violent volcanic eruption from which this small but very popular archipelago was produced. This area of ​​island Greece is one of the most loved and popular of the State, because of its enchanting landscapes, its crystalline sea and its ancient history that still has the power to fascinate and enchant.

For many decades, the Cyclades islands have attracted a huge amount of tourists and are no doubt one of the most popular summer destinations in Europe. These beautiful islands of the Aegean Sea are in fact the ideal destination for lovers of the sea and pristine beaches, but not only.

Nature lovers and boat trips can find countless reasons of wonder and wonder at these enchanting islands. The archipelago of Santorini is particularly popular for its lively and fun nightlife, which in the summer months becomes hectic and really explosive, attracting young people of all nationalities!

The mundane and youthful face of the islands of the Santorini archipelago is just one of the countless aspects that characterize this beautiful area of ​​the Aegean: Thirasia and the other enchanting islands of the archipelago in fact host indelible traces of their glorious and ancient past and are the destination ideal for all those who wish to deepen their knowledge of ancient Greek culture and its still lively and pulsating traditions.

The island of Thirasia is characterized by the presence of a small village located on the east coast, the village of Manolas, which has the typical appearance of the maritime center of the Aegean Sea. The village hosts a small group of typical Greek buildings, with its characteristic white and low dwellings and its charming little churches immersed in the luxuriant vegetation of the Mediterranean scrub. We recommend that you take a short visit to the remarkable church of Aghios Kostantinos, the most beautiful of the island.

The village of Manolas also has a charming fishing port, which has kept intact the quiet atmosphere of the past. The island also hosts another village, Riva, on the opposite side from the village of Manolas, which is the landing place and main link for all the boats that connect Thirasia with the other islands of the Santorini archipelago. Riva, with its characteristic appearance and its relaxed atmosphere, also hosts the beautiful little church of Aghia Irini.

The coastline of the island of Thirasia is characterized by small and charming coves, which make the coast extremely jagged and scenic. This really is a magical place for sea lovers, as the waters of the archipelago are really clean and perfect for long swims! The sea bed of this area of ​​the Cyclades is really rich and fascinating, and for this reason many tourists reach the island for diving and snorkeling.

From the climatic point of view the island of Thirasia has a pleasant climate, mild, ventilated and decidedly less sultry than that of mainland Greece. In the winter months, the archipelago of Santorini enjoys temperate temperatures, generally above 10 ° C, while in summer the maximum temperatures are around 30 ° C. Thirasia presents an uncontaminated landscape, kissed by a favorable and pleasant climate, and its small ancient villages allow visitors to enjoy the suspended and archaic atmosphere of island Greece.

From the Great North to the Greek islands. Destination silence

Among the birch forests of the island of Gotland, Sweden. In a red house overlooking the sea in Liguria. Barefoot in the Swiss forests. On the island of sponge fishermen in Greece. In the Norwegian reserve to observe the newly born reindeer. If you seek tranquility and contact with nature these places are for you

Delivering ourselves to silence, in the most dazed of the worlds, is a dive into the unknown. But the void contains in itself infinite possibilities: introspection, flashes of creativity, different points of view. Among the birch forests of the island of Gotland (pictured), 40 minutes by plane from Stockholm, silence is a great dream activator. Another gait. A slow trend. A form of care. The sea gives way to a single strip of asphalt that cuts through the woods scattered with huts with the roof of marsh grass. A surreal silence, in addition to the white lichens, the wild thyme, the junipers, the gravel dunes, seems to wrap Gotland, while walking among the pines. Or as you observe, near the town of Slite, the painted stele of the fifth century, with bas-reliefs depicting spirals, snakes and the runic alphabet. On the small island of Furillen, to the north-east of Gotland, connected by an embankment, one goes in search of even more silence. Furillen is the refuge of Swedish Johan Hellstrom, former fashion photographer. In 1999 he bought the land of a cement plant, obtaining the hotel Fabriken Furillen (furillen.com/en) where design marries industrial archeology. In the midst of this desolate beauty, Hellstrom has placed “hermit” wooden houses in the woods: without baths and electricity. It is heated by the fireplace, we read with the oil lamp. And we observe, in silence, the kind bark of the birch.

There were no roads until the 60s. While the rest of the world landed on the moon, he danced the swing and discovered the miniskirt, the Cinque Terre, that territory a little more than 10 kilometers long that Eugenio Montale called the “place where the grapes are caught”, they moved slowly, condemned to the same factor that later decreed its fame: verticality. So, while the villages with the houses that look like marzipan were developed in height, forced between carugi, mountain and sea, the vineyards grew on the terraces that cut the ridges horizontally, supported by dry stone walls. But the territory was fragile, in continuous abandonment of the vineyards, destined to collapse the walls that run for 6.740 kilometers. A handkerchief of 45 hectares in the National Park, a World Heritage Site, came, a dozen years ago, donated to Fai: an ancient world made of vines, marine gardens, rows of broom where the fig tree, the lentisk, l euphorbia and cork oak. The Fondazione Zegna supports the restoration for three years. Podere Case Lovara (in the picture), near Punta Mesco, halfway between Levanto and Monterosso, is a project for the recovery of historical rural landscape. It can only be reached on foot, an hour’s walk from the Giada del Mesco Hotel in Levanto, on a mule track, along the Sentiero Verde Azzurro, on the maps marked as SVA, already 1 from Sestri Levante to Porto Venere. The view of the sea always present on the path, almost drunk. From March 2018 it will be possible to sleep: about ten beds for the trekkers and the possibility to mount the tent. Now we enter, on weekends, and we are curious. The pink house dates back to 1957. The woods press all around. The dry stone walls have been reinforced. The bees reported in colorful houses, close to the strawberry trees. From Punta Mesco you can see the Cinque Terre with the nativity scenes of the sea. The silence from up here is broken only by the “voice of the sea”. In Montale it seems he did not mind at all.

Because I go there. To walk barefoot: simple, therapeutic, natural and at the same time difficult. An experience that we are no longer used to, that needs concentration, yielding emotions, poetry and quiet in exchange. The silence of the steps. Very few paths designed ad hoc. The Forest of Staz, in Celerina, in the Engadine, is one of these.

Meghan Markle plans the holidays of 2018. Among the Positano and Capri destinations

Among the destinations approved by Meghan Markle for 2018 there is also the Amalfi Coast. The future princess of England has already been repeatedly in our places and has declared herself in love with Positano and Capri.

Actress and model, Meghan Markle has traveled a lot around the world and, as reported by the Lifestyle tabloid, has recommended and approved six holiday destinations for 2018. Among these destinations there is also the Amalfi Coast with Positano and the island of Capri.

Lifestyle defines Positano a small fishing village that is only an hour and a half from Naples and is climbing on the mountain with its pastel-colored houses that descend to the sea. Meghan Markle spent her summer vacation in Positano last summer with her friends at the hotel Le Sirenuse, a family-run hotel that was a villa about fifty years ago.

Another destination approved by Markle is Capri, the small island located half an hour by boat from Naples and considered a magnet for VIPs. Despite the fact that the island is relatively small, there are many walks for hikers and enthusiasts as well as a long list of luxury hotels with excellent restaurants and pristine beaches.

Among the other destinations approved by Markle for the holidays 2018 there are Ibiza and Formentera with its beaches but above all the parties to some of the most extravagant clubs in Europe; then there is Madrid, capital of Spain with its museums, art and dream fairs.

In the ranking of the six places to go on holiday in 2018, the American model and actress also quotes Hydra, in Greece. Hydra is one of the less known Greek islands and is a real oasis of relaxation that offers good food, reliable climate and a lot of tranquility. Just two hours by ferry from Athens, the island is surrounded by stony beaches and crystal clear waters.