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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.

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.

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.

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.

What to see in Corfu

The main attractions and the most beautiful beaches of Corfu, which is a useful guide with photos to organize their holiday in Corfu.

Corfu can be reached directly with the airport and is one of the Greek islands that puts together a bit’ all.

Apart from a few of cement here and there if you rent a scooter is easy to get to secluded beaches and coves where nature reigns supreme and the swimmers are not too many even in high season.

Corfu town is a mix of old and contemporary. The Campiello is the oldest neighborhood in the historic center of Corfu crowded the streets, shops and taverns.
Achillion, residence in Corfu Elizabeth of Austria, known as the Princess Sissi, is a dwelling which houses objects of the former owners, some artwork and a beautiful park. And ‘it considered a bit’ the flagship of the tourist attractions of Corfu.

All’Achillion much preferred if you are not appassioanti of neoclassical architecture and the history of Sissi is Paleopolis, the archaeological site with the ruins of Corfu. sensational nothing is left standing but a walk through ancient ruins, surrounded by olive trees has undoubtedly a special charm.

Along the trail you will meet the Monastery of Santa Eufemia, the open-air theater is still used today, the Congress Center, Palazzo Tito, a post-Byzantine church, the Temple of Hera and the Temple of Kardaki built in honor of Apollo.