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Holidays in Euboea, a pearl among the Greek islands

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mykonos

Discover the beautiful waters of Mykonos at Villa.

Set on a hill overlooking the ocean near Fanari, the villa has gorgeous views and a location close to several famed beaches.

The newly built property’s modern decor offers contemporary luxury, and four bedrooms on two levels provide privacy for families or groups of friends.

The heart of the villa is its expansive terrace facing the sea, with an infinity pool,

rows of chaise longues and daybeds, a sunny sitting area and a pergola-covered dining area.

After you’ve watched the sun set over the water, there’s a satellite TV,

DVD player, sound system and Wi-Fi for entertainment, and air conditioning for comfort indoors.

Santorini a paradise; here is when to go

blue sea, white houses and breathtaking sunsets. Here Santorini, the island of love

Santorini is the southernmost island of the Cyclades, known for its mild climate that allows tourists to begin to bathe in its clear waters already in mid-April. If in fact the question is when to visit this island, you know that from mid-April onwards (after Orthodox Easter), the island is already prey to tourists.

you may want to visit Santorini in late spring period in which the temperature is mild, the climate is very mild and the prices of the facilities are still not as high as in August for those who want to enjoy the island away from the summer crowds, . The island will satisfy any request, since it allows to carry out many activities such as hiking, boating or simply romantic walks among the characteristic vicoli.e

You should visit the Ancient Fira and its archaeological site of Akrotiri, as well as the Thera Prehistoric Museum and the Archaeological Museum. Fira is the capital of Santorini and it is a quaint little village in which stand out the classic white houses and the blue doors and windows. Fira is the place where the nightlife is more present, so it is worth visiting if you want to dance the night away.

Also not to be missed in Fira is the old port accessible by cable car, on the back of a mule or on foot via 587 steps. Oia is instead a highly suggestive locations. It is a village that lies on the edge of the Caldera and Oia is characterized by small alleys that intersect one another, shops, museums, small art galleries and the ruins of the Venetian fortress. Oia is a unique place of its kind, as it still tries to maintain its uniqueness, trying to escape the mass tourism.

Along the west coast, in the highest part of the cliff it stands the Imerovigli village. The location of the village so high, you can have a full view of the volcanoes. A Imerovigli the traditional houses are few compared to hotels and luxury facilities (basically prices of the structures are high). Imerovigli is 3 km from the capital Fira.

Santorini is also famous for its beaches, among which definitely stands out the Red Beach. It is a beach of red sand that is located in the southwest of the island. The typical red color of the sand, is its volcanic origin; But it is worth saying that the beach is quite small and therefore often horsebackriding.

Santorini is therefore a destination that can cater for every need, whether you opt for a relaxing holiday, for a fun-filled. The climate, the atmosphere, the sea and the sky of Santorini will offer a unique holiday of its kind.