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Welcome to My Destination: Greek Islands
Greek Islands: such a small part of the world, and yet one which conjures up many images and sentiments.
Their unique light, turquoise water, distinctive landscapes, ancient sites and lively nightlife have all been captured through numerous photographs and videos. However once witnessed first-hand, the islands' beauty and enchantment are sure to exceed even the most seasoned travellers' expectations.
They are the ultimate European vacation destination and have been voted the "best island experience in the world" by Condé Nast readers in 2011. Their immeasurable natural beauty is rivaled by few other places on earth.
Since no two islands are alike, almost every traveller can satisfy their personal penchant, for various activities as well as differing regional cuisine.
The region consists of more than 200 islands, 7,500 km of coastline, golden sandy beaches, archaeological sites, and traditional delicious cuisine making it a truly unique vacation spot. And if this sounds too good to be true, Steve Tupholme puts them all together in his amazing video.
The islands are scattered throughout the Aegean and Ionian Seas. Their coastlines offer an astonishing variety of beaches, sheltered bays and coves. One can discover golden stretches of sand, coastal caves and cliffs, black sand from volcanic soil, pebbly beaches, and coastal wetlands, all in one holiday.
For those travelers who prefer to stay active instead of just sun bathing under Greece’s famous blue sky, there are a number of adventure sports. Scuba diving, snorkeling, kite surfing, water skiing, sailing and windsurfing are just a few of the activities that are offered on the islands.The Greek Archipelago: The Island Groups and Regions
The islands are the country's unique morphological trait and an integral part of its national civilization and tradition.
Some of the world’s oldest civilizations were established on the Greek islands such as the Cycladic and Minoan societies. As a result, the Greek Islands are filled with exceptional archaeological sites, a distinctive architectural heritage and fascinating local civilization.
The ideal Mediterranean climate, safe waters and highly accessible ports and coasts have made the Greek islands an extremely popular destination year round.
Most of the islands are found in the Aegean Sea and are divided into seven groups. Let’s begin our voyage from north to south.The North Aegean Islands
These less popular islands have not been bombarded by mass tourism and have therefore retained their authenticity more so than the other trendy Greek islands. These islands are no less beautiful than the others and have an air of unpretentiousness, which is especially attractive to nature lovers and families alike, seeking a quiet vacation spot.
Main islands are: Thasos, Lesvos, Limnos, Samos, and Chios.The Sporades Group
The Sporades are a group of islands well known not only for their magnificent beaches, but also for their unique and lush flora. Pine forests proliferate in this area and stretch to the coastlines, offering beach goers natural shade. Of this island group, Skiathos is the most cosmopolitan, offering a varied nightlife scene and thus attracting a younger crowd. The other islands are frequented by those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere ...read moreThe islands of Argosaronic
The proximity of these islands to the Greek capital (about an hour) makes them particularly attractive for day trips and short breaks. Celebrities and the jet-set have certainly frequented the infamous islands: Hydra and Spetses ... read moreThe Cyclades Region
The Cyclades are perhaps the most famous group of islands in the Aegean Sea and the ones that conjure up the quintessential vision of the typical Greek island. They have been internationally awarded for their unique charm, and have been continuously listed among the most beautiful islands in the world!
Trademarked by spectacular sandy beaches, barren landscapes, whitewashed houses and tiny remote churches, this island group will not only fulfill every traveller’s desire but also offer a lifetime experience ... read more
In total this island group consists of 56 islands, but the most frequented ones are:The Dodecanese Region
This is the most south-eastern island complex of Aegean Sea. This region offers both a sophisticated tourist infrastructure, with expansive resorts, as well as a quieter side for those wishing to avoid the masses. Rhodes is among the most famous islands in the world, with its preserved medieval 'Old City', magnificent treasures, monuments and spectacular festivals. Kos, Simi, Halki and the other smaller islands will guarantee a peaceful, relaxing and memorable holiday ... read more
The Ionian Sea has only one island complex:
The Ionian Region
Corfu, Ithaca, Kefallonia, Lefkada, Paxi, Zakynthos and Kithira are situated opposite the southern Peloponnese (Lakonia). These are the largest islands in Ionian Sea, and constitute the Eptanissa (7 islands).
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Events in July 2016
Qigong Taiji Greek Islands
Qigong is an effective healing system of the vital energy with roots in the traditional Chinese medicine. Group or private sessions take place in Batsi in a private place...Qigong is an effective healing system of the vital energy with roots in the traditional Chinese medicine. It is the art and at the same time the science that uses techniques of breathing, gentle movements and meditation in order to clean, strengthen and empower the circulation of our vital energy in body and mind.
Tai chi chuan has been part of Chinese culture for hundreds of years. Literally, the translation of the word is "ultimate fist". Although it is a martial art, it is also an exercise for concentration and health.
Group or private sessions take place in Batsi in a private place. You can also arrange for a private practice, if you wish to learn the Chinese art, at the convenience of your home or hotel.
Chronos Greek Islands
The encounter of the eminent Greek singer Dimitra Galani with a quartet of exceptional Greek musicians whose central axis consists of songs written by our leadi...The encounter of the eminent Greek singer Dimitra Galani with a quartet of exceptional Greek musicians whose central axis consists of songs written by our leading poets and composers. Petros Klampanis ( bass), Thomas Constantinou (oud, lute and guitar), Spyros Manesis (piano), Christos Rafailidis (vibraphone) become a " single body" with Dimitra Galani who leads the performance.“ The singer here encapsulates the history of Greek song as she is also a part of it, having been taught by these highly acclaimed artists since her first steps. Functioning as a link connecting the past with the present. Chronos, in this unique performance, is in a way Dimitra Galani herself. Chronos is those songs that we always need to recall in order to redefine our culture.
Events in August 2016
Cooking Class Greek Islands
Andros has its own specialties. Let's discover them together! The island yields a bounty of unusual indigenous herbs and vegetables...They will welcome you at Chez Joseph's, with fresh juice, coffee and traditional Greek cookies. Katerina Remoundou will give you an introductory lecture to the cuisine of the Cycladic Islands and particularly of Andros, as well as, to the unique local products of our island. The island yields a bounty of unusual indigenous herbs and vegetables.
You will learn about the local cheeses and sausages, with a live demonstration of different recipes. When the dishes are prepared and cooked, you will be able to enjoy the fruits of your labors accompanied by a glass of delicious Andros wine or raki.
Cooking Class duration is 3-4 hrs
Hike and boat trip Greek Islands
Come and spend an action-filled day on Andros island! You will walk, swim, explore archaeological sites, land and sea-bed, rest and have a lovely picnic on the beach...Come and spend an action-filled day on Andros island! You will walk, swim, explore archaeological sites, land and sea-bed, rest and have a lovely picnic on the beach.
From Ano Aprovato we take a part of the “Wide Road” (Fardia Strada), the medieval road and signposted path No. 9, pass by the impressive waterfalls, walk on the steep sides of Mount Petalo and go down towards Paleopoli. We stop at the roadside café in the shade of a huge plane tree to try the spoon-sweets and visit the nearby Archaeological Museum.
We continue down to the Paleopoli beach, exploring the archaeological site of this city that served as the capital of Andros for an entire millennium.
We will then board the waiting “Nemo,” which is fully equipped for the trip that our captain will take us on, to respectfully explore the sea-bed around the ancient harbor breakwater.
Afterwards, we will depart for the nearby sandy beach of Koutsi, where we will rest, swim and have a picnic.
We return to Batsi or Gavrio by boat.
Events in September 2016
3rd Santorini Biennale Greek Islands
The Santorini Biennale is pleased to announce «Alice in Wonderland» as the theme for its 3rd Edition. Who is Alice and where is Wonderland? The Organizin...The Santorini Biennale is pleased to announce «Alice in Wonderland» as the theme for its 3rd Edition. Who is Alice and where is Wonderland? The Organizing Committee of Santorini Biennale is preparing for 2016, to organize the upcoming Biennale, from September 01 2016 to October 15 2016. The Santorini Biennale is inspired by the ways in which ideas are born and disseminated – how they then develop and diversify within our increasingly interconnected global society. Art and culture continue to play a distinctive role in defining and re-examining the past, understand the present and imagine the future direction of human endeavour.
Serifos Sunset Race 2016 Greek Islands
What makes Serifos Sunset Race unique is that it takes off during the sunset hour. With starting point on the main island road that hovers above the beautiful V...What makes Serifos Sunset Race unique is that it takes off during the sunset hour. With starting point on the main island road that hovers above the beautiful Vagia beach, a beach tucked between the characteristic rocky slopes of the Cyclades and ending right on one of the best beaches on the island. Running under a beautiful sky that morphs into a blaze of gold and orange by the time the sun is setting down. As runners dashed to the end, at Vagia, the beach party is starting, with snacks, refreshments, good music, happy crowds and a great view. Much of the running crowd jumps right into the sea for refreshing post-race swim. It will be the 4th Serifos Sunset Race this year. And is incredible how the race has grown in a few years. Plus, there are swimming races added to the roster and other sponsored events. Overall, the island races have a more intimate feel and they are a perfect getaway experience. If you love running, this is certainly one great way to discover Serifos and Greek beauty.
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