Russia is the largest state globally, on the territory of which there is everything that may interest travelers of all age groups and individual preferences. Here are the most extensive forests, mountains, and the deepest lakes globally, and twelve seas wash the coastline. Russia is a mysterious country, a country with an “open soul,” and interesting facts about Russia are only a part of what awaits the guests of this vast state.
Russia - a short history
The history of Russia originates from the emergence of the Slavs, who appeared about 3-3.5 thousand years ago, standing out from the Indo-European ethnic group. From the middle of the 1st millennium BC., they began to move to Eastern Europe, settling by the VIII century. AD the basin of the rivers Dnieper, Dniester, Western Dvina, Oka, and the upper reaches of the Volga.
The first state of the Russian people, Kievan Rus, existed for about 300 years. It was a federation of principalities ruled jointly by the Rurik dynasty. The development of feudal relations and the strengthening of the independence of individual cities led to the political fragmentation of Kievan Rus. At the end of the thirties of the XIII century. Mongol Tatars attacked Russia, and for almost 250 years, it became dependent on the Golden Horde. The yoke accelerated the process of fragmentation of Russia. Still, at the same time, as the economy and culture revived, it turned into an incentive for unification. Due to several factors, the place of a political leader at the beginning of the XIV century. Moscow advanced, which is explained by its favorable geographical position, and the far-sighted policy of its princes.
The reign of Catherine II is called the "golden age of the nobility" and "enlightened absolutism" since the empress completed formalizing the nobility into a privileged class. The situation of the peasants deteriorated significantly: serfdom acquired the features of slavery. The growth of social contradictions resulted in the peasant war of E. I. Pugachev. Still, its defeat led to the expansion of feudal dependence. All this spoke of the brewing crisis of the feudal system, which was acutely manifested in the 19th century.
By the middle of the 19th century, serf relations worsened and escalated in the country: among the landowners, they aroused fears for the future, and among the serfs, an increase in dissatisfaction with their beggarly condition. In peasant unrest, which significantly intensified during the Crimean War, the government, led by Alexander II in 1862, carried out a reform that abolished serfdom.
In the years preceding the First World War of 1914-1917, Russia's foreign policy was determined by the line of rapprochement with Great Britain, fixed by the 1907 agreement on the division of spheres of influence in Iran and Central Asia. This agreement led to the finalization of the Entente - a "cordial agreement," the military-political alliance of England, France, and Russia, and Russia's participation in the First World War. The internal political crisis, which resulted in the February Revolution of 1917, led to Russia's withdrawal from the war. The revolution destroyed the old state system and created a new political situation. The Bolshevik Party seized power in Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Lenin, and the Soviets of Workers', Soldiers', and Peasants' Deputies were proclaimed the supreme authority.
On December 30, 1922, the Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) Union was formed. After the death of Lenin, the internal political struggle intensified, and Joseph Stalin came to power, establishing a dictatorship and destroying all his political rivals. In 1939, Russia concluded a non-aggression pact with Germany. Still, on June 22, 1941, Nazi Germany attacked the USSR, violating the agreement's provisions. The Great Patriotic War began. During the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, Soviet troops went on the offensive. They defeated the German army, victoriously ending the war in May 1945 with the capture of Berlin.
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In 1985, Gorbachev announced perestroika (a set of political and economic reforms). By the early 1990s, perestroika led to the collapse of the USSR. And on December 12, 1993, the Constitution of the Russian Federation was adopted at a referendum, declaring Russia a democratic federal state with a republican form of government headed by a president.
How did the Soviet Union's collapse influence today’s Russia?
The collapse of the Union was part of the process that began after the First World War - the operation of the failure of multinational states or, more simply, empires. Some of these empires did not survive the First World War - the Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungary ... And the Bolsheviks managed to maintain control over most of the Russian Empire through violence and a more resourceful policy towards nationalities and national minorities. The Soviet Union was the first to adopt the nationalism and multinationality of the state. It seemed that the national question was resolved and that history was deceived. Still, until the end of the 20th century, the Soviet Union followed the path of the same Portuguese, British, French, and other empires. The 20th century turned out to be the century of the collapse of multinational states and the creation of national states on their ruins or conditions that would like to be national.
In a purely Soviet context, reform attempts took place, the primary ideological and moral source of which were the reforms of the Prague Spring, that is, the 1960s. The idea was that economic and political reforms should develop simultaneously: in China, they took a different path - economic reform without political reform. At the same time, in the Soviet Union, these things were interconnected. As soon as Gorbachev introduced the first elements of electoral democracy, the first forces that could mobilize were the national movements. Which, outwardly, were weak. There were few dissidents. Still, if you look at the composition of political prisoners in various forms of the Gulag, the percentage of national minorities - including the Baltic states, Jews, Ukrainians, and so on - went off the scale compared to the number of ethnic Russian dissidents.
Electoral democracy turned out to be incompatible with a multinational state. The main "glue" was a force - military, political repression, etc. International states built on such a basis proved unable to exist.
What was life like under communism in Russia?
75% of Russians believe that the Soviet era was the best time in the country's history; only 18% of respondents do not agree with this judgment. This follows from the study “The Structure and Reproduction of the Memory of the Soviet Union in Russian Public Opinion” prepared by the Levada Center, which Vedomosti has reviewed.
Hearing the expression "Soviet era," the respondents, first of all, think about stability and confidence in the future (16% of answers), good life in the country (15%), and personal life - childhood, youth, parents (11%). Negative assessments occur much less frequently: 4% of respondents recall shortages, queues, and coupons, and 1% about the Iron Curtain, stagnation, and repression. In general, 76% of respondents give positive characteristics of the Soviet era, 38% - neutral, and only 7% - negative. As some respondents gave different estimates, this sum is higher than 100%. 65% of Russians regret the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the same number believe that it could have been avoided; 26% of respondents have an opposite opinion on both issues. 52% of those who regret the collapse of the USSR say that they are upset by the loss of a sense of belonging to great power, 49% regret the destruction of the single economic system and 37% - about the increased mutual distrust and bitterness.
But at the same time, only 28% of respondents agree to “return to the path that the Soviet Union was following,” while the majority favor either Russia’s “own, special path” (58%) or the European version of development (10%).
Russians' ideas about the Soviet era are primarily favorable. Still, general statements about social stability replace personal memories, confidence in the future, and a good life in the USSR says Levada Center sociologist Karina Pipia. It is also noteworthy, according to her, that representatives of all age and generational groups agree with the installation of the socio-economic well-being of citizens in the USSR. Still, nostalgia for the Soviet Union is more typical for older people. However, young people join those who believe that the collapse of The USSR could have been avoided. However, the romanticization of the Soviet past does not lead to a desire to restore the Soviet system.
Neither those who lived in the USSR nor the post-Soviet youth want this.
How did Vladimir Putin become President, and what has been his impact on Russia?
In three years, Putin has risen from Deputy Director for Presidential Affairs to Secretary of the Security Council. In 1996, after the failure of Sobchak in the gubernatorial elections, Vladimir Vladimirovich was invited to Moscow for the post of Deputy Chief of the President of the Russian Federation. Putin oversaw the legal department and the management of Russia's foreign property.
In the spring of 1997, Vladimir Putin was appointed deputy head of the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, replacing Alexei Kudrin.
In the summer of 1998, he became the head of the FSB. In the fall, he reorganized the structure. Six months later, Vladimir Putin took the post of Secretary of Security Council of the Russian Federation while maintaining his position in the FSB. In 1999, President Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin as Russia's prime minister.
In 1997, Vladimir Putin defended his Ph.D. thesis in economics at the Mining Institute of St. Petersburg. The title of the work is “Strategic planning for the reproduction of the mineral resource base of the region in the conditions of the formation of market relations (St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region).
On December 31, 1999, Yeltsin resigned. Putin became acting President of Russia. He was given symbols of power, including the "nuclear suitcase." According to him, it was not an easy decision for him.
25 Interesting Facts about Russia
1. Russia is the largest country in the world. However, this is no secret to anyone.
2. Russia is the only country washed by a whole dozen seas globally.
3. The deepest lake on earth, Baikal, is in Russia.
4. The most ancient mountains on the planet, the Urals, are of Russian heritage.
5. There are more than eight hundred glaciers in Altai.
6. The borders of Russia and the United States in the north are separated by 4 kilometers.
7. The deepest subway in the world is located in St. Petersburg. Its depth is more than a hundred meters.
8. The world's largest active volcano is Klyuchevskaya Sopka, almost five kilometers high. It has been erupting for over seven thousand years.
9. St. Petersburg has three times as many bridges as Venice.
10. The most significant medieval fortress in the world is the Moscow Kremlin.
11. St. Petersburg is the world's northernmost metropolis with over a million inhabitants.
12. The area of Siberia is about nine percent of the entire land area of the Earth.
13. Russia borders 16 countries.
14. In Russia, women won the right to vote in elections earlier than in the United States.
15. There are almost ten thousand trains in the Moscow metro.
16. The most extensive plain on the planet is the West Siberian.
17. There are about three million works of art in the Hermitage.
18. The most visited McDonald's globally is in Moscow on Pushkin Square.
19. Sushi is more prevalent in Russia than in Japan.
20. The highest university in the world is Moscow State University.
21. Before the revolution, firearms were sold freely in Russia.
22. The Ostankino TV Tower was the tallest building in Europe for a long time. But in recent years, skyscrapers have surpassed it in height.
23. The coat of arms of Chelyabinsk depicts a camel.
24. About four percent of the territory of Russia is occupied by protected reserves.
25. The world's largest tram network is located in St. Petersburg.
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Transnistria is an unrecognized microstate in the center of Europe, located between Ukraine and Moldova. The country is stretched from northwest to southeast along the Dniester valley for 200 kilometers. The distance between the village of Mikhailovka, Rybnitsa district, and the eastern borders of the republic are a little more than 2 kilometers.
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The Transnistrian Moldavian Republic is among the seven countries with a developed referendum democracy.
The most crucial state decisions in the country are made through direct democracy: the opinion of citizens determines state policy (including foreign policy). The inhabitants of Transnistria themselves proclaimed the republic at referendums in its cities and villages. The issue of independence was also resolved with the broad participation of the people. The citizens insist on deploying soldiers of the Russian army here, who Transnistriansperceive as guarantors of peace. The people also solve geopolitical issues: in 2006, 97.1% of Transnistriansvoted for independence and integration with Russia. Distinctive features of the Transnistrian referendums are high turnout and unanimity of citizens.
The constitutions of several states provide for the referendum. Still, only seven countries actively use this instrument of direct democracy: Ireland, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Switzerland, and Transnistria.
The first referendum on the territory of the USSR was held in Transnistria. In total, since 1990, 7 republican referenda have been held here. In neighboring Moldova, during independence, there were two republican referendums (in 1994 and 2010), one of which was declared invalid. One referendum was held in Gagauzia, which is reduced to a superficial region of Moldova (in 2014).
Transnistria is one of two states globally that do not have broad international recognition and has its full-fledged currency.
According to some data, there are about 120 unrecognized or partially recognized states today. The Geopolitics website lists the 35 most famous (without dependent territories). However, according to other sources, there are a little more than 20 such countries. All of them have the state's main features, but not every country from this group was able to create its full-fledged monetary system. For example, only the Republic of China (Taiwan, Taiwanese dollar) has its currency among the partially recognized states. At the same time, Kosovo uses the euro, Western Sahara uses the Moroccan charm, Northern Cyprus uses the Turkish lira, and South Ossetia and Abkhazia use the Russian ruble.
Among the states not recognized by any UN member country, only Transnistria and Somaliland have a full-fledged currency. Nagorno-Karabakh also has its own money, but they are not used in actual circulation and are the subject of interest of numismatist collectors (limited circulation and insignificant denomination).
The payment instrument on the territory of the PMR is the Transnistrian ruble, introduced in 1994.
On the front side of its denominations are depicted historical figures who influenced the historical fate of Transnistria: generals of the Russian Empire Alexander Suvorov and Pyotr Rumyantsev (who, according to sources, was born in Transnistria), Empress Catherine II, Ukrainian poet, prose writer, and ethnographer Taras Shevchenko, Moldovan-Russian politician and encyclopedist Dmitry Kantemir.
The world's first experience of introducing coins made of composite materials into circulation
In 2014, the Central Bank of Transnistria put coins made of composite materials into circulation. They are made using Planet technology, innovative development of Goznak of Russia. Mixed coins combine the characteristics of banknotes (security against forgery; easy recognition by color, design, shape, and size; lightweight; low cost of production) and metal coins (high abrasion resistance; resistance to water and various chemical liquids).
And although plastic money appeared back in 1983 (today, such banknotes are found in 53 states), Transnistria became the first country to put composite coins into circulation.
For innovation in applying the best characteristics of banknotes and coins in coins made of composite materials, the Transnistrian Republican Bank became the winner of the "Watermark banknotes Awards" in the nomination. "Substrates for the modification of banknotes."
In Transnistria, the Moldovan language was preserved in the Cyrillic script.
After the Supreme Council of the MSSR adopted 1989 the law “On the Functioning of Languages on the Territory of the Republic of Moldova,” the Moldovan language in the Cyrillic script was preserved only on the territory of Transnistria. Article 1 of this law announced the transition of the Moldavian language to the Latin alphabet, adopted in the United Principalities of Wallachia and Moldova (future Romania) back in 1862. Meanwhile, Moldavian writing is historically Cyrillic: narrative monuments in the Moldavian and Wallachian languages in Cyrillic have been known since the 16th century (Athanasius Kochaga's dedicatory note, a letter from the boyar Nyakshu), but before that, the language of administration, church, and literature in the Moldavian principality and Wallachia was Church Slavonic ( Urik of Roman I from 1392).
Urik of Roman I - the first known document of the Moldavian Principality, written in Church Slavonic in Cyrillic script, 1392:
The Latin alphabet began to be used in the Danubian principalities only in the 19th century. Switching to the Latin alphabet was explained because these languages are part of the Romance group. Therefore, phonetically they are more consistent with the Latin alphabet. Adherents of this idea, however, do not like to recall the words of Mihai Eminescu:
“Our phonetic laws are Old Slavic, which, however, are unusual and even surprisingly close to Romance, so much so that their merging in the Romanian language is completely natural.” (Letter to Titus Maiorescu, Iasi, October 15, 1877)
The PMR is the only state on the territory of the former USSR where the hammer and sickle remained on the coat of arms and flag.
For the first time, the flag of Transnistria was raised at 15:00 on September 2, 1991. It repeats the colors and symbols of the flag of the Moldavian SSR of 1952 (the creation of the Moldavian SSR was declared illegal by the Moldavian Parliament in June 1990). A golden sickle and hammer with a five-pointed star are in the upper left corner of the red canvas with a green line in the middle. This symbol disappeared from all the flags of the former Soviet republics in the early 90s of the last century. Today it can only be seen on the flags of some cities and regions of Russia: the Vladimir and Bryansk regions, the cities of Orel and Dzerzhinsk.
The hammer and sickle are the main elements of the emblem of the PMR, which, with some differences, repeats the symbol of the MSSR: the stylized horizon, from which the sun rises, is indicated by a blue ribbon with a white wavy line (it symbolizes the Dniester River). The color of the central bunch of grapes also differs: blue - on the Transnistrian and yellow - on the coat of arms of the MSSR.
The hammer and sickle, representing the unity of workers and peasants, are usually associated with the communist movement and the Soviet Union. However, Transnistria is not a communist state - the flag and coat of arms symbolize the historical continuity between the MASSR, established in 1924, and the PMR, proclaimed by the people in 1990.
"Younger brother" of Berlin Lenin
According to the observations of travel agents, 50% of foreign guests of Transnistria come to the capital of the PMR, Tiraspol, for Lenin. Transnistria is one of the few countries of the former USSR and the socialist camp where monuments to the leader of the world proletariat are not being dismantled. In the city center, one can often see how groups of foreigners are actively photographing the granite Vladimir Ilyich in front of the Government and Supreme Council buildings. A lot of assumptions have been made about the secret of his popularity. Meanwhile, the monument to Lenin in Tiraspol is the "little brother" of another monument - a 19-meter pink granite statue from Berlin on Leninplatz (now the United Nations Square).
In 1991, the Berlin Lenin was dismantled, and the Tiraspol one became an object of nostalgic tourism.
It was erected in 1987 and, according to experts, is one of the twenty highest monuments to Lenin. However, this moment is debatable: the height of the Transnistrian Ilyich is 16 meters, while the list of leaders begins with a 19-meter mark. By the way, in the first place is the monument to Lenin in Volgograd. It is not just tall. It is genuinely gigantic: together with the pedestal, it is 57 meters high.
According to experts, by 1991, 14,290 monuments to Lenin were erected in the USSR. Today there are about 8,000 left. At least nothing less.
Many Transnistrians have passports of several countries at once, citizens of four or more states.
This is explained by deep family ties between representatives of various ethnic groups and compatriots of the inhabitants of Bulgaria, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, etc.
All Transnistriansare also citizens of the PMR, but the UN member states do not recognize the republic's passport. Citizenship of different forms in a peculiar political situation allows residents of Transnistria to travel outside the republic and visit other countries.
PMR is one of the twenty countries with three or more official languages
Representatives of more than 30 nationalities live in Transnistria. There is no titular nation. According to the latest census in 2015, more than a thousand people designated their ethnicity as “Prinestrovian.” 93% of the republic inhabitants consider themselves Russians (34%), Moldovans, and Ukrainians (26.7%).
This parity of peoples underlies the Russian, Moldovan, and Ukrainian official state languages.
Multilingualism is typical for many countries of the world, but not every language has the status of a state language. There are more than 200 recognized, partially recognized, and unrecognized states on the planet. Of these, you can find two dozen countries with three or more official languages. Ahead of the rest - Bolivia with 37 official languages (according to the 2009 constitution). In New Zealand, even sign language is one of the state languages.
One of the largest settlements of Bulgarians outside the ethnic homeland is located in Transnistria.
Between the cities of Tiraspol and Bender is the village of Parkany. According to official figures, more than 10 thousand people live here, of which 80% are Bulgarians. The Parklane is the largest enclave outside Bulgaria, Taraclia in Moldova and Bolgrad in Ukraine.
The village has preserved the charm of the original Bulgarian culture. You can not only see and hear it but also taste it. Parkins retain elements of past years in architecture, in language, in holidays that are brightly celebrated, in customs and rituals, and even in the character traits of residents.
One of the three regions of Eastern Europe with a large concentration of ancient monuments
In Transnistria, in a relatively small area (4163 km²), more than two thousand historical and cultural monuments have been officially identified. 95% of them are archeological monuments. Meanwhile, according to experts of the Transnistrian State University, there are many more ancient objects: about 10-12 thousand. These are numerous settlements of different cultures, sanctuaries, sites from the Stone Age, and burial mounds - cult steppe pyramids.
"Royal mound" near the village of Bury, Grigoriopol region:
In the scientific centers of the CIS and Europe, Transnistria is called the "archaeological Klondike," the contact zone where the ancient cultures of the West and East intersected.
Golden hryvnia from the Dubossary region:
Transnistria is one of the three unique historical and cultural regions of Eastern Europe (along with the Caucasus and Crimea), where monuments of ancient history with a diverse chronological and cultural coverage are found almost at every turn.
Unique geological monuments are located on the territory of the republic.
For paleontologists from all over the world, Tiraspol is known not as a city but as a paleontological symbol. In the northwest of the capital of Transnistria, there is a geological reference section up to 30 meters, which journalists called the "stone book" with the chronicle of the Pleistocene era. We talk about the unique geological and paleontological monument "Kolkotova Balka."
This is a complete stratigraphic section of the Quaternary period in Eurasia, where a stratification of sediments containing traces of ancient animals and plants has been preserved in a strict geological sequence. Sediments accumulated here from 1 million to 300 thousand years ago. Scientists have discovered the remains of various microorganisms, plants, and animals (cave lions, mammoth ancestors - trogontherian elephants, and many others).
Mammoth tusk, found in the Kolkotovaya Balka deposits, is stored in the Geological Museum of PSU:
The data of the sections allow us to conclude the ancient landscape and climate. The latter changed from arid to cold several times, judging by various finds.
An ancestral tooth of a mammoth trogontherian elephant, found in the Sukleysky quarry, is stored in the Geological Museum of PSU:
However, Kolkotova Balka is not the only geological landmark of Transnistria. In Kamensky, Rybnitsky and Griogriopolsky districts there are outcrops of an older Neogene system. The deposits date back to 13-9 million years ago - just when the waters of the Sarmatian Sea were here instead of land (the name is conditional and has nothing to do with the historical Sarmatians).
According to paleontologists, the geological Sarmatian sections are unique. It is no coincidence that in the scientific centers of Russia, Transnistria is called a paleontological paradise.
In Transnistria, rare plants of several geographical zones have been preserved at once
As a result of intensive economic activity, many plant species that previously grew in the steppe have disappeared. However, in reserve near the village of Novaya Andriyashevka, relics, endemics, and rare plants grow, which you can no longer find in other steppe places. Due to a peculiar hilly landscape. They have been preserved as inconvenient for agriculture.
The reserve is spread on the picturesque hills in the vicinity of the village of Novaya Andriyashevka:
The flora of the reserve is diverse. It combines elements from different geographical areas, yet it is closely linked to the ancient Mediterranean. About 50 plant species are subject to protection. Six species were included in the Red Book of the USSR (for example, Sarmatian bellevalia, Odesa gymnosperm, which had previously disappeared, but were reintroduced by Transnistrian biologists).
In general, Transnistria is characterized by a mixture of different geographical areas. Crossing the republic along the Dniester valley, for 202 kilometers, one can see a sudden change of landscapes: steppes, hills, and forests.
Corfu is different from the rest of the Greek resorts. According to most tourists, the quality of services in the island's hotels is an order of magnitude higher than in the Halkidiki Peninsula, Rhodes, or Crete. And although there are no ancient temples and theaters here, there are several perfectly preserved monuments of Byzantine architecture, Orthodox monasteries, and palaces in Corfu.
Best places to visit in Corfu
Corfu has an incredibly picturesque landscape. The viewing platforms scattered throughout the island offer an unforgettable view of the coast, fertile plains, coniferous forests, hills surrounded by greenery, and small villages. The healing Mediterranean air of Corfu can strengthen your health and energize you, and the gentle sun will give you a uniform and golden tan.
20. The old town of Kerkyra
The Greeks founded Kerkyra in the 8th century BC. It was ruled by the Roman and Byzantine empires. At the beginning of the 19th century, Kerkyra was under the protectorate of the Russian Empire for seven years. Since 2007, the city center has been included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
19. Aqualand water park
An entertainment complex for the whole family with many water attractions. The water park has created conditions for visitors of all ages so that even the youngest children will not get bored. The infrastructure includes several services for people with disabilities. Aqualand is one of the largest water parks in Greece. It is located on an area of 75 thousand square meters.
18. Paleo Furio
Venetian fort, built in the 15th and 16th centuries on the foundations of an 8th century Byzantine fortress. At the foot of the hill on which the fortification stands, the Church of St. George is built, decorated with Doric columns. The temple was built by the British in the 19th century. Many of the city's buildings, such as the Venetian governor's palace and some churches, have not survived.
17. Neo Furio
Another Venetian fortress was built in the 16th century to strengthen Corfu's line of defense. Later, the construction was completed by the British and the French. Neo Furio is located on top of St. Mark. Nowadays, some spaces are used as seaport offices. The other part is open to the public. There is a small gallery on the fortress territory, where exhibitions are sometimes held.
16. Liston Street (Kerkyra)
The street was founded in 1807-14. Architects I. Parmesan and M. de Lesseps worked on the project. It was created after the image of the Parisian "promenades" characteristic of the French capital. Initially, only representatives of aristocratic families were allowed to enter the alley. Many souvenir shops, jewelry stores, and cafes are concentrated on Liston Street.
15. Spianada Square (Kerkyra)
One of the central squares of Kerkyra, surrounded by picturesque vegetation and historic buildings. It is located near the Paleo Frurio fortress and the main tourist promenade, st. Liston. Spianada Square is a cozy and comfortable place for leisurely walks, constantly used by tourists and locals alike. There are taverns around the market where you can sample hearty Greek cuisine.
14. Achillion Palace
The palace complex was built in 1890 at the request of the Austrian Empress Amalia Elizabeth of Bavaria. Corfu was Elisabeth's favorite vacation spot. Here she often fled Vienna, ugly and pompous. After the empress's death, the palace became the residence of Kaiser Wilhelm II. By its decree, the interiors were updated. There is currently a museum on the site of the castle.
13. Palace of Saints Michael and George
The palace was built in 1819-24 for the British governor of the Ionian Islands. The local senate and the St. George's Knightly Order headquarters were here. The complex is built in a classic style. Its façade is adorned with a long row of ionic columns. Today, the palace houses the Museum of Asian Art, which houses an extensive collection of diplomat G. Manos collected during his long travels through Asia.
12. Mouse Island
A small island named "Pontikonisi" is located south of Corfu. There is a legend that this is Ulysses' ship, which was turned to stone by the angry god Poseidon. The place was nicknamed "Mouse Island" because of its small size. The island is easy to get to on foot in minutes. Boats run from Corfu to Pontikonisi. Some tourists prefer to swim in that place.
11. Vlaherna Monastery
Orthodox monastery from the XVIII-XIX centuries, founded by the pious Tsilibaris family. Throughout the twentieth century, the monastery was feminine. After a brief period of decline in 2005, by decree of the President of Greece, it was reborn as a man. The monastery is located on a small island near Mouse Island. It is connected to the mainland by a narrow isthmus. The revered icon of the Mother of God Blakherna is kept in the monastery.
10. Paleokastritsa Monastery
The 17th-century men's monastery is located in the picturesque west of Corfu. It is located on top of a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the waters of the Ionian Sea. The monastery was built on the site of an old monastery destroyed in 1225. Inside its walls are kept the icon of Skopietissa (Paleokastritsa) and the icon of the Assumption. Next to the monastery complex is a wine cellar, an icon museum, and an olive oil factory.
9. St. Spyridon's Cathedral (Kerkyra)
The temple is located among the historic districts of Kerkyra, right in the heart of the old town. Lots of funds for the development of the church were donated by the Russian Empress Catherine II. The temple has always been considered one of the most luxurious in the Ionian Islands. Its interior is richly decorated with frescoes from the 17th-18th centuries—Italian style. The cathedral contains the relics of Saint Spyridon, the patron saint of Corfu.
8. British Cemetery (Kerkyra)
Corfu was under the British protectorate from 1815-to 64. Since the British belonged to the Church of England, they needed their cemetery, organized almost immediately after the island's transfer to the British. The oldest tombs date back to 1817. Soldiers who took part in the world wars and representatives of the British administration are buried in the British cemetery.
7. Angelokastro Fortress
The building is an important Byzantine monument in Corfu. It was built at the beginning of the 13th century. From the 14th century, the Venetian Republic owned the fortress. During the siege by Ottoman troops, Angelokastro resisted the attack, despite his small garrison. The defense has survived so far in reasonably good condition. Since 2009, the fortification has been open to the public.
6. Kassiopi Castle
Kassiopi is a small town in Corfu with about 1200 people. It is believed that settlements have existed on this site since the time of King Pyrrhus (3rd century BC). Kassiopi Castle was founded on the ruins of a Roman fortification during the Byzantine period. Later, the Venetians did an excellent job of strengthening the city. The facility is located on a cape. It is visible from the port.
5. The "channel of love" in Sidari
An incredibly picturesque place in the northwestern part of the island, next to Sidari beach. The "Canal of Love" series of narrow water strips interspersed between rocks and ends in small bays. This Greek "fjord" has hot water and a cozy sandy beach. The place is very popular with tourists due to its beauty and expressiveness.
4. Paleokastritsa Beach
The sandy and pebble beach is 23.5 km away from the city of Corfu. It differs in that even on the hottest day, the water here remains relatively cold. Picturesque hills surround the beach. Some beautiful bays and bays can be explored by renting a small boat in its surroundings. Paleokastritsa is a popular diving destination for both beginners and experienced divers.
3. Agios Gordios Beach
The beach is located in the western part of Corfu. It is surrounded by hills, pine trees, and citrus orchards. Most of the beach is covered with pebbles, but there is also a sandy area. The total length of Agios Gordios is about 1.5 km. A wide range of entertainment is offered to tourists. You can rent water equipment, bungee jumping, boating, or paragliding here.
2. Mount Pantokrator
The highest mountain on the island (906 meters above sea level). At its top are a monastery and modern telecommunication towers. From the Pantokrator observation deck on a clear day, you can even see the distant shores of the Apennine Peninsula. There are several hiking trails that you can climb to the top for tourists. The climb takes about two hours.
1. Kaiser observation deck
The equipped playground is located on the rocks near the village of Pelekas. Here the German kaiser Wilhelm II liked to spend minutes resting (hence the place's name). A circular panorama of the surroundings opens from the platform - you can see Mount Pantokrator, the coast of Albania, the west and east coasts of Corfu, as well as all the beauties of the green valley of Ropa.
Sunny Greece is a picturesque land created by the gods for the rest of the soul and body. The islands of Kos, Santorini, the western part of Rhodes, the Halkidiki peninsula, and the eastern part of the Peloponnese are washed by the Aegean Sea. The east coast of Rhodes and the northern and southern beaches of Crete caress the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Ionian Sea will help you enjoy a holiday in western Crete, eastern Corfu, and the western part of the Peloponnese. Lovers of invigorating swimming will enjoy the refreshing Adriatic Sea on Corfu's western and northern shores.
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From May to October, you will get an incredible relaxation on all the seas, sunbathing on the comfortable beaches and enjoying the gentle turquoise waters of the sea. Many resorts in Greece by the sea offer tourists to see the ancient attractions, immerse themselves in the dizzying atmosphere of the nightlife and enjoy the taste of the local cuisine, and you can choose where to relax.
In the necklace of the Greek islands, the legendary homeland of Zeus, Crete, stands out as the most fabulous pearl. It hosts the southernmost resorts in the country, where it enjoys almost 340 days a year of sunny weather: beautiful mountain scenery, sandy beach areas, and beautiful inns for romantic and family vacations.
Among the many resorts, an unforgettable holiday on the sandy shores surrounded by picturesque nature will be provided by Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, Rethymno, Chania, Heraklion, and Hersonissos, Malia, Lassithi. If you prefer more comfort, staying in the eastern part of Crete, on Lassithi, with sandy beaches in the Gulf of Mirabella and "star" hotels, is better.
In the northern region, the resort of Rethymno has gained popularity with a coast dotted with a mixture of sand and pebbles, a gentle descent into the water, and a freshwater lake with its beach. There are many hotels on the first line in the city. It is pleasant to walk around, enjoying the picturesque combination of Venetian and Oriental architecture.
The Heraklion coast stretches along the central part. It is a lively resort for young people, with water parks and an aquarium. Moving to the west coast of Crete, you are in the most exotic resort - Chania, surrounded by lush exotic vegetation, famous for the best sandy beaches, architectural monuments, and Venetian-style mansions. Those who are just interested in spending time on the beach can safely choose Elafonisi, the red beach in Matale, the Vapay beach on Lassithi, and the wild Balos beach with luxurious white sand.
Rhodes will satisfy the most demanding tourists with its natural beauty, all-encompassing tourist infrastructure, and fantastic weather. There are beaches on the island for all tastes: sandy and pebble, comfortable and wild, picturesque and relaxing bays, and open to all winds.
All beaches are accessible. Fans of a versatile beach holiday, sightseeing, and active nightlife should choose the capital - Rhodes, located in the north. Here, on the spit, there are beaches from two nearby seas - the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea, which differ in terms of water temperature and the presence of sea waves.
It is preferable to rest with the children, heading south, where peace reigns. A famous beach - Ellie with white sand overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and excellent infrastructure. The sandy pebble beach of Paropoul and the pebble beaches of Ixia and Ialyssos, which stretch along the rolling shores of the Aegean Sea, are suitable for extreme sports fans.
Several unique beaches in Kallithea, nestled in cozy little bays, are famous for their Roman hot springs. Among the Mediterranean resorts, Faliraki stands out with its clean, golden sand beaches of almost 4 kilometers, followed by Anthony Quinn Beach, located in a bay surrounded by cliffs.
Among the Mediterranean beaches awarded with "Blue Flags," we would like to mention Kolimbia and Afandou, the comfortable sandy beaches of Tsambika, Stegna, and Agati. In Rhodes, spending time on the beach goes well with visiting medieval forts, Byzantine and Catholic churches, museums, old Lindos with its acropolis, and visiting Rodini Park, the Butterfly Valley, and the ostrich farm.
Kos Island offers many pleasant moments, surrounded by picturesque nature and stunning beaches with resorts and attractions. Its gravel-dominated coastline is washed away by the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. In the central city - Kos, the beaches are too crowded.
Tourists intending to combine sea bathing and sunbathing on the beach with hiking in historic sites should head to Kamari and Kefalos with their quiet sea and well-equipped beaches separated by a bay. Near Kefalos, there is a cozy sandy beach with paradise, surprising with water bubbles near the coast coming from the volcanic gases emitted.
Kardamena Resort, located in the southwest, has hotels with beautiful beaches and the ancient temple of Apollo. In the northern part of Kos, there are unique black sand beaches that have settled on the shores of the volcanic eruption and Lake Aliko with flamingos.
Psalidi, with its gravel coastline, is a favorite among windsurfing enthusiasts. The wide white sandy beach of Maskhari, with a slight slope in the sea, is perfect for families. Terma Beach, famous for its hot springs, is located 10 kilometers from the capital.
There are many ancient attractions on Kos - the ancient city of Paleo Pili, the castle of Animachia, the site of the Asclepius sanatorium, the old Roman Odeon, and many medieval temples.
Immersed in greenery, Corfu is located 2 kilometers from mainland Greece in the northern part of the Ionian Sea. Several resort complexes with cozy hotels and cozy pebble beaches stretch along its coast.
A paradise hidden among small bays and bays is called Paleokastritsa Protected, located in the northwestern part of Corfu. Here sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the sea, and diving is complemented by plenty of entertainment options.
No less attractive for young people in the town of Kavos, located in the southeastern part of Corfu, famous for its active nightlife. For mature tourists and families, the southern resorts of Moraitika and Mesongi could not be found better. The settlement of Lefkimi will ensure an atmosphere of solitude and tranquility.
The deep warm shores of the sea, the clean beaches, and the daily comfort attract families with children here. The resort towns in northeast Dasia, Bourbaki, Nissaki, and Kontokali are also in good condition. Glyfada will appeal to those who like to combine an active daytime life with evening entertainment in restaurants and entertainment venues.
The young audience likes to gather in the northern resort of Sidari, famous for the legendary Love Channel, in Kassiopi, Rhoda, and Acharavi, with a high level of comfort and many entertainment options. Kommeno resort is preferred with luxury hotels, villas, expensive restaurants, and nightlife entertainment for the elite tourist category. There are many unique attractions on the island - 4 cities, several medieval churches, Achilleion Palace and Pontikonissi Island.
In the geographical trident of Halkidiki, the Kassandra Peninsula, named in honor of the king, who was the son-in-law of Alexander the Great, stands out. It is connected to the mainland by the beautiful Nea Potidea bridge. Kassandra is only 15 kilometers wide but stretches along the Aegean coast for 50 kilometers.
Young people go to lively and crowded resorts with a wide range of nightlife: Eriopigu, Kallithea, and Hanioti. Tourists with children prefer to relax in Nea and Sani. A delightful bay in the village of Nea Fokia, next to the beach strip, draws near the Byzantine tower by the sea, from which the sermons of the apostle Paul were read.
The golf course leads to a healing spring and a chapel. The comfortable location of Nea Potidea is famous for its magnificent beaches, covered with sand and fragments of an ancient fortress. The golden sand-covered Pevkohori coast is a paradise for lovers of solitude, surrounded by mountains, pine forests, and a gentle sea.
For those looking for privacy, do not hesitate to stay alive in the city of Nea Moudania. The peninsula is famous for its cozy sandy beaches, many of which have been awarded the Blue Flags of the European Union and have water parks.
On the beaches of Nea Fokea, it is good to snorkel at Glarokavas, where the depth is excellent, and lovers of boat trips and yachts like it. On the golden coast of Haiti, on the shores of the fine sand, both young people and families with children like to sunbathe and swim.
The second peak of Poseidon's trident - the Khalidiki peninsula - was Sithonia. Conquer with stunning scenery in a combination of mountainous terrain, clean pine trees, and coastlines, washed west by the waters of Kassandra Bay, east - by Singitimos Bay. The diversity of the coast, with fishing villages, comfortable bays, picturesque harbors, and clean unobstructed beaches, makes it possible to choose a safe place to relax for lovers of independent tourism.
Accommodation in Sithonia will not be a problem. The most prominent tourist center is Neos Marmaras, with two stunning beach areas on both sides of the town. Spend a wonderful holiday on the beautiful coastline of Parthenonas, with luxury hotels and a 17th-century temple. In the center, it is worth visiting the resorts: Kriaritsi, Marafias, Azapiko, Kalamtiko, Tristi Paradiso, and Caracas.
On the opposite side is the stunning mountain village of Sykia, with lovely terraces, the towns of Vourvourou and Sarti, and the breathtaking beauty of the Panagia Bay coast. Relaxing on the sandy shores of Porto Koufo Bay will attract families with children. The azure sea and numerous taverns with seafood delicacies offer an opportunity to eliminate the daily hustle and bustle.
The Athos Peninsula, where the sacred mountain rises, is part of Halkidiki. It is known that only men can visit Athos Monastery, so a joint venture or family should come to the peninsula to settle in Ouranoupoli, the nearest resort town of Athos, with developed tourist infrastructure.
You can stay here at relatively affordable prices even in the city center in a hotel with a pool, a little more expensive - in an apartment. But for lovers of luxury, it is also not difficult to find a hotel with a private beach. The city's main attractions are the 14th-century Byzantine tower and the Frankish castle.
The coast near Mount Athos is covered with pebbles and sand. The beach areas are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of a Campsite, it is fashionable to stay at a campsite near Ouranoupoli on Komitsa Beach with bars, cafes, and shops.
On the peninsula of Athos is interesting the city of Stagira, where the famous philosopher Aristotle was born, whose statue is in the city park. For anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of local traditions, we recommend visiting the city of Ierissos, with the ruins of an ancient settlement and several Byzantine temples.
Near the Halkidiki Peninsula, there is a beautiful Amoliani, which fascinates tourists at first sight. It has become a paradise for all those who prefer a secluded vacation. The landscapes with picturesque bays and sandy beaches, surrounded by olive groves on the hills, provoke an indescribable delight and the desire to stay here for a long time.
The guests' comfort is created by perfectly equipped beaches and comfortable hotels, of which there are more than 40 nightclubs and taverns with excellent seafood dishes. For lovers of active entertainment, there is everything for water sports. It is undeniable that the main asset in favor of the trip is the ecologically clean sandy beaches caressed by the warm azure sea.
In terms of their popularity, Alykes awarded the Blue Flag, is in the lead. The golden sandy shore, surrounded by lush vegetation, with a convenient entrance to the sea, attracts families with children. For couples in love, more secluded corners of the beach are suitable: Agias Georgios, Megali Amos, Karagatsi, Zaska, Faka, Nisakia, where there are fewer people, but all the equipment for the beach, swimming, and water activities are available.
The small island does not have a lot of attractions. Still, a relaxed life surrounded by flowery Mediterranean nature and authentic local houses will make you feel like a natural paradise.
The northernmost and greenest Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It is covered with forests, oaks, chestnuts, and banana plantations. It has such a small surface that it is not difficult to move around it in a day. The ancient capital of Thassos has long been considered the city of Limenas, surrounded by old city walls, behind which there are many ancient shrines and altars.
The beach and swimming will be fun in the resort of Potos, and in the evening it is fun to relax in the entertainment facilities. Theologos mountain village, notable for the ruins of an ancient city, has a beautiful, well-kept beach, especially suitable for surfers. In the historic town of Alik, apart from the beautiful beach and nature area, the fragments of an ancient temple with inscriptions are impressive.
For 115 kilometers, a luxurious beach stretches along the island, where the beaches of San Antonio, Paradise, Psili Amos, Makrimos, Glymoferi, and Marble shine with shining pearls, many of which have received the international Blue Flag rating. Tourists are ready to accept more than 180 hotels at affordable prices, both for standard accommodation and through the "all-inclusive" system.
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Charming little sunny Skiathos, with its luxurious nature, is washed by the emerald waters of the Aegean Sea. It offers its guests a wide range of marine pleasures and entertainment. To enjoy its charms in full force, you need to spend more than a week on Skiathos. Along the 44-kilometer coastline, towns and villages with excellent resort infrastructure and areas—well-kept beaches covered with fine and delicate sand.
The only difficulty for tourists is choosing a beach, of which there are 60. They have crystal clear water, sandy shores, and many water activities everywhere. Tourists are advised to sunbathe and swim at Little and Big Banana, the picturesque Vromolimnos. On the secluded beaches of Nikotsara, Castro, and Lalaria, which it is impossible to reach on foot, boats leave the port every day and take everyone to town in the evening.
It is the ideal destination for yachts. Little Chersonesos will conquer with the romance of the fortress Burtzi and a beautiful port. Skiathos will delight you with the ruins of the medieval Castro fortress, 17th-18th-century monasteries, and excellent hotel services and entertainment facilities. Excellent transport links are a perfect opportunity to get around the most beautiful places inside and out.
It is part of the Ionian Archipelago. Its name, "white" in Greek, comes from the white rocks that flank the west coast. The resorts of Lefkada are buried in dense vegetation, and the comfortable bays are beautiful places, with excellent beach infrastructure, lots of entertainment, and comfortable hotels of different stars.
The main tourist center is the picturesque town of Lefkada, which delights guests with colorful mosaic houses. Everyone calls the main wealth of Lefkada resorts its excellent beaches, which are firmly rooted in the ranking of the best in the world. On the southeast coast is Porto Katsiki, with its purest soft sand, azure waters, and luxurious natural surroundings.
If you are traveling to the southwest, it is impossible not to fall in love with the cozy and secluded beach corner - of Egremni. The lovely sandy beaches of Kathisma and Nydri, surrounded by pine forests, cypresses, and olive groves, are loved by tourists who prefer a comfortable and relaxing holiday. The leisure time of the island's guests will be diversified through its historical and cultural monuments.
A small sunny island in the Ionian Sea, with picturesque beaches, which has recently become a resort. The capital is Argostolion, with a population of 40,000. Nature has generously endowed the resorts of Poros, Skala, Spartia, Lassi, and Svaronata with a quiet coastline, beautiful mountains, and the purest ecology.
Among the most picturesque and comfortable beaches will be in the village of Assos, with a gravel coast and a sandy coast of Kaminia, with a shallow entrance to the sea, which is excellent for families with children. Well-maintained blue flag beaches: white sandy-pearl-covered Myrtos with white pebbles and white gravel Antisamos surrounded by lush hills, shallow water near the coast, which is good for the health of adults and children.
Fans of the taming of the waves will enjoy a stretch of miles of the coastal strip called Petani, with high cliffs, a deep transparent sea, a strong waves. Kefalonia offers guests almost 800 accommodation options in hotels with different statuses, apartments, and villas. There is an airport and in any tourist town, nightclubs, cafes and a cinema.
The tiny island, which became the birthplace of the legendary Odyssey, belongs to the administrative district of Kefalonia. This is a little-visited Greek resort, mainly due to the inconvenient transport connections from the mainland. But tourists visiting Ithaca notice the extraordinary charm of its comfortable bay and natural landscapes.
The most populous city - Vati, is considered the capital of Ithaca, so it is better to start getting to know the resorts here. The city conquers with its buildings, built in the Venetian traditions of architecture, historical monuments, and a natural harbor, the largest in the world. Holidays in Ithaca enjoy coasts mostly covered with small pebbles, clear waters, and low tourist density.
The comfortable Filiatro Beach, which stretches into a bay between a mountain range near Watu, is considered the best on the island. Poli Beach, located next to the Stavros settlement, is not inferior in its beauty and range of services. Wild beaches - Agios Ioannis with beautiful views, Piso Aetos - yacht and other rental boats, Gidaki and Dexa - great for snorkeling.
The only stretch of sand on the Mnimat coast, surrounded by olive groves, is popular with tourists and offers services. Finding accommodation in Ithaca will not be a problem. You can rent a decent room with a sea view or an apartment during the tourist season.
The Ionian island of dreams attracts tourists with beautiful scenery, golden beaches, warm turquoise sea, the healing scent of emerald coniferous forests, and attractions covered with exciting legends. No wonder it has been granted the status of an international nature reserve with unique creations of nature: Navagio Bay, the Blue Caves, the addition of relict turtles, and the Axos stone park.
The capital - the city of Zakynthos, is notable for its historical monuments and the charming beach area of nearby Kalamaki. Many comfortable hotels have recently been built on the east coast, and restaurants with traditional Mediterranean cuisine and bars have been opened.
The eastern towns of the island are recommended as magnificent resorts with sandy beaches: Alykes, Argassi, Vasilikos, Agios Nikolaos, Gerakas, and Laganas. The beautiful Porto Limnionas is hidden in a bay surrounded by cliffs to the west. The coastline surrounds the island for 120 kilometers, on which there are more than a hundred beaches, which stand out for their perfect cleanliness. All the beaches are lovely. Regardless of the choice of resort, you will be assured of many vivid impressions.
The most romantic Greek island, stretching like a crescent through the waters of the Aegean Sea. On the tops of its majestic cliffs are islands of white towns with stunning Cycladic architecture and views of the volcano's warming. The unforgettable charm of the landscapes, the relaxation at sea, and the tasting of the cuisine and wine of Santorini will remain in your memory with sweet memories.
The compact territory of Santorini is dotted with resorts with a wide selection of hotels of various categories, excellent infrastructure, and many beaches with volcanic sand. The main resort town is the capital - Fira, which is located on rock terraces, decorated with heavenly domes of churches, streets of snow-white houses, and scaffolding (cave houses).
There are plenty of hotels, bars, and restaurants here. The main beach area is Kamari, with a coastline of a mixture of pebbles and dark sand and several hotels and bars that stretch along the coastline. The quiet resort of Perissa, located at the foot of Mount Mesa Vouna, is not inferior to Kamari. A comfortable tan and marine activities await you on the shores covered with volcanic sand.
They are listed as the largest islands in the Aegean Sea. There are seven municipalities with over 200 thousand inhabitants. Larger cities are located along the coast, and small settlements are located on bays, mountains, and river valleys. The mountains divide the island into north, central, and south.
Each of them has all the conditions for receiving tourists in hotels, private cottages, various houses at affordable prices, and loyal services. On Euboea, the beach areas stretch for 680 kilometers, located in crowded resorts and isolated bays. At sea, the bottom is covered with cracks and underwater caves. The constant wind attracts surfers.
However, the wind does not catch up with the big waves, and tourists who prefer passive fun can sunbathe and swim safely. The most popular resorts are located mainly on the west coast, near the mainland: Edeps, Politics, and Eretria. Among the objectives of interest are several ancient monasteries and the remains of fortifications.
The country's southern peninsula is connected to the Balkans by the Isthmus of Corinth. It is divided into seven regions, where each has created a wide range of services for tourists. You can stay in a simple two-star hotel or a luxury five-star hotel in any coastal resort. Most of the beaches in the Peloponnese are sandy, remarkable for landscaping.
For a family vacation, it is best to head to the shores of the Achaea region, where cheap hotels or places between Kastoria and Corinth attract the magnificent bays and beaches of Loutraki and Xylokastro, and the pebbled coastline of Sykia is marked for the purity of the sea. Blue flag. " In the south, you should pay attention to Laconia for tourists who prefer secluded coastal places surrounded by cliffs. In Arcadia, there is a beautiful city Leonidion.
When choosing the Argolis region, you can't go wrong with Porto Heli, Plepi, and Tolo, where you will find both sandy and gravel beaches. In addition to being on the sea, the Peloponnese will impress with the monuments of the history of ancient Greece. As you rest, you will see the legendary palaces of Agamemnon, the famous Olympia with the ruins of the temple of Zeus, beautiful ancient temples, and medieval castles.
The third-largest Greek island has become a popular resort in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Glorified by ancient poets, he gained the ambiguous fame of a place where the cult of same-sex love flourished. The capital Lesvos is the port city of Mytilene, with two ports located in the southeast.
The best beach in Mytilene with hotels, sports fields, and restaurants is called Vatera. It stretches along the seafront for 8 kilometers. In the north of Lesvos, the Molyvos beach area is attractive, offering comfortable conditions for the beach, swimming, and entertainment. The beach area of Petra, 5 km from Molyvos, is the best place for families with children.
Going west, you will find the stunningly beautiful beach area of Skala Press, which has been repeatedly marked with the "Blue Flag" and the nearby hot springs. The island has a wide range of hotels and apartments. The history of the world includes the sights of Lesvos: the castle-fortress of Mytilene, the monastery of Archangel Michael, the Church of Panagia Glykofilus, and the Gulf of Calloni. The healing air of the resorts, saturated with pine aroma, will boost vivacity for the whole year.
The landscape consists of white windmills, white and blue streets, famous luxury villas, stunning sandy beaches, and an azure sea. In Mykonos, called Chora by the townspeople, there are many expensiVIPsVIP and luxury hotels and restaurants where you can meet celebrities from shows and movie actors.
Most resorts are located in the south, where there is less wind. You can spend a good holiday in Agios Iannis, Platis-Yalos, Psarou, Ornos, Azrari, Elia and Paraidaz. Nudists favor Paranga and Paradise, and Super Paradise traditionally attracts homosexuals and noisy parties.
Several cozy beach areas with yellow sand and clear sea are popular: Elia beach, Patis Yialos, and Super Paradise beach. People who prefer solitude should go to the coast of Agios Sostis. The marine rest is completed by visiting the tourist objectives: the Church of Our Lady of Paraportiani, the monastery of the Virgin from the 18th century, and the archeological and ethnographic museum.
The Aegean town on the Gulf of Pagasitikos has about 100,000 inhabitants. But at the same time, it is the third most important port in the country and a favorite location for tourists. Despite its industrial importance, the city has a well-developed infrastructure for a comfortable stay for many guests.
Walking along the embankment, you will find many attractions: various monuments and sculptures, architectural structures, a vast number of beautiful palm trees, the Orthodox Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, taverns, restaurants, and cafes where you can taste Greek national cuisine or enjoy the familiar taste of traditional European dishes.
No matter what interests him, every tourist will find his free time among the attractions of Volos: the Brick Museum, the richest Archaeological Museum, the castle of Volos, built in the sixth century, many cathedrals, and temples. And in the vicinity of Volos, tourists will find exciting trips to the site of the ancient cities of Dimitriada and Diminios, the old European settlement Sesklos, a copy of the legendary ship "Argo," anchored forever on the outskirts of the town.
According to tourists, Volos is a picturesque place where you can experience Greek hospitality, immerse yourself in ancient history, enjoy the gastronomic pleasure of Greek national cuisine, and learn more about the culture of one of the oldest civilizations.
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All sandy beaches are beautiful, but tourists especially invariably love the white sandy beaches of Greece. The gentle sand seems to be created for the relaxation of tourists on it and the long walks along the coast. Here's all the information on white-sand beaches in Greece to choose the right option for you.
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Greece - is a country with a long length from north to south, so the recommendations will vary depending on where you go. The holiday season begins in May and peaks in July-August: there are too many tourists, and the temperature on the southern island reaches 40 degrees, which may not yet play a role on the beach, but it is certainly not suitable for sightseeing. So the best time to relax in Greece is late spring-early summer or September-October.
20. Myrtos beach
To get from Agios Nikolaos, you have to cross the highway in a southerly direction (buses run to Ierapetra) and from Heraklion to the southeast (Shuttle bus to Ierapetra stops in Mirtos). You can quickly get there by car. The beach is located in an open bay. That's why it's windy.
The tourist infrastructure is well developed. There are umbrellas and sunbeds here. The line of taverns and mini-hotels goes almost to the water itself. There is a rental of sports equipment. There is a shower and a dressing room. The cover is with small gray pebbles, rarely sand. The descent into the water is gradual, uniform, and without borders. The bottom is secure, with no holes or sharp depth changes. The resort is ideal for children and guests with reduced mobility, thanks to the accessible beach, the nearby accommodation, and the convenient transfer.
Among the nearest attractions is only the Venetian fortress of Ierapetra. The walls of the defense and the surrounding palms - a good places for selfies. It doesn't make sense to go there just for the city's sake, but you can go on the road or take the time to visit the town completely.
Vroulidia Beach is located in a secluded spot on the southernmost tip of Chios, just 9 km from the beautiful Greek village of Pyrgi. Although the coast is only 100 m, the beach gives the impression of an exotic place due to the unusual combination of colors and landscape. Tall white cliffs surround the quiet, deserted beach of Wroulidia.
Skoutari is a beach located between Kontron and Gifio resorts. It is characterized by perfect cleanliness, many attractions, and a shallow and hot sea. There is a cozy tavern on-site where the best Greek cuisine is prepared and tourists are treated to young wine.
The largest and most beautiful beach on the island of Ikaria is Faros. Its turquoise waves and white sand can often be seen on postcards with typical Greek landscapes. But seeing is one thing, and feeling on your body - every grain of sand and a ray of fragrant sun and the aroma of needles and olives - is entirely different.
Gialos is a harbor beach with modern infrastructure and lots of fun. It is famous for its white sand, clear water, and good order. There are monuments of Greek architecture, luxury and affordable hotels, churches, and ancient monasteries.
The beach is located on the north coast of Icaria, next to a small village of the same name. The island's capital, Agios Kirikos, is about 40 miles away and can be reached by car or bus. A few kilometers west is the port of Evdilos, the second largest on the island. Ships depart from it to mainland Piraeus and the islands of Mykonos, Naxos, and Paros. Evdilos is connected to Campos by a road along which you can see the many ruins of ancient buildings and walls.
Microdata is one of the best beaches in northern Greece. This comfortable and well-equipped Blue Flag Beach is located near Skala Avdiron, 26 km from Xanthi. The peculiarity of Mirodato is its white sand that shines in the sun, on which it is pleasant to walk and run barefoot. The beach will be an excellent option for relaxing on the sea.
Another wild beach in western Crete. It is located 20 kilometers west of Palaiochora. You can drive to Elafonisi, where there is tourist infrastructure and parking, and from there, you can walk along the path (a few kilometers to the southeast).
The first beach welcomes guests to the island of Lefkada and its northern part. The most convenient way to get to the recreation area is to rent a car, as a paved road leads directly to the beach. There is also free parking and a bus stop, which budget lovers may not need, as the beach is only 15 minutes away from the city.
Kavurotripes (also known as Orange Beach) is a picturesque beach located 5 km from Sarti. It is famous for its orange cliffs, bright blue water, and soft and pleasant sand.
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They are located in the Messina prefecture on the west coast of the Peloponnese. With a bizarrely curved amphitheater, it crowns the picturesque Yalova Lagoon, which is connected to a narrow sandy spit. The local landscapes admire their beauty, and their photographs adorn all the tourist brochures in Greece. Next to the beach is the fresh Lake Divariou, where about three hundred different birds migrate from Europe to Africa. Therefore, the local area is a conservation area under the control of the environmental organization Natura 2000.
Navagio (or Shipwreck Beach) is one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in Zakynthos and the whole of Greece. The picturesque bay with a rusty ship on its shore has long been the primary illustration of guides on this Greek island paradise. The name of this attraction is due to the beach. Initially, it was named after Saint George and later renamed "Shipwreck," and the coast itself is often called Smugglers' Beach.
Kathisma is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada, which ideally combines scenic landscapes with a highly developed infrastructure. It enjoys the fame of being the most visited on the island. It is located about 15 km southeast of the capital, near the village of Agios Nikitas (just 3.5 km from it). This is one of the longest white sand beaches on Lefkada. There are always a lot of tourists, and the Kathisma coast is considered a natural paradise for a beach holiday for young people.
Kriopigi Beach is one of the most beautiful and unusual beaches on the Halkidiki Peninsula. Its name translates to "cold key," which is due to the numerous sources of ice water in the vicinity. Even swimming in the sea, you can feel the cold courses. It is believed that the waters here are saturated with functional trace elements, and swimming on this beach improves health. There are always a lot of people who want to experience this.
Sani is a snow-white beach in the Kassandra Peninsula. There are two swimming pools at guests' disposal, a photo area, sports fields, and park areas. The beach is popular with newlyweds. Greek celebrities and athletes often relax here.
5. Agios Prokopios
Agios Prokopios is one of the most beautiful beaches in Naxos, most often included in the first lists of picturesque coasts in Greece and throughout Europe. The Greeks constantly claim to keep the charm of this coast clean, preventing its development with modern buildings and entertainment centers. This beach is located about 5.5 km southwest of the island's capital, near Agios Georgios, from where many people go here.
It is located on the coast of Crete, near Istro, 12 km from the big city and the port of Agios Nikolaos. There are buses to Istro (the journey takes 15-20 minutes). The beach is located in one of the many bays in the depths of Mirabello Bay and is the largest and most beautiful in the area and the most popular. Mountains and low pilgrims surround the sandy beach. The water is clear, turquoise, slightly sloping bottom with standard depth, no depths, and potholes. The water is usually clean, but storms sometimes bring garbage.
It is located in the southern part of the Peloponnese, on the island of Elafonisos, part of the prefecture of Laconia. The island was part of the mainland, but a strong earthquake that took place centuries ago took it off the land. Despite its convenient location, Elafonisos is one of the best resorts in Greece, and Simos is considered its pearl. The beach is on the Natura 2000 list of nature reserves and is a conservation area in the EU.
Egremni is a picturesque wild beach on the very southwestern edge of Lefkada, about 40 km from Lefkada. It is considered one of the most beautiful on the island and the Mediterranean. At the same time, the long coastline gives glory to the longest on the Lefkada. Therefore, impressive landscapes can be enjoyed here in relative isolation than on other beautiful but very crowded beaches of the island.
It is located 55 kilometers from Chania, near the Gypsy Cape, on the Korikos Peninsula, at the northwestern tip of Crete. There are waters from the three seas that wash the island converge.