Top 75 fascinating facts about Martinique
Martinique is France's island and overseas territorial community in the eastern Caribbean Sea. It is part of the Lesser Antilles island chain. Its closest neighbors are the island republics of Dominica, 22 miles (35 km) to the northwest, and Saint Lucia, 16 miles (26 km) to the south. Guadeloupe, another part of overseas France, is about 75 miles (120 km) to the north. This island has incredible views and will not leave anyone indifferent to its beaches.
Amazing facts about Martinique
Travelers are always interested in interesting facts about France and its overseas department - the exotic island of Martinique. Well, this tropical resort has its little secrets!
1. Martinique is an island country in the Caribbean.
2. The island of Martinique belongs to the archipelago of the Lesser Antilles and is located in its central part.
3. Martinique is one of the most attractive islands in the Caribbean.
4. Beautiful beaches, cozy bays, hilly trekking paths, as well as fantastic vegetation of the tropics along the coast attract many travelers.
5. Martinique is located between Saint Lucia and Dominica. On all sides, the island is surrounded by beaches, but if the Caribbean Sea washes Martinique in the west and south, then by the Atlantic Ocean in the east and north.
6. Such a geographical location of the island attracts divers and other lovers of active water sports from all over the world.
7. Martinique is the most prosperous overseas department of France in the Caribbean. This territory has belonged to France since 1635.
8. The island's indigenous population was Caribs, Indians, whose name remained in the toponym "Caribbean Sea."
9. The island was discovered by Columbus at the end of the 15th century, more precisely, in 1493. It is believed that the history of Martinique begins from this moment.
10. Not finding gold on the island, the Spaniards left it. But the Spaniards named Martinique after one of their Catholic saints.
11. Since the Spaniards were not interested in the island with beautiful nature, the French subsequently founded the first settlement here.
12. In 1635, 90 French settlers founded the fortified Fort Saint-Pierre here, and the French colonization of Martinique began.
13. At first, the island was the property of a private company, but then it was bought by the state and from 1664 became the crown colony of France.
14. Already by the 60s of the 17th century, the Indian population of Martinique was either exterminated in wars with the French, or died from diseases brought from Europe, so the new landowners began to massively import slaves from Africa.
15. It is not surprising that local history is full of a large number of events related to the struggle of slaves for their rights and freedoms. However, slavery was abolished in Martinique only in 1848 - by decree of the Provisional Government of France in the colonies.
16. In 1870, the population of Martinique received voting rights and representation in the French Parliament.
17. And since 1946, Martinique has the status of an overseas department of France (but it is not an independent state, like French Guiana in South America).
18. Now Martinique is a wonderful resort with wonderful nature and a highly developed tourist infrastructure.
19. At one time, this island was called by Columbus "the most beautiful land in the world."
20. Martinique can rightly be called one big resort. There are many first-class hotels, excellent beaches and stunning architecture of the colonial period. All this is the hallmark of the island.
21. The largest and highest volcano on the island is Mont Pele, its height is 1397 meters. The name translates as "Bald Mountain". The volcano is located 8 kilometers from Fort Saint-Pierre, which suffered from its eruption over 100 years ago.
22. Saint-Pierre, the largest city of the island, was the first capital of Martinique, which was almost completely destroyed by the 1902 eruption of Mont Pele. Now, making tours to Martinique, you can visit Saint-Pierre and see for yourself the destructive power of volcanoes. The local museum of volcanology is open for visiting, the remains of the old theater, the ruins of the city prison and city warehouses are also interesting for tourists.
23. Nearby is the house-museum of Paul Gauguin, who lived at one time in Martinique. Some of the masterpieces of the world famous French artist Gauguin were painted in Martinique. In the house where the genius lived, a museum is now open, but, unfortunately, there are no originals of his works there.
24. The city of Fort-de-France is the modern capital of Martinique. For its architecture and originality, it is often called "Little Paris".
25. On the narrow streets of Fort-de-France, coming from the bay de Flamence and the Rivière Madame, there are a large number of mansions of the colonial period, many churches, and a well-developed network of cafes and shops.
26. Fort-de-France is also a city of parks. In the center of the city there is a large park La Savane, where there are many beautiful fountains, palm alleys and open areas for concerts.
27.From the southeast, the park is adjacent to Fort St. Louis. The streets of the city are narrow, winding, there are many cafes and restaurants, as well as historical and cultural monuments. The city also has a large number of different museums.
28. The city of Fort - de - France, the capital of Martinique and at the same time one of the largest ports, where sugar, rum and cocoa beans are exported. It is in this part of the coast that there are bays convenient for navigation - those in which there are no reefs.
29. There are many reefs around Martinique. This is inconvenient for sailors, but ideal for divers. By the way, the infrastructure for diving and sport fishing is well developed on the local coast.
30. Due to volcanic activity, the island has a difficult terrain (for which tours to Martinique are especially respected by fans of hiking trekking) and indented, with a large number of bays, coasts (this makes a beach holiday especially cozy).
31. As for the hills, they are mainly represented here by hills, but on the north side there are old volcanoes, the highest of which is almost one and a half kilometers above sea level: this is Mont Pele (which translates as "Bald Mountain"). It was his eruption at the beginning of the twentieth century that destroyed the first capital of Martinique, but since then Mont Pele has been sleeping.
32. For Martinique in 1855 - 1961, special monetary units were issued in France, which were in circulation only here. Now on the island - as well as in the metropolis - the euro is used, but in many places in Martinique, US dollars are accepted for payment.
33. The cheapest and most common form of transport among the local population is a bus. Here it is called "collective taxi". However, such a “taxi” runs only according to a schedule, and on weekends it is quite rare. Alternatively, you can use a regular taxi, but its cost is much more expensive.
34. The "golden mean" for tours of Martinique is car rental. You can rent a car almost everywhere, you only need to have a driver's license from any country in the world. The main thing to remember is that traffic on the island is right-handed!
35. Lake Etang - de - Saline - this is a great place for lovers of both active and passive recreation. The reservoir is located in the southernmost part of Martinique, 600 meters from the Caribbean Sea, as a result of which its waters are salty. The weather in this area is always sunny and warm. On the lake, you can either just sunbathe or go diving, as the nearby Strait of St. Lucia is rich in its underwater world.
36. The southernmost coast of Martinique is the Les Salines peninsula, recognized as the most beautiful place on the island due to its amazing beaches.
37. The Strait of St. Lucia, into whose waters Le Saline crashes, is famous for strong currents and a rich underwater world, which cannot but please diving fans.
38. The town of Sainte-Anne, which is the peculiar capital of the peninsula, is known for its small but very beautiful Abbey Morland square, a church built of white sandstone, and charming street architecture.
39. The Piton du Carbet mountain range is located near the Mont Pele volcano in the northern part of the island of Martinique. Despite the fact that Piton - du - Carbet is of volcanic origin, eruptions have never occurred here.
40. The length of the ridge is 80 kilometers, and it includes several peaks. The highest point of the ridge is Mount More - Pavillon, which rises at an altitude of 1197 meters above sea level. This place is perfect for lovers of mountaineering and hiking.
41. Fans of sea fishing, diving and those who like to just relax on the beach will be interested in the Presqu'il Caravel peninsula, located in the Baye du Gallon. Presqu'il Caravel is widely known for its wild beaches.
42. In Martinique, the so-called trekking routes are very popular - hiking along hiking trails. First of all, this is the Route de la Tres, which passes through the rainforest and the slopes of the Piton du Carbet peaks.
43. Its second name is the Jesuit trail. It windingly runs from the capital of Martinique - Fort - de - France to the Piton - du - Carbet mountain range. The trail passes between huge volcanic formations, past the church and the Balata botanical garden. Also, in some places, the mountain river Alma flows along it.
44. At an altitude of 450 m above sea level, the most famous residential point is located here - the settlement of Mont Rouge. Walking along this path, between fern thickets and palm groves, you can enjoy the beauty of the local nature to the fullest.
45. The creation of the beautiful Balata Botanical Garden, famous for its huge variety of flowers, lasted 20 years. Representatives of European flora grow in the garden: pines, orchids, which are perfectly complemented by representatives of the exotic flora: dragon trees, reeds and cordilins. In total, about 3 thousand different types of trees, shrubs and flowers are represented in the Balata Botanical Garden. In addition, small ponds are broken in the garden, the water surface of which is covered with lilies and water lilies.
46. The history of the volcano Mon - Pele, the second name of which sounds like "Bald Mountain", is quite tragic. Back in the 18th century, he began to show signs of life, but they were insignificant and soon completely stopped. However, in May 1902, a serious volcanic eruption occurred, as a result of which the former capital of the island, the city of Saint-Pierre, was completely destroyed by ash and stones that escaped from the mouth of Mont-Pele. Subsequently, the Museum of Volcanology was opened in the city, and Enns-Siron Beach, which is of volcanic origin, is also located here.
47. Balata Church is located 10 kilometers from the capital of the island and is a copy of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in France. This magnificent building was erected in 1928 in the Romano-Byzantine style.
48. The building has a rectangular shape and is crowned with a dome resembling the silhouette of a basilica. Outside, the shrine is decorated with sculptures, and its interior is full of stained glass windows and mosaics depicting scenes from the Bible. The church was built on the territory of the Jardin-Balata botanical garden and is surrounded by artificial ponds with lilies and water lilies.
49. Fort Desaix is one of several structures built in the 18th century. It was intended to protect the capital of the island from attacks on the island. The fort is named after the French general Louis Charles Antoine Desaix, who took part in the Egyptian campaign of Napoleon Bonaparte.
50. Initially, the structure had an irregular pentagonal shape. During the Great Patriotic War, gold bars from the Bank of Gold and Foreign Exchange Reserves of France were stored here. Today, the fort is reserved for the headquarters of the armed forces of France.
51. In the north of the island you can see beaches with black and gray sand. This is due to volcanic activity in the local mountains. The southern coast of the island is famous for its white sandy beaches.
52. Most of the population of Martinique are the descendants of African slaves who were once brought here to work on French plantations. Almost all the Indians who lived here before the arrival of the French were exterminated or fled from the island, so today they cannot be found here. Whites make up only about 5% of the island's population. Some of them are Russian-speaking diaspora. 90% of the population professes Catholicism.
53. French has the status of an official language in Martinique, but "patois" (a mixture of African dialects and French) is much more common among the local population.
54. There are no minerals in Martinique. But the island is well developed agriculture and tourism. Bananas and pineapples are grown here, and sugar and rum are also produced. And all this is exported.
55. And Martinique does not produce anything else. Meat, grain, vegetables, drinks, medicines, furniture, dishes, clothes and oil have to be imported.
56. There are not very many tropical forests left here, they are preserved only on the slopes of the mountains.
57. The nature of Martinique is generous and varied, but there are few animals in the forests. Basically, some species of rodents, snakes, as well as domestic animals predominate in the local fauna. The scarcity of the animal world is associated with the massive deforestation of tropical forests, which have survived in the wild only in mountainous regions.
58. There is an island of iguanas in Martinique - these are reptiles, huge lizards.
59. Previously, there were a lot of lizards and snakes on the island. To combat them, in the 1800s, planters brought mongooses to the island. But it did not end in anything good: the mongooses multiplied very quickly and began to devour bird eggs. Because of this, some other species of birds have been completely exterminated or endangered.
60.Park Floral is a park area located in the capital of Martinique and abounding with flowers of various kinds. A huge variety of flowers is complemented by bizarre and unique palm trees, as well as entire groves of eucalyptus.
61. In the park, you can walk for a very long time or sit on a bench and admire this colorful beauty of the surrounding nature. In addition, food fairs and shopping arcades are also located here, where you can buy products created by the hands of local craftsmen.
62. A colorful sight is the black volcanic sand beach of Enns Siron. The old villages of Enns Belleville and Le Precher, the remains of chocolate plantations, are also interesting for tourists. And for a good rest on the water, the beach in Enns Culver Bay is perfect.
63. Tourists will also be interested in seeing the building of the Scholcher Library, Saint-Louis Cathedral, visiting the Museum of the Department of Archeology and seeing the Fort-de-France Aquarium.
64. In the northern part of Martinique, the fishing town of Grand Rivière is interesting to visit with a colorful fish market and rows of fishing boats painted in bright colors. Also, the Grand Rivière offers an excellent panorama of the Martinique Strait, and in good weather you can see the distant coast of the Dominican Republic.
65. A trip to the town of Sainte-Marie, which is famous for its rum, will be interesting. At the Museum of Rum, you can taste various varieties of this drink produced in Sainte-Marie.
66. Not far from the town of Diamant, where houses are built of coral blocks, there is a small volcanic island Rocher du Diamant, with an incredibly rich underwater world (for which Rocher du Diamant received the unofficial title of "Mecca of divers" of Martinique).
67. Many tourists who decide to tour Martinique are attracted not only by the opportunity to relax on the tropical coast and dive into the Caribbean and Atlantic waters, but also by a large number of festivals, the number of which Martinique is often compared with Cuba and Brazil.
68. Some of the most colorful events of this kind are the Queen's Carnival and the Mardi Gras Carnival (“Fat Tuesday”, the last day before the start of Lent in the Catholic Church), which take place on the island in February.
69. In addition, Martinique is famous for its sports festivals and events: first of all, we are talking about Navigation Week and international competitions in yachting and windsurfing (take place from February 4 to 9), as well as surfing competitions.
70. Despite the small size of the island, several queens ruling in France, Holland and Turkey were originally from Martinique: Josephine de Beauharnais, wife of Napoleon I; her daughter from her first marriage, Hortense de Beauharnais, who became Queen of Holland; her distant relative Aime de Ribery (Nakshedil), who accidentally got into the harem of the Turkish Sultan Abdul-Hamid I.
71.Since tourism is the main source of income for the local population, in terms of security, Martinique is quite a calm place. However, do not lose vigilance! Street theft and fraud here, as elsewhere in the world, is a common form of crime.
72. And the main health risks while staying on the island are: inattention to solar activity on the beaches - as a result, sunburn and overheating, as well as local jellyfish are quite poisonous! One must be careful when swimming in the sea; should be protected from insect bites. Repellents must be used!
73. The southern part of the island, well developed and mastered by tourists, is quite flat. All mountains are in the north. For this reason, small waterfalls can also only be seen in the north.
74. An interesting variety of trees in Martinique is the traveler's palm. Her crown is like an open fan. The palm tree accumulates water inside the trunk, thanks to which it helps to save the afflicted from thirst.
75. Martinique is similar to the southern Mediterranean coast of France. Like some suburb of Nice.
45 interesting facts about Prague
Prague is a storehouse of everything interesting and unusual. As befits a modern city with a rich past, it knows how to surprise not only tourists but also local residents.
The population of Prague is 1.3 million people and at the moment it closes the twenty largest cities in Europe, and in Eastern Europe, it ranks 8th (after Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kyiv, Minsk, Budapest, Kharkiv, Bucharest, and Warsaw). The official date of the foundation of Prague is 880, so the age of Prague is 1138 years.
We have prepared a list of 45 little-known facts about Prague that we found interesting. So let's go!
Interesting facts about Prague
1. Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic and one of the most visited cities by tourists.
2. Amazing and charming ancient city of Prague. Many cities in different countries are similar to each other, but here you can feel the atmosphere that is not found anywhere else.
3. This is a truly unique city. And it is unique in that it has retained its historical appearance, having passed through the centuries.
4. By the way, the modern authorities carefully take care that Prague does not turn into another faceless metropolis. If you remove cars and advertising from the Prague streets, you can be transported 200 years ago, once there.
5. The city of Prague is the world capital of Gothic architecture. This traditional architecture, Gothic cathedrals, stone-paved squares - all this is found here in absolutely amazing combinations.
6. Prague was founded in 880, and the settlements of the Slavs on its territory have been known since about the 6th century.
7.Prague has been the capital of the Czech state since the 10th century, since 1526 the main city of Bohemia, since 1918 the capital of Czechoslovakia and since 1993 the capital of the Czech Republic.
8. There are about a thousand towers and turrets in Prague, if you count municipal buildings, ancient fortresses, and private houses. Therefore, it uses the unofficial title of the "city of towers".
9. But the virtues of Prague do not end with architecture alone. In Prague, you can find not only a huge number of palaces, churches, parks and squares, but also taste delicious Czech beer and food, as this city is famous for its huge number of cafes and restaurants with delicious national cuisine.
10. Prague's Allegro restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel was the first in post-communist Eastern Europe to be awarded a Michelin star. This happened not so long ago - in 2008.
11. Prague owes its recognizable appearance to a number of laws designed to preserve the appearance of the city. So, it is forbidden to install satellite dishes on the roofs and facades of houses here.
12. It is also forbidden to install modern PVC windows on facades instead of classic wooden ones.
13. More than half of the houses in Prague (56%) are below 10 meters. Of these, 60% are two-story. The passage between some of the houses in Prague is approximately 70-80 centimeters wide.
14. Traffic lights are installed on the roads of the city, but not to regulate the movement of cars, but to coordinate the walks of pedestrians.
METRO IN PRAGUE
15. The Prague metro station Náměstí Míru is the deepest station in the EU. It is located at a depth of 53 meters, and the escalator that connects it to the surface is 87 meters long. And the longest escalator in the world is located in Russia - St. Petersburg, at the Admiralteyskaya station - 137 meters.
16. The metro in Prague was built according to the technologies developed in the USSR and with the involvement of Soviet specialists.
17. The length of the longest street in Prague (Strakonická) is 15.5 kilometers, and the shortest (Jiřího Červeného) is only 27 meters.
18. The city has the narrowest house in the world, only 225 centimeters wide. You can find it on Anezka Street.
TV TOWER IN PRAGUE
19. Prague TV Tower is the tallest building in the whole country. Many Czechs also call it the ugliest building.
20. Under the reign of Charles IV, King of Bohemia and Holy Roman Emperor, Prague was the most powerful city in Europe.
21. The oldest Czech glass factory is located in Prague. It was built in 1414, it is still working and continues to produce the best examples in the world.
22. The highest natural point in Prague is the Teleček hill, 399 meters above sea level.
23. The main water artery of Prague - the Vltava River makes a significant contribution to the picturesque panorama of the city, but often brings a lot of trouble to its inhabitants.
24. Quite large floods occur regularly in Prague. In 2002, Prague suffered the worst flooding in 500 years due to the massive flooding of the Vltava River.
25. It is curious that it was in Prague that the world's first sobering-up station appeared. This happened in 1951. The first client of the Prague sobering-up station was a drunken Soviet sailor.
26. Prague clearly knows how to make long-term architectural projects. The Cathedral of St. Vitus located here was built almost 6 centuries.
ST. VITUS CATHEDRAL
27. St. Vitus Cathedral is one of the most unusual buildings in Prague.
28. On the day of the summer solstice during sunset, you can see an interesting phenomenon - the sun sets behind St. Vitus Cathedral and the last ray touches the part of the cathedral where the relics of the saint are buried.
29. Near the Gergeta brick factory in Prague, the so-called pissing statues are installed, jets of water do not just pour out of them, but under the guidance of special computers, quotes from the inhabitants of Prague are written on the walls.
30. Pneumatic mail operated in Prague for more than a century. It was put into operation in 1899 and consisted of 26 lines with a total length of 55 kilometers.
CHARLES BRIDGE IN PRAGUE
31. Prague pneumatic post - the world's last surviving urban system for moving postal items under the action of rarefied or compressed air. It was damaged in 2002, but they want to restore it again.
32. The status of the planet Pluto was deprived by the International Astronomical Union during a conference held in Prague in 2006.
33. Approximately 40% of couples who come on vacation to Prague also play a wedding there.
HOUSE OF FAUST
34. There is a legendary house in Prague, in which, according to legend, the famous warlock Faust lived. Tourist excursions are willingly led here. In fact, a house is like a house, there is nothing special about it.
35. It was here that the very first biography of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was published. It was published in 1798 by a friend of the great composer 7 years after his death.
36. František Xavier Nemeček, Professor of Philosophy and Pedagogy at Charles University, published a book entitled "The Life of Imperial-Royal Kapellmeister Wolfgang Gottlieb Mozart".
37. It is known that Prague women visit libraries two and a half times more often than men.
38. Every year, each resident of Prague drinks an average of 155 liters of beer, which is the largest per capita in the world.
39. There is a version that Adolf Hitler was so impressed by the beauty of Prague that during the Second World War he forbade bombing it.
40. For a quarter of a century, two funiculars existed in Prague at the same time.
41. Prague Castle is the largest castle in the world.
42. Some of the episodes of the world famous children's cartoon "Tom and Jerry" were drawn in the cartoon studio "Brothers in Tricks" in Prague.
43. In one of the buildings of the Prague complex "Clementinum" is the oldest weather station in the Czech Republic. It was discovered in 1752, and since 1755 it has been conducting regular and continuous observations, which is a world record.
44. In the list of the most visited European cities by Russian tourists, Prague ranks fourth, following Rome, Barcelona and Paris
45. Prague is the city that is worth visiting at least once in a lifetime.
60 interesting facts about the country of Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia is an island country next to South America. The economy is developed through tourism, agriculture, and foreign investment.
Cosmopolitans obtain second citizenship of Saint Lucia to travel without visas to 145 countries, including the Schengen states, the UK, Andorra, and Singapore.
We tell you where Saint Lucia is located, what is worth seeing in the country, how the local population lives, and how much it will cost to rest on one of the favorite islands of Americans.
Amazing facts about Saint Lucia
1. Saint Lucia is a state located on the same name island in the Lesser Antilles archipelago, a former colony of Great Britain.
2. Saint Lucia is an island nation located between the islands of Saint Vincent and Martinique. The Atlantic Ocean borders the island to the east and the Caribbean Sea to the west.
3. Saint Lucia is located northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. Saint Lucia is a sovereign island country in the Caribbean.
4. Saint Lucia is currently the only country in the world named after a woman: Saint Lucy of Syracuse. This Christian saint and martyr is the patroness of people with vision problems.
5. Corresponding the name of the island on which this Caribbean state is now located was given by French sailors who were shipwrecked next to it on the day of this saint's holiday (December 13). This holiday is celebrated to this day in Catholic and Protestant countries.
6. Contrary to the earlier opinion, Christopher Columbus did not discover this island. True, the island was indeed part of the route along which the world-famous explorer walked, but the Columbus team did not land on it.
7. The first people on this island were not Europeans. According to the results of research by historians and archaeologists, the island was initially inhabited by the Arawak Indian tribe during the settlement from the continental part of South America.
8. The Arawaks inhabited the region from the 2nd millennium BC to the 1st millennium AD. The population of these Indians began to decrease significantly with the arrival of Europeans in America, who brought smallpox and other deadly diseases to the natives.
9. In 1550, the French pirate Francois Le Clerc founded the first European settlement on Pigeon Island, located near Saint Lucia and now part of the country of the same name.
10. Saint Lucia has 158 kilometers (98 miles) of coastline.
11. The area of the Caribbean state is 617 square kilometers. This is approximately 1.5 times less than the area of Kyiv (839 square kilometers) and two times larger than the area of Minsk (349 square kilometers). Also, the size of St. Lucia is 3.5 times larger than the Washington, DC (USA) area.
12. The population of Saint Lucia is about 188 thousand people. This is almost 800 times less than in the Russian Federation.
13. The local population accounts for only about 0.002% of Earth's total population. The country is in 193rd place in the world ranking of countries in terms of population (between Samoa and Kiribati).
14. The island often changed hands. The French were the first European settlers to settle on the island. In 1660 they made a peace treaty with the native Indians.
15. At the same time, the island has a long colonial history. In the 17th and 18th centuries alone, control of the territory changed hands between the British and the French 14 times. As the island frequently changed hands between British and French colonists, Saint Lucia was also known as the "Helena of the West Indies."
16. In 1814, the British finally took control of this place. Between 1958 and 1962, the island was a member of the Federation of the West Indies. In 1979, Saint Lucia became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations, an organization created by the United Kingdom.
17. Saint Lucia declared independence from the British Empire (now the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) on 22 February 1979. The islanders celebrate this holiday very actively since many of them witnessed the proclamation of the independence of their homeland.
18. Like most Caribbean countries, Saint Lucia is part of the British Commonwealth of Nations. Queen Elizabeth II is still considered the head of this state, represented by a governor-general. According to the constitution, it can be any citizen of the Commonwealth, appointed by the will of the monarch. A local native is usually selected for this post based on the country's head of government's recommendation.
19. The Royal Police Force includes a special forces unit and the Coast Guard.
20. Administratively, the country is divided into 11 parishes. There are local self-government bodies - city and village councils and administrations.
21. Having a volcanic origin, the island of St. Lucia is more mountainous than most other islands located in the Caribbean.
MOUNTAINS IN SAINT LUCIA
22. Rising 950 meters, Mount Jimi is the highest point among the ridges of wooded mountains that divide the island from north to south.
23. Two other large local mountains form the Piton chain, the most famous landmark of Saint Lucia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
24. Gros Piton and Petit Piton are two mountains that rise sharply from the Caribbean coast and surround a small bay. The Piton Mitan ridge interconnects them.
25. The low mountains located in the central part of the island are covered with forests in which many orchids grow. Numerous rivers and streams flow down from the hills, forming small waterfalls.
26. The climate of the island is tropical, with trade winds. The average monthly temperature is around 26°C. The dry season lasts from January to April and the rainy season from May to August. In September-October, "Indian summer" comes, reminiscent of "Indian summer" in Russia.
CASTRIES - THE CAPITAL PORT OF THE STATE
27. The bulk of the population are blacks and mulattoes - the descendants of enslaved people brought from Africa after the extermination of the Indians.
28. The official language is English, although a large part of the population speaks Patois, the local dialect of French.
29. The modern symbol of this country is a parrot; the past one is an iguana. Since 1980, the national symbol of Saint Lucia has officially been a parrot, found only on the same name island. A parrot with a green plumage color, a blue-violet forehead, and front of the head, blue head, ears, and cheeks inhabits the island's tropical forests, living on mountain slopes at an altitude of up to 1 thousand meters above sea level.
30. Now, this bird is on the verge of extinction. The damage to the bird population was caused by many years of felling and uprooting old trees, replacing forests with plantations, and hunters and birders. At the end of the last century, about four hundred individuals were in the wild. Now parrots are under state protection.
31. Interestingly, before the arrival of Europeans, a completely different animal was the island's symbol. The first inhabitants of St. Lucia, among the Arawaks who arrived from South America, called this place Ioanalao. It means "land of the iguanas."
32. Most islanders live in the coastal part of Saint Lucia at the foot of the mountain range. About 60 thousand people live in the island's northern region, mainly in the capital city of Castries. The Indians have descendants. And even today, ancient Arawak languages are spoken by a small number of people from Saint Lucia, as well as neighboring island nations such as Grenada, Jamaica, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba.
33. Multilingualism is a common socio-cultural phenomenon in the Caribbean island. Although the official language of Saint Lucia is English, Patois Creole and Queyol French are spoken by 95 percent of the population.
34. In this regard, the islanders bypass most other peoples. Indeed, according to the latest research, only about 75% of the world's population speaks two or more languages (multilingualism) to one degree or another.
35. Although plantation slavery was abolished in the island nation as early as 1834, Saint Lucia remained an island dependent on agricultural production and cheap manual labor for a long time.
36. Agriculture was concentrated on the cultivation of sugar cane. In 1964, sugar cane plantations were converted to banana production.
37. Bananas are still the main crop on the island to this day, complemented by the production of coconuts, cocoa, citrus fruits, spices, cassava, and sustainable fishing industry.
38. But Saint Lucia is not a "banana republic." Rapidly developing since the 70s of the last century, tourism is vital to the economy of the Caribbean state.
39. The most significant number of tourists visit the island by sea on cruise ships through one of the five major ports. The completion of the construction of a new terminal for Quantum-class cruise ships gave an enormous impetus to the development of cruise tourism.
40. Ports are connected with the capital and other cities by a ring road that runs throughout the island. Tourists here can rent not only cars but also yachts or helicopters.
41. Islanders lived long in warmth and were surrounded by lush vegetation. The average life expectancy in Saint Lucia is 72 years. The officially registered literacy rate of the local population is about 67 percent of the people.
42. This Caribbean island nation is the same size as Islay in Scotland. And if Islay is known for single malt Scotch whiskey (Laphroaig or Lagavulin), then St. Lucia has become famous for slightly different alcoholic beverages. We are talking about popular varieties of rum, such as Chairman's Reserve and Rodney's Reserve.
43. To attract more wealthy guests to the island, its authorities periodically arrange large-scale cultural events. So, the islanders hold a variety of sports festivals.
44. An annual jazz festival is also held there, attracting tourists and musicians from all over the world to the resorts of St. Lucia. The festival's grand finale takes place on Pigeon Island, located to the north of the country's main island of Saint Lucia, also called similarly.
45. Despite a relatively modest population, this country can boast of having two Nobel Prize winners among its citizens at once. Sir Arthur Lewis, born in Saint Lucia in 1915, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1979. Derek Walcott, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, was born in Castries in 1930.
46. As a result, Saint Lucia ranks second in the world rankings regarding the ratio of Nobel Prize winners compared to the total population. Only the Faroe Islands (one Nobel laureate out of 49,000) have a higher density of Nobel laureates.
47. Orchids and a range of other exotic plants will grow in the lush rainforests of this island country. Saint Lucia is also adorned with pristine white and black sand beaches. The average annual temperature there is around 27ºC.
48. The islanders did not win the Olympics, despite their love of cricket. There are no Olympic medals in the piggy bank of Saint Lucia athletes. None. The most considerable Olympic achievement of the islanders was the performance of a team of six successfully qualified athletes at the Olympic Games in Atlanta (USA) in 1996.
49. But this does not prevent Caribbean athletes from keeping their bodies in good shape. Fortunately, there are more than enough sports infrastructure facilities in Saint Lucia. And, of course, we are talking not only about the numerous pools next to the no less numerous local hotel complexes. The island also has several grounds for playing cricket, which is widespread and very popular.
50. Tourism and bananas are the primary sources of foreign exchange for Saint Lucia.
51. Society in Saint Lucia is matriarchal rather than patriarchal. On this island, women are usually entirely responsible for running the household. They manage the home and raise their children. And in most cases, they do it with little or no help from men.
52. From a very early age, girls on the island receive more education from their parents than boys. This continues in school and colleges. For this reason, more and more women are taking on leadership roles, making careers while men continue to do unskilled work.
53. Many islanders practice the use of traditional therapies and alternative medicine. The island even has several relevant medical facilities. Some locals have a wealth of experience using plants and herbs combined into various tinctures, poultices, and remedies.
54. There are also practicing shamans in the country (locally known as Obeah or Tchenbwaorzeb). With the help of spells, these people treat not only medical ailments but also mental disorders and troubles of a supernatural origin. But even with traditional medicine in Saint Lucia, everything is in order.
55. Saint Lucia is a trendy destination for weddings and honeymoons.
56. The island state is also considered a natural paradise for divers. The waters of the jurisdiction offer them multi-layered underwater walls, shipwrecks, and coral reefs that form unique ecosystems with very colorful inhabitants.
57. There are two airports in St. Lucia - St. Lucia Huanora and Castries George Charles. The airport in Castries is intended for local airlines, while Huanora serves international flights connecting the island with New York, London, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Montreal, and other major cities.
58. Citizenship in this country gives many bonuses. For example, being the owner of her passport, you can easily open bank accounts worldwide and freely invest in different parts of the world.
59. Saint Lucia is also an excellent base for expanding business globally.
60. Saint Lucia is part of the Commonwealth, led by Great Britain. It is a member of the UN and its specialized organizations, the Organization of American States and the Organizations of the Eastern Caribbean States, the Caribbean Community, and the Caribbean Common Market.
Top 20 seaside places to stay in Greece in 2022
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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TOP 20 white sand beaches in Greece for summer 2022
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.
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30 top things to do in Paris
First visits to Paris can be just as daunting and confusing as enchanting. It is often difficult to know where to start: what should be a priority in the first days of visiting sights and exploring the capital? It's so easy to get dragged down by the charming little cobbled streets and old passages or to feel overwhelmed by the city's endless list of museums and monuments proposed in your guide.
Most of the city is, of course, worth exploring. But especially if you're a first-time visitor to the French capital, there are a few sights you'll probably want to focus on when you arrive.
Why you should visit the city of lights
Take advantage of the excellent opportunity to get to know the French capital, see the famous Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Elysees, and much more with your own eyes, and hear stories that you will not read in any guidebook.
Everything is fantastic here! No wonder so many writers, artists, philosophers, and directors sang of this city, at one time unable to resist its beauties. Dumas, Hugo, Hemingui, Bashkirtseva, Nerval, Puy de Chavannes, Remarque, Vian, Gounod, Berlioz, Frank, Sartre, Cortazar, Karamzin, Mylnikov, Mayakovsky, Monet, Pulbo, Utrillo, Carnet, Godard will be your invisible travelers on a journey through France.
Paris captivates and inspires, inspires to create something new! Imagine Hemingway, who sits in his favorite restaurant, "Fouquet," and does another immortal work! It is also easy for us to imagine you starting a new and exciting page in your life in Paris!
What are the top things to do in Paris?
30. Toast Like the French at a local wine bar
As expected, Paris has a remarkable number of excellent wine bars. Enjoy a simple glass or two in one of these laid-back bars, where you might also tuck in a plate of fragrant cheeses, creamy French, or thyme sausages. Some of those who have made our list of the best also specialize in small containers that fit the definition of gourmet.
Whether it's a light-tasting, fresh Beaujolais Nouveau for the harvest season or trial, "challenging" the more complex red and whites of Burgundy or Bordeaux, there is something for everyone in these bars. After all, in France, wine is not a snobbish affair - it is something that most people enjoy.
29. Enjoy the fresh air of the Bois de Boulogne
Sometimes a breathing room a little further away from the stress and noise of the city is fine. When you're not on a day trip, you wouldn't mind the fresh, slightly green air overhead at the Bois de Boulogne - and the heavily carved wooded park of an old forest.
There are substantial green lawns guarded by tree-lined walking trails, ponds inhabited by ducks and wild birds, an open-air theater, children's puppet theater, and even an old-fashioned horseracing play (Hippodrome) await here. Pack a picnic, put on your walking shoes, bring a camera, and enjoy a day away from the city right - on the very edge.
28. Visit the Old Paris Operahouse and see a ballet there
Quite confusingly, the Palais Opera Garnier does not host opera performances. These days - that it is the service of the new Opera Bastille. But this historic site, now home to the French National Ballet, is a remarkable place to visit, inside and out.
Its sumptuous, elegant design can be admired from afar as the Royal Avenue de l’Opéra - an iconic sight worth a look. The magnificent staircase in the entrance and main theater, crowned with a moving ceiling painting by French painter Marc Chagall, is sublime.
27. Eat Some Delicious French Bread & Pastry
A trip to the French capital would be incomplete without sparing a few in a warm atmosphere, inviting bakers and pastry chefs (pastry shops) to taste their tempting creations. From croissants all butter and bread to chocolate, which boasts the ideal balance between flakes and softness, to crusts, impeccably baked, creamy lemon wands mini-tarts, and fluffy eclairs, there is a whole gourmet world to discover there.
However, he should not be intimidated. While impressive, these products are an integral part of everyday life in Paris.
26. Go underground to the Catacombs
It doesn't have to be Halloween to enjoy the terrifying experience of going far underground to see the Catacombs of Paris. There are tens of miles of tunnels dug far below street level, but only a tiny part of them can (legally) be visited.
After buying a ticket and descending a long spiral staircase, you will be thrown into a strange world of death. Millions of human bones and skulls are arranged correctly (curiously, very French), along with the pathways souls transferred from overcrowded cemeteries in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some will find this attraction unquestionably refrigerated, while others will enjoy it as an archeological and social curiosity. Anyway, it's worth a few hours.
25. Take a day trip to Versailles
Versailles and its world-famous palace and gardens are a short one-hour trip out of town, making it an important and easy day trip from Paris.
This 17th-century palace had humble beginnings as a hunting lodge before embarking on an opulent palace under the rule of Louis XIV, also known as the "Sun King." Today, strolling through the extensive formal gardens and visiting the Incredible Mirror Hall is an experience you will probably not forget. Also, reserve some time for quieter, lesser-known buildings and parks, including Petit Trianon and Queen Hamlet, if Maria Antoaneta withdrew from the pressures of court life and even claimed to be a shepherdess at times. Humble or milking.
24. See some of Monet's most beautiful works at this small museum
Many visitors to Paris ultimately see a small collection at the western end of the Tuileries Gardens, which houses one of the most impressive works of the impressionist master Claude Monet art. But they shouldn't.
Pay a visit to the Orangery Museum and witness the sweeping beauty of Nymphéas, a series of murals that immerse you in Monet's distinctive world of color and light and watery landscapes. His waterlilies are a symbol of world peace, painted after the end of World War I as a gesture of hope and reconciliation.
In addition to Monet's stirring masterpiece, the Orangerie Museum also houses Jean Walter - the Paul Guillaume collection, with outstanding works by Cézanne, Renoir, Picasso, Sisley, Matisse, and Modigliani. After seeing Orsay and the groups at the Pompidou Center, an afternoon here offers another dose of inspiration - and art education.
23. Explore Canal St Martin & its shops, Hip restaurants
Anyone who wants to understand contemporary Paris should spend some time walking up and around the Canal St. Martin, one of the city's most vibrant and innovative areas. Walk to the center of one of the most graceful green metal bridges to watch the boats float down the canal (and come through complex locking systems).
Enjoy a glass of wine and a few small plates at a wine bar, or Nosh on the eclectic cuisine in one of the many new restaurants, all in balance. Boutiques and bookstores Browse the art for the latest in style and design. You can even have a water picnic right - a favorite local pastime.
22. Around the Amble Latin Quarter
Nothing says enough about Paris like a day strolling through the Latin Quarter, one of the city's most upscale and beloved neighborhoods. Start by browsing the books at your beloved Shakespeare and Company English Bookstore before heading to Sorbonne University Square for a coffee. Then check out the medieval treasures at the Cluny Museum, browse through rare books and antiques near the Jardin du Luxembourg, and wind down the narrow streets behind the Pantheon at Place de la Contrescarpe.
Or just get lost and make any number of your discoveries: morning light hitting the tops of buildings; the joy of tasting fresh bread, pastries, and fruit on the Rue Mouffetard market square or Place Monge… the possibilities are almost limitless.
21. Get Lost Inside an Old World French Department Store
In addition to being masters of all things cooking and gastronomy, Parisians are also expert buyers. Their elegant department stores demonstrate this.
Many of these multi-story monsters built during the elegant turn-of-the-20th century period known as the "Belle Epoque" stock everything from wine to haute couture to hardware and home supplies. Among our favorites: are BVH in Le Marais, Lafayette Galleries, and Le Bon Marché, the first-ever modern store.
20. Grocery store at a French market
The French take food very seriously. There is no better way to experience that firsthand than to visit one of the city's many outdoor food markets. These markets are usually held several times during the week, and there is one in almost every neighborhood. Even if you stay in a hotel, you can stock up on fresh fruit, cheeses, cold cuts, and other snacks perfect for a picnic along the Seine.
See our delicious guide to the Marché d’Aligre, a favorite farmer’s market among the locals.
19. Satisfying Natural Curiosities at Deyrolle
Are you looking for a little old-fashioned and weird fashion? Deyrolle is an old Parisian boutique (opened in 1831) specializing mainly in taxidermied animals (none of which are recent, however, a potentially reassuring point for those dealing with animal rights).
In the 7th arrondissement, you have located this veritable cabinet of life-sized tiger houses, bears, birds, and countless drawers filled with every possible butterfly, bug, or insect. Many boutique subjects have been used to study botany, entomology, and zoology. This is one of the weirdest shops in Paris - and well worth a visit if you can deal with taxidermy.
18. Eat Some Famous Parisian Ice Cream
Hidden on Ile Saint-Louis, you will find almost 100 flavors of ice cream at the famous Berthillon. You can try everything from wild strawberries to peaches, hazelnuts, pistachios, and white chocolate depending on the season. The idyllic set-up shop - located on a small island in the Seine, opposite Notre Dame Cathedral - makes it a must-visit. You can stroll through the streets lined with 17th-century villas while enjoying the cone.
17. See Picasso's most extensive public collection of work
After closing for almost five years, the Picasso Museum in Paris reopened at the end of 2014 in a new state after an expensive renovation. Now, this world-class museum spans more than 50,000 square feet and houses thousands of works by the inimitable Spanish artist. The main building, a 17th-century mansion in the Marais (see # 15), has furniture designed by the legendary Diego Giacometti.
Masterpieces of housing and works from lesser-known periods in Picasso's work, the museum also offers temporary exhibitions symbolizing the work of artists such as Giacometti. It is a must-see for anyone interested in the history of 20th-century art.
16. Relax & Walk in the Luxembourg Gardens
Even if you know very little about the French capital, you may imagine Parisians relaxing in lawn chairs on terraces overlooking lawns and neat ornate ponds. This is an iconic image you can play for yourself visiting the Luxembourg Gardens. This Italian and French-style paradise was once the reason for Stomping Queen Mary to give Medici.
Although it is a favorite place to relax with a picnic, Renaissance-era formal gardens are popular with runners, pedestrians, and children who compete with their canvas behind the SENATE. Also, admire the collection of statues: some of our favorites include stunning sculpted images of various queens and other royal women in France throughout history.
15. Wander through the Marais district
If there is a better French neighborhood for a walk, sightseeing, shopping, tasting, and people-watching in one morning or the afternoon, I did not find it. The Marais, which spans the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, has a rich history in Paris: It is home to the city's historic Jewish Quarter (pletzl) and serves as the heartbeat of the city's vibrant LGBT community.
In the live setting, you'll also find stunning Hôtel Particulier (old school mansions), numerous medieval sites and landmarks, several high-end and designer boutiques, and many of the city's most famous museums. Including the Picasso Museum.
14. Find a Vintage Treasure at the Flea Market of Clignancourt / St Ouen
It's easy to get overwhelmed by this flea market in Paris. After all, the 150-year-old flywheel - literally "fleas" - is among the largest in the world. But with a bit of concentration and perseverance, you can find a treasure in the maze of stalls, whether you're hunting for antique silver cutlery or vintage Chanel couture. The square is located on the northern edge of Paris, where the 18th arrondissement meets the suburb of St. Ouen.
The easiest way to get there? Take Metro Line 4 to "Porte de Clignancourt" and follow the signs on the market. You can also take line 13 to the Porte de St Ouen station (and the "steering wheel" section, which stretches into the suburbs).
13. Shop (or shop window) on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Suppose you want to shop like a Parisian high-roller or pretend to head to Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the surrounding neighborhood. Adhering to the 1st and 8th arrondissements (districts), the street is lined with the biggest names in fashion and luxury, ranging from old school couture labels such as Goyard, Hermès, Gucci, and Prada, as well as coveted houses and designers' contemporaries (Apostrophe June Ashida). You can also find custom perfumes, high-end jewelry, pastries, and even excellent old-world, good luggage. It is no wonder it is included in our guide to the best shopping districts in the French capital.
12. Contemporary Art See World-Class at the Louis Vuitton Foundation
This stunning newly designed foundation by Frank Gehry offers world-class contemporary art performances. It is one of the unique additions to the Parisian skyline in recent years. Collection houses are owned by Bernard Arnault, President and CEO of LVMH. You will see everything from giant paintings to Gerhard Richter's interactive installations by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. Afterward, they have a picnic or a walk in the vast park and wood known as the Bois de Boulogne.
11. Admire Sculptures at the Rodin Museum
In a romantic setting at the Musée Rodin, a great sculptor's studio was completely renovated and reopened to visitors in November 2015. Set in an 18th-century mansion, the museum is home to more than 6,000 works by Rodin, including "The Thinker "And" The Kiss. " There are also 15 sculptures in the permanent collection by French sculptor Camille Claudel, another master.
After seeing the sculptures, admire the vast collection of drawings and molds cast on the screen. The lush grounds are home to a rose garden, cafe, and fountains. Several emblematic sculptures from Rodin thanks to parks, including "Orpheus" and bronze studies for "the merchants of Calais."
10. Take a walk through the Père Lachaise
Paris counts within its walls many of the most poetic cemeteries in the world, but Père-Lachaise - all outdo. Countless famous figures are buried here: the most popular being the Lead Doors singer Jim Morrison, whose grave is constantly watched by fans. French playwrights Molière, Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf, and Richard Wright are just a few. On a sunny day, climbing to the top of the cemetery and looking down on the generously projected crypts can be surprisingly joyful.
9. Take a boat on the river Seine
Seeing some of the most beautiful sites in Paris slides past you as you dive into the Seine River is an unforgettable and essential experience. Companies such as Bateaux-Mouches and Bateaux Parisiens offer one-hour excursions from the Seine for around 10 euros. You can hop past Notre Dame or the Eiffel Tower. Go at night to enjoy the glittering play of light on the water, and dress in the warm wind of the Seine can be cold. You can also take tours of some of the canals and waterways in Paris, which will allow you to see a semi-hidden part of the city of light.
8. Explore the Sacré Coeur and Montmartre
With an unmistakable white dome that some compare to a meringue crowning the city, the Coeursits Sacré is at the highest point of Paris on the mound of Montmartre or Butte. Consecrated in 1909, this basilica is best known for its gleaming gold mosaic interiors and dramatic terraces. You can expect views of Paris on a clear day.
Take the funicular with a metro ticket and stop at the Sacré Coeur before exploring the winding, similar village streets of Montmartre. And after expending all your energy up the formidable Montmartre hills and stairs, consider spending an evening at a traditional Parisian cabaret, such as the legendary Moulin Rouge or the ultra-folksy Au Lapin Agile.
7. Visit the Pompidou Center and the Beaubourg neighborhood
Parisians consider the Georges Pompidou Center to be the city's cultural pulse. This modern art museum and cultural center, located in the neighborhood affectionately called Beaubourg by locals, opened in 1977 to honor President Georges Pompidou.
The Centre's signature skeletal design, which evokes bones and blood vessels, is either loved or reviled — not in intermediaries. Suppose Wacky design is not a cup of tea. In that case, the permanent collection at the National Museum of Modern Art is a must and has works by Modigliani and Matisse. Rooftop views of the city are also in order.
6. Marvel at the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees
The 164-foot Arc de Triomphe commanded by Emperor Napoleon I, does precisely what it was meant to do: Awaken pure military power and triumph. It was built in an age when leaders erected monuments in their honor and reduced them to their egos. Beautiful sculptures and bas-reliefs His arch commemorates Napoleon's generals and soldiers. Visit the Arc de Triomphe to start or culminate a walk down the equally grand Avenue des Champs-Elysées. I can't help but feel great about you.
5. Walk around the Sorbonne and the Latin Quarter
The Sorbonne University is the historical soul of the Latin Quarter, where higher learning has flourished for centuries. Founded in 1257 by a small group of theological students, the Sorbonne is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It has hosted countless great thinkers, including philosophers René Descartes, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. Enjoy a drink on the cafe terrace in front of the college before exploring the winding little streets of the Latin Quarter behind it.
4. See the Stunning Impressionist article at the Musée d’Orsay
Walk across the bridge from the Louvre to the Musee d’Orsay and witness a bridge and the figurative between classical and modern art. Home to the world's most extensive collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, the light of the Musée d'Orsay and airy rooms are wailing you through three floors of modern wonders, from ethereal dancers Degas to Monet's water lilies, all the way to the green jungles of Gauguin his. Important works by Van Gogh, Delacroix, Manet, and others await you.
3. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
More than any other landmark, the Eiffel Tower has represented an elegant and contemporary Parisian city, but this has not always been the case. The Iron Tower, built for the 1889 Gustave Eiffel World's Fair, was wildly unpopular with Parisians when unveiled and nearly demolished.
It has attracted over 220 million visitors, and it would be hard to imagine Paris now without it. The tower crowns the night sky of Paris with festive light, and a storm flashes every hour. It has also recently entered the firm twenty-first century, modernized with solar panels and glass observation decks on the floor, to the delight of some and the vertigo of others. Cliché? Yes, maybe. But essential.
2. See Notre Dame Cathedral, a Gothic Marvel
No first trip to Paris is complete without visiting this marvel of Gothic architecture, dating from the 12th century. One of the most beautiful and outstanding cathedrals in Europe, the dramatic towers, spires, glass, and stained glass statues of Notre Dame Cathedral are guaranteed to take your breath away.
Witness the first hand on the spot, which was once the heartbeat of medieval Paris, and which took over 100 years of hard work to complete—climbing the north tower to see Paris from the Hunchback Vantage Quasimodo. You will immediately understand why Notre Dame is one of the top attractions in Paris.
1. Visit the Louvre Museum and the Old Palace
It may take half a lifetime to find the Louvre inside and out. However, it has to start somewhere. The world's largest and most diverse collection site of pre-20th-century painting, sculpture, and decorative objects, the Louvre is a worldwide tourist drawcard. Don't forget the Mona Lisa and Venus from Milo; make sure to visit the less crowded wings to warm up in the works of Vermeer, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and countless others. The centuries-old palace itself is a testament to a rich history that stretches from the medieval period to the present.
Unusual things to do in Paris
Flea markets in Paris attract the attention of many tourists. If you find yourself in the capital of France on a day off, then visit the Porte de Vanves market, located not far from the metro station of the same name. There are many locals here, few tourists, and prices are lower than in the "hyped" market in Clignancourt. If you like such places, we advise you to book a tour and, together with a Russian-speaking guide, visit the atmospheric flea markets of the suburbs of Paris, where you can excitingly hunt for unique gizmos; for more information, follow the link.
Things you can do in Paris for free
If you want to see the honest Paris and Parisians, go to the markets. The excellent morning starts right there. Markets are the essence of tastes and smell, the very heart of the city and people: in the markets, they meet and exchange news, discuss political news and complain about the government. And you can also eat delicious food in the markets, cheaper than in cafes and restaurants, for example, fresh oysters with champagne, pancakes with maple syrup or chocolate.
The most picturesque park in Paris, Buttes-Chaumont (Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, 1 Rue Botzaris), on a vast territory of 25 hectares, you can run, lie on the grass with a book or have a picnic on the lake with friends. In the middle of the lake rises a 50-meter rock with an elegant Belvedere Sibyl rotunda. If you are not afraid of heights, feel free to climb up, a fantastic view will be a reward for daredevils! And in the park, there is the only waterfall in Paris.