Discover Greek Islands
This is the one of that beautiful places in the world where ancient is adjacent to the civilization, the sea to the mountains, with the slow pace of temperament. Rhodes – island where together with beach vacation there are extensive excursion program.During the walk you will visit the main sights of the city of Rhodes Palace of the Grand Masters, an ancient hospital, numerous residences, street knights. Also it`s nessesary to visit the hill of Monte Smith, with a breathtaking view of the old and the new cityes, the ruins of the temple of Apollo, the ancient stadium and theater.
The island is really rich about magnifisent beaches located on the east coast of Rhodes. The long sandy beach Tsambika is 26 km south- east of the island’s capital. Everyone can take part in water sports.Very close to beach nearby monastery of Panagia Tsambika and a small church is located, from which, in fact, the terrain and inherited it`s name. It can be reached by walking on the stone road to the top of the hill. There are some legend that this place helps to people who want to have a child or family .On the other side of a small hill in the east on the character is a gorgeous beach – Agate Beach. Golden sand and shallow waters make this beach ideal for those who go to holiday together with children.
To get the Acropolis you can either walk or riding a donkey. The road to the Acropolis is very picturesque. You will meet stone fountains that still supplied with water by means of ancient aqueducts, past the white square houses with sky-blue shutters and gates. You will walk past the gardens, laden with pots and sweet taverns with magnificent flavors.Reached the top and after visiting the ancient city, do a couple of shots of cozy bay St. Peter and Lindos town aerial view.
Lindos Beach is so beautiful while you are standing on top of Acropolis. Therefore, if you come to see the Acropolis you should also get acquainted with the beach . Gorgeous golden sand and all the necessary infrastructure for a rest at your disposal. And if you decided to stay for dinner at one of the local taverns, it`s magestic place for to spend evening here after sunset – Acropolis decorated with special illumination.
We will stay overnight here.
The huge ancient (XV Century) castle of knights will meet the sea-travelers on the entrance of harbor. Near the port is an extensive archaeological area with ruins of buildings of the Hellenistic and Roman eras – Gimnasia, the Odeon, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Temple of Hercules, Roman baths and Roman villas with mosaic fragments. Aqueduct joins castle with a small area on which stands the ancient sycamore, according to legend, planted by Hippocrates. In the central square Elevterias (Liberty) is the Archaeological Museum, which gathered interesting exposition artifacts that illustrate the rich history of the island.
One of the most interesting attractions of the Kos are the ruins of an ancient temple Asklepios (god of medicine), where studied Hippocrates and his life was closely connected with an island. Ruins of a temple Asklepios are 4kilometers from the capital of the island and it will take around 20-25 minutes to reach the Asklepios by car and about 30 minutes by bike. Perhaps the best option to get a tour and see the city at the same time – auto locomotive which runs on a schedule from the parking area near the port of Kos. Having reached Askelepios bypassing the shady alley, a majestic view of the ancient complex opens in front of you. A walk in Asklepios will take about half of day so on the back way to town, if you are hungry, you`ll meet a small, pretty restaurant with affordable prices.
If from Askleypios go inland you will find the town Asfendiu . And the mountain Dikteo a will show spectacular panorama of the island, its beaches and the neighboring islands .Moving to a will bring you to the sandy beaches or Tinkaki Marmari ( about 5 km from Pili ) with restaurants, taverns, water sports center.
In the heart of the island, near the airport is Antimahia village, 3 km north of the tourist center of which is located MASTIHARI, and to the south – the resort of Kardamena. At the west of the island, 43 km from the town of the Kos is Kefalos located. Kefalos is famous about beautiful beaches of Kamari and Paradise Beach, the ruins of the ancient city, the monastery of St. John.Another attraction of the island is Thermal Baths "??Agios Fokas". You can reach the place by car, bus, bicycle or walking.Kos Island is a paradise for cyclists and " to ride with the wind ." On the island there is a possibility to rent a bike, motorcycle.
Nisyros Island, Gialy Island
We will start our trip early in the morning and our goal is to visit the quaint stone island Gyali. The Gyali Island consists of thick layers of pumice-stone and obsidian and perlite, here is mining plant.Later, we`ll swim to the small island Agios Antonios and after we`ll stop in volcano island Nisiros.
Most of the people, who is living here are old people, escaped from the hustle and enjoying with happy life.Around the little town Mandraki towering fortress of the knights of St.John and on the edge of the rock stands. Church of the virgin Cave( built in 1960), it is patron Saint of the island.
1.5 km to the East from the capital city is located Loutra – resort, famous since ancient times for its healing springs, which are still in operation. To the East of Loutra is a picturesque fishing village Fell, immersed in the greenery of olive, fruit and trees, vineyards. The locals are mainly engaged in gardening and farming, so here you can eat natural food, grown on the fertile lands of Nisiros.
The main attraction of the island of Nisyros is a volcano. A scientists are saying the island was formed through a series of volcanic eruptions, which is unique in Greece. This is one of the active volcanoes in Europe since 1996 volcano has become more active, and earthquakes are not uncommon. The best way to see around is to rent a car or bike. Traditional souvenirs from Nisiros island is semiprecious stone obsidian which get from Gyali island.
Overnight and dinner on the island.
Symi Island, Tilos Island
The main settlement of the island – small village Simy. It`s houses are painted with different colors and this fact doing this place fantastically beautiful. On the mountain near a small village it is possible to see ruins of fortress of Knights which was constructed on the Acropolis place. Also on the top of mountain the church of the Virgin Mary and Fortress are located. If you`ll have time you can visit a museum and an operating monastery Panormitis with magnificent wall painting.
Tilos in fact, the island of four villages, one of which uninhabited. All houses in the village also are sacredly built by rules of Dodekanes architecture. Seaside "prospectus" conducts in Ayos-Stephane’s picturesque bay (Saint Stephane). In Livadya, it is the port town of island, it is possible to get the most important historical monuments of the island: with medieval Agriosikyas ruins,built on an eminence, with ruins of an old Christian basilica, with Saint Nikolay’s church with magnificent frescos of the XIII century and Church of the Panagia of Politissa in Misokali’s town.
The most popular beach of Tilos is, perhaps, Eristos’s beach – a wide strip of granulated sugar send, and in a fertile valley of Eristos. Natural continuation of a beach of Eristos is the sandy beach of Plaka which especially we love for sea kind of sports. Tilos is a research of knight’s castles, the old churches which have taken cover in a shadow of oaks, plane trees, this touch to history through the remained frescos created by artists seven centuries ago.
Beauty of the island will captivate your heart at first sight – the mountainous terrain with two sprawling valley below mesmerizing sight, piercingly clear blue sea will not let you forget it.The island is not only a rich history and extraordinary nature, azure sea and picturesque beaches. Here countless ro?s so here developed climbing and diving. The island of Kalymnos is famous for the numerous romantic bays and caves, keeping their legends, many of which can only be reached by sea. Most popular of them is the cave of the Seven Virgins (or Grotto Nymphs) and cave Kefala, according to the legend served as a refuge for Zeus.The island has explored the cave with a rich stalactite and stalagmite decor, in which you can get with excursions.Archaeological interest is a cave in the rocks near the Bay of Vathi, the findings of which indicate that the cave was inhabited since Neolithic times.The local population is famous for all of Greece for its fishers of sea sponges. For this reason the museum of sponge is opened here. This is the main fishing for local residents, as for tourism, the island is opened not so long ago. You have to visit the archaeological Museum, which is located in the capital of the island Choir and includes exhibits, dating back even to prehistoric times. This is real evidence that life arose long ago.The capital of the island is the town Pothia with a population of 10 thousand people. The town was founded in the middle of the 19th century. In the city you can see two of the Cathedral: the Cathedral of St. Nicholas and the Christ of the Savior from the ancient icons and frescoes.The city has many neoclassical houses – heritage Italians. One of these houses there is an Archaeological Museum Kalymnos.
The old island’s capital town Choir located about a kilometer from, in direction to the North-West. Near the village you can see the fortress .On the territory of the fortress is the Church of the Virgin; the icon is stored here, where the mother of God is depicted with gold-plated hands. From the fortress there is a great view of the city Pothia and visible to the neighboring island of Kos. The most popular beaches on the island are the beaches of Kanuni, Linaria, Mussoorie and Vlikadia.
The island is famous because of the fact that once the Greek goddess Artemis reigned here, here the places associated with the local legend of the ancient Hellenic caledonian hunting. But not only for lovers of history and archeology these places interesting are. Here you can enjoy unspoiled nature, numerous picturesque bays and coves in lush. Just climb up to the windmills on the mountain and you`ll enjoy an extraordinary panorama. You can walk to a single Leros island`s village, if you go down the road .
What`s interesting to watch: ancient castle Palokastro, here is the church of Panagia of the 4th century, the church of Agia Kiur, Belem Tower, built in 1925 by Parisem Belm. The tower is a historical and folklore museum of Leros .And in the evening, under a sky with a full of stars, it`s a great pleasure to taste fresh fish grilled with garlic and lemon juice, a traditional Greek salad with fresh cheese and drink flavored wine in old-fashioned fishing village Pandeli in one of the coastal taverns.
Dinner and overnight we will spend on the island.
Astypalea – one of the most beautiful islands of Greece !Butterfly Aegean Sea, as they call this island locals call for its shape. Astypalea located between the Cyclades and the Dodecanese, and combines itself with the features of these two districts.From the air the island looks like a butterfly, the left of which is mountainous and almost treeless but below the right side is covered by forest .Wonderful place for rock climbing and hiking through the narrow mountainous paths . Clean beaches , picturesque trees and neat buildings reminiscent of the Cyclades. Astypalea has a rich history, emphasizing the rugged beauty of the island.Nice news for hikers seeking to climb into the most secret corners : Astypalea – almost the only one of the Greek islands, where there are no snakes. The fact that this island is very rich about springs and streams, too mach storks often come to the island, so they deleted all snakes on the island.
In the city center there are old Venetian fortress . Inside the fortress are two churches Virginia Annunciation and St. George.Although Astypalea not so mach a tourist spot in the town there are many bars with very different kind of music and institutions working until a morning. There are too many cozy taverns. From meat of hare and fish, seafood till a lobster, which can be ordered with the Italian style pasta Astipalea are famous. What about snacks there are delicious traditional cheeses and unusual taste butter with taste of cheese " sinkafuro ".
Nice habit of the islanders and visitors after a big celebration to climb up to the fortress to meet sunshine all together!
Day 8 Rhodes Island
Upon agreement, the guests will leave the gullet with precious memories by 10:30.