Explore Wonderful Greek Islands
SANTORINI ISLAND – 1
We are starting from Santorini harbour !
One of the most famous islands (and in fact , about 5 large and 12 small islands ) form a ring around the cozy bay. This is Santorini (Thira). Thouthands of tourist visiting this place with Yacht Charter Greece every year . The island’s population is about 13 402 people (2001). The administrative center of the island is located in Fira, with a population of about 1,500 people .This is one of the oldest centers of civilization, it was inhabited by peoples in the 5th – 6th centuries BC. It formed one of the centers of the Minoan culture, but about 1647-1628 on the island there was a devastating volcanic explosion that resulted in the tsunami. Center island failed and formed a few islands around the lagoon .Thus, it is an explosion of Santorini caused the gradual extinction of a mighty civilization and perhaps became the basis of the legend of Atlantis, and the island for centuries was abandoned by people . But now this popular geological and historical monument is a unique document of existence of many cultures and it is so mach picturesque island an rather densely populated.
Traditional colors of Santorini – blue, white and ocher . The blue color symbolizes the sky – home of the gods , white – faith , justice, beauty and justice of people, and red ocher – the color of the earth and the volcano – the natural strength and power. These colors are painted not only at home , but also the churches. Each church has a bell tower . Morning and evening carillon is spread along all the villages and towns.Beaches in Santorini spreaded on the outside part of the island. The sea is exceptionally clean and transparent . Black lava sand and volcanic pumice chippings is everywhere on beaches. Artemis Yacht is advising this places for diving.
The lands of this island is so mach beautiful that most of the motoryaht charters and yacht charters`s goal is to reach Santorini first of all. The main town of the island – Fira often called, like any other major city in the Cyclades – Hora . It stretches along the western coast of Santorini , south of Cape Tourlos and almost opposite the island of Nea Kameni . The main gate of Santorini – Located on the south-east coast town Kamarion ( Kamari ) , has good port and the airport on the island . The beach here , as throughout the east coast, long and covered with black volcanic sand , which in summer is literally heated on the sun .Lie just to the west of the monastery of Panagia Episkopi – (XI c.) – The most important Byzantine monument of the island , as well as a great distillery Canava Roussos and long left villagers Exo Gonya . A north- west of the village is a small Kamariona Mesaria (Messara) , with its numerous churches and cathedrals , literally wedged into a narrow gorge.At the Cape Mesa Vouno Arheyos lies the village of Tira , considered the first settlement founded by people on the island after the vulcano accident (approximately 915 BC. E . ) . Here you can take a walk along the serpentine , leading from the hotel to the cliff and Antinea Zoodochou – Piyos church with a small cave , which is about one of the few sources of freshwater island, to the chapel of IV century BC. e . Temenos and bas-reliefs – Artemidoros ( cut here dolphin , eagle and lion symbolize Poseidon, Zeus and Apollo) , the ruins of the agora and theater.But the main historical monument is undoubtedly lying on the north coast of the south-western tip of the island town of Akrotiri ( Akrot?on , Akrotirion). Discovered during excavations here Minoan settlement , completely covered with a layer of volcanic ash , is one of the most striking and well-preserved monuments of the time. Two-and three-storey houses with unique frescoes clearly related Cretan style are unmatched – many of them have survived so complete that even the paint, which is not one thousand years , almost faded. Some of the murals are currently on display in Athens, although some of these superb ancient monuments can be seen in the collection of the Fund in the capital of the island of Thira .Red Beach Akrotiri consists of pumice and lava. It became famous in the day on this coast was discovered the ancient Minoan city . However, for tourists to visit these excavations are closed. Most of all yacht charter Greece is brining a tourists here to swim and to joy in water sports !Island of Nea Kameni and have the deadliest volcano. Curious tourists can reach the island by old sailboat.Grapes -almost the only culture which grows on the island. The world-famous Santorinian wine, which are particularly valued in tsarist Russia produced here for four hundred years. In the cellars of the best wineries of the island Santo Wines of the unique museum where all stages of production flavored drink. There’s also a tasting.
Mykonos Island – 2
Mykonos Island – the most cosmopolitan of all the islands in the Greek archipelago . This feature is explained by the nature of the island geography Mykonos : the island is located at the intersection of all the major shipping lanes of the Aegean Sea . Mykonos is one of the most expensive for the rest of the Greek islands . It is the best place of nightlife, picturesque Greek houses , high-end hotels and magnificient sandy beaches.Mykonos – the most popular resort on the island , it is rich for taverns , restaurants, bars and shops. In countless nightclubs guests spend the night away . During the day , guests relax on the beautiful sandy beaches , which is not typical for most islands .Unlike other cities , amphitheaters Greek archipelago , the island’s capital city is located on the plain of Chora . The town itself is incredibly cozy and beautiful : the traditional Greek houses are shining white, brightly painted wooden balconies and windows are decorated with geraniums.Capital of the island is the town of Chora (Chora), the famous colorful architecture, which attracts artists to Mykonos . White houses with colorful shutters and doors are located on the narrow, winding streets , reminiscent of the maze. In Chora there are picturesque ancient windmills and several interesting churches . There are many bars and nightclubs , the most fashionable of which are located in a picturesque area of Little Venice .
Mykonos has only two cities , and the second is Ano Mera. The town is located 7 km from Chora . In contrast to the capital , it is very quiet and peaceful place with several luxury hotels . Tourists are attracted here by the Monastery of Panagia – Tourliani (Panagia Tourliani) with a magnificent collection of icons.
Most beaches are on the south coast , where they are protected from the wind. All the beaches on the southern island sand . In July and August, the most famous and popular of them become very crowded – it is the beaches Paradise (Paradise), Super Paradise (Super Paradise), Platis Gialos (Platis Gialos), PSARA (Psarou) and Hornos (Ornos). On the beaches of Paradise and Super Paradise are the best beach parties in Greece.Super Paradise is the most popular gay beach in Greece . But he draws and straight alike , thanks to the famous day and night beach parties . The beach is easily accessible from Hora. Also suitable beach nudists . There are no shops and , despite the name, the size of it gives Paradise beach .Paradise Beach is also very popular , mainly among young people who are attracted here and music bars. In the evening, the entire beach turns into a nightclub in the open. On the beach there are opportunities for water sports , diving center , located near the camping .Closest to the capital is a beach of Ornos , which makes it usually very crowded . The beach has a diving center, windsurfing and water skiing , several cafes and restaurants. Also close to the city is a popular beach of Agios Stefanos.Beach of Platis Yialos – also one of the most popular beaches on the island . On the shore there are several hotels. It is fairly long and fully equipped beach . From the capital to the beach every half hour a bus . From Platis Yialos boats leave to other popular beaches on the south coast : Paranga (Paranga), Agrari (Agrari), Elia (Elia), Paradise and Super Paradise . Elia Beach is often visited by gays and nudists .In the vicinity of Platis Gialos Psarou Beach is located . He is known for attracting celebrities from around the world . This is a narrow picturesque sandy beach , located 5 km from the capital. Get to the beach from the city by bus . There is a cafe and restaurant , as well as a diving center that offers a variety of programs for beginners and dive safaris for experienced divers.
Kalafati Beach (Kalafatis) suitable outdoor enthusiasts : there are rental equipment for water sports, windsurfing and diving center . There is also a restaurant with Greek cuisine and fresh seafood . Kalafati located in the south- east of the island . Get to the beach from the capital by bus . Located near a decent beach Leah (Lia), a length of 200 meters. It is a good alternative to the beach Kalafati for those staying in this part of the island , but looking for a more peaceful place.
PAROS ISLAND – 3
In the north of the island are located not less beautiful , but more tranquil beaches , which are suitable for those looking for privacy. Reach these beaches can only be by car , buses do not serve them , most of the beaches are not well-off, which also makes them less visited .
Paros Island is located in the southwestern part of the Saronic Gulf, between the islands of Mykonos and Santorini.The highest mountain of the island – Profitis Ilias ( 771 m) rises in the center of Paros and the hills goes down to the coast with flat beaches.History of Paros island goes to back centuries. Once it was the center of an ancient Cycladic civilization . In antiquity, the island wasfamous as a place of production excellent Parian marble . For a long time the Venetians ruled Paros , then the Turks captured the island , and in the years 1770-1774 there was a fleet of Count Orlov and was the temporary capital of the "Russian " Cyclades.Paros is one of the popular Greek island resorts – there are many excellent beaches. Among them stands out for its beauty Kolimbifres ( " Fonts " ) , bordered by high cliffs of unusual shape .Paros is a favorite destination for fans of windsurfing. In the area of ??Golden Beach and adjacent bays are several stations. One of them ( in Nea Chrisi Akti ) annual international competition for surfers who come from all around the world . Nearby are a few hotels that allows you to combine the rest and the favorite sport .
Guests of Paros offers wonderful opportunities to discover and explore the historical heritage of Greece. On the island are many picturesque secluded chapels and monasteries , as well as two medieval Venetian fortress. In the capital of the island, Paros is the church Katapolyani ( " Stovratnaya " ) – one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Greece. On the day of the Assumption (15 August), here are magnificent celebration with fireworks and execution of the ancient naval songs.
NAXOS ISLAND – 4
Naxos Island the largest of the Cyclades islands ( 448 sq. km.) , with the most varied vegetation is approximately in the center of the Aegean Sea 110 miles from Piraeus .Naxos Town – busy port located along the bay with bars and restaurants , stretching toward surrounded by high walls of the Venetian fortress.Naxos – the island created for active recreation, a large number of bars, cafes, discos, night clubs and music was the reason that Naxos has become a favorite holiday destination among the youth. Nightlife island is sometimes much more active than day . Naxos is also famous as the island and skilled sculptors – majestic sphinxes brought a gift to the museum by locals in Delphi.There are something to see in the capital of the island : so interesting to explore one of the oldest buildings in the majestic city of Naxos – Portara gate , standing on a small island of the Chamber , which is connected to the island of Naxos bridge. The Archaeological Museum is a rich collection of objects found on the island , which include elegant carved plates made in the heyday of the Cycladic civilization. Also of interest is the museum building itself – the mansion in 1627 , which later housed the French school
Naxos beaches most of all sandy , lapped by crystal- clean water and covering almost the 100 kilometers of coastline of the island : the beach " St. George " (Agios Georgios) – beach town of Chora , is very popular among those who do not want to go anywhere in search a place for swimming length of beach about one kilometer , it is shallow ; beach " St. Procopius " (Agios Prokopios) is about four kilometers from Hora – sandy , with an admixture of small pebbles , long and wide ; beach " St. Anna " (Agia Anna) – is located in the 7 kilometers from Hora for Agios Prokopios beach near the village of the same name ; beach " Plaka " (Plaka) – is located 8 kilometers from Hora to beach Agia Anna – great "long and wide " sandy beach .
IRAKLIA ISLAND – 5
One more island belonging to Cyclades islands worthy of your attention.Empty village of Livadi (Livadhi) lies just behind the beach of the same name and draws attention crumbling ancient walls and Venetian fortifications times duchy of Naxos .
Cave of Agios Ioannis is located in the upper part of the valley leading to the Gulf Vurkarya (Vourkaria), and is known as one of the earliet Christian sites in the region.Hence it is easy to go to a small sandy beach in Alim (Alimia), from here you can reach the shore in Shinuse (Skhinoussa) or shingle beach Karvunolakos (Karvounolakos).
KOUFONISIA ISLAND – 6
Those tourists who choised this small paradise will be surprised for the numerous pristine beaches covered with with low bushes. Becouse of the volcanic structure of the island you will be pleasantly surprised by natural baths formed by coastal cliffs . Besides beaches island you will taste the most delicious seafood.
There are only one village on the island Chora which is consisting 12 taverns , two bars, three shops and souvenir stalls . The main road of the island several kilometers to the east of the island begins and ends at the beach Finikas , there walking distance to the beach and Thanos to the island ‘s most popular beach Punda . Continuing the way , we meet those " bath " and the far north of the island of Great Sands Pori .
There are also trips to nearby uninhabited islands .
Three hundred meters from the village of Chora in Potamia on the shore is a windmill built in 1830 , which is a protected building under the relevant order of the Ministry of Culture of Greece . This status prohibits any changes to the architecture of the building and its owner had an interesting idea for your windmill.
AMORGOS ISLAND – 7
Famous for its dramatic mountain scenery and a relaxed atmosphere , it was one of the earliest centers of formation of the Cycladic civilization , and now attracts a huge number of tourists, especially the French, because it was filmed here a cult film by Luc Besson "" Le Grand Bleu "".
The main port of the island – Katapola – lies deep narrow bay , looks like a fjord , and actually consists of three separate villages – Katapola on the south side , Ksilokeratidion (Xylokeratidhion, Xylokeratidhi) on the north shore and Rahidion (Rahidhion, Rahidhi) on the hillside adjacent to the bay on the south- east of the central mountain range.
The main attraction of the village Katapola , the main port of the island – the Church of the Virgin ( Panagia Katapolyani ) , built on the site of an ancient temple of Apollo. Here are the ruins of the ancient city of Minoa . Swimmers can enjoy relaxing on the pristine sandy beaches of the area.The second most important port of the island , a picturesque village Aegiali , also famous for its beautiful sandy beaches. It was formed by the merger of four villages, consisting entirely of white houses ( Tolar , Potamos , Ormos and Langada ) . Hikers suggested to make a two-hour shift to the north of Langada , to the highest point of the island (Mount Krikellos ) . The road is impressive , but even more surprised you will be when you will reach the top , overlooking a magnificent view of the entire island. In the south of the island, near the ancient city , is another remarkably picturesque whight village Arkesini.
Visit the city Chora, built in traditional Cycladic style: white houses, narrow streets and numerous churches fascinate everybody! Many of the local taverns offers delicious Greek cuisine.Magnificient sandy beach Egal will delight both adults and children. Numerous taverns located along the banks will not let you to stay hungry.We also recommending to visit the pebble beach of Agia Anna, starring some of the shots of the film "The Big Blue". Not far from this beach there are the church of Agia Anna.Guests who is curious about sea diving will find diving centers the disposal of which is all you need for diving.
ASTIPALEA ISLAND – 8
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 selibration to climb up to the fortress to meet sunshine all together!
Bodrum – 9
Bodrum is one of the best starts for sailing around the Aegean sea-coast of Turkey. The Gökova Cove is accepted by almost everyone to be one of the best cruising zones in Europe. With supperabundant sunshine, crystal clear glassy waters, endless blue skies which make your day better, good harbors and friendly, debonair people, This coast provides you many choices. There are many uncorrupted areas rich in natural beauty and in costal settlements and villages. Bodrum is a port town in Muğla city, in the southwest of Aegean Region of Turkey. It is placed on the southern coast of Bodrum Peninsula, at a point that controls the entrance into the Gulf of Gökova. The city was known as Halicarnassus of Caria in ancient times and was known for housing the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum Castle, built by the Crusaders in the 15th century, it had the view of harbor and the marina. The castle grounds include a Museum of Underwater Archeology and entertains many cultural festivals year long.