Greece: Zakynthos – the journey cross turtle island I.
Local people don´t call the island other way than tell Zante. This home of giant tortoises, not about a typical Greek island with countless historical monuments, but if you will go there, you spend nice a very pleasant holiday, at which you will surely like to remember.
The Greek islands are one of the most popular holiday destinations in the last decade. The Ionian Sea resort near the northwest coast of Greece offers one of the best swimming opportunities in the Mediterranean. Islands like Corfu, Lefkada, Kefalonia and Zakynthos are about 2 hour flight far from our country, nowadays in the long flights it is literally around the corner. I spent the Greek islands - Lefkada, Crete and Zakynthos several recent holidays. And why I chose this place? I'm not a believer in social action-holidays, discotheques and wild beach parties, despite my relatively young age do not say too much. Before the busy world of trying to run away somewhere where I can set aside at least a few days in relax. Maybe you are similar as me. And if not, you will see that in Zante a dull moment doesn’t exist!
The island can be divided into two parts. It occupies the western edge of the mountainous and partly impenetrable landscape, where only results in an orbital road, which partly follows the rocky coastline with high cliffs. The eastern part is different, a fertile plain, with many towns, villages and tourist resorts especially where it really lives. The total area of the island is 410 km2 with 123 km length of coastline, so much as conquer without a problem in one day with several stops, which we write below. Mythology is like all the Greek islands as an integral part of life history. Zakynthos is often called as Dionysus Island and it is not surprising, since one of the main symbols of the island is a vine, and where else should be the patron of the hedonistic god Dionysus, than right.
In the eastern part of the island are popular tourist center Laganas, Kalamaki, Argassi, Tsilivi, Alykes, Limni Keri, and especially the capital city with the same name as the island, is Zakynthos. These centres are nothing special compared to other Mediterranean departments. One bar after another, mostly due to its mood and designed into all sorts of styles, so there is no problem in the evening drink in the style of Pirates of the Caribbean and what can´t be missed…a world-famous Rock Cafe. All of these are complemented by discos and numerous kitschy souvenirs, so every lover of lively entertainment and a little more straightforward will be happy there.
Sandy beaches with gradual entry into the sea are also subject to particularly the east coast, despite the clear waters do not wait marine life here. Who was ever in Egypt, may have snorkelling gear with ease at home. Unless you are fans of water sports, you'll have in this regard, perhaps a little unlucky, because the entire southeastern part of the island and especially the southern Gulf of centers Laganas, Kalamaki and Limni Keri is declared a national marine park, which is fully subordinated a huge green turtles, which Zante selected as a place of life and especially lay their eggs on local beaches. Despite this phenomenon the beaches are open to the public. Despite certain limits in this area it is possible to rent for a few hours of motor boats that are in price ranges around like rental car for the whole day, or about 25-40 euros. At this price, it is preferable to use from hundreds of local vendors trips that will surely offer your delegates and CK. The main attractions of the island are just the turtles, which can trace the several hours drive, or use full-day cruise to the biggest attractions, which are blue-visit the caves in the northeast corner of the island or tour the impressive wreck of a pirate ship wreck on the beach, but it and many other things we say to the other parts of our trip around the island of Zakynthos.
Today we travel to Greek island of Kos. I met there Iva, a nice Czech, so we travel together. On the ship are all kinds of nationalities – French, Italians, Germans, English, Hungarians and us, Czechs! It is funny that I understand almost everyone yet they don’t have a clue. Our journey is pleasant. It takes around 50 minutes.
Based on Hippocrates the present Hippocratic oath was formed. Right in a shop I buy a papyrus with full oath in Czech!
I go up a moderate hill to reach Asklepion where Hippocrates had his “office”. How Asklepios became a god? It was like this: Appollo, a god of health, wanted to teach his son Asklepios. He perfected heiling powers and thus became the god of medicine.
There was a large testing staircase in the center of Asklepion. To ensure good reputation of the hospital, the patients were supposed to walk up the stairs to the sanctuary without any help. If some died, they removed his body quietly in the night so nobody would see it...
Today we visit Greece's forgotten corner.
Last time, we wandered around the best beaches you can find near Thessaloniki. Unfortunately, these are not as close for you to reach it on foot. However, beautiful environment should do.
We return to Greece again to see another less known place. Well, more or less...
This time we decided to set off to explore towns and cities in Greece. Litochoro was one of our first stops. This "stone town" is situated close to the Olympic Mountains.
Upon our visit to Litochoro, we moved several kilometers on. Our next stop was a typical Greek village with amazing nature, interesting architecture and amazing vistas.
We stay in the sunny country of Greece also this week. Today, we visit the most popular summer resort on the Olympic riviera – the town of Paralia. This sea resort is about 8 kilometers away from the capital of Pieria prefecture. Paralia is a great place to relax at and have fun.
We end our journey across Greece on Skiathos, an island in the Aegean sea. It makes the Sporady archipelago together with the neighboring islands of Skopelos and Alonissos. If you like Mama Mia musical, this is a total must for you.
The green island of Thassos is situated in Eastern Macedonia. It is green because mountain peaks are covered by pine and olive groves. Its rocky shores are washed by the tranquil Aegean Sea. You will not find any airport or industrial zone. That makes the air here great. Thanks to the marble subsoil, one of the best marbles in the world is mined here.
Last look at Agios Nikolaos and a trip to Spinalonga.
We left Rethymno. It slowly fades behind us. We travel towards Cretan nature in the Samaria gorge.
In Rethymno we have already spent a lot of time. We saw something of its historic heritage, even if there is yet much more to see. We just randomly mention some of them.
In the first part of our journey across the island of Zakynthos, I suggested that this place is indeed an ideal holiday destination, but there are not too many attractions. It is waste to invite every lovers of ancient architecture, because frequent earthquakes destroyed everything in the past, what could be kept from the time of Homer.
The third part of our little serial about the island we will finish by its greatest attraction is beach, where in 1980 wrecked smuggler ship.
The last and final part of our journey around the island we will finish in places where I had the opportunity to spend summer holidays - Limni Keri.
The fashion is to fly to exotic countries and bring home the images of white beaches. Paradise of islands, beaches and beautiful nature hides a much closer - in Europe. Greece is a country, that you can´t know during one summer vacation - you'll want to come back again and again.
What attracts most people to the beautiful island of Rhodes, is the sun. To its rays, that oblažují fourth largest Greek island full 330 days a year, people have come here in the Stone Age. Since then Rhodes was continuously "civilized" and therefore lying on its banks an incredible amount of wonderful old monuments.
Kos is one of many Greek islands. It is a popular destination not only for Czech tourists. It is located in the Aegean Sea near the Turkis shores near the Bay of Koss. It is a small island – it is 45 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide. The shore is 112 kilometers long.
One of the most attractive places on Rhodos east coast is Lindos, a city built in the rock. It has a acropolis and the temple of Athena of Lindos. The knights of the order of Saint John built the greatest local landmark.
After several articles on London we jump across Europe to the Mediterranean, actually to the east part of the sea. Today we will have a taste of sun after rains of London, and warm waters of the Sea of Crete.
Last week we have lured to you to our trip to Crete. This hilly island hides many things, no healthy tourist would miss that. Today we will take a look on one of the largest cities of Crete, Rethymno. First, we will talk about local cuisine. Next week will visit some landmarks.
After unveiling gourmet side of the Cretan city rise from the comfortable sitting in one of the local restaurants and we will explore the historical legacy left by several millennia of human habitation.
An island with a history dating back to the early Stone Age was only discovered in the 1970s-80s. Today, it is a popular holiday destination not only for the mainland, Romanians, Bulgarians and the inhabitants of the former Yugoslavia, who are almost overwater here, but Thassos is stuck in the viewfinder to tourists beyond the borders of Europe. The most popular places include southern Limenaria and Potos.
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