Dubrovnik, “The pearl of the Adriactic”.

Dubrovnik

Sailing Croatia!

Like heaven on Earth with its rich architectural heritage, stone palaces and medieval monasteries, Dubrovnik has once again become a holiday destination as well as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Dubrovnik! Restaurants, bars, and port. The old town is UNESCO Cultural Heritage

 

Take the chance and visit the island of Mljet, not far from Dubrovnik. A third of its territory is protected as a national park and is an extraordinary place to find peace and tranquility. Its beauty attracts hikers, divers, bike-tourists, and lovers of quietness and nature. Also, if you can go visit Lastovo island. Life is to short to miss out on the wide range of experience it has to offer. There are plenty of free activities awaiting and Croatia will certainly provide you with the funniest and live life to the full. It’s not always easy to keep track of what’s possible around the world and probably better to keep it simple because we can miss out on things and either run out of time if not well planned due to lack of time to research. Croatia has more than 1000 islands, plenty of ferries allow you a great holiday. In Hvar, I found great luxury sailing opportunities, amazing cozy restaurants, and terraces, nightlife up on the hill! Get ready to walk up and down but I assure great fun! In Split, there is the Festival Ultra-Europe in Summertime. I did enjoy and plan to spend holiday around Croatia and the neighbor countries are also on the list to re-visit. If you’re in Italy is easy to get to the port in Ancona coming from Rome. Italians usually are in good mood on their holiday and you’ll meet good people and laugh all the way. From Portugal is still not the easiest country to reach but is possible with Ryanair and it’s worth the way. As soon as possible I’ll update the blog with some alternatives. You’ll find introverted but beautiful and generous people in Croatia.

UNESCO Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites in Croatia:

1 Episcopal complex, Porec

2 The historic city of Trogir

3 The historic centre with Diocletian palace in Split

4 the old town of Dubrovnik.

There are several National Parks in Croatia such as Risnjak, Plitvice Lakes (scenic lakes linked by waterfalls), Paklenica, Kornati and Mljet already mentioned.

 

Take a look on the following websites and explore Croatia

 

http://www.croatia.hr/

http://www.croatiatraveller.com/transport.htm

Ultra Europe

http://www.biokovo.net

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Greece itself is luxury

The blueness of the sea, the whiteness of the air and the brightness of the sun are all here, in these flags. Visit Greece.

Luxury for all budgets! Crete – Greece!

Perfect to visit all year round, particularly for outdoors’ lovers and wishing to find adventures in nature. More than 486 beaches and 9 marinas were awarded Blue Flags. You will beneath crystal clear waters and swim around the colourful fishes.

The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature has announced that, out of a long list of 47 countries, Greece ranked number two on the Blue Flag quality awards last year. In total, the region of Halkidiki collected the majority of awards with 71 flags. In 2016, 430 beaches and 9 marinas around Greece were honoured with the quality Blue Flag award.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has announced “2017” as the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Furthermore, the Blue Flag programme has reached 30 years of successfully accrediting awards to beaches and marinas worldwide.

The well-known island of Crete invites you for its National Park

Samaria Gorge
Samaria Gorge

The Samaria Gorge is at world’s biosphere reserve and a great tourist attraction. Take the chance to visit the Lychnostatis Open Air Museum and the Nautical Museum. Discover the amazing underwater life at the CretAquarium.There are more than 2500 species.

Each tank of CretAquarium bears labels with hosted species’ names printed in nine languages (Greek, English, French, German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Czech).
For all those interested in getting to know more about the organisms hosted by CretAquarium, to learn more about its operation and the ecology of the marine environment, there are tour options. Check http://www.cretaquarium.gr/en/

Milos is another option for those who need a peaceful getaway. Relax, swim and go snorkeling. There are many cruises, choose the one that fits you. Next time in Greece we will go hiking so, please follow us if this is of your interest.

Nature and Blue Flag Global

The Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN) is the oldest national environmental NGO in Greece, founded in 1951, and strives continuously for the protection of Greek nature since. It is active along four axes: environmental intervention; nature conservation; environmental education; sustainable management and general public awareness raising.

It has established the “Byron Antipas” prize, which is awarded to an individual or organisation that has decisively contributed to the protection of Greek nature; among its recipients is the renowned environmentalist Luc Hoffmann (2005), and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (2011).

It is a member of major international conservation organisations, such as the IUCN, and has been honoured for its work, it by the Academy of Athens, the Council of Europe and the Ford Foundation.

The Blue Flag Global deserves a long visit. For the coastal environment, water quality, safety and access for all: the Blue Flag represents a serious and profound commitment to both people and the environment.

There are not many tour operators but planning yourself is quite easy. Yes, it’s time-consuming but I rather decide where to go, when and where to stay. Greece needs tourists. Go and visit! If by chance you like to book hotels, resorts, or a B&B do it now.

There are hundreds of crafts available and ferry services in the Aegean Sea connecting each island with its neighbours or with the Greek or Turkish mainland. Times and routes are subject to variation.

Golfing in Crete is a matter of Course

The Crete Golf Club at Hersonissos, Crete, is an 18-hole golf course of international standards designed by architect Bob Hunt and recently renovated to perfection.

http://www.cretegolfclub.com

Aegina, the island of light and artists

Offering clear bright light, significant archaeological monuments and wonderful nature, Aegina has always been a favourite place for Greek artists.

Ancient trails, cleared and signposted by the Aegina Active Citizens, enable trekkers to explore the island. The culture paths include a route that goes around Mt Ellenton; a trail from Stefentouri to Eleonas; a walking route in Ancient Eleonas that runs from Marathonas Beach to Pachia Rachi; and a trail from Pachia Rachi to the Panagia from Chrysoleontissas Monastery.

Nobody leaves Aegina without pistachios, a protected designation of origin (PDO) – status product rated as one of the world’s best in its category. Pottery has flourished on Aegina for approximately 3,000 years. Renowned ceramic artist Theodora Horafa and visual artist Katerina Giannaca live and work on the island.

Madeira “The Pearl of the Atlantic”

Madeira and Porto Santo

Right in the middle of the Atlantic, the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo are a heaven of natural beauty. The exotic colours of the flowers stand out from among the blue sea and the emerald green vegetation; this is an archipelago where two-thirds are a protected area and where the largest Laurisilva forest in the world is located.

 

 

Madeira island - Portugal

Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, Calheta, Porto Moniz, São Vicente, Santana, Machico, Santa Cruz! Are you ready to see the island?! Let’s start the tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Flower Festival takes place in Funchal from the 4th to the 21st of May 2017

Sports, events and all about Madeira!

The Levadas of Madeira

One of the best-known “Levadas” starts at Ribeiro Frio. A “Levada” is an irrigation channel or aqueduct specific to the Portuguese island of Madeira. The “Levada das 25 Fontes” leads from Rabaçal to the foot of the cliff with several springs cascades into it but there are many walking trails along the maintenance path. Madeira and Porto Santo are also well known for water sports and paragliding.

 

 

 

 

Some out of many interesting touristic places are: Monte, Curral das Freiras, Pico do Areeiro, Cabo Girão, Ribeira Brava, Paul da Serra, Sta. Maria Madalena, Camacha…The Archipelago of Madeira consists in the islands of Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas and Selvagens.

Porto Moniz, Madeiran Island is one of my favourite places.
Porto Moniz, Madeiran Island is one of my favourite places.

Having been colonized on behalf of the Infante D. Henrique, it was harbour of departure for Christopher Columbus (Cristóvão Colombo) on his discovery of the “New World”. Its rare and natural beauty has volcanic origins. Its several mountains can reach heights up to 1.850 m. Also due to its climate, it is a place suitable for the growing of fruits and flowers, some of them being very famous because of its quality. In conclusion, Madeira and Porto Santo are fantastic places to relax, far away from the city stress. Don’t miss “Câmara de Lobos” where Cristiano Ronaldo grew up which is a small and very particular village with great “tascas” and enjoy the best “Poncha” cocktail in Madeira.

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Cabo Girão – as good as in China

Portugal ranks as one of the best destination worldwide and Madeira Archipelago worths a week minimum. To get there I recommend TAP Airways and Easyjet. Transavia also does Madeira. To Porto Santo island go by ferry with Lobo Marinho or by plane from Funchal or directly from Lisbon and Porto. When to go? Every single day of the year seems to be a good time, however, there is no ferry in January. Where to stay? Funchal has more than 1000 hotels from Luxury like Reid’s and The Cliff Bay to hostels. I lived in both islands and as a tourist, I recommend them both.

Please, leave a comment if you need any further information contact me.

 

 

 

 

 

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An option to the ferry "Lobo Marinho"  may you wish.
An option to the ferry “Lobo Marinho” may you wish.

 

 

 

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The Phu Quoc marine Park in Vietnam. Absolutely a must-see for nature lovers. Top outdoors culturally sites and for nature lovers in Europe, South America and Asia.

 

 

Giants of Causeway, Northern Ireland
Giants of Causeway, Northern Ireland

 

Porto Moniz
Porto Moniz – Madeira – Portugal

Madeira Island, Regions, Culture and Attractions – Porto Moniz is a top attraction for nature lovers and unique as a lava huge pool. The region of Madeira offers many outdoor activities.

There is a lot to explore in Madeira. If you have the chance to visit Porto Santo beach. The Golden Island as it is called is worth a visit. Book your accommodation before you get there. At the moment there still 11 hotels.

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Den Llile Havfrue Copenhagen

 

Lake Como, Italy.
Lake Como, Italy.

 

The Moai at Isla de Pascua, Chile.
The Moai at Isla de Pascua, Chile.

 

La Dune du Pyla is giant and located in France. Absolutely a must see for nature lovers and funny eco-friendly destination.
La Dune du Pyla is giant and located in France. Absolutely a must-see for nature lovers and funny eco-friendly destination.

As similar as this not even in Brazil. La Dune du Pyla is giant and located in France. Absolutely a must-see for nature lovers and funny eco-friendly destination.

The Queen's walk
The Queen’s Walk

The Queen’s walk in London:

One of many tops and free attractions that keep us going and returning to this amazing destination, the worldide capital. The city is still at the top of European destinations and always very competitive. Antique markets, second-hand shops, amazing gardens, architecture, museums, extraordinary food shops and amazing tea culture. Due to festivals and international events accommodation is quite expensive even though with many offers.

 

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