Departing from as ancient as Hellas town of Nafplio you get to know diversified Greek islands, perfect as for partying as for learning history. Walk in the footsteps of Venus de Milo. Honor memory to the author of “The Odyssey” and “The Iliad” Homer at his supposed place of bury.
The 5th century was the time of its ultimate bloom. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments, rare historical palimpsests such as Olympian Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, ancient Theatre of Dionysos, ruins of the Asklepieion, the Roman Agora with the famed “Tower of the Winds”, Hadrian’s Library, remnants of the Ottoman period and other historical and cultural remnants.
Milos is largely an undiscovered island, with perhaps the most interesting coastline of any other island this size in the world. A volcanic island, Milos is known as the island of colors, mainly because of its spectacular, colorful rock formations. Milos is the southwesternmost and 5th largest island of the Cyclades archipelago, only 3-5 hours from Athens by ferry, or 30 minutes by aircraft. Milos Island is located west of Santorini, right between Heraklion, Crete and the Greek mainland. The 5,000 inhabitants of Milos Island earn their living primarily through tourism and mining, and to a lesser extend through fishing, farming and agriculture.
This island houses the largest sea volcano in the world. Part of its crater went under water during an eruption, thus creating a caldera – a funnel filled with sea water. The resulting intense tsunami led to the sunset of the Minoan civilization. There is a theory that it was exactly this tsunami that sunk Atlántida (also known as Atlantis). The edge of the caldera is an upright rock, approximately 300 meters high. One may get to the top on foot, conquering 687 steps, ride a mountain road lined with stones, or take a funicular. Once up at the height of 220 meters above sea level, you will find yourself in the most beautiful town of Fira – the capital of Santorini. Picturesque views of the town attract cinema directors, painters and photographers from all over the world. Not surprisingly, people say that all most beautiful movies of Greece were made here – snow-white houses, blue roofs and thrilling views of the sea and sky merging together. All sunsets at Santorini are as unique as the colors of the sea before the sun sets, and they never repeat themselves. The color of the sky becomes supernatural, and along with the views of the waves, the shape of the clouds, the smells and the wind – all come together to create a sense of magic. Add to this incredible multicolored beaches with volcano sand and you get one of the most wonderful places on Earth!
Ios island can boast nearly 75 kilometers of spectacular white sand beaches, which are considered to be the cleanest in the Greek islands. One of the most popular tourist attraction of Ios is Homer's Tomb. Next sight that can't be missed is Paleocastro. This a perfect place to enjoy breathtaking views over the sea. Ios charms its visitor by white and blue buildings, flowers, windmills, fantastic restaurants and unforgettable night life.
Paros is among the most popular islands in Greece, attracting thousands of visitors every summer. The island is famous for its beautiful beaches, the traditional architecture and the fun nightlife. The most popular sightseeing in Paros is the Byzantine Monastery of Ekatontapyliani, meaning the church with the hundred doors. Many other monasteries are found around the island, such as the Monastery of Logovarda. However, Paros is mostly famous for its stunning beaches and the Cycladic villages.
Delos island is one of the most unique places on our planet, since the entire island serves as one of the largest outdoor museums in the world. Here you may feel like a real archeologist getting into a lost ancient town! During a stroll along the island, it is absolutely necessary to see the terrace of lions that protect the Holy Lake where, according to a legend, god Apollo was born. Look onto the theatre and wonderful mosaics in the House of Dolphins. A long, narrow building - the Monument to bulls - is located to the east of the temples. Some private residential houses as well as places for athletes’ training – palaestra - survived till present time. You will also find the Stadium and the Gymnasium to the east of the Lake.
Mykonos is a complete opposite of Delos. It is the island of modern-day celebrities and not the island of spirits of the past. Sharon Stone and Brad Pitt, Madonna and Mike Jagger, Gina Lollobrigida and Sofia Loren visit quite often– this is a holiday! Enjoy!
The island is located in the heart of the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea, where Greek tradition and western influence come to a harmonious marriage.
Old Nafplio (or Nafplion) is one of the most beautiful towns in Greece. The former capital of the country may remind visitors of the Plaka in Athens, but it's on the sea. With two mountains crowned by medieval fortresses overlooking the town and the small island fortress called the Bourtzi that once protected the harbor, Nafplio is full of restaurants, shops, cafes, beautiful old buildings,hotels of all categories and a beach that you can walk to in ten minutes.