The Greece, with its islands and dream, marked by the water beautifully transparent, paradisiacal beaches and fiery sunsets, it is the queen of summer. In addition to the stages of the most beloved and popular as the slendide Mykonos, and Santorini has always been the goal of those who want to have fun and enjoy the fantastic views, however, there are so many destinations are relatively less known, but equally spectacular and picturesque, such as Thessaloniki, Nauflio, Icaria, Fourni and Scopelo, which proved to be great travel ideas for those looking for an escape, more or less romantic, to the end of the summer.
Let’s discover these wonderful destinations, and to arrange your vacation, “September”, take a look at the offers, Lastminute, Vivitravels and Boscolo, which proposes, for example, a Tour of Classical Greece and Thessaloniki for 10 days about 2 thousand Euro.
- Thessaloniki and the Chalkidiki Peninsula, between history and nature
- Nafplio, an ancient queen
- The legendary Icaria
- The collection and dreamy Fourni
- Scopelo, romantic and lively
Thessaloniki, called, in Greek, “Thessaloniki”, is a historic, charming city, founded in 315.C. for the will of the Macedonian king Empire. Important commercial hub in the kingdom of Macedonia, the Roman Empire, the byzantine era and the ottoman empire, the history of its foundation is unexpectedly romantic: the name of the new centre was chosen personally by the said king to pay homage to his wife, Thessalonica, half-sister of the famous Alexander the great. The past strongly multi-ethnic and composite of Thessaloniki is still beautifully visible in its major places of interest, which still reflect the time in which its magnificent architectural was second only to Constantinople, today’s Istanbul.
In the city, you will not have time to get bored. First of all, discover its most important monuments, among which stand out the imposing White Tower, probably built around 1535 by sultan Murad II and now has become the symbol of Thessaloniki, the beautiful Rotunda of Galerius, an imperial mausoleum with a circular base converted into a church by Theodosius I, and the wonderful Church of St. Sophia, founded as a basilica in the EIGHTH century, and later used as a mosque, and famous for its beautiful mosaics.
Do not miss the roman forum, the ottoman Fortress of the Seven Towers, the house-museum of Ataturk (the first Turkish president was born in the city in 1881), many other spectacular churches and mosques, as the Church of the Twelve Apostles (XIV century), the ancient St. Demetrius Church (IV century) and the Mosque, Alatza Imaret (XV century), and the interesting museums, such as the Jewish Museum (formerly, the jewish community of Thessaloniki was very prosperous and large), the Museum of Musical Instruments of Ancient Greece and Byzantium and the Archaeological Museum.
THE CRATER OF DERVENI One of the most splendid archaeological discoveries ever made is the beautiful crater of Derveni (Macedonia). It was found in 1962 in a tomb with the body of the ancient city, which was used as a cinerary urn. The crater, entirely of gilded bronze, was placed on a bench of stone, and occupied the central position of the space burial. Inside were placed the ashes of two deceased of the opposite sex, together with a coin of Philip II of Macedonia and some gold jewelry. The processing of this incredible piece of the bronzes, Greek was executed finely with great professionalism, the crater has anse with scrolls and presents on the shoulders of a decoration applied: 4 seated figures (two maenads, a satyr and Dionysus himself in the likeness of adolescents), and on the body is shown at the overhang, a festival in honor of Dionysus. The crater was also fitted with a cover, run to the tunnel, which at the time of the discovery was surmounted by a gold crown. On the mouth of the crater was an inscription in letters of silver, partly abraded, which reads: “crater of Astìon, son of Anaxagoras from Larìsa”. For performance styling, the crater can be dated to the first half of the fourth century.C. Probably the deceased, to whom was reserved to this rich array of burial were an official who had taken part in the military campaigns of the Macedonian king Philip II and his wife, devoted to the dionysian cult. In support of this thesis, the weapons, and some parts of the armor found in the same tomb. Today the crater of Derveni is exhibited at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. #craterederveni #crater #derveni #macedonia #philip #dionisio #museoarcheologicosalonicco #thessaloniki #archeology #archaeology #archediem
The latter contains some valuable finds, such as tools, prehistoric objects of the funeral of the tomb of Philip II of Macedonia and precious jewels of the kingdom of Macedonia. Let yourself be captivated, finally, by the many vibrant neighbourhoods of Thessaloniki. Ladadika, near the port, flourished, in the past centuries, the workshops of the jewish, while today is full of restaurants and trendy bars. Lovely is the seafront, especially the sculpture with the umbrellas made by the Greek artist Georgios Zongolopoulos. The area of the railway station, offers a luxury hotel, shops where to go shopping and bazaars and more traditional folk.
Between the gulf of Thessaloniki and the gulf of Orphans, you will enjoy the beauty of the Chalkidiki Peninsula, which, overlooking the Aegean sea, is formed by a part of the central mountain range and three penisolette children, namely Kassandra, Sithonia and Agion Oros.
By visiting these areas you will find yourself surrounded by nature so wild as it is cozy, from the green mountains to get to the beaches lapped by the waters beautifully blue. There are many accommodation options for this stage: to Cassandra, for example, the Sani Resort offers a dream vacation. Set in an environmental reserve, is “an oasis of wellness and relaxation surrounded by unspoilt nature , and served with every luxury imaginable.” Absolutely recommended!
Nafplio, in the Greek Nafplio is a beautiful town of the Peloponnese which, from 1829 to 1834, was actually the capital of Greece, immediately after the country’s independence from the Ottoman Empire.
Called “Naples of Romania” , under the venetian domination, Nafplio has its name from the legendary king of Eubea Nauplie, the arch-enemy of Odysseus. After centuries of mixing cultural, architectural, and religious that have mixed classicism, ancient, sophistication, byzantine and ottoman, and european influences, today the city welcomes you with elegance, joy, and wonderful monuments. The Castel da Mar (sea), also called the water Castle of Bourtzi, it is a beautiful fort situated on a small island opposite the harbour and was built at the behest of the governor of the Serenissima Carrier Pasqualigo during the FIFTEENTH century.
Always of venetian origin is the impressive Fortress of Palamidi, built between 1711 and 1714. Powerfully perched on a hill high over 200 meters, and is surrounded by eight bastions that in the course of history have had names in Italian, Greek and Turkish, can be reached by climbing almost a thousand steps (traditionally 999), and, from its summit, you can admire the city, the gulf and all of the surrounding nature, in a privileged location, and romantic.
Don’t miss out on the Piazza of the Statute, inspired by the roman Piazza Navona, and very recommended for a stopover in the restaurants and bars that liven up, the old gates that allowed the access to the city, the Mosque and the Church of San saints spyridon, famous, unfortunately, for crime. In this place of worship, in fact, in 1831, he was assassinated the first president of Greece, Iannis Kapodistrias.
Take, then, the time to visit at least a couple of the many interesting museums, including the archaeological Museum, the war Museum, the Museum of popular art, the National Gallery and the Museum of Komboloi, dedicated to the history of the typical rosary Greek, called komboloi. This original exhibition features 1500 pieces made between the XVII and the XX century, from all over the world.
Ikaria is the island in front of which he fell, according to the fascinating Greek mythology, Icarus, formerly imprisoned with his father Daedalus in the labyrinth of Crete. Parent and child tried to escape from their captivity, with fake wings constructed of feathers and beeswax. Both departed from Crete and librarono in the sky, but the young man approached the sun, which melted the wax. Icarus fell into the sea, dying, while Daedalus managed to arrive in our Sicily (or in our Campania region, according to other versions).
Icaria, however, is not only a place full of legends, but a hermitage is a romantic and picturesque place to spend days in full harmony and happiness. Long and “thin”, the island is characterized by beaches magical, bathed by waters from the shades beautifully blue, and the high and scenic mountains located in the inland areas, excellent for trekking and enjoy a breathtaking view.
Let yourself be pampered by the 4 magnificent hot springs (about 8 on the island) of Therma Ikarias, admire the pretty village suspended in time of Armenistis, visit the Temple of Artemis in Nas (beautiful also for its waters), fall in love with the sandy beaches of the northern, as Messaktì and Livadi, and the southern, generally gravel, as near Magganitis, where you will find “Seychelles Beach”, one of the sea views the most enchanting of Greece. Discover Agios Kirykos, the capital of the island, with its white houses, winding alleys, the fragrant flowers “facing” balconies, the fishing nets stretched out on the sun and the sunsets from the fairy tale, will give you a summary of the natural beauties, architectural and cultural heritage of the country.
The Greek cuisine is exquisite and Icaria, you can accompany it with a the same name and the famous wine, produced since ancient times. This beautiful island is also considered a “Blue Zone” (“Blue Zone”), i.e. a geographical area with a life expectancy significantly higher than the global average. According to some scholars, the areas that can boast a longevity “record” includes, in addition to Icaria, also Okinawa in Japan, Sardinia in Sardinia, Nicoya in Costa Rica and Loma Linda in California.
The small, wild and romantic archipelago of the islands of Fourni (or Habbo) is one of the destination Greek the most pristine and magical, a corner of paradise, little visited and remote, a good place to relax, recharge and find yourself in perfect harmony with nature, wonderful and unforgettable.
Walking from the Icaria and Samos thanks to various maritime links, the first settlements of the area are dated around The first century. a.C., while today the only inhabited islands are three of the twelve: Fourni (the most important), Thimena and Ágios Minás. The archipelago, whose main activity is fishing, it is particularly recommended to taste the traditional and delicious fish dishes of the Greek cuisine, from lobster to grilled octopus. The fishing nets , gently lying in the sun, waiting to get to the water, incorniceranno the most beautiful views of the area and offer some of the most beautiful photos of your vacation!
The appearance of the islands is the essential and magnificent: small white houses, churches with blue roofs, windmills, ruins of ancient buildings that recall the history of the place, the shops and stores from the vintage atmosphere, the restaurants full of atmosphere and inviting scents.
Fourni, the main island, is the perfect getaway, where to stay and with more “comfort” with regard to shops, small supermarket and a hotel/bnb. Its capital is the vibrant and picturesque Kambos, while not far Chrisomilia is isolated, and enchanting, famous for the boardwalk and many fish taverns. The most beautiful beach is probably one of Kassidi, which awaits you with its white sand beach, a sea in shades of turquoise and a peace that few other places in the world can give. Don’t miss also the beach of Kampi and the one in Bali, that offer their visitors glimpses of the collected and suggestive, where you can immerse yourself in nature.
The island of Thimena is idyllic and charming, and it is dominated from the beautiful and scenic chapel of Agios Dimitrios. Thanks to (or because of) of their strategic position along the trade routes that linked the East and the West, the islands of Fourni have long been lands of pirates , and, at the archaeological level, represent an invaluable treasure: the depths, in fact, are “infested” by the remains of dozens of ancient ships inabissatesi after a shipwreck: if you are over 55, mostly of ancient Greek, roman and byzantine.
For now, the islands of Fourni are still far from the frantic and cheerful mass tourism, which, each year, choosing Greece as the perfect destination, so don’t wait! Hurry and visit these islands soon as possible, to breathe the air more pure and traditional Aegean!
The magnificent Scopelo (Skopelos in Greek), along with equally enchanting Alonneso and Skied, made up the archipelago of the northern Sporades. Made famous by movies such as Mamma mia! (2008) and Mamma mia! Here we go again (2018), a romantic musical shot right between the green and the blue of this beautiful stage, Scopelo a fairy tale embraced by turquoise waters and propelled by a florida nature, dotted with groves, orchards and vineyards.
Its beaches, usually shingle, are beautiful views, especially at sunset, will make you feel like you are in love movie: don’t miss the famous Panormos, the charming Glysteri, the spectacular Limnonari and the legendary Stafylos, which is linked to, according to classical mythology, to the Stafilos, the son of Ariadne and Dionysus.
At the urban level, the island is characterized by the typical architecture of the island Greek, with whitewashed houses, winding alleys and scenic churches from the roofs and colorful lights of the panoramic, such as the dreamy Head Gouroni.
There are many, then the archaeological and historical attractions worth visiting, such as, for example, the Roman Baths, the Tombs of Sendoukia of post-roman times, the ruins of ancient Selinunte, the ruins of the venetian fortress, the Basilica of Hora, the perched Monastery of Evangelistria and the magnificent small church of Agios Ioannis, located on the top of a giant rock and can be reached by climbing 105 stairs.
The night life of Scopelo is very lively, the food is delicious (typical are the tempting spaghetti with lobster) and the sports and cultural activities that await you are really not to be missed, from snorkeling, to cooking classes, from fishing to hiking, from tours of the oil mills to the exhibitions and theatre performances. In short, you can indulge yourself in all the beauties of Greece in a single destination!