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Located on the western side of Cyclades, Sifnos is developing over the last years as a place for both families and youth. Families will love the calm beaches with delicious taverns, while the youth will get excited for the lively beach bars that stay open till the early hours. In Sifnos, do not miss the picturesque village of Kastro with the lovely church of Seven Martyrs at the entrance.
The archaeological site of Mycenae is located in the north eastern side of Peloponnese, in close distance to Nafplion. It is mostly famous from the story of the Trojan War, as Mycenae was the kingdom of Agamemnon, the leader of the Greeks in the war. Visitors in Mycenae are impressed by the giant walls, constructed by Cyclops according to the myth, and by the Treasury of Atreus, the vaulted tomb of Agamemnon.
Although it is mostly famous for the miracle-working church of Virgin Mary, Tinos is also an island for relaxing family vacations. The beaches on the southern side of Tinos have clean water and they are protected from strong winds. Worth to visit are the mountainous villages of the countryside that stand out for the traditional vibes and the picturesque architecture. Scattered in the inland of Tinos are lovely chapels and dovecotes.
Famous from the myth of Icarus, who fell into the sea when his wax wings melt from the sun, Ikaria is an alternative holiday destination. The island is prefered by campers and families, while naturism is also very popular in the beaches. Drive around the inland and you will see traditional villages, green forests and large vine yards.
A small island on the south of Corfu, Paxi is famous for the lush greenery and the beautiful bays. The picturesque seaside villages of Paxi will offer romantic strolls day and night. Do not miss a boat trip to Antipaxos, a tiny islet with most exotic water. A nice place for relaxing family vacations, Paxi is also popular for hiking.
Famous as the island where Apostle John was inspired the Apocalypse, Patmos is a small island with spiritual vibes. The most characteristic sight of Patmos is the Monastery of Saint John, just above Chora. Do not also miss a visit to the Cave of the Apocalypse. Around the island, there are lovely beaches to enjoy a day under the sun.
Skopelos gives a breath of relaxation from the first step on the island. With the verdant landscape, the virgin beaches and the impressive views to the Aegean, Skopelos is an inspiration for romantic couples and families looking for calm holidays. Do not miss a walk around Skopelos Town and a visit to the Byzantine Monasteries of the island.
An island of Western Cyclades, Folegandros stands out for its impressive Chora and the relaxing atmosphere. Constructed along the slopes of a hill, Chora has lovely narrow paths and white sugar houses. A cobbled path up from Chora leads to the church of Panagia, which offers amazing view to the Aegean Sea. The beaches of Folegandros are secluded and have clean water.
Famous as the home of Ulysses, the legendary hero of Homer, Ithaca charms you from the first moment. With verdant background and picturesque villages by the sea, Ithaca is a truly relaxing place. Unwind your mind from stressing thoughts and let this peaceful vibe of Ithaca overcome you. A hike around the island will bring you to fabulous spots and secret coves with blue green water.
Antiparos is a small island of Cyclades, just opposite Paros. The only village is found on the north western spot of the island and it is called Chora. This small island is considered the alternative of cosmopolitan Paros. Camping is very frequented in Antiparos and the atmosphere is very relaxing. Nightlife is lounge and mostly concentrated in few bars of Chora. The beaches along the eastern side of the island have crystal water and soft sand.
The tiny island of Symi is regularly visited as a day trip from Rhodes or for a short summer break. The main village is spread amphitheatrically around a port and offers impressive view to the Aegean Sea. In short distance from the village, there are small beaches with clean water. The most important sightseeing of Symi is the Monastery of Panormitis, on the southern side of the island.
Alonissos charms visitors with the relaxing atmosphere and the green background. Less busy than Skiathos and Skopelos, this island has lovely seaside villages that provide a romantic setting in the evenings. A walk around Chora, constructed on the slopes of a mountain, gives great view to the Aegean and to the traditional life of the locals.
An island unspoiled by mass tourism, Serifos contains all the beauty of Cyclades: picturesque village constructed on the hilltop, clean beaches and amazing view to the Aegean Sea. Although it is only two hours ferry ride from Athens, it doesn't get crowded in summer. It keeps the perfect atmosphere for relaxing holidays. In the day, enjoy the hot sun and the clean sea, while in the evening head to Chora for a lounge drink.
Located on the southern side of Naxos, Koufonissia is famous for the exotic beaches and the relaxing atmosphere. A popular naturist and camping destination, only Pano Koufonissi is inhabited, while Kato Koufonissi is visited as a boat trip for the nice beaches. Most beaches in Koufonissia are accessible on foot or by bicycle. Dive in the exotic, blue-green water and experience the most relaxing holidays.
In the Medieval times, Mystras was the second most important town of the Byzantine Empire, after Constantinople. In fact, Constantinos Paleologos, the last Byzantine Emperor, was a governor of Mystras before his coronation. Today, the archaeological site of Mystras is surrounded by walls and has many Byzantine churches with interesting frescoes in the interior. On top of the hill, there is the Palace of the Despots.
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