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Cyprus & Greece Highlights (culture, history, news) (21)

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 11:49

The Colossus of Rhodes

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Rhodes Attractions

If there is one thing that Greece has going for it, it’s the mass amount of history and traditions that surround the islands. There are many different natural beauties to behold, but there are also quite a few historical monuments that are quite appealing. One of the most noteworthy structures in Rhodes is known as the Colossus of Rhodes. It is a massive statue that is surrounded by a lot of history, so it attracts thousands of visitors each year. I truly believe that it’s one of those things that everyone should experience. Let’s talk a bit more about the Colossus of Rhodes and why I think it’s a great attraction for anyone to view. Colossus of Rhodes

 

The Purpose of the Statue

The Colossus of Rhodes is a statue of Helious, the Greek god. It is amongst the Seven Wonders of the World, and thousands of people line up each year to view it. The statue was built to celebrate the defeat of the ruler of Cyprus who was named Antigonus I Monophthalmus. It was once the tallest statues in the world before it was struck by an earth quake in the year of 226 BC. The scale of this massive statue is absolutely breathtaking and you’ll be in shock and awe once you view it.

The Construction of the Colossus of Rhodes

There are many different speculations as to how the statue was constructed, so you may hear different stories. It was primarily constructed from iron bars and brass plates. The inside of the statue was filled up with stone blocks in order to reinforce the structure. A lot of the iron that was used in this magnificent structure was created from previously used weapons. This is a historical piece that was literally built upon rich history. That is why I believe it’s one of the most important structures in the world.

Why You Should Visit the Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes is still one of the most beautiful and wonderous structures in the world. Many engineers are at a loss as to how it was crafted so largely and accurately with primitive techniques. The statue has seen quite a bit of history in its day, and it's had its share of damage. It's been torn down, reconstructed and so on over the years. It's certainly a wonderful region to visit and I believe that everyone should see it in person once in their life.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013 10:04

Best beaches in Corfu - Greece

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Corfu has a lot to offer in the way of entertainment, but its beauty is what keeps tourists coming back year after year. There are so many gorgeous places and things to see within the island, but its beaches are one of the key components of visiting the area. The beaches that are found in Corfu are one of a kind. You will find all types of scenery and attractions within the area that are certain to please even the most critical traveler. Although Corfu is loaded with many beaches, I’m going to go over some of the absolute best within the area.

Agios Georgios can be found on the west coast of Corfu and it’s situated between two headlands. A lot of people love this region because it is relatively secluded and there aren’t mass amounts of people. It’s a great place to relax and take in the beauty without having to worry about crowds of people.

Situated near the Ipiros region of the Greek inland, Benitses offers some beauty that many travelers have a hard time letting go of. It was at one time a fishing village, but now is the home of many fine eateries as well as entertainment spots. You can enjoy many different watersports including jet skis, speedboats etc. This is a great spot for anyone who is looking to have some fun in the water.

Resting near the western coast of Corfu lays Ermones, which is said to be the very location that Odysseus was washed ashore after his journey. You’ll notice the beautiful mix of rock and vegetation surrounding the sandy beach, which makes for a pleasant view. There are tons of activities to participate in and no shortage of good food.

Messonghi is a favorite amongst locals and it’s easy to see why. What was once the home of a fishing village has now become an all-out center for fun and excitement. The pebbled beach sits just south of Corfu and is surrounded by attractive olive trees. Enjoy yourself by taking advantage of the great fishing spots and having a drink in one of the various old-style taverns.

You’ll find Kontogialos near the western coast of Pelekas. It’s surrounded by gorgeous golden sand that is nothing but inviting. You can take in the pleasant scenery and enjoy the fresh ocean breeze in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.

If you’re looking for a nice tucked away area to enjoy some relaxation time, it doesn’t get much better than Yaliscari. This little gem is located on the western coast of Corfu and it’s known for its pleasant and relaxing qualities. It’s a rather secluded beach, so it’s a great spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You’ll fall in love with its thick pine trees and golden sand. Afterwards you can visit some of the nearby taverns to wind down.

Corfu has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment and beauty. There’s a lot more beaches within the wonderful island, but these are some of the best in my opinion. If you’re looking to give yourself a break from your daily routine, treat yourself and spend some time on these wonderful beaches in Corfu.

Monday, 08 April 2013 09:05

Nightlife in Corfu, Greece

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Corfu is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, and there’s tons of entertainment and activities that is has to offer its guests. There are plenty of restaurants that have some of the world’s most amazing food. There’s beautiful scenery that range from historic structures to relaxing pebbled beaches surrounded by lush olive trees. There’s also many different events and celebrations that are held in many of the different villages. Chances are that you will easily find something to do within the island and if the nightlife is one of your aspirations, you’re in for a treat! Corfu will meet and exceed your nightlife needs.

Kassiopi, Corfu, at night

If you’re looking for dancing, loud music and plentiful amounts of alcohol, Corfu has you covered! This place is geared toward the nightlife and there’s so much to choose from. No matter how long you’re staying, you can likely choose a new night club for every night you’re there and still not even scratch the surface of what Corfu has to offer. The Old Tree is a beautifully decorated club that attracts many visitors from all over the globe. There’s good music, great drinks and all the activities that you could dream of for a perfect night on the town. Stop in and try one of the numerous delicious drinks that are available in this unique bar. Afterwards you can dance the night away with the sounds of traditional music. You’re certain to have a memorable night within The Old Tree and you’ll find plenty of things to do whether you’re visiting alone or with your spouse. Maybe you’re looking for something a bit different. Well, The Poco Loco has a great deal of entertainment to offer that stands out from your regular night clubs. This bar is located within the Goybia village and it’s an authentic Mexican bar. You’ll love the beautiful Mexican décor as well as the traditional Mexican music that plays throughout the club. On top of the wonderful scenery, you’ll love the huge assortment of cocktails that feature some superb tequila. IF you’re a part of the younger crowd, Apokalypsis may be more your style. This is located near the port of Corfu and it’s a big hit with the younger generation. Enjoy yourself with many different cocktails and liquor options and then treat yourself to some of the best entertainment in Corfu. You’ll be able to experience unforgettable fire dancers as well as a huge assortment of Greek traditional music. You really can’t go wrong with this night club! No matter what your tastes are; it’s likely that Corfu has something to suit your needs. The island is filled with pleasant people who know how to have a good time and there’s plenty of bars and night clubs along the beach that are certain to provide you with hours and hours of entertainment.

Friday, 08 March 2013 16:24

Exploring Corfu A Town Walking Tour

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One of the greatest things about Corfu is that there’s so many interesting and exciting locations packed into confined areas. You may just be out walking around looking for a bite to eat and then come across multiple gorgeous structures and historic buildings.

view of Corfu old town from New Fortress

Corfu is certainly a dream location for anyone who wants to pack a lot of sight-seeing in without having to travel all over the region. With so many great spots packed into one location, it’s easy to come up with a memorable walking tour that will fill your mind and camera with all the beauty that Corfu has to offer.

 

What Can I Expect to See?

The Old Town of Corfu

If it’s one thing that Corfu has going for it, it’s the diversity of its attractions. You can walk around the old villages that are packed full of history and learn about the past of how they operated. There are usually many museums within these old villages that make it easy to learn about the history. Within these villages you’ll also see some of the beautiful architecture that has been standing for centuries. While you’re there you’ll also have the pleasure of taking in the magnificent scenery that ranges from beautiful beaches to majestic mountains.

 

Which Places Should We Walk Through?

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This is entirely up to you, and there’s really no wrong choice with all of the options available, but some of the more popular walking tours go through the esplanade areas that are surrounded by large bodies of clear and beautiful water. It’s typically a good idea to plan your walking tour to close through some of the old villages as well. A great place to walk through is the Church of Antivouniotissa which also offers a lot of learning at the Byzantine Museum that is located within it.

 

How Much Will I Have to Spend?

One of the great things about taking a walking tour is that it’s relatively inexpensive. If you do all of the planning on your own ahead of time you can expect to spend nothing. If you’re not exactly familiar with the area, it may be a good idea to consult the advice from a local or a travel agency, but that’s certainly not necessary. Because Corfu is full of so many attractions, you might want to plan a trip that covers as much as possible and a travel guide will be able to help you do this.

Corfu 2010

Corfu is a beautiful place that has a huge number of benefits to offer. From the gorgeous pebbly beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, to the heavenly mountain tops that seem to extend into the stars; Corfu is a great place to put your stresses aside and really spend some quality time. Walking tours will allow you to experience this beauty without the hustle and bustle of the city.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 16:44

Discover the Unspoiled Crete

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Since Crete is filled with many beautiful locations, it can attract a lot of visitors in certain months. Chances are that if you come in a very popular time of the season, you’ll be surrounded with many types of tourists and it can be a bit annoying. There is hope though! Crete is a great, relaxing place to visit during certain times of the year and there are even a few locations that aren’t quite popular yet. These areas can be the ideal retreat for anyone who wants to soak in the beauty of the area without having to deal with large crowds of tourists. I’m going to go over some of the most secluded beaches that lay within the glorious island of Crete. No need to worry about the large crowds!

Kyani Akti beach

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This beach is located in the Souda Bay and it’s absolutely stunning! You can enjoy the long sandy beach that offers many secluded areas. It’s not completely deserted though, there are still areas to dine and have some drinks, but it’s far less populated than many of the other areas.

Frangokastello Beach

Scenes from Frangokastello on the Greek island of Crete

This beach is gorgeous and there are hardly ever any crowds. There are a few other beaches are settled right around this area as well. There are a lot of activities to take part in here without having to worry about bumping elbows with others. Enjoy a relaxing time snorkeling in the beautiful rocky seabed or take the kids swimming in the clear and beautiful waters. You can certainly enjoy the peace and quiet here and when you’re ready to return to society, you can visit the village of Frangokastello which has many dining options as well as taverns.

Kastelli Beach

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This is located within the western area of Chania. This beach is absolutely beautiful with its golden sand and deep seas. The length of the beach is wide and there are many spots to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. After you enjoy all the beach has to offer, you can then make your way to Kissamos Kastelli, which is a nearby village who has many fine dining options.

Damnoni Beach

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You really can’t find a better spot than this. It’s considered to be one of the best secluded areas within Crete and it’s very surprising that it isn’t loaded with people. The area is absolutely gorgeous and the deserted bays and sand will have you never wanting to leave.

Panormos Beach

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As with many other villages in Crete, Panormos is an old fishing village. It’s located in the northern part of Crete and it offers many activities such as sun bathing or water sports. You’ll fall in love with the clear water and golden sand. Lucky for you, this particular area is rather secluded. There are many beauties to see in the wonderful island of Crete, but you don’t have to be stuck in the huge crowds. With a little bit of planning you can have a relaxing time by yourself or with your family.

Monday, 10 December 2012 16:04

December Events 2012

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Events in Nicosia

 

3rd Quantum Lefkosia Marathon

This year, we continue our efforts to establish the Quantum Nicosia Marathon as one of the biggest sporting-cultural events of Cyprus with the organisation of the 3rd Quantum Nicosia Marathon in the following December. Last year we announced through the press, our web portal and the calendar of the Association of International Marathons International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), an organisation which we have the honour to be a member, that the event would take place on the 2nd of December, 2012.

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Start:       Dec 9, 2012

End:        Dec 9, 2012

Category:               Sports

Organiser:              Athanasios Ktorides Foundation

 

Monday, 12 November 2012 10:19

November Events 2012

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 Events in November all around Cyprus

 

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