Top 10 Greek Islands and Where to Stay (part 2/3).
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Probably the most typical of the Greek islands and a convenient base for island hoping around the Cyclades due to its excellent ferry connections. The beaches, the nightlife and the accomodation choice are all above average and many holiday makers return year after year. Parikia with its lovely old town is the capital and the port of Paros, but most nightlife is concentrated in piqturesque Naousa. Regular international windsurfing competitions are held at noisy Chrysi Akti beach but you can easily find quiet and isolated beaches if all you want is to relax and enjoy the blue waters. And if really quiet holidays are more up your street, Antiparos is the tiny and alternative neighbour just minutes away on a local boat.Páros has a bit of everything you’d expect from an island in the Cyclades archipelago – whitewashed villages, blue-domed churches, blonde-sand beaches, fishing harbours overlooked by taverna tables, plus lively bars and cafés. The landscape is perhaps not the most dramatic, with its modest 771-metre (2,530ft) -high Ágii Pándes summit, but from the ring road the views out to sea over dozens of surrounding islands are unbeatable. The first outsider in our era to celebrate the island was Kevin Andrews, who in his classic book The Flight of Ikaros describes arriving on impoverished Páros in 1948, to be hosted by a local family near Náoussa.
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The Lefkada island located in the Western Greece is famous for its beautiful beaches, historical sites, scenic villages and monasteries. Lefkada is home to 21 spectacular sandy beaches. They are definitely among the most beautiful Mediterranean beaches. Apart from the great beauty, the beaches of Lefkada provide many activities for the visitors. The Porto Katsiki beach located 26.7 miles West of Lefkada town is the most popular beach in the Island. It is a well maintained, family friendly beach that surrounded by high cliffs and lush vegetation. Egremni, Kathisma, Agios Ioannis and Mylos are other beautiful beaches in Lefkada Island. Visit the magnificent Agia Mavra castle that built back in 14th century by Sicily ruler Loannis Orsini. It is one of finest examples of fortress architecture. This amazing castle is surrounded by two lagoons. The Dimosari waterfall in Nydri town is a must visit attraction in Lefkada Island. The walking trail to the foot of this cascading waterfall is very scenic. The water flow rate gets down in the summer season. Still the tourist come here to swim in the pool at the foot of this waterfall.
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Located in the Southern Aegean Sea, the Crete is the largest Island in Greece. With impressive mountains, gorgeous valleys, splendid beaches, rich history and friendly local people it is among the top tourist destinations in Greece. The coastline of Crete stretches over 650 miles with hundreds of amazing beaches. The balos beach located in the Chania city is the most fantastic beach in Crete. Balos beach is famous for its turquoise waters, an expanse of soft, white sands and natural beauty. It is an ideal place for snorkeling. Elafonissi beach, Vai beach, Falassarna beach and Preveli beach are other popular beaches in Crete Island. Visit the impressive white mountains in the West part of the Crete Island. It is also known as Lefka Ori. They called ‘white mountains’ because until the Spring they covered with thick snow and in the dry season the peaks appears in white color. The 2453 meters high pachnes is the highest summit of Lefka Ori. This mountain range also contains 50 amazing gorgeous. Apart from the great views, the white mountains is an ideal site for expert hikers. Upon 50 stunning gorges of white mountains, the most famous one is Samaria gorge. With a total length of 11 miles, it is the longest gorge in Europe. Some part of Samaria gorge are extremely narrow, the most famous among them is known as ‘Iron Gates’ where the gorge is only 4 meters wide and rise up to a height of 300 meters. It is truly a paradise of hikers and views are just stunning. Visit cretaquarium located near gournes town. You will see more than 250 amazing marine species here. There you can also watch documentaries and participate in seminars and lectures about marine ecosystem.
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