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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Superb Places to Go Walking in Greece

Samaria Gorge

At around 18 kilometres in length, the Samaria Gorge is the longest in Europe and is one of the biggest tourist attractions on the island, playing host to thousands of visitors between May and October each year. Situated in the prefecture of Chania in south west Crete, the gorge runs from the Omalos Plateau in the White Mountains to the village of Agia Roumeli on the southern coast. Taking between four and seven hours to walk, the route covers some quite rough terrain but is still suitable for the inexperienced, although walkers are recommended to wear sensible walking boots. Those taking part in the guided walk during the summer months, especially during July and August, are also advised to take plenty of sun screen and drinking water along with them, although there are places en route where you can buy bottled water. With steep cliffs and forests of pine and cypress, the landscape is breathtakingly beautiful and the gorge is also home to around 450 different species of plants (all of which are protected and may not be picked or removed from the gorge). If you are lucky, you might also catch sight of one of Crete’s famous inhabitants, the increasingly rare Agrimia, or Kri-Kri goats as they are commonly known. With other endemic species in and around the gorge, this is a wonderful place to visit and it certainly represents one of the highlights for anyone walking in Greece.

Deliana Gorge

The walk along the Deliana Gorge is an unchallenging one, but one which is rewarding for those walking in Greece due to its beautiful scenery. During the cooler times of the year, a stream runs alongside the path and down the rocks, accompanying your walk with a soft tinkling sound. You are likely to see many goats during your walk, but most visitors come here to see the Griffon vultures which can be spotted throughout the year. The walk through the gorge and back again is not a long one and is only likely to take around two hours in total depending on your fitness or walking ability.

Arkoudospilios Cave

The walk to the Arkoudospilios Cave on the Akrotiri Peninsula in the municipality of Chania is about two kilometres and affords some spectacular views. Starting at the monasteries of Gouverneto and Agias Triadas and following a footpath which often features steep drops to one side, you will come to the cave where there stands a large stalagmite in the shape of a bear bowed over a cistern. Several different legends account for the significance of the animal. Some believe that it was once alive and that it used to drink the water from the cistern, leaving nothing for the local inhabitants and the monks. When one of the monks prayed to the Virgin for help, it is said that the beast was petrified and has stood in its position in the center of the cave ever since. Others believe that the goddess Artemis, who was worshipped by the Pelasgians in the form of a bear, was worshipped here and that the stalagmite is a sacred representation of her. The footpath which continues from the cave also leads to the ruins of the Monastery Katholiko and the church of St John the Hermit. As you stand underneath the towering rock face in this extremely isolated place, it is not hard to imagine why the monks who used it many years ago sought their sanctuary here. With so much spectacular beauty along this route, walking in Greece will not only be enjoyable for the senses, but an experience which will open you up to wanting to learn more about this fascinating and stunning island.

 

The Natural Side Of Cape Town

One of the best ways to experience the natural side of this beautiful place is also one of the simplest. With so many gorgeous white sandy beaches and lovely bays with stupendous backdrops of mountains and beautiful scenery just beckoning you, you could simply lie on them all day in the sunshine. Alternatively, paddling in the tidal pools is not only a great way to cool off, it also provides the opportunity to take in the magnificent views around you.

Tortoises, Baboons And Whales, Oh My!

If you’re looking for more active ways of experiencing nature, then the Cape Point Nature Reserve may be more interesting to you. Still relaxing, and with so much to offer, you could spend all day strolling along the numerous walking trails and taking in every sight. Home to around 250 species of birds and four different species of tortoise, as well as baboons, ostriches and antelope, the reserve is a nature lover’s dream. As you look out across the ocean, keep your eyes peeled for whales and dolphins too, as you can see a number of varieties of each; or see how many of the area’s more than 1,000 species of plant you can spot. With such a huge variety of fauna and flora to cast your eye over, you will feel as though you have stepped into paradise as the natural beauty of Cape Town takes your breath away.

Cocktails On Table Mountain Anyone?

If you want to enjoy the panoramic views from above the city of Cape Town itself, then this can be achieved by standing atop Table Mountain. The easiest way to get here is by taking the cable car, and once you reach the top there are facilities which include a self-service restaurant and even a cocktail bar. You can spend as much time as you like taking in the awe-inspiring views. Table Mountain is a powerful place to visit that many people regard as being the best attraction of Cape Town, and the view from the top is definitely something that should be experienced.

Penguins – in South Africa?

Boulders Beach, about 20 minutes drive from the centre of Cape Town offers quite an unexpected treat; African penguins in their natural habitat. These adorable creatures have made the beach their home, where they not only mate and feed, but can also be seen to bask in the sunshine. Although you cannot get too close there are wooden walkways which let you get a birds’ eye view.

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden – An All Year Round Treat

If botany happens to be your thing, then the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden could be the perfect place for you to visit. This is an attraction which is great to visit all year round since, in the summer months, everything is at its most vibrant and the atmosphere of all of the visitors makes it very exciting; whereas between December and March you can enjoy a much more placid experience by taking in the concerts on the lawns as the sun sets. The gardens offer an amazing experience that is not to be missed, and a visit here is a great way to truly appreciate nature during your trip to Cape Town.

 

Maldives Holiday

Maldives holidays especially Maldives honeymoon are known all throughout the world. This island country comprising of twenty six atolls situated on the equator south west of Sri Lanka is famous the world over as a paradise destination. The soft sands and good weather beckon travelers to book Maldives packages and enjoy a saty in the islands.

The powdery white sands of its beaches are truly spectacular. Untouched coral reefs support a bountiful exotic marine life, making snorkeling very exciting. Most resorts provide complementary gear and even waterproof or underwater cameras for guests who forget to bring their own. Popular beaches are those on the Cocoa Island, Nika, Kuda Bandos Island, and Banyan Tree Island. The city of Male, the capital of Maldives, also has great beaches. Visitors should refrain from nudity and topless sunbathing as this is not allowed by the government and will offend the sensibilities of the locals.

Another great activity to fill up your Maldives holidays is fishing. Night fishing in particular is popular among tourists. The star-filled skies and still waters provide great conditions for just relaxing and waiting for the fish to bite. While on a Maldives honeymoon couples can enjoy catching fish such as snappers, emperors, barracuda, and squirrelfish for the first time.

For big-game fishing, arrange to have a boat take you to the outer atoll reefs during the morning. If you are truly interested in this, ask your travel operator to include this in your Maldives packages. Most resorts also have speedboat and fishing equipment for hire. When fishing, just be aware of the protected marine areas. Also, be sure to observe the fishing norms in the Maldives, as it is the major source of income of the locals. Whale and dolphin hunting is prohibited as well as using harpoon guns while fishing.

Maldives is also one of the top and sought after surfing destinations. Most resorts offer lessons for beginners and rent out equipment for surfers of all all skill levels.

Dhonveli Beach and Spa has access to two of the best surf breaks in North Male. Surfers also flock to Pasta Point and ride its long peeling left. Honkys has a long wrapping left, while Sultans has right waves with barrels. The best waves in the Maldives are said to be in Honkys. Average breaks are at 4 to 5 feet, rising to 8 to 10 feet during the surfing season of February to mid-November. The best waves come in from March to May and September to November.

Maldives holidays are not complete without some sightseeing. Most Maldives packages include a sightseeing trip in the capital city of Male. Typical tour stops are at the National Museum where the personal belongings of the Sultan of Maldives and Thor Heyerdahl’s archeological discoveries are displayed. The golden decorative domes and beautiful minarets of the Grand Friday Mosque or Huskuru Miskyii are another famous attraction. This mosque also houses the tombs of the national heroes. Other historical monuments are the Mulee Aagee, which houses the tombs of the saints of the country, and the Presidential Palace.

To wrap up the best Maldives honeymoon, end your stay by shopping in Male. You can choose among a wide array of garments, cosmetics, handicrafts, jewelry, perfumes, and other souvenirs on display. Popular shopping centers are Chaanhanee Magu and Majeedhee. You can also do your Duty Free shopping at the Male International Airport. If you are the type who wants to experience local flavor, go to the Local Market located on the northern waterfront, near the Male Fish Market. Local handicrafts and other goods are on sale there.

 

Travel to Balearic Islands

Travel to the Balearic Islands will bring you into a world of rapture. Surrounded by Mediterranean Sea, this paradise includes a group of four breathtaking islands including Cabrera, Menorca, Mallorca and Ibiza. The climate of the islands is also an attraction that caters to both warmth and health with sunlight all round the year.

Apart from 24 hours parties that keep happening on the island, the visitors also gets to experience and see the Gothic cathedrals, never-ending orchards that are laden with oranges and olives, fishing villages and ruins of Stone Age. The fact that one can enjoy the sun on the magnificent white sandy beaches along with the rich culture and hospitality that people offer makes this island one of the most favorite destination for holidays.

Ibiza is known for the cobalt blue water, breathtaking sceneries and shimmering beaches that it has. It is the perfect place for a night bird, especially those who like to hop from one nightclub to another. Menorca is also the perfect place would like to experience its retained and outstanding natural beauty.

While you are in Balearic Islands for holidays, you must not miss Formentera Island, yet another island situated next to Ibiza. Majorca is known for its warm water and golden sandy beaches, perfect for those who want to enjoy island to its fullest. If you want to maximize your adventure, you can hire a holiday villa which will gratify to all your needs.

A lot many stunning and self catering villas available in for stay while you holiday in Balearic Islands. These villas situated in various locations and one get to choose a villa based on personal preferences. Holiday villas in Balearic Islands are also the perfect way to add the luxury factor in your experience.

Sand and sea are not the only attractions in Billerica Islands. Arc de Sant Roc, Can Marques mansion, Castell de Bellver, Coves d’Arta are some of the popular places on the island. Fine beaches, wild night life, unending sunshine and delicious food are the epitome of the vivacious life style that people of Balearic Islands have.