Naxos - Blue Guide Chapter (from Blue Guide Greece the Aegean Islands)
The historic town of Chania reveals the island's rich and diverse heritage. Its winding streets are filled with elegant Venetian mansions, splendid churches, and impressive fountains. An old Jewish quarter lies in the southeast section of the old town, and the former Turkish quarter in the Splantzia district has the only Christian church allowed during the Ottoman rule, Aghii Anargiri. Must-see sights are the archaeological museum in the 14th-century Aghios Fragkiskos Church and the Folklore Museum.
The largest city of Crete is Heraklion , which dates to the ninth century and has influences of Arabic, Venetian, and Ottoman civilizations. Surrounded by fortifications built by the Arabs, the town is a treasure trove of historic monuments. Also be sure to visit the Museum of Cretan Renaissance in the former Church of Agia Ekaterini, the archaeological museum, and the aquarium. About five kilometers southeast of Heraklion, the palace of Knossos is Crete's largest and best preserved Minoan site. Crete boasts gorgeous natural scenery of rugged mountains and magnificent beaches.
The balmy climate nourishes plantations of tropical palms and bananas, olive groves, and orange orchards, all used in the island's delicious cuisine. This region also has many ancient monasteries and hilltop villages where Cretan melodies originated. Accommodation: Where to Stay on Crete Island.
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Known as the "Island of Roses" because of its beautiful flowers, Rhodes boasts fascinating historic sites, intriguing ancient ruins, and gorgeous beaches. The town is surrounded by 15th- to 16th-century walls complete with towers, bastions, and a moat. Visitors may take a walk around the ramparts starting at the square in front of the Grand Master's Palace then take a detour to the nearby archeological museum housed in the 15th-century Hospital of the Knights.
Also within the city walls are ruins of the third-century BC Temple of Aphrodite. At the harbor of Rhodes, try to imagine the magnificent Colossus of Rhodes one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World , a statue of the God Helios that once stood here in the third and second centuries BC. At the Acropolis is the temple of Athena Lindia , a small fourth-century-BC shrine in a grandiose setting. Sandy beaches and a scenic coastline add to the village's tourist appeal. From Rhodes, tourists have many island-hopping possibilities. The Island of Symi is an easy journey, about an hour away by ferry.
Symi is prized for its tranquil natural environment and the charming old town of Chora.
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Rhodes is also well connected by ferry lines to the Greek Islands of Kos , Patmos , Santorini, and Mykonos as well as to other destinations in the Mediterranean. Rhodes is only 18 kilometers from Asia Minor and is accessible to the coastal cities of Bodrum and Marmaris in Turkey. Longer ferry rides take travelers to Cyprus , Egypt, and Haifa in Israel. Accommodation: Where to Stay on Rhodes Island. An island of rugged natural beauty, Corfu is believed to be the place described in Homer's Odyssey where Ulysses met Princess Nausicaa.
Green rolling hills cover the south of the island, dramatic limestone hills appear in the north, and marvelous sandy beaches encircle the entire island. Crystal-clear waters and sunny weather add to the appeal. During summer, tourists come for the sun, sea, and relaxation. Issos is a sandy beach with watersports.
Sidari beach is family friendly because of its safe, shallow waters, and Ypsos beach also has calm shallow waters and great amenities. Corfu is also rich in cultural heritage and is the most cosmopolitan of the Greek Islands. Wandering through the cobblestone streets and gardens of Corfu Town leads to a discovery of Renaissance palaces, Baroque churches, and classical villas.
During the 19th century, the city attracted many European aristocrats, who built splendid mansions here. Other must-see sights are the Church of Agios Spyridon , which houses the relics of the island's patron saint Spyridon , the archaeological museum that displays artifacts from the Temple of Artemis, and the Byzantine Museum that exhibits religious objects from the 15th to 19th centuries.
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Impressive mountains give way to verdant valleys, dramatic gorges, and a scenic coastline. A must-see sight in town is the archaeological museum with a collection of objects from the Early Neolithic to the Early Christian periods. Be sure to visit Naxos' traditional mountain villages , where the rural communities keep centuries-old customs and wear traditional costumes. This village also has an interesting historic church, Panayia Drosiani , from the Early Christian period. In the Sagri province are more Byzantine churches as well as the windmills typical of the Greek Islands.
Throughout the peaceful countryside are lovely old churches, serene monasteries, and weathered Venetian castles. Nature sites are also popular tourist attractions on Naxos. Traditional culture is another interesting aspect of visiting Naxos. In many villages, the locals cherish age-old customs and celebrate annual festivals. Summer is the best time to experience the regional festivals and cultural events. September is also a great time to visit for the Fisherman's Feast.
Accommodation: Where to Stay on Naox Island. The island boasts one of the most important sanctuaries of the ancient world, the Heraion , a sanctuary dedicated to the Hera. According to a legend, Ionian settlers led by Prokles found a wooden image of Hera caught in the branches of a willow tree, and they set up an altar beside the tree. Highlights of the museum's collection are the Archaic era colossal marble statue from the Heraion and a larger-than-life-size sixth-century-BC female figure that is a counterpart to the famous Hera of Cheramyes in the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Mount Kerkis is a great place for nature walks to admire rare plant species and birds of prey. White cube houses and amazing beaches where beautiful people in the most minimal of bathing suits, or none at all, lay in the sun like lizards, occasionally making their way to the sea or to the cafe bar for a bit of hair of the dog. Mykonos has best nightlife in Greece and some of the best restaurants too though they tend to be on the expensive side. In the summer this island never sleeps but in the off-season life can actually be quite sane with many of the locals returning with the people who loved Mykonos in the sixties and seventies too.
If you have dismissed Mykonos as just a party-island don't be too quick to judge. The 20 minute boat trip to Delos will give you more history and archaeology than you will find on all the other Cyclades combined with the exception of Santorini. Mykonos is fun for honeymooners, families, divorcees, gays, straights, priests, zombies, college students, tow-truck drivers, scientists and Neanderthals.
See my Guide to Mykonos with lots of cool photos Fantasy Travel has some great itinerary choices to Mykonos in combination with other islands and cruises so visit their website See the very lovely Princess of Mykonos Hotel which has low rates for June and maybe July and August too! For those who want to stay in town I recommend the Hotel Adonis and ask about their special rates through Fantasy Travel. Great hotel with guests, some famous, who return year after year, just a 5 minute walk to all the restaurants, shops and nightlife of Mykonos town.
It is also a 5 minute walk to Megali Ammos Beach I recommend Fantasy Travel's program The Pursuit of Pleasure which is 12 Days and 11 nights in Athens, Mykonos and Santorini including hotels, ferries, transfers, tours, admission to archaeological sites and breakfast starting at euros per person For Budget travelers, backpackers and students you can still go to Mykonos and Santorini without spending an arm and a leg with Fantasy Travel's Budget Greek Program.
If you want to go on your own search Booking.
But be warned that my daughter booked a very cheap hotel on Paradise Beach which was a concrete hut with slits for windows and no air-conditioning which was more like a kiln than a hotel. Make sure your hotel has AC and Free Wireless! Ios: Where Spring Break lasts all Summer I know there are some of you of college age who are going to Greece to get a little culture, but mostly to meet similar young culturally minded students, exchange ideas and then party wildly every night in the bars and discos.
If that is your intention then Ios will not disappoint you. Great beaches, great nightlife and nary a human over 25 years old. If you thought you had fun this past spring break get ready for it to be eclipsed. It's the international Mecca for youth. If you are traveling to Ios and are on a budget or want to save your money for some of the other things this island has to offer take a look at the Markos Village Hotel in Ios Town, close to the nightlife and still easy walking distance from the beach or the Seabreeze Hotel Ios. Check out Fantasy Travel's economical 4-Days in Ios Program or combine Ios with any of the islands by going to my Create-an-itinerary form.
Visit my Ios Page f or information on restaurants, nightlife and beaches. For backpackers and budget travelers there are plenty of cheap hotels and rooms on Booking. Amazing history too. The old city is a walled fortress and contains the famous Castle of the Knights of Saint John. The time to visit Rhodes is anytime.
Even in the winter. Southern Rhodes, where the Aegean and the Mediterranean seas meet is like Mecca for windsurfers. The whole south-western coast is an endless beach with few people on it, while the northern beaches are like Rio. If you choose to stay in Rhodes town, which is really a city, I suggest being in the new part which is close to the best beaches, at least in town.
I liked the Hotel Mediterranean , right on the beach. Hotels in the old town are in historic buildings and many are rated exceptional by travelers. But they are mostly small and you have to book them quickly if they have availability. In Lindos try Booking.
For Budget travelers, backpackers and students you can still go to Rhodes without spending an arm and a leg. Check out the 2-star hotels and below at www. In fact it very nearly was a country of its own.