The beautifully scenic island of Skopelos is steeped in culture, heritage and history. To celebrate and preserve Skopelos’ unique traditions, the island is home to a thought-provoking folklore museum.
Lefkada is well-known for its golden periphery of soft sandy beaches, lapped by azure water and backed by a verdant mountainous landscape. In fact, the beaches on this stunning Greek island are considered amongst the most beautiful of the Mediterranean.
Greece’s cuisine has millennia of history and reflects the diverse produce this Mediterranean country has to offer. The first cookery book in history was written by the Greek; Archestratos, in 320 BC, testament to Greece’s rich and ancient love-affair with food.
Described as the “Caribbean of Greece”, the island of Lefkada is blessed with beautiful beaches, where soft, golden sand is lapped by the exotic blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. From sheltered coves, perfect for families to spend the day relaxing and having fun, to more exposed stretches of coast, renowned for their perfect windsurfing conditions, there’s a beach for everyone on Lefkada.
Argostoli is the capital town of the picturesque island of Kefalonia, one of Greece’s beautiful Ionian islands. This area is an attractive seaside resort, having been mostly rebuilt following an earthquake in 1953 that actually raised the whole island some 60 centimetres in less than half a minute! The town was reformed to be in-keeping with the neoclassical style of its former architecture. Argostoli nestles around a sheltered bay, known as ‘Koutavos Lagoon.
Greek cuisine has a tradition dating back over 4,000 years and is integral in the culture of the country. Its flavours change with the season and depending on the region. Overdoing refinement is considered to be against the ‘spirit of the Greek cuisine’.
Few places in the world have such a rich and atmospheric history as the Peloponnese in Greece. It is a land where events and legends have become so entwined that there is no separating them. It was here that Heracles fought the Nemean lion at a time when greek gods interfered with the affairs of mere mortal men. Paris eloped with Troy, Jason and the Argonauts ventured forth to find the Golden Fleece. Much is no doubt fantasy, but what is not in doubt is that this land is full of classic temples, palaces, Byzantine cities and fortresses, from many different ages including Ottoman, Frankish and Venetian.
It’s safe to say that many of the other Greek islands receive much more attention than little Paxos, which is only seven miles long. But its dramatic craggy coastline to the west and unspoilt villages along the east coast are just as inviting as the landscapes of many of the better-known Greek islands.
If you’re thinking about visiting a Greek island, the picturesque yet bustling islands of Crete and Corfu would make a wonderful choice. Here’s why…
Paxos can be found just nine miles from Corfu. This tiny island is only eight miles long by three miles wide. Being able to revel in its easy pace and gentle charm, it’s hardly surprising that many visitors of Paxos return year after year to re-acquaint themselves with its unique qualities.