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Europe's best hidden gems - Τα καλύτερα κρυμμένα διαμάντια της Ευρώπης! 1ο το Samos-Kokkari Greece
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Κυριακή, 26 Φεβρουάριος 2017 18:02

Europe's best hidden gems - Τα καλύτερα κρυμμένα διαμάντια της Ευρώπης!

1ο το Samos-Kokkari Greece
 
 

There are incredible destinations in Europe known worldwide such as Amsterdam and its canals, London for its shopping, its museums and atmosphere or Paris the City of Light. Europe also has thousands of hidden treasures.

From Rothenburg in Germany to Preko in Croatia and Faial in The Azores, discover a selection of the finest unknown destinations in Europe and book your hotel, apartment, B&B, villa at the best price guaranteed as well as your best activities in Europe. 

 
 
 
 
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Samos-Kokkari

Greece

 

Samos is an island ruled by legend and beauty. It is the island of the father of mathematics, Pythagoras, the astronomer Aristarchus and the philosopher Epicurus. It is the home of Hera and the land that hosted Herodotus and Aesop. An important center of trade in the Aegean and a major naval force in antiquity, it came into contact with important Mediterranean cultures.

Samos is a place of overwhelming vegetation. Everything around the virgin landscape is made of colour and light. Each step one takes is a revelation. Whether in the imposing mountains, such as Mt. Kerkis and Mt. Ambelos – with alpine winter temperatures and endless rain – or in caves and canyons, the environment of Samos reminds one of the Greek hinterland in miniature. (©Visit Greece).

 
 
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Civita di Bagnoregio

Italy

 

Civita di Bagnoregio is actually two remote towns. Civita is on a hill accessible only by a long stone walkway that begins at the end of the road from neighboring Bagnoregio. Once, Civita was the larger community and Bagnoregio the satellite.

Today, Civita has only about 6 year-round residents, so few that Civita is nicknamed "the Dying City." Many of the buildings in Civita are being purchased by rich Italians who come here for vacation. However the town suffers constant erosion of its volcanic rock into the valley below.

Civita is a charming medieval city, almost utterly untouched by the Renaissance. (The facade of the church was remodeled during the Renaissance, but the city is otherwise entirely medieval.) The city's most famous native was the 13th Century philosopher and saint Bonaventure. Despite its nickname, during the tourist season, Civita bustles with day trippers.

The long bridge into Civita is steep -- and it gets steeper as it rises. This is a challenging climb for anyone not in particularly good shape. (©wikietravel)

 
 
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Rothenburg

Germany

 

Immerse yourself in medieval life. Take a trip to a thousand years of history that seems to pass in a moment! Let Rothenburg ob der Tauber bring the Middle Ages and the Renaissance to life before your eyes.

The unique atmosphere of Rothenburg can be experienced when you stroll through the high-ways and byways of our town, where you will discover evidence of a bygone age on almost every corner: lovingly restored house fronts, fountains, gables, bay windows and street signs all provide reminders of everyday life long ago. (©tourismus.rothenburg)

 
 
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Preko

Croatia

 

Preko is the road and administration center of the island of Ugljan, situated, as the name states, opposite Zadar. Its old center consists of typical Dalmatian architecture and numerous patrician family summer houses. The best way to feel the Mediterranean atmosphere is by walking along the quay or sipping a favorite drink on one of the terraces with a view of the Zadar Channel. (©tz-preko)

 
 
 
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Rocamadour

France

 

The holy city clings to the steep rocky cliffs at a dizzying height, displaying layer upon layer of houses and chapels. Down from the castle which crowns this audacious construction, it’s a sheer drop of some 150 metres with at the bottom the meandering river Alzou. On the Way of Saint James, the basilica of Saint-Sauveur and the crypt of Saint-Amadour, both featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, can be admired by visitors once the 216 marches of the Pilgrim’s Stairs have been climbed. But the jewel of the sanctuary is kept in the Chapel of Miracles, one of eight chapels built against the rocks. It is the Black Madonna, which has been worshipped here for over a thousand years.

The Regional Nature Park of the Causses du Quercy lies around Rocamadour like a beautiful blanket. An exceptional natural environment with limestone rock plateaus and verdant valleys, gorges, sources, rivers re-emerging in emerald green lakes, gnarly oak woods and dolmens, old mills and picturesque little bridges. Rocamadour, a village blessed by the gods..  (©visit-dordogne-valley).

 
 
 
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Bohinj

Slovenia

 

Bohinj – a unique, charming, wonderfully mysterious region in Slovenia, the Alps and Europe. Bohinj is located in the heart of the Julian Alps. The most extensive and highest mountain range in Slovenia is also the most south-eastern part of the Alps.

Bohinj encompasses the valley of Nomenj, the Upper and Lower Bohinj Valleys, Lake Basin, the Pokljuka and Jelovica plateaus and a high mountain range.

The most recognisable and astonishing natural site is Lake Bohinj, the biggest lake in Slovenia. The twenty-four villages in and above the valley hide the attractive riches of the past, the cheerfulness of the present and the mystery of the future. (©YourEDENExperience). 

 
 
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Faial

Azores - Portugal

 
 
 

Faial Island (the blue island) is part of the Azores central group, located about 66 miles from Terceira, 4.5 miles from Pico and 11 miles from S. Jorge. The surface area of Faial Island is approximately 67 square miles (173 km2). The island has about 15.000 inhabitants and its main municipal seat is located in the city of Horta. Different colours of blue decorate the houses, divide the fields and line the roadsides, giving Faial the name of Blue Island.

The green circle of a volcanic cone at the top of a hill; White houses in towns mirrored on the ocean; The masts of sailing boats sailing from all over the world; The ochre walls of a fortress that has witnessed countless naval battles; The unforgettable sight of sunrise with the island of Pico in the background; The quiet inlets with beaches of soft sand; The hydrangeas standing out against the landscape, framing houses and roads, reason why Faial has been christened the "blue island". (©VisitAzores). 

 
 
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Positano

Italy

 
 
 

Positano is a village and comune on the Amalfi Coast (Costiera Amalfitana), in Campania, Italy, mainly in an enclave in the hills leading down to the coast. Positano was a port of the Amalfi Republic in medieval times, and prospered during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. By the mid-nineteenth century, however, the town had fallen on hard times. More than half the population emigrated, mostly to America.

Positano was a relatively poor fishing village during the first half of the twentieth century. It began to attract large numbers of tourists in the 1950s, especially after John Steinbeck published his essay about Positano in Harper's Bazaar in May, 1953: "Positano bites deep", Steinbeck wrote. "It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone." (©cc).

 
 
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Menton

France

 
 
 

At the border of two sovereign states, Italy and Monaco, Menton is the most eastern French city of the Côte d'Azur. It is surrounded by a circle of high mountains that dominate the Mont Agel (1149 m), Mount Ours (1249 m) and Le Berceau (1 200m). Nestled in the heart of a bay bounded to the west by Cape Martin and to the east by the edge of Mortola, the city is open to the Mediterranean and backed by the foothills of the Alps. (©menton.fr).

 
 
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Tellaro

Italy

 
 
 

Tellaro is a small fishing village, perched on a cliff on the east coast of the Gulf of La Spezia in Liguria, northern Italy. It is a frazione of the comune of Lerici. It has been rated as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Tellaro has been the destination for many Italian and foreign artists. Mario Soldati made it his home in the last years of his life.

Tellaro is one of the seaside villages that annually participate in the Palio del Golfo, an annual boat race held in the gulf of La Spezia. (©CC).

 
 
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Cavtat

Croatia

 
 
 

Cavtat is the largest and the only urban centre in Konavle that has been built up deliberately. It is located on the peninsula of Rat, which surrounds the well protected and accessible bay together with the peninsula of Sustjepan. In its harmonious architecture, the centuries-old natural, spiritual and material affiliation to the Dubrovnik Republic can be observed. 

Places like Cavtat offering so much to the visitors are quite rare. Its scenery, the rich cultural and historical heritage along with the range of services offered to tourists meet the demands of the present day tourists, thus making it one of the most attractive destinations on the Adriatic coast. (©visit.cavtat-konavle.com).

 
 
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Santana

Madeira - Portugal

 
 
 

Santana (from Portuguese Santa Ana, meaning Saint Anne) is a municipality along the northern coast of the island of Madeira. 

Santana is known for the traditional homes constructed with sloping triangular rooftops, and protected with straw. These were mainly rural homes, used by local farmers, during the settlement of the island, with white-paintd walls, red doors and windows with blue trim. Most of the surviving buildings are tourist attractions.(©CC).

 
 
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Alberobello

Italy

 
 
 

The trulli, the characteristic cone-roofed houses of Alberobello, Apulia, make up one of the 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. 

The name derives from the late Greek word for dome (τρούλος; in Italian, cupola), and refers to the ancient stone houses with conical roofs, constructed with the abundant limestone from the plateau of Apulia’s Murge zone.

These impressive and unique structures, largely present in the Valley of Itria, can also be found in the Provinces of Brindisi, Bari and Taranto. They are a genius example of architecture that is spontaneous, yet imperishable; to this day they are still used as homes. 

Alberobello, an inland village of the Province of Bari, is undoubtedly the Capital of the Trulli: its historic center is integrally constituted by these rather particular white, pyramidal structures that make it so famous and identifiable.(©italia.it).

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Τελευταία Ενημέρωση στις Κυριακή, 26 Φεβρουάριος 2017 19:24
 
Βest romantic destinations in Europe 2016
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Σάββατο, 25 Φεβρουάριος 2017 19:09

Βest romantic destinations in Europe 2016

 

Your head is full of romantic songs and you are looking for a romantic getaway? Discover the best romantic destinations in Europe, the best romantic getaways in the UK, the most romantic cities in France, but also the most romantic seasides, the most romantic medieval towns or castles. Here is our selection of the most romantic destinations in Europe.

Want to celebrate Valentine's Day, your honeymoon, a wedding anniversary, please your sweetheart? Book your hotel, apartment, B&B, guesthouse at the best price guaranteed as well as your best activities in one of the best romantic destinations in Europe.

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Venice

Italy

 

From Venice Carnival to the Palio of Marciliana in Chioggia, from the Riviera in Bloom taking place every year along the banks of the Brenta River, to the Festival of the Madonna dell'Angelo celebrated in Caorle, from the International Sand Sculpture Festival in Jesolo to the Palio of Cavallino, the Province of Venice will surprise you and entertain you! (© turismovenezia)

 
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Paris

France

 

Romantic walks, marvelous restaurants, evenings for two, unforgettable moments to cherish forever…
With its cinematic decors and eternal charm, Paris attracts lovebirds from all over the world all year round. Walks, cruises, shopping, evenings for two, naughty nights, unusual marriage proposals. (© Paris.info).

 
 
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The Cinque Terre

Italy

 

The Cinque Terre represent one of the best preserved natural and semi-natural areas of the Mediterranean. Historical and geomorphologic reasons have forbidden excessive housing development and the creation of major roadways (which instead are present inland in the Val di Vara). Human activity and especially viticulture, have contributed to create a unique landscape in which development of the typical stone walls is so extensive as to equal that of the famous Great Wall of China. (© cinqueterre.it).

 
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Sintra

Portugal

 

Sintra is a jewel set between the mountains and the sea, waiting to be discovered by all who dare lose themselves in its majestic historical heritage, luxuriant nature, cosmopolitan cultural offer and opulent gastronomy.

Sintra exudes a romantic aura that left a deep impression on the soul and work of the writers who, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, pioneered the Romantic spirit and celebrated subjectivity and the emotion of the human drama. Sintra is truly the capital of Romanticism. It is a place to experience!

 
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Aix-les-Bains

France

 

Aix-les-Bains, ranked 4th amongst the spa towns of France with 28,000 visitors who come to take the treatments, nestles beside Le Bourget Lake, the largest natural lake in France, at the foot of Mount Revard (height 1550m). It is the gateway to the Bauges Massif Regional Natural Park, and offers an exceptional natural environment, breathtaking panoramic viewpoints, and varied activities to enjoy, whatever the season. 

The Le Bourget Lake is the largest natural lake in France, and 2/3 of its shores have remained undeveloped. It is listed as a site of community importance, and a wetland area of international importance, and includes vast unspoilt, natural areas where the flora and fauna can flourish, as for example in the reed beds, inaccessible to man. (© visitlondon).

 
 
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London

United Kingdom

 

London is for lovers, the city has the ideal mix of cool, quirky, sweet and spectacular. Impress your date with panoramic views of London during Valentine's Day dinner. Alternatively, catch a West End show, take a romantic stroll, snuggle up in a cosy pub, or soak up some history and culture.


Whatever your preference, London has plenty of ideas to offer and London will always provide something romantic for you to do. (© visitlondon).

 
 
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Biarritz

France

 

This pearl of the Atlantic now surfs on a wave of effervescent youth. Dust cover the ghosts of Napoleon III and Eugenia, put away the Bouncing Basque, that cliché of tennis fame, Biarritz offers itself, and offers us, the tonic blast of a region of unselfconscious luxury, the slightest hint of glam rock. Its mild climate and the beauty of its coastline, its curved inlets, punctuated by rocky outcrops, and the great events that it hosts, make Biarritz a destination of enchantment at any time of year (© tourisme.biarritz).

 
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Florence

Italy

 

The historic centre of Florence contains such a wealth of masterpieces that it is difficult to separate the city from its art works. In 1982 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the motivation being that it encapsulates the whole history of the city, from the ‘Roman quadrilateral’ in the Piazza della Repubblica area to the narrow streets of the medieval city, the splendours of the 16th-century Pitti Palace and the changes wrought at the time when Florence was capital of Italy. (© firenzeturismo).

 
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Santorini

Greece

 

Santorini is considered to be the most sought after place for a romantic getaway in Greece, since there are not many places in the world where you can enjoy exquisitely clear waters while perched on the rim of a massive active volcano in the middle of the sea!

The island has a growing reputation as a “wedding destination” for couples not only from Greece but from all over the world. A trip to Santorini with the other half is a dream for anyone who has seen at least one photo of the island’s famous Caldera and exchanging kisses beneath Santorini’s famous sunset is the ultimate romantic experience! (©visitgreece).

 
 
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Bruges

Belgium

 

Summer or winter, morning or evening, sun or rain…Rozenhoedkaai has the enthralling ability to always make a stunning impression.It should come as no surprise that this continuous to be one the most photographed spots in Bruges. Here anyone can create his or her picture perfect postcard of Bruges. (© bezoekers.brugge).

 
 
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Budapest

Hungary

 

With the Buda Castle in the background, the Hungarian capital’s first bridge, now a monument, is a fascinating spectacle that has attracted many tourists to Budapest. Visitors also have the opportunity to walk onto the top of the tunnel located on the Buda side, offering a marvellous view of the Danube, its bridges as well as the nicest parts of Pest. (© budapestinfo).

 
 
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Madeira

Portugal

 

The archipelago of Madeira is synonymous with charm and sophistication, making it the ideal place for a holiday tour filled with romantic possibilities.
In Funchal, let yourself be charmed by the bright colours of the Mercado dos Lavradores, a market where flowers, fruit and the typical island costumes of the stallholders all combine to provide a mosaic that is full of life.

Only a short distance away, you can take the cable car up to Monte and the hilltop from where, in the company of your loved one, you can look out over the bay dotted with yachts bobbing up and down on the open sea. (© visitportugal).

 
 
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Rome

Italy

 

In the vicinity of Villa Borghese, we have the splendid terrace, Terrazza del Pincio, with one of the most amazing views in the world. This stunning panorama takes in most of Rome’s old historical city centre, and the sunsets viewed from here will leave a lasting memory. Withromance in the air, why not hire a rowing boat on the villa’s boating lake? Relax amid the greenery of this fine park! (© turismoroma).

 
 
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Bergen

Norway

 

Bergen is The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway and a well-established cruise port, an international city packed with history and tradition, with small-town charm and atmosphere. Strolling around old streets and alleyways where people have lived for centuries is like afairytale. You will see small wooden houses, cobbled streets with stone steps in the steepest parts and flowers everywhere. Stop off at the Fish Market to mingle with the crowds. Visit the Bergen Aquarium and see the fish, penguins and seals in their natural element. (©visitbergen).

 
 
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Porto

Portugal

 

Porto is one of Europe's oldest tourist destinations. Its wealth of monumental and artistic heritage, Port Wine, open-air leisure spaces and cultural life are just some of the reasons to visit this city.


At any time of the day, 365 days of the year, Porto has a special charm for anyone visiting the city for the first time, as it does for those coming back for a second visit, to discover a city that is simultaneously modern and authentic.

 
 
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Prague

Czech Republic

 

Prague has been considered as one of the most beautiful cities in the world since Middle Ages. Adjectives such as “golden“, “city of a hundred spires“, “the crown of the world“ were attributed to Prague, which is located right in the heart of Europe. And how to get the city into your heart? Try with us to wander not only in the Historic Centre of Prague that has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1992 and with its 866 hectares is the largest historic city centre on this list in the world, but also in the vibrant cultural metropolis.

 
 
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Brussels

Belgium

 

Brussels invites you to stroll through and relive their forbidden romance. Chocolates, pralines and blossoms can add to the enjoyment of the senses. Moreover there are several lovely hotelsand spas where you can recharge and relax together in sumptuous luxury. Vive l’amour!(©visitbrussels).

 
 
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Amsterdam

The Netherlands

 

Part of the romance of Amsterdam is strolling along the waterways weaving throughout the old city centre. The backdrop of centuries-old stately structures towering (and teetering) over a maze of slowly flowing canals undoubtedly exudes something magical and relaxing.

Maybe you'll explore in the quiet early morning, when soft light bathes the buildings or perhaps you'll take a stroll as the sun if setting and watch the canals gradually take on an orange glow. An evening walk through Amsterdam with your special someone is a must. As you cross the illuminated bridges shimmering in the watery mirrors below, you can't help but feel a little weak in the knees. (© Iamsterdam).

 
Best beaches in Europe 2016.
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Παρασκευή, 24 Φεβρουάριος 2017 20:53

Best beaches in Europe 2016.

 

Are you ready to discover the most beautiful beaches in Europe? Here is a selection of the best beaches for relaxing, partying or simply walking. Discover the top beaches in Europe. Take a look at our selection of the most beautiful beaches of the European coastline. Pack your bathing suits, your sunglasses, do not forget the sunscreen, and discover those heavenly beaches.

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Stiniva Beach

Vis Island - Croatia

 

Swimming on Vis is an unforgettable experience firstly thanks to the clearness of the open seathat surrounds it. No matter whether you are looking for an escape from the heat by jumping into the sea into St. George's Bay itself, or that you have abandoned yourself to the unusually strong currents and gentle caress of undersea fresh water springs in Molo Trovna or even better: you are aimlessly floating on an inflated crocodile in the middle of the Zoglov sand bay, Vis' sea is what remains in your memories and cannot be expressed.

What can be disclosed are the beaches that are mainly approachable by road, suitable for family excursions and due to the amount of natural shade are ideal for the younger guests as well. Stiniva beach is protected upon the Nature Protection Law, as geo-morphological monument of nature.  (©tz-vis.hr). 

 
 
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Tossa de mar

Costa Brava - Spain

 

Cliffs, pinewoods, coves and beaches make up the coastal profile of the county of La Selva, the setting for Tossa de Mar. The most southerly sector of the Costa Brava offers tourists an incredible range of history, art and leisure on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. This town in the province of Girona makes available to travellers a wide and varied range of accommodation made to measure for all tastes. The cuisine, another of the cultural riches of this area, will convince the most refined palates. (©spain.info)

 

 

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The Concha

San Sebastian - Spain

 

San Sebastián’s beaches are one of the greatest summer attractions. Each one has its own personality: the Concha, the best known, and Ondarreta, a family favourite, make up the Concha Bay. The Zurriola, largely taken to by youngsters and surf-lovers, and the little stretch of sand on Santa Clara Island round off the beaches in the group organised under in a single Environmental Management System and offer swimmers a full range of services. (©sansebastianturismo). 

 
 
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Berlenga Island

Peniche - Portugal 

 

At a distance of around 10 km from Peniche, the Berlengas Archipelago is a natural havenmaintained in a virtually unspoilt state. Constituted by three groups of small islands - Estelas, Farilhões and Berlenga.

Berlenga, the largest island, is the only one with inhabitants throughout the year, limited to those persons required for indispensable services -- operation of the lighthouse and surveillance of the Nature Reserve, thus living in absolute isolation. Between May and October there is daily maritime transport from Peniche. If this timetable does not suit you, or you would like to visit the islands during a different period of the year, there are small boats that can take you there, subject to seafaring conditions.

Berlenga is the ideal spot for those who are looking for tranquillity, far from the normal hustle and bustle of daily life, given that the island can only be visited by a maximum of 350 persons at any one time. In order to get to know the island better, you may follow the pedestrian walks that will lead you to the grottoes, to the Fortress of São João Baptista or simply find excellent spots in order to marvel at the spectacular landscapes. (©Visitportugal). 

 

 

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Cala Acciarino 

Lavezzi Island - Corsica

 

The Lavezzi Island. The most amazing stories always begin with the line "Once upon a time ". You should be able to say that once upon a time you set foot on the Lavezzi Islands, to enjoy a day of "pure nature", on land and under the waves. Beaches of fine sand and small creeks, Lavezzi is an extraordinary island that is formed out of granite blocks that are often immense, deposited on a natural arid landscape that is blessed with exceptionally rich marine life. You will spend you day walking on land and diving in a relaxed atmosphere, as well as escaping on board a boat to explore some other islands of the archipelago, such as Cavallo, Ratino and Piana.

Bring a sun hat, drinks, sandwiches and a bag for your litter (please), as Lavezzi is a « strict » nature reserve with no facilities whatsoever. Also, please ensure that your mobile phone is set up with you usual provider, or else you will be roaming with an Italian network (Sardinia is only a short distance away).  (©visit-corsica.fr). 

 

 

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Kavalikefta beach

Lefkada - Greece

 

The wonderful landscapes give way to equally wonderful seascapes, with azure waters bathing white sands in coves adorned with picturesque fishing villages. Sail around the island to explore all those unspoiled spots. As a matter of fact, sailing has developped in a rather impressive way here. The modern marina in the town of Lefkada can host up to 620 vessels, attracting Robinsons in quest of fun and adventure on the island of Lefkada and on the smaller ones opposite Nydri: Prigkiponissia, Meganissi with the countless coves, Kalamos and Kastos with the secluded beaches and sea caves. If diving is your cup of tea, the lefkadian sea bed will fascinate you with the unforgettable images you’ll see unfold before your eyes. (©Visitgreece). 

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Armaçao de Pera Beach

Algarve - Portugal

 

It was here that, in the 15th century, the Portuguese set off on the epic journey that led them to discover other peoples and cultures… and it is in the Algarve that we cheerfully welcome many of our visitors. Even the climate is mild and sunny all year round!

There’s no shortage of high quality beaches either. Sandy stretches as far as the eye can see, framed by golden cliffs, virtually deserted islands marking the boundary between Ria Formosa and the sea, and small coves sheltered by the rocks. The ocean, in every shade of blue and mostly calm and warm, invites you for long swims and to indulge in water sports. 

 
 
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Apela Beach

Karpathos Island - Greece

 

Karpathos is situated in the most south part of Dodecanese complex, between Crete and Rhodes, and is the second largest island of the complex. Basically, it is considered a mountainous island (Kali Limni is the highest peak-altitude 1.214m) full of water springs, pine-trees forests, vineyards, olives and fruit-bearing trees. 

The rock-caves of the island are the home of the Mediterranean seal called Μonachus monachus, while, along with Kastelorizo, this is the only place where we can meet the amphibian species Mertensiella luscani. According to mythology, Iapetos, the son of Uranus and Gaea [Sky and Earth] was the first inhabitant of the island. 

The conquerors who defined the island’s character were Francs, Turks and Italians.  The island extends over a surface of 301 km2, its coastline is 106 km long and it has 6,500 inhabitants. (©CC). 

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Santa Maria Dell' Isola

Calabria - Italy

 

No doubt that the crystalline waters and white sand are Tropea’s calling card, catering to those in search of summertime relaxation, as well as to those wanting to explore its fascinating underwater world, replete with numerous fish species.

Aboveground, citrus and olive groves, and vineyards abound throughout the entire zone, serving as charming backdrop for excursions beyond the city walls. 

But of course, the city center of Tropea eventually beckons its visitors to return for a stroll through its streets and past its characteristic churches and noble palaces, stopping every now and then for a unique view onto the natural elements that frame it. (©italia.it)

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Ksamil beach

Ksamil Islands - Albania 

 

Ksamili Islands. The four marvellous Ksamili islands only 8.9 ha when measured together feature some of the most unspoiled beauty in all Albania. They remain covered in lush, green vegetation throughout the year, and can only be accessed by small boats. The clear watersurrounding these islands makes the pristine beaches in the area that much more special..  (©albania.al). 

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Kokkari Beach

Samos Island - Greece

 

Kokkari is a fishing harbour of Samos Island, which has now developed into a tourist center. Still, it preserves its old traditional face, with small houses and lanes full of flowers. Kokkari is on a small peninsula full of houses which climbs up to the top of the hill with a small harbour on one side and a superb pebble beach on the other. Surrounded by green mountains and the view out to the sea, it's worth a journey.

Near Kokkari are several villages like Platanakia, Valeodates, Staurinides as well as many others, which are all connected with streets or small paths. Hiking paths lead all around the island. Find many hidden pebble beaches, like Tsamadou, Tsambou, Lemonakia close to Kokkari. (©CC). 



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Zakynthos Island

Greece

 

Zákynthos is a verdant island endowed with fertile valleys and a temperate climate (area: 406 sq. km; coastline: 123 km). Its landscape diversity has resulted in different types of beaches: there are sandy beaches in secluded coves where the tranquil waters are deep blue on the island’s southeastern part; yet, if rugged cliffs and an interesting underwater world are to your liking, try the western part of the island. (©VisitGreece)

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Δεν είμαστε μόνοι... Συναρπαστική ανακάλυψη ανακοίνωσε η ΝΑΣΑ, νέο ηλιακό σύστημα με 7 πλανήτες όπως η Γη.
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Πέμπτη, 23 Φεβρουάριος 2017 08:39

Δεν είμαστε μόνοι...

Συναρπαστική ανακάλυψη ανακοίνωσε η ΝΑΣΑ, νέο ηλιακό σύστημα με 7 πλανήτες όπως η Γη.
 
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Σύντομα θα μπορέσουμε να απαντήσουμε το μεγάλο ερώτημα κατά πόσον είμαστε μόνοι στο σύμπαν, δήλωσε Τhomas Zurbuchen, επιστήμονας της ΝΑΣΑ, ανακοινώνοντας την ανακάλυψη ενός νέου ηλιακού συστήματος με επτά πλανήτες στο μέγεθος της Γης.

Η πολυαναμενόμενη δημοσιογραφική διάσκεψη της ΝΑΣΑ δικαίωσε τις προσδοκίες των φίλων της αστρονομίας, καθώς η ανακοίνωση αλλάζει τα δεδομένα σε ό,τι αφορά τους εξωπλανήτες, δηλαδή τους πλανήτες που περιστρέφονται γύρω από άλλα άστρα στον γαλαξία μας.

Το νέο αυτό ηλιακό σύστημα αποτελείται από επτά πλανήτες, στο μέγεθος της Γης, και τρεις από αυτούς βρίσκονται στην λεγόμενη κατοικήσιμη ζώνη, δηλαδή σε μια απόσταση από τον άστρο τους που ευνοεί την ύπαρξη νερού και ίσως εξωγήινης ζωής στους πλανήτες αυτούς.

Οι πλανήτες βρίσκονται σε τροχιά γύρω από το άστρο Trappist 1, 40 έτη φωτός μακριά από το δικό μας ηλιακό σύστημα. Αν ταξιδεύαμε με την ταχύτητα του φωτός, θα χρειαζόμασταν 40 χρόνια να φθάσουμε εκεί. Η απόσταση αυτή μπορεί να φαίνεται `αστρονομική` αλλά για τα δεδομένα του σύμπαντος θεωρείται `κοντινή`.

“Αυτοί οι εξωπλανήτες είναι οι καλύτεροι που έχουμε ανακαλύψει ποτέ” δήλωσε ο αξιωματούχος της ΝΑΣΑ, ο οποίος είπε ότι οι επτά πλανήτες βρίσκονται σε κοντινή απόσταση ο ένας από τον άλλο, προσφέροντας έτσι ένα υπέροχο θέαμα.

Πρόσθεσε ότι με την εκτόξευση σύντομα του νέου τηλεσκοπίου Τζέιμς Γουέπ πολλά ερωτήματα θα μπορέσουν να απαντηθούν, όπως εάν υπάρχει ζωή στους εξωπλανήτες αυτούς.

“Θα χρησιμοποιήσουμε το τηλεσκόπιο Τζειμς Γουέπ για να ψάξουμε για βιοσημάδια στους εξωπλανήτες”, ανέφερε.

Ο αξιωματούχος της ΝΑΣΑ τόνισε ότι “το να βρούμε μια δεύτερη Γη δεν είναι θέμα `εάν`, αλλά `πότε`”.

Σήμερα, είπε, κάναμε ένα τεράστιο βήμα και σύντομα ελπίζω να μπορέσουμε να απαντήσουμε το ερώτημα εάν είμαστε μόνοι στο σύμπαν.

Σημειώνεται ότι οι επιστήμονες υπολογίζουν ότι υπάρχουν τουλάχιστον 40 δισ. Πλανήτες μόνο στον δικό μας γαλαξία οι οποίοι ομοιάζουν με τη Γη.

Υπολογίζεται επίσης ότι υπάρχουν 500 δισεκατομμύρια γαλαξίες στο ορατό και αόρατο σύμπαν.

Μέχρι σήμερα έχουν επιβεβαιωθεί 3,449 εξωπλανήτες, ενώ 4,696 είναι υποψήφιοι εξωπλανήτες. Αυτοί οι πλανήτες βρίσκονται σε 2,577 ηλιακά συστήματα. Από τους επιβεβαιωμένους πλανήτες, 1,264 είναι παγωμένοι γίγαντες, 1,043 αέριοι γίγαντες, 781 είναι υπερ-γαίες, 348 είναι στέρεοι πλανήτες και 13 δεν έχουν ακόμη κατηγοριοποιηθεί.

Η πλέον διαδεδομένη μέθοδος εντοπισμού των εξωπλανητών είναι μέσω της σκιάς που αφήνουν στο άστρο τους όταν περνούν ανάμεσα στο άστρο και τον παρατηρητή.

Οι εξωπλανήτες αποτελούν την ελπίδα της επιστημονικής κοινότητας για την ύπαρξη εξωγήινης ζωής, καθώς πολλοί από αυτούς έχουν γήινα χαρακτηριστικά και θα μπορούσαν να φιλοξενούν κάποιο είδος ζωής.

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Περιβαλλοντική ευαισθητοποίηση στο Δήμο Παύλου Μελά: Ενημερώθηκαν πάνω από 38.000 νοικοκυριά για τους μπλε κάδους ανακύκλωσης
News - Πλανήτης Γη
Δευτέρα, 20 Φεβρουάριος 2017 18:43

Περιβαλλοντική ευαισθητοποίηση στο Δήμο Παύλου Μελά: Ενημερώθηκαν πάνω από 38.000 νοικοκυριά για τους μπλε κάδους ανακύκλωσης

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Ολοκληρώθηκε η ενημερωτική καμπάνια προώθησης της ανακύκλωσης και περιβαλλοντικής ευαισθητοποίησης στο Δήμο Παύλου Μελά που ξεκίνησε στις 6 Φεβρουαρίου 2017.

Η ομάδα της Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Αξιοποίησης Ανακύκλωσης (Ε.Ε.Α.Α.) διένειμε πόρτα-πόρτα σε περισσότερα από 38.000 νοικοκυριά των Δημοτικών Ενοτήτων Σταυρούπολης, Πολίχνης, Ευκαρπίας, ενημερωτικό έντυπο υλικό για την ορθή χρήση του μπλε κάδου, την επιστολή του Δημάρχου Παύλου Μελά Δημήτρη Δεμουρτζίδη καθώς και τη μπλε τσάντα της ανακύκλωσης.

Το Τοπικό Σχέδιο Διαχείρισης Αποβλήτων, προβλέπει σημαντικές αλλαγές στη συλλογή και διαχείριση της ανακύκλωσης και τις τελευταίες εβδομάδες, η Διεύθυνση Περιβάλλοντος και Πρασίνου ξεκίνησε και συνεχίζει τη σταδιακή αλλαγή των παλιών κάδων ανακύκλωσης και την αντικατάστασή τους από νέους.

Όταν ολοκληρωθεί η διαδικασία ο Δήμος θα έχει αυξήσει τους κάδους από 750 σε 1.350, έτσι ώστε να πυκνώσει το δίκτυο των μπλε κάδων σε όλες τις γειτονιές και με τους αρμόδιους Αντιδημάρχους Αθανάσιο Λαζαρίδη και Δημήτρη Αθάνατο να δηλώνουν ευχαριστημένοι από την ταχύτητα ικανοποίησης των αιτημάτων των πολιτών για αντικατάσταση των παλιών κάδων ή και τοποθέτηση μπλε κάδων σε νέα σημεία.

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Μάλιστα για την καλύτερη και πιο άμεση επικοινωνία ο Δήμος καλεί τους πολίτες να στείλουν τις προτάσεις, σκέψεις και τα παράπονά τους στο

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Ο Φο.Δ.Σ.Α. Κεντρικής Μακεδονίας είχε την ευθύνη τα τελευταία χρόνια και

ο Δήμος Παύλου Μελά σε συνεργασία με την Ε.Ε.Α.Α. (Ελληνική Εταιρεία Αξιοποίησης Ανακύκλωσης) συνεχίζει με δικό του νέο εξοπλισμό, που περιλαμβάνει εκτός από τους νέους κάδους και 3 ειδικά αυτοκίνητα-πρέσες ανακύκλωσης.

Σήμερα στο Δήμο Παύλου Μελά ανακυκλώνεται περίπου το 5% των απορριμμάτων και το υπόλοιπο 95% θάβεται στο ΧΥΤΑ Μαυροράχης με τεράστιο οικονομικό και περιβαλλοντικό κόστος, από το οποίο τουλάχιστον το 25% μπορεί να εκτραπεί σταδιακά προς την ανακύκλωση.

Σκοπός της καμπάνιας και των άλλων ενεργειών που ακολουθούν, είναι να ενημερωθούν, ευαισθητοποιηθούν και ενεργοποιηθούν όσο το δυνατό περισσότεροι πολίτες, έτσι ώστε να μειωθούν τα απορρίμματα που στέλνονται για ταφή στο ΧΥΤΑ Μαυροράχης έχοντας πολλαπλάσια περιβαλλοντικά και οικονομικά οφέλη, καθώς μειώνεται το κόστος συλλογής και μεταφοράς.

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ΕΠΙΣΤΟΛΗ ΔΗΜΑΡΧΟΥ ΔΗΜΟΥ ΠΑΥΛΟΥ ΜΕΛΑ

ΠΡΟΣ ΤΟΥΣ ΔΗΜΟΤΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΤΟ ΠΡΟΓΡΑΜΜΑ ΑΝΑΚΥΚΛΩΣΗΣ

 

Αγαπητοί συνδημότες, Αγαπητές συνδημότισσες

Ο Δήμος Παύλου Μελά στο πλαίσιο της ορθότερης διαχείρισης των απορριμμάτων βάση του Τοπικού Σχεδίου Διαχείρισης Αποβλήτων με σκοπό την υλοποίηση των στόχων μας, θέτει το πρόγραμμα της ανακύκλωσης σε νέα βάση συνεργαζόμενος με την Ελληνική Εταιρεία Αξιοποίησης Ανακύκλωσης (Ε.Ε.Α.Α.).

Η ανακύκλωση είναι μια βιώσιμη λύση στο πρόβλημα της διαχείρισης των απορριμμάτων συσκευασίας προσφέροντας πολλαπλά περιβαλλοντικά και οικονομικά οφέλη.

Συγκεκριμένα

•Συμβάλλει στη μείωση του συνολικού όγκου των απορριμμάτων με αποτέλεσμα τη μείωση του κόστους αποκομιδής τους στην κατεύθυνση της μείωσης των Δημοτικών τελών.

•Συνεισφέρει στην εξοικονόμηση των φυσικών πόρων.

•Δημιουργεί νέες θέσεις εργασίας.

•Προσφέρει στον πολιτισμό, καθώς συμβάλλει στη δημιουργία μιας έμπρακτης περιβαλλοντικής συνείδησης.

•Ευαισθητοποιεί και ενεργοποιεί τους πολίτες.

Με δεδομένο ότι η προστασία του περιβάλλοντος είναι υπόθεση όλων μας, η επιτυχία της ανακύκλωσης εξαρτάται από την ευαισθησία και συμμετοχή όλων. Ως εκ τούτου για την αποτελεσματικότερη ενημέρωσή σας, θα πραγματοποιηθεί διανομή σε κάθε σπίτι μιας τσάντας ανακυκλώσιμων υλικών και ενημερωτικών εντύπων.

Οι ενημερωμένοι ενεργοί πολίτες είναι ο κινητήριος μοχλός για να υλοποιηθούν οι στόχοι του προγράμματος ανακύκλωσης. Σας καλούμε να γίνεται αρωγοί στην προσπάθεια του Δήμου Παύλου Μελά να διαχειριστεί ολοκληρωμένα και αποτελεσματικά τα απορρίμματα.

Γι αυτό το λόγο οφείλουμε να αλλάξουμε τις καθημερινές μας συνήθειες και να διαχειριστούμε τα οικιακά μας απορρίμματα ξεκινώντας ως εξής:

•Διαχωρίζουμε τα απορρίμματα συσκευασίας (χαρτί, γυαλί, αλουμίνιο, πλαστικό)από τα υπόλοιπα απορρίμματα.

•Πετάμε τα ανακυκλώσιμα απορρίμματα συσκευασίας στους μπλε κάδους.

•Κάνουμε οικιακή κομποστοποίηση. Διατίθενται δωρεάν οικιακοί κάδοι κομποστοποίησης κατόπιν αιτήσεως των ενδιαφερομένων.

 

Ο Δήμαρχος Παύλου Μελά

ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΣ ΔΕΜΟΥΡΤΖΙΔΗΣ

 

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