Itineraries - Salento coast and Greece

The itineraries below are only indicative and are simple tips for your weekly cruise holiday.

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Although far from the heart of seaside tourism Greek Aegean Sea with its islands, the Ionian islands have gradually assumed a more important role in the panorama of European tourism, the strong possibility of offering pristine seas between rocks and white sandy beaches, in a unique natural environment, with dense woods and Mediterranean vegetation, special features not common among the islands, rather arid.

Corfù (Kerkyra) is certainly the most visited island of Greece, is the classic end point, even for those whose ultimate goal mainland Greece. Still retains an imprint Venetian Serenissima here has long dominated the large number of olive trees and the island comes from a precise determination of the Doges of Venice. Also well known as a popular destination with young people, thanks to the nightlife fodder for lots of night clubs, taverns, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, beaches and crowded for other beaches rarely visited but no less spectacular: just try and be patient Corfu will give you your piece of paradise and tranquility. Some find the island too crowded during the summer months and in fact many years of tourism has left its mark. Nevertheless, the greenery and the landscape are exceptional, and the island is wonderful to go and explore. Many islanders live in tourism but also agriculture is an important source of income. The soil is very rich and moist climate, the crops are so abundant. Products are olives, fruit, spice and wine and many people support each fishing or working boats during the winter.

Diapontia islands and islets that are first going to meet in Greece. Are part of the administrative district of Corfu and constitute a small Mediterranean paradise still unknown to mass tourism. Consist of five small islands of which only three dresses Othoni, Erikousa and Mathraki. Are inhabited by very few people that gather small and picturesque villages.
The nature here is wild, the many small beaches have fine sand, relaxation and privacy even in high season.

Othoni

othoniIt 's the most western point of Greece. The island extends over 10.8 km square with a coastline of 30 km, dominated by soft hills that touch the 400 meters, and is the largest of three islands making up the Diapontia. This is a magnificent tourist destination, ideal for boating sailing, hiking and fishing. The rock hard, shiny crystals of salt, alternate the rich Mediterranean vegetation, with its lush plantations of olive trees and graceful houses of 13 villages islanders. It has 120 inhabitants concentrated mostly in the town of Ammos, on the south coast. The beaches are pebble caressed by an incredibly crystal clear water, pure and fresh, where fish dart playing fast with the sunbeams.
The hinterland of Othoni is fabulous, a small path starts at Ammos, through rocky hills covered with trees and reaches Horio (north - east).
The legend says that Othon had a role in the Homeric mythology, it is believed that the cave of Calypso Bay, a cove below the lighthouse smallest extreme south of the island is the place where bewitched Odysseus and Calypso held him prisoner for many years.
One of the most delicious food of local folklore is the due time for dinner scents melt into little streets of the island countries, emerging from the taverns and watering excite visitors. The cuisine is Mediterranean, characterized by genuine and healthy products such as fresh fish, olive oil and vegetables. The most popular products are honey, cheese and delicious goat's milk yogurt, and dishes to try are the pastitsada and Sofrito.

Erikoussa

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Erikoussa (or Ereikoussa or Ericussa) is a pristine piece of rock and scrub, at the mercy of the waves and the breeze ionic salt. Round and only 2 kilometers in diameter and about 90 inhabitants, is said to owe its name to the bushes of purple heather ("riki" in greek) that are found in abundance on the island and make it recognizable among the different locations of Greece. To embellish the expanses of flowers are the crown of silvery olive trees, which have their roots in the gnarled rock hard and give the island from time immemorial, juicy olives from which we get a quality oil. The few inhabitants of Erikoussa, in fact, devoted mainly to agriculture, followed by fishing and in recent years, a growing tourist industry, which relies particularly on the views of this pristine reef enchanted.
The south coast, where there is also the town of Porto is a huge expanse of sandy shallow waters which attracts people even from Corfu. A sumptuous path leads north in the green and beach Pranghini.
Stand in the coves Erikoussa is a unique experience that involves all the senses affixed to a rock and closing his eyes you can hear the whistle of the wind and the waves, feel the lash of the breeze on your skin and smell the fresh scent of the maquis Mediterranean wild flowers and resin.

Mathraki

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A popular interpretation for the name of the island reported that many years ago Mathraki caught fire and dall'athrakia (carbon) took its name.
And it is the least populated of Diapontie, with only 70 inhabitants. The island is so rich in green sometimes difficult to distinguish the villages and homes. The small port of Plakes has little more than a tavern. The beach Portela begins where it ends the harbor and extends south for 3 km, with fine sand and reddish.
If you decide to stay in the sun take care not to plant umbrellas, sticks, or dig in the sand because it is a nesting site for turtles, especially during the summer of reproduction. In the most savage, on the west coast, there are some coves and deserted harbor, accessible only by sea or hiking through the woods.
The few inhabitants who live on the island dealing mostly fishing and the cultivation of olives.

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Island by many miracles: the day of the Virgin Mary, August 15, snakes come in the village of Markopoulo, blessing the church dedicated to Our Lady with their presence. There is a flower that blooms only on the island that day. The well-preserved body of the island's patron saint, Gerasimos, is sometimes found with a lot of algae on the feet, and the popular tradition that is why you would go to visit the holy friends of the nearby islands of Zakynthos and Corfu. Sea water disappears underground Katavothres to check out the other side of the island. Has a type of pine that grows only here and nowhere else in the world. There are wild horses on the side of the mountain goats and rabbits with gold teeth because of the minerals in the soil. Swim in the sea turtle Caretta caretta, dolphins and monk seals, and the island's waters are considered among the cleanest in the world. Beaches, an underground cavern with a lake, the tomb of Odysseus, the fishing village of Fiskardo, wines and Robola Calliga, the stone of Lord Byron.
Cited in Homer, we do not know for sure because the island has the current name: it may be because it is the largest island in ion Cephali means "head" in greek, or because he is named after the first king which has been governed according to the mythology: cephalus.
Kefalonia offers a great variety of landscapes with very beautiful beaches, some of them sensational as the jewel of the Mediterranean, and interesting towns like Mirthos Argostoli, placed in a beautiful bay, Assos, Sami and Xi a place famous for its characteristic red beach. Rich in artistic monuments of some importance and monasteries in panoramic position.
The island is unfortunately notorious for the history of World War II here that saw the slaughter of 11,700 Italians.

lefkada Rich coves and rocky, with the white sands, turquoise of the shallow and deep cobalt blue waters, the sea of Lefkada is nothing short of amazing, it winds across the west coast.
The island of Lefkada, also called Lefkas, Lefkada, belongs to the archipelago of the Ionian Islands, is the fourth largest island after Zakynthos, Kefalonia and Corfu. Lefkada is the only Greek island that can be reached from the mainland without boarding a boat since it has a movable bridge that allows both the traffic, and the passage of vessels. Island beautiful and unspoiled stretches, with thousands of colors impossible to reproduce even the most sophisticated camera, combines rugged landscapes and barren landscapes characterized by soft and warm colors.
The main island is surrounded by nine small islands. The most famous of the islands that surround the island of Lefkada is certainly Skorpios, grabbed the headlines for being the only Greek island owned by a private citizen (the Onassis family) and became famous for the high society life and the legends that surround this enchanting island.
Lefkada has a maximum length of 35km and a width of 30km.

lefkadaIt covers an area of 300km2 for a good 70% of mountainous, dominated by massive Elati that in the southwestern part of the island several times over the 1000 meters. The ground is softened on the southwest coast and around the capital island, where also focus most of the settlements.
The name derives from the mythology of the famous chief Lefkatas, a rocky promontory and impressive and whose white cliffs Sappho threw a disappointment in love.
paxos Paxos, tradition says, was once united in Corfu. The number of storms caused by Poseidon and Aeolus caused the withdrawal of the ground and then moves away Paxos continue south.
According to another tradition, more romantic, Poseidon threw his trident, divided Paxos from Corfu to create a quiet corner where he could enjoy his love for Amfitriti. Since then, the emblem of Paxos was the trident.
The dimensions are those of a large raft, or rather a long walkway which remove admiring the sea: paxosa length of about 10 km are only 2 km wide, which only in some places become few more. At 8 nautical miles south of Corfu, Paxos is a large olive grove that reaches the sea. Its attractive landscape is shaped by ancient olive trees, originally planted by the Venetians and covering 80% of its surface, dry stone walls, abandoned mills, mills and old farms. Pebble beaches are scattered on the east coast while the west side is dotted with majestic white cliffs dotted with caves and deep coves and a sea so transparent that it seemed unreal.
paxosOnly 15 minutes journey by boat you can reach Antipaxoi, an island with an area of 4 square miles almost entirely covered with vines, juicy berries that shine in the sun accompany gaze to the coast, washed by one of the most beautiful seas world dominated by peace sublime
Zakynthos

The island of green and poetry, with many natural beauties, olive and almond trees, forested hills, steep coasts and impressive beaches, enchants the visitor can remain etched in his mind.
Zakynthos (or Zante, by his name in greek Ζάκυνθος, Zakynthos) with a population of nearly 40,000 inhabitants, is well known because when he was still under Venetian rule, birthplace of the poet Ugo Foscolo, who dedicated the island his famous sonnet "A Zacinto". It is well known for the Wreck Beach, a beach only accessible by sea, nestled between two hills and at its center the rusty wreck of a freighter brought there by the sea.
Its landscape is varied, with fertile plains in the southeast of the island and mountainous terrain with cliffs along the west coast. The island is not stable economically, storing their wealth in agriculture, farming and tourism. The natural environment of the island, both characterized by impressive cliffs overlooking the sea, as by large and green, rolling plains, offers tourists the opportunity to choose among many kinds of beaches. In Zakynthos you can visit the sandy coves, beaches accessible only by sea, to find peace and relaxation even in August, and rocky coves ideal for snorkelling.
Suggestive Marine Park of Zakynthos is located along the south coast, embracing the sea area extending from Cape Marathia to the beach at Gerakas. Founded in 1999, is aimed particularly effective protection of fauna in the southern island and its integration with the local society. The most important animal species that are trying to protect the sea turtles Caretta caretta and the Mediterranean seal Monachus Monachus.

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