The Ultimate Amalfi Coast Guide

Enjoy the stunning hilltop towns and breathtaking coastal drives around Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. 

Southern Italy’s famous coastline runs from Punta Campanella to Salerno and includes the picturesque hilltop towns of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Brave the narrow, winding coastal road and discover the hidden treasures of the terraced towns and villages along the way.

A sandy beach in PositanoAna Linares
A sandy beach in Positano Ana Linares

The Amalfi Coast remains an intriguing mix of sophistication and simplicity. A mere seagull’s spit from the super yachts, chauffeur-driven Mercedes-Benz and five-star hotels, another more rural reality exists. Around precariously stacked hill villages, farmers still cultivate small plots of steeply terraced land, and their wives make cheese; down on the coast, tiny fishing communities make a living from the sea. The link between these worlds is Strada Statale 163 – the ‘road of 1,000 bends’ – commissioned by King Ferdinand II of Naples and completed in 1852. It hugs cliffs and deep gorges for 40km, slicing through lemon groves and whitewashed villages, rising and dipping above the shimmering sea. It is only ever wide enough for two lanes of traffic, with little room for manoeuvre, so traffic jams are unavoidable. And if you happen to be in an accident, well, as the Italians say with a resigned shrug… buona notte.

Oliver Pilcher

What to see on the Amalfi Coast

Explore the coastline along the 50km winding coast road from Sorrento to Salerno. In summer, when tourist-coach jams and the lack of anything resembling a parking space add to the chaos, it is often quicker to walk – and anyone without a head for heights is strongly advised to travel by boat (there is a regular summer service between Salerno, Amalfi, Positano and Capri).

The Champagne bar at Le Sirenuse in Positano.

Heading east towards the Amalfi coast from Salerno, you will leave the built-up port area, and head leisurely past the town of Vietri and its ceramic workshops to the coast proper. The approach from the west, on the other hand, drops immediately into the most spectacular scenery, looping from Meta – just before Sorrento – up to the Colli di San Pietro and down again towards Positano, with dizzying views of the spume below.

Pastel houses in Positano Ana Linares

Take a boat from the quay at Positano and visit the Grotta delle Matera (which you can explore) and the pretty, disconcertingly named cove Marina di Crapolla, with Roman-villa ruins on the beach. Also stop at the three small islands known as Li Galli (literally meaning the cockerels), believed by the Ancients to be home to the Sirens, whose song so enthralled passing mariners that they went weak at the knees and allowed their ships to drift onto the rocks.

The big tourist-pull along the rugged stretch of coast between Positano and Amalfi is the Grotta dello Smeraldo, a swimming spot accessible by boat (frequent tours from Amalfi and Positano) or from a car park on the road above.

Arienzo Beach Club in Positano, Amalfi CoastKerry Wheeler

Visit the Duomo in Amalfi. Most of its prize pieces are displayed in the Cappella del Crocefisso. You get to it via the exquisite 13th-century cloister Chiostro del Paradiso, with its interlaced Moorish arches, which flanks the Duomo. In the square outside, the Bar Francese is a good place to sit and muse on the passing of empires with a cappuccino and a copy of The Duchess of Malfi.

Miramalfi Hotel pool, AmalfiKerry Wheeler

The Duomo of Ravello is equally impressive with its bronze doors and the two exquisite marble pulpits that face each other across the nave, adorned with mosaics; there is also a good museum in the crypt. But most people visit Ravello for its two famous villas, the Villa Rufolo and the Villa Cimbrone, which is now a hotel.

The best towns on the Amalfi Coast

  1. Positano

Positano had a brief moment of glory in the 12th and 13th centuries when its merchant fleet gave Amalfi a run for its money, but centuries of decline forced three-quarters of the population to emigrate to the USA in the mid-1800s. When John Steinbeck arrived in 1953 to write his famous article for Harper’s Bazaar, he found a pretty little fishing village known only to a few, mostly Italian, cognoscenti. But the cat was out of the bag and the dolce vita jet set moved in, big time, in the 1960s. Described by Paul Klee as ‘the only place in the world conceived on a vertical rather than a horizontal axis’, Positano is home to just short of 4,000 souls, although in summer thousands more pile in daily from Sorrento, Capri, Ischia and Naples.

A jetty in SorrentoAna Linares

But in spite of the crowds, Positano remains utterly beguiling. You don’t come to Positano to see the sights; there aren’t any to speak of. You come to drink in the matchless views along with your Campari, to shop for flowing linen and handmade sandals, or simply to watch the passing parade of tanned women in gold sandals and immaculately groomed men in pastel shades, cashmere sweaters draped over their shoulders. The only street level is the beachside walk, or at least it feels that way: just about anywhere else you go will involve lots and lots of very steep steps. There’s always a buzz down here on the grey-shingle Marina Grande, where restaurants, bars and tall pines line the curve of sand. In summer, the serried ranks of sunbeds fill up quickly; for the best swimming, take a boat to explore the many small coves up and down the coast, a trip that can easily be combined with a stop-off for lunch at Da Adolfo beach shack on Laurito Beach. Book a table and wait on the jetty for the gozzo with the red fish on its mast to come and pick you up.

A view over PositanoAna Linares

For spectacular snorkelling in crystal-clear water, head to Li Galli, the archipelago of three tiny, jagged islands just off the Amalfi Coast where, according to Greek mythology, the Sirens (or Sirenuse) attempted to lure Odysseus to his death on the rocks. Odysseus may have resisted, but Rudolf Nureyev was less successful: he made the largest island his home for the last years of his life. Hotels will arrange the trip (in their private boat if you’re staying at the right place), or you can talk to one of the four Lucias at the Lucibello boat booth on the beach.

2. Praiano & La Praia

A few bends to the east along the Amalfi Coast road is low-key Praiano, which has a couple of very cool, rather new, rather fresh places to stay. There isn’t really a centre to the village (unless you count the busy Bar del Sole), but it has a huge church with a colourful dome, and a rocky beach, La Gavitella, at the bottom of 350-plus steps, where you can enjoy the last rays of the evening sun – bliss on this convoluted stretch of coast. To really understand the topography of the costiera here, you need to get down to sea level. You can pick up a boat in Positano or Amalfi, but you can also take a detour down to cute Marina di Praia (aka La Praia), a clutch of cottages and a small beach wedged between towering cliffs, where there’s a boat concession and a couple of simple restaurants to set you up for your trip. Heading west, you will eventually reach Punta Campanella, the wild, barren tip of the Sorrentine Peninsula and, beyond it, Capri.

But a gentle chug eastwards towards Amalfi takes you past some pretty impressive scenery. It’s liberating to be out on the water and there’s so much to take in that isn’t visible from the road: gorgeous villas suspended over the water; sea caves and grottoes tucked into folds in the cliffs; solid Saracen defence towers that speak of pirate raids and war; slivers of pebble beach begging you to stop for a quick dip; waterside restaurants perfect for lazy lunches. The jagged coastline to the east of La Praia is broken by the Vallone di Furore gorge, which shelters at its mouth a few ancient fishermen’s huts hewn from the rock face and a tiny scrap of beach. Further on is the Grotta dello Smeraldo (you’ll know you’re there from the tourist boats swarming around it), named after the intense, greenish light that filters into the cave from an underwater arch.

Umbrellas at One Fire Beach, a beach club in PraianoAna Linares

Just beyond the Capo di Conca headland lies the pretty fishing village of Marina di Conca, with a handful of restored fishermen’s houses, a couple of restaurants and a tiny, whitewashed chapel, all overlooking a shingle beach lapped by crystal-clear water. Back up on Strada Statale 163 (SS163), a towering viaduct crosses the Vallone di Furore, giving a bird’s-eye view of the fishing hamlet far below, and is a suitably vertiginous venue for the annual Mediterranean Cup High Diving Championship. In the hills directly above the gorge (to reach it you have to drive almost to Amalfi before doubling back) lies the little bohemian town of Furore. Beyond it is the fertile plain of Agerola, where soft-eyed, brown Agerolese cows provide milk for delicious cheeses such as the ovoid Provolone del Monaco and fior di latte Agerolese (cow’s-milk mozzarella). Apart from the dizzying views, there is a good reason for coming up here: a visit to Marisa Cuomo’s Gran Furor Divina Costiera winery, where Cuomo and her husband Andrea Ferraioli produce much-lauded DOC Costa d’Amalfi wines, rich with the tastes of sea and sun.

3. Amalfi and Atrani

The lifeblood of Amalfi today is tourism, but between the ninth and 12th centuries it was a proud and glorious maritime republic with a population of 80,000, a rival to Venice, Pisa and Genoa. The Amalfitani learnt to make paper from Arab traders, producing bambagina, a thick, heavy parchment made from cotton and linen rags, and in the 18th century the steep, narrow Valle dei Mulini and surrounding area were clogged with paper mills. The hard sell in Amalfi these days is garish ceramics, neon-yellow limoncello in gimmicky bottles and the ubiquitous menu turistico. But it’s a very pretty little town with a fascinating history, in a spectacular setting wedged between the sea and the mountains, with several good restaurants and the wonderful Hotel Santa Caterina. And if you abandon the tourist-jammed main drag and climb up into the warren of narrow, tunnel-like side alleys and steep stairways, you will be catapulted back into the Middle Ages.

Life centres on the open-air salon of Piazza del Duomo, dominated by the flamboyant, striped façade of the Norman-Arab-style cathedral with its interlaced arches and a set of magnificent bronze doors cast in Constantinople in 1066. The best place to refuel and reflect is the charming old Pasticceria Pansa, whose delizie al limone, creamy cakes flavoured with local lemons, are legendary. Juicy Amalfi lemons make excellent limoncello, the local brew that will often be produced, homemade and straight from the freezer, at the end of a feast. To escape Amalfi’s crowds, take the stepped footpath that leads over the hill to Atrani, a fishing village with an atmospheric tangle of tightly packed buildings, tunnelled walkways and staircases and a brilliant trattoria, A’Paranza. If you are driving, you probably won’t even realise you’re in Atrani until it’s too late: the SS163 sweeps right over the top of it on a viaduct.

A beach in AmalfiAna Linares

4. Ravello and Scala

There’s a lot to be said for leaving the best until last, and for many Ravello is the jewel in the coastal crown. This ravishing town sits on a mountain buttress 350 metres above sea level, removed from the frantic hubbub below. If Positano is the glamour-puss of the costiera, Ravello is its refined, aristocratic cousin. Like Amalfi, the town used to be much larger and richer. Its once-elegant palazzi, secluded villas, dreamy gardens, magnificent views and romantic sense of faded glory have inspired a steady stream of A-list writers, artists and musicians since the days of the Grand Tour. Even now, once the tour groups have gone, there’s a real feeling of otherworldliness here, and you really should stay the night (there’s no shortage of excellent hotels). Most people come to Ravello to see its two magnificent garden estates.

In 1880 Richard Wagner famously drew inspiration for his opera Parsifal from the romantic garden of Villa Rufolo, restored in the mid-1800s by the Scotsman Francis Neville Reid. Another Brit, Lord Grimthorpe, bought Villa Cimbrone in 1904 and created an extravagant garden with dizzying views. The villa was a hangout for the Bloomsbury set in the 1920s and a love nest for Greta Garbo and the conductor Leopold Stokowski in the 1930s; it is now a hotel. Ravello is also home to the coast’s most beautiful church, the refreshingly spare 11th-century Duomo di Ravello, and its only distinguished example of contemporary architecture: Oscar Niemeyer’s futuristic New Energy Auditorium, a dazzlingly white, concrete-and-glass structure overlooking the Gulf of Salerno, designed to reflect the swell of the sea.

Just beyond Ravello, balanced on the opposite side of the Valle del Dragone, lies sleepy Scala. It is a real little charmer and was once an important outpost of the Amalfi Republic, evidence of which can still be found in its faded palazzi and disproportionately large 12th-century duomo. Steinbeck’s observation that ‘Positano bites deep; it is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you’ve gone’ could well be applied to the Amalfi Coast as a whole. In the height of summer, when sandwiched between two fume-belching coaches on the SS163, it’s tempting to dismiss the whole experience as being simply too much like hard work. But as the inimitable Gambardella sisters (doyennes of the Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi) point out: ‘There are bits of the old life left on the coast, but you have to know where to find them.’


Discover the secret Italian islands where overtourism isn’t an issue

Just off the northern coast of Sicily is the dazzling Aeolian archipelago, with something to offer in every season.

Italy truly has a timeless allure. The country has been through so much recently, so you could be forgiven for forgetting the features that make Italy one of the most geographically diverse and spectacular countries on earth.

Beyond the classic destinations like Venice, Florence and Rome — and even beyond the mainland ‘boot’ of Italy — there are gorgeous islands of various shapes and sizes that invite discovery.

And the Aeolian archipelago just off the northern coast of Sicily, is arguably the most bewitching of these. Here, overtourism has never really been a problem — and it certainly isn’t an issue at the moment.

A chain of volcanic islands

The seven islands in the Aeolian chain include lush Salina, the jet-set playground isle of Panarea, and ethereal Stromboli, whose eponymous active volcano is a sight that has mesmerised travellers since ancient times. Gnarled, reddish lava formations grace many of these varied island coasts, sometimes jutting up right from the seafloor.

The Aeolian Islands are arguably the most pristine archipelago in the entire Mediterranean and are a UNESCO World Heritage Site too.

Go there by ferry from the Sicilian town of Milazzo or by flying into Naples or Palermo then taking any number of ferries from those cities to the islands, which include:

1. Fiery Stromboli

Stromboli’s volcano is rightly known as the “lighthouse of the Mediterranean” because every night, lava erupts from the top and streams down from the Sciara del Fuoco into the sea. It’s a truly awe-inspiring sight, especially when enjoyed from the outdoor deck of a night boat — it’s easy to find one in the little port of Ginostra.

The volcano is actually 8,000 feet tall, while only about 3,000 feet are above sea level. There are a couple of small villages and some decent black-sand beaches on the island, but basically, Stromboli is a giant volcano.

2. Sweet Salina

Two lumbering, extinct volcanoes form the spine of Salina. The taller of the two, Monte Fossa delle Felci, at 962 metres, is the highest peak in the Aeolian archipelago.

Unlike stern Stromboli, this is a lush and verdant isle. Its most famous products are capers and Malvasia, the sweet fragrant white wine made from dried grapes.

The main port is Santa Marina, but for the best vistas and most interesting places to stay, hop on a bus to the village of Malfa, where Hotel Signum has a pleasant al fresco restaurant and great spa. At the clifftop Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia, you may need to cross a vineyard get to your room — not necessarily a bad thing.

Movie buffs may also recognise Salina as the place where the classic 1994 movie ‘Il Postino’ was filmed.

3. Chic Panarea

Panarea is one of the smallest of the Aeolians. With its combination of stark geography and reputation for attracting A-listers like Uma Thurman and Giorgio Armani, it’s the Italian answer to Mykonos.

In fact, the whitewashed lanes of the main village are reminiscent of Greek island towns. It’s no surprise then that the before the ancient Romans were here, Panarea was settled by Mycenaean Greeks.

The breezy, eclectic Hotel Raya helped put Panarea on the map in the 1960s and is still the best place to stay.

Take a short boat trip to the deserted islet of Basiluzzo where you can swim in the clear blue waters. Above the water, Air Panarea offers helicopter tours of nearby Stromboli’s volcano.

4. Lovely Lipari

At nearly 15 square miles, Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands and bears evidence of settlements long before the arrival of ancient Greek colonists.

Its main town, also called Lipari, is the commercial capital of the Aeolians and feels like a more down-to-earth version of Capri. It’s also home to a must-see archaeological museum, known for its displays of some ancient shipwreck cargoes and the world’s largest collection of miniature ancient Greek theatre masks.

From the Quattrocchi (Four Eyes) lookout point, about two miles out of Lipari town, you can get an eyeful of dramatic scenery and a view across the water to the island of Vulcano.

5. The Cutie, Filicudi

When approaching tiny, remote Filicudi, don’t miss La Canna, a volcanic rock that juts up like a sentry 243 feet above sea level. It’s a fitting introduction to an island that truly feels like it fell off the map, which is a bit deceptive, as this mountainous green island has been settled since Neolithic times.

You can inspect the ruins of a seaside Bronze Age village at Capo Graziano, about a 10-minute ride south from the small harbour. For the best seafood try Ristorante La Canna, perched just above the harbour, or La Sirena in the even tinier Pecorini a Mare beach.

6. Vibrant Vulcano

Ancient Greeks called it Therassia and ascribed it to Hephaestus, god of fire. But the Romans renamed the island Vulcano and thought it was the chimney of Vulcan, their god of fire. It’s hard to argue with that as you hike or drive past smoking sulphurous fumaroles on the way to the Gran Cratere della Fossa, the biggest of the stratovolcanic cones.

On the north end is little Vulcanello, product of an eruption in 183 BC and connected to the main island by an isthmus. It’s there, at Porto di Ponente, where you can indulge in a therapeutic mud bath and work in a swim at a broad black-sand beach.

For those who like to plan ahead, the best place to stay in Vulcano is the Therasia Resort — the views from there across the sea to Lipari will blow you away. The resort reopens in April.

7 days in the North Ionian Islands

Zakynthos, known internationally under the name “Tzante,” or “Phioro Levante,” meaning Flower of the East, is an island with many natural beauties as well as plenty of historical tradition. From Zakynthos’s pine-covered mountains to its rocky shores and impressive sea caves, Zakynthos has plenty of natural beauty. Zakynthos’s culture, on the other hand, extends from everything from its building all the way to is music, which plays a large role in the island’s long history.

Here, we break down the 10 best things to do and see in Zakynthos.

1. Visit the Church of St. Dionysios

Built in 1708, the church of St. Dionysios is a Venetian-inspired church equipped with a bell tower which is the exact replica of the St. Marks bell tower in Venice! The church is also beautifully situated on the city’s beach. The most famous church on the island, a large festival takes place every year in the city lasting three days starting on August 24th which celebrates the church.

2. Travel to Shipwreck Beach

The most famous attraction in all of Zakynthos is Shipwreck Beach, a picturesque beach on the north coast of the island which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world! With its clear waters, white sand, and stunning rock formations, along with the famous withered ship on its beach, this is a must-visit attraction.

3. Travel to the Blue Caves

Another famous attraction on Zakynthos is the Blue Caves. Accessible only by boat, one can sail through stunning caves on deep blue waters and see colors on the caves so impressive you would have to see it believe it.

4. Visit Gerakas Beach

Gerakas beach is a golden sandy beach which is home to Loggerhead Sea Turtles. The beach is a nesting ground for their babies, and the beach actually closes at 19:00 to leave them in peace. If you visit between May and October, you can actually go and see the hatching of little turtle eggs and see dozens of newborns take to the sea.

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5. See Marathonissi Island

Marathonissi island, a small uninhabited island in the bay of Laganas off Zykanthos island, has white sandy beaches, and beautiful turquoise waters. This is also another breeding ground for Loggerhead Sea Turtles.

Itinerary: 7 Days in the South Ionian Islands

If there is a paradise, you’ll find it among the Ionian islands. The Ionian islands offer everything from traditional architecture and outdoor adventures to cosmopolitan cities and fine dining. With its wonderful climate, turquoise waters, and scenic harbors, the Ionian islands are a must-visit destination. This itinerary will take you from Lefkada all the way to Zakynthos and back, ensuring that you visit all the hot spots among the Ionian islands along the way.

1st DAY – Mainland Lefkada

Lefkada, located near the western coastline of mainland Greece, is known for its traditional culture. In Lefkada’s main city, you can navigate small alleyways which will take you to tiny squares, traditional houses, and elaborate bell towers. The houses in Lefkada are often painted in bright colors and are kept neat and tidy, with carefully trimmed flower beds outside of windows and along the sidewalk.

Lefkada is also home to the settlement of Agios Nikitas, a town only accessible by walking. With its picturesque harbor, abundant greenery, famous fish taverns, and delicious cafes, Agios Nikitas is a great place to spend a day.

2nd DAY – Lefkada’s Beaches

Lefkada has a number of very scenic beaches, with many different coves, rocks, and pine trees. Lefkada’s beaches include Seat, Eggs, Mills, Peukouli, and Amyglossa, but Enkremnoi and Porto Katsiki are it’s most famous.

Banked by steep cliffs, Enkremnoi has a beautiful natural look. Along with it’s turquoise waters Enkremnoi is one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Greece.

Porto Katsiki is another famous beach, and it’s photographs can be seen all over the world.

Nydri a small town, is the largest tourist attraction on the entire island. Nydri is ideal for diving and water sports, as well as for it’s nightlife.

3rd DAY: Skorpios and Meganisi

Close to Nydri lies Skorpios, the island onced owned by Aristotle Onassis, a former Greek shipping magnate. In 2012, Dimtry Rybolovlev gave his daughter Ekaterina Rybolovleva the island as a gift for her birthday.

Meganisi is located in one of the hidden corners of the Ionian Sea. It is however, known and appreciated by sailing who enjoy docking in its beautiful turquoise waters.

Meganisi also sports plenty of luxurious yachts and famous visitors. But behind its high-profile guests, Meganisi has an ancient history. First mentioned by Homer in The Odyssey, Meganisi has been inhabited since the Neolithic period. There are many traditional settlements on the island, including Katomeri, which has traditional stone houses, small shops and plenty of bars.

4th DAY: Ithaca

Ithaca is a central symbol of Greece as it was home to Odysseus, the hero in Homer’s The Odyssey. One can discover the history of Ithica at the island’s archaeological museum. The capital and port of the island, Vathi, is built along a lush natural bay.

Vathi is a traditional settlement which has an intense Venetian influence. With it’s the tiled houses, large mansions and picturesque stone chapels, Vathi is sure to delight.

Vathi also has a small port, Kioni. Kioni mainly serves day cruises and week charters from the surrounding Ionian islands. It is a must-see inland known for its quiet taverns and happy people.

Also on Ithaca is the area of Kaminia, which is a wild, natural, impressive landscape, and home to emerald waters of a small bay. Ithaca is also home to Gidaki, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Ithaca and among the best in Greece.

5th and 6th DAY: Kefalonia

Kefalonia (also known as Kefallinia) is the largest island in the Ionian sea. Because of its unique beaches and green mountains, it has always been a popular destination to visit. Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia, is a picturesque village built around the Koutavo sea. 

Kefalonia is also home to world-renowned beaches, which makes it the ideal island to explore by boat.

People in Kefalonia also engage in many water activities, such as sea kayaking and diving which can occur in Kefalonia’s bays or in it’s caves.

Fteri beach is shown below, and it is one of the most beautiful places not only in the Ionian islands, but also in all of Greece.

Santa Efimia is one of the most beautiful villages along the coast of Kefalonia, and is located about 34 km away from the capital (Argostoli). 


Assos, another village in Kefalonia has maintained many of its Venetian characteristics, making it a charming city you definitely should check out.

Myrtos is the most famous beach in Kefalonia and and has been rated among the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world according to TripAdvisor!

A destination that many celebrities love to visit during when they cruise is Kefalonia’s cosmopolitan city Fiskardo. Despite it’s modernization, many of the traditional aspects of the city remain.  Kefalonia is sure to impress!


7th DAY: Zakynthos to Lefkas

In Zakynthos music is a huge part of the culture. Zakynthians often gather together to sing local songs.

Zakynthos has much natural beauty, with its pine tree-covered mountains, idyllic beaches, rocky shores, and impressive sea caves. The island also has a lot of historical monuments and traditions.

The Church of Dionysius is also located on Zakynthos and is the island’s most famous. Built in 1708 and situated beautifully on the beach, the Church of Dionysius dons a Venetian appearance and a bell tower exactly like St. Mark’s bell tower in Venice.

Navagio beach, also known as Shipwreck Beach, is a picturesque beach located on the north-east side of the island. In 1980, a ship allegedly smuggling contraband sailed around the island, before being abandoned on Naavagio beach, giving it its other name. According to many travel websites, the beach is one of the most beautiful in the world.

With its crystal clear waters, white sand beach, and stunning sharp cliffs, the beach is a must-see.

Gerakas is another beach in Zaynthos, and it is home to many turtle nests and baby Loggerhead sea turtes. The beach actually closes at 19:00 to leave the baby turtles in peace. If you get to the beach before dawn from May to October, you can actually see the hatching of turtle eggs and see them jump into the sea!

The beach of Mrathonissi is a small uninhabated island in the bay of Laganas on Zakynthos. It has beautiful white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and is home to plenty of those Loggerhead turtles.

The Laganas bay in Zakynthos is one of the most important shelters for sea turtles in the world.

In the morning one can return to Lefkada. This itinerary from Lefkada to Zakynthos is sure to impress for all travelers alike. It will take you to all the hot spots in the Ionian islands, and is a must-do trip for any true adventurer.


Itinerary: 7 days Greek Islands – Cyclades (from Mykonos)

The most famous islands of Greece invite you to discover the reasons why they have been leading world travel destinations for years. The duration of travel between islands is estimated approximately on an average speed of the boat.


MYKONOS (One of the most popular and favorite destinations in Greece and around the world)

The most famous island of the Aegean with Santorini. Bright and cosmopolitan, it has been a magnet since 1960 to the present day VIPs of the whole planet. Mythical names of the international jet set were connected with Mykonos.

It is voted in the top places of the best holiday destinations: excellent beaches, award-winning restaurants, the best of the Mediterranean, with many distinctions and awards, endless mythical parties that do not stop all summer, expensive yachts, dream villas, five-star beach service.

Mykonos will tease you. But above all, it will release you. Here you will be transformed, you will be left… and you will feel uncomfortable in love with life. Spinning all-white against the background of the blue of the Aegean. Particularly open to diversity, the Mykonians welcomed the gay community and Mykonos became the most gay-friendly destination in Greece and the most popular in the world.

The most famous country in the Aegean. In the photographed Little Venice, the houses built in the 18th century have foundations in the sea. Today they host bars and restaurants and from their balconies, the glow of the Aegean is blinding.

The other trademark of Mykonos, Kato Myloi, grated the grains with the power of the north until the beginning of the 20th century. Today, they gaze at the sea illuminated in the evenings.

Holidays in Mykonos means fun: lunch and dinner, improvised or organized parties, famous DJs from around the world!

Stunning beach, cocktails in the boat overlooking the illuminated Mills, champagne, dance and flirting until the night.

See what Mykonos has for you. The scuba diving presents a different world and recommends you to selected “local Mykonians”,  such as octopuses, starfish, snorkels, sponges or Monachus-Monachus seals! You will find many diving centers, which offer diving in reefs, caves, shipwrecks or mysterious night dives. Mykonos will tease you.


It is necessary to sail the boat to nearby Delos to admire the remnants of the past and history. Delos is the island of Apollo, the god of light. So, in the evening as the archaeological site closes and you start the way back, enjoy the unique sunset…


Sail your boat in Rinia

Meet “neighbor” Rinia with the boat, dive into the blue waters and cool off the Cycladic air. Peace, relaxation and enjoyment under the sun.



You are in the largest, most fertile and autonomous island of the Cyclades. In the harbor, you are welcomed by Ancient Portara – the marble supernatural frame, the same as the National Geographic label – and the view of the medieval castle. The island with a history of centuries, unique sights, alternating landscapes, hospitable inhabitants and good food.

A visit to Naxos is not complete without the exploration of the picturesque countryside and the mountain villages of the island, which have been inhabited for centuries.

It’s no coincidence that the popular tripadvisor holiday site has made it the number two in the preferences of its traveler-members in Europe but also the 6th best island in the world after a big vote.

It could also be described as a culinary destination since it produces some of the country’s excellent products such as its famous cheese, but also its splendid beaches that awarded Naxos and the Guardian.


A well-hidden terrestrial paradise is Koufonisia. A place worth visiting by boat.

Exotic beaches, caves… for hunted pirates and bold lovers. Peace, relaxation, parties that sparkle and places to hide from the voices, to calm down, against the backdrop of the endless blue of the Aegean.

Crystal, clear waters, dreamy landscapes and music inspired by the moonlit nights. In Koufonisia there is only one settlement. From here you will also pass through this Cycladic microcosm that invites you to wander in its narrow streets. The hospitable Mediterranean basin is ready to offer you the most exotic dives of your life.

3rd DAY (Monday): AMORGOS-IOS


You will also find yourself discovering a Greek island untouched by mass tourism, where ancient customs, old paths, and authentic villages are kept. With traditional cafes that will treat you to the wonderful raki of Amorgos.

Panagia Chozoviotissa: A Miracle in the Aegean Can you climb 300 steep stairs? Arriving at the monastery of Hozoviotissa, the view of the Aegean will compensate you. One of the oldest monasteries, its enchanting waters, its picturesque cobbled streets, the intoxicating sunset, the unprecedented relaxation… Amorgos is the island of endless blue!

When you come, you will find out how varied, wild and fascinating is this island.


Ios is the perfect holiday that you dreamed about in the winter. A Greek island, where wild entertainment takes flesh and bones. But it is something deeper – the beauty of breakfast… with the Aegean background… after the party. In Ios, entertainment has no boundaries or borders. A long tradition has linked her to wild entertainment and summer parties.

Ios is also a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches, traditional settlement, hospitality, but also for good food, smile and tradition! The most famous sight of Ios is the famous tomb of Homer, located north of the island.


4th DAY (Tuesday): SANTORINI


Welcome to one of the most beautiful Greek islands and the most romantic destination in Greece!

That island distinct from the others… a unique geological phenomenon, a brilliant majestic state built on the edge of the cliff, with picturesque hamlets, cobblestone streets, cave houses, dug in the volcanic rocks, either whole or with additional built.

The “Pompeii Aegean” houses built on volcanic terrain, with the simple Cycladic lines, and with a unique architectural “innovation”. Meet one of the most important cultures of the Aegean. Dive into the mysterious seabed of Santorini, see its famous sunset not described in words, try its unique wines from volcanic vineyards that count over 3,200 years of life.

Beaches full of color… Dive into beaches with black, red and white sand or colorful pebbles and sculptured by the salt and wind rocks. A unique setting that you will not find anywhere else in Greece… For lovers of good food… Santorini at your table! Overlooking the endless blue, traditional Mediterranean cuisine and the unique white and red wines of Santorini will take your mood off.

The sunset, every year is attracting couples to the volcanic island to enjoy the amazing view from the balcony of the Caldera. It is the famous sunset of all Santorini. A unique sight for your eyes only. Santorini is full of love…



One of the diamonds of the Cyclades. It is the “new Santorini” and the “new Mykonos”. It is one of the smallest and most picturesque Cycladic islands, with 32 square kilometers of land and about 650 permanent residents.

The landscape is so wild and charming! Its shores are steep and form many capes… but with a sea!

6th DAY (Thursday)MILOS -SIFNOS


Meet the most exotic island of the Aegean. It is an island beyond the ordinary.

Take your boat and enjoy the colorful kaleidoscope of the beaches of Milos in all its splendor. Take a stroll in the picturesque colorful settlement on the water, where the harbor of ancient Milos was.

Wander around the settlement and wait for the sunset… The beaches of Milos are special and the most beautiful of the Cyclades. The Pirates of the Middle Ages had their lakes on the island of Milos… Their traces will be found in Kleftiko.

The famous statue of Aphrodite of Milos, which is now in the Louvre Museum (Paris), was found in Milos in 1820, while the copy is located at the Milos archaeological museum in Plaka.

Visit small and picturesque seaside villages and… taste the famous delicious lobster.


Quality vacation on the island of measure and harmony. Sifnos combines picturesque, gastronomy, folk art and tradition. It keeps a low profile without eccentricities and excesses, soothing the visitor.

An island that is famous for its architecture and the originality of its Cycladic beauty. Cosmic and elegant but simple and traditional at the same time, Sifnos is full of contradictions.



A popular destination, ideal for any type of holiday.

Paros, an island, white, like its famous marble… with its beautiful Cycladic-cobbled streets will give you a scent of jasmine and red bougainvillea and with its picturesque harbor make up a lively cinematic scenery, you will find it hard to find elsewhere land.

Paros will gladly give you what you want!

The morning return to Mykonos

Have a wonderful trip !!!

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5 Best things to do and see in Paxi-Antipaxi


The diamonds of the Ionian Islands.

Two small islands of the Ionian Islands in the Ionian Sea. They are located 7 miles south of Corfu, 8 miles from the mainland coast of Greece.

The island group of Paxos has been designated as a Special Protection Area, part of the Natura 2000 network. With the boat, who sails for the emerald lonely islands of the Ionian Sea, Paxos and Antipaxos, he sets a bow for paradise.

Exotic beaches: green and turquoise waters, white sand and fine pebbles. Nature “harsh”, ancient olive groves, dense vineyards and vegetation reaching up to the water.

Top 5 – The tourist attractions worth seeing

1.-Visit Gaios

The capital with the “hidden harbor” …
The boat comes from the narrow sea channel that forms the harbor of Gai and the islet of St. Nicholas. The city still retains features of the original Venetian architecture and architecture.

2.-Discover Longos (Cultural Village of Europe)

Ideal for quality tourism in a quiet and picturesque setting with lush hills, crystal clear waters.

In the harbor you will find many taverns that give a special “color” and are famous for their delicious traditional cuisine, impeccable and friendly service.

Loggos is the cultural center of Paxos, hosts festivals and other musical events that offer entertainment to residents and visitors.

3.-Visit Lakka -A small paradise … a painting

The picturesque little fishing village with its cobbled narrow streets.

Its harbor is extremely popular for those traveling by boat, while in the safe waters of the bay anchor many boats of all kinds and sizes. The olives and cypress trees reach the beach. Explore the small islands around Paxos that hide unique beauties!

4.-Travel to the Antipaxi … The little garden of Eden

Antipaxoi is a relatively flat island with its highest point reaching 118m. They have impressive beaches with turquoise waters and lush vegetation, which makes them a very attractive destination during the summer season.

A fantasy … The embodiment of a terrestrial paradise.

The natural landscape is flooded with vineyards that produce excellent quality wine, which is why it is considered a paradise for wine tourists. Antipaxitic wines have a peculiarity in taste and are sought after because production is relatively small.

5.-Swim in Vouthoumi

Vouthoumi is the best of the two “legendary” beaches of Antipaxos and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is no accident that Telegraph included it in the tribute to the most beautiful “hidden” beaches in Europe.

… the waters are so clear and transparent that they can see the shadow from the boats and the boats at the bottom of the sea as if floating

The tour of the coast is a unique experience that will remain unforgettable to the visitor.

On your trip to the Ionian Sea, you should put them in the forefront.

Have a good trip.


The Best Beaches of The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands are a paradise. The sand is among the best on Earth. Despite having been affected by hurricanes Irma and María, the natural beauty of this paradisiacal destination remains intact. Here are five of the best beaches found in the British Virgin Islands.

best british virgin island

The British Virgin Islands consist of 4 main islands: Jost Van Dyke, Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Anegada. The largest island is Tortola.

Best Beaches of the British Virgin Islands:

White Bay

White Bay is a white beach located on a southern area of Jost Van Dyke. It is one of the best beaches to relax and enjoy a drink. Local joints like Soggy Dollar or One Love Bar and Grill will welcome you with open arms. So Just Chill!

Sandy Cay

Sandy Cay is known as the ‘Most Photographed Island in the World’. It is an uninhabited island of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. It is located halfway between the Tortola and Jost Van Dyke islands. It’s also known as the Honeymoon Island. Relax on its pristine beaches and exploring the untouched nature.

The Baths

The Baths is in Virgin Gorda and is listed among the ten most beautiful beaches in the world. It is without comparison: a series of transparent pools, hidden among the granite rocks.

Loblolly Bay

Loblolly Bay is the northern stretch of the infinite beach of Anegada. The lagoon is protected by the coral reef that runs parallel to the beach. In August, sharks come to mate.

The Caves

The Caves is actually a dry area of the Norman Island and under water it has many caves covered with coral. It is a marine reserve so you can swim among the coloured fish remaining on the surface.

Looking for a vacation on a beautiful set of islands in the Caribbean? The British Virgin Islands is your ticket to paradise.

Itineraly:7 days AEGEAN Islands – Cyclades (from Athens to Santorini)

The most famous islands of Greece invite you to discover the reasons why they have been leading world travel destinations for years.

The duration of travel between islands is estimated approximately on an average speed of the boat.



The Most Popular Attractions in the Athens ”Riviera”

Athens ”Riviera” is called the area in the southern suburbs of Athens from Piraeus to the southernmost point of the Attica peninsula in the Cape of Sounio. On this route, you will find the most cosmopolitan beaches of Athens, Alimos, Glyfada, Vouliagmeni, Lagonissi, and Varkiza

Cape Sounion is located 69 kilometers (43 mi) south- southeast of Athens, at the southernmost tip of the Attica peninsula in Greece.

In recent years, the wider region due to its environmental value was declared a national park One of the most beautiful places in Europe where the temple of Poseidon dominates. Feel the energy of this landscape, drenched in the same light as in ancient times. A place of myths and legends.

The god of the sea – Τhe Doric Temple of Poseidon was built (around the same time as the Parthenon, 440 BC), standing proudly above the sea that the god adored. From this privileged point, you will have a panoramic view of the coastline and the neighboring islands of the Aegean Sea. It is world-famous its wonderful sunset.


2nd DAY (Sunday):  KYTHNOS 

Perhaps with the most beautiful beach of the Cyclades, Kythnos, modest and hospitable, unexpectedly beautiful and calm, welcomes you to its places.

When nature has a mood… it draws unique beauty beaches.

It has more than 70 beaches, many of which are still inaccessible by road. Of particular note is the crescent-shaped isthmus of fine sand at Kolona and the warm thermal springs at Loutra bay, which are said to have curative properties.

Picturesque villages with stone-paved cobbled streets, white houses, and blooming courtyards. Walk-in its neighborhoods, among tiled houses, and listen to its tranquility.

The gastronomy of Kythnos reflects its temperament: it is warm, family and simple. The tables on the waterfront, with umbrellas in the morning and evening candles, welcome friends Kythnos, simple and beloved!


3rd DAY (Monday): SERIFOS


Discover the scenic and charming Serifos. Island of intense contrasts with golden beaches and wild beauty. The capital of Serifos, the magnificent Chora, with windmills and paved pedestrian streets, is a beautiful island settlement. The amphitheatrical country of Serifos with cubic houses. Whitewashed houses with simple wooden blue windows and doors.


Τraditional, simple Cycladic architecture that keeps unchanging over the years.

Serifos is a scenic and quiet place with traditional taverns. Chora offers a charming setting and is suitable for strolling and fun. With beaches ideal for diving and with tranquil harbors for relaxation and romance.


4th DAY (Tuesday): SIFNOS


Quality vacation on the island of measure and harmony. Sifnos combines picturesque, gastronomy, folk art and tradition. It keeps a low profile without eccentricities and excesses, soothing the visitor.

An island that is famous for its architecture and the originality of its Cycladic beauty. Cosmic and elegant but simple and traditional at the same time, Sifnos is full of contradictions.




One of the diamonds of the Cyclades. It is the “new Santorini” and the “new Mykonos”. It is one of the smallest and most picturesque Cycladic islands, with 32 square kilometers of land and about 650 permanent residents.

The landscape is so wild and charming! Its shores are steep and form many capes… but with a sea! Aaaa!!!



6th DAY (Thursday)SANTORINI


Welcome to one of the most beautiful Greek islands and the most romantic destination in Greece! That island distinct from the others… a unique geological phenomenon, a brilliant majestic state built on the edge of the cliff, with picturesque hamlets, cobblestone streets, cave houses, dug in the volcanic rocks, either whole or with additional built.

The “Pompeii Aegean” Houses built on volcanic terrain, with the simple Cycladic lines and with a unique architectural “innovation”. Meet one of the most important cultures of the Aegean. Dive into the mysterious seabed of Santorini, see its famous sunset not described in words, try its unique wines from volcanic vineyards that count over 3,200 years of life.

Beaches full of color… Dive into beaches with black, red and white sand or colorful pebbles and sculptured by the salt and wind rocks. A unique setting that you will not find anywhere else in Greece… For lovers of good food… Santorini at your table! Overlooking the endless blue, traditional Mediterranean cuisine and the unique white and red wines of Santorini will take your mood off.

The sunset, every year is attracting couples to the volcanic island to enjoy the amazing view from the balcony of the Caldera. It is the famous sunset of all Santorini. A unique sight for your eyes only. Santorini is full of love…




Meet the most exotic island of the Aegean. It is an island beyond the ordinary. Take your boat and enjoy the colorful kaleidoscope of the beaches of Milos in all its splendor. Take a stroll in the picturesque colorful settlement on the water, where the harbor of ancient Milos was.

Wander around the settlement and wait for the sunset… The beaches of Milos are special and the most beautiful of the Cyclades. The Pirates of the Middle Ages had their lakes on the island of Milos… Their traces will be found in Kleftiko.


The famous statue of Aphrodite of Milos, which is now in the Louvre Museum (Paris), was found in Milos in 1820, while the copy is located at the Milos archaeological museum in Plaka.

Visit small and picturesque seaside villages and … … taste the famous delicious lobster lobster.

The morning return to Athens.

Have a good trip!


Croatian Islands or Greek Island hopping?

Do you plan a vacation and are you wondering where to go to see the most beautiful views? Do you check the best Croatian islands? Are you encouraged by great opinions about Greek island hopping? It will be the best to choose both!

The best Croatian islands – is it worth to see it?

Croatia, although small, boasts an extremely diverse landscape and a wonderful coastline of almost two thousand kilometers. In addition, it is definitely right, boasts the impressive wealth of many of the best Croatian islands, mostly uninhabited, pristine, truly fairy-tale. There are larger islands among them, such as Krk or Cres, and small islands scattered like Kornati and Lastovo. Each of these Croatian corners is different and unique in its own way.

The island of Krk

It is the largest island of the Croatian part of the Adriatic. On the area of 410 km2, we find beautiful landscapes, holiday resorts, atmospheric towns and monuments. The island of Krk is connected by a bridge with the mainland and has an international airport Rijeka, which makes it the most accessible from the Croatian islands.


It is a mountainous corner covered with dense forests and cypresses. Korcula is sometimes called the “island of travelers” – it was here that the famous Venetian discoverer, Marco Polo, was born.


It is the greenest island in the Adriatic. Quiet, virgin, mountainous, overgrown with a thick Mediterranean forest. The biggest attraction of Mljet is the national park of the same name stretching around two reservoirs: Malo jezero and Veliko jezero.

Kornati Islands

It is one of the most beautiful archipelagos on the Mediterranean coast. It consists of a cluster of 150 islands and islets scattered over an area of about 320 km2. Kornati is a dream place for fans of diving, sailors and lovers of peaceful rest – the islands are almost uninhabited.

In addition to holidays on the best Croatian islands, we also propose Greek island hopping. Holidays in Greece must be the best in your life!

Crete, Zakynthos, Rhodes, Simi, Santorini are wonderful beaches, rich nature, wonderful monuments, delicious cuisine, taste in our cups, mild climate. Greece has everything. And the Greek islands above all. There are a lot of them, and one more beautiful than the other.

Greek island hopping is a popular tour of as many islands as possible in the shortest possible time – here, of course, about Greek islets.

The Greek Islands are the azure sea, long beaches and romantic bays, family All Inclusive hotels, excellent cuisine seasoned with sunshine and antique monuments that delight tourists from around the world. In the offer for Summer 2019, you will find many Greek islands, including new ones: Evia, Skiathos, Skopelos, Epirus, and Itaka. If you are already dreaming about the Greek Islands, check out the best offers for Greek Islands Hooping, book the trip and enjoy the wonderful moments!

If you are planning to stay on the Greek islands, the best and often the cheapest option is the flight to Athens. You can easily reach the Greek capital with cheap airlines. Arriving in Athens opens up many interchange possibilities. We can get to the Greek islands by plane (eg a flight to Santorini for 15 euros) or focus on ferries that will take us to virtually every island in the Aegean Sea.

Greece is just as charming a country like Croatia, with an equally rich landscape, places that are worth visiting and other attractions!

Croatian Coast – You should see that!

Croatian Coast is associated mainly with turquoise sea and rocky or pebble beaches. However, in Croatia, you will also find sandy beaches. And what are the most interesting places of the Croatian Coast?

Zlatni Rat Beach on the island of Brac

It is a characteristic golden triangle jutting out into the sea. The beach is surrounded on one side by the azure sea, and on the other by lush green forest. The beach looks wonderful on aerial photographs as well as live. This is an obligatory point for everyone who is in the area.

Šibenik and the fortress of Saint. Nicholas

The red roof cascades are directed towards the water. Here and there emerges the semi-circular vault of St. Jacob and the soaring windows of the fortress of St. Nicholas. Šibenik is worth visiting at night so that you can soak up the beautiful views and the friendly atmosphere of open-to-late cafes.

Krka National Park

The road to the park leads through a picturesque mountain gorge. The reserve protects up to 860 species of plants and 211 species of birds, but its biggest attraction is the seven waterfalls falling with a bang. The longest of them, Skradinski Buk, consists of 17 cascades. Their total length is 800 m! One of the world’s oldest hydroelectric plants was operating at the waterfall. It was commissioned in 1895, just two days after the Niagara plant was opened. Both were designed by the same creator, Nikola Tesla.


In addition to the beautiful Croatian Coast beaches, you can visit the most beautiful city of Croatia and take a gondola lift to the nearby hills. From there, there is a view of the Adriatic coast and the historical center of Dubrovnik.


Trogir on the Croatian Coast – because of the large number of monuments, is called small Dubrovnik. The Kamerlengo fortress standing on the very edge of the island today often serves as a film set, and the old town of Trogir was entered in the UNESCO list in 1997.


Hvar is a fabulous holiday resort. The city is full of monuments, beautiful views and restaurants with outdoor tables. The central square of the city, in terms of its size, is the second, after St. A brand in Venice, an urban market on the Adriatic.

Virtually every tourist spot in the Croatian Coast has something to look out for. Croatian Coast is a gem of European coasts! This is without a doubt the most beautiful coast in southern Europe.

10 Amazing things to do in Mykonos Island

If there is a worldwide renowned Greek island for immaculate beaches and party, that is Mykonos. Nicknamed The island of the winds, Mykonos is much more than sunbathing and clubbing till sunrise.

Located in the south of the Aegean, 150km away from Athens, Mykonos is part of the Cyclades and it forms a regional unit itself which comprises Delos, Rineia and some other inhabited smaller islands. The name Cyclades makes in fact reference to the archipelago encircling Delos, considered a sacred island. Many cultures have stepped on Mykonos and left their traces: Carians, Ionians, Romans, Byzantines, Venetians, Catalans, Ottomans… the island has been the scene of mythological battles, revolutions, decline and flourishment.

Only around 12,000 people live there permanently, most of them in the main city, which is also called Mykonos, or Chora (meaning town in Greek). The island, which is just 86 sq km, has developed a tourism industry that overwhelms its sea-related economy during summer months.  It is a place that has succeeded in maintaining its traditions and bringing the past to life in its very cosmopolitan present.

There are plenty of activities that will make you enjoy Mykonos without losing sight of what the island is and has been. Here is a list of 10 wonderful activities to do and other useful information.

How to reach Mykonos island

How to reach Mykonos From Athens

By plane: there are a couple of flights daily in winter months with Aegean and Olympic airlines. It takes about 40 minutes. From March, other airlines are open with daily flights.

By boat: 3 sailings daily from Rafina. It takes 4h20m and costs around 30€. There are other weekly sailings from the ports of Rafina and Piraeus, some of which are faster but also more expensive (55€ approximately). Operating ferry companies are: Hellenic Seaways, Seajets, Blue Star Ferries and Aegean Speed Lines. Some connections from Rafina do not operate from October to March.

How to reach Mykonos from other islands

There are many ferries that connect daily Mykonos to Tinos, north of Mykonos, Paros and Naxos, the next bigger islands towards the south, and Thira (Santorini), the most southern of the Cyclades. Check further information here.

Mykonos is reachable by plane seasonally from various international destinations.

Mykonos island, when to visit

The raining season lasts from October to March, although winters are mild (average max. 15˚C) and wet, with many days of sun. Temperatures in the summer are usually around the 30˚C but can reach 40˚C. Thanks to the Meltemi, the northern Aegean wind, summers tend to be dry and nice.

It is probably best to visit between April – mid June or September – October, as the weather is still pleasant and everything a lot less crowded. Outside high season, many attractions and places options, so it is a good idea to check opening times of what you plan to visit in advance.

10 Amazing things to do in Mykonos

#1 Sail the archipelago

Gorgeous sandy beaches, crystalline waters and beautiful sun lights. With these characteristics, one of the best things to do in Mykonos is to sail the archipelago and embark on a sightseeing tour from the sea. Mykonos is incredibly beautiful, with its 16th century windmills featuring on the hills, defining the landscape of the island, in perfect harmony with the typical white architecture with blue windows and doors. According to Mykonians, the cleaner the white, the more you appreciate the colours next to it.

It is a must to stop at the now deserted island of Rineia or Rhenia, a place rather unknown even to the Greeks. The island was dedicated to Apollo and years later converted to a huge necropolis which was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century. Nowadays, some farmers rent stretches of land to continue with traditional farming methods. Its waters are incredibly blue and a real pleasure to dive in.

Besides freedom and exclusivity, sailing provides much more. It lets you have a different perspective of the islands, discover hidden coves if you prefer to avoid cosmopolitan beaches, stop wherever you want and dive into the pure waters of the Aegean, practice water sports like snorkelling, scuba-diving or fishing, and enjoy beautiful sunsets, undisturbed, in the middle of the sea.

You can find bareboat or skippered catamarans to suit different needs, as well as day cruises or weekly charters. Check them here.

#2 Go out in Mykonos town

Nightlife is very lively, so partying is a bespoke thing to do in Mykonos. It has become the Ibiza or St. Tropez of the Aegean. World renowned DJs and acclaimed residents meet there every year to light the summer nights of the island. It is not unusual to come across celebrities in the many parties going on.

In Mykonos there are around 30 bars where to start the evening, either in the centre of Chora or tucked away, where you can find more privacy. Those who like to dance the night away will find some 20 clubs rated amongst the best in the world, and if your thing is to dance on the sand in your bathing costume you can do so in probably a dozen beach clubs.  There are many options to go out that match different styles, from wild parties with the crème de la crème to quiet cocktails with friends. Mykonos town has the most happening scene in Greece.

Watch out for the many events taking place during summer months. The Mykonos Summer Festival is not to be missed if you like music concerts in the open-air and different arts exhibitions and performances with artists from all around the world. There is also the Gay Festival which takes place in Mykonos every year, and the Harvest Festival, held in mid-September.

#3 Discover the Mykonian gastronomy with locals

As typical in the Mediterranean countries, food plays a big part in the culture. People like to cook and share the table with family and friends while sipping some wine. The gastronomy in Mykonos is rich and a very nice way to get to know the country on another perspective.

There are many typical foods in Mykonos, like tyrovolia, a mild fresh cheese; louza, a meat preserved slightly different from other places in Greece; mostra, a twice-baked bread with kopanisti (a peppery fermented cheese), as well as many traditional dishes with beans, vegetables, lamb, pork, and mouth-watering dishes with fish. Baked things like bread and biscuits have also their particularities in the island and paired with Greek coffee the perfect breakfast is served.

Learning some recipes with locals will open the most intimate side of travelling. It gives the chance to immerse in their culture, get to know the welcoming Mykonians and see what their everyday life is, as well as improving your cooking skills. There are different classes you can find to suit different budgets. If cooking is not your thing, then consider visiting a vineyard and enrol on a wine tasting experience. It will surely be a highlight of your trip.

#4 Get lost in Mykonos town and found in Little Venice

No trip seems to make sense if the main city is missed. The centre of Mykonos town or Chora is a beautiful labyrinth of narrow passages of cobblestone full of life. Cosy bars, fashion boutiques, traditional jewelleries, churches and the typical white facades of the houses with colourful wooden doors, windows and balconies are a postcard at every corner.

Mavrogenous Square, by the Old Port, is a landmark with its monument to a national heroine who played an important role during the Greek revolution against the Ottoman empire. Follow to Matogianni Street, the shopping artery of Mykonos town for designer boutiques, legendary bars and nice little shops for Greek souvenirs. Tria Pigadia or Three Wells is another landmark in the centre, built in 1722 to provide the town with water.

After window shopping and strolling, head to Little Venice for a sweet end of the day. This waterfront street has captivated many artists who have found inspiration in its beauty and portrayed it in their artworks. The place depicts old fishing houses from the mid-18th century once property of rich merchants and captains, thought to have been pirates for the structure of the homes. Currently, some of these houses are bars and restaurants where you can chill and enjoy a drink while the sun sets reflecting its light on the sea. It is advisable to go early or make a reservation beforehand as it gets busy during peak season.

#5 Visit Ano Mera

ust about 8km away from Chora lies this unspoilt little town that will conquer your heart. It is a charming place depicting the typical architecture of the Cyclades with a maze of streets hosting tavernas where to savour local specialties and traditional sweets. What is special about this place is that you can feel the daily life of locals in the relaxed atmosphere they have been able to maintain.

The monastery of Panagia Tourliani is a must-see. Founded in 1542 by two monks and restored in 1767, Panagia Tourliani is now a highlight of Mykonos because of its history and the blessed Icon of Virgin Mary, as it is the Patron Saint of the island and celebrated every 15th of August. This religious monument also played an important role during the German occupation.

The building is simply marvellous. Its whitewashed exterior with the distinctive red dome, marble bell tower and water fountain with sculptured decorations in the yard account for an impressive architecture. The interior is characterised by a wooden baroque altar by Florentine artists and Greek orthodox ornaments. It holds a museum inside which displays interesting religious exhibits.

Visiting Ano Mera and the monastery are one of the best things you can do in Mykonos, especially to get a break from the hustle in the town centre. There are buses going there from the Old Port with the company KTEL, otherwise, taxis or car rentals are other options. The church is open every day from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3.30 pm to 7 pm and the entrance is 1€.

#6 The Agricultural Museum and Boni Windmill

A top attraction in Mykonos is the Agricultural Museum, an open-air place just in the outskirts of Chora. Not only because of its contents, but because part of them are displayed in Boni, a windmill located in Ano Myloi, which means Upper Windmills. It is a chance to visit the inside of an active windmill, which dates back to the 16th century when Venetians dominated the island.

The exhibits in the museum are old machinery and agricultural tools in use before the industrial revolution, so the collection explains how locals would cultivate staples, produce wine, withdraw water and their lifestyle related to the land.

What makes this museum special is stepping inside the windmill, the nice walk from Mykonos town and the incredible views from the top. The main road to get there can be tricky as it is narrow and there is traffic. After the taxi rank in Mavrogenous Square there is an adjacent path with stairs that will quickly take you to the top. From there, the town is revealed offering a spectacular sight that is just worth the uphill.

The Museum is open from 6.30am – 9.30pm Monday to Saturday from April to October and has no admission charge. The Harvest Festival takes place there every second Sunday of September.

#7 Enjoy an open-air cinema in Mykonos town

Cine MANTO is one of the best places to go to end your day. It gives a very different picture of what is known about Mykonos and looks like a little piece of paradise. The place is a vast garden with palm trees and unique species of flora that will amaze the visitor. Watching a film under the starry Greek sky is definitely something to experience.

The cinema screens two films back to back and offers the possibility to have a meal or drinks at the café and restaurant, which is also a great place for business meetings or just relax in an informal atmosphere away from the frenzy summer in Mykonos.

It opens every day from the 1st of June until the 30th of September and all films are in original version with Greek subtitles. Film running times are 9pm and 11pm and the tickets cost 9€ for adults and 7€ for children. Member cards are available at 70€ for 14 films. The Cine Manto Café Restaurant is open from 10am for breakfast until 2am for the last drinks.

Considered a Multispace, the cultural project behind it organises many different and interesting events such as exhibitions, shows and performances not to be missed.

#8 Visit Delos: the sacred island

At the centre of the Cyclades, just south-west of Mykonos, stands one of the most important islands in Greece, mythologically, historically and archaeologically.

Delos was inhabited by Ionians, who attributed it the birthplace of Apollo and his twin sister Artemis, children of Zeus and Leto. Mythology says that the island was revealed by Poseidon when Hera, the queen of Mount Olympus, goddess of marriage and birth and jealous wife of Zeus, banned Leto to give birth anywhere. Poseidon, brother of Zeus, pitied her and came to help. Actually, the name Delos means revealed.

The island was a place of pilgrimage for Ionians, hence in order to worship the gods it had to be purified. This meant that nobody had the right to give birth or die on the island. The graves were moved to the neighbouring Rineia. The island maintained a commercial importance and then suffered ups and downs due to wars between Rome and Athens.

It was not until 1872 that the French School of Athens discovered through extensive archaeological excavations how incredibly rich a Mediterranean port it had been. It was declared a World Cultural Heritage site protected by the UNESCO in 1990. There are many landmarks for such a small island (just about 3.50 sq km). Getting there is easy from the Old Port in Mykonos. There are regular ferries that depart at 10 am and cost around 20€ including the entrance fee, or private charters, which are the best option for groups of 6 people or more. Most guided Delos tours are available for about 40€, including ferry and fee. Children under 6 old enter for free. Usually, tours are offered daily in English and in other languages different days a week.

#9 Discover the unique Mykonos town in the Municipal Library

Often wrongly overlooked, visiting the Municipal Library is a top choice when travelling to Mykonos. Located in Ayia Kyriaki Square, this mansion of the 18th century once belonged to the Mavrogenis family. It has history itself on top of what it hosts.

The library is home to ancient coins from the Cyclades and other objects, besides more than 6,000 volumes, a vast majority of which donated by the Mykonian historian Ioannis Meletopoulos from his personal library. Others were donated by other people’s libraries, and most of them are in Greek but there are real treasures amongst them. One example are the books and sketches given by a legendary American artist who moved to Mykonos in 1966, John Ratekin. His paintings, poetry and black and white drawings of the landmarks are unique and fascinating.

Ratekin also wrote the first Tourist Guide to Mykonos, which included some of his works. After him, many other artists arrived to capture its charm. Ratekin’s art is a rare and exceptional occasion to see the island’s evolution to modernity through the eyes of one of the first visitors to fall in love with Mykonos.

#10 Watch the sunset at Armenistis Lighthouse

No monument is more important in an island like a lighthouse. This 19m tall building was built in 1891 in Fanaris, which means lantern in Greek, in the neighbourhood of Cape Armenistis, 7km away from Mykonos town. It is still functioning and operated by the Hellenic Navy’s Hydrographic Office. It is worth visiting for the views you get from there.

Located on the north-west of the island, its strategic position allows for a wonderful scenery from there. The neighbouring island of Tinos is perfectly visible on clear days. It is a great place to watch the sunset away from the noise in the city centre.

The construction began after a tragic incident at sea, when a British ship sank, and eleven people lost their lives. The original lightning mechanism is displayed at the Aegean Maritime Museum in Mykonos town. It was an award-winning engineering project designed by a French company, but it was replaced by a more modern one in 1983.

Lighthouses are a symbol of guidance and a monument paying tribute to the sea and its people, a sometimes melancholic reminder of the past maritime way of life. Romantic almost by definition, going to Armenistis Lighthouse cannot be missed. To get there, follow the road from Agios Stefanos beach, towards the north of Mykonos Port.

The island of Mykonos is really a gem to be rediscovered. No other place offers more than what is known. Home to so much history, beauty, gastronomy, adventure, romanticism and welcoming locals, Mykonos is a piece of paradise that will amaze your senses.

5 Best beaches in Croatia

Crystal clear water and intact landscapes are two of the main features of the Croatian coast. And of course its beaches and dream islands: For the family, the surfers, the couples and for those who prefer not to pack a bathing suit … We present you 5 best beaches in Croatia for you to enjoy the sun and the sea during your next trip to Croatia.

1. Banje beach, Dubrovnik

Although small, it offers an excellent opportunity to enjoy the glorious sun of Croatia, combining one of the main attractions of Dubrovnik: its ability to be both a historic city and a beach destination.

In addition to roasting in the sun, here you can play beach volleyball or Croatian picigin, declared intangible cultural heritage. At dusk, do not miss its lively nightlife.

Arriving is easy: It is located in front of the Puerta de Ploce, the eastern entrance of the old town. To get there, cross the door and walk about 90 meters to the beach.

2. Zlatni Rat, Brac Island

Despite not being a beach of fine sand, but of pebbles, it is beautiful. The best thing is that its particular form – of the tongue for some and horn for others – changes depending on the wind and the tides.

If you like to practice kitesurfing and windsurfing, it is definitely the ideal place, due to the intensity of the wind that sometimes stuns those who just want to swim or sunbathe.

Getting there is easy: From Split, you must take a ferry to the town of Supetar on the island of Brac. The frequency of ferries is every hour or hour and a half.
3. Proizd Beaches, Korcula

It is an uninhabited island. To get there you must take a boat from Vela Luka west of Korcula and in just half an hour you will be enjoying this paradise on earth. The last return departs at 7:00 in the evening.

The beaches of Proizd are made of white pebbles and offer transparent turquoise blue water. If you add to that the smell of the pines that grow on the island mixed with the salt of the sea, the experience becomes insurmountable.

Among all its coves, three are beaches known as “Bili Boci”, on the north side of the island. From them, you can see the profile of the neighboring island of Hvar and the open sea.

Although it is uninhabited, keep in mind that in high season the island has a restaurant next to the pier and daily ferry service.

4. Punta Rata Beach, Brela

One fact sums up the identity of this beach: Forbes magazine chose it as the sixth best beach in the world. The reason for such designation is discovered as soon as when your feet rest on its white sand, enjoy its calm sea or rest under the shade of the hundreds of pines that surround the place.

It is ideal for families since it has a fairly complete tourist resort, including bars, restaurants and water activities for all ages.

5. Pakleni Islands, Hvar

A pleasure for the senses. If you are for a few days in Hvar and want to explore new beaches, this is a very good option. You can access the islands by renting a small boat to explore the coves at your own pace or arrive at one of the many boats that also offer this route.

There are options for all tastes: visiting the Palmizana marina on the island of San Clemente, where a Venetian family was established more than 300 years ago and 100 years ago founded a small restaurant that still remains; the nudist beach of Jerolim, described as a place of intact nature, rocky coast, and crystal clear sea; the famous club Carpe Diem in Stipanska to enjoy the night … An unmissable destination!

10 reasons why luxury yacht charter in Croatia is for you

Renting a yacht charter in Croatia is becoming a unique experience that everyone passionate about the sea must make. The spectacular crystalline waters of the Adriatic seduce us so that we embark on an adventure difficult to overcome. Croatia by yacht charter is no longer something unattainable for travelers, as there are more and more offers with different itineraries, routes, and options that fit almost every pocket. That is why we are here to present you with all the reasons why a luxury yacht charter in Croatia is for you:

We all know that Croatia is an ideal destination for many sports, cycling, hiking, climbing, and of course, all those water sports that may exist.

Therefore, we give you all the keys so you can realize your dream aboard a yacht charter in Croatia. In Croatia, there are many companies that offer us yacht rental services.

1. Adriatic Sea

Croatia is situated on the Adriatic coast. The Adriatic Sea is known for its beaches, islands, crystal clear water and its culture. This area is also known for its biological and geological diversity.

2. Islands

Croatia has more than 1,200 islands and islets. Many of them are uninhabited.

3. Bays and Beaches

The Croatian coastline has over a thousand scenic islands, white sandy beaches, and busy marinas. Sail through a crystal clear sea of blue water.

4. Sea Life

The Adriatic is home of many species, various animals and plants. You can find fish like gilthead, goby, bamboo fish and many others.

5. Nature Life

Enjoy lush and green forests and farmlands. They are home to many species of European mammals, birds and insects as well as wildflowers.

6. Luxury Yacht

You can rent a luxury yacht with or without a skipper or crew. We at Luxury Catamaran offer luxury yacht charter in Croatia.

7. Yacht Interior

All of our yachts are luxurious in nature so you sail on your dream vacation.

8. Towns & Culture

Croatia has a thousand years history and home of different cultures and fascinating ancient stone towns.

9. Sports

Croatia is full of thriller experience. You can enjoy rafting, diving, sailing and climbing.  One can also take windsurfing lessons. Croatia is indeed an ideal place to live your dreams.

10. Sunset & Night Life

When you are in Croatia, you must enjoy the nightlife and its maritime history. Don’t forget to enjoy Sunset  


Discover ALL Dubrovnik Game of Thrones locations

Lord Byron described it as “The Pearl of the Adriatic”, Bernard Shaw “Paradise on Earth”. A lot has happened in Dubrovnik since then, yet truth in those statements remains.

Founded in the 7th century and originally called Ragusa, Dubrovnik was a city amidst a myriad of civilisations and cultures. Disputed between empires and armies, Dubrovnik has suffered a series of catastrophes along its history that have shaped its character. Notorious is the earthquake that destroyed most of its renaissance buildings in the 17th century (later rebuilt in the baroque style that can be seen today) and the shelling at the end of Yugoslavia in 1991, after which the Old Town, directly affected, was reconstructed under UNESCO guidelines to its previous state since it had become a World Heritage site in 1979.

The charming beauty of Dubrovnik, with its impressive monuments and the walled Grad or The City, as locals call the Old Town, provides a perfect setting for fairy tales and medieval stories brought to the screen. Fans of the renowned saga “Game of Thrones” will surely enjoy a tour around its filming locations.


Game of Thrones locations: inside The Old Town

Dominika Street

In the heart of The City, this is one of Game of Thrones locations for King’s Landing. Located near the Dominican monastery, this street and the narrow alleys around have been widely used in the series to portray many market scenes. It is also here where the Gold Cloaks kill King Robert’s illegitimate sons in season 2. Another scene in episode 5 takes place here: when Tyrion Lannister and Bronn witness a protest speech against the Lannisters, blaming Tyrion for the misfortunes in the city.


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The baroque stairs on Gundulic Square that lead to St. Ignatius Church, known as the Jesuit Staircase or The Spanish steps, served as a location for the Walk of Shame in season 5, when Cersei Lannister is forced to walk naked to the Red Keep in front of the crowds, stripped of all the power that her majesty attends. Probably one of the most famous Game of Thrones scenes. It was also the most expensive to film, since businesses in that street had to close for the day and people inhabiting apartments there remain inside with their windows shut.


Ethnographic Museum Rupe

This astonishing 16th building located in the Grad was once used to store grain. The dimensions and architecture of the building gives an idea of the importance this had for the inhabitants of Dubrovnik. The name Rupe makes reference to the silos carved in stone where barley, wheat and millet were kept.

The exterior of this building serves as the location for Littlefinger’s chic brothel in Game of Thrones. Amongst its wealthy, fine clientele of traders and nobles, King Robert, Ser Bronn and High Septon. It is also where in season 4 Tyrion Lannister meets Oberyn Martell.

The actual museum features handmade textile work and traditional costumes on its second floor, while on the first, visitors will find displays and explanations regarding the traditional architecture and rural economy of Dubrovnik. It is open to the public all year round from 9am to 4pm, Wednesday to Monday.


Rector’s Palace

This Game of Thrones location was chosen to double as the residence of the Spice King in Qarth. Actually, Qarth was filmed in some other sites as well, but the interiors of the residence were shot here. We see the external side of Rector’s Place in season 2 when Daenerys Targaryen meets the Spice King of Qarth to ask for ships to return to Westeros, but receives nothing.

The palace dates back to the 15th century and was built to host the then elected Rector who governed the Republic of Ragusa. Its architecture is mainly gothic, but it harmoniously combines elements of renaissance and baroque style, since it suffered damages in different occasions due to fires, explosions and earthquakes.


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The building serves now as the Cultural History Museum of Dubrovnik, which is open to the public every day from 9am to 4pm, except for Christmas, New Year’s Day and St. Blaise on the 3rd February. Tickets cost 80 kuna for adults, for schoolchildren and students, 25 kuna.


Game of Thrones locations: The Walls of the Old Town


Pile Gate

Just outside the walls of The City in Dubrovnik there is Pile Gate, actually, its main entrance, west of the walled city centre. This location can be seen from all the corners in seasons 2 and 3. A very famous scene is The Riot of King’s Landing (season 2 episode 6) during The War of the Five Kings.

This fortified complex is defended by Fort Bokar and a moat that goes all around the walls on the outside. At present, the moat is dry and its garden provides some fresh air away from the crowds. From the top of Pile Gate, there are fantastic views of a small fishing harbour located between Fort Bokar and Fort Lovrijenac to enjoy.


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At the entrance there is a bridge with a gothic arch on each side which connects to another wooden drawbridge. In the past, this bridge would be pulled up at night. Nowadays the doors of the city are always open to visitors.


Ploče Gate

This 14th century Romanesque style gate served as a location for the Red Keep Gate in Game of Thrones. It is from where Cersei Lannister enters the Red Keep after the Walk of Shame in season 5 episode 10. The site also appeared in season 2, when Tyrion has a conversation with Lancel Lannister in episode 5.


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Ploče Gate, also known as Vrata od Ploča, is one of the main entrances to The City in Dubrovnik, this one located on the east side. It used to be a drawbridge made out of wood that would also be pulled at night to prevent the entrance of intruders and undesirable visitors, but it was later built in stone with balustrades. It has an inner section and an outer one, where The Revelin Fortress is found. It used to be a lookout point to the east of the city. On top of Ploče Gate there is a statue of the Patron Saint of Dubrovnik, Sveti Vlaho or Saint Blaise, which is celebrated every 3rd February with festivities that last several days.


Fort Lovrijenac

This Game of Thrones location doubles as the residence of the King of the Andals and the First Men, his family and his court in King’s Landing; the Red Keep. The opening of season 2, the tournament celebrated during King Joffrey’s name day, was filmed here. The scene of characters watching the Battle of Blackwater Bay, too. The real bay is Pile Bay, which the Fortress overlooks. It also appears in the killing of King Robert’s bastard sons as the Gold Cloaks raid homes, and when in season 2 episode 6 Myrcella sails off to Dorne.


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Lovrijenac Fortress, also Tower Lovrijenac or Fort St. Lawrence is located west of the city and known as Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar, built on a 37m high cliff overlooking the sea. It dates back to the 11th century, although chronologist establishes it between 1018 and 1038. It has a particular architecture and history. It was built upon suspicion that Venetians were planning to invade the city, with western walls of 12m thick and eastern walls of only 60cm. Its shape is triangular, with different floor levels and terraces where nowadays spectacles and events take place.


Fort Bokar

This Fortress, known as Tvrđava Bokar, is found at the western corner of the city walls. It was built in the 15th century to defend Pile Gate. The building was projected by a Florentine architect as a two-storey armoured fort, at present considered one of the oldest in Europe. Part of the fortress was built on a detached rock, so arched supports were built to connect the whole structure.

In the series, this location was used for several Game of Thrones scenes. The seaside walls are used as King’s Landing walls. From the tower, they are best seen in season 2 episode 8, when Tyrion and Lord Varys discuss war-strategies on Bokar Fortress, and in season 6 when Jaime Lannister returns from Drone with the dead body of Myrcella. In season 7, Cersei and Jaime watch from this Fort the Iron Fleet arrive at King’s Landing.


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The fortress that can be admired today is as it was in 1570, when it was finally completed. Nowadays it holds various of its cannons on display on the inside and a beautiful collection of lapidary stones.


Minčeta Tower

Originally built in 1319 by local architect Ničifor Ranjina, it served as a protecting fortress for 100 years. It was reconstructed after the fall of Bosnia to the Turks and adapted to new warfare practices. A new round tower around the earlier quadrilateral fort was done by the same architect who designed Fort Bokar, and the high narrow tower with the iconic gothic crown was added by Juraj Dalmatinac, from Zadar, Croatia. It was considered a symbol of an unconquerable city.

Minčeta Tower takes the name from the family who owned the land where it was constructed. It is the tallest and most visited defence tower in Dubrovnik, since the landmark offers spectacular views of the city. The 750 steps that lead to the top of the tower are certainly worth the effort.


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In Game of Thrones, the base of this location is the outside of the House of the Undying in the town of Qarth. A famous scene takes place in season 2, when Daenerys Targaryen tries to find the entrance of this mysterious place in search of her stolen dragons.


Game of Thrones locations: outside the Old Town

Lokrum Island

The garden and exterior scenes happening in Qarth actually take place in Lokrum, like when Daenerys attends a party in season 2 episode 5 where she meets the warlocks.

This tiny island in front of the east coast of Dubrovnik is a Nature and a Special Forest Vegetation Reserve with plenty of greenery that provides shade and freshness during the hot summer days. It has gardens with hundreds of botanical species planted in the 19th century, as well as peacocks introduced by the Austrian archduke Maximilian. One of its main attractions is a lake called Dead Sea or Mrtvo More, which is a salt lake linked to the sea through various underground caves.


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On the highest point of the island, at 96 metres above sea level and offering remarkable views of Dubrovnik, stands Fort Royal Castle, built by the French during their occupation of Croatia. However, the most prominent building is the Benedictine Monastery founded in 1023 and which holds a replica of the Iron Throne.


Trsteno Arboretum

This location situated just 24km north-west of Dubrovnik is one of the oldest and more beautiful tree gardens in the area thanks to the seafaring tradition of its people, who enriched the garden with species from their voyages. There is a gothic-renaissance summer residence from the 15th century with a Neptune fountain and a neoromantic park. The Arboretum is a protected area and the Summer residence and gardens were declared a monument of garden architecture in 1962, but the war events in 1991 destroyed a large part of it, with partial damages to the residence and the oldest part of the gardens. The Arboretum is open to the public and absolutely worth a visit.


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As for Game of Thrones, Trsteno Arboretum doubles as the gardens of the Red Keep, so this location appears in many scenes.


Hotel Belvedere

This 5-star hotel opened its doors in 1985 as a super-luxury hotel in the Adriatic, with an arena overlooking the sea and panoramic views of the city, but war got on its way. In 1991 it was destroyed by bombs, leaving it a hazardous place to rumble.

It was bought at an auction in 2014 by a Russian millionaire and the project for the new hotel intends to convert it into a seven-star hotel which is expected to be ready for 2021. The place and project have not been discussed locally without controversy.

In the series, it is shown in season 4 episode 8, when the battle in the arena of King’s Landing between Prince Oberyn and Ser Gregor Clegane decides the fate of Tyrion Lannister.


Villa Sheherezade

Less than 1km away from Dubrovnik Old Town stands this magnificent Villa. The story has it that it was built by a Lithuanian entrepreneur for his beloved wife after escaping The October Revolution in Russia in the 1920s. This secluded high-luxury mansion occupies 4200sq m of land and is surrounded by terraces and gardens that lead to the crystal waters of the Adriatic, facing Lokrum island. It is a true retreat in one of the most exclusive locations in Dubrovnik which have hosted celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. It is available for rent at a price of €7,000 / day in the summer months (June to September).


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In Game of Thrones, this spectacular location serves as the exterior for the mansion of Illyrios Mopatis, the rich merchant-prince, a supporter of House Targaryen and benefactor of Daenerys.

To visit the place where the actual Villa is, it takes just a 10-minute walk from Ploče Gate, following the shoreline.


Gradac Park

Just about 10 minutes walking from Fort Lovrijenac and west of the city, there is this oasis of trees and paths where to get away from the hustle in the Old Town. Fountains and benches shaded by the branches of pine trees, nice footpaths to stroll and enjoy the views of the Fort and the Bay are assured here.

The Purple Wedding was shot at this location. The park was transformed, with loads of invitees, music, food and drinks to celebrate Joffrey Baratheon’s wedding, until it turned a drama with the death by poisoning of the groom. The Game of Thrones scene shot in Gradac Park was certainly not as tranquil as the park is in real life.


Dubrovnik is a place that will captivate you, Game of Thrones fan or not!

Do not miss the chance to sail its absolutely crystal-clear waters and discover the amazing islands nearby. Check available catamaran charters from Dubrovnik and create lingering holiday memories.


Benefits of Luxury Yacht charter

Most charters include a little bit of everything: relaxation on board, fun on land, excursions to places of interest, water sports, shopping and exploring the natural habitat of your destination. If you have any particular interest, be it cultural, gastronomic, sports, or history or nature for example, luxury yacht charter can adapt to your needs in order to offer you the best of what you like the most, but above all it is a unique opportunity to plan the most exceptional vacations you can imagine.

This type of yacht charter let the professionals make this dream come true. Whatever you want to see, any food you want to taste, the sports you want to practice on your own and what beaches, historic buildings and fantastic shops you want to visit, luxury yacht charter can provide everything you want.

Benefits of Luxury  Yacht Charter

If you have any other questions about renting a luxury yacht, we’re happy to help.

10 Things to do in Milos that you didn’t expect

Milos is undoubtedly the richest island in the history and culture of ancient Greece. Milos is an island in the Aegean Sea, which also bears the name of a “colorful island” due to the colorful waters flowing around it and the extremely colorful buildings. It is here that the famous statue of Venus of Milo was discovered. Things to do in Milos are innumerable beaches covered in sand, rocks and shells. Ancient theater, catacombs and mills located in the village of Tripiti and sunsets are things to do in Milos.

What are the things to do in Milos, which you did not expect? 
Starting from number 10:

10. Mandrakia

Fishing village of Mandrakia, became famous because of the amazing views.

9. An interesting view of the island – the so-called sirmats

There was built or crashed in the rocks garages for boats, closed with multicolored doors. There are also small rooms for fishermen in these rooms. The idea was born a long time ago, when fishermen felt the need to hide boats from storms, today they often play the role of holiday homes and undoubtedly are one of the island’s attractions.

8. Pollonia beach

The small beach, especially liked by windsurfers. Perfect if you like water sports!

7. Sikia Cave

Sikia Cave is located on the southwestern part of the island, it delights with tunnels made of colorful rocks.

6. Catacombs

These are the underground tombs of the first Christians, located in the town of Tipiti. The entire complex is 200 m long and has been completely hand-made! Interestingly, these graves were reusable – when the body was spread out and only bones remained, the family “sweep” the deceased to put another one in its place.

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5. Kleftiko

A complex of sea caves hollowed out by the sea, a long time ago was a shelter for pirates. White, high rocks immersed in the emerald blue lagoon looks amazing! To get there you just need to buy a one-day trip around the island.

4. Plaka

Extremely beautiful streets between white houses, decorated with balconies, where the Greeks grow colorful flowers create an amazing, fairy-tale landscape. Here is also the highest hill of the island, and on it the remains of the castle. It is worth climbing to admire the view of the huge bay of Milos.

3. Klima

A small fishing village, with the small houses which have been built right next to the sea, and their doors and window frames are painted in various colors, creating a candy landscape. The cottages have been converted into cozy rooms for rent for tourists. Spending the night in such a place must be really special, when at night the waves flow gently into the bedroom.

2. Amphitheater

Built by the Romans, during their reign over Milos. It was in its vicinity that the famous statue of Venus of Milos was found.

1. Catamaran day trip

Milos, further south, offers spectacular lunar landscapes and dramatic coves and beaches that can be reached only by yacht. It also has one of the largest, almost enclosed harbors in the Mediterranean and the port, Adamas, is safe in all weathers and has facilities for servicing yachts.

The 5 Best Croatian Islands you should visit

Croatia is not only almost 2 thousand km of magnificent coast, but also – as not everyone knows – over more than 1000 islands and islets. Some of them are rocks barely protruding from the water, but some form separate worlds. Among the 66 inhabited Croatian islands, it’s easy to find your holiday paradise. Here are 5 the best Croatian islands that you have to see!

1. Brac Island – the best Croatian islands for water sports

Brac is the largest Dalmatian island, located just a few kilometers south of Split. Its hallmark is the Golden Horn (Zlatni Rad), probably the most photographed beach of Croatia (it is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world). Golden Horn is an ideal place for windsurfing, but not only – you can try sea kayaks or scuba diving, as well as several other water sports, which have recently gained popularity (for ex. wakeboarding).

2. Lopud Island- the best one-day trip from the continent

It is tiny and there is no car traffic on it, ideal for escaping from crowded in the season of Dubrovnik (from where you can get a ferry in 50 minutes or a speedboat in half an hour). The purpose of Lopud visitors is the sandy beach Sunj, which is reached by a thick, insanely fragrant forest.

3. Island Mljet – one of the best Croatian islands

The entire western part of the island is a national park, which most visitors describe briefly: “a place of unprecedented beauty”. The caves, cliffs, rocks and smaller islands stretch along the wild coastline.

4. Island Vis – the best for tasting local wine and food

Vis is famous for its pristine nature and karst caves (you must visit Modra, Medvidina and Zelena, where you will find not only beautiful views, but also a soothing chill), try the delicious wine and food.

5. Island of Pag – the best croatian island for partygoers

If you love beach parties, head to the island of Pag without hesitation. On the beach of Zrce near Novalja, bars and clubs have 24-hour licenses – during the day you can sunbathe and sip on cocktails, and after sunset the music is turned up louder and the dance floors quickly become full. Zrce attracts young people, and thanks to her, Pag is called the Croatian Ibiza.

Croatian islands are a completely different world. They are beautiful, often wild, not fully understood by tourists. Each of the islands is different but unique in its own way.

When planning a visit to the Croatian islands, we also encourage you to plan island hopping Greek, which will complete the journey!

Top 10 Tourist attractions in British Virgin Island

Seas and postcard Caribbean beaches. White sand, turquoise waters, palm trees, colorful tropical birds, and mysterious rain forests. They are the British Virgin Islands, a destination for an unforgettable journey. 

Let’s take a look at the top 10 tourist attractions to experience in British Virgin Island. 

On the island there are the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport and the main port of the archipelago of the British Virgin Islands, from which it is possible to rent a catamaran British virgin island to discover the other islands, doing “island-hopping”, as the local inhabitants say.

Tortola is not only the economic center of the BVI, the British Virgin Islands, but a wonderful island to discover, with different tourist attractions and breathtaking natural landscapes.

Not to be missed is a visit to the capital Road Town, in particular, the port area, full of small shops and typical restaurants overlooking the sea.

La Promenade is the ideal walk on the waterfront to discover the tastes and flavors of the archipelago: a rich mix of traditions that unites all the cultures that have passed through here, Caribbean, African and European.

The port of Road Town is also the perfect place to start discovering the other islands that make up the archipelago.

Water sports lovers; in particular surfers will find their way to Apple Bay, considered by fans to be one of the best spots in the Caribbean for riding the waves. Rent a luxury catamaran British virgin island and sail away.

A decidedly electrifying experience that Tortola offers is the Virgin Canopy Tour, an adrenaline-filled zip-line that allows you to “fly” over the lush vegetation of the island. An adventure suitable for the whole family.

For nature and trekking lovers, don’t miss the Sage Mountain National Park, the first national park of the BVI for the protection and conservation of the local ecosystem.

Tortola obviously also offers a series of unique beaches. One of the most loved is certainly Long Beach, on the western tip of the island. About 1.5km long, Long Beach is famous for its fine sand and crystal-clear, calm waters, which make it a safe and suitable place for everyone.

The liveliest beach in the BVI is Cane Garden Bay: the chiringuito and beach bars offer music and excellent drinks, naturally based on rum. Right here is the famous Callwood Distillery, an ancient rum distillery still active and now also used as a museum of this distillate.

Feel free and experience the unique adventure of a Catamaran British Virgin Island and explore all the mentioned tourist attractions of British virgin island. 

Catamaran rental BVI – what should you know?

Just imagine!

Navigate the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea around Tortola and the neighboring islands by hiring Catamaran rental BVI. Dive in wonderful coral reefs, stroll through the white sand of the beaches, and enjoy the time of your life!

This wonderful dream is at your fingertips even when you know about boats or not. All you need is a sense of adventure. Here they sing with whales and swim next to the angelfish. Let the cool breeze sound in your ears as the palms shudder as you listen to a local reggae band.

The British Virgin Islands consist of more than 60 islands and cays and are the perfect place to sail in the Caribbean. Here you will find from quiet alleyways in the charming Road Town to lovely deserted beaches in Anegada and beach bars with rhythm and atmosphere as well as immaculate bays with places to dive that will leave you breathless.

Without fast food chains, neon signs or tall buildings, the British Virgin Islands have developed into a modern country while retaining the atmosphere of magical tranquility typical of the Caribbean.

There really is a no better choice to experience the BVI than renting Catamaran. Catamarans rental BVI offers spacious accommodations with unsurpassed comfort for sailing vacations.

Diving lovers will find themselves in their sauce discovering some of the richest and most spectacular backgrounds on the planet. Not only the vegetation and marine fauna but also the remains of ancient shipwrecks will delight us with an entire underwater adventure.

The best place for this is Peter Island and near Anegada Island for the incredible and ghostly sunken pirate ships. Other islands such as the Tortola surrenders with beautiful beaches under coconut trees and discrete coves for adventurers, the Apple Bay and Brewers Bay stand out.

Be careful not to navigate at night near the Anegada along its rocky coastline. But do not miss a ride with your Catamaran rental BVI near the small sand that is the small Sandy Bay or the tiny Saba Rock that only has a house, a diving club (the place deserves it) and a pub.

The climate is spectacular throughout the year with a generous sun on most days. It is the perfect place for lovers of sailing, the beach and the sea.