Santorini´s ancient name was Thira, and some believe it was the legendary island of Atlantis. Called kallaite (the fairest one) by the Greeks, Santorini is beautiful for its black sand beaches, limestone cliffs and vineyards, as well as for its dozens of lazy inviting villages filled with whitewashed architecture.
Tour the island by jeep to explore the ruins of ancient Thera and the charming port town of Oia to the north. In the south, Akrotiri, the town buried in ash around 1550 BC is now being excavated.
The Sarah Hope Foundation Runs a Retreat on the Greek Island of Crete to offer Normal Family days for Children Suffering from Cancer. The charity is run by Sara’s parents Ged and Julie, who earlier this year moved along with son Mark, 21, and six-year-old daughter Faye, to Crete to man the holiday home full-time.
Sarahs Hope Crete Retreat
The charity was set up after Sara Hoburn, lost a two-year battle with cancer at the age of 16 in 2001. Her dream was to help other sick children lead normal family lives. She is the inspiration behind Saras Hope Foundation, which opened the retreat offering respite for youngsters with cancer.
The holiday retreat was opened after the UK based charity raised £170,000. It aims to generate £500,000 in the coming years to sustain the work it does. “I love watching the amazement on the children’s faces and I always have a bit of fun with them,” said Alan, 26 a young man working at the Crete summer retreat. Visit the Sarah Hope Foundation on Crete
The Saronic Islands
The Saronic Gulf, which is the stretch of sea linking the shores of Attica to those of Peloponnese, contains another group of smaller islands: Salamis, Aegina, Poros, Hydra and Spetses.
These islands are accessible by fast and frequent service from Athens. The three top island choices here are Aegina, Hydra and Spetses. Aegina and best of all only a 45-minute hydrofoils ride from Piraeus. in Athens
From Aegina, 40 more minutes will take you to Hydra.
Athens has many wonderful sites where you can find the Best view the City. Feel Free to visit during Sunset or any other time of the day that you choose. Here is a list of locations to get you the best View of Athens:
Lycabettus Hill The panoramic view from this vantage point will offer you Mount Parnes to the north, Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf to the west, the Acropolis.
Filopáppou Hill In the time of ancient Greece the Hill was known as the Hill of the Muses. and is located in central Athens.
Kaisariani Monastery The Monastery lies to the eastern side of Athens, on a hillside at the foot of Mount Hymettos, a few miles away from the suburb of Kaisariani.
Profitis Elias Walk to the top of the hill and admire the breathtaking view of Mikrolimano, the Piraeus Port and the Saronic Gulf. Athens by night will be breathtaking as the Acropolis illuminates the night sky.
Damári, Petroúpoli In Damári you can enjoy a panoramic view of the whole city.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the women visiting Greece during those times landed in a country that had just shaken off a seven-year military dictatorship and where courtship between Greeks was tightly regulated by strict tradition that still kept unmarried girls inside the home. Some believed that the practice boosted tourism as many of the seduced women would return with friends or relatives.
The Greek Islands in the 70s and 80s might as well been described as the Sex Islands, when at that time most local men practiced the art of “Kamaki”. “Wherever we went, they would hit on us,” says Tarja, a Finnish woman who first visited the island of Rhodes in 1980, met her future husband on her first night out — and eventually settled down to start a family.
A taboo-breaking documentary has recently exposed the seedier side of vacations in Greece with a focus on a once-legendary army of lovers that courted — and bedded — thousands of tourists two decades ago.
Titled Colossi of Love, the documentary highlights the halcyon days of the kamaki (Greek for harpoon) suitors in the 70s and 80s when droves of women from mainly Scandinavia, Germany and Britain flocked to the Greek islands.
“I used to make love on the beach, in the water, on the rocks, everywhere. For me, making love is living” said one gentleman reminiscing the good old days on the Greek Islands. But the rise of AIDS would eventually bring the carefree era to an end, but not to say that kamaki is dead on the Greek Islands.
The islands of the Dodecanese are situated in the south-east of the Aegean Sea, close to the coasts of Minor Asia. Dodecanese means “the twelve islands”, but of course they are eighteen and not twelve which are settled permanently although some will claim more. There are over 100 smaller uninhabited islands in the group as well.
Rhodes, Kos, and Symi are the most known of these islands, uncounted tourists visit them every summer, with Rhodes being the one of most historical importance. Rhodes is one one of the premier vacation spots of the entire Mediterranean.
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The CYCLADES famous for their cubist white architecture set against piercing blue sea and sky, consist of 39 islands, of which 24 are inhabited. The more popular ones are Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Folegandros, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini, Serifos, Sikinos, Sifnos, Syros and Tinos.
Although these islands share a common bond in their arid, rocky landscape, their individual characters are varied, ranging from a pair of summer party islands-Ios which attracts the backpacker crowd, and Mykonos, which is Greece’s premier hot spot-to sleepy outposts like Sikinos and Anafi. To Read more about Mykonos visit the Mykonos Experience