World’s Most Unique Travel Destinations

World's Most Unique Travel Destinations

A big part of travel is that feeling you get when experiencing something completely new, something you haven’t seen or done before. Many travel destinations offer an amenity or two that other places don’t–but there are only a few locations in the world that offer a truly unique experience.

Some of these places are wonders of nature–a spot where the flora or fauna can’t be found elsewhere, or where the mountains stretch the landscape to impressive formations. Other destinations are unique because of man-made features–entire islands created out of sand, underwater museums designed to decay, or hotels shaved from ice.

Hot or cold, undeveloped or overly elaborate, these locations offer something you can’t get anywhere else, which is as good a reason as any to plan a trip.

The Azores

Explore the dramatic natural beauty and bounty of crater lakes in this collection of nine volcanic islands in the middle of the North Atlantic. Portuguese by language, it has a culture and cuisine all its own. Feast on the geothermally heated hotpots called cozido das furnas, which consist of mixtures of meats and stews and are a feature of the area near Sao Miguel.

Bhutan

High up in the Himalayan Mountains sits the world’s newest democracy, whose 30-year-old king has been instrumental in developing the country’s parliament, and injecting a democratic voice into Bhutanese affairs. The term “gross national happiness” was coined by the country’s former king, who began the Buddhist country’s path to modernization. It now straddles both the old world and the new, and has earned the nickname, “the last Shangri-La.”

Grindavik, Iceland – The Blue Lagoon

Anne Banas, executive editor of SmarterTravel.com, recommends the stark beauty of the Blue Lagoon in Iceland. “They call it ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’ for a reason,” says Banas. “It’s one of those things that you have to do in a lifetime. You’re swimming in these silica mud waters, but then it’s snowing outside.” Stay at the Blue Lagoon Spa, where you can take a geothermal steam bath, or have drinks while you soak in the lagoon.

Cancun Underwater Museum – Cancun, Mexico

The brainchild of the artist Jason de Caires Taylor, the world’s largest underwater museum features 400 statues by the artist, in a dizzying array of poses and features. The just-opened sculpture park sits in shallow waters in Cancun, allowing snorkellers, swimmers, and scuba divers alike to witness the sculptures grow seaweed and barnacles, and begin to form a supplementary reef for area fish.

Madagascar

Madagascar, sitting approximately 225 miles off the eastern coast of Africa, in the Indian Ocean, is so remote, it’s been host to many one-of-a-kind evolutionary developments. Ninety percent of its native plant life is found nowhere else in the world. “It still feels like a lost wonderland, with unique and diverse plant and animal life,” says Tom Hall, a U.K.-based writer for Lonely Planet.

Vacation Days in Corfu, Greece

Vacation Days in Corfu, Greece

It is great good fortune to spend a week in Corfu on the way to Greece. Seeing it from one end to the other, wandering through its olive forests and vineyards, brings on a mild, or, in some cases, a wild, intoxication without wine. What words fit the surrounding beauty but “Islands of the Blessed,” “Elysium,” “Garden of Eden,” “Paradise”? It is not Heaven, after all, for one sees here the poor, lame, blind, begging for small alms; but, as long as earth holds such corners as Corfu, it is not all cursed.

To the traveller who has felt the intoxication of such a region, and is impelled to report something of it, the impotence of words comes home with special force. Naught but the painter’s art seems adequate to report Corfu. And, furthermore, painter as well as poet might here well feel the weakness of his art. It is a great boon to have had this realm of beauty brought upon the retina of the eye, and so communicated to the soul.

One may, perhaps, be allowed to group the impressions that Corfu makes, and report them with a plainness that aspires only to the office of a photograph, resigning the attempt at coloring.

Before the eye lies one Corfu–the Corfu of today; but before the mind are brought two others-the Kerkyra of Greek history and the Scheria of Homer. The two latter compete with the former, and refuse the present beautiful scene a monopoly of attention.

The vegetation here is also Oriental — oranges, lemons, figs, forests of cactus and giant aloes abound. The four or five million olive-trees, many sixty feet high, are the characteristic features of the island. They form a beautiful background for the tall, dark-green cypresses. But the vine presses hard upon the olive. It is great good fortune to be here in the time of the grape harvest, even if one must miss the oranges and the olives. One day in September I walked to Palæokastritza, an old cloister on a rock looking out on the Ionian Sea, sixteen miles from the city. The way was through a continuous vineyard full of laborers. At this season of the year there is hardly a drop of running water in the island.

There are places where springs and brooks and even rivers have been and will be again, but there are none there now. The water in the wells and cisterns looks suspicious. But one has a substitute for water that is just about as cheap. For copper coin of the value of two cents a woman gave me a pile of grape clusters, enough for four men. On my return I managed to signify with my poor Greek to a man riding on a load of grapes that I would like to change places with him. For three miles I rode stretched out on the top of crates full of grapes, resting my tired feet, eating, by the permission of the driver, from the top of the crates, while from the bottom the precious juice oozed out and trickled into the dusty road. I felt that I was playing Dionysos. Then it was that the vintagers, many women and few men, came trooping picturesquely from the fields. They looked so happy that it seemed as if the contagion of joy rested in the vine. It seemed as if a touch of music would have converted them into a Dionysiac chorus.

If Corfu had no classical history, it would still be historically interesting. It has been spared that curse which rested so long on the rest of Greece-Turkish occupation. The Turks dashed their forces in vain in two memorable sieges against its rock forts. The high degree of culture here, as compared with the rest of Greece, outside of Athens, is partly due to this exemption. But there have been stimulating influences from without. Rome, Byzantium, Naples, Venice, and England have held sway here. The rule of Venice, to which the Corfiotes gave themselves voluntarily, as they had formerly done to Rome, lasted nearly six hundred years, with the interruption of the Anjou episode. This rule was mild and beneficent.

But, sweeping away the name of Corfu, which arose in the Middle Ages, and transferring ourselves back of all this foreign occupation and centuries of semi-barbarism, let us introduce ourselves to the Greek Kerkyra of Thucydides. Passing southward, a half a mile or so from the esplanade of the present city, one comes along an isthmus between two old harbors to an elevated peninsula, on which now stands the King’s villa in a beautiful garden. Here one is overpowered by historic associations. Here lay the proud Greek colony established by Corinth in 734 B.C., a colony that first set the example of filial ingratitude, and, feeling itself stronger than the mother city, joined battle with her and defeated her in the first great naval battle of Greeks against Greeks, in 665 B.C.

From this rising ground the eye dimly discerns in the distance, near the mainland opposite the southern end of the island, the Sybota Islands, where the later great naval battle between mother city and colony in the presence of an Athenian fleet gave the occasion for the dreadful Peloponnesian war. From this inner harbor, now abandoned and still, nearly silted up and yearly submitting to the encroachment of vines upon its borders, the proud fleet of Alcibiades and Nicias sailed for Syracuse. It was the alliance with Kerkyra, the key to the voyage to Sicily, that lured the Athenians to that ruin.

Little of this Kerkyra remains above ground. Perhaps much may yet be found below. About twelve years ago excavations by Carapanos laid bare a great quantity of terra-cottas. Perhaps it was a terra-cotta manufactory that he discovered. The ruins of an old Doric temple lie on the surface of the ground near a spring in an olive grove on the side of the peninsula looking toward the mainland.

The situation, 100 feet above the strait, among the olives and near an ancient fountain, makes one feel that he could have joined in doing honor to the dryads and naiads with the throng that used to meet here. One of the antiquarians of Corfu has lately advanced the view that these remains are those not of a temple but of a bath. Blessed bathers!

One need not linger too long over Kerkyra. It is a state which we cannot love. We cannot forget that before Salamis it held its fleet off the southern point of the Peloponnesus, waiting to see which way the great struggle was going to incline. When Athens concluded the alliance with her at the opening of the Peloponnesian war, many at Athens felt it to be an unholy alliance, and that the burden of hatred thus shouldered was almost a counterbalance to the winning of the second navy in Greece.

Greenland: Exploring the world’s largest island

Greenland: Exploring the world's largest island

Greenland may be North America’s closest geographical neighbor (just 16 miles from the coast of Canada at the closest point), but reaching the Arctic landmass has been, until very recently, quite a difficult and expensive venture for American travelers. With the May 24 inauguration of Air Greenland’s first direct route between the United States and Greenland, reaching the world’s largest non-continental island from the States has become much easier, though no less expensive.

For years, American travelers heading to Greenland had to first fly to Iceland or Denmark before catching a connecting flight to their final destination. On Air Greenland’s new, seasonal flight from Baltimore-Washington International Airport to Kangerlussuaq, travelers touch down on the icy island in just five hours. The flights run during peak season, mid-June through mid-August, on Mondays and Thursdays. Roundtrip fares range from about $1,100 for a restricted economy class ticket to $2,600 for an unrestricted business class ticket.

Of course, visiting any of Greenland’s major towns besides Kangerlussuaq itself requires more travel – and more cash. With 85 percent of the island covered by an imposing sheet of ice, there are no roads running between the towns. Instead, travelers get around the country via domestic flights, helicopters and boat.

With a permanent population of approximately 56,000, it should come as no surprise that lodging and activity options are more limited than those offered in many other destinations in the world. But therein lies the beauty of an adventure in Greenland. We’ve put together a short guide to get you started planning a trip to this exotic destination.

Greenland: Exploring the world's largest island

When to Go: The summer months certainly offer the most optimal weather (temperatures even hit a balmy 70 degrees on occasion) conditions, but they also offer a chance to experience the midnight sun, Northern Lights and celebrations on Ullortuneq, Greenland’s national day. Air Greenland’s direct flights from Baltimore-Washington International run through Aug. 30, 2007. Whenever you choose to go, make sure to plan ahead. Flights and cruises fill up early, some up to a year in advance.

How to Get There: Independent travelers can book flights online through Air Greenland, but many leisure visitors opt to make arrangements through agencies experienced in arranging domestic transportation, lodging and excursions. Denmark-based Greenland Travel offers four-, five- and eight-day tours with options to visit glaciers, track musk ox, go whale-watching, view ice caps and fjords, hike coastal trails and experience traditional Inuit culture. U.S.-based Borton Overseas, Borello Travel and Tours and Scandinavian American World Tours offer a variety of four- to eight-day packaged tours and custom trips from Baltimore. For a complete list of tour operators, check out Air Greenland’s Guide to Package Tours.

Where to Stay: Except for Ittoqqortoomiit, Kangaatsiaq and Upernavik, every town in Greenland has at least one hotel, and some have multiple hotels, hostels and family-run bed and breakfasts. Popular lodging choices that many travel agencies suggest for tour groups and customized trips include the European-style Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat, Hotel Sisimiut in Sisimiut and Hotel Hans Egede in Nuuk. The Greenland Guide lists several additional hotels, as well as contact information for local tourist offices. Travelers looking to arrange hostel, bed and breakfast and home-stay accommodations on their own should contact local tourist offices directly for availability and booking information. Visitors to the southern town of Narsaq will find several working farms offering hostel-like accommodations, as well as companies renting individual homes. Check with the Narsaq Tourist Office for more information.

What to Do: Greenland is a giant playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Opportunities for hiking and viewing animal life abound, as do boating excursions and cultural visits to Inuit villages. Of course, visitors can pass the time exploring shops and restaurants in major towns like Nuuk and Ilulissat, but the real adventures lie outside these population centers. In conjunction with World of Greenland, Air Greenland operates helicopter sightseeing trips departing from Ilulissat Airport to view Greenland’s arresting ice fjords and Disko Bay.

Whale-watching and kayaking enthusiasts will want to head to the island town of Aasiaat in the southern part of Disko Bay. The Aasiaat Travel Service can arrange boat trips, guided kayak day trips and whale-watching for visitors. Instead of taking a traditional cruise from the mainland, travelers with the seafaring spirit can charter the Kisaq from Nuuk and create their own mini-cruise. If you’re looking to take an icy plunge, the town of Sisimiut is home to the Arctic Center, the only full-service, PADI-certified dive center in Greenland. In the south, the Narsaq Tourist Office offers tours to Greenland’s ice cap, as well as excursions to Viking ruins and hiking trips.

Classical Greece Tours

Classical Greece Tours

Ancient and classical Greece is considered the foundation of Western civilization. His remains are the traveler insight into the classical world, in its architecture, lifestyle and philosophy. Cruises and coach of classical Greece are available, varying in length from one to 11 days.

All Greece

All Greece Travel offers guided tours by bus to the sites most popular classic. From Athens, tours vary in length. A trip to Ancient Corinth takes half a day. Visit Mycenae, with its tomb of Agamemnon and the theater of Epidaurus, is a one-day trip. A seven-day tour covers such sites as Ancient Olympia, Delphi and the ancient kingdom of Macedonia.

Anatolia Tours

Anatolia Tours offers 11-day comprehensive land and sea tour, which includes two classical sites and Greek culture. From Athens, the first visits are in Olympia and Delphi, and from there to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. The tour includes overnight stays at each destination.

Viator

Viator a bus tour of four days covering the main sites of Epidavros, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora. The kit includes an English speaking guide recovery of selected hotels in Athens and entrances to museums and archaeological sites. Travelers have the choice of tourist class or first class accommodations during the trip.

Things to Do in Montevideo, Uruguay

Things to Do in Montevideo, Uruguay

Shopping

Special purchases include suede jackets, amethyst jewellery and paintings. The Tristan Narvaja Market is famous for its antiques and there are many antique shops in the Old Town.

Shopping Hours: Monday-Friday 09:00-12:00 and 14:00-19:00; Saturday 09:00-12:30

Nightlife

Theatre, ballet and symphonic concerts are staged in Montevideo from March to January. Tango is nearly as popular as in Argentina. There are discos in downtown Montevideo and coastal suburbs such as Pocitos and Carrasco. There are several dinner-dance places in Montevideo. Large Montevideo hotels have good bars. When there is music for dancing, the price of drinks increases quite considerably. There are also several casinos.

Stockholm: Sophisticated City in Europe

Stockholm: Sophisticated City in Europe

Stockholm, very simply stated, is like no other city you have ever seen. At times, it resembles a Camelot, all surrounded by forests and laced with spires and turrets, very stately in its aspect, and seemingly as conservative as the John Birch Society. To think that this is the birthplace of cradle-to-grave security, and of experimental marriage, is a shock that often takes a few hours to overcome.

Physically, the city is one of the loveliest of capitals. It spreads over 14 separate islands, each connected by vaulting bridges, under which the waters of Lake Malaren-which flow into the Baltic Sea -are often covered with sailboats, cruising deep into the city. Same of the islands rise on steep diffs from the water, and on these diffs, high above, are the stern, dignified buildings of Sweden, untouched by the ravages of war for nearly two hundred years. Best yet, the city is surrounded by woodlands and farms, never more than 10 minutes away from any point in town.

Viewed from another aspect, the city is one of the most sophisticated in Europe, not only in the attainments of its art and culture, but in the social relationships of its citizens. There is no public graft in Sweden, no discernible poverty. If you’ll probe deep enough, you’ll be constantly surprised by the projects and ideas erupting about you: the futuristic suburbs, all built within the past ten years;the ingenious efforts to make life pleasant and full, within a framework of democracy. It may be a minor example, but it’s typical of Sweden, that every school child under 14 is given a free ticket on the Swedish Railways to make a yearly summer vacation trip to any point in Sweden.

For the tourist, there’s an endless variety of sights and activities: the unique open air “museums,” the Archipelago of Stockholm, the brilliant Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Milles Sculptures, the jazz dance hall called “Nalen,” the Katarina Elevator. When Hope and I finally had to depart his city, we felt that we were being dragged away.

Stockholm: Sophisticated City in Europe

Here, now, is how I’d organize a first visit:

ORIENTATION: The very first thing to do upon arriving in Stockholm is to go to the hotel accommodations bureau (“Hotellcentralen“) in the Central Station and obtain a room (details appear in our section on hotels, below). Then, after depositing your bags, the very next thing to do is to take the subway (“tunnelbana“) to the “Slussen” stop, where you’ll find the great Katarina Elevator, which rises in an open lift to the roof of a tall building, from which you can see all the way to the Baltic and to the beginning of the Stockholm Archipelago. The city is spread out below you: the boats that go to Finland are on your left, the ships to nearby Russia are directly ahead.

From this vantage point, youıı first begin to understand the arrangement of the 14 islands that make up the city of Stockholm. But only five of them need concern you: Norrmalm, Södermalm, -Gamla Stan, Kungsholmen and Djurgarden (the Deer Park).The big northern island, which contains the shopping areas, the office buildings, and almost all the hotels we’ll recommend, is the Norrmalm. The major squares in the Norrmalm are the Norrmalmstorg, the Stureplan, and the Gustav Adolfs Torg (where the Opera is located).

Directly below the Norrmalm, and almost touching upon it, is the tiny island of Gamla Stan-the Old City-where the Royal Palace stands, and where the streets are narrow, twisting, and incredibly picturesque. Although there are some cheap hotels here, they’ re all in centuries-old and somewhat-damp-feeling buildings, and we’ve recommended none of them. The Gamla Stan does have some of the best restaurants of Stockholm, together with several bustling shopping streets, so narrow that cars are excluded. It can’t be missed.

Directly below the Gamla Stan is Södermalm-the Brooklyn of Stockholm-where the residents speak with a special argot all their own, and are fiercely proud of their island. This is almost entirely a residential area, and virtually no tourists-including us-go there.It’s at the top of the Södermalm, however, at the point where the island nearly touches upon the Gamla Stan, that the Katarina Elevator stands.

To the left of the Gamla Stan is the Kungsholmen, site of the major government buildings of this capital of Sweden, including the Town Hall of Stockholm. Except for the Town Hall-which you definitely should visit-there’s little to attract you to Kungsholmen. But to the right of the Gamla Stan (after first skipping over an even tinier island-the Skeppsholmen-a naval base), you’ll find the magnificent Djurgarden (“Deer Park”), pronounced yoor-gohr-dun, a breathtaking, wooded fairyland, on whose lands the royalty of Sweden once rode to the hounds and let graze their pet deer, and which even today is maintained solely as a park, with no residential or business buildings on it. It’s to Djurgarden that the people of Stockholm go for their summer recreation-to the fascinating open air museum and park of Skansen, to the carnival grounds of the Tivoli Gröna Lund, and to the various dance halls scattered near both spots.

Places of interest in Reykjavik, capital of Iceland

Places of interest in Reykjavik, capital of Iceland

One particular country that is certainly shrouded in much mystery is Iceland. Iceland is situated at the extremely edge on the European continent. It floats isolated inside the cold waters from the North Atlantic Ocean. The capital and the biggest town in Iceland is Reykjavik. While Iceland possesses his own record and tradition, it was founded by Scandinavian settler around 900 AD. That is evident to date as Icelandic, a Germanic language, is a whole lot much in-line with Faroese and some Norwegian dialects.

1 country that is shrouded in a great deal mystery is Iceland. Iceland is situated at the extremely edge with the European continent. It floats isolated inside cold waters on the North Atlantic Ocean. The capital and the biggest city in Iceland is Reykjavik. Despite the fact that Iceland features its own background and lifestyle, it was founded by Scandinavian settler around 900 AD. This really is apparent to date as Icelandic, a Germanic language, is very much much in-line with Faroese and some Norwegian dialects. Iceland is often thought to be a frontier land since it is part of the Arctic Circle. Not a lot of individuals know how a lot pure beauty can be located here.

Iceland is very rich with culture and in pure wonders. It’s got so a lot of untouched organic formations. Any nature lover will be astounded as well as the massiveness and beauty of the many land and water formations right here. Glacier and volcanoes are a specialty of Iceland. The most well-liked of these have to be Eyjafjallajökull. Eyjafjallajökull is an island-mountain glacier. It really is one of Iceland’s smallest glaciers. It is in addition happens to be an incredibly active volcano. Eyjafjallajökull gained fame in 2010 as it erupted and impeded traveling by plane in Europe for the longest time.

Other worthwhile areas to see in Iceland are their numerous geothermal plants and geysers. As Iceland is a highly volcanic country, geothermal energy and geysers is usually a huge point the following. When you think like you happen to be as well cold from the frigid weather, feel free to take pleasure from one of the many pure hot springs discovered the following in Iceland. This is probably one of the greatest things you can encounter in Iceland.

Icelanders are known to have one or more of the longest life expectancies globally. Why wouldn’t they? Every little thing is ideal in Iceland. You’ll perpetually reside in solemnity and peace.

Things Not to Do in New York City

Things Not to Do in New York City

Don’t… Take a twilight carriage ride in Central Park

You may recall the scene in Manhattan where Woody Allen and Mariel Hemingway take a romantic, private, horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park, quipping their way through the leafy quiet. We regret to inform you that your carriage ride will be nothing like that experience. The horse will seem tired, the driver’s patter will be even less entertaining than Mia Farrow’s memoirs, and you’ll spend the entire ride crawling along the park’s main drives, staring at the back of another carriage, and enduring dirty looks from locals and animal lovers.

Instead… Get up early and walk through Central Park

The park is at its most magical in the morning, when the crowds are thin and the green lawns are fresh, and you’ll want to wander off the main roads and explore its 843 acres at your own pace. You might even want to, you know, stop and smell some flowers—or at least something more aromatic than horse poo. So get up early one morning, grab a cup of joe and a roll from a street cart, and eat your breakfast walking some of the park’s woodsier byways.

Enter the park from either Fifth Avenue or Central Park West in the mid-Seventies, and head toward the center: This latitude offers easy access to some of the park’s best features. You can drift around the marshy shores of the lake, climb Pilgrim Hill near the Conservatory Water, or stand still with a view to the east and watch for Pale Male and Lola, the famous red-tailed hawks who use an apartment building on Fifth Avenue as a launchpad for their own Central Park explorations.

Don’t… Eat at a restaurant in Times Square

We understand the slickster appeal of Times Square, with its gaudy neon, its aura of history, its unbridled commercialism. But we don’t understand why anyone bothers to eat there. The Giuliani-era campaign to make Times Square safe for families and visitors had the side effect of attracting faceless national chains: Red Lobster, Applebee’s, and Chevy’s Fresh Mex hadn’t set foot in New York City until they marched up 42nd Street. And guess what? The chains are exactly the same as the ones in the ‘burbs—just more expensive.

Instead … Eat in Hell’s Kitchen

Two blocks west of Times Square is Hell’s Kitchen, a gentrified neighborhood of former tenements now populated by young actors, writers, and other up-and-comers. These people need reliable, inexpensive places to chow down, and Ninth Avenue is lined with obliging eateries that run the ethnic gamut from Vietnamese to Puerto Rican to Greek to Italian—ideal for a quick, affordable lunch between sightseeing stops, or for a pre- or post-theater bite. Try Pam Real Thai for an authentic taste of Bangkok, Chimichurri Grill for Argentine-style steak, Meskerem for savory Ethiopian food (pictured), or Esca for first-rate Italian seafood—or just walk up and down the avenue till you find something that appeals.

Things Not to Do in Paris

Things Not to Do in Paris

Don’t… Spend all day at the Louvre or Musée d’Orsay

The Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay are Paris’s most celebrated museums, and yes, they do house some famous works of art. But don’t for a second think that they’re your only—or, indeed, even your best—options. The lines to get in can be harrowing in high season, the crowds are exhausting, and the sheer quantity of art on display is overwhelming. If the prospect of beating back the hordes seems like it will detract from the experience (and, really, how could it not?), don’t despair.

Instead… Get to know Paris’s lesser-known museums

Many of Paris’s smaller museums contain equally important and beautiful art—and are often more pleasant, since you won’t be elbowed out of the way by a photo-snapping swarm. You’ll find Monet’s famous Nymphéas (water lily) murals in the Musée de l’Orangerie (pictured), at the far end of the Tuileries Gardens. The Musée Marmottan is home to the world’s largest collection of Monets. And the Musée Rodin, housed in a luminous villa with a lovely garden, is one of the most romantic museums in all of Paris. Not in the mood for an art lesson? There are plenty of museums in Paris that focus on lighter and frothier fare, including fashion, wine, and money. Once you’ve discovered the pleasures of these intimate galleries, you might be hard-pressed to bother with the Louvre at all.

Don’t… Seek out bohemian ambience on the Left Bank

Sartre and de Beauvoir may have loved Les Deux Magots on the Boulevard St. Germain, but these days, this onetime hangout of intellectuals has all the authenticity of Times Square. You’re far more likely to find yourself cheek by jowl with your tourist brethren than eavesdropping on any famous philosophers. You may, however, find yourself delivering a tirade on the immorality of charging $16 for buttered toast and orange juice. Does gouging tourists for the privilege of sitting on a sidewalk mark the decline of civilization? Yes, indeed.

Instead… Find the “real” Paris on the Canal St. Martin

Bobo (short for bourgeois bohemian) hipsters have laid claim to the area around the Canal St. Martin, a once-derelict part of the tenth arrondissement that now buzzes with cafés and hip boutiques, particularly along the Rue Beaurepaire. Settle at a sidewalk table at Chez Prune, the see-and-be-seen ground zero for this trendy Right Bank ‘hood, sip your café crème, eavesdrop on the locals, and enjoy the views of the picturesque canal—and bask in the smug knowledge that you’ve found a corner of real Paris, far from the touristy hordes.

Adventure and Relaxation in Skiathos, Greece

Adventure and Relaxation in Skiathos, Greece

Skiathos is a great place where you can spend your summer vacation for its splendid beaches that await you here can fully satisfy your relaxation needs. Known as one of the Greek Islands, this remarkable holiday destination is where you can have a great opportunity to get together with your family, friends or special someone. Believe it or not, this is the main set of the smashing musical movie “Mama Mia”.

1. Explore the beautiful beaches.
There are many popular beaches in this island. Koukounaries is considered to be the most popular beach in Skiathos. It is surrounded by tall pine trees that continue to entice many visitors from all over the world. This bay is where you can experience various water sports. If you prefer a nude bathing, you can go to the Banana Beach. Vromolimnos is also a great beach where you can enjoy paragliding or just viewing the great scenery.

2. Witness flying dolphins.
The new port of Skiathos offers a great way for you to have a relaxation and entertainment at the same time. You would love to see the flying dolphins and beautiful ships here.

3. Party at night on the seashore.
The old port, on the other hand, gives a different kind of entertainment which is usually done at nights. You can go to one of the best coffee shops or bars for some drinks with your family, friends or sweetheart.

4. Shop at the street.
In Alexandros Papadiamantis Street, you will be tempted to buy various items and souvenirs. There are lots of cool shirts, hats, crafted jewelries and other things you can shop here.

5. View the captivating town of Skiathos.
Go to Agios Nikolaos Church and the Hill where you can sit around and view the entire area of this town. This is a perfect setting for creating romance with your honey.

6. Getting to know Alexandros Papadiamantis.
Visit the Alexandros Papadiamantis Museum if you are curious about Alexandros Papadiamandis. He was an author who wrote some great novels which include “The Immigrant”.

7. Ride with fun.
If you prefer adventure, you can go to the Horse Riding School in Koukanouries where you will be studying the right ways to ride on a horse. This is a good place for children and teens who like to have some fun.

8. Have a boattrip around the enchanting island.
It would be such a great family escapade to try some boattrips and hop around the island. This is your chance to see the clear, crystal turquoise water of the beautiful beaches in Skaithos.

9. Visit dogs at a local dogshelter.
Make your one day tour a unique one by visiting some cool dogs at a dogshelter that is situated at the top of the hill in Skiathos. You can donate some amount of money to help the cute dogs and their English woman master. Learn the foods they eat, the place they sleep, the care they get and everything you can discover about these dogs.

10. Experience a great excursion in Meteora.
This is a place where the ancient monasteries of Meteora are hanged on pinnacles of rocks. This are doesn’t only signify a history but also fame. Yes, this is the setting where one of the James Bond films took place.

Exploring the place of Skiathos is a sure way to get the adventure and relaxation you want in a holiday. Explore these things as you enjoy spending time with your loved ones.