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Andifli Mahallesi, Yeni Cami Cd. No:10, 07580 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey
Kaş is the perfect nook in the Antalya region that isn't infested with tourists, albeit foreign ones anyway. One can wander among Hellenistic temples, Lycian tombs, or shop for white linens and glass sculptures. The White House hostel is welcoming...
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Antalya, Turkey
What gorgeous weather....especially in comparison to the cold and smoggy Ankara in winter. You have to love the Mediteranean.... even if this is a very touristie European resort town...
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Kaş, Andifli Mahallesi, 07580 Kaş/Antalya, Turkey
When I look back at my blog articles about Kas, Turkey, they have some version of the same headline always using the word Paradise. I came to Kas after a week in the megapolis of Istanbul and the rock-tasia that is Cappadocia and overnight buses...
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Antalya, Turkey
In the deep valley formed by the falling and flowing water of the upper Düden waterfalls, there are promenades and trout restaurants. But if you walk far and deep enough, you will approach a river and encounter with plants of a myraid of colours....
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Çarşı Mh., 48400 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey
The Bodrum Underwater Archaeology museum, on the seashore in southern Turkey is built on the ruins of one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The sights of the sea from the museum are amazing. The sights inside the museum are very much less so. It...
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Pserimos, Greece
While there are only around 130 folks that call Pserimos island home fulltime, pleasure cruises out of nearby Kos island dump at least that many somehow both burnt and pale (mostly British) tourists every couple hours on her best beach! This could...
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Ag. Fokas 853 00, Greece
Take a break from the cool seas surrounding Kos and plunge into the hot waters welling up from beneath the therma springs near Agios Fokas. And when I say hot, I mean it! Getting close to the source is not for the faint of heart, but the reward...
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Κως 853 00, Greece
In the 2001 Census, Pserimos (a tiny island between Kos and Kalymnos) reported a population of just 130 residents — all of which are split between a small settlement in the west and a military base on the eastern peninsula. Everywhere else is...
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Demirtaş Dumlupınar Mahallesi, Fevzi Çakmak Cad./çifte Fırın Sok. Berk İş Hanı, 16245 Osmangazi/Bursa, Turkey
If time permits, definitely check out Bursa, about two hours from Istanbul. It provides a perfect escape! It is much quieter and smaller than the city in which Asia and Europe meet. The old city in particular is peaceful and beautiful; the Green...
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Kayaköy, Kayaköy Mahallesi, 48300 Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
Most people explore the Mediterranean by boat via it's beautiful blue waters, however it is also possible to explore this area by foot via the Lycian Way. This 500km hiking trail in southwestern Turkey connects Fethiye in the west with southwest...
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Kayaköy, Kayaköy Mahallesi, 48300 Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
Turkey's coastline has some dramatic topography and we learned this while voluntouring on the Southwest coast where the Aegean meets the Med. After a week of working for our room and board, we decided to take a hike to the beach and relax. We...
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Gemiler Island, 48300 Fethiye/Muğla Province, Turkey
An exciting part of travel is discovering the unexpected. That's what happened to me on a recent trip to the Turkish coast. I was in Kayakoy, a beautiful valley just near the bustling town of Fethiye. The owner of the villa where I was staying...
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Karagedik Mahallesi, İbrahim Gül Cad., 48300 Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
Kaputaş is a natural beach with its amazing water and sand. Sea gets deep in a few steps. Very good for swimming. Small downsides are iwater is too salty and there is no facility like wc or a cafe. To get there from Kaş or Kalkan, you can either...
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Kayaköy, Kayaköy Mahallesi, 48300 Fethiye/Muğla, Turkey
Somehow the place had a strange atmosphere. It was calm and silent, almost in a shocking way, compared to the hustle and bustle of Fethiye with its tacky souvenir shops and its noisy touristy restaurants. A few more steps and the hill on our left...
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Mandraki, Kastellorizo 851 11, Greece
Kastelorizo is a small island that can be accessed by ferry from Rhodes or Kaş, Turkey. Once we arrived in the city center, we jumped in a water taxi and about 15 minutes later we swam through a small opening in the rocky hill. The water was...
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Kastellorizo 851 11, Greece
Cannot believe that I will be back in Megisti (Kastellorizo) in less than a month! I can smell the salty sea, grilled octopus and ouzo from here...
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Bilal Eroğlu Caddesi, Mezar Sokak No:8, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
If you only get to ride in a hot air balloon once in your life, do it over Cappadocia, Turkey. Amazing. Cappadocia is surreal when seen from any angle. The region is peppered with strange pointy stone spires that rise up toward the sky, in pastel...
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Ürgüp/Göreme/Nevşehir, Turkey
On a visit to Cappadocia, it's a good idea to schedule some roaming around time. In all the canyons, there are adjoining valleys and everywhere little abandoned cave homes, old carved churches, gardens (still in use by the locals), grape vines,...
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Nevşehir, Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
Cappadocia is probably one of the most important places where St. Paul travelled during his 30 years of missionery journeys. It was here that St Paul founded the first church. Cappadocia is one of Turkey's prime attractions with natural rock...
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ΠΥΛΟΣ 240 01, Greece

In Greek mythology, Heracles slew all the sons of the King of Pylos except Nestor, who became king of Pylos himself. Nestor appears as a sage elder in both the Iliad and the Odyssey, expounding on how things were really tough back in his...

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Messenia, Greece
Often described as a Greek paradise, the Polilimnio Waterfalls in Polilimnio Gorge offer something different from Messenia's usual beaches. Visitors are immersed in a scene of lush greenery, gushing cascades, and green lakes filled with...
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Vouliagmeni 166 71, Greece
For a rejuvenating hot soak, head to Lake Vouliagmeni. Contrary to its murky appearance, the minerals in this spa are constantly being replenished by the upwelling of water from springs below. Known among Greeks for its therapeutic properties, a...
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Agias Sofias 24, Thessaloniki 546 22, Greece
Oyzoy Melathron is a rather nice restaurant hidden away in this cozy passage. It's a nice spot to grab lunch and get out of the hot sun. The service was wonderful and food delicious.
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Thessaloniki 546 31, Greece
Up the hill between Aristoteles Square and Hagios Demetrios, you'll find an area of ancient ruins that once housed a marketplace (agora) and a bath house. I can only imagine when people gathered her to sell, buy, and share.
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Agiou Dimitriou, Thessaloniki 546 33, Greece
Hagios Demetrios is known as the largest church in all of Greece, and while this interior doesn't look as large as other European churches, the entire building and grounds are a true showing of historic periods coming and overlapping one another....
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Rhodes, Greece
Close your eyes and imagine that you return at a time of honorable knights and beautiful maidens, with orders of knights that their swords blind you as they shine in the sun, as they guard the Great Master who lives protected in his impressive...
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Ag. Triada 741 00, Greece
This monastery, located on the Akritori peninsula of Crete, is run by monks who make wine and well-priced, quality olive oil. The building is surrounded by peaceful groves and orchards.
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Ag. Pavlos 740 53, Greece
A spectacular demonstration of a natural sculpture, these sedimentary limestone layers were once layered horizontal at the bottom of the sea. They've been folded and crushed with huge tectonic forces for thousands of years and now their sharp...
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Oia 847 02, Greece
This little private church is probably the most photographed stop in Oia. Our rented house was right next to it but lower on the steps so we could see lots of people getting lots of photos. Married couples would take their photos next to it,...
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m.Mpotsari 6, Οία 847 02, Greece
For one of the best views and best meals in Santorini, try Red Bicycle. Located at the tip of Oia on the northern part of the island, the restaurant is housed in a 19th-century Santorini mansion with a 180-degree view of the famed sunset and the...
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Oia 847 02, Greece
Nothing illustrates Greece more than white washed buildings, blue-colored doors, and bougainvillea flowers. Ikies Traditional Houses, situated at the entry of Oia village in Santorini, has exactly those and more. Its traditional architecture and...
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Portara, Naxos 843 00, Greece
Guidebooks often lack the practical pieces of advice that could save travelers some rather unpleasant moments, in the Greek Islands one such nugget of wisdom I missed in my reading was that after a late night fueled by Ouzo it is not ideal to ride...
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Italida Beach, Koufonisi 843 00, Greece
take a morning stroll along the beaches starting at finikas and heading toward pori and alternate between letting your jaw drop at the scenery and jumping in to splash around (suit very optional.)
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Chalkio 843 02, Greece
Rented a car with some friends and spent the day driving around the island of Naxos. Stopped for lunch and a shot of Citron at tthe Distillery of Markos Vallindras in the town of Chalkiou. Snapped this shot of a home in the town. I liked the...
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Naxos, Naxos and Lesser Cyclades, Greece
Naxos is the largest of the Cycladic islands and it may also be the least touristy. Rent a car and you can spend days getting lost. Discover the unique beaches, verdant mountain villages, marble quarries, winding streets, ancient history, and...
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ΠΥΛΟΣ 240 01, Greece
Located in Messinia's Mediterranean area, this popular beach is most well-known for its distinct "omega" shape. Locals and visitors come here to lap up the waves, admire the dunes, sunbathe on soft sand, hike, and bird watch. Other attractions...
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Nafplion, Greece
If you research "pretty seaside towns in Greece", Nafplio often pops up on the search. Located in the eastern Peloponnese, Nafplio boasts narrow, bougainvillea-covered streets, rich-hued neoclassical mansions, wrought-iron balconies and...
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Nafplion, Greece
This view was taken from an ancient fortress in Nafplio which is just a short bus ride from Athens. You can choose to either bus to the fortress or climb the 1000 steps to the top. I took the steps and it's an incredibly gorgeous climb.
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Mykonos, Mikonos, Greece
Just a short stroll to reach Yialos beach for the action packed beach experience and heavy summer crowds. We preferred the Petasos SLH Hotel, with its the private beach, it sits on a peninsula, surrounded by the breathtaking Aegean sea.
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Psarrou 846 00, Greece
Psarou Beach is posh rather than party, ringed by upscale hotels and beach clubs and punctuated with a scuba center. The sand is white and the water is turquoise. Restaurants and bars are expensive here, as are the waterside amenities like chairs...
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Lindos 851 07, Greece
Our budget cruise had a full day stop on Rhodes Island. The island is certainly a favourite of mine. The old city is beautiful, but with a whole day, a trip to Lindos is a highlight. The taxi fare is astronomical, so we asked around a little and...
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Mastichari, Greece
Mastichari is a small fishing village on the north coast of Kos. Here, you'll find scores of octopus lined up on strings hung here and there curing in the sun or in the cool evening air depending on when you visit. It really is an authentic...
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Vrachonisida Palaiokastro, Iraklidis, Greece
I actually don't know anything about this little island near Kefalos other than it's beautiful. There seems to be a beach, historic attractions and more to be explored, but even just stopping to photograph this mini entry in the Dodecanese island...
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Ios Island, Main Village,Greece, Cyclades 840 01, Greece
These windmills were actually places that you could stay. I loved how they added something different to the caldera. At sunset, they became colorful. But, I was drawn to the abstract shape of the wooden arms of the windmill against the post sunset...
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Valmas, Ios 840 01, Greece
One of the greatest highlights of my week here on Ios was the adventure of hiking from the beautiful port church past rocky cliffs and small dirt trails to a small restaurant and beach hidden away from the touristy town areas. Our hike was...
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Ligaria, Greece
There is nothing better when you visit an island than going to the sea! Heraklion is surrounded by so many different but beautiful beaches that you will need more than a week to visit all of them. Clear & deep blue water, golden sand, incredible...
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Paralia Vathi, Mires 702 00, Greece
We stopped by Vathi Beach on one of our kayak trips out of Matala for the day. We packed our lunches and grabbed some Greek Coffee from Nikos when we arrived. Not only did we have a beautiful view for lunch but we also had some great entertainment...
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Paralia Ligaria, Ligaria 715 00, Greece
This is "Lygaria" beach at the north of Heraklion city in Crete. Crystal clear water, pebbles in and out of the sea and an amazing landscape.. Apartments, seafood restaurants and a few cafes is what you can find there. The best place to relax and...
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This foto was taken a couple of months ago while I was about to go for running along the (small) port of Heraklion. I couldn't resist at this amazing scenery ! Going for a walk or for running at this place would be a great experience, especially...
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Eleytheriou Venizelou 244 Hersonissos, Chersonisos 700 14, Greece
I could just explain my highlight in these 3 words. "This Is Greece". I'll write something more though! Unique bay in Hersonisos. It was I bit difficult to "climb" all the rocks and everything we found on our way there but is was definitely worth...
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Kalorrouma 731 00, Greece
Crystal clear waters, remote access, and cliff diving. Seitan Limania is a spot known only to locals and the few U.S. military that transit the nearby naval flight line. The view is absolutely gorgeous. This is a once-in-a-lifetime beach. Access...
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Samaria 730 11, Greece
The Samaria Gorge is considered the "Grand Canyon" of Europe. This 16km trek is best started in the mid-morning to allow enough time to hike and to avoid the crowds that start the trek early. The gorge became a park in 1962, and is famous for the...
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Chania, Greece
Chania is one of the most beautiful cities of the island of Crete. One of the most beautiful corners of the city is the harbour. It was built on the Venetian era. Visitors will find there monuments of both the Venetian and the Ottoman history. The...
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Charalampou Mouskou, Thessaloniki 546 34, Greece
All the way at the top higher point of Thessaloniki are ancient walls from the Byzantine Empire. It's worth it to take a cheap tour bus and head up to the top, then walk down back to the main part of the city. This taverna isn't anything special....
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Thessaloniki, Greece
This ancient Byzantine church stood more as a relic kept inside iron gates. We snagged photos through the lush greenery that hides it.