Most Beautiful Beaches in Lefkada, Greece (Part 4)

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Most Beautiful Beaches in Lefkada, Greece (Part 4)

Known for the amazing landscape and the exotic water, Lefkada has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean Sea. This week we conclude our series of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada:


16. Nikiana

At only 9km north of the island’s capital, Nikiana is a small sandy beach, which evolved into a tourist resort with many choices for accommodation, cafes, taverns and beers.


17. Pefkoulia

The beach of Pefkoulia is very close to the town of Lefkada, north of the village of Agios Nikitas. It is considered by many one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada. The sea has a deep blue color with sand, pebbles and pines that reach up to the beach. It is a big beach but it has many powerful currents, so caution must be taken. Only a section of the beach is organized. The other side of the beach is occupied by nudists. Pefkoulia is easily accessible and that is one of the main reasons why it attracts so many tourists during the summer months. There are two taverns and a parking lot by the beach.


18. Porto Katsiki

The beach of Porto Katsiki is located in the southern part of the island, 35km away from the town of Lefkada and 9km from the village of Athani. A white strip of sand, lying in front of an impressive white cliff: the image is very familiar to most tourists, since it has been awarded numerous times as the best beach in Greece. The waters are crystal clear and turquoise. You can reach Porto Katsiki by car or by tourist boats, which depart from Vasiliki, Nydri, Lefkada or even Kefallonia. The beach can be accessed by going down 90 steps on the mountain slope, which starts from the parking lot. Although it’s one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada, it is not an easy one to get to. Getting down 90 steps is hard, but once you reach the bottom the beauty will reward you generously. In order to make sure you catch a sun bed and umbrella or even just a space to sit, we recommend you get to the beach early in the morning or late in the evening. The sunset is majestic and we guarantee you will not be let down by the landscape.


19. Spilia

The organized pebbled beach of Spilia is located below the village of Spartohori, close to the pier where the boat from Lefkada moors. It has two taverns, right by the sea.


20. Vasiliki

The beach of Vasiliki is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lefkada and the favorite for windsurfers. It’s a large sandy beach, which ends up at the famous Ponti bay. On its west side the sea is constantly calm. It is included in the top ten best beaches in the world and in the top three best beaches in Europe for windsurfing. The winds here create the ideal conditions for surfing, due to the high mountains behind the beach. This is also the place where the international watersports festival takes place.


Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece (II)

In 1985 Athens was elected the first European cultural capital, and not without reason. With its 5,000-year history of settlement the city is amongst the oldest in Europe. The most ancient part of the city is the Acropolis, the military and religious centre of the ancient world. Nowadays, Athens is a lively industrial and commercial city, Greece’s economic and cultural magnet. Read more about the Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece.


Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece: Acropolis (Fortress)


The Acropolis – the temple complex on the local mountain – is emblematic of the cityscape. This magnificent complex towers above the city and can be seen everywhere. It has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1987.


The ensemble was built between 467 and 406 B.C. and comprises the Propylaeum, Erechtheion, Nike Temple and the grand Parthenon. It is the biggest temple on the Acropolis and consists of 46 columns, 17 long and 8 wide. Inside there was a grand statue of Athene. The Erechteion is the second-biggest temple. It has a small annexe on the south side, whose roof is help up by six female statues, the Caryatides.


Location: The Acropolis rock is situated in the old town, the “Plaka”. Metro stop Akropoli (Line 2)


Price: 12.00 EUR



Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece: Agora (Square)


The Agora was the central meeting place for citizens and the social hub of Athens, while the Acropolis represented the religious and political centre.


The Agora became a public square in 600 B.C. Prior to this, it served as a cemetery or residential area at various points in time.


The most striking building is the excellently preserved Temple of Hephaestos. It is supported by 78 doric pillars and is particularly richly adorned with friezes and sculptures. The Agora was particularly characterized by its numerous columned halls, the so-called stoai. Citizens would gather here to chat and indulge in philosophical discussion. There were also shops here and it was a place to do business and carry out judicial processes.


Location: Metro stop Monastiraki (Lines 1, 3)


Price: 6.00 EUR

Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe (III)

Abandoned cities, ghostly islands, deserted train stations, or castles in ruins, places forgotten by people, which have an apocalyptic, but special beauty. This is the last part of our series of the most spectacular abandoned destinations across the globe.


12. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: The Michigan Central Station, Detroit, United States of America

Built between 1912 and 1913, The Central Station was in its time the tallest railway station building in the world. The railway line was closed in 1988, and the plans to restore the building have failed.


13. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: Military Hospital in Beelitz, Germany

The building still retains traces of its past beauty, but it’s creepy altogether and the locals claim that during late nights you can even hear the wails of those who suffered and passed away in this gruesome hospital.


14. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: Hotel Salto, Colombia

The hotel was opened in 1928 and was intended mainly for tourists with lots of money, who came to visit the Tequendama Waterfall. After the waterfall was contaminated with all sorts of spills, visitors stopped coming to the Salto, and the building was given to oblivion.


15. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: The Christ From the Abyss, San Fruttuoso, Italy

The artist Guido Galletti made this statue in 1954 and lowered it almost 17 meters into the depths of the Mediterranean Sea. The statue depicts Christ offering a benediction of peace, with his head and hands raised skyward.


16. Most Spectacular Abandoned Destinations Across The Globe: The abandoned Railway, Lebanon, Missouri, United States of America

The railway trails in Lebanon, Missouri get lost in a final journey into the depths of the forest. Nature has seized the railway and the result is a spectacular landscape, highly appreciated by tourists and photographers.


Lodging in Santa Barbara, California (VII)

Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, located in Southern California. If you’ve planned a tour of the Central California Coast, then Santa Barbara is definitely the best overnight destination. This articles series will reveal everything you need to know about lodging in Santa Barbara, California:


Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: San Ysidro Ranch – Posh mountain hideaway


All types of celebs and bigwigs retreat to historic San Ysidro Ranch. Here’s where they connect with nature in a gorgeous mountain setting – but can also count on the first-class amenities and privacy to which they’re accustomed. 


Vivien Leigh, Sir Laurence Olivier, Winston Churchill, Bing Crosby and Audrey Hepburn all stayed on the property, and John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned here. 


The compound now includes 41 rooms, suites and cottages, an 1825 adobe, citrus groves, flower and veggie gardens, and 500 acres of open space with 17 miles of hiking trails. 


Even if you’re not an overnight guest you can experience the romantic environment while dining at the two restaurants: the historic Stone house or the more casual Plow & Angel bistro. 


Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: Ocean Mesa Campground – Bluff-top campsites near the beach


Ocean Mesa's 80 RV and 20 tent campsites occupy a scenic bluff next door to its sister property, El Capitan Canyon Resort. 


While not as posh as its sister, Ocean Mesa provides many of the same perks: heated swimming pool and spa, convenience store, 15 miles of hiking trails and access to Saturday evening concerts. They also offer Wi-Fi and cable TV access and a play structure for kids.


But Ocean Mesa holds a rare card that trumps its sister: ocean views unfold from every site. 


Leashed dogs are welcome and can romp in two special runs; one is an off-leash area.


Note: the train runs by here occasionally, so if you're sensitive to noise, bring earplugs.


Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain (II)

The diversity of nightlife in the Catalonian megalopolis offers a huge range of choices, with something to suit everyone. Numerous cafes, bars, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, clubs and other places with dancing, open their doors to the local residents and the city’s guests every day. Night revelers mainly populate the streets from Thursday to Saturday and gradually start seeking out clubs from around midnight. If you want to find out what’s going on during your stay you should ask the staff at your hotel for an insider tip or buy a copy of the city’s event guide Guia del Ocio (which comes out weekly) at a newsstand.


6. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Bar Gimlet

Cocktail drinkers will certainly find what they are looking for in this bar as the bartenders constantly conjure up new imaginative drinks with plenty of creativity.


7. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Hotel Omm Bar

This exquisite bar and lounge is located on the ground floor of Hotel Omm and creates a pleasant atmosphere with leather sofas, sculptures, and an open fireplace with discreet lightning. This is a wonderful place to recover from the hustle and bustle of the city.


8. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Pastis

This very popular bar on the Ramblas has been around since the 1940s. Dark colors and countless memorabilia dominate the interior. Tasteful chansons emanate from the speakers. There is live music on Mondays and tango on Tuesdays. The bar is open daily from 7:30 pm until 2:30 am.


9. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Bar Rubi

This bar is small but cool and is dominated by red color tones and romantic candlelight. It is open by midday and offers guests a low-priced 3-course menu daily. The people in the staff are friendly and speak several languages.


10. Nightlife in Barcelona, Spain: Bar Torres de Avila

It is possible to enjoy delightful views of the city, surrounded by trees, from the rooftop terrace. The focal point of the terrace is an illuminated dome with moon and star symbols. Small tables also contribute to the romantic atmosphe

Cheap Travel Hunter Guide – Munich, Germany

Munich (München in German) is Germany’s third-largest city with 1.3 million inhabitants, but it is definitely the city most Germans say they would prefer to live in – a relatively rich city with a high quality of life.


For tourists, Munich is, after Berlin, the most rewarding city in Germany. It has a rich history with varied cultural offerings. Perhaps most famous for its Oktoberfest and beer in general, it also has fine museums. The Pinakotheken represents one of the largest art collections in Europe and the Deutsches Museum is one of the biggest science and technology museums in the world.


Munich has been a royal residence for seven centuries and has some of the most splendid Baroque palaces in Europe with the Residenz, Schloss Nymphenburg and Schloss Schließheim trio. The wide variety of architecture ranges from old Gothic churches to the modern glass, tent-like roof of the 1972 Olympic Games Stadium and the BMW Headquarters.


Munich was established in the 9th century as a tiny settlement adjacent to a Benedictine abbey. Its name is originated from the ancient German word for monk. Sometime during the year 1225, the town was transformed into a ducal seat and in 1504 it became the definite capital of Bavaria. It persisted as the main residence for the reigning Wittelsbach dynasty until the abolition of the monarchy in 1918. The Wittelsbach were enthusiastic builders who erected various palaces and cathedrals, and many other constructions, which occupied entire city blocks. Bavaria became kingdom in 1806 and the kings were mostly enlightened leaders who enticed artistic talent to the city.


After World War I, Munich temporarily fell into the hands of anarchists who established the National Socialist German Labor Party – universally known as the Nazis. During the year 1923, their leader, Adolf Hitler, ineffectively attempted a coup d’état, but soon he got in command and Munich became the “Capital of the Movement”. Numerous buildings were raised or transformed, in order to fulfill the Nazi visions.


The infamous meeting where Britain, France, and Italy sold out Czechoslovakia took place in Munich, in 1938.


The city suffered terrible bombings during the war but it was quickly restored afterwards. On December 15, 1957, it officially became a city with a million inhabitants. In 1972, it hosted the Summer Olympic Games and two years later, Germany won the soccer world cup in the Olympic Stadium.


Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece (I)

In 1985 Athens was elected the first European cultural capital, and not without reason. With its 5,000-year history of settlement the city is amongst the oldest in Europe. The most ancient part of the city is the Acropolis, the military and religious centre of the ancient world. Nowadays, Athens is a lively industrial and commercial city, Greece’s economic and cultural magnet. Read more about the Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece.


Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece: Panathinaikon (Building)


This stadium, built new for the 1896 Olympic games, is shaped like a horseshoe and entirely of white marble. The original Kallimarmaro stadium built in 330 BC was located in the same place. Today, the 60,000-seat circular stadium is only used for cultural or political events. However, the stadium was used as the finishing line for the marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, as well as the venue for the archery competitions.


Location: Metro station: Akropoli (Line 2), Syntagma (Lines 2, 3)


Price: Free


Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece: Hadrian’s Library (Building)


Hadrian’s Library is located to the south of Monastiraki Square. The Roman emperor Hadrian had it built in the year 132 A.D. In 412 the building was integrated into the city’s defensive wall. Today, only a part of the outer wall and a few Corinthian columns are still visible.



Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece: Lysikrates Monument (Memorial)


The Lysikrates Monument recalls the victory of choreger Lysikrates with this boys’ choir in 335 / 334 B.C. at the annual contest held at the Dionysos Theatre. The small circular temple is 6.5m high and stands on a stone plinth. The exterior is adorned with 6 Corinthian pillars.


Location: Metro stop Akropoli (Line 2)


Price: Freely accesible



Best Sights to Visit in Athens, Greece: Syntagma Square (Square)


This is Athens’ emblematic square – parliament stands here. The Grave of the Unknown Soldier is found outside the building. Every hour, visitors can watch the changing of the guard (who wear historical costumes). The square lies in the centre of the city and is a metro intersection, making it a good meeting point. Down in the metro station you can admire archaeological finds in display cases – items discovered when the metro was constructed. There are plenty of hotels, bars and nightclubs at Syntagma Square.


Location: Metro stop Syntagma (Lines 2, 3)


Price : Freely accessible

Experience a Historic Thanksgiving (II)

Were you contemplating about something to do for the holidays which is out of the ordinary? Why not step back in time — and take the family with you — as you enjoy traditional feasts and celebrations at a historic plantation, settlement or estate.


Historic Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving at Middleton Place – Charleston, SC

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America's Oldest Landscaped Parks. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres "the most important and most interesting garden in America, and have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round.


The annual Thanksgiving dinner at Middleton Place features a menu filled with Turkey Day favorites, involving Carved Turkey and Gravy, Sweet Com Pudding, Carved Honey-Glazed Ham, White Rice, Mashed Potatoes, Herbed Dressing, Green Bean Casserole, Macaroni Pie, Mixed Greens Salad and House Dressing, Cornbread, Cranberry Sauce, assorted Pies and much more.


Thanksgiving at Middleton Place can be attended from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the antique Live Oaks of the 272-year-old plantation in the Pavilion and beneath a stylish, heated sailcloth tent.


The cost of the Thanksgiving buffet includes reduced admission to Middleton Place. Visitors are invited to stroll the ancient camellia allees, roam the rolling terraces, and gather around the awe-inspiring Middleton Oak before dinner or afterwards. The Plantation Stableyards will be available as well and guided House Museum tour and Carriage rides will be accessible for an additional fee that supports the not-for-profit Middleton Place Foundation.


Historic Thanksgiving: Houmas House Thanksgiving — Burnside, Louisiana

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, is a historic plantation compound and house gallery in Burnside, Louisiana. The plantation was founded in the late-1700s, with the present main house finalized in 1840. It was named in honor of the native Houma people, who initially occupied this region of Louisiana. The complex, with its eight buildings and one structure, and the 10 acres was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 27, 1980.


The annual Thanksgiving buffet is an elegant affair. The menu is Creole and Cajun inspired and includes other traditional Louisiana faire skillfully prepared by award-winning executive Chef, Jeremy Langlios. The menu also features Cajun-fried turkey.


Historic Thanksgiving: Oak Alley Plantation—Vacherie, Louisiana

Celebrate the Christmas Season in one of the southland's most beautiful settings as Oak Alley Plantation celebrates its Annual Christmas Bonfire Party. This year marks the 39th anniversary. The mansion will be dressed in fresh fruit, greenery and seasonal flower-patterned arrangements, suggestive of Creole Christmases past. Delightful Cajun / Creole buffet, open bar, animated dance band, and loads of good cheer combine to heighten the holiday spirit throughout the famous alley of oaks and the lovely antebellum mansion.


As guests arrive and walk the illuminated path to the back of the mansion, they will be greeted by tour guides in antebellum dresses. On the terrace, a brass quintet welcomes arriving guests. Upon entering the terrace of the Big House, professionally dressed catering staff will be serving hors d'oeuvres on silver platters. Food stations and open premium taverns are set within and nearby the mansion. This event is held in an open house format with a main buffet net in the formal dining mom and chef style stations set around the veranda. Tables and seats are placed on and around the terrace located in front of the mansion.

Experience a Historic Thanksgiving (I)

Were you contemplating about something to do for the holidays which is out of the ordinary? Why not step back in time — and take the family with you — as you enjoy traditional feasts and celebrations at a historic plantation, settlement or estate.


Historic Thanksgiving: Plimoth Plantations – Plymouth, MA

Plimoth Plantation is a living history museum located in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It brings to live through its 17th-century Pilgrim village, and costumed actors and activities, the original settlement of the Plymouth Colony established in the 17th century by English settlers, some of which later became known as Pilgrims.


Historic Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Dinner

Enjoy an American Thanksgiving Dinner that features the classic roast turkey with all the traditional New England trimmings. Pilgrim role players and Native interpreters will be on hand to greet you and you'll learn about the 1621 feast that continues to inspire our modern celebration of Thanksgiving.


Historic Thanksgiving: 1627 Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims

For a more traditional 1627 Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims, enjoy an evening of entertainment and hospitality with the residents of the 17th-Century English Village. Uncover the table etiquettes and recipes that journeyed across the Atlantic with the Travelers, and learn about the harvest festivity of 1621. Throughout dinner, you will be delighted with psalms and songs and perhaps you will be convinced to join in singing a round or two.


Historic Thanksgiving: Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA

Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast, portrays a rural New England settlement of the 1830s. Here guests an explore 40 original structures, including households, meetinghouses, a district school, country stockpile, bank, working farm, three water-powered mills, and trade shops – all situated on more than 200 picturesque acres. Guests can meet heritage breed farm animals and interact with authentically costumed staff.


On Thanksgiving Day, the Oliver Wight Tavern from Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Mass., serves a Thanksgiving buffet while the Bullard Tavern at Old Sturbridge Village serves a traditional Thanksgiving feast.


Historic Thanksgiving: Webb-Deane-Stevens (WDS) Museum – Wethersfield, CT

Located in the middle of Connecticut's main historic region, the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum provides visitors the opportunity to be immersed in life of the mid-18th and early-19th centuries during informative and entertaining one-hour tours.


Chef Christopher Prosperi, one of the most engaging top chefs in Connecticut cuisine, will visit the Museum to share his views on the history of what many consider to be the ultimate comfort food—the traditional Thanksgiving banquet. The menu was designed by a food historian and is based on centuries-old New England recipes. Guests will also enjoy some of the renowned chef’s own Thanksgiving experiences — including a reenactment of the first Thanksgiving.


Lodging in Santa Barbara, California (VI)

Santa Barbara is the county seat of Santa Barbara County, California, located in Southern California. If you’ve planned a tour of the Central California Coast, then Santa Barbara is definitely the best overnight destination. This articles series will reveal everything you need to know about lodging in Santa Barbara, California:


Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: Motel 6 Santa Barbara Beach – Mother of the chain


Back in 1962 the nation's very first Motel 6 opened in a primo spot, just a half-block from East Beach and a block from the zoo.


Mama Motel 6 was also the first in the 900-motel chain to complete a head-to-toe Euro-contemporary makeover, designed by Priestman Goode, the same folks who recently revamped Virgin America's jet interiors. 


Motel 6 still offers rock-bottom rates compared to most other SB beachfront lodgings. The 51 basic rooms don't offer many frills, but they do include Wi-Fi access ($3 per 24 hours). 


This place is mega-popular — book far in advance and try to nab a room with a partial beach view.



Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: Pepper Tree Inn – Uptown lodgings near the mall


The Best Western Plus Pepper Tree Inn is a casual, full-service resort in the Upper State Street area, across from La Cumbre Plaza shopping mall. Five acres of lush gardens surround the buildings (150 rooms) and two large pool areas. 


This is a relatively affordable alternative to pricy waterfront hotels. It's also convenient for car-free travel; as many major bus lines stop nearby, and the hotel provides shuttle service to the airport, train station and UCSB.


The on-site Treehouse Restaurant serves typical American fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a lively cocktail lounge. It also provides poolside and room service. 


Lodging in Santa Barbara, California: Ramada Limited – Midtown oasis


Locals send their friends and relatives to this clean and comfy motel for the resort-style amenities at affordable rates (compared with waterfront lodgings). 


The 126 rooms and three suites surround a tropical oasis: lush gardens, a spacious pool and hot tub and a freshwater lagoon with waterfalls, water lilies, koi fish and ducks. 


Rates include Wi-Fi, refrigerators, microwaves, continental breakfast, athletic club passes and complimentary airport / train station transportation.