Zakynthos is the third largest Greek Island in the Ionian Sea, located in the south west of Greece. At Zakynthos you will find many cozy old villages, beautiful beaches, clear seawater and steep rocky walls. Zakynthos is rich in nature and is famous for the ‘Caretta Caretta’ turtle. In southern coastal towns, this endangered sea turtle is still seen regularly.
Zakynthos is great for snorkeling. In the bright blue waters there is a treasure of plants, fascinating fish and maybe you even see a turtle swimming past. Another important water sport on the island is surfing. Tourism has developed the most in the city of Laganas. Here you will find a range of shops, bars and restaurants serving authentic tzatziki or gyros.
The capital of the island, Zakynthos city, is an ancient city in which you can recognize many Italian influences. The island has an interesting mix of Italian and Greek architecture. In the city you will also find several museums such as the Byzantine Museum and the Solomos Museum, where you can find cultural and historical stories and facts about the island. The higher Venetian Kastro (fort) rises high above the city and forms a landmark on the island, from which you have a magnificent view. Zakynthos is an impressive Greek holiday destination.
The Algarve is a very popular travel destination among Europeans. It is the Portuguese region with the best climate. July is the hottest month with an average temperature of 24°C and the coldest is January at 12°C, making it a year round destination. The Algarve coastline is almost 200 kilometres long and it includes popular seaside places like Albufeira, Portimao and Vilamoura.
Food and drinks The Algarve is famous for its fish dishes. Thanks to the beautiful and favourable climate in the Algarve, there are also many fruit and vegetable dishes. Do you like something more exclusive, like a wine? Even in the Algarve you can enjoy excellent red and white wine.
Things to do in the Algarve Faro has been the capital of the Algarve since 175 AD. It is partly built on a white rock formation and it offers beautiful views over the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to the impressive historic buildings, the city is dominated by many storks and stork nests high on the roofs. On the square is a beautiful monastery that you can visit. In all of Faro there are several beautiful churches that are worth a visit. Ria Formosa is a beautiful natural area. All in all, there is a lot to do in Faro.
Lagos is one of the most beautiful villages in the Algarve. It is one of the oldest cities. In the 13th century the city was refurbished by the Portuguese king Alfons II of Portugal, and then the city slowly flourished. Lagos is an old city but on the other hand it is also very modern, especially because of the hip shops that are located there. From the port in Lagos you can make beautiful boat trips and there is a chance that you will spot Dolphins.
Albufeira is one of the most popular destinations in the Algarve and especially among the youth. Getting to the old part of the city makes it almost the entire area just pedestrianized. New Albufeira or “The Strip” is the entertainment area in Albufeira.
Tuscany is a region in central Italy that stretches from the Apennine Mountains to the west coast, meandering through endless vineyards, medieval towns and impossibly beautiful cities of Florence, Siena and Pisa. The glory of Tuscany started during the ‘Renaissance’ of the sixteenth century. This literally means rebirth: after a period of decline, the so called Middle Ages, a new golden age has entered. Art and education were highly prized. This way, Italy became one of the richest countries in the world.
Nowadays, a lot of people visit Tuscany to enjoy this beautiful area and many people here promise eternal fidelity to each other. Tuscany is also known for its wines. Along with Piedmont, Tuscany is one of the best wine regions of Italy. To gain better understanding of the local culture, you should definetely visit a local market. Many cities also have a covered market. Here you will not just find all the fresh fruits and vegetables, but also fresh fish, meat and poultry. Tuscany markets are usually held in the morning between 6 am and about 1:30 pm.