The Island Of Longevity And 5 Other Reasons You Need To Visit Greece In 2017
White-washed stone walls, pristine blue seashores, cream cobbled pathways and glowing golden lamps in quaint little houses – if you think we are describing a picture postcard, you have never been more wrong. This place exists for real! We are speaking of Europe’s gem, Greece. Strategically located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa, it is the ranked as one of the countries with the highest standard of living. One of the highly-sought after locations for film shoots as well, this picturesque locale needs to top your travel list in 2017. Here’s why:
- The island of longevity: Ikara, located in the far east of the Mediterranean, about 30 miles from the Turkish coast, is festooned with beautiful coves, rocky cliffs, steep valleys and broken canopy of scrub and olive groves. The highlight of this island is, people here live on average 10 years longer than those in the rest of Europe and America – around one in three Ikarians lives into their 90s. Not only that, but they also have much lower rates of cancer and heart disease, suffer significantly less depression and dementia, maintain a sex life into old age and remain physically active deep into their 90s. Go explore this place to find out the secret of Ikara!
- A castle town for lovebirds: Monemvasia, is a small town located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese. The island is linked to the mainland by a short causeway which is barely 200m in length. The town is highlighted by Byzantine churches and architecture from the medieval period. The town has been entirely carved on the back side of a sea rock in the era. Legend says, since this huge sea rock is not visible from the mainland, it was one of the safest and most guarded islands. The old-world charm of this place is sure to find appeal with honeymoon couples.
- A dose of culture, history and sports: The capital and largest city of Greece, Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years. From being the city where the Romans held their games, today Athens is recognised as a global city given its importance in shipping, finance, commerce, media, entertainment, arts, international trade, culture, education and tourism. This UNESCO heritage site is also the land of museums. So be ready to feel like you are visiting a different era.
- Picture perfect scenery: Imerovigli is your vision of a Santorini village come alive with its iconic whitewashed buildings with sapphire domes. One of the most sparsely populated places in the country with a habitation of barely 470 people, Imerovigli has many lovely churches, all made in the Cycladic architectural style. Another famous site of Imerovigli is Skaros, which are the remains of a Venetian Castle built in 1207 by Marco Sanudo, the ruler of all Cyclades islands that time.
- Meet the medieval era: One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the citadel of Rhodes, built by the Hospitalliers, is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe. The island of Rhodes is at a crossroads between Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, which has made it a melting pot of cultures, architectures, and languages over its long history. The place is also famed for its sports craze.
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