Ikaria, Greece

Ikaria is majestic  island of the Aegean Sea and home of the mythical Ikaros. Visit Ikaria and discover pure wild nature beauty,  mountain landscapes, clean and beautiful beaches, hot springs and friendly people. The topography is a contrast between verdant slopes and barren steep rocks. The island is mountainous for the most part. It is traversed by Aetheras range, whose highest summit is 1,037 meters (3,402 feet). The larger villages are confined to Ikaria's coastal plains as the interior is rocky and rugged and its small mountain villages are remote and unkempt. The best beaches are on the north coast and vary from long swathes of fine sand to sheltered coves of pebble and stone. Ikaria is an island for those seeking a Greek holiday off the beaten track with the taste of authentic old world Greece, away from the crowds. Many parts of the island, especially the ravines, are covered in large bushes, making the landscape lush with green. 

Ikaria

Ikaria

Matera, Italy

Matera is one of the most interesting and memorable tourist destinations in Italy. In the remote southern region of Basilicata (also called Lucania), still little-visited by foreign travellers, it is a town famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the sassi. Curious visitors can stay in caves, wander the lanes alongside the picturesque cave-filled cliffs, and learn the history of this fascinating place.The way to start your visit to Matera is to wander around the sassi districts, looking at the cramped town above its ravine, and the tumbling grey stone facades, which appear to be houses but turn out to be caves. If you are just passing through, with only a casual interest, this plus a visit to a reconstructed cave-dwelling will suffice for a taste of the town. 

Matera

Matera

Fermanagh Lakelands, Northern Ireland

Fermanagh lakelands inviting you to visit castles from the 17th century, the mist- covered lakes and the breathtaking views of the Donegal Mountains in the distance. The most beautiful  Crom castle will give you authentic Irish experience. Fermanagh is also home to Cuilcagh Mountain, offers views stretching from the Irish Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. The ancient landscape of Fermanagh is shaped by ice and water, with rugged hills rising above quilted plains of half-drowned drumlins and shimmering, reed-fringed lakes. A glance at the map shows the county is around one-third water - as the locals will tell you, the lakes are in Fermanagh for six months of the year; for the other six, Fermanagh is in the lakes.

Fermanagh Lakelands

Fermanagh Lakelands

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