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Summer is Coming: What Are the Best Beaches in Greece?

By Lorena Boanda

With its cultural and historical background, amazing islands, gorgeous cities, vibrant nightlife, and simple yet delicious food, it’s no wonder that Greece is one of the world’s most fascinating travel destinations.

However, Greece is also famous for its great number of astonishingly beautiful beaches with golden sands and crystal-clear or turquoise waters. That is why we have put together a comprehensive list of some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece.

1: Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos

We’ll start our list with Greece’s most famous beach and definitely one of the most photographed places in the country, Shipwreck Beach or Navagio Beach. Located on the northwest coast of Zakynthos in an awe-inspiring area with towering white cliffs and exquisite blue waters called Shipwreck Cove or Smugglers Cove, this is a must-see for any beach enthusiast.

The beach is only accessible by boat, so you either have to book a tour or you can hire a boat for the day and go there yourself. The story goes that the boat was suspected of carrying contraband cigarettes. It shipwrecked back in the 1980s because of the bad weather while being pursued by the Greek Navy. Be sure to bring a sun umbrella, especially if you’re planning on staying there between 10 AM and 2 PM when there’s absolutely no shade.

2: Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia

Myrtos Beach on the Kefalonia island is another one of Greece’s gems. Located at around 19 miles of the main town Argostoli, the beach can be accessed by sea and road alike. Some of the best things about this particular beach are the tall cliffs behind it. Cinephiles might find this place familiar and that is thanks to its appearance in the film adaptation of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

3: Sarakiniko Beach, Milos

Located in the Cyclades island group, this is yet another one of Greece’s islands that is only accessible by plane or ferry. This is not your typical beach, though. The beach is formed from a series of caves carved out in the volcanic rock by both wind and water over the course of time. Here, you’ll be able to experience one of the most otherworldly and intimate feelings of taking a swim in a quiet little cove.

4: Elafonisi Beach, Crete

Located off the southwest part of the Island of Crete, you’ll find one of Greece’s most beautiful beaches. Famous for its rose gold sands and warm waters, this is one of the most unspoiled and clean beaches you will ever find.

5: Grias to Pidima, Andros

If solitude and escapism are what you’re looking for, then Grias to Pidima, in Andros might be worth a shot. Even though it’s one of Greece’s most beautiful beaches, the access is not for the faint-hearted. Bring some trekking shoes and lots of liquids with you, and mentally prepare yourself for a somewhat difficult hike.

6: Egremni Beach, Lefkada

Next on our list is Egremni Beach. Located on an Ionian island, Egremni is arguably one of the best beaches in the area. It greets tourists with an impressively tall white cliff as well as with long, sandy, and uncrowded beaches. This is yet another beach that requires a bit of effort in order to get to, as tourists have to deal with 355 steps in order access it.

7: Porto Katsiki Beach, Lefkada

We will end our list with Porto Katsiki Beach, one of the best beaches in Greece and Europe alike. The beach is located a little further south of Porto Katsiki, yet it only requires you to deal with 100 steps in order to access it. The beach can also be reached by sea if you want to avoid the steps.

We hope you will have a relaxing time in Greece and we hope our list has played a part towards achieving that end. 

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5 Reasons Why You Will Fall in Love with Barcelona

By Lorena Boanda

Since it perfectly combines the very best of what Mediterranean cities have to offer, the reasons why Spain’s Barcelona is one of the top travel destinations are numerous. Here is our list of top five reasons why you will fall in love with this wonderful Spanish city.

1: Architectural wonders

Of course, there’s no getting around Barcelona’s magnificent architecture, and that is why it’s at the top of our list. Going to Barcelona once usually means forever comparing all other buildings with the ones created by Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona is full of Gaudi’s exquisite and modern architecture, with tons of colorful and uniquely designed buildings.

Be sure to visit the most famous of them all, the Sagrada Familia which has been under construction since 1892. Words are somewhat limited when it comes to describing this wonder of architecture. Other important buildings of Gaudi include the Casa Vicens, La Pedrera, Palau Guell, Colonia Guell (as well as Parc Guell), Casa Batllo, and Casa Calvet.

2: The weather and the awesome beaches

With almost the same number of sunny days as there are in a year, Barcelona is a place where winters are practically inexistent and where autumns and springs are as pleasant as summers are in other places. Since Barcelona is located in the northwestern coast of Spain, Barcelona also boasts multiple beaches. They’re not as luxurious as you might be used to find in Greece or various other exotic destinations such as the Caribbean, but at least they’re found in large numbers, they’re clean, and they’re easily accessible from the city’s center.

3: Impressive cultural appeal

Barcelona is one of those places where life seems to be at its fullest. Everyone is relaxed, the sun is always shining and there’s no shortage of cultural events or activities to keep you entertained. The city is also home to some of the most interesting museums, not counting the fact that the whole town is basically a big open-space gallery. The Barcelona City History Museum is a very worthwhile place since it allows you to explore the Spanish and the Catalonian cultures. The Picasso Museum is yet another one of the city’s fascinating museums.

4: Food, drink, and the nightlife

It might be surprising for some, but Spain is one of the top-notch travel destination for foodies, and Barcelona is no exception. From basic, on-a-budget cuisine to Michelin Star-rated restaurants, Barcelona has it all. No visit to Barcelona would be complete without a quick taste of Tapas and Pintxos. Other notable mentions include Paella, Bombas, Colcots and Romesco sauce, Esqueixada, Pa Amb Tomaquet, Escalivada, Crema Catalana, and Mato.

Barcelona is also home to an astonishing amount of bars and drinking places. The beer, wine, and cocktail cultures are all very well established. Combine this with Barcelona’s clubbing culture, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for a booming nightlife. Keep in mind that most clubs don’t open until after 12 A.M., so taking some preventive power naps during the day is highly recommended.

5: The people

Barcelona is not all about Gaudi, Picasso, beaches, and good food, but it’s also about the people that live there. The locals are some of the most open-minded and easygoing you will ever find. Everyone seems to be happy, and life seems to only get better when you look at them. Art seems to be engraved in the local culture; hence, you’re bound to find people performing everywhere.

Have fun visiting one of the most fascinating cities in Spain and Europe.

5 Sleep Hacks to Wake Up More Refreshed

By Andra Picincu

Are you always tired in the morning? Wonder why you can’t stay focused and get things done? Just because you’re getting eight hours of rest, it doesn’t mean you actually sleep well.

Stress, bad eating, sleep apnea, and certain environmental factors can affect your internal clock. For instance, eating a heavy meal for dinner will cause your body to work harder at night to digest it, leading to a poor sleep.

It’s in your power to catch more Zzz’s and wake up refreshed. Try these sleep hacks to wake up ready for work and boost your energy naturally:

 

Turn Off Your Gadgets

Start by turning off the TV, smartphone, iPad, and other devices you’re using at bedtime. These gadgets emit blue light, which suppresses melatonin production and affects sleep quality.

Researchers have also linked blue light to a higher risk of breast and prostate cancer, obesity, and cardiovascular problems. The more you use electronic devices, the more your health will suffer.

 

Cut Back on Alcohol

Drinking a glass of wine before bedtime may seem like the perfect way to relax. Even though alcohol helps you fall asleep more quickly, it affects your circadian rhythms. This leads to a more disrupted sleep, vivid dreams, and low energy the day after.

 

Try Aromatherapy

Essentials oils are highly concentrated and boast relaxing effects. Inhaling lavender essential oil, for instance, will have a greater impact on sleep quality than drinking lavender tea. All you need to do is to diffuse it into the air or pour a few drops on your pillows – or in bathwater.

Experiment with different essential oils to find one that works best for you. Try lavender, chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood, or bergamot oils. These healthful concoctions relax the mind and body, lift your mood, and promote a restful sleep.

 

Create a Bedtime Routine

Humans are creatures of habit. Our bodies need a consistent schedule for sleep, eating, and work. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day can improve your sleep and well-being.

Whenever you stay up past your normal bedtime, you’re disrupting your internal clock. Plus, your body begins to produce stress hormones that further affect your sleep and energy levels.

 

Eat for a Better Sleep

What you eat before bedtime can make or break your sleep. Avoid large meals, fatty foods, chocolate, and sugary treats.

The perfect bedtime snack should be high in protein and amino acids. Casein protein shakes, cottage cheese, yogurt, and fish are all a great choice.

Also, get your bedroom ready for a good night’s sleep. Eliminate noise, set the temperature lower than usual, and block any light. Wear an eye mask and earplugs if necessary.

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5 Reasons Why Iceland Should Be on Your Bucket List

By Andra Picincu

With its breathtaking natural wonders and fabulous landscapes, Iceland is one of those places everyone should visit at least once in life. In 2016, this magic place welcomed over 1.8 million tourists. From volcanoes to waterfalls and dramatic sights, there are plenty of things to do and see once you get here.

Whether you’re traveling alone or with friends, Iceland won’t disappoint you. Here are five reasons why this destination should be on your bucket list:

 

Feast Your Eyes with the Northern Lights

Head over to Iceland between September and April to experience the magic of the Northern Lights. The bright colors dancing in the sky above you will stay on your mind for years to come. This is an experience not to be missed!

 

Explore the Blue Lagoon

Iceland is home to several hot pools that use geothermal power. The most remarkable on is the Blue Lagoon, which features a high sulfur content, healing waters, and astonishing lava rocks.

The warm water is rich in minerals that will nourish your skin and lift your spirit. In fact, the National Geographic called it one of the top 25 Wonders of the World.

 

Go Inside Glaciers

Visit Langjökull for a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Here you can actually venture inside glaciers and explore the ice tunnels.

Being surrounded by blue ice and wandering around with all that snow weighing above your head is simply out-of-this-world.

 

Discover Stunning Landscapes

Iceland boasts dramatic landscapes that you won’t find anywhere else. The waterfall in the Hvítá river canyon, the volcanic craters, and the gigantic geysers are a delight to the eyes. Imagine yourself surrounded by sparkling icebergs, black sand beaches, lava fields, and stunning waterfalls – all in one place.

Don’t miss Jökulsárlón, one of the best places to explore lagoons and giant lakes. Head over to Vik for superb scenery and authentic folklore. Visit Kirkjufell to see iconic waterfalls and breathing fjords.

 

Visit the Elf School

Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, is home to the Elf School, a magic place featuring tiny elf houses and gardens. Actually, a staggering 37 percent of locals believe that elves exist. That’s why they’ve built a miniature village for these mythical creatures.

There are countless reasons to visit Iceland. This destination will wow even the most skeptic travelers. Don’t miss this unique experience!