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Milia beach, Skopelos
This is a beautiful white sand beach that stretches almost a kilometer, lined with pine trees. The sand is very fine and Milia glimmers white, and turquoise waters are incredibly calm. The picturesque green island of Corfu is located in the bay. Perfect for romantic walks, holding hands. In the summer months there is a high beach bar serving beer and refreshing cocktails at sunset, but Skopelos island is calm and the beach is rarely crowded.
Egremni beach, Lefkada
What really sets Egremni separates the limestone cliffs that back the beach, which gives a concentration of white sand and blue sea drilling. The beach is accessible by a stairway leading down along the cliffs – but not too intimidating, inaccessible light means it is never crowded and has a relaxed and peaceful. This is a protected place, free water sports and restaurants bustling beach: just a simple basic hut for refreshments.
Nas beach, Ikaria
About a mile west of the village of Armenistis is this fjord own tiny, white pebbles, surrounded by steep cliffs on either side. The water is incredibly clear, bright turquoise. Just inside are the foundations of an ancient temple of Aphrodite, and a river inhabited by turtles, frogs and dragonflies winds its way through a canyon – works very well if you are bored to range. On the cliff above, there are a clutch of half a dozen taverns and boarding simple, but it is also far from large hotel and country station you can get in Greece these days.
Balos beach, Crete
The most amazing beach of Crete to be Balos, where the white sands lead to a shallow turquoise and emerald green lagoon and an island, you can reach by walking through warm knee-high water. There is nothing on the beach, but a makeshift canteen serving cold beers and water. Balos is coming to an experience in itself because it is six miles along the rugged peninsula Gramvousa, following a breezy bumpy. Once you reach the end, you walk 20 minutes by a steep path, offering unforgettable views: a great moment for the photos.
Tsigrado beach, Milos
Safely off the beaten track, on the south coast of the island, Tsigrado is kept reasonably free from the crowd because the only way to achieve this is to plummet from the cliff hanging on ropes attached to the rock . When you reach the sea, however, it’s worth – nothing but sand and turquoise water crystal. Most people swim, sunbathe for half an hour, then leave, but if you are organized enough to bring an umbrella, water and something to eat, you can laze the day away to your heart’s content.
Greece has always looked toward the sea and lived by it. Of necessity she must continue to do so. Because of her geographical position and because of the limited resources of her land, the Greeks have been a maritime people since the earliest times.
The mountains which break up the land seem to push the people into the sea, and indeed they make land travel and land communications so difficult that by comparison sea travel has always seemed simple. The land itself is so lacking in fertility that extensive agriculture is impossible. Thus the Greeks have been forced to import a large part of their food and to turn to the sea to gain their livelihood.
In Greece, the sea seems to be everywhere. The Aegean, the Ionian, and the Mediterranean all wash Greek shores, and these shores are so cut up and so strewn with islands that the sea penetrates everywhere. The coastlines and islands in turn shelter the sea and do away with the fear men have always had of vast unbroken stretches of water.
The Greeks are not such a people as would fear the sea, no matter how far it stretched. By nature they are adventurous and enterprising. Their love of adventure makes them good sailors, and added to this their capacity for enterprise makes them the best of sea-merchants.
Seamanship is an old Greek tradition. Children have been trained from the cradle to become expert sailors. It has been customary for seamen to take aboard ships and sailboats children ranging in age from 6 to 13 so as to accustom them to the sea. When an island was sighted, the children were called on deck, told the name of the island, its ports, and the most navigable routes around it. If, on the next trip, they had forgotten, they were punished. In like manner, children were thrown into the sea to teach them to swim. Nothing was overlooked in an effort to make them skillful and brave seamen.
The skill of Greeks at sea includes not only seamanship but also trading. The Greek was and is a sailor-merchant. There has never been absentee ownership of Greek ships nor have Greeks put their money in enterprises involving ships run by others. Even today, when there is a class of rich Greek shipowners owning sometimes large numbers of ships, such owners have nearly always been identified with ships and are in general successful sailor-merchants.