chapel – Catholic and Protestant
Costa Blanca (“White Beach”) – part of the Mediterranean coast of Murcia and the Valencian province of Alicante, stretching from the city of Denia to La Manga. The main city of the coast is Alicante, next to which there is an airport.
High mountain ranges surround the Costa Blanca from the land, blocking the path of cold air masses coming from the north, and protecting the coast from sudden temperature changes. There are more than 300 sunny days a year. The warm, favorable Mediterranean climate has determined for these coastal cities a worthy place among the most popular resorts on the globe, visited by tourists at all times of the year. Continue reading
In the glorious numerous galaxy of the Greek islands, Crete is the largest and most tourist, one of the largest in the Mediterranean. Three seas wash it: Cretan, Libyan and Ionian. The capital of the island is Heraklion. Crete is the south of Europe, its satellite island of Gavdos is considered the southernmost point of this part of the world.
The first settlements appeared on Crete 13 thousand years ago. In the II-I millennia BC the island was experiencing the heyday of Minoan civilization. For the territory of Crete, the Byzantines and Muslims competed with each other several times. In the XVIII-XIX centuries, the island was shaken by war and rebellion: the people of Crete demanded reunion with Greece. At the end of the 19th century, as a result of the Cretan revolt on the island, the Cretan state was proclaimed, and the long-awaited reunion (enosis) occurred only in 1913. Continue reading
Kos lies in the southeastern part of the Aegean Sea and belongs to the Dodecanese archipelago, is one of the largest and most populated in this group. In the northwest, it adjoins the islands of Kalymnos and Pserimos, in the southeast – with the Turkish resort of Bodrum. The larger neighbors of Kos in the archipelago are the islands of Rhodes and Karpathos.
Nature gave the island forests, fertile lands, thermal springs and a wonderful climate. In addition to tourism, agriculture is developing on the island. The main city of the island is also called Kos.
According to one legend, the ship of Heracles, returning from the Trojan War, was nailed to the island of Kos. Hera did not want a safe return of the illegitimate son of Zeus, so she sent a storm, built other intrigues, and was ultimately punished by a thunderous spouse. Hercules, however, recouped on the inhabitants of the island, who took the ship for a pirate ship and rendered it a very awkward reception. Continue reading