Friday, 28 July 2017

Five great escapes from the winter in the Balkans

by Albena Shkodrova   
Dark, damp days are awaiting Northern Europe, and it is much easier to survive them, when one has planned at least a short break in a sunnier place. The Balkans boasts some of the cheapest great options. From the endless Greek coast, some of which overlooks in clear days Africa, to the alluring lagoons of Turkish Fethiye, there are a number of obvious spots to accumulate your precious sun. Next to them though stand other, less apparent, but also excellent places to take a relaxing break from your Channel climate “mildness”.

Nafplion, Greece

This is an upmarket place, attracting hoards of wealthy Greeks all through the year. It is a historical seaport and a great place for relaxing, luxurious time off. Its cream-white, polished pavement, Mediterranean façades and abundantly flowering bougainvillea make a fantastic, soft background to a dreamy drifting along the sea promenade or up and down the dramatically beautiful fortified hill, dominating the old town.

Nafplion boasts Ottoman architecture and arrangement in its base, topped by a Venetian crown in the shape of a massive fortress wall. To this historical canvas a thick layer of Greek aesthetic has been added – from the finest kind, as the town was the capital of independent Greece between 1929 and 1934 and the headquarters of the new monarch, the Austrian-descended Prince Otto, in 1933 and 1934.

In the winter average day temperatures reach 17-18 C, which makes the town a perfect spot to breath in some warmth and sun.

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