Hydra: a true individual
Fishing boats and luxury yachts, galleries and donkeydrawn carts – on Hydra the past meets modern art, rustic charm and effortless style in a way that is truly unique. The entire small island, with its traditional merchants’ and captains’ houses, is listed as a heritage site. As cars are forbidden there, this little gem has a timeless feel that has been perfectly preserved.
Butrint: a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Visible from the island of Corfu, the ruined city of Butrint lies protected on a peninsula. Butrint is a kaleidoscope of Mediterranean history; as one of the trade centres of the ancient world, the city attracted numerous conquerors and travellers throughout the millennia. Excavations have unearthed theatres, temples and baths from the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman periods. Consequently in 1992 UNESCO declared Butrint a World Heritage Site.
The Florence of the South: Lecce
Lecce, situated on the heel of the Italian boot in the ruggedly romantic Apulia region, is considered one of the most beautiful towns in southern Italy. Thanks to a special form of tuff stone, the town evolved into a splendid baroque city with its richly decorated facades gleaming in white and gold. In Otranto there is no better way to see out the day than with a stroll through the lively old town.
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