Mediterranean

The Island of the 500 Churches

03/11/2017 10:14
Mykonos, Aegean Capital of sun and beach tourism, parties, debauchery and hedonism without limit, has a curiously disproportionate and unexpected high rate of churches, temples, shrines and chapels. Perhaps it could be to balance excesses.   From any point in the island is not necessary to...

The Island of Calm

25/08/2017 19:02
Some will is needed to reach it. There is no airport, so the only access is by sea from Ibiza harbour. Its dimensions have necessarily limited accommodation for visitors, a fact that has slightly moved it away from mass tourism. Formentera is still relatively isolated from the rest of its...

Slovenian Short Coast

12/05/2017 10:24
Slovenia isn’t a microstate, but not a large country. On the West goes down from Triglavski National Park mountains, close to the Austrian border along the way of Isonzo River, Soča in Slovene language, bordering Italy. Consequently, the Adriatic coast is a not too long sample, a taste of...

The Three Mavrogenus' Fountains

17/03/2017 10:04
Nicolaos Mavrogenus was one of the prodigal sons of Parikia, Paros Island main town in the Greek Cyclades. Missing his native Aegean and as Wallachia governor decided benefit his hometown providing a public drinking water supply: three beautiful marble fountains. The widespread Mavrogenus family...

Minorca's Stones

02/12/2016 10:31
Minorcan prehistory was written with stones, medium sized blocks lined up one upon other forming burial structures in inverted vessel shape and cyclopean stones supporting others in a characteristic megalithic structure only in the world. They all make up what has been called the Balearic talaiotic...

Mediterranean Alphabets

30/09/2016 11:12
Four thousand years before our era one of the earliest known writing systems begun to be developed in Egypt. To hieroglyphic followed simplified alphabets and in a neighbouring world, the Phoenician, its writing subsequently lead to the most widespread alphabets in the Mediterranean area: Greek and...

Tariq's Mountain

29/07/2016 09:03
Berber Tariq ibn Ziyat al Layti, under the Yemeni commandment of General Musa Ibn Nusair, could not even imagine that at the point where the waters narrow, where the first Arab troops crossed in the conquest of a new world that would call Al Andalus, more than a millennium later would appear...

From Machado to Brassens

02/11/2015 10:28
The Pyrenean border witnessed the passage of tens of thousands of people fleeing the totalitarian barbarism. Massively northwards after the fall of Barcelona. Occasionally southwards when that same barbarism swept most of Europe. Before the Galician General troops parade through Barcelona's...

Santorini, on the Volcano

03/05/2015 17:36
Formerly Thera, or Santorini how the Venetians called it, was known before as Kallisté, the most beautiful, or Strongylé, the round one, thus was its perimeter. But this condition would change after the great eruption 1600 years before our era hit the isle and for some would explain the myth of...

Formentor Revisited

10/10/2014 20:40
The distance from the Catalan coast to Palma, in Mallorca, is the time a dream needs, or the time spent in dozing on a deck chair awaiting the arrival of the first light of dawn, or before these, on the horizon that slowly approaches, the city lights that project as a reflection of a lighthouse...

Malaga

15/04/2014 10:19
To Rafa and Paco Malaga is sweet as its own wines, tasty as the fried fish, which they say is seasoned differently from the rest of Andalusia, finest, as the exquisite eaten raw clams. Malaga is the essence of ancient cultures in the Mediterranean Andalusia. Essences that in the old town, between...

Gortyn Laws

10/12/2013 18:00
Knossos, Minoan Crete capital, home of the famous and legendary labyrinth, was undoubtedly the most important and known Hellenic island, but that position was disputed for many years, between 1600 and 1100 BC, and not always the capital of King Minos was preeminent. Four more cities disputed that...