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Like most of the islands around Sicily, Lipari have been conquered and fought over by numerous different civilisations in the last couple of millennia. Greeks, Romans, Normans and Saracens are just some of the past rulers of the Aeolian Islands, and parts of the old Greek walls and fortifications, along with other ruins, still remain visible on the island. Today, however, Lipari is the perfect escape away from the weekday. A serene island with lots of local charm and without the total remoteness and barren, volcanic landscapes of some its neighbouring Aeolian siblings. From its busy little harbour, it is possible to go on day trips to the surrounding islands of Stromboli, Vulcano – with its craters, black beaches and famous mud baths and Salina, before returning back to the relative urban bustle of the eponymously named city of Lipari. A smattering array of brightly painted houses and hotels line the narrow streets of the city, overlooking the harbour front and cobalt sea, on which yachts and ferries rest in the gentle waves. Along the cobbled streets you’ll find lots of quaint restaurants and cafés, where you can sample the local sweet Malvasia wine. You’ll also find numerous local shops from which you can pick up handcrafted jewellery and art made from the local black obsidian gemstone as well as the white pumice rock. The latter is mined on the island, and unlike the black beaches of Vulcano Island, these pale stones give the local coastline a unique contrast to its neighbours. This phenomenon is visible on the southern beach of Spiaggio Valle Muria, where the white stones complement the lightly coloured, rugged cliffs that rise above the bay’s pristine water. Lippari, like its Aeolian neighbours offer experiences that are off the main holiday map, while remaining focused on quality and stunning vistas.
Permeating every particle of Greek culture is its rich heritage of history and mythology. Regardless of where you choose to holiday in Greece, you’re never far from a place that in one way or another is linked to one of the great gods like Zeus, Aphrodite or Poseidon, or the historical setting of fabled demigods and heroes like Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus.
The Moroccan metropolis is a plethora of colours, tastes, scents and of course sounds. Visiting the city will leave you with an infinity of impressions and regardless of where you move in the centre of Marrakech, you’re never short of new experiences. During your stay in this amazing city, sometimes you’ll need a space where you can just relax and enjoy the silence for a bit. Luckily there are numerous options for you to choose between, and below we have selected four things for you to do when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
Every year on the 17th of March the planet glows in a special green hue, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Throughout the world, millions of people gather to celebrate everything Irish and the most famous festivities take place in New York City, Boston and of course Dublin. With lots of activities and performances taking place during the weekend around St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve chosen some of the main things that you can do, if you find yourself in Dublin during these joyful days. Check out more events here: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/