Today Netferry explores the route from Igoumenitsa to Alexandroupoli, taking you through mainland Greece and across to the eastern port city of Alexandroupoli. We begin in Igoumenitsa, on the west coast of Greece. It is easy to get to and well connected with frequent ferries to many ports along the east coast of Italy, such as Ancona, Bari, Brindisi and Venice.
At first sight, Igoumenitsa is a typical tourist port, and we recommend continuing into mainland Greece unless you have time to make a quick 50 km diversion south to the beautiful coastal town of Parga. The town is picture-postcard perfect; with a beautiful castle perched above the bay, little islands just off the coast, mazes of little white houses in the centre and of course, beautiful beaches. There are a few things to do in the town aside from swimming in the superb turquoise water, including visiting the Olive Oil Museum and visiting the castle, which is free of charge. The only problem with this gorgeous place is that in the summer it becomes overrun with tourists. So if you happen to be travelling in August, we recommend that you skip Parga and head north-east, to the region of Zagorohoria.
Come with NetFerry and discover Wales, a little country full of dragon flags fluttering in the wind, castles and so much grass! Together with the daffodil and the leek, the dragon is a national symbol for Wales, which is also known as the 'land of the red dragon'. History tells us that the kings of Aberffraw first adopted the dragon symbol in the early fifth century to symbolise their power and authority after the Romans withdrew from Britain. Later, around the seventh century, it became known as the Red Dragon of Cadwaladr under King of Gwynedd (655-682). Wales is one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom. The most famous cities, such as Cardiff, Newport and Swansea, are located in the south, while the north is more rural and features breathtaking scenery.
NetFerry strongly recommends visiting Wales' many castles, there are over 400 and most are related to the stories of King Arthur and Merlin the Wizard. The castles and forts were mainly built around the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries by King Edward to maintain control over the people. Today Netferry will tell you about our favourite Welsh castles.
Located between Estonia and Lithuania, Latvia is right at the heart of the Baltic region and has been a member of the European Union since 2004. This green country, of deep tradition, deserves more than a weekend visit thanks to its incredible natural landscapes and long emerald coastlines. Do not miss the castles around Sigulda overlooking scenic valleys and the Gauja river. The capital, Riga, is known as the pearl of the Baltic and is also a must-see!
Riga: The pearl of the Baltic
Being long, thin and surrounded by beautiful islands; Italy has a vast coastline. The Italian peninsula has an incredible 7,500 kilometres of coastline set against four seas: the Tyrrhenian and Ligurian seas to the west and the Adriatic and Ionian seas to the east and south. Despite being part of the broader Mediterranean, the country offers visitors very diverse marine environments. Besides the mainland coasts, there are almost 800 islands where even more unspoiled coastline and pristine beaches can be found.
In this article, NetFerry takes you on a journey to our favourite beaches in Italy. This list is only a small selection, as you are spoilt for choice thanks to Italy's advantageous position in the middle of the Mediterranean. You are guaranteed to find a lovely beach waiting for you on any coastline in the country! For example, if you're visiting Rome and need a break from crowded piazzas, you can get to Ostia or Sabaudia in around half an hour.
Today NetFerry takes you to Turkey, a land of rich history, art and culture. This country has some beautiful cities that slowly reveal their charm, so let's explore! Izmir lies on the Aegean coast and is one of Turkey's oldest cities. Formerly known as Smyrna, the city established itself as a maritime hub with an important port, and today it is still a critical commercial and industrial city, as well as being a fascinating cultural centre.
Izmir's ancient past ...
Poland, in Central Europe, has always been a country that both unifies and divides eastern and western Europe. Today the country is thriving, no longer hampered by foreign occupations, its culture and traditions are once again freely expressed, making Poland a fascinating place for travellers. Easter is a very heartfelt celebration for the Polish Christian population and the day of the Resurrection is known as Wielkanoc.
Amsterdam is a great all year round travel destination, and Holland is a country that always offers you and your kids interesting holidays and exciting experiences. Also known as the Netherlands, when you think of Holland, you think of vast flat landscapes full of coloured tulips and people crossing canal bridges on bicycles. The capital, Amsterdam, is a lovely city, with an international vibe, which reflects its Holland’s imperial past, but there are also many other cities and towns to explore. Today we focus on the best museums to visit during your trip. Let's discover interesting places that tickle their senses and curiosity, allowing your kids to have fun while learning!
Carnival is one of the best festivals of the calendar year and its a celebration shared by most Christian countries, so there are Carnival events across the world. Today NetFerry explores Carnival in Greece, the masquerade party known to Greeks as Apokries. When translated, the word Apokries means "abstinence from meat", referring to the period of celebration before Lent. This festival has ancient roots that you can trace back to pagan traditions and the festivities in honour of Dionysus, the god of wine and Goliards!
The festive period