Heaven on Earth- Valtos Beach

ENG: Welcome to one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece-  Valtos Beach. This heaven on Earth, is located 1,5 km from Parga, and you’ll need approximately 15-20 to reach it. You can walk but if you’re not in shape, I suggest you to take a taxi boat from the town to the beach. The taxi goes every 30 minutes. The first one starts at 10 o’clock in the morning and the last one comes back to the town at 11:30 p.m. The one-way ticket costs 2 euros per person. However, if you decide to take a walk, I suggest you to do it early in the morning. This way you will avoid the heat and you will be able to enjoy amazing view and take beautiful pictures in empty Parga. If you decide to spend the whole day on this beach, I suggest you to visit Venetian Castle on your way back and enjoy breathtaking sunset from the top of the castle.

Valtos beach is 1100 m long and it’s pretty wide so you have a lot of space. During pick of summer season, it can get little bit crowded. In the center part of the beach you can enjoy one of numerous cafes and beach bars, but at the ends of the beach, you have some free space, if you do not like spending your beach day in beach bars. the most popular beach club on the Valtos beach is Tango Beach club. Here you can enjoy lying on the sunbeds on the beach, having lunch in the restaurant or swimming in the pool o the terrace of the club. The atmosphere in this club is amazing so be sure to visit it! If you want to spend a quit day at the beach, I suggest you visiting Costa Azul beach bar. It is located at the end of the beach. This is small beach cafe, with great chill music and really affordable prices. If you get bored, and you need some action, you can enjoy doing some water sports, like parasailing, water skiing and surfing.

This is my last story from Parga. I truly hope you liked it! So, If you decide to visit this magnificent little town, here, on my blog, you can find everything you need- hotel recommendation, main tourist attractions, beaches and restaurants. I hope that my photos and my stories inspired you to visit this picturesque place and explore Ionian cost in Greece.

SRB: Dobrodošli na jednu od najlepših plaža Grčke- Valtos plažu. Plaža Valtos se nalazi na 15-ak minuta hoda od grada Parge. Kako bi ste došli do nje, potrebno je da se popnete do vrha grada, do Venecijanske tvrđave i potom se spustite nizbrdo do plaže. Pogled sa tvrđave na ovu plažu je fantastičan! Ova šetnja može biti naporna, posebno ukoliko je veoma vruće, tako da ako niste u formi, preporučujem vam da uzmete taxi brodić do plaže. Cena karte je 2 eura po osobi u jednom pravcu a brodići se saobraćaju na svakih pola sata od 10 ujutru do 23:30. Ukoliko odlučite da ceo dan provedete na ovoj plaži preporučujem vam da prošetate rano ujutru do nje i usput ćete uživati u prelepom pogledu, ali i uslikati divne fotografije u praznoj Pargi.

Valtos plaža je dugačka je 1100 metara i prilično je široka, posebno u svom središnjem delu. Šljunkovita je i lepo uređena. Na središnjem delu plaže nalaze se kafići dok na krajevima imate slobodnog prostora ukoliko želite da postavite svoje peškire. Cene u kafićima nisu niske i obično se naplaćuju posebno ležaljke i piće. Pri kraju plaže nalazi se jedan kafić, Costa Azul, koji omogućava korišćenje ležaljki uz porudžbinu samo jednog pića. U ostalim kafićima uglavno možete sresti Engleze i Šveđane ali u Costa Azulu, većina gostiju je iz Srbije. Ovaj kafić ima i besplatan internet, tako da ne čudi što je uvek pun gostiju. Najpopularniji bar na plaži je Tango Beach Club. Ovaj prelepi “beach club” ima u svom sastavu deo plaže, ležaljke, restoran, kafić ali i bazen koji gosti kluba mogu koristiti uz porudžbinu. Iako su cene dosta visoke, ovo mesto je jedno od najpopularnijih na Valtos plaži zbog prelepog uređenja ali i fantastičke atmsfere tokom celog dana.

Na plaži Valtos tokom jeka sezone može biti gužva, iako je plaža dosta široka. Lepota ove plaže privlači turiste ne samo iz Parge već i iz svih okolnih mesta. Ukoliko vam dosadi sunčanje i kupanje, i potrebno vam je malo akcije i adrenalina, na plaži se možete oprobati u brojnim sportovima na vodi poput parasejlinga, skijanja na vodi, surfinga itd.

Ovo je moja poslednja priča iz Parge, sa ovog putovanja. Nadam se da ste uživali čitajući moje putopise. Tako da ukoliko budete želeli da posetite Pargu, na mom blogu ćete moći da pronađete sve što vam je potrebno kako bi isplanirali svoj savršeni odmor – preporuk za smeštaj, restorane, plaže i turističke atrakcije. Nadam se da sam vas svojim slikama i pričama inspirisala da posetite ovaj slikoviti gradić i istražite Jonsku obalu Grčke.

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Get to know Serbia- Smederevo Fortress

ENG: Welcome to the another article dedicated to my country – Serbia.  This way I want to share with you all the beauties of my country and get to know it better. A large number of my readers are foreigners, who have heard of Serbia but they do not home much this country has to offer. Therefore, these series of articles will introduce to you Serbia at its best! For this post, I choose a very dear destination for me, and one of the destinations I have visited recently- Smederevo.

Smederevo is city in Central Serbia, near Belgrade. This city lies on the banks of Danube River and it is one of the most important historical sites in Serbia.  Smederevo was capital of medieval Serbia during 15th century (from 1428 until 1459) and the ruler of Smederevo and Serbia at that time was Despot Djuradj Brankovic. During his rule, he built one of the most beautiful and best-preserved medieval fortresses in Serbia- Smederevo Fortress.

The fortress of Smederevo is built at the place where rivers Jezava and Danube meet. Therefore, this fortress was built as a defensive fortress but also as a home to the Royal Family. The building started in 1428 and lasted for 2 years until 1430. The chief architect was the Byzantine, Kantakuzen, the brother of the princess Irina (Despot’s wife). This fortress is unique in medieval Serbian architecture and was inspired by Constantinople.  The fortress has an area of 14,5 hectares and it is considered to be one of the biggest fortresses in Europe. The fortress has a triangle shape. In the north top of the triangle, you can see the “ Small Town“ and the rest of the area is known and “The Great Town“.

The city of Smederevo was attacked several times by Ottoman Empire ( in 1439, 1453, 1456, 1459). The town resisted and the men fought for few decades, but at the end, in 1459, they surrendered without fight. This meant the end of the last Serbian medieval state. After this capitulation, Serbia was officially under the rule of Ottoman Empire for than three centuries.

As you can see, this fortress was an important site for Serbian people. This fortress stands here as a reminder of the resistance of Serbian people. Today, this is one of the most visited fortresses in Serbia and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Smederevo. During summer, the fortress revives as many events, concerts and theater performances are held here.

I hope you enjoyed this short story of one of the greatest Serbian fortresses. The next post dedicated to Serbia will show you little bit more about natural beauties of Serbia. So, until the next one, enjoy, travel and visit Serbia.

SRB: Dobrodošli! Evo još jednog posta u seriji tekstova posvećenih Srbiji i turističkim potencijalima naše zemlje. Moja prva destinacija je jedna od meni omiljenih i jedna od poslednjih koje sam posetila. Danas vam pišem o Smederevu, odnosno Smederevskoj tvrđavi.

Smederevska tvrđava je jedna od najznačajnijh u srpskoj istoriji. Ovo je mesto na kome je nestala srpska srednjevekovna država i mesto na kome su Srbi dali svoj poslednji atom snage za odbranu zemlje od Otomanske imperije. Smederevka tvrđava sagradjena je na ušću reke Jezave u Dunav, na strateškom položaju idealnom za odbranu zemlje, okružena Dunavom i Ugarskom. Vladar Srbije u 15. veku, bio je despot Đurađ Branković, koji je srpsku prestonicu iz Beograda premestio u Smederevo. Izgradnja tvrđave započela je 1428. godine i trajala je 2 godine, do 1430. godine. Glavni arhitekta izgradnje tvrđave bio je Vizantinac, Kantakuzen, brat žene despota Djurdja, Irine.  Upravo iz tog razloga, izgled tvrđave bio je inspirisan Konstantinopoljem, i predstavlja jedinsten primer srpske srednjevekovne arhitekture.

Površina tvrđave je 14,5 hektara zajedno sa kulama koje okružuju utvrđenje. Tvrđava je izgrađena kao odbrambena, vodena, tvrđava ali i kao dom vladarske porodice. Osnova tvrđave je u obliku trogla. U severnom temenu trougla, nalazi se takozvani ” mali grad” do se ostatak naziva “velikim gradom”.

Grad je bi pod opsadom Turaka u više navrata ( od 1439. do 1459. gdine). Dve decenije, srpska vojska se opirala napadima i čuvala svoje granice ali je na kraju morala da preda grad Turcima, bez borbe, 1459. godine. Ovaj događaj se smatra krajem srpske srednjevekovne države i zvanični početak Turske okupacije srpskim narodom.

Danas, Smederevska tvrđava procveta tokom leta, kada je centar dešavanja u gradu. U tvrđavi se održava veliki broj koncerata, manifestacija i pozorišnih predstava. Najpoznatij događaj je svakako Smederevska jesen.

Nadam se da ste uživali u ovoj kratkoj priči i fotografijama iz Smedereva. Sledećeg puta, donosim vam priče sa veće nadmorske visine i predstavljam vam prirodne lepote naše zemlje.