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Monday, July 16, 2012

Best Beaches in Europe | Zlatni Rat, Croatia

The most spectacular beach of the Croatian coast is 580 m long and is called “Zlatni Rat” (Golden Horn).  It is located on the Brac island and has a unique shape like a lying tongue into sea. For sure is one of the best beaches in the world in 2012. The beauty of this landscape offers a variety of sports and tourists attractions for all the people who enjoy the water sports, the sun, the beach and restaurants.
The beach is protected by high safety nets, and only the tip of the beach is free for surfers (many international competitions are held here)
Zlatni Rat has a very clean water, transparent (due to the fact that the sea bed is of gravel, not sand ). When the sea is calm, the water visibility can reach up to 10 meters.
At Zlatni Rat, as well as throughout the island of Brac, there are pine forests. Pine is a species that is found only in this area.
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They say that the air, here, is very clean because, on the island there are so few cars and less pollution. It is a combination of the salty sea air and  the pine perfume and is very beneficial to those with diseases.

All along the island there are a lot of nice terraces (Bol’s center is pedestrian), where you can choose to drink your morning coffee, to have lunch or enjoy an evening cocktail.

Best Beaches In Europe | Isle of Capri

Not many places on earth have landscapes worthy of royal visits, but undoubtedly the Italian Isle of Capri is one of them,  one’s favorite celebrity refugees .
Steep limestone cliffs that rises from the depths of the sea, lush vegetation , turquoise water and luxurious villas with gardens, from ancient The Isle of Capri fascinated many artists and writers like Thomas Mann, Pablo Neruda, Graham Greene, Axel Munthe and Maxim Gorky. Nowadays, many stars – including Keanu Reeves, Mariah Carey, Elton John and Eddie Murphy have here a summer residence. Thanks to spectacular landscapes and romantic atmosphere, the isle of Capri was the perfect location for so many movies, especially for Italian films, whose protagonists were, among others, Tony Curtis, Sophia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Brigitte Bardot, Marcello Mastroiani or Burt Lancaster.
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Initially, the island was colonized by the Greeks, but the history of this little paradise (Isle of Capri ) is about the Emperor Augustus in particular. In the year 29 BC he bought the small island (only 10 km ²) from Naples, in exchange for Ischia island, being captured by the splendor of this place permanently. Equally fascinated and turned out to be his successor, Emperor Tiberius was fascinated by the Isle of Capri that he built 12 villas on the magical land in honor of the 12 gods of Olympus, certainly a sign of gratitude for the uniqueness of the Isle of Capri. Obviously, the presence of two historical figures had an overwhelming influence on the architecture of the isle of Capri and also on urban development. Later, the isle of capri become the favorite destination of Italian, French and British nobles.
You can access Isle of Capri just only by water. To reach the island, the simplest option is a flight to Naples and from there either by ferry from Calata Porta di Massa, either by hydrofoil from Molo Beverello or Mergellina. The journey takes about 40 minutes by hydrofoil, 50 minutes by fast ferry  and 1 hour and 20 minutes by classic ferry. You can rent different boats, private or groups from ports of Naples, Sorrento and Salerno, with prices ranging between 9 and 16 Euro per person, plus tax Storage to arrive in Isle of Capri. Of course, if money is not a problem, the isle of Capri can be reached by helicopter, boat rental or personal yacht …

In terms of gastronomy, in the Isle of Capri there are significant differences compared to the Mediterranean and Neapolitan, the main protagonists remaining olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, oregano, mint, basil, parsley, marjoram, olives and anchovies. In addition to seafood specialties, you can find pasta and pizza, more accessible, but in general, you must be attentive to menu prices, if they are not displayed because you can have surprises …
Among the most important events held here in the Isle of Capri include celebration of St. Constantine (14th) and St. Anthony (June 13), protectors of the island, and Grape Festival (August-September).

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