Today we explore Ayvalik, the home of Turkish olives. Ayvalik is on the northwestern coast of Turkey and is full of artistic and cultural heritage. The city is friendly and relaxed and the surrounding landscape is cultivated with olive trees, a symbol of peace.
Ayvalik has been invaded and occupied by many different populations, from the Macedonians to the Romans and the Byzantines; and there are even some archaeological sites showing evidence of prehistoric settlements in this area.
The Tuscan archipelago preserves an island jewel: the island of Elba. Situated between Corsica and the Tuscan coast, Elba has it all it, verdant landscapes, granite massifs and crystal clear waters. If you are thinking of spending your holidays on the Island of Elba, this island will welcome and surprise you with its scents and colours all year around.
The island of Elba seems to be made for the bicycle, the terrain makes suitable it for all types of cyclist, whether you want to admire the beaches on the coast or take in the fresh air inland, cycling is the best way to travel because it allows you to be fully immersed in nature! So let Netferry give you a few tips on how to get around Elba by bike.
Montenegro is on in the Balkan peninsula and is bathed by the Adriatic Sea. Over the centuries Montenegro has been a crossroads for Mediterranean cultures, from the Romans to the Byzantines and the Slavs. You can see the influence of Roman, Byzantium and Muslim cultures in both Montenegrin art and architecture.
We all know that Greece is a much sought after travel destination, it offers loads to do, see, and taste, not to mention the beaches! There are so many Greek islands to choose from, depending on the type of traveller you are, but Netferry can help you find out which island is best for your holiday!
Greece is made of hundreds of islands that range from remote and solitary to developed and famous. There are islands for wild parties, those with chic and exclusive beach clubs, then don’t forget those islands linked to myths and legends, all you need to do is read our advice to find out which island is best for you! In the previous article on Greek destinations we mentioned Kefalonia, Delos, Hydra and Symi, but today we will explore some other islands.
Copenhagen is known as one of the most expensive cities in Europe, this can pose a challenge for those travelling on a budget. So, in this blog, Netferry provides you with some things to do that won't bust your budget. This list was tried and tested during my trip to Copenhagen, so enjoy your stay with these money-saving activities:
1. Visit the Little Mermaid statue
Are you ready to discover a new side of Turkey? Forget the markets, the smell of incense and the sounds chiming from the minarets, because today Netferry wants to paint a more modern picture of Istanbul. Istanbul is surely one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it brings together the past and present and the East and West. Open green space doesn’t normally come to mind when you think of this bustling city, but there is a forest park close to the city that is something very different from the expected.
Parkorman Park is around 17 kilometres north of Istanbul and its really surprising. Walking through the heart of the forest and listening to the sounds of nature away from the city is an unforgettable experience.
Valona is an Albanian city overlooking the Adriatic Sea and is the second most important port after Durazzo. The region of Vlora is one of the most beautiful areas of Albania, it has a unique light that makes this part of the coast really memorable. There are several places to visit including the Mauride mosque and the Independence museum. There is an extraordinary view of the Gulf of Vlora from Canina Castle Narta Lagoon is a natural wonder worth visiting, it supports a wonderful ecosystem, and the surrounding landscape is really beautiful. Zvernez Island is another great place to visit; you get there by walking through a pine forest, crossing over a long wooden footbridge from the mainland and then you will see the Shen Merise church.
Valona also has great beaches and the sea is extremely clean. You will find the most beautiful stretch of coastline between Valona and Saranda, which has some excellent golden sand beaches, pine forests and olive groves. The best beaches are Dhermiu, Drymades, Jal and Palasa.
The gastronomic tradition in Sicily can be seen as an expression of the mix of peoples and cultures that have lived on the island. This is most evident in Sicily’s capital Palermo, where street food has been part of life here for centuries. All over Palermo, amongst the beautiful architecture and around the monuments you can always find something good and traditional to eat. Palermo is a mosaic of culinary habits, brought here by the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans and up to the Bourbons. The street food tradition in Palermo will win you over with its aromas, colours and flavours.
There are fantastic historic markets around the city such as Vucciria, Ballarò and Borgo Vecchio, where you can find street food stalls preparing good food from very early in the morning. Walking through the alleys of the city you'll hear the voice of Purparu, the octopus seller shouting and the cooks who fry their frittularas and immediately put them up for sale. Frittularas are bits of animal fat fried in lard and served on paper or in a sandwich, a humble snack created by the poor in Palermo. There is also caldume (in Italian) or quarumi (in Sicilian dialect) which is a Sicilian dish containing veal tripe stewed with vegetables, tomato and onion. It is served hot, with salt, pepper, oil, and lemon.