Thursday, April 26, 2012

Two Beautiful Vacation Destinations

 Hvar, Croatia

This island off the Dalmatian Coast features a mild climate, beautiful beaches, warm winters, idyllic vacation rentals, views and celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Stephen Spielberg, King Abdullah of Jordan, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Bill Gates, Prince Harry and other members of the rich and fabulous. Popular with Europeans, it's been off the map as far as Americans are concerned. There are few places that match Hvar for its natural beauty, rich history and lovely architecture. In addition to a vibrant nightlife and plenty of fun tourist activities, you'll find vast fields of lavender, ancient stands of olive trees and vineyards, and a respect for nature among the people and businesses. Treat yourself to locally produced wine and olives at an intimate inn.  Hvar is widely considered to be one of the 10 most beautiful islands in the world, and its status among celebrities for decades bears witness to its charm. 

Kefalonia, Greece

This old-fashioned, unspoiled Greek island is rich with romantic views. What it lacks in major tourism attractions is made up for in isolated, private beaches, romantic boating, charming local taverns and eateries, and the feeling that you're a world away from the stress of everyday living. You can explore numerous villages tucked away on this verdant island. Many of the buildings are modern, built since a 1953 earthquake. It's the largest of the Ionian Islands, and is widely thought of as one of the most beautiful and authentic. Enjoy impressive landscapes, long, sandy beaches, beautiful churches, traditional villages, Venetian castles, and a National Park.