Warnemünde, Germany

Warnemünde is a seaside resort at the mouth of the Warnow; north of the city of Rostock and overlooking the Baltic Sea. It is a small town known for having beautiful beaches of 150 meters wide, its small fishing port, the sale of fresh fish on the spot and its walk along the Old Canal, with several restaurants, pubs and kiosks selling typical or craft products depending on the season of the year. It is also an important port of call for cruise ships and tourism is one of its most important resources. You can find an old lighthouse built in 1897 that still operates and close to it, a building called Teepott (teapot in German) with a curved roof that dates from 1926; it was renovated in 2002; it houses restaurants. In the old part of the city, you will find picturesque fishermen’s houses, very well maintained. You can also visit the church dating from 1866.

Tips

If you want to go to Rostock and you are 4 people or more, you can take a train ticket for the group traveling together and you will get a very good price. You will have to go to the Tourist Office to get it.

If you visit the city while doing a cruise, it is possible to visit Warnemünde and Rostock in the same day.

In summer it is possible to visit the lighthouse tower (37 meters high) from where you can have a very beautiful view of the Baltic Sea even as the northern districts of Rostock.

Aghia Efimia, Kefalonia, Greece

Aghia Efimia, situated 7 km north of Sami and 30 km from Argostoli, is a little fishing village on the east-coast of Kefalonia Island, surrounded by mountains to the north, west and south, which form the Pyllaros Valley. It was once one of the island’s more important centres of trade with stately homes and mansions but unluckily there was an earthquake in 1953 that destroyed the village completely; however with the help from France, they rebuilt it. From the village to Sami, the beaches are made up of white pebbles. It has a natural bay and beach and the water is really clean so it makes snorkeling a very recommended activity. The village is so centrally located on Kefalonia island, that it is also a perfect accommodation base to explore the rest of the island. It is still a very peaceful place with very friendly people taking care of you. The village offers you all you need. There are bars, cafés and taverns where you can enjoy typical food. There is also a new walkway beyond the harbour lined with benches.

Tips

There are some small pebbly coves and some beaches where the only possibility to go is by boat. You can hire a motor boat or take a taxi boat. None of the beaches have any facilities such as loungers and umbrellas for rent so you must take anything you need with you; especially bottled water.
There’s the local church of Saint Efimia who celebrates its day with a barbeacue and dancing (July, 10th).
You can also take a water taxi to visit the neighbouring islands of Ithaca and Lefkas or book a private tour too.
There’s a bus service operating among the villages nearby or from Argostoli.

Aigues-Mortes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France

Aigues-Mortes is a French commune in the Gard department in Languedoc-Roussillon, 35 km from Nimes and 30 km from Montpellier. It is connected to the sea through the channel of Grau-du-Roi. The city itself is at a crossroads channels. It is also a medieval town of the thirteenth century, where there are many monuments and vestiges of the Middle Ages. The town is an ancient fortified city that was originally a small fishing village and salt gatherers. There are 1640m² of walls that keep well, with six towers, the best known is the Constance Tower and ten doors. It was Louis IX who built the canal to have an opening on the East for his crusades (XIII century). Its economy is based on salt with a production of 500,000 tons per year. Currently, she is also a tourist resort too. To see: the ramparts; Carbonnière Tower that protected the city from any invasion by land; the Church of Our Lady of Sablons, the Chapel of Grey Penitents and the Chapel of White penitents, among others.

Tips

For the best pictures, go on the ramparts; you will also have a beautiful view of the entire region of the Camargue.
Also consult the schedule at the tourist office as there are several events and performances on the ramparts all year long.
If you visit the city in the second week of October, you can attend the celebration of the end of the harvest and the end of the harvest salt.