This should be of interest to travellers between the U.K. and Greece.
The news has just come out that Kosmar Holidays has been acquired by Excel Airways Group.
Kosmar is a leading specialist in travel to Greece while Excel has been expanding its number of charter flights to various Greek destinations. In season they have flights to Mykonos and Santorini for easy ferry transfer to Paros. Kosmar maintains an office on Paros as well.
This is the link for more details of the acquisition:
Check out Excel’s flight schedule here: http://www.xl.com/
And for a delightful virtual tour of Greece check out Kosmar’s site: http://www.kosmar.co.uk/
I love their opening description:
Have you ever dreamt of a holiday paradise with unspoilt beaches and
crystal-clear seas, where lazy, sun soaked days are followed by breathtaking
sunsets and warm, laughter filled evenings mellow into starry, starry
Kosmar will make your dream a reality!
Their description of Paros is excellent:
Paros is in many ways the perfect example of a typical Cycladic island.It's
lively and attractive capital port of Parikia is a maze of winding streets
(deliberately designed to confuse invading pirates long enough for the islanders
to escape) which are now full of fascinating shops, smart restaurants and
tavernas, and busy music bars. Around the coastline there are numerous wonderful
sandy beaches with safe swimming in warm clear waters, and Paros is large enough
to keep you busy exploring by hire car or local bus for several days, before you
turn your sights on trips to neighbouring islands. The closest is Antiparos, a
tiny satellite island just across the water from Parikia, with another superb
sandy beach and a little resort village of its own. Further afield, depending on
the time of season and inter-island ferry timetable, it's possible to visit
Naxos, Ios and even the dramatic volcanic beauty of Santorini. Rather quieter
than Parikia is the beautiful village of Naoussa (pronounced Now-sah), set on
its own bay some fifteen minutes north of town by bus. There's a
eucalyptus-shaded square, and a tiny fishing harbour surrounded by fresh fish
tavernas which will have you reaching for your camera every five minutes!
Naoussa has its own shingle and pebble coves, with windsurfing out in the bay.
Nightlife in Naoussa is fairly laid back, with some friendly music bars and a
couple of discos, (although it gets quite busy in July and August), and for more
action, Parikia is just a short bus or taxi ride away. If you have a hire car,
or you're a keen walker (allow 30-40 minutes) you'll find long stretches of fine
yellow sand at Santa Maria and along the peninsula to the north. Other great
beaches can be reached by buses from Parikia over to the east coast village of
Piso Livadi, and Chryssi Akti (Golden Beach). For an all-round holiday with a
good selection of things to see and do, fine sandy beaches and lively nightlife,
we can definitely recommend Paros - it's what Greek island holidays are all
So while I recommend both Excel and Kosmar to get our personalised view of Paros see: http://ParosParadise.com
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- At April 14, 2006 5:20 PM Chana said...
What a beautiful place you live in....Happy Easter to you and your wife.