Tag: Greece

Santorini Wineries to explore

Most famous for its amazing sunset view, the island of Santorini is rapidly becoming a new hotspot for wine lovers. The small volcanic island has cultivated vines for millennia. Archeological evidences show a thriving community of wine making and trading professionals, with recipients of Santorini’s wine reaching all the Mediterranean Continue Reading

City Break in Athens

Renowned all over the world for its rich culture, great historical monuments and multifaceted character, the capital of Greece is a place you should visit once in your lifetime Considered to be the birthplace of classical civilization, Athens features many interesting sights. In terms of sightseeing, the place you certainly have to visit is the iconic Acropolis, a fine sample of classical architecture, and the neighboring New Acropolis Museum exhibiting parts of this unique structure. Sip a coffee on the museum’s terrace overlooking part of this imposing marble structure or just wander around the cobbled streets of nearby Plaka, a quaint area filled with traditional cafes and taverns, as well as souvenir shops. Moreover, there are plenty fun things to do in this fascinating city, when the history buff inside you has seen enough.

 

Acropolis Athens
By Aleksandr Zykov under CC BY-SA 2.0

 

Easily accessible by plane thanks to its luxurious international airport, Eleftherios Venizelos, Athens is flocked with visitors from all over the world, who are more than pleased to find out that there is a plethora of accommodation from budget hotels and hostels to luxurious international accommodation, such as the Holiday Inn Athens Airport Hotel .

Take a walk up and down the city’s biggest shopping street, Ermou, to feast your eyes on fancy and elegant shopping windows. But, make sure you explore the area’s arcades, where hidden little treasures are patiently waiting to be discovered by inquiring visitors. Shops selling antique furniture and vintage clothing, traditional cafes, taverns and spice markets can travel you back in time and give you a taste of old Athens.

 

Afternoon in Ermou Street
By Panos Asproulis under CC BY-ND 2.0

 

Seek the best view from any terrace around central Athens. Apart from the cozy, bohemian and elegant bars, Athens also offers a plethora of roof bars in hotels and hostels. Some of them might only be open for their guests; however, there are still plenty that would be more than happy to serve you a refreshing cocktail with magnificent views.

See the other side of Plaka. For an off the beaten track walk in Plaka, head for the unique neighborhood of Anafiotika. Resembling the tiny Cycladic island of Anafi, the area is filled with cafés and taverns to ease you appetite.

To soak up that all important sun, sea and sand, explore the beaches lining the coast of Attica. From crowded organized beaches to secluded idyllic coves the wider Attica area caters for all tastes. Fun lovers can swim in the beaches of Varkiza and Glyfada featuring top-notch beach bars and beautiful people. Couples and isolators will be more than happy to swim in the coves of Sounio.

Get your checked tablecloth and a basket filled with sandwiches, wine and fruit ready and set off for a pick-nick day in the parks of Attica. You can either spend your day on Filopappou hill overlooking the Acropolis or relax in the lush green surrounding of Andreas Syggros park in the northern suburbs. Have your lunch right beside the gothic church, which is unique in the whole of Greece.  Other choices include the park in Kesariani Shooting Range where you can also use the local snack-bar, and the eco-park of Antonis Tritsis featuring ponds with little ducks, lush green surroundings and information kiosks.

By Zoe Mouchritsa

A whistle stop tour in Rethymno, Crete

The Greek Island of Crete is said to be blessed by Gods and it’s easy to see why. Its stunning coastline, imposing mountains, mix of Minoan and Venetian architecture and spine-tingling (we don’t say that lightly!) cuisine make the island an incredible place to visit. Whether you are looking for total relaxation, floating in turquoise waters, rich and lively nightlife or have a passion for history, Crete will impress you.

If you want a true taste of the island and are planning a full tour, then you should definitely add some space in your schedule for Rethymno. Just two hours from the main town of Heraklion, even if you only have time for a day trip, it’s well worth it.

 

Boat and lighthouse Rethymno, Crete
By Thomas Münter under CC BY 2.0


The Old Town and the restaurants

Discover the Old Town of Rethymno. This should be the starting point of any visit to Rethymno, as well as the place you’ll end up in the evening for a boozy shot of raki or indulging in some divine Cretan cuisine and try some restaurants such as Alana Restaurant. Start of from Paleologos street, where you’ll find a Venetian Lotzia, a lovely 6th century building which is now the Public Library. Wandering around the cobbled streets of the Old Town, which are naturally adorned with pink bougainvilleas, you’ll meet many historical sites of interest. A favourite is the Rimondi Fountain, a leftover from the Corinthian Era complete with elaborate lion heads that still flow with water today. Next up check out the Historical and Folklore Museum, housed in a Venetian townhouse, it offers a real insight into the history of the island. Their permanent exhibition features handmade textiles, traditional costumes and tools and materials from days gone by. At the nearby Church of St Francesco why not relax and take a moment of reflection before continuing to the Mosque Neratzes, formerly a small chapel dedicated to the Mary of Augustans and currently in use as a conservatoire.

 

Historical district of Rethymno on Crete
By Sergey Stoma under CC BY 2.0


The Fortezza fortress

The highlight of the town is The Venetian fortress Fortezza perched high on top of Paleokastro hill. Thanks to its raised position, Fortezza is the symbol of Rethymno and can be seen from every single spot in the town. Once a sanctuary to the Goddess Artemis, and shaped like a star, it was built by the Venetians to keep the town’s inhabitants safe from invasion. Take an hour or two to put yourself in their shoes and discover what it must have been like to live on the island hundreds of years ago. In the summer a newly built theatre the Erophylli offers outdoor music and theatrical performances. It’s hard to beat soaking up a wonderful outdoor theatre performance on a balmy summer evening.

Old Venetian Harbour

Finish your tour with a walk along the old Venetian harbour. The promenade is made for long, easy strolls and simply watching the world go by. It’s lined with colourful buildings, fish tavernas and rows of Turkish and Venetian inspired buildings. At the end of the pier you’ll meet the dramatic lighthouse with a small café which is busy from morning until night. In the evening go back towards the Rimondi Fountain, where you can indulge in a lush evening of food, including local specialities, fresh fish grilled with olive oil and lemon dressing, snails with vegetables and of course, a couple of shots of local raki!

By Zoe Mouchritsa

Spa holidays in Greece – The ultimate in relaxation

Feeling stressed? There’s nothing like a holiday to allow you to press pause on your life. Better yet, a spa holiday makes time stand still. Lose yourself in luxurious treatments and caring hands – you deserve it. Not only does Greece guarantee gorgeous weather, it also has some of the Continue Reading