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Athens
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It’s touristy. It’s crowded. You may have selfie sticks constantly swinging in your face. However, Santorini is a dream. It is worth the trip if you have never been. I have been several times and each time I am impressed. There’s a breadth of experiences possible. It’s a big island so many excursions can be planned for. For the romantic, think sunset cruises, private dinners with a caldera view, beautiful walks, scenic boat trips and wine tastings. If you didn’t know, Santorini produces the best wines in Greece. But if you are .....only going once in your life, it will be that memorable because the scenery is just that stunning. There is no place like it in the world and that in itself makes it so romantic. Don’t you think? Tip: You can avoid the crowds by booking your romantic holiday outside of peak summer season (June – August). Show less
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Parnassus
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Parnassus, Greece
I got to milk a sheep. No harm done to anyone or thing in the process. I was pretty proud of myself.  After all, farm animals weren’t a daily thing growing up in Brooklyn and suburban New York. So, how did I find myself milking a fluffy sheep named Dimitra? I was on a fun foodie mission, actually it was a farm-to-table tour in the Greek mountains organized by  the Montanema Handmade Village.
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Acropolis of Athens
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Acropolis of Athens, Greece
This is without a doubt the most important of all sites in Greece. It dominates the entire skyline of the city, and you’ll first see it as you randomly walk down a street, blending with the ruggedness of the city, and complimenting the concrete jungle. It’s one of the most important civilizations in the world that dates back to 477 B.C and don’t only offers panoramic views, but also a glimpse into the past.
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Greeka.com
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According to the tradition, windmills on the Greek islands are normally solid buildings, with three floors, shaped in a cylindrical way and made of stone. Some of them also include small windows and a pointed roof, commonly made of wood. Other than that, there are about twelve wooden fan blades on top of the structure. Each of them has a triangular wing of a very sturdy kind of fabric (the cotton used for sails in boats). Following the logic of physics, whenever the wind blows (and the Aegean sees some strong gusts), .....the windmill will carry the movement to a central axis inside the building itself. This will force the grind stones into a rotational movement. The top floor housed the grinding mechanism to take advantage of the force that the movement would imply. The flour that each mill produces was stored on the second floor. Finally, on the ground floor, locals kept the raw grain and the resulting flour. Building a windmill was not cheap, and the construction site needed to be picked carefully. Factors such as exposure to the right winds (usually northern) and the ease for the workers and the donkeys. The need for strong winds was a key factor, for that reason windmills are often on hillsides or on the edge of capes, but still always close to the main villages. Show less
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Corfu
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Corfu Town is especially famous for its two great fortresses, the Old and the New Fortress, on the one and the other side of the Old Town. The Old fortress is the most impressive castle in Corfu, built in the 15th century by renowned Venetian engineers on the site of a former Byzantine tower. It is situated on top of the promontory of Corfu Town and only a few steps from Spianada square. The fortress originally housed high society members, militaries and noblemen, but later it was also used for defense .....purposes with the addition of an artificial moat around it. Nowadays, the Old Fortress hosts the Public Library, buildings of the Ionian University and the open space in front of the Chapel of Saint George is used for concerts and other outdoor events. The New Fortress is a massive Venetian Castle located just above the old port, on the hill of Saint Mark, with impressive Venetian symbols carved on its gate. This fortress was again built by the Venetians, but parts of it were reconstructed by the British in later years. The New Fortress may be less impressive than the Old fortress, yet it offers stunning views from its high top to the Old Town of Corfu. Many paintings, photography and sculpture exhibitions take place on its grounds every year. Show less
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Lefkada
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Lefkada, Greece
You’ll have seen it in postcards long before you arrive, but trust us, the real-life version of Kathisma beach is beyond any expectation. Situated on the west coast of Lefkada, close to Agios Nikitas village, Kathisma is one of the most popular beaches of the island. You bet there’s a reason for that! Nestled in a sandy piece of heaven, Kathisma has cyan hued waters, ideal for swimming! This beautiful beach is surrounded by lush green mountains that create an exotic scenery. Behind the beach, you’ll find a wide selection of hotels, cafes, .....and restaurants, where you can enjoy a meal after a long day of swimming and sunbathing. Pure bliss! Tip: If you’re searching for the perfect place to spend your holidays in Lefkada, need look no further than Heliotropia Houses in Vassiliki! This beautiful accommodation is ideal for a relaxing stay just a breath away from the sea! Show less
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Peloponnese
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Peloponnese, Greece
Peloponnese, Greece
Peloponnese, Greece
Peloponnese is a very beautiful part of Greece full of picturesque towns, archaeological sites, incredible nature and unique beaches. If you would like to discover the real Greece, you should do a road trip to Peloponnese. Some interesting places around Monemvasia worth visiting are:
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Agios Nikolaos
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Agios Nikolaos, Greece
Agios Nikolaos, Greece
Agios Nikolaos, Greece
This castle is known for its captivating sunsets. The Castle of Agios Nikolaos is named after a church carved in a rock and dedicated to Agios Nikolaos. It was built in the 13th century, standing high to serve as an observation point. After the earthquake of 1956, part of the fortified settlement collapsed and there is only a part of the watchtower left. Today the castle is a museum as well as a musical instrument workshop. 
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Acropolis Museum
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One of the great things about walking around the Industrial Gas Museum, is it is very easy to find your way around. Even though the Technopolis complex is quite large, there are plenty of signs, and all the buildings are numbered. Inside each building, are examples of machinery, tools, and instruments from the old gasworks. The scale of some of the machinery and pipework is amazing! The museum explains in detail the function of the machinery, and the process involved in converting coal to gas suitable for lighting.
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Parthenon
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Definitely the best known ancient site in Greece, the Acropolis is one of those monuments that you simply cannot miss. You can spend as much time as you want up on the Acropolis hill, but in general one and a half hours is about enough to appreciate the Parthenon and all the other temples in the complex, and take in the views of Athens. In order to appreciate better the history of the ancient site, try to read up before you visit. Alternatively, you might want to get a guided tour of the Acropolis.
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National Archaeological Museum
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We’re not museum people. We love history and information and all that. But we just don’t like museums. But the Delphi museum is excellent! The museum positions the archaeological site in the proper historical context. It follows Greek history from the late Helladic/early Mycenaean period through Classical Greece and Hellenistic Greece, ending at the Roman conquest and the rise of the Byzantine Empire. Despite the broad period of time covered by the museum, it doesn’t bore or disappoint. The modern building at the base of the mountain holds the artifacts that were .....removed from the site. Statues and friezes are the most prevalent artifacts in the museum. The friezes were interesting and are essentially high reliefs around the exterior of buildings. Truly the statues are inspiring. Some of our favorites were the twin Cleobis and Biton statues, standing regally side-by-side. For many visitors, the towering Sphinx of Naxos is the highlight. However, the most important piece in the museum is The Charioteer. This priceless original bronze statue is one of the greatest original treasures from ancient Greece. This statue is believed to have originally stood in a place of honor beside the Temple of Apollo and was erected to honor someone’s victory in Delphi’s Pythian Games. The details on the statue are remarkable! Show less
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Archaeological site of Mycenae
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Archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece
Archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece
Archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece
Archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece
Archaeological site of Mycenae, Greece
Mycenae was once the most powerful kingdom of the ancient Greek world. Rising to prominence in 1300 BC, this was the city from where King Agamemnon launched his war against Troy. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its most famous features being the Lion's Gate and the magnificent tombs.
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Serifos
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Serifos, Greece
I covered the growing organized racing circuit craze in the Greek islands and how it is helping the tourism sector here for CNN. I also posted a first-hand experience of running my second Serifos Sunset Race 2015 on the blog here.  There’s nothing like finishing a race on a breathtaking island beach at sunset.
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Fantasy Travel
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Fantasy Travel, Greece
A critical part of how I approach trip planning now is to create a custom map of where I’m going.  I find it helps big time because you start getting a clearer picture of where things are in proximity to one another and it also acts as your real GPS map when you’re on the road. Tip: View the Greek Island Hopping 14 Day planning map in full screen and create a copy for yourself.  Make tweaks for your own trip and in Google Maps, you’ll be able to view .....it by going into the menu, selecting “My Places” and the “Maps” tab. Show less
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Meteora
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Meteora, Greece
This museum probably comes as a surprise in this article but we can tell you that it is worth the visit… This is the newest entry to the few-in-number natural history museums in Greece and has three sections: the Mammals and Birds on the ground floor and the Mushrooms on the first floor. This modern museum hosts a fantastic collection of wildlife that resides in the Rocks of Meteora and in the wider region. Very impressive is also the Mushroom Collection with mushrooms of fantastic shapes and colors. The Meteora Natural .....History Museum is housed in a newly-constructed building in the center of Kalambaka, the base town for Meteora. Show less
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Pireas
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Gray Line by Athens Open Tour’s Get-On-Get-Off Bus stops right at the Piraeus cruise terminals providing a simple yet thorough way to explore Athens in 1 day. Tickets can be purchased online with flexibility to choose the Athens line, Piraeus line, Riviera and Beaches line, or any combination of the three for either 24-hours, 48-hours, or 72-hours. Tickets include headphones and audio commentary about the roads driven on, buildings passed, and general facts about the city. Even if you don’t do much getting on and getting off, the bus is a .....fun, low-effort way to experience Athens and get a taste of its history. Show less
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Rafina port
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Rafina port, Greece
Rafina port, Greece
Rafina port, Greece
Rafina port, Greece
Rafina port, Greece
Tinos is one of the Cyclades islands. You need to take a ferry there, and it's just a couple of hours from Athens (Rafina Port), and 20 minutes from Mykonos. Tinos can be reached from both Piraeus and Rafina ports in Athens, but Rafina is a better choice if you're going directly from Athens airport. There are several ferries and high-speed ferries to choose from, departing at various times of the day.  If you get sea-sick easily, we definitely recommend the slower ferries. Read this more extensive article on how to get to Tinos from Athens.
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Corinth Canal
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Corinth Canal, Greece
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Corinth Canal, Greece
Corinth Canal, Greece
Corinth Canal, Greece
Although in other European countries the train is the most usual method of transportation, in Greece the railway network is relatively small. Trains in Greece can be express or slow. The main rail connection is from Athens to Thessaloniki. Many schedules are express and the trip between these two cities lasts for about 5 hours. There are also slow trains from Thessaloniki to towns of northern Greece, such as Drama, Xanthi, and Alexandroupoli. The other main rail network is from Athens to Corinth and Patra. To check the train schedules .....and book tickets, passengers may have a look at the Greek Railway Organization (called OSE). Show less
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National Archaeological Museum
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National Archaeological Museum, Greece
National Archaeological Museum, Greece
National Archaeological Museum, Greece
National Archaeological Museum, Greece
As the sacred home of the Olympian gods, you can imagine how the region reflects the fascinating culture of ancient Greece. In the town of Dion, the most critical battles in antiquity between Greeks and Romans took place in the region. Many turned to Christianity when the apostle named Paul visited Methoni in 50-51 A.D., on his way to Athens.  The area later fell under Ottoman rule like the rest of Macedonia.
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Navagio
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Navagio, Greece
Navagio, Greece
Navagio, Greece
Navagio, Greece
Navagio, Greece
A site of the famed 1980 shipwreck which rests on a sandy cove framed by cliffs. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. From Navagio Beach It’s a must destination in you Zante tour. Traveling up the hill to see the shipwreck from the top is not yet enough. You need to have a close focus in close proximity. Come to the beach. Getting here you are welcomed by the crystal clear water and the soft sand. The beach is very famous for the spectacular shipwreck here, which was at one .....point a major delivery vessel for illegal cigarettes. The clarity of the waters is another thing which adds to the uniqueness of the island and popularity of the beach. Show less
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Archaeological Museum of Chora
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Archaeological Museum of Chora, Greece
Archaeological Museum of Chora, Greece
Archaeological Museum of Chora, Greece
Archaeological Museum of Chora, Greece
Archaeological Museum of Chora, Greece
One of the evenings while at the island visit the busy square of Agia Levia in Chora, a perfect spot for you to relax. Make sure you get a seat next to the wall in one of the cafes so as you will manage to view the coming and going of the Chic yacht visitors.
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Caretta Beach Holiday Village
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Caretta Beach Holiday Village, Greece
Caretta Beach Holiday Village, Greece
Caretta Beach Holiday Village, Greece
Caretta Beach Holiday Village, Greece
Caretta Beach Holiday Village, Greece
You cannot lack the word Zakynthos and the big Caretta Caretta turtles in the same sentence. Zante is known for the big turtles that you can easily get in the waters. If you are lucky enough you will also see them getting their eggs laid on the beach. The Marine Park is located in the southern part of the island, in a place called the Turtle Island or simply Marathonissi Island. Marathonhsi These beautiful creatures will also be spotted in the Zakynthos Marine Park. This is a destination with beautiful and clear waters which makes .....it very easy to spot the turtles in their natural habitat. You can go kayaking or use a taxi boat from Laganas Beach to get to this awesome destination. Here you need to go with a company that practices safe animal snorkeling. You, therefore, need a simple research to get the best company that will protect the interest of the animals as much as you have fun. Getting too roundy on them actually makes them stressed and you actually get to harm their ecosystems. The big turtles are not the only thing you will see in the Ionian Sea. There are so many hard and soft corals that you need to see and probably take a souvenir. The park is full of fish and great crustacean life. Show less
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Pireas
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Pireas, Greece
By ferry, it takes 2.5 to 5 hours to cruise from Mykonos to Athens. There are two ports in Athens, Piraeus and Rafina. Piraeus is the bigger port but many ferries also sail to Rafina. When booking your ferry tickets, look at options for both of these ports to give you more options. By ferry, even during the summer months, most ferries do not arrive in Athens until 1 pm or later. This eats up a lot of your valuable time in Athens, giving you only one full day on this .....itinerary. Another option, which might save you some time, is to fly from Mykonos to Athens. Flights last 45 minutes and if you schedule your flights far enough in advance, it can be quite economical (I found numerous flights at $53 USD per person). Once in Athens, get settled into your hotel. Show less
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National Garden
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There are several organised tours that run to the Cape Sounion area from Athens. These range from half-day Sounion tours to full-day Sounion tours. In the immediate vicinity of the Temple of Poseidon, you have a small beach, a scattering of tavernas and the Sounion National Park. These attractions will take up about half of your day. It is difficult to further explore the area without having your own transportation. Day tours like this one also take you to some of the area’s smaller Greek seaside towns, or they enable .....you to experience the supposed healing powers of Lake Vouliagmeni. Day tours also work out cheaper than hiring a cab (unless there’s a bunch of you). Show less
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Gazi
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Just a short walk away from Kerameikos cemetery, Gazi area is more popular for nightlife, but it also offers a few decent options for lunch in the area. You can try Kanella on Konstantinoupoleos street, or pretty much any restaurant on Dekeleon Street.
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Acropolis of Athens
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Getting to Delphi is part of the fun. Where is Delphi? It is located about 75 miles (as the crow flies) north and west of Athens on the south side of Mount Parnassus in southern Greece. Unfortunately, due to mountains, it is a distance of about 110 miles driving. Visitors wishing to come to here really have four main options to get there:
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Andros
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Andros, Greece
Andros, Greece
Unlike the most popular islands, such as Santorini, Mykonos and Rhodes, Andros and Tinos have a rather short tourist season, which is basically July and August. Even early September isn’t considered “the tourist season” anymore, and many family hotels close down after mid-September. That is not to say, however, that you won’t find anywhere to stay. You can always find accommodation, and it’s totally worth visiting Andros and Tinos in the off-season. You will then find what most tourists are after – the authentic, Real Greece.
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Platamon Castle
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Platamon Castle, Greece
Platamon Castle, Greece
Platamon Castle, Greece
Platamon Castle, Greece
Platamon Castle, Greece
The Platamonas Castle, found on a rocky hill and with splendid views of the shores of Platamonas, is a 10th century Byzantine-built structure. It was built between 1204 and 1222 in northern Greece and southeast of Mount Olympus. The tower is a medieval fortress.  You can’t miss the castle from the old National Road and it is regarded as a trademark of the Prefecture of Pieria and just a short distance from the town of Platamonas. 
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Corinth
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Corinth, Greece
Also referred to as Acrocorinth, this is a monolithic rock that towers over the ancient city of Corinth in Greece. Acrocorinth is considered one of the most important medieval castle sites of Greece. In 1965-66 the bridge over the dry moat and the guardhouse at the entrance were restored.  
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Pyrgos
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Pyrgos, Greece
Pyrgos is a must-see village when visiting Santorini. The castle of Pyrgos was also built for protective purposes, being possibly the most recent castle built, which was around 1580.  Venetian invaders constructed the castle as protection from the pirates and is similar in looks to the fortress of Skaros. The castle is well-preserved and there are two beautiful churches inside the castle. 
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Thessaloniki
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Thessaloniki, Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece
Thessaloniki, Greece
Pinay Flying HighApril 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm#Ahhhhh this is so close to Thessaloniki! I will drag my husband there next time we’re in Greece. 🙂 Pinning this! ReplyMarissa TejadaApril 4, 2016 at 1:25 pm#Hi Noemi, Yes, a great little trip from Thessaloniki! Thanks for sharing 😀 ReplySeatosee Ενοικαζόμενα δωμάτιαJuly 4, 2016 at 12:22 pm#It is near thessaloniki and combines sea and mountain. Also the road from and to thessaloniki is great and you can be there in 40-50 minutes! ReplyMarissa TejadaJuly 5, 2016 at 9:22 am#Hi there! .....Yes, absolutely. The combination of sea and mountain views are really lovely. ReplySeatosee Ενοικιαζόμενα δωμάτια πέραμοςJuly 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm#I also have to say that great spot at pieria is Palaios Panteleimonas where both food and view is magnificent. You can combine it with a bath at a beach near the castle! ReplyMarissa TejadaJuly 22, 2016 at 2:42 pm#Thanks for the tip. It is so gorgeous at Palaios Panteleimonas. It was too cold when I was there for a dip but I imagine it is heavenly in the summer.Greece | Skipping The Cobblestones of Palaios Panteleimonas - pinay flying high - Doha Blogger | Travel, Expat, Foodpinay flying high – Doha Blogger | Travel, Expat, FoodJuly 12, 2016 at 9:58 am#[…] very long time ago, I came across this blog post of My Greece, My Travels called A Weekend in Pieria and as I learnt that it’s so close from The Greek Mister’s city, I asked him why he […] Reply Show less
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Montanema Handmade Village
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Montanema Handmade Village, Greece
Montanema Handmade Village, Greece
Montanema Handmade Village, Greece
Montanema Handmade Village, Greece
Montanema Handmade Village, Greece
I blogged about the Lake Plastiras in northern Greece and all of the great outdoorsy experiences you can have there like hiking, horseback riding and local food touring. The other fantastic memory of my time there was my stay experience at the new five-star resort set right in the Pindos Mountains called Montanema Handmade Village. The location boasted such lush views of sloping cliffs filled with fragrant pine trees, the opposite of the beaches and islands Greece is famous for among tourists. The architecture of the resort incorporated locally inspired element of nature and culture. It .....was a unique experience, another beautiful view of Greece’s diverse landscape. Show less
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Muses Residence Koukaki - My Greek Vacations
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Petani Bay Hotel
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Petani Bay Hotel, Greece
Petani Bay Hotel, Greece
Petani Bay Hotel, Greece
Petani Bay Hotel, Greece
Petani Bay Hotel, Greece
Petani Bay Hotel, Greece
I loved staying at the Petani Bay Hotel, a luxury boutique hotel located in the western corner of Kefalonia, an island in the Ionian Sea.  Built on a cliff, the hotel’s views were amazing (especially from the infinity pool) and the hospitality was great.  I still remember smelling all of those roses that were blooming on the path to the rooms.
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Ionian Islands
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Ionian Islands, Greece
Yes, you read that right! While I’d love to see them all someday, there are just a dozen islands that make up the core of the Greek islands that we know and love. I first visited Greece during The Yacht Week and it was love at first sight. The people, the food, the beaches, and the laidback way of life will pull you in and you’ll neer want to leave. But, which are the best Greek Islands to visit? It all depends on you and what you’re looking for! From party havens to .....deserted beaches, you will find a bit of everything here. Show less
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Euboea
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Euboea, Greece
This incredible five-star hotel boasts views like this.  The location features ancient natural thermal spas and wonderful spa facilities that make use of the healthful and healing thermal waters that Evia island is blessed with. Plus, our Travel Bloggers Greece group celebrated our one-year anniversary here together which made it even more memorable. For more, check out my post:  Natural Thermal Baths: Thermae Sylla Spa
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Spetses
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Spetses, Greece
Spetses, Greece
Experiencing the gastronomy and hospitality at one of the most elegant Greek island hotels, The Poseidonion Grand, was part of my unforgettable itinerary on Spetses island. Biking to the beaches, taking in jaw dropping sea views and breathing in incredibly fresh pine scented air (on an almost car-free island) was priceless.
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Poros
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I had only been to Poros Town, the main town of Poros island, just a few times and never more than a few hours.  This time around I got to experience the beach resort side of life and was it stunning. The family-run New Aegli Hotel really met my expectations for a relaxed, laid-back holiday. For more on this stay experience check out my post: New Aegli Beach Hotel on Poros: Sea View Beauty You can also check out my review in the Telegraph Travel section: New Aegli Hotel.
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Hydra
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Hydra, Greece
Board the boat at Athens Piraeus port bound for Hydra. The journey takes approximately one hour and 45 minutes. Opting to choose one of the earlier ferries allows for more time to explore beautiful little Hydra. The first day of your Saronic Gulf itinerary can be spent wandering through the streets and alleys of Hydra’s port before finding a scenic spot to watch the sunset. On day two, get up bright and early and wake yourself up in true Greek style with an iced Freddo espresso. Wander along the coastal .....path to Kamini and Vlychos and enjoy fresh seafood delicacies at Christine’s tavern. If you still have energy to burn, backtrack towards Hydra port and walk up to the Prophet Elias monastery for breathtaking panoramas over the Saronic Gulf. Show less
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WALK SHOES
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WALK SHOES, Greece
WALK SHOES, Greece
WALK SHOES, Greece
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WALK SHOES, Greece
WALK SHOES, Greece
My advice to ladies: bring a pair of comfortable shoes or pretty flat sandals. The little chapels on islands are often challenging to get to by foot. Plus, you’ll likely want to switch to comfy shoes to dance in later on. Comfortable dresses that are long, flowy (watch out for the island winds) are a great option for women.  Also, take a scarf in case it gets chilly at night. Suits for men.
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Venetian Arsenal
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Venetian Arsenal, Greece
Venetian Arsenal, Greece
Venetian Arsenal, Greece
The city of Heraklion is full of museums whether you’re interested in history and culture, art, or natural history. As you move from 1 museum to the next, you’ll pass the traditional fishing harbour, Venetian fortress, Venetian Dockyards and can also make your way up the main shopping street, past the Venetian Loggia and Venetian Lion Fountain to the Cathedral. Some of the best museums in Heraklion include:
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Archaeological Site of Olympia
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Archaeological Site of Olympia, Greece
Archaeological Site of Olympia, Greece
Archaeological Site of Olympia, Greece
Archaeological Site of Olympia, Greece
Archaeological Site of Olympia, Greece
Now the Peloponnese road trip is starting to get interesting. Ancient Olympia is one of a historically important city in Greece, having been the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Before the games began to be staged across the world, they used to be held in Ancient Olympia, and every four years, each city in Greece used to send its outstanding athlete to take part in the games in honor of Zeus, the father of gods and men. During the games, any war or conflict would be ceased, and the winners .....would walk away with an olive garland and everlasting glory.  So a visit to Ancient Olympia gives you an opportunity to learn about the history of the Olympic Games and have a race at the remnants of ancient stadiums as we did. Show less
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Archaeological Museum of Olympia
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Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Greece
Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Greece
Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Greece
Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Greece
Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Greece
Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Greece
Next to the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia is the Archaeological Museum of Olympia. This is one of the largest and most impressive museums in Greece. It was inaugurated in 1984 and its exhibits were relocated there from the old archaeological museum, which now hosts the Museum of Ancient Olympic Games. The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Olympia has many rooms and hosts some of the most marvelous ancient Greek marvels, including the statue of Hermes of Praxiteles, the statue of Nike of Paeonius and the wonderful frieze from the temple of Olympian Zeus.
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Zakynthos
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Zakynthos, Greece
Zakynthos, Greece
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Zakynthos, Greece
Zakynthos, Greece
The best time to see the Loggerheads on Turtle Island Zakynthos is actually during the best time to visit Greece, between May and October. In 2018, a record number of the animals were found on the shores of Laganas Beach with more than 1,460 nests being counted by scientists. This means that while they are still very rare, the numbers are increasing and you have a better chance of spotting them now than in the past decade or so. Scientists consider Zante to be one of the most important endangered sea turtle .....nesting grounds and habitats in the world, so during the summer months, you may find that staff and a few volunteers from the National Marine Park of Zakynthos will be perusing the beaches, handing out pamphlets about the turtles and educating tourists, and stopping people from accidentally damaging their most important nesting areas. This the summertime is likely the best time to visit Zakynthos if you’re looking to see these turtles and learn about them from the experts who study them year-round. Show less
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Porto Limnionas Tavern
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Porto Limnionas Tavern, Greece
Porto Limnionas Tavern, Greece
Porto Limnionas Tavern, Greece
Porto Limnionas Tavern, Greece
Porto Limnionas Tavern, Greece
The moment you thought you have exhausted the entire Zakynthos Island, you just discover there are other better sceneries that you have not yet set your foot in. Porto Limnionas is definitely the most scenic coves on the island. Limnionas is located in the deep natural harbor which is surrounded by the multicolored cliffs offering the best photo caption site in the island. It also hosts some of the clearest water you will ever see anywhere. The green rocks in the harbor reflect the sun rays from below thus lighting the sea just .....like an aquarium. It’s a superb view that gives you a great experience. Show less
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Ancient Agora of Athens
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Stepping back into Ancient Civilizations for a moment, how can you not remember the famous Delphi Oracle? From the 7th century BC to the 3-4th century AD, the Oracle was the most famous person in the world…and perhaps the most powerful. The high priestess at Delphi (and it was always a woman) was known as the The Pythia and she oversaw the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. But more importantly, she was believed to speak for the Greek god of Apollo on Earth. That’s a lot of power. For centuries, no major .....decision anywhere in Ancient Greece was undertaken without consulting The Pythia. People would travel across the known worlds to visit Apollo’s Oracle and receive “divine” guidance. The Pythia or Oracle at Delphi served up common-sense advice in a simpler time. She offered advice to leaders, settled disputes, and provided practical guidance. In later times, it was rumored she had visions and predictions of the future, although where those legends started, nobody really knows since it is not supported in the writings of the ancient Greeks. Show less
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Panathenaic Stadium
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This impressive stadium was originally constructed in the 4th century BC, and was later restored to host the first modern Olympic Games, which took place in 1896. Nowadays it is used for concerts and other events, but can also be visited during daytime. Until you are inside the Stadium, you won’t be able to appreciate its size – it is really huge! Make sure you also visit the small but informative museum section. Note that entrance to the Stadium is not included in the combined ticket of the Acropolis and other sites. .....You can read more here about the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. Show less
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Monastiraki
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Definitely a lot more touristy than it was 20-30 years ago, Monastiraki market, on Ifestou street and around, is a place where you can find many unrelated things, among which army clothes and shoes and camping gear. There are also lots of vinyl record shops, bead shops, and plenty of tacky and not-so-tacky souvenirs. On Sundays the area around Monastiraki has even more flea markets. If you feel like it, go to the 360 rooftop café / bar, offering some of the best rooftop views of the Acropolis.
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Athens Tours Greece
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The best way to get around the greater Athens area is with a tour, especially if you want a guide of information as you visit each place. We used Greece Athens Tours, who not only gave us a tour of downtown Athens, but took us to these more hidden spots as well. If you want to get everything done in one swoop and not have to worry, this tour is for you.
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Halkidiki
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Halkidiki, Thessaloniki
Halkidiki, Thessaloniki
Halkidiki, Thessaloniki
Halkidiki, Thessaloniki
Halkidiki, Thessaloniki
Once you’ve picked up your rental car, it’s time to drive! Most locations on Halkidiki Peninsula can be reached within 1-2 hours of driving from Thessaloniki. Known as the place where locals in Greece actually go to have a vacation, Halkidiki has the same blindingly-blue waters as the Greek islands but with a fraction of the tourists. It’s here that we start our foray into Northern Greece!
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