Ταξίδια μυαλού… | Guest Bloggers


Είναι πλέον γεγονός ότι όλοι διανύουμε μία πραγματικά σκληρή αλλά και πρωτόγνωρη περίοδο. Πρέπει όμως να σημειωθεί ότι για εμάς τους Έλληνες είναι πραγματικός εφιάλτης! Και λογικό δηλαδή! Όσο σκέφτομαι ότι θα απολαύσω ξανά αυτήν την ομορφιά της χωράς μου, ζωντανά, σε τόσο καιρό κυριολεκτικά απογοητεύομαι. Μου είναι αδύνατο να μην έχω στο μυαλό μου τις απίστευτες αναμνήσεις που έχω δημιουργήσει σε μέρη που έχω επισκεφτεί και όλες τις εμπειρίες που έχω αποκτήσει από μικρές εξορμήσεις σε όλη την Ελλάδα.

Οι αγαπημένες μου βέβαια διακοπές είναι αυτές του χειμώνα. Ξέρω ότι έχουμε από τα πιο ωραία καλοκαίρια με top θερινούς προορισμούς αλλά είναι αδύνατο να μη συμπεριλάβω στη travel bucket list μου, τα  γραφικά Μετέωρα των οποίων οι σκοτεινόχρωμοι βράχοι από ψαμμίτη υψώνονται έξω από την Καλαμπάκα της Θεσσαλίας. Το άγριο και απροσπέλαστο τοπίο αποτελεί σημείο αναφοράς και Μνημείο Παγκόσμιας Κληρονομιάς, λόγω της ιστορίας του συμπλέγματος. Βέβαια, οι χειμερινές διακοπές χρειάζονται και το χιόνι τους! Και τι καλύτερο μετά από την βόλτα στα Μετέωρα; Σκι στο χιονισμένο Ανήλιο Ιωαννίνων φυσικά!! Είναι χτισμένο στις πλαγιές της βόρειας Πίνδου και απέναντι από το Μέτσοβο. Για εμένα που αγαπώ τη ζωγραφική, μια βόλτα στο ποτάμι και στα στενά του Μετσόβου είναι αρκετή για να γεμίσω το sketchbook μου και να δώσω γεύση στις αναμνήσεις μου από παραδοσιακό, κλασικό Μετσοβόνε.

Το όνειρο μου όμως συνεχίζεται.. Και πού με πάει ο νους; Στην καρδιά της Ελλάδας! Στην επιβλητική Ἀθῆναι. Στη γενέτειρα της Δημοκρατίας. Το κέντρο των τεχνών, της γνώσης και της φιλοσοφίας. Έδρα της Ακαδημίας του Πλάτωνα και του Λυκείου του Αριστοτέλη. Εκεί που χτίστηκε ο Παρθενώνας, το σύμβολο κληρονομιάς της κλασικής εποχής. Η πόλη που φιλοξένησε τους πρώτους σύγχρονους Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες. Τα μόνα εφόδια που χρειάζεσαι για να δεις την Αθήνα στο χέρι σου είναι να ανέβεις στην κορυφή του Υμηττού και τα δυο γυμνά σου μάτια.
Πολλά ταξίδια συνεχίζονται για πολύ καιρό ακόμα αφότου έχει σταματήσει η κίνηση στο χρόνο και στο χώρο. Ευτυχώς, ζούμε σε μία εποχή που τα μέσα είναι πολλά και μπορούμε χάρη σε αυτά να απολαύσουμε τις ομορφιές αυτές από τον καναπέ μας. Υπάρχουν άνθρωποι που έχουν αναλάβει να μας χαρίσουν εμπειρίες ακόμα κι αν δεν είχαμε εμείς τη δυνατότητα να τις ζήσουμε.

Το ταξίδι εκφράζει μια απόπειρα να μετατρέψουμε το όνειρο σε πραγματικότητα και η απαθανάτιση του να μας κάνει θυμόμαστε περισσότερα απ’ όσα έχουμε δει.

Έτσι λοιπόν ο φίλος μας ο Στέφανος, φρόντισε να μας ταξιδέψει και να μας θυμίσει για ποιο λόγο ΜΕΝΟΥΜΕ ΣΠΙΤΙ τις δύσκολες αυτές στιγμές της χώρας μας και μας δίνει με τον τρόπο του κουράγιο να προσπαθήσουμε όλοι μαζί. Γιατί είμαστε Έλληνες και οι Έλληνες είναι μια γροθιά.

Βλαντί Αναέρσι





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Stay Home – Stay Positive – Stay Safe | Buzz


The Visit Greece team gathered up some thoughts and came down with simple productive ways to deal with your time at HOME. In any case as the Greek Philosopher Epictitus once said Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle. Some things are within your control. And some things are not.

Try to maintain a healthy routine. Stress can be disruptive so try not to obsess. Try to place a limit to the information you receive/hear, make sure the source is reliable and give yourself some time to pay attention to some positive news as well; despite this difficult time, daily news often contain some positive information. In any case Happiness depends upon ourselves said Aristotle.

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As always, it is very important to maintain your regular sleep schedule, eat healthy, which means eat Greek! Here’s a list of Greek recipes, have quality time with your family (watch My big fat Greek Wedding or some films shot in Greece from this list), socialize with your friends via phone or social media, read books, work etc. Engage in conversations and activities unrelated to the outbreak and allow yourself to have some fun.
If you find all this difficult to maintain then rise to some challenges. There are numerous online DIY videos you can take advantage of and learn stuff you always meant to learn but never had the time. Online courses that allow you to get certified on various subjects can also be of interest to some people. Have you ever thought of learning Greek online? The only thing you need to do is – as my mom says – Google it!

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Don’t forget to add some physical activity to your daily schedule. It will increase your energy levels, help you feel good about yourself, boost your immune system and help with sleep.If you don’t know which exercises you can do at home there are plenty of Youtube videos you can try out.

At these hard times we are here, keeping you company and hoping for the best. We are positive we’ll come out of this stronger than ever.
Nothing is hopeless. we must hope for everything!, as Euripides once said.





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Top 5 Reasons to visit Astypalea this Spring | Guest Bloggers


1. Enjoy Astypalea’s beauties avoiding the crowds.
You do not need much to love Astypalea, usually a visit is enough. And what’s better than avoiding the summer madness of July and August, and discover the real, authentic Astypalea off the beaten track. Take walks around the little whitewashed cobbled streets of Chora amongst locals mingling about and chatting and get those magical photographs of the amazing sunrise or sunset from the top at the Venetian Castle of Querini, without having to dodge in between thickets of selfie sticks. Or just wander down to the sea and revel in the serenity of beaches seemingly made just for you.

2. Enjoy a sense of true island life.
Miles away from glitzy Mykonos and tourist-packed Santorini, Astypalean people pride themselves on their hospitality and love of strangers or foreigners visiting their island, honoring the Greek word “φιλοξενία” (Philoxenia = hospitality). It is not unlikely to end up to a local traditional café, known as kafenio, having tsipouro drinks with the locals, learning old time stories and discovering Greek culture at its best. 

Especially for solo travelers, you are likely to be befriended by locals, who wish to show off their island. There’s nothing like an experienced and free tour guide when it comes to seeing the best parts of Astypalea, so take full opportunity of this solo travel benefit and enjoy your time away from the crowds.

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3. Astypalea in colors you’ve never seen before.
Walking around colorful alleys turns into a pleasant experience thanks to flowers, thyme, basil and bushes blooming everywhere. Compared to the dry summer landscape, Astypalea turns into a greenish tapestry dotted with herbs and wildflowers during spring.

4. Perfect temperatures for alternative activities.
Are you fed up of long, cold, dark winters? April and May are considered by some, the best months to visit Astypalea as the weather is just perfect; not too warm, not too cold with an average temperature of around 20°C throughout spring.
The hiking and cycling seasons also start. The local hiking group called “Pardalo Katsiki” will help you explore the wondrous nature and beautiful landscapes of Astypalea. It’s the perfect time also to rent a bike (regular or electric) at Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel, the only certified bike friendly accommodation on Astypalea, offering a friendly environment and equipment to those who wish to explore Astypalea on foot or two wheels.

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5. Witness and participate in unique local Easter traditions.
Easter is another period to consider visiting Astypalea for, the weather is warm enough, herds of tourists haven’t yet arrived, and locals are happy to welcome visitors to join the celebrations. Every night you will feel the energy in local churches, see fireworks, share smiles and cheers all around, and participate in delicious culinary traditions and dances and have lazy sunny days by the sea.

If you have never considered spending the Orthodox Easter in Astypalea, then you are missing a remote and unspoilt piece of heaven. Just keep in mind that like Catholic Easter, the date of Orthodox Easter varies yearly and this year it falls on 19th April 2020.

 

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Article by Maria Mavroudi & Carolina Alkalai from Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel, Astypalea Island.





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Going Greece; Made With Lot’s of Love | Guest Bloggers



After contacting the Visit Greece team I was encouraged to showcase my love for my country and what I am trying to do.

My name is Greg Peter Patrikios. I was born and raised in Toronto Canada until I was 18 years of age. I served the Greek military for 2 years, and now living in Denmark for almost 32 years. I’m educated as a Market Economist, with a Master in Communication & Business Development. I’m also a pilot, and have been working in the Travel Industry for 13 years working with companies such as Olympic Airways, American Airlines, and Lufthansa.

Greece is my passion, my true passion. I have visited many places around Greece over the years and have basically spent all my life promoting Greece. Since Facebook opened in 2007 I have been promoting Greece everywhere in Scandinavia through my 5000 Facebook followers.

I finally decided to follow my destiny. I want to become an ambassador for Greece and showcase this wonderful country to everyone around the world; in my own special way. I would like to create an organic community not only for the people around the world that love Greece, but also to incorporate, market, and promote the various Greek industries to stimulate the people that enjoy the information that I’m providing through my page.

If you follow GoingGreece you’ll get to the chance to experience Greece and get tips and ideas of what to see and do in our beautiful country through pictures of Greek artists, hoteliers, chefs etc..  Then again if you are a professional within Greece you can come in contact with me and get 100%   marketing exposure through my Instagram posts and stories!

Friends and friends of my friends always use to contact me for tips so it basically inspired me to want to create something to reach even more people and give my insights to them about Greece. Come and follow my GoingGreece profile on Instagram and enter a contest to win a trip to Kefalonia Island at the beginning of December when the GoingGreece website will air. I’m providing 2 tickets, an amazing little cosy bed and breakfast called Agnantia  overlooking the island of Ithaca, a car, and myself as the personal guide for 4 nights

Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to see you over at my Instagram account soon!

Greg Patrikios
GoingGreece
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Τhe Holy Wines of Tinos | Guest Bloggers


Northern from Santorini, in the heart of the Aegean Sea, nestles the Holy Island, known as Tinos. For many decades, Tinos has been something more than just a beautiful Greek island. It’s been home to spirituality and religion, with a high resemblance to Santiago de Compostela! It’s a  place where every Greek believer should visit at least once in their lifetime, and get the chance to pray to Virgin Mary’s Church. Long story- short, it’s the leading Orthodox pilgrimage, and you can’t miss it!

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If you think that Tinos is only famous for its religious qualities, then you must be mistaken! The island of Tinos, like any other Greek island, has been gifted with unique terroirs. The source of its uniqueness arises from its isolation, the strong winds it endures, the period of droughts accompanied by little to no rain, and its poor soil!

But this has not always been the case for Tinos. Why not? Well, the picturesque, semi-mountain, rural villages of Tinos, with long-established vineyards, haven’t always been as well-known as they are today! However, everything changed when two passionate wine-lovers, Alexandre Avatagellos and Gerard Margeon- thefounders of T-OINOS winery- visioned something big; the regrowth of the ancient vineyards in Volax! A lunar landscape with enormous granite boulders, which is a peculiar geological phenomenon in Greece.

If you are a wine-tasting lover, then brace yourself, because the wine tourism in Tinos, offers a multilayered, one-of-a-kind experience! Start your journey at T-OINOS and continue your adventure at the VAPTISTIS winery at Mesi village. The only thing better than wine-tasting itself is wine-tasting while watching the breathtaking view! Take in the magnificent scenery while listening to Yiannis Moraitis narrate the story of wine culture!

 

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But the journey must go on! Next stop? VOLACUS winery! Established in 2010, it’s one of the most extraordinary vineyards, since it lies on a lunar-like landscape, surrounded by ‘volakes’ the giant-size granite rocks.

Another astonishing element of Tinos is the fact, that you will never be served plainwine. Traditional gastronomical delicacies will be served right by the side! Picked up with care from the local markets, and cultivated by local producers, you’ll get the opportunity to take a small taste of Greece’s indescribably delicious, cuisine, consisted of wild artichokes, fava bean, volaki, kopanisti, local cheese, and smoked louza- the Greek version of bacon!

 

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Ιf you’re interested in getting to see the raw beauty of the island and experience the different aromas and flavors of Tinos, we will let you in on a little secret; visit scenic villages, every single day!

Set up from the marbled Tower to Isernia, which is an artist’s village, then Tarabados with their Venetian columbarium, and last but not least, Kardiani, which has a sunset you cannot miss and a plethora of catholic churches that are worth visiting.

 

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These villages are the most popular ones, but hey, always remember to go beyond the surface! There are so many more, small villages, or as I like to call them- hidden gems! Don’t miss the opportunity of discovering them- you’ll be unexpectedly, pleasantly surprised.

So, wait no more! Pay a visit to Tinos and see-or better yet- taste, for yourself! Adventure awaits!

 

Andriana Foi

The Wine Connoisseurs – Wine Tourism Expert

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“Get to know the city” (of Eleusis) | Guest Bloggers


During the second annual “Culture 2030” Meeting hosted by Eleusis 2021 / European Capital of Culture, Mentor, a culture & heritage management company, designed and implemented six thematic routes inspired by the rich heritage of Eleusis. “Get to know the city” is a project that combines urban tours, meetings, presentations, and storytelling to draw attention to Eleusis’ cultural legacy and wealth, as well as the unique stories and activities of local residents and associations.

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The first route, “Made in Eleusis”, brought the participants in touch with local creative entrepreneurs and individuals, so they would get a feel of the difficulties faced by those who wish to be creative outside a large urban area.

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“Demeter vs the Titans” consisted of a walk by the sea, from Vlycha (site of many illegal shipbreaking yards) to the architecturally impressive manufacturing complex of Kronos, to highlight the industrial heritage and the disastrous environmental history of Eleusis.

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The participants in “Saving Private Memory” explored the city’s urban core from the old harbour to the church of Agios Georgios and discovered the most important local landmarks and the people who defined the city’s history.

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“The guardians of Lepsina” was an introductory route to the history and traditions of the Arvanites of Eleusis. The highlight of the event was a visit to the Eleusis Folklore Association “Adrachti”, where participants were able to taste traditional delicacies.

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In the same spirit, “From Pontus to New Trabzon” was designed as a casual stroll through the “Russian”, a neighbourhood created by Pontic Greeks. This route included a visit to the “Pontic Association of Eleusis Nea Trapezounta” for an impromptu demonstration of the capacities of the pontic lyra and a taste of the inimitable pirozhki.

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Finally, “Stories from the land of Crete” took the form of an evening spent in the company of the Cretans of Eleusis. The participants feasted on exclusive recipes from the Cretan cuisine (accompanied by the requisite raki) and enjoyed an impressive display of Cretan dances at the “Union of Cretans” (Enosis Kriton).

 

YANNIS PAPPAS
Mentor in Culture
Culture 2030 





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Military outfit

One of the most effective quotes about female military style clothing is the following: “I have always wished to live a male life in a body of women”- Diana Von, a renowned stylist that puts the accent on manly way of clothing and army style. Military attire was put on by females, even throughout the The second world war, and also ever since, is favoured by the greatest pacesetters on the planet. It’s sensible and also functional use makes it around the world accepted by both, men and women.

It seems that army design never ever heads out of date. There is some magic in the armed forces pieces of garments, which make woman really feel powerful while using it. Therefore several celebrities prefer military items of apparel in their attire and leave impressive impacts.

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Where The Military Style Comes From

The armed forces design originated after the WW1, as well as this is described by the fact that during the military activities the customizing business only accepted the orders of fatigue clothes and had a shortage of causal garments. Throughout the ’60s, hippies were the very first to dress up in the armed forces style. Back then this suggested objection versus the Vietnam Battle. Furthermore, its appeal was specifically going to the top in ’80s, during which the features of the typical day military design were shaped as well as the impact of this design also raised in female’s outfit(gynaikeia rouxa).

The Main Characteristics of Armed Force Design

The key factor of opting for army design clothes items is the convenience the military uniforms normally have. Thus integrating these factors with the general feminine silhouettes, we have what is called the army lady design. An additional advantage of these appearances is their universality for the age, appropriating for any type of age.

The most crucial aspect of military fashion is protecting the balance and also the consistency of the information. The major military shades are the tones of khaki, grey, and brownish, coming in one of the most varied mixes. Matching these tones with some other better and catchier tones is not actually advised, though experiments are constantly welcome if you wish to. When it comes to the accessories like headwear, you can choose a camouflage cap, or a high hair hat with a short heap.

 

Among the most prominent stylish pairs of the military appearances is the one with flashy information, developing some very appropriate alternatives for strolls in the countryside, some tasks like hitch walking, ancient excavations, as well as walks through the jungles. Though there are no inflexible restrictions concerning the quantity of the garments and also the accessories of camouflage prints that are to be combined, particular modest amount is suggested.

Shoes is additionally essential right here serving as a play pair for the garments. The elegant and also cute sandals might end up being an excellent complementation to such looks. For the top comfy and also amazing looks, you may also match the army style with casual, hence developing some one-of-a-kind and innovative choices for day-to-day wear. The boots of this style are generally extremely high, adorned with some certain details. If your purpose is to produce a womanly look, you require to select the booties. For a bold look choice high, leather military boots adorned with stimulates, chains or switches. For casual looks of ladylike photos the shoelace up options will be perfect.

Also, it is essential not to overuse the outerwear options, which in instance of being picked wisely might create an overall memorable effect for any type of season and also event. An additional tip to comply with is developing specific shade variety to prevent seeming boring as well as monotonous.

Matching the military pieces

Matching the military pieces with the top elegant feminine outfits is a great method of creating the memorable counterbalance of the clothing that one of the most innovative as well as exceptional looks of yours call for. An additional fantastic suggestion to select is using the armed forces information for creating some casual clothing, hence having ideal looks for such a terrific diversity of event as a bicycle riders’ party or a rock concert.

The clue underlying the success of such looks is that military components are among the core factors of many subcultures and patterns. The devices have an essential duty in the armed forces design too, creating the trendy influence you want to make. Metallic options are particularly crucial in this aspect. Silver or gold switches prepared with one or a number of rows, zippers, belts, shoulder bands, and so on are all consisted of in this range.

Finally, there are likewise a number of instances concerning what and also just how you ‘d much better refrain from doing with this design. To start with, don’t overuse the army aspects, choosing an all-military alternative, which is most likely suitable for a costumes’ celebration yet except sportswear. Also, there is no need to choose some saggy garments, particularly if they are chosen with not that proper colour tones.

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West Macedonia | Buzz | The Official Blog of visitgreece.gr


4 wonderful winter destinations

It’s time to experience a different sort of Greece – one of rivers, mountains and glorious natural landscapes as yet undiscovered by mass tourism. Let’s explore some less talked about places in NW Greece this year.

Florina – on the edge of the mainland
Visit this outstanding natural landscape dotted with six magnificent lakes, picture-perfect lakeside villages, and a beautiful town traversed by river Sakoulevas. Enjoy your time in Florina by visiting the Archaeological Museum housing treasures from the Hellenistic Period. Discover how life used to be like there at two Folk Museums or see interesting exhibits by local artists at the Contemporary Art Museum. Explore its lively social life at the town’s cafés and taste local produce, including its famous sweet red peppers and PDO Prespa beans. Take a tour around Prespa Lakes and Nymfaio, a traditional stone-built village and try the local wine. Plan a hiking trip and enjoy winter sports in the area.

 

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Kastoria – a tranquil aura
Enjoy the peaceful Orestiada lake, part of the EU NATURA 2000 network, with lots of geese, swans and a variety of protected birds. Apart from nice walks, the exquisite tree-lined pathway along the lake allows cycling trips that offer great views of the town and the surrounding Vitsi and Grammos mountains. Visit breathtaking Dragon Cave and Agios Nikolaos Church, and then relax at the cafés and restaurants by the lake. Explore the old neighbourhood of Doltso; its restored traditional mansions and cobble stone alleys are wonderful examples of Macedonian architecture and definitely worth the stroll.
Visit more than 60 Byzantine and post-Byzantine Churches, dating back from the 9th to the 19th century and learn more about them at the town’s Byzantine Museum. In Dispilio, discover how people used to live in the recently unearthed Prehistoric Lake Settlement. Don’t forget to visit the town Aquarium; one of the biggest in the Balkans. There’s even a fossilized forest for those wishing to explore a natural miracle.

 

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Grevena – the mushroom capital of Greece
The town claims a mushroom museum as the area hosts some 1,300 species growing in thick oak woods. Savour delicious pies, soups, spoon sweets and alcoholic liqueurs made of mushrooms. If you’re in town at the end of August, drop in on the annual four-day festival for fungi nirvana. Get your adrenaline flowing by driving off-road towards Portitsa Gorge. Participate in organised jeep tours on the mountain. The rugged mountainscape accentuates local monuments: old monasteries, impressive stone bridges and small waterfalls. Set out on a fascinating journey to Valia Calda National Park, one of the most attractive trekking destinations in Europe. Go skiing at Vassilitsa Snow centre or take part in trekking/rafting activities on Aliakmonas River.

 

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Kozani – saffron and more
Promenade on the main pedestrian street of the town and pass by 18th c. mansions. Find Agios Nikolaos church with its famous belfry. Visit Kovedareios Library & Museum; you will be amazed by the centuries-old library, the second richest in Greece with rare and valuable works. Learn more about Kozani district at the Historical – Folklore and Natural History Museum.
Cross the bridge on Lake Polyfytos and visit Servia, a picturesque small town with a long history and enjoy the lovely view from its Byzantine fortress. Take a trip to Velvedo town and hike through Skepasmenou Gorge. Boucharia Geopark is a jaw dropping natural phenomenon that you shouldn’t miss.
The area’s star product is saffron, or krokos (in Greek). Buy this top quality delicious spice, which is also well-known for its healing properties.

Dimitra Iliadi





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Top 10 Thing to Do in Trikala Korinthias, this Fall. | Guest Bloggers


 

“Corinthia” is of those places where you have the opportunity to reach an altitude of 1000 meters high from the sea, within 40 minutes of driving, crossing uphills, downhills, turnings and straight road-lines, to go through traditional villages, to cross lakes on mountains, and generally, a place where you get to live all the four seasons within an hour of traveling, among plane trees, pine trees, next to fir trees, founts that drain waters from running springs. It is a place where the highland landscape and its elements, meet the sea. 

A mesmerizing route to Trikala Korinthias

In only a two-hours distance from Athens, mounting from Xylokastro and driving among olive trees, vineyards and beautiful clumps of eucalyptus, crossing the villages of “Riza”, “Pellini”, “Dendro”, “Rethi” and at a distance of 25 km (from Xylokastro) you’ll get to see the first districts of Trikala. Trikala is a mountainous village and the oldest district of the mountain of “Ziria”. The beautiful large village, which spreads throughout consecutive districts like “Kato”, “Mesea”, ” Ano” Trikala, is the most developed village of mountainous Korinthia, referring to the touristic structures.

Maintaining the traditional elements of the region

Even if the touristic development has made its point, the region has maintained its traditional identity; beautiful stony squares decorated with huge, eternal plane trees and dense vegetation. Besides, in Greek, the name Trikala means Three (tria) goods (kala), pointing out the three best qualities it offers; a) a healthy climate with no humidity and a lot of fresh air b) a plethora of vineyards that produce tasteful wine c) plentiful spring waters. These advantages combined with the warm hospitality of the people of Trikala create a tranquil landscape that’ll make your stay unforgettable!

What is also remarkable, is that all the businesses of the village (guest houses, hotels, restaurants, café-bars) have maintained the unique, traditional style, at which the stone and the wood play a significant role. That way, all the businesses are not only warm and hospitable but also well-adapted to their surroundings. You’ll be amazed by the rare beauty and the burbling streams.

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A fall-coloured expedition to Trikala Korinthias

More specifically, the fall, which is a magical season, a season of transition and new beginnings, might be the ideal season to visit, for those of you who ask for a quiet/tranquil and meaningful connection to the region and the nature, throughout many activities such as hiking, wanderings, and in general activities full of interest, that’ll get you a step closer to the place itself, far from the crowded winter days, the cold, and the snow. Trikala Korinthias, are equally beautiful when leaves fall down the trees, instead of snow, when the clouds paint shapes and figures on their canvas and when the rain makes its own music, pounding the stone windowsills.

10 things to do in Trikala Korinthias

Even though, in our opinion, picking a couple of days for the excursion, during which you’ll be doing absolutely nothing besides wandering around, breathing in the fresh air, admiring the mesmerizing view and enjoying the beautiful smells of nature, that are at their peak especially this time of the year (and Trikala itself diathetic this quality), we recommend you a few itineraries worth-doing and worth-seeing during your visit to Trikala Korinthias, that will bring you closer to the place, both its past and its present, but also connect you with the nature, through an emotive way:

  • Go on mild hiking through the marked route ‘Arhaio Misseon’ from “Mesea” to “Ano” Trikala, which lasts about 45 minutes, within the forest, under the shadow of the huge trees.
  • In ‘Kato’ (Down) Trikala, visit the stone square, where the super-centenarian plane trees and where the churches of St Dimitris (1697) and St Ioannis (1853) are located.
  • In ‘Mesea’ don’t miss out the church of Metamorfosis of Sotira (9th century)
  • In ‘Ano Trikala’, don’t forget to take a peek at the wonderful square next to the small church of St Nicholas offering a mesmerizing view, and at the house where St Gerasimos was born.
  • Visit the monastery of St Vlasios (17th century), surrounded by green, dense vegetation (tip; go to the balcony in the back and take in the remarkable view!!).
  • Walk down the beautiful valley of “Flabouritsa” among the mountainous districts of ‘Megali’ and ‘Mikri’ Ziria.
  • Drink, fearlessly, the water from the springs you meet along the way.
  • Don’t forget to visit the Lake “Dasiou”, at the plateau of “Ziria”. The place is of exceptional beauty! When visiting Lake “Dasiou”, going on a picnic is the ideal thing to do, but what is even more ideal. is a walk into the Lake, especially during this season, when there’s no water at all. The sensation is out-of-this-world!
  • Visit the next village, “Manna”, where the traditional café is situated, and where the wonderful (and recently restored) site with springs at the edge of the village will take your breath away. (Tip; if you get there during a period of fructification of the apple trees stop by one and take a bite of the fresh apples!)
  • Make daily off-road trips with buggies in the forests and the slopes of “Ziria” with the team of “Explore Ziria”.

 

We wish you an amazing stay in Trikala Korinthias!

 

Sincerely. the Team of the Network of Tourism in Trikala Korinthias

www.trikalakorinthiasnetwork.gr

Stavros Kefalas – Olga Papalexandrou – Kelly K.

photo credits: Apostolis Theodoropoulos

 





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Balos Beach

 

Crete is famous for many things: the Palace of Knossos, the charming cities of Heraklion and Chania, the awe-inspiring Samaria Gorge – the list goes on and on. But rather than tell you about the famous sights of Crete, I want to share some of the hidden gems of this beautiful island.

If you want to get to know Crete, you can book one of the Crete package holidays that so many families do each year. Or, you can pick a less-well-known spot and discover parts of the island that few have seen before! The choice is yours. Either way, the island of Crete will charm you like no other.

I visited Crete in September 2019 and was spellbound by the scenery, the people, the cuisine and the culture. I uncovered some great places to visit, as well as some wonderful memories to take home, and I’m going to share them with you. While you’re reading this blog post, imagine you’re sat by a gorgeous beach with a glass of tsikoudia (raki) in hand, while a soft breeze keeps you cool. Heaven!

Balos Beach

Balos may not be the biggest-kept secret on Crete, but it’s a difficult beach to reach! Tucked away in the north-west corner of the island, the easiest way to enjoy Balos is to take a boat trip, where you can explore the stunning lagoon at your leisure – boats leave from nearby Kissamos every day. Alternatively, you can drive, but finding a parking spot in summer isn’t easy, and it’s also a 20-minute walk from the car park. But however you get there, it’s worth it! Balos Beach is picture-postcard perfect, and it’s one of the finest beaches I’ve ever seen.

Seitan Limania

We’re still in north-west Crete, but now we’ve headed east of Chania to Seitan Limania. This secret beach on the Akrotiri peninsula is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Seitan Limania (also known as ‘Stefanou’ and ‘Rizoskloko’ by locals) is a narrow cove with cliffs either side. The water is as blue as can be, and there are no amenities here, so there’s no choice but to lay back and take in the views. You may even find a few goats who are unfazed by humans and will keep you company!

Hora Sfakion

We’re still in western Crete, but now we’re on the south of the island for my next pick: Hora Sfakion. This quaint fishing village is one of the most laid-back spots in Crete, and life moves slowly here. The tranquillity is only broken by the occasional ferry laden with hikers from the nearby Samaria Gorge, but it’s impossible not to relax here. There are a few tavernas where you can enjoy a refreshing bowlful of stamnankáthi (vegetables with olive oil and lemon) or some kalitsounia (fried cheese pastries).

margarites crete collage Crete’s hidden gems revealedMargarites Village

 

Margarites Village

Right in the centre of Crete lies Margarites, an unspoilt village that dates to the Venetian period, and is noted for its pottery. There are several pottery studios in the village, and they are the perfect place to pick up a wonderful memento of your Crete holiday. The pottery is a mixture of traditional pieces made with the local clay, and more modern, brightly coloured works. Margarites also has some charming cafés, too, so if you’re looking for a beach-free day on your break, a visit to this gem in the heart of Crete is a great idea.

I hope that I’ve got you excited about visiting Crete. This was my first time on this spectacular island, and I’m sure it won’t be my last. There’s nothing wrong with seeing all the well-known sights, but heading off the beaten track can reveal places and experiences that are equally fulfilling. I can’t wait to return.

 

This article was written by Stuart Peskett on behalf of Holiday Hypermarket





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