FIRST TIME TO GREECE, TOP EXPERIENCES
Ancient Athens was the cultural heart of the classical Greek world. Between 508–322 BC, the city was a center for arts, philosophy, trade, learning and development. During this time, many buildings were constructed, some of which still survive today. Among them, the most impressive is without a doubt the Acropolis, with its iconic Parthenon. Do not forget to also visit the theatre of Herodes Atticus, the ancient Agora and the Temple of Olympian Zeus.
The coffee culture in Greece is much different to that in nearby Italy. While Italians will stand in a coffee shop and drink their espressos quickly, Greeks will spend hours cradling a cup of coffee that will enjoy alone while reading a newspaper or with friends in a busy cafe. To put it simply, coffee breaks in Greece are serious affairs that last long.
While Greece is widely known for its fascinating history, enchanting islands and magnificent weather, it is also known to have some of the tastiest food in the world! Fresh vegetables, fish, olive oil, wine, meat, and grains play a significant role in its famous dishes, as well as cheese, bread, olives, herbs, and yogurt. Except for famous moussaka, you can also taste pastitsio and of course souvlaki with tzatziki.
As Crete’s most celebrated author, Nikos Kazantzakis (of Zorba the Greek fame), once wrote: ”The mystery of Crete runs deep. Whoever sets foot on this island senses a mysterious force coursing warmly and beneficently through their veins, sensing their soul beginning to grow“. Heraklion, Rethymno, Chania, Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, Ierapetra, Malia, Hersonissos, Sitia, Sfakia… wherever you visit, it’s an island of thousands of vibrant images, filled with an open-hearted and vivacious spirit, rich history, world-famous cuisine and hospitable people.
Rhodes cosmopolitan flair
On the southeastern edge of Europe, the Dodecanese island complex and Rhodes Island (the Island of the Knights) in particular have been a beloved summer holiday destination for many decades. The Colossus of Rhodes, the Rodini park, the ancient Kamiros and the ancient Ialyssos, the Valley of the Butterflies and the Acropolis of Lindos with the temple of Athena Lindia are only some of the places worth to be seen by every visitor.
They are all award winners. You have seen their photos, peacock blue-green waters and golden sand and smooth pebbles. So, to select the best beaches of a country like Greece, with the eleventh longest coastline in the world and hundreds of beaches awarded with the international Blue Flag for eco-quality is no easy task. Elafonisi in Crete, Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, Sarakiniko in Milos Voidokilia in Peloponnese peninsula and Simos Beach in Elafonisos, just to name a few.
Every year, Greece is home to a plethora of small and large festivals attracting thousands of participations in every corner of the country. A perfect way to enjoy Greek culture, these festivals cover a variety of themes and activities and will certainly make you see Greece in a different light. Among the most interesting are the Athens-Epidaurus Festival, the Rockwave Festival, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and –pay attention- the Kalymnos Climbing Festival and the Cretan Diet Festival.