Insider's Guide to the Legendary Castles of the Peloponnese (Part I)

Greece is not only home to numerous monuments and historical - archaeological sites but also legendary castles, fortresses, and castle-towns. Unearth the myths and tales of battles and chivalry spread throughout the Peloponnese. These destinations are perfect for a family holiday all year round. Derived from fairy tales, built by giants and irrigated by thousands of years of history, the legendary castles of the Peloponnese offer mystical journeys and magnificent views.

 

The Statue of Zeus in Olympia | The First of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

The golden ivory statue of Zeus in Olympia was the first, in chronological order, of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, rising to its pedestal in the temple of Zeus in 430 BC. It was fantastic and inspired awe and admiration for every visitor, an indication of the magnificent artwork of Phidias.

 

Petros the Pelican - The Superstar of Mykonos!

The Greek island of Mykonos has drawn stars from all over the world since the early 1950s. Many have come and gone but Petros the Pelican stayed on to become the superstar of Mykonos! You will see Petros taking a stroll by the windmills, enjoying a seafood meze in Little Italy or posing proudly for the tourist-paparazzi! He declares a permanent resident of the island, though by nature he is a traveler.  

Explore the Thumb of the Peloponnese

The ‘thumb’ of the Peloponnese is filled with small villages by the sea and in the mountains, stunning nature, enticing beaches and coves, and Mycenaean and ancient monuments around every corner. Separating the Gulf of Argolis and the Saronic Gulf, it is one of Greece's richest regions in beauty and history. The Argolis region was the cradle of Mycenaean civilization - the most powerful kingdom in ancient Greece - and the birthplace of legends, heroes and demigods.

 

Monastiraki - A Walk in the Heart of Athens

Monastiraki is a flea market neighborhood in the old town of Athens near Plaka. The area is a major tourist attraction and one of the principal shopping districts of the city. Monastiraki’s main square, which shares its name, has a large metro station as well as several fast-food joints. Many Byzantine churches and ancient ruins, including the Roman Agora and Hadrian’s Library, crowd the area. Visit Monastiraki on your Athens sightseeing tour and enjoy the most beautiful walks, the most interesting sights, the best hangouts and the unknown stories of the most beloved Athenian neighborhood.

Discover the Churches of Greece

Greece is a country with a deep connection to Christianity and its traditions. The country’s churches and monasteries are ideal for religious and sightseeing tours in Greece. Bathed by the Greek sun or by the sea, perched on a mountain top among rocks and dense vegetation, in the town square or hidden in the city alleys, the churches, chapels and shrines in Greece are of unique beauty and a familiar feature of the country’s landscapes. They all have their own unique story and many of them are intertwined with myths and traditions of the place. They are authentic and timeless and many have been declared World Heritage sites.

Anafiotika - An Island at the Foot of the Acropolis

At the foot of the Acropolis, there is an island different from the others. It has no sea but has Cycladic architecture that reminds us of our beloved Aegean islands. It is Anafiotika, the neighborhood that nestles in the shadow of the Acropolis and walking in its alleys makes you forget that you are in the bustling metropolis that is Athens.

Make your Athens tour a trip to remember. Escape to this hidden gem snuggled within Athens’ coolest neighborhood and discover a tranquil oasis filled with summer aromas of jasmine and rose, white-washed cubic houses wrapped with bougainvillea and views of the city like no other!

 

A Guide to the Traditional Eateries of Greece

In Greece eating out and sharing a meal with family and friends is part of the local culinary culture. There are many different types of traditional eateries that fall into several well-loved categories where people can enjoy good food outside their homes. From the busiest and most touristic city to the smallest village and island, dining out in Greece is not only about what you eat but a whole sensory experience. Whether its ouzo and meze you're looking for or an all-out feast, Greece has just the right eatery for you!

 

Nafplio - The Perfect Summer Escape from Athens

Nafplio promises everything you need for the perfect summer escape from Athens. In just a couple of hours, you can enjoy walks through the streets of the historic center to dives and endless play in the sandy beaches of the Saronic Gulf. Classical and a favorite choice for all who are looking for a short and enjoyable getaway, the Peloponnese town of Nafplio offers a refreshing break from the big city.

 

The Best Time to Visit the Ancient Ruins & Museums in the Summertime in Greece

Most people believe that the best time to visit the ancient ruins and museums in the summertime in Greece is early in the morning. Contrary to popular belief, however, no matter how early you go, the ancient ruins and museums are always crowded. So, go against the flow and head in while everyone else is heading out – because the best time to visit the ancient ruins and museums in the summertime in Greece is in the afternoon! 

 

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