The best time to visit Greece in winter is Christmas. Christmas trees, shiny ornaments and bright lights decorate the streets and joyful melodious bells and children’s carols echo through the cities and villages. The season’s festivities and customs are centered around friends, family and food and are filled with joy. Wherever you go, people are welcoming, open and friendly and greet you with “Chronia Polla” (many years) or “Kala Christougenna” (Merry Christmas). Now add a dash of Greek hospitality to your Christmas holidays and you’ve got all the ingredients for the most unforgettable winter vacation ever! Because nothing says Christmas like Greek hospitality!
Athens is an emerging gastronomy destination overflowing with flavors. Thanks to its variety of influences, the dynamic Athens’ street food scene has never been so exciting. There are the traditional street food choices like the Greek souvlaki, but they’re by no means the only available options. The Greek capital is booming with delicious, cheap yet healthy selections that cater to all tastes. And what better way to experience the culture of the city than to sample its street food!
The Greek gods live in a cloud palace on Mount Olympus, however, they are often found traveling somewhere around Greece. These gods have special qualities, and each has control over a different aspect of life. They usually behave like soap-opera personas who lack morals and are slaves to lust, jealousy and greed. The Greek Gods represent humanity at its best and worst. The peculiar adventures of the gods have inspired painters, sculptures, writers, musicians and psychoanalysts for centuries.
It may not be exactly like trying to spot a celebrity on a Hollywood tour, however, recognizing a Greek god or goddess can be just as exciting. So, if searching for the gods tickles your fancy, here are the top 12 places to spot the Greek Gods, the “stars” of Greek mythology.
November is traditionally the month of the blessed olive tree. It is the month when its fruit is ready to produce the fine Mediterranean olive oil. Olympia, set among quiet meadows of luxuriant olive trees, is the place where the first Olympic Games took place. These games were held to honor god Zeus as part of a religious festival and the Olympic winners were crowned with an olive wreath. On your Olympia tour through the region, you will explore not only the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Ancient Olympia, but also the fruits of its land. So, join us as we celebrate November!
Welcome to The Travel Insiders’ UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece Tour series. Our specialized tours enable you to visit 10 + 1 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece. This special line of journeys has been tailored to offer our guests a discovery of some of the highest achievements of mankind and to marvel nature’s greatest wonders. UNESCO has established the institution of the World Heritage seeking to protect and highlight monuments, groups of buildings and sites with archaeological, historical, aesthetic, scientific, anthropological or ethnological significance. Greece with its rich natural beauty as well as its ancient, medieval and classical culture plays an important part the UNESCO list. Currently, there are 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Greece. The first monument of Greek territory was included in 1986. The list has since increased dramatically. There are now another 14 sites on the tentative list.
Athens has something for everyone. From ancient sites to trendy bars and sandy beaches, the city has it all. If you have had the good fortune of exploring the city and now wish to discover a different part of Greece, it’s worth taking one, or even a few, of these top 10 day trips from Athens.
Although Greece has been a long-standing favourite with tourists, the Peloponnese remains substantially undiscovered. The most authentic parts of Greece are found on the Peloponnese. Separated from the mainland by the Corinth Canal, the Peloponnese is where mythology and history meet.
The Peloponnese has significant monuments, historical castles, picturesque cities and charming villages. There is no shortage of natural beauties; endless beaches with rocky coasts, rivers and caves, rugged mountains and fertile valleys. Combine all that with the well-acknowledged hospitality and you’ve got the recipe for the ideal destination - all year round! So, come along on a journey to the land of legends and modern-day heroes and discover real Greece in the Peloponnese!
Clearly a visit to Santorini is always a magical experience. The changing beauty of the island attracts admirers all year round! Apart from Santorini’s renowned sunsets and unique beaches, there are other qualities which are sure to fascinate the visitor every season of the year. The treasures of antiquity, the unique volcanic landscapes, the traditional island architecture and the distinguished culinary gems are all to be discovered come rain or shine.
While most eat to live, the Greeks live to eat… and drink! As anyone who has visited Greece will tell you, for Greeks, eating and drinking is not only a basic need, it is a divine art! In a land blessed with sun, sea and olive trees, the plethora of traditional Greek flavors will rival anything you’ve had before! From the remote villages of the Peloponnese to the famed Greek islands and the bustling metropolis of Athens, the variety of dishes will satisfy even the most demanding traveler’s taste buds – in every season of the year.
The city of Athens has many fascinating neighborhoods to discover. Each has its own character and distinctly different vibe. But, what everyone traveling to Greece wants to know is, “Which is the best neighborhood in Athens?”. When most think of Athens, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the Acropolis, in the Makrigianni neighborhood. However, Athens is much more than the Acropolis. It is a city filled with hip, lively districts to explore. Discover the hidden gems in the backstreets of Athens’ coolest neighborhoods and make your Athens tour of this speckled city a trip to remember!