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Gazi, the liveliest area of Athens

If you are planning on visiting Athens, as well as climbing up to the Acropolis, visiting the Orthodox Cathedral and the National Archaeological Museum, passing through the Central Market and climbing Lycabettus, yes, as well as all of this, you must take the pulse of the city’s nightlife. And if there is a zone in Athens where this pulse beats especially fast, it is the Gazi area. This area, together with Keramikos archaeological site, is the best zone in the city for nightlife, with a mixture of bars, restaurants and clubs, museums, theaters and art exhibitions at every turn. It…

The unquestionable Mediterranean charm of the island of Santorini

Santorini is a name of Italian origin, given by the Venetian merchants to Thira, the Greek name for this island loaded with history. With 73 km2 and 1,800 registered inhabitants, the island is the ideal size for a weekend or long holiday weekend break. Santorini is situated in the extreme south of the archipelago of Cyclades, so it is possible to combine your visit with a tour of some of these marvelous islands. Mykonos is the best known, but you can also visit Anafi, Ios, Amorgos, Naxos or Paros. Crete, the popular, large Greek island offering countless attractions to tourists,…

Discovering the beautiful and vibrant Heraklion

Crete is the biggest island in Greece. Its culture, natural beauty and climate, summer sunshine and cool sea together with its dynamic people, have made Crete one of the biggest and most modern tourist centers in Greece. On the north coast of the island, is its beautiful capital, Heraklion. Surrounded by ramparts and medieval fortifications, erected by the Venetians who controlled the island, it is also the main port. On a visit to the city of Heraklion, you cannot miss a trip to the San Menas cathedral  (19th c.), Morosini Fountain facing the San Marcos Basilica , the Iglesia de…

Greek gastronomy – Mediterranean cuisine with a Turkish influence

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The olive fields, lemon trees, and vegetables splashed across the Greek landscape bear testimony to a rich, varied and dynamic cuisine connected to the environment. The Greek lifestyle is reflected in its cuisine – full of flavor and nothing pretentious. The fresh products which end up on Greek stoves demonstrate the care and passion that they put into their selection of  raw ingredients. Greek cuisine is based on the Mediterranean diet, although it has both eastern and western influences. Although the basic ingredients of Greek cuisine are olive oil, spices and condiments, fresh vegetables, fish and meat, Greek cuisine is…

Gortyn, of legend and law

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The capital of the Crete region during the Neolithic era was Phaestos. But the small settlement of Gortyn grew and grew, until it eventually became a city that eclipsed Phaestos.  During the Roman era, in the first century, it became capital of Crete.  The remains of this time, the city’s apogee, can be seen and studied today in archaeological excavations that have led to some of the most important discoveries in Europe. The excavations began in 1884, leaving the workers themselves amazed. As the works progressed, different buildings appeared, such as the Saint Titus Church, whose main structure is preserved. …

Spinalonga Island, one of the most beautiful islands in Greece.

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Spinalonga Island, one of the most beautiful islands in Greece, near the island of Crete, between the town of Elounda and the Gulf of Mirabello, is one of the most popular and frequently visited tourist attractions. The name comes from the Italian for “long spine”. In Greek, its official name is “Kalidon islote”. The island’s history begins in 1579, when the Venetians built a fortress on the island to protect their possessions and fleet in Crete from Turkish attacks. This island was also a haven for Christians in times of war, as the walls that reach the seashore prevented any ships from…

Samaria Gorge

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Samaria Gorge lies in the west of Crete, close to Chania, and runs along the River Omalos, between the region known as the White Mountains (Lefka Ori) and Mount Volakias. It is Europe’s longest gorge, stretching out for 16 kilometres, and reaching altitudes of up to 1,200 metres. The widest section of the gorge measures 150 metres and the narrowest a mere 3 metres. The National Park of Samaria or the White Mountains is the only one of the largest of the Greek islands. It is characterised by a steep rugged limestone terrain with deep valleys lined by sheer walls…

Crete and the legend of the Minotaur

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  The Cretan or Minoan civilisation, which was contemporary with the Mycenaean civilisation,   boasts two names due to the fact that it arose on the island of Crete (Cretan) and because Minos (Minoan) was the island’s most important monarch, or its most powerful dynasty. It has to be said that there is something irresistibly attractive about the culture of Crete, despite the fact that very little is known about it. All we have is a few scant facts – not even the name of a single king (Minos may refer to the word for a ruler or the name of…

Crete, more than just a Greek island

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Crete is the birthplace of Zeus and the Minoan culture, and also one of the largest islands in the Mediterranean. Stretching out over a large area and rich in diversity, it takes some time to fully explore and get to know its nature, gastronomy, archaeology, beaches, festivals and people. Heraklio is the capital and Greece’s third major city. All the most interesting spots to visit are huddled in the centre of the city and include the Lions’ Fountain, the Loggia, the Church of Saint Mark, the Church of Saint Titus, the Port and the Venetian fortress, the Arsenals, the Archaeological…

Crete. The island of the Minotaur.

This is a land that is the stuff of legends, and the site of truly legendary landscapes and beaches. Crete is not only rich in natural treasures, but also in history, myths and traditions.  Indeed, legend has it that Androgeus, son of Minos, King of Crete, was murdered by the sons of Aegeus, King of Athens, in order to take the island throne. The gods of Olympus punished the Athenians by ordering them to send 14 young people (7 boys and 7 girls) every 9 years to Crete, to be devoured by the Minotaur, a huge monster with the head…