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Christmas Destinations in Greece ...03-12-2016
Christmas is the time of the year that makes us daydream. Most of us long for a walk in nature during winter followed by a hot cup of cocoa by the fireplace. While the snow keeps on falling outside we imagine ourselves enjoying a festive night in the company of good friends and family, savouring traditional food, saporous wine and drinks! Greece is in fact a world of destinations! Pack your bags and choose it for your next Christmas holiday. The Visit Greece team collected 10 + 1 winter destinations that are situated in the countryside close to ski resorts, hiking, trekking, mountain biking trails and simple walking paths. Visit Kaimaktsalan, the third highest mountain in Greece. You will enjoy its splendid landscape, the natural beauty of Vegoritida lake and the ski centre, which is one of the most-visited winter destinations in Greece in recent years. Agios Athanasios is an old picturesque village of stone-built houses, with magnificent macedonian architecture, where you will find plenty of tavernas and cafes. Another scenic town is Kastoria, situated on a hillside with a captivating view to Orestiada Lake. Enjoy its lakeside cafes, shops and drink in the wonderful natural view. Pay a visit to the Wax Figures, Folk Art and Prehistory Museum, the Costume Museum as well as the Prehis...
Holiday Menu Greek Style ...03-12-2016
As the holidays approach we start planning ahead our Christmas full course dinner menu! We slowly start picking saporous and mouthwatering recipes and drinks to treat our guests. The Visit Greece team has gathered their own special ideas and has come up with recipes and Greek products from all over Greece to make your spirits bright and please every single one of your invitees. Tidbits to whet your appetite Welcome your guests with a glass of sparkling wine and make a good first impression. Choose between the flavoursome Santorini Assyrtiko or the Agiorgitiko Nemea, a semi-sweet, semi-sparkling rosé wine. Accompany with delicious appetizers like chickpea-leek balls, Ntolmadakia (a rice and herbs mixture wrapped in vine leaves) or giaprakia (small sized minced-meat and rice mixture wrapped in cabbage or vine leaves) from the Dodecanese. How about a pumpkin soup with ginger to start with? It is easy to prepare and it will tickle your guests’ taste buds by leaving a slight spicy flavour. A delicious Kefalonian meat pie makes an excellent starter as well, but if you are looking for a vegetarian friendly recipe then try th...
TOURING THE PELOPONNESE BY BOAT ...03-12-2016
Experience your own historical moments, on a journey that Variety Cruises will make unforgettable. You get up in the morning, put on your swimsuit and head out to the deck. You take a refreshing dip in the sea, followed by a breakfast feast served on the yacht’s rotundas with breathtaking views overlooking the port of Pylos. The whole day is ahead of you, and an excursion to the surrounding areas, including Nestor’s Palace, awaits. You’re on the fifth day of your cruise and by the eighth day, you’ll have completed your trip around the Peloponnese. You’ll have toured the most memorable sights of Ancient Greece and Byzantium. With the guidance and knowledge of an experienced guide you’ll get to know the famous ancient theatre of Epidaurus, the Tomb of Agamemnon, and the Mycenae burial complex (Grave Circle B), as well as Ancient Olympia and famous Delphi. You’ll have visited historic and picturesque cities, such as Nafplio and Monemvasia, Gytheio and Pylos. And perhaps even more importantly, you will have made new friends. Travelling on any one of Variety Cruises’ leisure yachts is a unique experience that brings together visitors from all over the world. Variety Cruises, around Peloponnese by boat
Greek islands ...03-12-2016
The islands are the main characteristic of Greece’s morphology and an integral part of the country’s culture and tradition. Greek sovereign land includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited. This is a truly unique phenomenon for the European continent. The Greek Archipelago takes up 7,500 km of the country’s total 16,000 km coastline, offering a highly diversified landscape: beaches stretching over many kilometers, sheltered bays and coves, sandy beaches with sand-dunes, pebble beaches, coastal caves with steep rocks and dark colored sand typical of volcanic soil and coastal wetlands. Many of these Greek beaches have been awarded the blue flag under the Blue Flags of Europe Program, providing not only swimming, but also scuba diving, snorkeling, water skiing, sailing and windsurfing. Some of the oldest European civilizations developed on the Greek islands (Cycladic, Minoan civilizations, etc.), so therefore the islands have unique archeological sites, a distinctive architectural heritage and the fascinating local traditions of a centuries-old and multifaceted civilization. The ideal climate, safe waters and small distances between ports and coast...