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Instead of visiting the famous Greek islands that everyone’s already talking about, follow the road less travelled and take a trip back in time to the Peloponnese peninsula. Here you are bound to find many small towns full of history, culture and fascinating people to meet. One such fine example is the quaint little town of Tolos dotted with old-school family-run tavernas that line the sandy shore hugged by the warm waters of the Argolic Gulf. Many of the town’s buildings are still intact from the 1960s – reminiscing the era of the first tourist arrivals in the area and the sun-drenched summers of the Mediterranean. Recounting the memories of our first visit to this delightful town, full of character, two years later we again find ourselves in Tolo, – this time however to attend the 4th stop of the Peloponnese Food Stories Festival which promises to be an annual…

Greece is a generous wine country. It’s much more than just the sunshine and soil that make it ideal for grapes though. It’s the variety of microclimates, and diverse regions that provide the ideal growing conditions for specific grapes of individual character. Greece has vineyards cooled by the sea air, vineyards at high altitudes, vineyards whole vines are nourished in volcanic soil. Greece has also something else that makes it a fascinating destination for the oenophile – many indigenous grape varieties. These express their regions with unique character. In some cases, they even connect us with the past. Here are some interesting Greek red wine grapes to add to your wine vocabulary, and your cabinet. Agiorgitiko In the name of this grape, we see the name “Saint George” (“Agios” – saint). This name likely came originally from a chapel in the heartland of the Agiorgitiko grape – Nemea, in the…

The vast diversity of the Greek landscape and the wealth of natural beauty are among the top reasons travelers chose this wonderful country for their holidays. Although Greece is mainly known as a summer destination, it is in fact blessed with a myriad of activities and experiences which are perfect for any time of year. For those seeking to discover the lesser-known destinations which offer a fantastic mix of nature, cuisine and fun-packed activities, how about taking a trip to Central Greece. Mouries tavern in Loutra Ypati From hiking, to rock climbing and enjoying the tremendous health benefits of the famous thermal springs, Central Greece promises a rewarding experience for outdoor enthusiasts. Adrenaline pumped activities in Mount Oitis Central Greece’s fifth highest mountain, Oitis is in fact a National Park included in the Natura 2000 network and not only does it hold great importance in terms of the wealth of…

There is no shortage of islands to visit in Greece, but for those who are looking to escape the crowds and enjoy a quality and safe Greek island experience, Andros is the perfect answer. Ideally located in Cyclades Archipelago, Andros is a short two-hour ferry ride from the Port of Rafina (Athens). This charming Greek island offers a fantastic blend of the famous Cycladic minimalistic architecture, neoclassical nobility, and unparalleled natural beauty. We give you our top reasons to visit Andros. 1. A Fantastic Hiking Destination (Voted as the Leading Quality Trails – Best of Europe) If you’ve been to other Cyclades islands, you would have noticed how dry and barren these islands are, however, what is most surprising about Andros is its greenery and its remarkable natural environment. In fact, it is the greenest of all the Cyclades. The island’s natural terrain boats a dramatic coastline, enriched by distinctive…

Andros is the second-largest island in the Cyclades right after Naxos, yet unlike its world-famous sister islands of Mykonos and Santorini it stands out for its uniquely verdant and fertile landscape and sophisticated architecture. Its prominent geographical location, being first on the maritime trade route to Istanbul and the Black Sea, played a crucial role in shaping its maritime tradition, which until this day has been excellently preserved by the island’s aristocratic identity. Just a short 2-hour ferry ride from the port of Rafina in Athens makes this hidden gem a sought-after destination to visit.  Chora, the island’s main town is perched above the sea on a rocky peninsula hugged by two sandy beaches, one on each side, offering stunning views of the Aegean Sea. In this post, we give you all the reasons to stay in Chora Andros and to discover the island’s diverse beauty at your own pace. …

Kasos, one of the remotest, wildest and unpretentious islands in the Dodecanese, is found in the southernmost corner of the Aegean Sea. Located just to the east of Crete and southwest of Karpathos, Kasos island is the perfect escape for those wishing to experience a truly authentic side of Greece. Its remarkably raw and barren landscape may not seem inviting at first, yet it serves as a solid reminder of the island’s turbulent past, — keeping the island’s history alive in every stone, left untouched. Old port of Boukas The high spirits of the Kasiots and their heartfelt hospitality will surely make you feel right at home in this tiny paradise dotted with elegant churches, pristine beaches, delightful cuisine and renowned festivals. Kasos may be somewhat far from the typical route one will take, but if you allow yourself to take a road less traveled, you will surely be glad…

The Greek cuisine is without any doubt one of the tastiest in the world! As with other cuisines of the Mediterranean, like Italy, Spain and Turkey, Greece is blessed with a wide range of basic ingredients that flourish in its perfect Mediterranean climate soils. The main of all those ingredients, which is found in all Greek food is the olive oil, which is as basic as water to the Greeks. Then there are the fresh fruits, greens, vegetables and legumes that are produced in Greece along with other “natural gourmet foods” like honey, peppers, nuts, herbs, saffron, masticha that also make Greek cuisine so wide and diverse. Blessed with sea and plains, the Greek cuisine also includes a wide variety of seafood, meat and dairy products. It would take a whole book to describe all the Greek foods and delicacies, so instead, we have created a list of the best…

The Greek language is one of the richest languages in the world with 5 million words. We have selected a tiny fraction of the words that we believe are quite fitting to transform the message of warmth and appreciation that we have for Greece. Do let us know which one is your favorite and makes you want to visit Greece in 2021. Νησιά . NI – SIA : Islands Greece is home to somewhat, 6,000 islands and islets which are scattered across the waters of the Aegean and Ionian Seas. It is a country with the most inhabited islands, 227 to be precise! This is truly a unique phenomenon for the European continent. Καλοκαίρι. KA – LO – KE – RI: Summer. A composed word from the adjective good and the noun weather – Good weather. Summer in Greece is like nowhere else. The long sunny warm days, the Greek…

Glyfada is the first area of the Athenian Riviera and extends about 25 kilometers to the south. It used to boast the old Athenian airport at Elliniko for over 60 years, since 1940 until a few years into the millennium, bringing in international glamour to Athens and was considered an area where the well-off tended to have summer places to relax during the summer months. Discover our guide to the best things to do in Glyfada. Things to Do in Glyfada: Beaches, Shopping and Activities As Athens became more populated over time and the demographics expanded gradually from the center to the outskirts, Glyfada was transformed into a central area that saw urban economic development in the from stores and shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. Until today it is considered one of the liveliest areas, where one can find something to do from morning ‘til night. Apart from the sandy…

The archaeological site of Ancient Olympia is one of the most celebrated sanctuaries of ancient Greece. The birthplace of the original Olympic Games, which were held here every four years beginning in 776 B.C. — is also the most important center for the worship of Zeus. The epicentre of Sacred Truce – Olympia was and remains to be the place that values competition which since antiquity had been ruled by harmony. Over the years the thousands of visitors who flocked to this part of the Peloponnese, mainly came to Olympia to admire the famed Archaeological site and museum, yet there are plenty of other unique activities which the surrounding area offers. Thanks to the local licensed guide and passionate co-founder of the Travel Insiders, Elena Aggeli – we discovered a number of reasons to explore beyond ancient Olympia. 6 Reasons to Explore Beyond Ancient Olympia with Travel Insiders 1. Visit…