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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…

Hiking the Menalon Trail is one of the most exciting activities one can embark on when visiting the Arcadia region in central Peloponnese. The first certified trail in Greece by ERA (European Ramblers Association), promises nature lovers a truly rewarding experience. Hiking the Menalon Trail with Vitina Trekking Hiking in Greece is an unforgettable experience, from the terrain to the fauna and flora, this country is most certainly blessed with breathtaking scenery. In the beginning of July, we set out to explore Arcadia, although I highly recommend that you opt for hiking the Menalon Trail during the cooler months — despite the scorching heat of summer I greatly enjoyed our two day outdoor experience with Vitina Trekking. During our initial contact Lambros asked all the right questions to determine our level of experience and stamina prior to planning out the route. The Menalon Trail stretches along 75 kilometres passing through…

A visit to the Peloponnese peninsula is an experience one should not miss when planning a trip to Greece. From small seaside towns to mountainous villages and renowned archaeological sites, Peloponnese is a feast for all the senses. On the South-East of the Peloponnese in Argolida, lies a small fishing town of Tolo, which over the years has become a popular tourism destination for visitors who seek a lesser crowded escape. We’ve compiled a list of all the reasons to visit Tolo, Greece. Our Top Reasons to Visit Tolo, Greece Plaka beach, view from Ancient Asini Tolo is a perfect holiday destination for all ages, its relaxed vibe and close proximity to some of the most prominent archaeological sites of the Peloponnese attracts many families and couples alike. On our recent four day escape to Tolo with Travel Bloggers Greece we experienced the best the region has to offer. 1.…

Greece is a fantastic destination for oenophiles. Although Greece’s generous soil is excellent for many international grape varieties, one of the most delightful things about Greek wines is the great variety of indigenous Greek grapes to explore. Moreover, many of these grape varieties are ancient, providing a rare opportunity to sip Greece’s fascinating and delicious past. Here are some Greek white wine varieties you may enjoy getting to know. Greek White Wine Varieties Aidani Aspro Aspro means “white,” and although the Aidani grape is often white, there is also an Aidani Mavro (black) that is also vinted. Aidani is a low sugar grape that contributes nuanced floral notes to many blends. This grape grows well in the Greek islands, particularly Santorini, and Rhodes. In Santorini, it’s often blended with Assyrtiko, and is one of the grapes that is used in the production of the PDO Santorini dessert wine, Vinsanto. Assyrtiko…

Voula is the next area you’ll find in the Athenian Riviera. Although it is mainly a residential area, it is one of the high profile areas to live in, featuring large houses usually taking advantage of the coast space layout. Here you will find organized places with access to the beach, by paying a small entrance fee you are able to experience the Greek summer in Athens to the fullest! These places are buzzing during the summer and offer sun-beds and umbrellas for rent as well as access to all local amenities. Voula is also very well connected with local transport services. Kavouri is just alongside Voula as the next area on the coast line. Similar to Voula, it is mainly residential, but provides the guest with scenery of rocky crevices with interspersed sandy stretches which adds a wilder tone to the landscape. The places to go out here are mostly family-owned, quaint,…

Nestled in the heart of Vourgareli, surrounded by a lush pine trees forest and glorious mountain peaks, the Rouista Tzoumerka Resort in Arta is a spectacular retreat. A deep respect for the environment is evident from the modern yet organic design, where guests are invited to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Hotel Overview The architectural design of  the resort signifies local architectural identity which is highlighted with the use of stone in the exterior design of the buildings that graciously blends in with the surrounding environment, complimented by beautiful wooden floors, and earthy colors with accents of yellow, blue and red. Accommodation ranges from double rooms to deluxe king double as well as family style rooms and the Master Suite.  During our trip we stayed at the beautifully appointed Master Suite which offers 50m2 of space. The open-plan suite features a comfortable sitting corner, fireplace, dining area and work desk —…

Crete is a country onto its own, its diverse landscape, spectacular scenery, delicious cuisine and authentic hospitality, make it one of the most attractive destinations in Greece. Although Chania, Rethymnon and Heraklion are the most popular regions of Crete, the lesser known Lasithi in Eastern Crete — deserves a lot of praise. Its less traveled roads, wild and rugged landscape, impressive historical monuments and postcard worthy beaches — make it even more alluring to those who wish to explore this off-the-beaten path destination. We spent four days zigzagging across its mountainous roads, reaching the very end in Kato Zakros, where we could truly spend more days, enjoying the remote surroundings and soothing energy. Anyone who is planning a trip to Crete, you must consider to at least allocate one week to your Crete itinerary, but of course if time allows it opt for 14 days, you will not regret it. I am a huge…

The picturesque mountain village of Metsovo is one of Epirus’ best kept secrets. Offering bountiful experiences to its visitors, this all year round destination is often called the Switzerland of Greece. From spectacular natural beauty, to authentic traditional character, ski-slopes and wine culture, Metsovo and its inhabitants will charm you with its tasteful charm. Here are our reasons to visit Metsovo, Greece. 7 reasons to visit Metsovo in Greece Wonderful Museums The divinely preserved traditional character of Metsovo must be attributed to the wonderful locals who have a great passion for their age-old history. In the heart of Metsovo there are two spectacular museums, the Averoff Museum of Neohellenic Art and the Folk Art Museum. Both museums have been established by a prominent figure in the history and development of Metsovo, Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza who was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1956 to 1963. A man of great wisdom and intellect he…

Santorini has wines with as much character as the island itself. This is one of the most beautiful geological wonders of the earth. The volcano responsible for its extraordinary terrain has also given the island its unique soil. The vines of Santorini grow in an unusually porous, dry, and mineral rich earth. This gives the wines a unique character: when we speak of terroir, the wines of Santorini have quite a story to tell. Santorini Wineries You Must Visit Not every grape thrives in such unusual conditions, and this is also part of the magic of Santorini’s wines – the grapes themselves. Santorini has several indigenous grape varieties. In white grape varieties, there are the Aidani, Athiri, and Assyrtiko. In reds, there is the Mavrotragano and the Mandalieria. But if someone knows just one Santorini grape, it’s bound to be the Assyrtiko – the most popular. This grape produces a…