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Lesser-known Ancient Sites in Well-known Greek Destinations

One of the pleasures of a Greek holiday is that there is always an opportunity to enrich your knowledge of archaeology and deepen your relationship with history in a meaningful way. So often, this connection happens in a place it is less expected. Many are familiar with the high-profile archaeological treasures of Greece, such as

Inspiring images that will make you want to discover Greece

For so many of us, when we dream of travel it is so much more than mere beauty that we are seeking. A silky white beach and turquoise waters of course have their strong appeal, and natural beauty certainly has its role. But the best travel is actually transformative - a holistic experience that unites

Greek Christmas Traditions – a Unique Celebration of the Holidays

Greece has some unique holiday traditions that set the celebration of Christmas and New Year’s in Greece apart. Here are some of the things that make the Greek holiday season special. The Christmas Boat, Tree, and Nativity Scene Of course, the traditional Christmas Tree is as beloved a decorative symbol of the season as it

Mountain tops and coastal saints: St. Nicolas and Prophet Elias

One of the greatest glories of Greece is the wealth of beautiful Orthodox churches of every description. Not only do they fill the cities and villages, but you will find them in the most rugged and remote locations all throughout the mainland of the country and the islands. On the highest peaks and in the

The Greek Sun

The brilliant light of Greece is famous the world over. Seeing the great ancient monuments bathed in sweet bright light, it seems almost as though the country has a special relationship with the sun. Some places in Greece - Rhodes for example - are basking in the sunlight 300 days per year. And Athens is

The Full Moon of August – A Night of Celebration and Culture

The rising of a full moon over the Greek horizon is a sight to behold, whether you are at the sea or in the ancient urban metropolis. The ancient Greeks thought so too, associating the moon with a beloved Goddess - Selene. In fact, even today in Greece the moon is poetically sometimes called Selini,

Athens in July – Open-Air Events and Outings

The Summer Cultural Season in Athens provides a unique opportunity to enjoy both some exciting events as well as the beauty of a warm Mediterranean evening.  The Athens Open Air Film Festival The Athens open-air film festival is the perfect example of this uniquely Greek union of culture, nature, and art. The festival builds on

Greek Traditional Dances

One of the many wonderful things about Greece is the strong role that traditional culture continues to play in modern life. You’ll see this at any festive gathering of Greeks abroad, and celebrations in Greece. Weddings, saints’ days, Baptism parties, or any time the mood strikes - these are all occasions for celebrating life through

March 25th in Mani – History, Nature, Cuisine

The 25th of March in Greece is both the most important national holiday as well as a religious holiday. Counting back nine months from Christmas day and the birth of Jesus brings us to March 25th. This is the day of the Annunciation - in Greek, the Ευαγγελισμός (Evangelismos) - when the angel Gabriel announced

Fast forward – Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens

In Greece, you really sense the mystery and the miracle of Easter. Unlike in most western Easter celebrations, Easter is not limited to a day or two, but encompasses a whole season.  Beginning after Carnival, Lent ushers in a period of restraint. Then, when Holy Week begins in preparation for Easter Sunday, the somber mood,