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#Winter in #Greece | The Villages of mt. #Parnassos

#Winter in #Greece | The Villages of mt. #Parnassos | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

Arachova: The rock star of villages


The town by the name “Snow Queen” or “The balcony of Parnassos,” Arachova is the most renowned village of the mountain, which spreads over five hills, at an altitude of 1,000m and only at a 160km distance from Athens. If you are interested in a cosmopolitan type of vacation, Arachova is the place for you! It is a nightlife hotspot and a celebrity magnet. Lot’s of people tend to spend their winter weekends and holidays here, so it’s high time you plan your own. 


Your days will be action filled around the mountain, so you’ll be very happy to return to your top notch hotel, traditional guest house or luxurious chalet and from there on head to a taverna to savour the areas’ local dishes by the fireplace. Don’t leave the village without tasting their local cheese, formaela; a sweet smelling, hard rind cheese of relatively mild flavour which has been honoured with the distinction of Protected Designation of Origin.

Agoriani


Visit Agoriani, a village which has presented a swift tourism development in recent years. Inhale fresh clean country air in nature’s safe haven. The village is built at an elevation of 900m scattered on seven hills (its contemporary name is ‘eptalofos’ meaning seven hills in greek) and is renowned for its heavy snowfall in winter and refreshing cool days in summer.
Take some time to sit at a taverna in Agoriani’ s square where besides savouring their local delicacies, not to mention their delicious pies, you will enjoy the view to Parnassos’ evergreen slopes and the plains of Lilaia.


If again you are in for some activity, besides from skiing, starting from the village’s square you can follow the E4 hiking path which will take you to Delphi after approximately a 3-hour walk. Some other excellent hiking paths which you can choose to explore are the ones towards the Boutzouri and Melichovou springs, the waterfall of Matesi, the watermills as well as the various chapels of the area. A tour by the Korykeian cave is a must, as it’s one of the most famous one’s around Greece and it is believed to be where the Pythia would give her consultation before heading down to the Oracle of Delphi.

Amfikleia


The preserved settlement of Amfikleia at the foot of Mt Parnassos is only a few kilometres away from the ski resort and has - for the past few years - become an ideal destination for families as well as for those who prefer an off the radar holiday in the heart of nature. This little picturesque town is built on a flat plain where Kifisos River flows. You will fill your holidays with sights of old traditional houses with arched door gates, stone fountains, narrow alleys, visit museums and if you happen to be there around the carnival period enjoy some old customs from Roumeli.


Start your tour from the ring road where you’ll get to see the village from above, then head towards the railway station and take a look at the old passenger trains. Visit the ancient town of Amfikleia located at Parnassos Mountain's foot. Walk along Amfikleia’ s narrow alleys and end up at its stone paved square just before entering the - one and only in Greece - Bread Museum where you’ll get to learn everything concerning bread, the Vocational Museum which holds on to a rich collection of old tools, utensils and textiles, the Library and the Museum dedicated to the Academic George L. Sklavounos.

The 18th century Monastery of Dadiou, the medieval church of Agios Ioannis Rigana with some rare wall paintings, and the chapel of Agias Jerusalem built in a cave are some special churches and sacred areas around Amfikleia you must visit.

Then again, if you belong to the nature loving kind of people you might want to subscribe to the 25km mountain race Parnassos Trail, enjoy a downhill mountain bike ride of 11km on the Bogdan trail, as well as hiking and paragliding.

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#Folegandros, #Greece, among 22 #Postcard_Perfect #European #Villages Straight Out of a Fairytale

#Folegandros, #Greece, among 22 #Postcard_Perfect #European #Villages Straight Out of a Fairytale | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
22 Postcard-Perfect European Villages Straight Out of a Fairytale

Folegandros, Greece
Santorini’s streets sag with admirers, but on Folegandros, a nearby island in the Cyclades, you’ll find similar architecture—streets paved in slate, whitewashed buildings decorated with colorful flowers, the occasional Greek Orthodox church with a bright blue dome—without the crowds. For a secluded swim, trek to Katergo, a sheltered stretch of beach where gentle, emerald-blue waves lap the pebbly shore.

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Whole Foods Product Review: 365 Everyday Value Greek Yogurt | The Daily Meal

Whole Foods Product Review: 365 Everyday Value Greek Yogurt | The Daily Meal | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The Greeks were onto something when they invented a process that strains the whey out of yogurt creating a creamy, smooth, and delectable low fat-yogurt.
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The Peloponnese: The Ancient Olympics Meet the Wild West

The Peloponnese: The Ancient Olympics Meet the Wild West | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Ghost towns and ancient history await travelers who take the four-hour drive from Athens to this ancient peninsula...
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The Peloponnese in Greece is steeped in history

The Peloponnese in Greece is steeped in history | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Costa Navarino, Greece — "The Peloponnese," my friend Peter Poulos tells me, "is the real Greece. Really.
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Music Village - The Documentary

Music Village - The Documentary | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

Music, people, environment

Three friends, musicians create their personal Eutopia,
in the traditional village of Agios Lavrendios in Pilion,
the Music Village.

Their aim, the creation of a universal musical community. Their vessel, the collaboration and mutual artistic experience. Musical education is innovatively developed.

Which is the process of productive exchange of ideas and projects
among internationally acknowledged participants?
What is the interaction with the local community?

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Dora's recipe: Orange spoon sweet | Neos Kosmos

Dora's recipe: Orange spoon sweet | Neos Kosmos | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

Ingredients

4 large seedless oranges - preferably with a thick skin.
Sugar - the same weight as the oranges after they have been boiled.

Method

1. Wash the oranges and thinly slice off the top and tail
2. Put them in a pan with enough water to cover them and boil for one hour
3. Let them cool and then weigh them
4. Cut in half horizontally and then cut the halves in half vertically
5. Cut the quarters into thin slices - one cm approx
6. Empty the water from the pan and put the oranges in
7. Add the same weight of sugar
8. Bring to the boil and then simmer until it becomes syrup - not too thick. This should be about 30 minutes.
9. Put the hot sweet into hot sterilized jars and save

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The traditional products of Andros island 

The traditional products of Andros island  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The Kopanisti cheese. After a complicated procedure, the spread cheese called kopanisti has a full and spicy taste that is great to taste as an appetizer with freshly made bread and tomatoes along with a glass of wine or ouzo.

The Petroti cheese. A salt free cheese that is better to taste freshly made from goats or cow’s milk.

The Volakia cheese. This is the salted version of petroti cheese. The volakia have the shape of small balls and can be tasted plain or as an appetizer.

The Kalathoti cheese. The difference between kalathoti and volakia cheese is the shape, as the kalathoti is aged in a basket.

The honey of Andros. Light and delicious, the honey of Andros is used to make the pasteli, a sweet made with sesame and honey. You can taste the honey of Andros at the breakfast buffet of Aegea Blue Cycladic Resort.

The Sinetiano wine. The traditional wine of Andros made with sun dried grapes is bursting with flavour.

The drink Pontzi. If you are looking for more drinks then the strong Pontzi made with raki, honey and berries is a refreshing drink that is better to taste cold.

The sweets. Besides the amygdalota and the kaltsounia that we described in a previous article, it is worth tasting the pastelaries sweet. It is a sweet made with dried figs, walnuts, cinnamon and sesame.
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What Riding A Donkey in Santorini Can Teach You About Life

What Riding A Donkey in Santorini Can Teach You About Life | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
I recently rode a donkey in Santorini. Judge away. This may seem silly and touristy, but I LOVE donkeys. Maybe it is because I laugh like one.
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Classic wineries of Northern Greece | ELLOINOS

Classic wineries of Northern Greece | ELLOINOS | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

The UK wine market has been one of the toughest for Greek wineries to gain an entry into. The dominance by the supermarkets, whose focus is often on price, leaves room only for a limited number of players who might be able to compete. Despite this, we have witnessed some interesting and promising developments over recent months: Marks & Spencer includes four Greek wines as part of their courageous Eastern Med portfolio; the Wine Society has increased their offering with some very special selections, and Berry Bros also boasts a small, yet thoughtfully structured list.iting the classic wineries of Northern Greece with a UK wine critics...

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Hydra's History

Hydra's History | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The small island has served an integral role in modern Greece history as a naval stronghold and hotspot for celebrities...
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Guide to Greece’s Epirus Province

Guide to Greece’s Epirus Province | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Visiting the quiet Greek province, T+L encounters lively cafés and many new small hotels.
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Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in idyllic Paros and Santorini | BusinessWorld Online Edition

Travel Postcard: 48 Hours in idyllic Paros and Santorini | BusinessWorld Online Edition | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Greece is still a great place to visit -- just head to its idyllic islands. Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors explore Paros and Santorini.
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Hydra, Greece, Latest Stop on the Art Circuit

Hydra, Greece, Latest Stop on the Art Circuit | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Long a haven for artists and intellectuals, the small island of Hydra is becoming a new stronghold of contemporary art.
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