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"Most Romantic Historic Hotel of Europe", the Winner is: Esperas Santorini

"Most Romantic Historic Hotel of Europe", the Winner is: Esperas Santorini | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Historic Hotels of Europe, Hotel Esperas Santorini, Oia, Santorini Island, Greece. Mansion hotels and luxury seaside accommodation in Santorini, Greek islands.
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Awarded with the Historic Hotels of Europe Most Romantic Hotel Award for 2015!
The Esperas Santorini is one of the most alluring hideaways on Santorini, an island famous for its stunning beauty, but if the awesome island landscape is not enough, this is one hotel that will make the entire island experience one that only dreams could replace. Perched high on the rocky cliffs of Oia, each traditional island house in the Collection is carved into the rock and preserved to accentuate the unique characteristics of island architecture and décor, complete with private terrace to bask in the magnificent views of the volcanic sea below. 

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#Santorini’s Mystique Voted Among 5 #Best #Resort Hotels of #Greece 

#Santorini’s Mystique Voted Among 5 #Best #Resort Hotels of #Greece  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, located on Santorini, is among the 5 Best Resort Hotels of Greece, according to readers of Travel+Leisure. The publication asked its readers, who are worldwide travellers, to share their travel experiences, rate cities, islands, hotels and more and vote for the ones they consider top in their category.

“Its easy to see why travellers love the Greek isles, with their whitewashed villlas, enticing beaches, and cerulean waters. That’s some serious scenery for the region’s hotels to live up to – but they do”, writer Lindsey Olander observes. “In the hotels category, readers rated properties on their rooms and facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value”, she further explains.
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ORC European Championship 2016: Porto Carras Hosts #Sailing Games, Promotes #Marine #Tourism 

ORC European Championship 2016: Porto Carras Hosts #Sailing Games, Promotes #Marine #Tourism  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Top sailing games will take place once again at the Porto Carras Grand Resort in the Sithonia peninsula, Halkidiki. The ORC European Championship 2016 event, which sees the participation of vessels from all over Europe, will take place for the first time in Greece during July 3-10 at Porto Carras. The Nautical Club of Thessaloniki is organizing the event.

Races will be held in the Toroneos Gulf and the North Aegean Sea. The start of the competition and the skippers’ meeting will be held at Porto Carras in Halkidiki, which is also the headquarters of the event. Participating boats will be moored in the blue-flag awarded marina of Porto Carras.

The countdown of the event already kicked off with the annual international sailing event “Cup North Sea 2016”, which runs from June 30 to July 3 for sailing boats with ORC International certificates and is considered the warm-up event for the European Championship.

The 40 participating vessels in the “North Aegean Cup 2016” event will be moored in the marina of Porto Carras and continue their matches on July 3 in the ORC European Championship where participations will amount to 73 vessels.

Racing will feature a mix of round the cans windward/leeward courses and offshore races, to fully test the teams’ skills on the waters of Toroneos Gulf. The challenge of close windward/leeward racing is likely to keep the fleet in close boat on boat battles, compared to the complexity of offshore racing.

Social activities for the ORC European Championship 2016 will take place at the race village at Porto Carras Grand Resort, with Greek hospitality throughout the week.
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Christine #Lagarde: #Greece Should Permanently Host the #Olympic Games 

Christine #Lagarde: #Greece Should Permanently Host the #Olympic Games  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
While speaking during the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado last week, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, agreed that the Olympic Games should be hosted permanently in Greece.

“The Greek economy is damaged. Debt is a huge problem. The Olympic Games are a huge catastrophe for Rio and the International Olympic Committee’s selection process is rather complicated”, the festival’s vice president and organizer Kitty Boone said while discussing the issue on stage with IMF’s managing director.

“The Olympics could be permanently hosted in their home in Athens, strengthening its economy and tourism, and offering an environmentally safe site”, Ms Boone added.

“I think it’s a great idea for immediate use”, Ms Lagarde said, adding that the idea of Greece hosting the Olympic Games on a permanent basis could boost the country’s economy.

She also recalled that the marathon was held for the first time in Greece and that the Olympic Games are named after Olympia, located in Greece, which has hosted so many fantastic athletes.

The Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to engage in deep and inquisitive discussion of the ideas and issues that shape our lives and challenge our times.

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How Greeks Came to Drink Coffee

How Greeks Came to Drink Coffee | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The journey this bean took before it got to Greece was rather extensive. Over time, the Persians discovered its merits and while traveling across the world, they brought this beverage with them. It wasn’t until the 9th Century, however, that the Persians began making it as a beverage. They introduced this beverage to the Ottoman Turks, who then brought it with them wherever they conquered.
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#Mediterranean #diet withstands test of time!

#Mediterranean #diet withstands test of time! | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Diet fads inundate bookstores, advertisements and internet searches. Some weeks, people seek to eliminate carbs. Other weeks they do a detox cleanse. People often think if they lose weight,
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Visit Greece | Traditional Sweets with island flair

Visit Greece | Traditional Sweets with island flair | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
If the Greek Islands had a flavour, they would probably taste like honey with cinnamon, clove, rosewater, syrupy fruits and roasted almonds. The reminiscent flavours of tradition bring back to mind laid back holidays; enjoying seafront breakfast, tasting treats in a small cafe are always part of the deal when in Greece and the Greek Islands are renowned for their unique sweets. We therefore gathered some of the most tempting sweet treats you should taste and why not bring back with you when you visit Greece.
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FAMILY #HOLIDAYS
IN #GREECE:

FAMILY #HOLIDAYS <br/>IN #GREECE: | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Beautiful beaches, organised resorts, warm hospitality, fun for the whole family. Greece is the best destination for a kid-friendly holiday.
“So, today we have: swimming at the beach, windsurfing lessons for the older one, banana or tube rides for the little one, the waterpark at midday and, if you’re not too tired, in the afternoon we’ll go to the castle. Then comes a rest and in the evening we’ll meet the others at the square for ice cream. What about the aquarium in the morning and then for a bike ride in the woods and a picnic by the river. What do you think?”
Family vacations in Greece: From the window of your room you’ll see the glittering sea. Bathing suit, check. Sunscreen, check. Sunhat, check… and you’re off to the beach. Or maybe you’ll take your young ones to splash around at the kiddy pool and waterslides, while the older crew head to the tennis and volleyball courts for a fun-filled workout. If you want to kick back and relax, beaches are lined with lounge chairs and umbrellas, while for the more active, all sorts of water sports await you in nature’s playground.
Hungry? The many dining areas deliver an indulgent sampling of Greek cuisine. While at the pool bars you’ll enjoy fresh juices, cocktails and snacks served poolside. In the afternoons, children will take part in organised activities like arts & crafts, ecological games, building sandcastles and cooking  – leaving plenty of alone-time for the two of you. If you feel like going exploring, take the family on a walk to the nearby town. Travel with your family to one of the most beautiful countries in the world: Greece.
Your kids will love Greece. It’s made for them. Safe and hospitable, with a perfect climate and gorgeous scenery, the country is full of surprises and offers you and your family thousands of opportunities to enjoy yourselves, at any time of the year.

Popular family destinations in Greece

Greece’s safe and hospitable seaside resorts and large hotel chains are ideal family-friendly holiday destinations. Hotels right next to the beach with the full panoply of family-friendly facilities: playgrounds, kiddie pools, child entertainment programmes and sports. Islands throughout the Ionian and Aegean and coastlines resorts on the mainland await you. Come enjoy the sun and sea together with your loved ones on a perfect tailor-made holiday.
If you love Greek islands then take note: Tinos, Naxos, Paros, Syros, Sifnos, the Sporades, Mytilini, Crete, Lefkada, Kefalonia, Corfu, Aegina, Evia and Thasos are some of the best places to go in Greece for families. The mainland coast is just as interesting. Some of the ideal family destinations are in Messinia and the Mani, around Parga, Halkidiki and Pelion. They boast a large range of hotels and resorts that live up to the high demands of family vacations.
Leaving the hotel opens up another vast range of things to do. There are archaeological sites and museums, workshops where the kids can watch artisans work their crafts, kitchens where they can take cooking lessons, paths to exciting castles, fortresses, chapels and windmills. The family can also rent bikes, canoes or boats, to go exploring through the villages and around the islands. Kids of all ages love snorkelling and if they are slightly older they could learn to sail or water ski.
On your family holidays in Greece, everything is organised for you. The only thing you need to do is sit back and enjoy!
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Upscale restaurants in #Athens #Greece

Upscale restaurants in #Athens #Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
If you want to turn up the ante on your food experience, here’s our pick of eight upscale restaurants in Athens. Athenian chefs seem to be less obsessed with creating international fare, becoming much more in tune with their culinary roots. The shift could very well be inspired by the high quality local produce available. The restaurants listed below have been tried and tested by us and carefully chosen to provide you with a very special Greek gastronomic experience. Kali Orexi!
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Παγκόσμιο ρεκόρ ο Εμμανουήλ Καραλής, Της Σπυριδούλας Σπανέα 

Παγκόσμιο ρεκόρ ο Εμμανουήλ Καραλής, Της Σπυριδούλας Σπανέα  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Ο 17χρονος πρωταθλητής του επί κοντώ πήρε μέρος σε μίτινγκ στην Οστράβα και πέρασε πάνω από τα 5,55, ύψος που αποτελεί την κορυφαία επίδοση στον κόσμο στην κατηγορία κάτω των 18 ετών. | Ημερήσια Πολιτική και Οικονομική Εφημερίδα
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Volotea connects #Athens with #Mykonos and #Mytilene in May, 2016 

Volotea connects #Athens with #Mykonos and #Mytilene in May, 2016  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Volotea, the airline of mid and small-sized European cities, hosted today a press conference in Athens to announce its new connection to Mykonos and Mytilene, starting next May 27th. Volotea increases its operation from Athens in terms of seats and flights by 66% compared to last year.  Volotea will launch the routes Athens – Mykonos and Athens – Mytilene next May 27th , offering in each route:- Three flights per week, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 
- 110 flights
- 13.750 seatsOperating in Greece since 2012, Volotea has transported more than 366.000 passengers till now, operating in 12 Greek airports: Athens, Corfu, Heraklion/Crete, Kos, Mykonos, Mytilene, Preveza/Lefkada, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Skiathos and Zakynthos. 
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Top things to know before visiting #Europe #travel #ttot

Top things to know before visiting #Europe #travel #ttot | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Top things to know before visiting Europe
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10 υπέροχες παραλίες στην Λέσβο #beach, #Lesvos #Greece

10 υπέροχες παραλίες στην Λέσβο #beach, #Lesvos #Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
If you are looking for travel inspiration, visitgreece.gr has everything you need to know. Travel ideas, Events, guides, what to do, where to go in Gr
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14 breathtakingly #beautiful #Greek #islands 

14 breathtakingly #beautiful #Greek #islands  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
At the delicate age of 13, I visited the Greek islands for the first time in my life. I have never recovered from the experience, nor do I want to! The breathtaking natural beauty, that typical blend of bright white and azure blue that embellishes so many of the buildings, the curious, friendly Greek people, that are so proud of their culture and heritage – and the enchanting aroma of the pine trees.



My early Greek island memories include the first wine tasting tour of my life, our hilarious efforts to keep up with the professional Greek dancers, and those cheeky, handsome Greek waiters, who always seemed to be so sure that my Mother and I were sisters, and certainly that we couldn’t be Mother and daughter!

I have spent decades of my life adding to my Greek Island memories, and I still have many islands yet to visit. The Greek islands are life-giving and life-affirming at the same time. Here are some of my favourites – it’s not a definitive list, and it’s arranged alphabetically. I’ll be delighted to see your comments and your own personal favourites, if you feel so inclined.
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#Ouzo #traditional #Greek #anise #spirit

#Ouzo #traditional #Greek #anise #spirit | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Ouzo drink with its strong anise flavour and with a little hint of Greece is a clear drink which gets milky-like when water is poured into it and aromas emerge and demonstrate its other qualities. Ouzo is so much more than just a drink. It is a way of life in Greece as it makes people loosen-up, brings them together especially when it is served with mouthwatering mezedakia (tidbits).
Ouzo originates from Asia Minor and nowadays is produced in Northern Greece, on Chios and Lesvos Islands. The complex and detailed production process differs from recipe to recipe which goes on from generation to generation and remains a well kept family secret. The drink is flavoured with a variety of herbs that grow on Greek land such as coriander, fennel, star anise, garden angelica and the renown anise.
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#Athens #Greece Historic Center Ready for Revamp #civic #urban

#Athens #Greece Historic Center Ready for Revamp #civic #urban | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Greece’s Central Council for Modern Monuments has given Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis the green light to proceed with the necessary works for a makeover of the historic center of the Greek capital.


Kotzia Square, Athinas Street.
The scheme, presented on Thursday and budgeted at 2.6 million euros, focuses on Athens’ financial and trade district, and includes the creation of a pedestrianized road network, repairs to pavements and roads, the upgrade of central squares, the addition of green spaces and lighting, repairs to damaged facilities, limiting cafeteria and restaurant spaces, tearing down unauthorized constructions and tackling illegal parking.

Aiming to highlight Athens’ historic character, the plan will cover the highly popular central areas marked by the following streets: Evripidou, Praxitelous, Leka, Athinaidos, Agias Eirinis and Athinas.

“We want to improve the image of the city towards that of a modern European capital… The issue is to maintain the balance between history and growth”, Mayor Kaminis said.

The plan, which was initially presented last November, will also include aesthetic interventions, the installation of bicycle parking stations, landscaping as well as strict regulations concerning the supply of shops in the center.

The project is in line now for approval by the environment ministry.
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Was There Beer in Ancient Greece?

Was There Beer in Ancient Greece? | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Beer in Ancient Greek Literature
Even though there have been archaeological sites that have shown evidence of beer drinking and storage, proof of its existence in Greece also exists in literature. Xenophon, for example, mentioned beer in his Anabasis. Sophocles also mentioned beer but only in the context of staying away from it.

Yes, there was beer in Ancient Greece. However, it wasn’t considered a high quality beverage in the same way that wine was.
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The #Peloponnese in #Greece is the best place in #Europe to visit in 2016, says Lonely Planet

The #Peloponnese in #Greece is the best place in #Europe to visit in 2016, says Lonely Planet | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Travel guide publisher Lonely Planet has released its annual list of the best places to visit in Europe, this year opting for a mix of the usual suspects (Venice, the Dordogne) and a scattering of off-the-beaten track places such as the Dutch island of Texel.

Topping the list is the the Peloponnese, a region often overlooked by travellers to Greece, who tend to visit the islands or build a sightseeing trip around Athen’s iconic Acropolis.

The region is described as “an affordable enclave of magnificent ancient sights like Olympia, Mycenae and Mystra”. The recently opened Menalon trail provides a new way to explore the region, which is popular with hikers.
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Φωτογραφίες μιας Ελλάδας που δεν υπάρχει πια. Καθημερινές στιγμές της ελληνικής επαρχίας του ‘60

Φωτογραφίες μιας Ελλάδας που δεν υπάρχει πια. Καθημερινές στιγμές της ελληνικής επαρχίας του ‘60 | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Οι φωτογραφίες του Κωνσταντίνου Μάνου, του μεγάλου Έλληνα δημιουργού της διασποράς, αναδεικνύουν την Ελλάδα που έχει πλέον χαθεί, την ελληνική επαρχία και τους ανθρώπους της, τη δεκαετία του 1960.

Με τις μαγικές του εικόνες ο Μάνος μας καλεί συνοδοιπόρους στα απομακρυσμένα χωριά και νησιά της Ελλάδας του ’60 όπου άνθρωποι φτωχοί και αγέρωχοι, μέσα σ’ ένα σκηνικό αγροτικής απλότητας και γαλήνης, δίνουν με αξιοπρέπεια τον αγώνα τους για επιβίωση προσηλωμένοι σ’ έναν τρόπο ζωής απαράλλακτο για αιώνες.

Στις φωτογραφίες του αποκρυσταλλώνονται εφήμερες καθημερινές στιγμές, με λιτό και αυστηρό ύφος, αλλά και με τρυφερότητα, χωρίς ρητορικά σχήματα.
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Provocolate: Molyvos is the Greece of your Dreams (and hopefully, your best self).

Provocolate: Molyvos is the Greece of your Dreams (and hopefully, your best self). | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it

When you think of your perfect, ideal Greece, you're probably actually thinking of Molyvos, home to all of Greece's perfections, double distilled. This is the jaw dropping gorgeous sun soaked Greece of turquoise seas and bright painted boats, tavernas with checkered tablecloths and octopus legs hanging from fishing line, white-washed stairs, roses and bougainvilla climbing trellises, villages on hillsides, the Aegean glimpsed like a dream though an open window.

Picture postcard picturesque perfection. Our first glimpse of the city? Giorgos our host stops the truck for us to get a shot of the city because we are oohing and ahhiing 
There it is- a seaside fairy tale with a castle on top. This is our first morning in Lesvos. Two hours ago we were drinking a coffee on Aegean. This is surreal, and it's not like we're not used to beautiful places; we all live in Greece already, and write about travel (Travel Bloggers Greece) and culture and beautiful experiences. None of us have been in Molyvos and we've all been looking forward to it; it is a fabled place. 
A couple more turns in the road and we are there climbing out of the truck and wandering up the cobblestone paved hill, shaded by an arbor, and lined with cafes and shops. 
We are on our way to visit the Molyvos Tourism organzation and meet our, I'm going to say, ambassador- Gabriela Vati. she takes us into her life for the afternoon, and it is a very beautiful life. We stop into the church- Agios Panteleimonas 
A light, neo-Baroque- common to the island- mood makes for a joyous interior
Then we go the main plateia ("square"), shaded by a huge Plane tree, and circled with grand houses, Gabriela's florist shop, and a supermarket (island style) 
This dreamy mansion is *rentable by the night. 
(The florist shop, the mansion you can stay in, the views, if this puts you in mind of getting married, Gabriela can arrange everything- she has started Menta Weddings for the people who come from all over to celebrate here, the most beautiful place they have ever been). Gabriela tells us about her beautiful town as we go down the hill. We are at a harbor, and it is all charm. If the sun in Molyvos had a flavor it would be sweet. It sugarcoats every surface- the cobblestones, fishing boats, sparkling sea, your shoulders. You forget what it was ever like to be cold. The sea is turquoise at the small beach, but even here at the harbor- deeper teal- you can make out every stone on the seafloor, each school of fish. The fishing boats are brightly painted, each its own way, and named. They strike the perfect balance between story-book and serious work- the fanciful colors, nets neatly bundled. 
St. Nicholas (patron saint of sailors and fishermen) watches over the harbor from a modest church bathed in the crisp light of the sea. 
The water's like glass and you sigh longing to be in it, or at least on it. The only thing missing is a handsome, wind-burned captain to take us for a spin in a beautiful boat. This is where the day slips from perfect vacation to not completely believable perfect fairy-tale. Before I know it, there's the strong weathered hand of captain Nick pulling me aboard. 
Nothing like the sea to make you hungry. We dock at the promisingly named "Octopus" which has octopus hanging right outside, which we have with ouzo, which is essentially a sunny Lesvos afternoon in a glass. (more about ouzo here). 
We are having a a fantastic time in Molyvos- aesthetically, this is the quintessential Greek experience. But like they say, beauty is more than skin deep. We have been invited to write about the island- it has been in the news constantly- not because of its astonishing perfection, but because of the thousands of refugees who have landed, and sometimes been washed up on, its beautiful shores. This has kept tourists away, which is a shame, for two reasons: The first is, that the situation has changed- the shores are quiet, and the refugees are sheltered and as safe as such a terrible situation allows. 
The second reason it is a shame that tourists are not going to the island is a lot more compelling: When we think of Greece it is not just a place but an ideal- we are inspired by the sea and the sun and the cuisine, but also by the values we ascribe to Greece- honor, hospitality, generosity. All the nights we would watch the news and see wet and hungry families on the shores and saying how sad and want to do something? These are the people who were going to the shore to help them every day, bringing water and food from their homes, clothing, sharing whatever they had with grace. We basically only know this from the news. They brush it off- Gabriela said "We just did what anyone would have done." Lesvos embodies not just the beauties of Greece, but also the ideals.
For this reason alone, I cannot think of a place I would rather visit. 

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Four #Secluded #Greek Island Beaches

Four #Secluded #Greek Island Beaches | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
What do you dream of when imagining your perfect beach escape? Soft sand and warm waters? Cabanas and cocktails? Or is it just simply somewhere quiet, secluded and peaceful? The popularity of the beach-going experience means that most Greek Island beaches are packed from dawn ‘til dusk. However, this isn’t always the case. For all of you out there dreaming of a peaceful Greek paradise, here are our top four quiet and secluded beaches in the Greek Islands.
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Heavenly beaches around #Volos #Thessaly #Greece

Heavenly beaches around #Volos #Thessaly #Greece | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The beaches in the wider area of Volos are among the best-loved in Greece. Thousands of visitors each year flock to the beaches of Agios Dimitrios, Anchialos, Alykes, Pigadia, and many others, which offer stunning scenery and many recreational facilities.
Sea stories
The coast of Magnesia has one of the mildest climates in the Mediterranean. Cool summers and exceptionally mild winters create ideal conditions for enjoying the sea during all seasons of the year.
The connection with the Sporades islands allows for a quick getaway to enchanting Alonissos, Skopelos or Skiathos, so the traveller can roam these exquisite islands, which are home to the National Marine Park of the Sporades, a refuge for rare birds and primarily for the Mediterranean monk seal monachus-monachus. Numerous companies rent small boats so the visitor can enjoy small, hidden beaches and secret sea caves. The sea caves at Veneto, the submerged city in Alonissos, Poseidon’s cave and many other sea emeralds await explorers. Sea trips are always accompanied by dolphins, a unique experience. The small islets in the Pagasetic Gulf are ideal fishing grounds and meeting points for spear fishermen.
Volos has numerous swimming and diving clubs; it also has historical sailing clubs. Important open sea sailing meetings are held and the spectacle of the glorious ships skimming gracefully over the water is truly impressive.
At the mouth of the River Anavros in Volos, and on neighbouring beaches, the visitor can enjoy sea sports, like water skiing and windsurfing.
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#Athens, #Santorini, #Heraklion among #airports with highest passenger increase in #Europe 

#Athens, #Santorini, #Heraklion among #airports with highest passenger increase in #Europe  | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Athens, Santorini and Heraklion in Greece are among airports with highest passenger increase in Europe, according to European airport trade body, ACI EUROPE's air traffic report for March and Q1.The report is the only air transport report which includes all types of civil aviation passenger flights: full service, low cost and charter. It reveals that during the first quarter of this year, passenger traffic at Europe’s airports grew by an average +7.8%.More specifically, passenger traffic in the EU during Q1 grew by an impressive +8.2% – more than 4.5 times the bloc’s forecasted rate of GDP growth for 2016.16 EU COUNTRIES REPORT DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTHWhile growth dynamics varied between national markets, 16 of them achieved double digit growth, mainly to the south and east of the EU as well as in Denmark, Ireland, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. Accordingly, Dublin (+17.5%), Barcelona-El Prat (+16.1%), Copenhagen (+13.2%), Amsterdam-Schiphol (+12.4%) and Madrid-Barajas (+11.9%) led passenger growth amongst the EU’s largest airports. Conversely, the core markets of France, Germany, Italy and to a lesser extent the UK performed below the EU average.These figures, as well as passenger traffic results for March (+7.6% for the EU) reveal that the impact of the Brussels terrorist attacks appears to be contained to Belgium, with Brussels airport bearing the brunt of it (-29.1% in March & -5.3% in Q1). This mostly local/national impact is consistent with we have seen in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks of last November.A DIFFERENT SPEED FOR NON-EU AIRPORTS IN EUROPEMeanwhile, non-EU airports in Q1 posted less dynamic – although improving – passenger traffic growth of +6.2%. Traffic is rebounding in Ukraine (+14.4%) and appears to be stabilising in Russia. It has reached new peaks in Iceland (+36.8%) while it remains fairly resilient in Turkey (+8.4%) – although Turkish airports serving tourist destinations are underperforming.Freight traffic across the European airport network increased moderately by +2.1% in Q1, with all of that growth going to EU airports (non-EU airports: -0.2%). Aircraft movements were up +4.0%, reflecting airlines adding more capacity to the market.Q1 RESULTSOlivier Jankovec, Director General of ACI EUROPE said “Europe’s airports have delivered an excellent performance in terms of passenger traffic over the first quarter of 2016. While the additional day in February and Easter happening in March helped, the magnitude of the traffic increase at many airports has defied economic gravity. To some extent, it has also flown in the face of an increasingly adverse geopolitical and security environment. As long as these risks remain in check and with oil set to remain affordable, we remain positive about the traffic outlook for the rest of the year. The fact that airports are now keenly focused on improving their competitive positions and are fighting to attract new traffic also plays an important – and often overlooked – role in maintaining the growth momentum.”“All this means that passenger traffic should continue to outperform GDP. While passenger growth rates might soften on the back of already robust figures in 2015, security concerns also mean that part of the leisure demand to external markets will continue to shift towards EU leisure destinations and their airports.”During Q1, airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2), airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3) and airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year (Group 4) reported an average adjustment +6.8%, +7.6%, +11.2% and +8.9%.The airports which reported the highest increases in passenger traffic are as follows:GROUP 1: Istanbul SAW (+19.5%), Dublin (+17.5%), Barcelona (+16.1%), Copenhagen (+13.2%) and Amsterdam (+12.4%)
GROUP 2: Cologne-Bonn (+28.1%), Alicante (+22.1%) Malaga (+18.2%), Palma de Mallorca (+17.8%) and Athens (+15.7%)
GROUP 3: Berlin SXF (+43.2%), Faro (+28.5%), Larnaca (+19.5%), Bucharest OTP (+18.4%), Porto (+17.5%)
GROUP 4: Liege (+275.4%), Ohrid (+173.9%), Ostend (+136.6%), Santorini/Thira (+127.1%) and Oradea (+70.7%)MARCH FIGURESDuring the month of March, average passenger growth was +5.5%, while freight reported a fall of -1.8% and movements were up +2.3%. Airports welcoming more than 25 million passengers per year (Group 1), airports welcoming between 10 and 25 million passengers (Group 2), airports welcoming between 5 and 10 million passengers (Group 3) and airports welcoming less than 5 million passengers per year (Group 4) reported an average adjustment +6.1%, +6.2%, +11.2% and +9.5%.For March, the airports which reported the highest increases in passenger traffic are as follows:GROUP 1: Dublin (+18.1%), Istanbul SAW (+9.3%), Barcelona (+14.2%), Amsterdam (+13.1%), Copenhagen (+11.2%)
GROUP 2: Palma de Mallorca (+26.1%), Alicante (+25.2%), Cologne-Bonn (+23.2%), Malaga (+21.8%) and Edinburgh and Athens (+17.1%)
GROUP 3: Faro (+40.7%), Berlin SXF (+39.2%), Larnaca (+24.0%), Heraklion (+23.4%) and Charleroi CRL (+20.2%)
GROUP 4: Oradea (+4,136.6%), Liege (+587.0%), Ostend (+294.7%), Ohrid (+242.6%) and Kharkiv (+121.3%)The ‘ACI EUROPE Airport Traffic Report – March & Q1 2016’ includes 206 airports in total representing more than 88% of European air passenger traffic.
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11 μικρά μυστικά που πρέπει να ξέρεις για την Ελλάδα.

11 μικρά μυστικά που πρέπει να ξέρεις για την Ελλάδα. | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
Author of the Rough Guide to Greece, Nick Edwards, shares his tips travelling in Greece. Start planning your trip here.
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Karamanlidika brings a sensory experience to Athens

Karamanlidika brings a sensory experience to Athens | travelling 2 Greece | Scoop.it
The native people of Karaman and Cappadocia in Central Anatolia spoke and wrote in Turkish using the Greek alphabet but were Orthodox Christians. They became known as the Karamanlides who were forced to leave their homeland along with 1.5 million other Anatolian Greeks, as part of the immigration exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923.

Today, Ta Karamanlidika tou Fani is a charcuterie and ‘mezetzidiko’ that honours their heritage, creating an Athenian modern day version of what was known as a “pastomageirio” or a “tavern of salted goods” that flourished in Byzantine times. An eclectic, uncomplicated meze menu has been assembled by Stella Spanou, a chef and cookbook author from Thrace, who provides a sensory journey to the East.

The Karamanlides and Cappadocian Greeks brought with them many specialist trades including curing and drying meat based on ancient traditions dating back to Byzantium. Many Karamanlides had become artisans of Pastirma or “Pastourmas” in Greek, that refers to a method of curing and drying meat after layering with a fragrant paste of cumin, fenugreek, garlic and hot paprika. The result is beautifully preserved meat that is full of flavour and is surprisingly soft and delicate on the palette.

The varieties of pastirma and other dried meats found at this Athenian mezetzidiko, are combined with organic, fresh local ingredients that has captivated both locals and visitors to Athens. Owner Fanis Theodoropoulos’ vision was very much about supporting Greek producers. “It’s about quality over quantity and keeping prices honest”, he said. “These Greek products are as good as anything you will find though out the rest of Europe.”

A grocery area stocks a curated selection of Greek products from small-scale producers including, cornelian cherry jam and liqueur, dried figs, Greek honey and the award winning Maleas olive oil from Laconia.

Fanis is no stranger to the local food trade, being the second generation in his family to run a small over the counter charcuterie across the road called Arapian, that was established in the 1920’s and run by his father through out the 1960’s, it became famous for their pastourma and soutzouki (dried sausage).
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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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