Over the past few years, agrotourism has been changing the relationship between the Greek tourism industry and the increasingly sophisticated traveler. The result is that both sides are turning their back on the dubious touristy symbolism behind flaming cheeses and dancing Evzones (traditional Greek guards). Instead, authentic Greek agrarian heritage and traditions are now being brought into the experiential mainstream.
The ancient republic of Greece was known by its erstwhile name Hellas in ancient times. Greece is considered to be the country of origin of all the western civilization, democracy, and all western philosophy, literature, performing arts and mathematical principles. Greece is also the birthplace for the Olympic Games and has a culture and history like no other country in the world. It is known to be the home to the world’s first advanced civilization and was the birthplace of the greatest of kingdoms of the ancient world. Today Greece is a developed country and is characterized by the people’s high standard of living. It is one of the major tourist destinations in the world and is literally the place where the idea of cultural exchange originated. Here are the top 5 places you must visit in Greece to get the best of its ancient culture and history.
It’s a sunny morning and I’m driving to Livadia. Goats lounge by the side of the road where it passes through the middle of the island amid hills of reddish earth covered in low scrub and oak trees, and dotted with old stone walls and chapels. I glance up at the ruins of one of the island’s medieval castles – but quickly look back at the road in case a goat dashes across. I pass two cars coming the other way – a busy morning.
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When someone says “Crete,” what’s the first thing you think of? Zorba the Greek, right? For those of us who saw that classic 1964 movie – and zillions of us did – it’s easy to conjure up scenes of Anthony Quinn belting down ouzo, smashing plates, doing a kind of Greek line dance and otherwise cavorting around the largest of the Greek islands.
Athens is a magical place full of contrasts waiting for you to discover! You probably already know that the most important site of Greece, the Parthenon, is located in its capital, Athens. You might not know though that Athens city centre is one of the best places to tantalise your taste buds and learn all about the Mediterranean diet as well as being a heaven for shopaholics.
Santorini. Just say it and immediately your mind turns to gorgeously sun-kissed villages, sprawling down sheer cliffs, and adorned with blue-domed churches and houses built straight into the steep cliff-side. The island is a fusion of history dating back thousands of years, and more modern charm in its beaches and towns. Stand upon the highpoint of Imerovigli, and you can see virtually the whole island spread out below – an enchanting canvas. It is a fantastically romantic place to visit.
The ancient kingdom of Macedon, which Alexander inherited after the assassination of his father, Philip II, in 336 BC, largely coincides with the region of Northern Greece that is now called Macedonia. It is here that Alexander was born, spent the formative years of his childhood and youth, and gained his first experiences as a military and political leader.