Nestling a few kilometres to the North West of Ierapetra in South East Crete sits the reservoir of Bramiana, one of Crete’s biggest wetlands. This Europa 2000 Nature Reserve, known primarily for its bird life, is also a botanical wonderland.
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.
With its white beaches, cool seas and stunning ruins, Greece could slide on its looks.
Yet this magical country has long been a hub of intellectual energy, since the time of Socrates. That greatest of philosophers would no doubt have had something to say about probiotics, the healthful microbes growing in his yogurt which remained unnamed until the 20th century. Perhaps: “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
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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Sun, Aegean deep blue, Greek culture and local cuisine are some of the advantages of visiting Greece.
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.