The affordable and convenient choice for navigating the Greek Islands
Those uninitiated in a Greece luxury yacht charter might imagine one of the massive millionaires’ superyachts sitting on the horizon – and the lofty price tag for a week-long vacation on board – but for an affordable all-inclusive rate there are many brand new luxury catamarans, classic motor yachts and everything in between that will let you cruise through the busiest hot spots at your leisure.
Whether your group intends to visit the Saronic Islands, the Cyclades, the peaceful Ionian Islands or travel even farther afield, most luxury yachts have a home berth in Athens for convenient embarkation from the airport. Stay a day to explore the history and culture of one of ancient civilisation’s most well-known cities, then unwind the moment you step aboard with drinks and a meal from a highly qualified chef aware of all your dietary requirements and preferences. Savour the sunshine and the breeze from your sundeck as your captain cruises through shimmering waters past colossal white cliffs to charming beaches and villages off the main tourism route that are largely untouched by time.
Highly experienced luxury yacht charter broker Amanda Brilliante of CharterWorld gives her advice on the Greece cruising grounds and which island archipelagos to visit for partying, culture, family-friendly holidays and immersing yourselves in nature:
“There are three main cruising areas of Greece which are most easily reached from [Athens], and the most popular areas that my clients visit time and again: The Argo-Saronic Gulf, Cyclades, and Ionian Islands. All are easily reached from the mainland and perfect for a week (or longer!) charter in Greece. As all offer something a little bit different, my recommendation will vary based on the type of charter group and when you plan to travel. Here’s a brief rundown on each so you can start planning your Greek getaway.”
The Saronic Gulf
The closest of the luxury yacht charter grounds to Athens, the Saronic Gulf is “perfect for a round-trip charter and offering excellent protection from the Meltemi winds which can affect the nearby Cyclades, so is always a good ‘fall-back’ plan for luxury yacht charters in July and August”. Tours usually include the largest four islands of Aegina, Spetses, Poros and Hyrda, where guests can go on an indoor and outdoor history tour including the Temple of Aphaia, the Aegina Heritage Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Aegina and the nearby Temple of Apollo.
There are also beautiful cathedrals and galleries to admire before your group takes the weight off their feet at one of the harbour-side cafes or tavernas.
“Only about an hour from Athens, these charming and picturesque islands are a world away from the city and sheltered from the winds by the surrounding mainland. They are ideal for low key cruising and island hopping, offering short passages and a nice mix of cosmopolitan ports with shopping, dining and nightlife as well as more naturalistic ‘get away from it all’ anchorages.”
Cruise around the coast with east to discover such beautiful secluded treasures as Monastery Mirtiotissas and its nearby beach, which is great for watersports and other similar sites have great hiking trails along the beaches and clifftops.
Some Hot tips:
• Don’t miss a donkey ride (the only transportation) up the narrow and steep passageways on Hydra before hitting one of its seaside bars or restaurants in the evening!
• Enjoy some fresh-made loukoumades (local, honey-dipped dough balls) on Poros, where donuts were born!
• Aegina is the home of pistachios and is known to have the best in the world – visit in September when their yearly Pistachio Festival occurs.
The Cyclades Islands
Mykonos and Santorini are quite possibly two of the most well-known Greek islands as holiday destinations for their windmills, blue and white houses and vineyards, and among them is a wealth of islands for partying, food tours and water sports.
“Home of the native Greek-bred Aegean cat, these are probably the best-known islands in Greece: Cyclades meaning ‘circular’ and the islands forming a circle around the sacred island of Delos. I actually think of the main islands as lying within a triangle made up of Athens-Mykonos-Santorini (roughly 100 nautical miles on each side) and including Naxos, Paros, Milos, Serifos and Kythnos.”
The clear warm waters are great for all ages to learn new skills such as jet skiing or Scuba diving at the numerous sites, where colourful corals and deep caves have a host of sea life to admire.
“The Cyclades can be strongly affected by the Meltemi, which may make passage difficult during July and August when these winds typically blow, and passages are generally a bit longer than in the Saronic Gulf. I usually recommend a one-way trip for a more leisurely pace, for instance between Athens and Mykonos, Mykonos and Santorini, or Santorini and Athens.” Some Hot tips:
• The white-washed / blue-roofed architecture which is our image of Greece abounds on Santorini. With villages situated high on cliffs with breath-taking views – it’s a can’t-miss!
• Originally known as ‘Thermia’, enjoy a spa day at the thermal baths of Therma and Loutra on Kythnos
• Enjoy the excellent wines and thyme honey that have made Serifos famous (and bring some home for later!).
• Jetset Mykonos is a glam hotspot with gorgeous beaches (and bodies), amazing restaurants and nightlife, and a ‘who’s-who’ of visiting models, singers, and movie stars.
The Ionian Islands
“These are the islands on the West Coast of mainland Greece, on the Ionian Sea, and generally, unaffected the Meltemi winds so a great destination all summer long. Also known as the Heptanese or ‘The Seven Islands’, they include Corfu, Kefalonia, Paxos, Lefkada Zakynthos and Kefalonia, as well as some smaller islands in the group.”
The Romans and Venetians left their mark in the architecture of the Ionian Islands, of which locals are very proud and tourists from all over come to admire. With Italy just across the Ionian Sea, the culinary influence is also felt and visitors will find international cuisine as well as local delights. Corfu is by far the most famous, however many will recognise the shipwreck and the beach named after it on Zakynthos. Corfu and Kefalonia are the places to be for a day of boutique shopping before hitting the clubs at sundown, although there are plenty of cultural sites to fill the daytime hours as well.
The Ionian Islands also have a more calming ambiance than the Cyclades, and you won’t have to travel far to leave behind night clubs and bars for a romantic candlelit dinner under the stars.
“[The Seven Islands are} perfect for those that have already ‘done’ the Cyclades and Saronic Gulf and are looking for a more laid-back experience. A one-way charter between Athens and Corfu is more recommended and offers a chance to cruise through the spectacular sheer walls of the Corinth Canal.”
Some Hot tips:
• Lefkada offers Porto Katsiki, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and a ‘must see’. Or visit Sappho’s Leap, where, ancient legend has it, unrequited love could be best served by throwing oneself over the 71.6m/235ft drop into the Ionian below.
• Cliff-lined beaches abound on Kefalonia, including Myrtos, Palteia Ammos and Petanoi, and of course Koutsoupia which is only reached by yacht! Also on offer for history buffs is a wealth of Venetian buildings (Fiscardo), Byzantine churches and Mycenaen.
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Εικόνα 1: The Saudi Hawks flying in formation over Kavala city. Credits: Mavroudakis Fotis
The “natural amphitheatre” created by the city of Kavala and the island of Thasos, the sea and the sky, all compose a constantly changing yet consistently mesmerising image of the place where the Macedonian land meets the Aegean Sea. That is what the setting for the air and sea displays of the Kavala Air/Sea Show looks like and what you get as a first impression of what happens in the city of Kavala every summer, for seven years now, before you live the full experience of the Kavala Air/Sea Show.
The Kavala Air/Sea Show was first held in 2011 and has been going on since then, with the exception of 2015. It is a one of a kind celebration of the air and sea which aims to make us “raise our heads up”. As a matter of fact, that is indeed its motto from the very beginning.
Εικόνα 2: “We raise our heads up!” Credits: Chris Zisou
In the display program you can find parachutists, paratroopers and skydivers, paramotor athletes, solo and teams of propeller and jet aircraft, both civil and fighter air means. Since the first year of the show, teams representing the Greek Special Forces (Army, Navy, Air Force), the Hellenic Coast Guard as well as Air Force and Navy teams from abroad, such as Saudi Arabia and Germany, have participated. Last but not least, many private aerobatic teams from Greece, the U.K, Germany, Austria, Italy, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia and Turkey have managed to fascinate the spectators with their aerial maneuvers.
Εικόνα 3: Air Displays Credits: KASS
Traditionally, the event is held over the last weekend of June or the first one of July, along the main promenade of Kavala. You can definitely watch it from almost every corner of the city but, without any doubt, the promenade and the port of “Saint Paul” are ideal for all those who seek to feel and share the excitement.
Εικόνα 4: Main promenade of Kavala city. Credits: Konstantinos Saraidaris
Greeks and tourists, young and older, men and women, those who are into aviation and those who are just looking for something different are welcome to meander around the promenade of Kavala -at no cost- and find themselves among other spectators, volunteers and air crew.
A host of parallel events, such as the static display of airplanes, helicopters and historical vehicles, the landing and take-off of helicopters at the Landing Zone, the modelers exhibition, the trade fair and kids zone, the display teams booths, innovation exhibitions, concerts etc, are planned to entertain all visitors throughout the two-day event.
Εικόνα 5: Display Teams and Vendors Booths. Credits: Aggelos Aggeloudis
The proximity of the air and sea means is unique especially when it comes to an event which takes place in a city and not an airport. The visitor is, therefore, given the chance to have a complete experience of not only the event itself but also the wider region which is full of cultural monuments as well as pristine beaches and amusement facilities.
Greek islands, summer, holidays… Three little words, that bring spontaneously to our minds sweet memories! A whitewashed alley, a colourful flowerpot, a blooming flower corner, a local old man telling you a story, blue tablecloths on modest tables in the middle of a square and endless blue scenery, are just a few of those characteristic images that we all love and can’t wait to see more in summer months!
The Aegean Islands are characterized by incredible diversity, able to satisfy all types of travellers! There are islands like romantic Santorini, which is now one of the top destinations in the whole world! Along with Santorini, there are plenty of islands to discover such as scenic Folegandros and Milos the island with unique natural beauty. There are islands such as Crete which is a real travel gem for Greece and Greek tourism, with natural landscapes under the protection of UNESCO, seas, gorges and warm people, Crete is one of the blessed places for sure! For more cosmopolitan vibes, islands like Mykonos and Ios are amongst travellers’ top choices! Islands such as those of the Eastern Aegean, like Limnos or Chios, are perfect mainly for family vacations as they are still quite and pure enough! The list goes on with some under the radar islands like Samothrace, Anafi, Ikaria, Kalymnos, Koufonisia and Nisyros, all being sublime travel destinations waiting to be unrevealed! Last but not least the nearby islets of both the Argosaronic Gulf and the Cyclades, due to the proximity to the port of Piraeus, are ideal for fast track escapes and not only!
Islands with incredible beaches, natural wealth, hiking trails, diving spots, rich history, traditional Greek foodand anything else one can ask for a complete experience and travel adventure! This is the first reason why you should visit Greece, travellers!
Despite the many many differences amongst those islands mentioned above its hard to visit only one single island to satisfy summer vibes, and that’s why we recommend island hopping in the Aegean islands! So get yourself together, pack a few light clothes and explore the different options regarding island hopping, depending on your mood and time.
Mini Island Hopping
The easiest and cheapest choice, especially for those of you who don’t have a lot of time, is to join a mini cruise to our beloved one, Gulf of Argosaronic. Visit even in a day both Aegina, Hydra and Poros. There are several travel agencies now offering a one-day excursion at a very good price. For those of you who have three-days at your disposal, we suggest that you leave at least one night on each island and include in your travel path Agistri! Each Islet has its own unique beauty and particularity, colourful alleys, roads without cars, unique varieties of nuts and ice-cream flavours, hiking trails, tavernas, historical monuments, organized camping and of course there’s no reason to envy the blue waters of the Aegean Sea!
Mainstream Island Hopping
Words can’t describe the beauties you’ll encounter on the islands of the Aegean Sea. Finally, travellers now have the chance to choose between several ferry connections and can enjoy many islands on a single trip! Choose between Cyclades and Dodecanese, while for those of you who want more adventurous experiences you will find itineraries that combine a mainstream island with Crete, for example! You can find plenty of itineraries and cruises that can be ideal options for those of you that do not have the time to organize the trip on your own. Try various combinations, from cosmopolitan Mykonos and romantic Santorini to authentic Crete and islands of eastern Aegean Sea, all in one trip! Actually, there is no rule just indulge yourself to the magic!
Alternative Island Hopping
Board on a ship at the port of Piraeus and plan your trip onboard. Does that sound crazy? It might be a little crazy, but you can dare it! Starting from Athens and having a station at one of the Cyclades islands, such as the beautiful Folegandros or Sikinos you will find yourself in the romantic Santorini for a stroll in the sunset and the next day leave your senses to the most alternative Anafi, the Gibraltar of the Aegean! Continue the journey to the island of Ikaria and find yourself in the Dodecanese. Leros, Kalymnos and Nisyros should not be missing from your list since they combine natural and cultural beauty, activities such as climbing and diving and unique landscapes such as the volcano crater on Nisyros! For the most powerful travellers, an interesting choice would be the route Piraeus-Limnos-Samothrace. The itineraries are changing every year, but there are certainly so many different options that allow you to plan routes beyond the classic ones. Besides, Greece has more than 110 inhabited islands waiting to be discovered!
Fun fact: Did You know that Greece has over 6000 islands and rocky islets?
Lake Kerkini was a destination I meant to visit for the longest time. The combination of water, nature and wildlife have always fascinated me. Greece is renowned as a sea and sun destination, but its mainland is where she keeps her valuables! Instead of seeing flocks of tourists I prefer to take a boat ride and admire more than 300 species of birds; view buffalo herds grazing the fields; take walks or horseback rides around the lake and then savour some delicious local recipes!
I stayed at the Oikoperiigitis Hotel in Kerkini Village which is located only 1km from the lake. Practically the closest one to the waterfront. I was informed of the activities I could enjoy around the lake such as canoeing, hiking, cycling and more. Since I had limited time at my disposal I wanted to see the birds so I thought I shouldn’t miss out on a boat ride. Since I arrived late in the day, I booked one for the next morning.
I started my day that morning with a jog on a 7km dirt road embankment, which gave me the opportunity to see some ducks, pelicans and other wild birds, not to mention that I ran into a buffalo farm! I then headed for my boat ride. Our boatman Vassilis (a good guide with smart tips on what to see and do) told us all about the lake and how in 1932 the Greek government built a dam to secure water from Strimonas River to irrigate the plains of Serres for agricultural purposes. I guess no one could have imagined that the lake would become one of the most significant wetlands in Europe, part of the Natura 2000 network of protected sites, where birds migrate from Northern Europe to Africa or the Middle East.
He also mentioned that the lake is known as an artificial one, due to the construction of the dam, but that is not the case. It goes way back to antiquity when the river’s deposits made the lake shallower forming two smaller lakes; Kerkinitida and Prassiada. It is believed that Lake Kerkini is today in the same place where lake Prassiada used to be. Strimonas River offers the lake sediments that are deposited in lake Kerkini making it shallow and ideal for birds like flamingos to lay their eggs in the mud. The food pyramid is quite interesting too. The lake is home to lots of insects that are part of fish diet who in their turn are part of bird diet, so nothing goes to waste!
The boat ride was fun and informative, unluckily it was windy so we weren’t able to approach a flock of flamingos up close, but we saw them through our binoculars and we were visited by a pelican who begged our guide for fish. It is customary to get visits from pelicans on the boats because these birds have become familiar with people as boatmen carry fish to feed them.
Our guide Vassili suggested taking a jeep ride on the gravel roads that go along the lake to experience more extraordinary views of the lake’s wildlife. Following his tip, later that day, I explored another dirt road from Megalochori Village that runs along the river’s delta. What a charming view! At a distance I could see buffaloes running free; white pelicans, cormorants and herons standing still enjoying the sunshine. I was mesmerised! I then realised why birdwatchers are so attached to their activity.
For a bird’s-eye view of lake Kerkini, I went up to Akritochori where I paid a visit to the Monastery of Timiou Prodromou Serron. The Monastery and the view down to the lake are astonishing. I then went to Makrynitsa Village to eat at Evora restaurant and savour some buffalo, which was delicious. I also tasted the Pontian perek cheese pie. Perek is a flour dough cooked on a pan placed on charcoal. It makes a mean feta cheese, so if you plan a visit definitely taste it.
My trip to Kerkini was short but much appreciated. This is a great place to spend at least three days, to get the chance to see the fauna and flora and meet its hospitable people. I will definitely return to see and experience more!
Come and celebrate Easter in Greece, one of the biggest and most sacred celebrations for all Greeks. You can visit Patmos where the Holy Flame from Jerusalem is brought or go to Corfu and experience throwing a jar onto the street from a balcony.
You could also go to Santorini to see thousands of tin lanterns are lit up on the castle at Pyrgos or go to Chios to enjoy fireworks. No matter the location, every part of Greece celebrates this holiday with a bang and you can experience all that and much more if you visit Greece during the spring. Spring is said to be a time of celebration is Greece and Easter is at the centre of it all! Some local things to experience include the Ionian marching bands and going to the Holy Friday processions. Friday is also when the Epitaphio (a Christian religious icon bearing an image of the dead body of Christ) is decorated and led out of the church in a procession lit by candles.
Another must is to participate in the Ascension ceremony on Easter Eve where the holy flame is passed from person to person holding candles until the entire area is filled with beautiful, flickering lights. There is something unique and mesmerising about this ceremony and is something that you should definitely take part in if you are in Greece during Easter! At the very least, the reason you should take part in Easter celebrations in Greece during your visit is because of the food. From dyed red eggs that represent life to the mageiritsa soup to tsoureki, Easter in Greece is a filling affair! The highlight, however, is the roasted whole lamb served with appetizers like tzatziki and olives and accompanied by patates fournou (potatoes roasted with citrus and oregano) and spanakotyropita( spinach and cheese pie). People usually drink ouzo or other Greek wines with their meal and the meal is such a lengthy affair that it could last up to 4 hours! So it is safe to say that Easter for the Greek people is a very special time and will be one for you too if you decide to come for a vacation during this time. Just be careful though cause you just might fall in love with the atmosphere and the food!
Whether you want to say your vows bare foot on a beautiful beach, spend your day basking in glorious sunshine or pose for your wedding photos surrounded by scenic views, there are so many reasons why Greece is the perfect wedding destination!
But between mainland Greece and its many surrounding islands, it can be tough to settle on the right location for you. But don’t stress, we’re here to help! Below is a guide to eight of the best locations to get married in Greece, so you can find the venue of your dreams and get on with planning the rest of your big day.
Santoriniis perhaps one of the first destinations you think of when you imagine a fairytale Greek wedding. This beautiful island oozes romance, with stunning views, crystal clear seas and a sunset you’ll never forget. What more do you need for the perfect wedding day.
2. Lake Doxa (Corinthia)
Found in Corinthia, Lake Doxa offers the wedding venue of your dreams. The breathtaking glassy lake has it’s very own chapel, which is great if privacy is important to you. Plus, the calm setting will bring peace and tranquillity to your big day. So if you’re planning a smaller more intimate wedding, this could be the place for you.
If you’re planning a very traditional wedding, choosing a venue in Rhodes could be the perfect choice. Whether you want to get married on the beach or in the traditional old town, there’s something to suit every taste. Not to mention the natural splendour of this island provide stunning backdrops for your wedding photos and adds effortless elegance to your day.
You might associate Zakynthos with being a popular holiday destination for tourists and party goers, but there are so many hidden gems on this wonderful island, that you don’t want to rule it out completely. If it’s a beach wedding you’re after, Zante could be the perfect place. Explore the hidden sandy bays and tuck yourself away for ultimate privacy as you say ‘I do’. Not only this, but you can almost guarantee beautiful weather – a huge selling point for many couples.
Kefalonia is also a popular destination, meaning that there are plenty of suppliers on the island for you to choose from. This gives you more freedom to create your dream wedding day bursting with charm and your own unique style. The exotic coastline is home to a number of exciting venues, including historic buildings and chapels, so you can have a ceremony that’s out of the ordinary.
6. South Peloponnese
Stepping away from some of the countries more popular holiday destinations, with its medieval charm and cobbled streets, South Peloponneseis not what you typically think of when you picture a Greek wedding. But this lesser-known destination has many hidden treasures that will offer you a truly unique wedding day. You’ll be surrounded by stunning coastlines, olive groves and the natural splendour of Greece in all its glory.
If it’s elegance you want, Corfuhas so many beautiful venues for you to choose from. For bigger parties, the island has many luxury hotels. Alternatively, if you’re organising a smaller and more intimate wedding day, choose from some of Corfu’s private villas. The beautiful beaches also make this a popular destination, giving you lots of suppliers to choose from to help you create your perfect day.
The list wouldn’t be complete without the cultural capital of Greece now would it! Its heritage and history makes Athensan unforgettable destination for a wedding, but also offers your guests an exciting breakaway. Choose a fancy venue in the stylish city or check out some of the luxury five-star resorts on the Athenian Riviera. With so much choice, this coastline offers everything you need for the your dream wedding day.
Are you ready to start planning your perfect Greek wedding?
Organising a wedding can be difficult enough, without the added stress of pouring over venue after venue (especially when you can’t just pop by for a visit!). Whether you want peace and privacy, or sun, sea and Santorini, consider the list above when selecting your perfect wedding destination. Stuart Cooke Inscripture
Everyone knows Thessalonikiis one of the most beautiful cities in Eastern Europe. It has been a cultural and religious capital for thousands of years. This is one of the cities where a multitude of ethnic influences coexist with harmony and overlap each other as if Mozart himself wrote it as a symphony.
I’m not going to talk about the White Tower, the famous port, the beautiful churches and monasteries and temples, the Roman ruins or its architectural marvels. I’m going to tell you about my experience with following around the regular citizens of this city. If you are going to enjoy the hidden gems, go where the locals go after all. First, I find myself in a stoa called Modiano Market. All the stores were closed but a few butcher shops, an ironsmith and a small tavern. It was dark and very few people walking, but you can see the old glory of such graphic place. I figured, the tavern was established more than 150 years ago, so the food must be good. I saw the sign had Patsas soup prepared so I had to try it. All the characters there were so authentic. I asked the proprietor what was that he was preparing out of the oven, he said Eggplant Papoutsaki. I told him I then knew why I had entered that dark stoa that day. Eggplant Papoutsaki is my favourite food in the whole world. Well, needless to say, it was amazing.
After lunch, I walked across the street to the Kapani Market. It is Thessaloniki’s largest fresh fish market. All the merchants screaming about their products, all the locals negotiating about price, delivery guys all over the place, it was an “organized” chaos. I walked through the bazaar, full of smells of fish, fresh roasted coffee and peanuts, and I find myself at the Ladadika district, food central of the city. So many good choices, so little time. Keep in mind, I had my dream food just a couple of hours before. So I strolled through the narrow streets, filled with tables and screaming waiters calling you to seat in their restaurants. There were many merchandise stores in between all of it all as well. I had to come back that night, and trust me, the experience was worth it. So, go to Thessaloniki, get off the beaten path, explore where the locals go and you will fall in love as I did. In fact, I’m taking the whole family there this summer for a few days.
Some of the world’s greatest theatre artists will grace the Epidaurus Festival 2019 with their presence. Major directors presenting their work for the first time ever at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, acclaimed theatre groups and famous actors will invite audiences to extraordinary evenings under the summer sky.
The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is 125 km away from Athens, located in the mountains of Argolis. It was built in the 4th century BC as part of the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus. In 1881, the Archaeological Society began excavations at the site, but it was not until 1955 that the Epidaurus Festival was founded. Since then, every summer, people from all over the world visit the ancient theatre to admire its beauty, its perfect acoustics, and some of their favourite artists as well: Maria Callas, Pina Bausch, Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke, Helen Mirren, Piccolo Teatro, Schaubühne Berlin, are only some of the well-known artists and groups that have performed at the Epidaurus Festival to date, along with the crème de la crème of Greek theatre.
English subtitles in all performances.
Oedipus – Based on the text by Sophocles
This year, the Festival kicks off with Oedipus by the American director Robert Wilson, one of the most iconic theatre artists in the world in his debut appearance at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, on 21 and 22 June. Based on Sophocles’ most famous tragedy, Wilson’s breathtaking artistic universe comes alive through lights, sets and images. Greece’s leading actress, Lydia Koniordou, will hold the role of the narrator in this atmospheric performance, where new technologies meet with the ancient landscape.
Comédie-Française – Ivo van Hove
Electra / Orestes by Euripides
The internationally acclaimed director Ivo van Hove joins forces with Comédie-Française, the oldest active theatre company in the world, to work on the myth of the House Atreides. This performance marks the first time that Comédie-Française will perform at the Ancient Theatre, but also Van Hove’s Epidaurus debut.
“In our performance of Electra / Orestes, we want to enact a world of great cruelty, a naturalistic world even, on stage. The Greeks pose a crucial question: what is that element which unites us instead of dividing us? This is the central question in Electra / Orestes.”, says Van Hove. One of the most important artistic events of this summer that is not to be missed.
Municipal and Regional Theatre of Patras – Stavros Tsakiris
Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
Often described as a “virtuoso physical performer”, the award-winning actress Kathryn Hunter will portray Prometheus in Aeschylus’ famous tragedy. With her outstanding physical presence, Hunter has earned roles typically reserved for male actors, such as King Lear or Cyrano de Bergerac. Prometheus Bound will be a watershed in Hunter’s career, marking a meeting with her Greek origins through the words of Aeschylus. Hunter will perform in Greek for the very first time in her life. A special performance, which will bring this year’s Epidaurus Festival to a close.
For decades Greece has enjoyed its position as a top holiday destination for the masses, but when it comes to a honeymoon, couples will look for something extra special and exclusive for their romantic trip. Well, based on an international survey conducted by Zankyou, the leading wedding portal across Europe and Latin America, it has been confirmed that couples are indeed finding that “extra special something” for their honeymoon trip in Greece!
The portal launched the Zankyou International Wedding Observations (ZIWO) survey, with over 6000 participants, in November 2018 for recently married and soon-to-be-married couples across 16 countries. The findings highlighted Greece within the top ten most popular honeymoon destinations for couples from Portugal, Mexico, Italy, the UK, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Poland, Russia, Netherlands and the USA.
The study found that two out of three couples still opt to enjoy their honeymoon mostly on a beach or in a relaxing setting. So, with miles of beaches offering tranquil settings and idyllic backdrops in Greece and islands such as Mykonos, Kefaloniaand Santorini, couples are spoilt for choice. In addition to the beaches, couples can choose between thousands of luxury and boutique hotels and spas, which also fulfil their relaxation honeymoon criteria.
The study also revealed that a third of couples seek to participate in adventurous activities during their honeymoon. Well, thanks to the watersports offered in locations such as Paros, Lemnos and Milos, millennial couples searching for that adrenaline rush can quench their thirst for adventure by participating in the wide range of activities available; from sailing, to windsurf, to diving; and have a new and exciting experience together as newly-weds. Furthermore, another 36% of couples enjoyed participating in cultural activities, highlighting the interest from honeymooners to spend part of their trip exploring the history, gastronomy and art in destinations such as Athens and Crete.
More and more millennial couples are also visiting multiple destinations during their trip, so with 8000 islands to choose from, Greece once again presents itself as the perfect stop for a romantic get-away after the wedding. So it’s confirmed, Greece and all its islands are a honeymoon offering not to be missed.
An alcoholic beverage or a soft drink? Chilled or at room temperature? The choice is not an easy one when there are so many options!
A tasting experience in Greece usually includes a glass of wine. Here are some tips for you: try the famous white Retsina - a resinated wine produced mostly in Attica, Evia and Voiotia; Moschato Limnou – a PDO varietal white produced on Limnos Island; PDO Robola from Kefalonia (Ionian Islands); PDO Zitsa wine (dry or sparkling) made from debina, a white grape variety cultivated in Zitsa (Ioannina, Epirus); Vilana, an indigenous Cretan grape variety which is used to make fine white wines such as PDO Peza and PDO Siteia; PDO Mantineia, a white produced in Arcadia, Peloponnese. If you’re a fan of red and rosé wines, try the ones produced in Nemea from agiorgitiko, a local variety cultivated in Argolida and Korinthia, NE Peloponnese, the largest Greek PDO wine zone; in NW Peloponnese, savour Mavrodaphne of Patras (a sweet vin de liqueur). In Macedonia, taste reds from Epanomi, Thessaloniki (mavrotragano, limnio, mavroudi local varieties), PDO Goumenissa from Kilkis, PDO Amyntaio, Florina, PDO Naoussa, Imathia and PDO Rapsani (xinomavro, negoska, stavroto varieties).
If you’re into stronger spirits, enjoy a glass of chilled ouzo (from Plomari, Lesvos Island and from Tyrnavos, Thessaly). On Crete Island, taste tsikoudia (also called raki), the standard treat offered either with food or after the meal. An equally strong alternative is tsipouro, anise-flavoured or not and a great place to taste it is Volos town, Thessaly.
Thrill your palate with traditional flavourful liqueurs, made with local fruits & spices, such as mastic liqueur (Chios Island), citron liqueur (Naxos Island), kumquat liqueur (Corfu Island), rozoli (an orange and cinnamon liqueur made on Lefkada island, tentoura (containing fruits & spices) prepared in Patras, W. Peloponnese and cornelian cherry liqueur, well loved in Macedonia.
If you’re a beer fan, here’s a list of special flavours for you to try: Volkan is a lava rock filtered beer brewed on Santorini Island; Septem is produced in a microbrewery on Evia Island; Vergina is a craft beer produced in Komotini town, Rodopi, Thrace; and Solo beer is a Cretan craft brew produced in Kallithea, Heraklion.
Last but not least, make a point of tasting the following refreshing beverages, fizzy or still, especially if you’re an alcohol-free person: soumada (a drink made with sweet and bitter almonds, water, and sugar) prepared on Lefkada and Crete Islands; tzitzibira, an effervescent beverage made on Corfu Island with ginger root, lemon juice, water and sugar; kanelada, a fragrant cinnamon and clove spiced drink, much preferred on Crete and Kos Islands, and across the country vyssinada, a sour cherry refreshment, mandarin soda, lemonade and orangeade.