Greece Off The Beaten Path

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Greece Off The Beaten Path

  • Gazi Factory

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    An old gas factory made by some industrial buildings, is now a live industrial museum. This factory, once closed was gradually transformed into a versatile cultural centre and now it hosts several events. When I was there people were preparing a stage for a concert(it was afternoon) and walking around you could meet some small modern art...

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  • Hidden Beaches

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    Leaving Sitia we headed off to the east for Vai the beach with the palm forest. The road to Vai was pretty new and looked like it had been resurfaced which I was glad about as I could imagine it had been one of those roads!! During the 70`s when the hippies were thrown out of matala they made there way to vai, they certainly could pick thier spots!...

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  • Excursions

    Thessaloniki Off The Beaten Path

    Although it's really an adventure to drive there, because of the lack of propriate road signs on the way from Serres to Sochos (notice that even my GPS was inadequate!), the traditional carnival of Sochos worths a visit. It has nothing to do with the more popular, though "industrialized" ones, carnival of Xanthi or the carnival of Patras. This...

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  • Towns and Villages

    Prefecture of Heraklion Off The Beaten Path

    Try to get to the villages in the hills above the resorts. There most of the people are children and old women. The children laughed and ran by our scooter while the old ladies, who usually sat at the town square wearing traditional clothes, all smiled at us reveiling their teethless faces. So cute.

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  • Kifissia

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    “Far from Airport 12.4 miles (19.96 Km)” Be forewarned that it is NOT close to the airport. I paid a cab driver 55 Euros one-way at night to go to this hotel. From what I could tell, there isn't public transportation near it either. Pines Hotel Chelidonous Artemidos 2 Nea Kifissia Athens. 14564 GR (210) 620-5011 On one side the hotel, faces the...

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  • Towns and Villages

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    Our minds sated with sufficient pictures, we pushed on to Gerakari and stopped for lunch after having our photo taken with some locals. Gerakari is famous for cherries and they do things with them, like put them in bottles in all manner of ways. I had visions of village fare in a rustic setting with local tastes to tempt the palate served by some...

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  • Byzantine Walls

    Thessaloniki Off The Beaten Path

    The famous White Tower, near the waterfront, dates from the period of Venetian rule (1423-1430). You can’t miss it. However, if you don’t take the time to wander around the city it’s easy to miss a lot. The best thing you can do in Thessaloniki is to get lost. Wander around anywhere above Aghiou Dimitriou St and look at the city walls. Not just...

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  • Paiania

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Located on the east side of Ymittos in Peania and separated into two sections The first one is a museum of modern art which present works and arts by Greek artist during the second half of the 20th century.The second one is called Pyrgi (tower) which have many folk objects

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  • Coastal Places

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    Now this is what we had been searching for!! What a beach!! We actually missed the turn off to the beach from Kavousi so stopped on a clifftop to turn round and view the beach. What a stunner!! We couldn't wait to get down there! The road runs alonf the baxck of the curved bay and ends in a tiny harbour. Before this there is a parking area under...

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  • Byzantine Churches

    Thessaloniki Off The Beaten Path

    This interesting building was 1 of the 1st churches built in the ‘Macedonian School’ style. Inside, there are important wall-paintings. The church of St. Panteleimon’s located north of Egnatia Street, near the Arch of Galerius, on the site of the Byzantine monastery of Perivleptos.

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  • Kerameikos

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Most people do not, and that means this site is not only green and pleasant but also uncrowded. The entrance is on Ermou, just down from the Thission Metro station and Platia Monastiriki. The area area was not only the site of ancient Athens' cemetery (part-excavated) but also housed the Pompeion, where preparations were carried out for the...

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  • Places to Walk

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    Note: The gorge is about 2 kms from Kritsa off the Lato road; there is a sign. So we found the sign again to Kritsa Gorge and turned up an unlikely path, going only about 200 metres before Lorraine’s nerves decided that was it for motorized transport. We alighted and discovered that the track entry, scribbled on a bit of board, was only about 100...

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  • Old Mansions

    Thessaloniki Off The Beaten Path

    Thessaloniki has a lot of beautiful old houses with traditional balkan architecture. These are spread round the city. In the picture you can see Ahmet Kapantzis (top-left), Villa Bianca (top-right), House Mordoch (bottom-left) and Mehmet Kapantzis (bottom-right).

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  • Parnitha mountain

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Located in the north part of Athens with 1413m high Parnitha mountain(or else Parnes) is one of the top winter destinations famous for it’s shelters (Bafi is one of them) with pine wood forest and small caves.Also famous for the Mon Parnes casino and it's national forest

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  • Mountain and Plateau

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    Thoughts of a better meal by the pool at our excellent resort then haunted us all day as we continued to circumnavigate the Amari Valley, probably highlighted by the constant views of Mount Idi, at over 8,000ft, the highest in Crete, and still with patchy snow up top. The Amari Valley loop is shown as a 92 km scenic drive; well, 92 kms if you...

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  • Summer Resorts nearby

    Thessaloniki Off The Beaten Path

    I think the nearest place to swim in Thessaloniki is Aghia Yorgi and the beach is really very good although I didnt like very much the quality of the sea but the facilities are enough and its also an oasis for greek families. There is also plenty place for parking

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  • Delphi

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    I did a day visit to Delphi and although it was really enjoyable and I met lovely people on the trip, I would have like to have gone there for 2 days. I used the company Hop In to go there and it cost me 86 euro without lunch. I find that the lunch they normally give you is very big and afterwards all you want to do is sleep. I went for lunch at...

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  • Places the Locals go

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    Elfonissi, a beach located on the southwestern edge of Crete is, as you can see from the photos, a dream place. It was wonderfully clean and with few people, an ideal place to take a few hours off from our hectic life as tourists. A part of the beach is comprised of a light pink type sand and there is a huge shallow lagoon before you reach deep...

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  • Suburbs

    Thessaloniki Off The Beaten Path

    Moni Lazariston was built in 1886 by the monks of Saint Paul Vincent battalion, who became famous from their headquarters in the church of Saint-Lazare in Paris. Monis Lazariston functioned as a Seminary until 1913 and after that it had a lot of usages till 1978 (division headquarters, hospital refugee centre). It was rated as ruined in 1978,...

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  • Aegina, Poros, Hydra islands

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Daily Service 8.00 am: Transfer by bus from Athens to Flisvos Marina and embarkment on the cruise ship. 8.30 am: Sail for the island of Hydra. In Hydra you have time at leisure for a stroll, shopping or swimming. In the early afternoon sail for the island of Aegina, passing through the narrow strait separating the Peloponnesian coast from the...

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  • Archeological Sites

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    MALEME IS SOME 16 KM FROM CHANIA,IT IS FAMOUS FOR THE BATTLE OF CRETE,AND IT HAS NOW BECOME A LARGE HOLIDAY RESORT. WHAT IS A LESSER KNOWN IS THAT THERE IS A TOMB OF GREAT ARCHEOLOGICAL INTEREST. THE TOMB OF THOLOS,IS A LATE MINOAN TOMB,IT HAS AN ENTERANCE CORRIDOR WITH CONSTRUCTED WALL OF 13.80 MTS LONG.

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  • City overview

    Thessaloniki Off The Beaten Path

    Thessaloniki can feel a bit small, especially if you've come up from Athens, but it is actually a sprawling city that hugs the coast. To get a good set of shots of the city, both old and new, climb up in the direction of the Yeni Küle. This is not a trek for those not capable of a stairmaster, as the streets can sometimes be quite steep and there...

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  • Penteli mountain

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    After the fall of the Byzantine Empire, Greece came under Turkish rule for 400 years. Churches were turned into mosques and the operation of schools was outlawed. Children nowadays who moan about having to go to school would benefit from a visit to Athens' only clandestine school which is now operating as a museum. There they would see how...

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  • Inland Retreats

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    Overshadowed by more famous sites at Knossos, the former city state of Aptera near Kalives is not yet on the tourist route and so can be investigated in relative peace. Perched 230 metres up on a hill overlooking Souda bay it panoramic views of the whole plain of Chania. Legend has it that Aptera took its name after the victory of the Muses over...

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  • Exharchia

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Walking through the streets of Exharchia is bound to bring unexpected surprises. It is a community of students, political movements and artists. If you are lucky, you might just find a new unknown to be famous, artist selling their pieces cheaply! Or maybe you will find a 'wannabe artists?' Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.

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  • Phourmi - the Minoan cemetery

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    Visiting Knossoss don't hesitate to visit the Minoan cemetery in Phourmi because the Minoan cemetery at Phourni is one of the most important sites in Crete and certainly the most important Minoan cemetery to be uncovered to date. Its importance is largely due to the fact that it remained in use for over 1,000 years from around 2400 BCE to about...

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  • Vouliagmeni

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    If you are in search of an escape from the ever-busy Athens and do not want to spend another day at a touristy attraction, then Vouliagmeni – a peninsular town some 25 km south of Athens – is something you should head for. A day trip is worth it especially when you could not plan for Greek islands and wish to at-least have a glimpse of what these...

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  • Places To Stay

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    The island of Crete, presents a wide range of alternatives to people that prefer camping to the more traditional hotel style of tourism. There is something extremely appealing about sleeping under an open sky next to the sea, and waking up when the first rays of sun appear. Technically , free camping is not allowed in Greece at all. In real life...

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  • Piraeus

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    On one of our nights we decided to go to Piraeus to walk around and see the port !!!! But once we got there we realized that there was nothing there to see, I expected a lively marina with shops and restaurants, but even near the main square there was nothing but travel agency selling tickets to the various islands...not worth the trip here !!!!!

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  • Sounio

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Daily service Afternoon drive along the scenic coastal road through the wonderful beach resort areas of Glyfada, Vouliagmeni and Varkiza, arriving at the most southeastern point of Attica, Cape Sounion, where the white marble pillars of the Temple of Poseidon still stand. This is a photographers delight so bring your camera! Early evening return...

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  • Jewish synagoge

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Yes i know its one of the things that most tourist would not search for, actually i wasn't looking for it Either, i found it by incident when serching for Kerameikos. But guess what ? it was closed ! yes that too ! The Beth Shalom Synagogue was built in the late 1930s and was renovated in 1975. It is the main synagogue of Athens. Beth Shalom...

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  • Filopappos Hill

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    I would rather recommend to go on the top of Filipappos Hill (JUST REMEMBER YOUR WAY DOWN OR HOLD ON TO SOME ATHENIAN ON THE HILL) The view from the top of the hill, Pynx is mind blowing. Its worth to stay there up till 21.00 hours till they switch on all the lights around Parthenon or even later if you know the way down. The reason is, there are...

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  • Anafiotika

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    This is definetly off the beaten path! This is small neighborhood of small homes on a winding pathway just beneath the Acropolis and adjacent to the Plaka. This neighborhood was originally inhabited by people from the island of Anafi who migrated here and built homes similar to those on the greek islands. While it is mainly residential, the houses...

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  • Kaisariani Monastery

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Only 8 kilometers out of Athens, in mount Hymettos, this monastery is a good example of Byzantine art. I read that a taxi costs about 15 €, and it is served by bus 224, but with the recent crises I can't guarantee it.

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  • St Valentine

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    According to some books St.Valentine was a priest in a greek church at Rome. When he died his body buried at catacombs but after many adventures his relic finally transferred to a catholic church at Mitileni island in Greece! Around 1990 that church transferred it to the italic church of Athens, which is St.Fraqisque & Clara. Every year on 14 of...

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  • Veikou Park

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Athens is full of concrete so the few green parks give the chance for some recreation oasis inside the capital madness. Alsos Veikou is a bit hard to be reached by public transport (but still possible if you catch the bus 608 at Panepistimou avenue in the city center) but I like to go there from time to time. It located at Galatsi district...

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  • Ymittos Mountain

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Kaisariani Monastery built in the 11th century AD and is set in an idyllic location on the slopes of Mount Ymittos just 5 km from Athens. According to Greek mythology the area was frequented by the god Hephaistos. The river Ilissos, which has its source on a hill above the monastery, was sacred to Aphrodite. The monastery was built over the ruins...

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  • First Cemetery of Athens

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Cremation is not allowed by the Greek Orthodox Church. You are only allowed three years in your grave then they dig you up and put your bones in an ossuary to make room for the next guy. Unless you have your own mausoleum that is. Some of Greece's finest sculptors come from the island of Tinos and a lot of the work you will see is done by...

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  • Mavili square

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Maybe just another square. Next to American empassy, a small square, with a fountain and a statue of Aliki Vugiuklaki (a famous pop actor in the 60s & 70s). So what? No, my friends. Especially, in the summer many people like to stroll around here during the night till the morning! Cold beer from the kiosk, sandwiches from the famous canteen and of...

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  • Lake Vouliagmeni

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    The lake looks like a volcanic crater filled with the blue water .It is surrounded by beach chairs and umbrellas and there is a cafe-bar-restaurant. I visited this place in a beautiful summer evening. They played classical music, it was very romantic to listen Chopin watching the shadows reflecting in the water ...... the moonlight.....it is...

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  • Glifada

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    We arrived in Athens by lunch time, with flight to Santorini almost at midnight. Our tourist operator received us in the airport (VIP treatment because I was a friend of the Portuguese operator, and drove us to the beach of Glifada where time could pass without boring the kids. It was nice, and we had time to explore a little of the place. The...

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  • Psiri district

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    MINI BAR, adorable small space corner bar. A must to visit and say hello to Dimitra for me. At Psirri, you will find individually owned boutiques, bars, restuarants and gift shops. You will meet these daring entrepenours and you will feel a great deal of creativity. I would like to recommend a place called Mini Bar. Located on the corner of St...

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  • Kalamaki - Alimos

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    This is a district only 8km from Athens that attracts many visitors during the summer months because of the beach. For many years I believed Kalamaki was a different district than Alimos (famous for the beach/marina side of it) but is actually the former name of Alimos. It’s part of the greater Athens area but also a separate...

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  • Agia Dynami Church

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    I have always liked this tiny hidden church you can find near Syntagma square. They have built a whole building on top, but this little church still resists, in the middle of the asphalt jungle!! Ermou with Fokionos street.

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  • Kipseli district

    Athens Off The Beaten Path

    Kipseli district is crowded! The word "Kipseli" means beehive because of the style of the buildings one next to other when other districts that times had more space (in ourdays it's the same everywhere). I still remember my first school teacher telling us that is one of the most crowded districts in the world. I’m not sure about that but in Greece...

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