Greece Off The Beaten Path

  • Rio bridge as seen from the Rio castle
    Rio bridge as seen from the Rio castle
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    The view from the castle
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    Lalaria Beach
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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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  • 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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  • 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

    Travel from Ag Nik towards Sitia - about 20 minutes on you come to a village called Kavousi, go through Kavousi up the big hill (still on main road) at the top you come to "Panoramic View taverna" stop for a coffee and see the greatest view on Crete. Then travel further on (about 2 minutes) til you come to a sign saying MOCHLOS - drive down to...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Places to Walk

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    If you go walking in Crete you are sure to come across some of these shaggy creatures scrambling up a cliff or along the side of a gorge. This picture was taken on a coast walk below Rodakino : they belong to Nikos from the 'Anna and Nikos Taverna (see my accommodation tip) . Try some of their delicious goat milk yoghurt for breakfast. Spring is...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mountain and Plateau

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    Spincat has materialised out of the mists of the sacred Diktean cave to take you on a tour of the sacred caves of Crete. Spincat, always the lady, has still got her handbag and high heels with her. The Dhiktean cave is the birthplace of Zeus - or one of them: there is competition. It now has opening times - 8am to 7pm, but here we'd climbed up as...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Islands

    Crete Island Off The Beaten Path

    It is a big island, which means that you can still find many "hidden" places, undiscovered caves, beaches, gorges... Islands like Gavdos, the southern point of Europe (this painting about it was made by a 12 years old girl), or Chryssi, a real paradise with no inhabitants, deserve not just a simple visit. They can even change your philosophy about...

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  • The Lion Statue of Amphipolis

    It is a funerary Sculpture dedicated to a late general under the rule of Alexander the Great and was also known to be one of Alexander´s friends. This General whose name was Laomedon of Lesbos lived after his military services close to the old city Amphipolis. To honor his Military virtue after his death this Lion Monument was erected for him. It...

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  • Cape Sounion - Temple of Poseidon

    According to legend, Cape Sounion is the spot where Aegeus, king of Athens, leapt to his death off the cliff when he saw a black sail on his son Theseus's ship, returning from Crete. This led him to believe that his son had been killed in his contest with the dreaded Minotaur. Thus giving his name to the Aegean Sea.Here you may find Tample of...

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  • Thermopylae

    This is with Marathon field one of most important places where field battle take place during Greek war with Persians 480 BC.During two days of battle, the small army led by Spartan King Leonidas blocked the only road by which the massive Persian army led by Xerxes could pass. At that time land configuration was bit different. After the second day...

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  • The Samaria gorge.

    the Samaria gorge is the longest gorge in europe and it stretches from the center of Crete until the southern shores where it ends.Hiking it is very nice and fairly challenging, but anyone who is resonably fit can do it.You can either take the bus to the top of the gorge and then hike all the way to the bottom or you can do "the easy trek" and...

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  • The Most Difficult Peak On The Balkan...

    Peak Mitikas (2918meters) is considered as the most diffult peak for hiking on the Balkan Peninsula!Enjoy the hike! :-)We are getting a small break and continie in the next chapter or travelogue :-)

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  • Hiking in Greece

    If you love hiking and mountains and the country side you could contact POA or else the Hiking Society of Athens. They organise for an outing every weekend and you could join. Their expeditions range from simple to difficult so you can pick what suits you most. Their site is in Greek but you could call them and they will tell you the program over...

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  • Laconia - Mani - Githio

    Now I 'll give you some info about the land of gods.The holy land. It happens my both parents to have been born there.So I know the place pretty well. Land is called 'gi' in greek. Holy is called 'thio'.So I'm talking about GITHIO town in Peloponese! It is a pictursque & authentic small fishing town, with a long sandy beach. A town where no shops...

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  • The Delphi Stadium

    The ruins at Delphi include the Delphi Stadium, one of the best-preserved ancient stadiums in Greece.The stadium was first constructed in the fifth century B.C., but was rebuilt several times over the centuries. It acquired its present form in the second century A.D. when Herodes Atticus, a Greek aristocrat who served as a Roman Senator during...

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  • Delphi

    Situated on multiple terraces on the southwest slope of Mount Parnassus in south-central Greece, Delphi was one of the most important locations in Ancient Greece because it was the center of a cult dedicated to the god Apollo, and was the home of the Delphic Oracle. Greek mythology holds that Apollo killed the serpent god Python at the site...

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  • The Holy Monastery of Rousanou

    The monastery on the distant pillar (best seen by enlarging the picture) is the Holy Monastery of Rousanou. It was built on one of the lower pillars at Metéora sometime during the middle of the sixteenth century, and finishing touches to the exterior were completed in 1560. The monastery is dedicated to the Transfiguration, and honors Saint...

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  • Metéora

    The monasteries of Metéora make up the second-largest collection of Greek Orthodox monasteries after Mount Athos. Six monasteries are perched atop granite pillars located in the northwest portion of the Thessalian Plain, just north of the village of Kalambaka. This unique geological area contains spectacular granite megaliths, some reaching a...

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  • Hosios Loukas

    Hosios Loukas is a 10th century Byzantine monestary situated a couple of hours north west of athens.It´s UNESCO world heritage because of it´s fine mosaics and it has two interesting churches inside the monestary.It was founded by a hermit called Loukas who was thought to have healing powers and still this day people flock to the monestary to pass...

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  • The less tourist Island, Karpathos

    Having to have gone to many islands in Greece, some of the smaller unknown islands are just as well and less tourist. Try Karpathos , they have friendly people, less touristy, and easy to get to know. Just ask? Old traditions and a few mix of Greek-americans makes it a interesting place to travel. I stay in Arkasa, but there is the main town Pigada...

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  • Meteora.

    Meteora is one of the most spectacular sights in Greece and for that matter in all Europe.It´s located on the plain of Thessaly and it´s a collection of monestaries build in the 14th century.The very unique thing about them is that they are build on pillar like mountains and used to be almost impossible to acces.The reason why they were build there...

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  • Navpaktos.

    Navpaktos is not really one of the big tourist sights of greece for the foreign tourist, but it´s a pretty and pleasant town situated by the gulf of Corinth.It´s a seaside town that also has an ok beach, but it´s first of all an old venetian town with a very pretty harbour to it and a lot of history.Because of the strategic importance of the gulf...

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  • Makedonia

    Makedonia: Prefecture of Thessaloniki, Prefecture of Pieria, Prefecture of Kozani, Prefecture of Grevena,Prefecture of Pella,Prefecture of Serres,Prefecture of Drama,Prefecture of Kavala,Prefecture of Florina,Prefecture of Chalkidiki,Prefecture of Imathia,Capital and largest cities:Thessaloniki, Kavala, Veria, Kozani, Serres and more...

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  • Central Greece

    Central Greece: Prefecture of Etoloacarnania, Prefecture of Viotia, Prefecture of Fokida, Prefecture of Evritania,Prefecture of Evia,Prefecture of Fthiotida.One of the most mountainous districts of the country, Central Greece lies in the heart of the mainland.InformationName of province: Sterea ElladaLocation: Central GreeceMy PhotosFirst Photo:...

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  • Epirus

    Epirus: Prefecture of Ioannina, Prefecture of Thesprotia, Prefecture of Arta, Prefecture of Preveza.Epirus occupies the north west corner of Greece and it is the most mountainous region. The skyline of the Pindus range forms the natural eastern boundary of the area, separating it but also linking it with other sections of the country.

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  • Thrace

    Thrace:Prefecture of EvrosPrefecture of XanthiPrefecture of RodopiThraki is the last part of North Greece ending at Alexandroupolis on the south and Orestiada almost to the north. This is the part connecting Europe with Asia and Aegean Sea with Black Sea

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  • Peloponnese

    Peloponnese: Prefecture of Ahaia, Prefecture of Messinia, Prefecture of Laconia, Prefecture of Ilia, Prefecture of Argolida, Prefecture of Arcadia, Prefecture of Korinthia.The Peloponnese (Peloponnesos) is a rugged land and in its interior is a highland. The climate is purely Mediterranean along the coasts, unlike the centre, which has a relatively...

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