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Greece Things to Do

  • Changing of the Guard

    Athens Things to Do

    It was a grey cold day at the Syntagma square, but still, as every day at 11AM, the changing guard of the Parliament building went on. This ceremony is 24 times daily but the main one takes place each Sunday at 11 am. If you go on Sunday, make sure to be there early , cause its gets crowdie . Even though I made some photos (as everybody else) I...

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  • Chania (City)

    Crete Island Things to Do

    With markets selling all kinds and qualities of leather goods and a really interesting indoor food market Chania Town is worth a visit just for the shopping. The harbour is beautiful with an old mosque providing interesting architecture. Boats leave from here for trips and you can also catch a horse and buggy. Have a wonder around the back...

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  • Oia Village

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Like an enormous crescent moon, Santorini encloses the pure blue waters of its caldera, the core of an ancient volcano. Its two principal towns, Fira and Oia (also transliterated as Ia), perch at the summit of the caldera; as you approach by ship, bending back as far as possible to look as far up the cliffs as possible, whitewashed houses look like...

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  • Delos Island

    Mykonos Things to Do

    A must-see day trip from Mykonos is to take the boat to Delos, birthplace of Apollo and the largest city in the world at one point. Its history goes back to 3000 BC, and the remains are in excellent condition. The entire island is a UNESCO site. I don't think it took more than 20 minutes to get there.

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  • Aghios Dimitrios Church

    Thessaloniki Things to Do

    Agios Demitrios (Saint Dmitri) was a third century Christian scholar who was martyred by Galerius and whose ghost has apparently appeared at several key battlesites. The significance of Agios Demitrios has led to the construction of Greece's largest church on his birthplace in Thessaloniki. The church was converted into a mosque by the Turks, who...

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  • Castle/Old town

    Ioannina Things to Do

    Ali Pasha, the pasha of Ioannina, known as an enlightened but also very cruel ruler. Lord Byron describing him had mixed feelings, noting the splendor of Ali's court and the Greek cultural revival in Ioannina, which was "superior in wealth, refinement and learning to any other Greek town". But Byron also wrote:"His Highness is a remorseless tyrant,...

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  • Petrified Forest of Lesvos

    Lesvos Things to Do

    Conservation, Education & Tourism The Lesvos Global Geopark, former Lesvos Petrified Forest Geopark, is a founding member of the European Geoparks Network, under the protection of UNESCO, that brings visitors to an ancient forest preserved by a massive volcanic eruption 20 million years ago. The Geopark was recently extended to cover the whole...

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  • Heraklion (City)

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    Iraklion (Heraclio) is a proper working city where tourism is important but Greek life and business is the main order of the day. Fashion wear, technology shops and private and public offices can all be found in Heraklion, in addition to a good selection of chic bars and tempting restaurants. Wonderful markets!

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  • Lycabettus Hill

    Athens Things to Do

    This is one of the best viewing spots in Athens. As it is the highest point in Athens, you get a bird’s-eye view of the nearby Acropolis and the whole city of Athens. We went during the day, but I think the terrace of the restaurant on the top would be a very good place for a romantic dinner. There is also an open air theatre where performances are...

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  • Lasithi Prefecture

    Crete Island Things to Do

    I went to Lassithi with the original purpose of going to the Lassithi Plateau to view the windmills as I had seen old pictures where the plateau was filled with working windmills and it looked spectacular. On the way after travelling along a road from the north coast towards the plateau, having just emerged from a quaint village called Kera, I...

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  • Volcano

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Doesn’t the Caldera look lovely? What a romantic view. Ahhh… Wait! That is an active volcano that could explode at any moment and destroy large parts of Greece! It last erupted in 1950 and you can even get postcards with a photo of this. Good luck! The volcano first erupted in about the year 1,650 B.C. and caused one of the largest explosions...

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  • Paradise Beach

    Mykonos Things to Do

    This place is AWESOME! It's a total scene from morning 'till night. The beach is pretty rocky, but you can rent a chair for the day. Don't e afraid to bargain low. They would ask for 4EUR/chair, and we would bargain down to 1.50 or 2. It's a bit more mellow until about 4 pm when the bar scene starts to pick up. The music starts playing and the...

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  • White Tower - Lefkos Pyrghos

    Thessaloniki Things to Do

    The white tower is certainly prominant here. It has been turned into a very effective museum. You clime uo to the various levels inside via the spiral staircase and eventually reach the top from where the views are quite spectualar

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  • Lake and island

    Ioannina Things to Do

    Lake Pamvotis has always been a popular fishing place. And Nisaki isle a quiet place for monks. But in the period of Ali Pasha's rule, the lake also became witness to his cruelty, when he ordered drawning of Kyra Frosini (whom Ali's son had an affair with), together with 17 maids of Ioannina unfoundedly sentenced as adulteresses.

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  • Knossos

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    Knossos Palace is the legendary site of Theseus fighting the Minotaur, Ariadne and her ball of string, Daedalus the architect and doomed Icarus of the wax wings: how many of us dream Minoan dreams and never realize it? http://archaeology.about.com/od/minoan/a/knossos.htm How to Get There: Drive about two miles south from the centre of Heraklion...

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  • Acropolis

    Athens Things to Do

    Finally some tourism after two days in our Athens' office. I had about 2 hours on the Acropolis before travelling onto the airport. The views were stunning and enjoyable. The work at the top does make it seem a little chaotic however! There are no hawkers or beggars on the summit; with a few at the bottom of the climb.

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  • Knossos

    Crete Island Things to Do

    Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete.Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization.damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the...

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  • Red Beach

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Red beach had a huge landslide last summer and according to a source, another one later. Red Beach remains closed for public. Don't go down to the beach for a swim, just watch from up the cliff since there is a risk for even more landslides! Ingela

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  • Town of Hora

    Mykonos Things to Do

    One of the most beautiful Chora in Cyclades islands. In fact Chora in greek means “town” and it’s the way locals call the capital of an island when it has the same name with the island (the capital of Mykonos is Mykonos if you got confused :) ) Definitely you will stroll along this amazing maze of twisting tiny alleys leading to nowhere. Don’t use...

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  • Aghia Sofia Church

    Thessaloniki Things to Do

    The Hagia Sophia (Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, Holy Wisdom) in Thessaloniki, Greece, is one of the oldest churches in that city still standing today. It is one of several monuments in Thessaloniki included as a World Heritage Site on the UNESCO list. Since the 3rd century, there was a church in the location of...

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  • Museums

    Ioannina Things to Do

    The museum is focused on Greek War of Independence in the 19th century. The most promoted scene form the museum's collection is the one with the slaughter in the monastery of Nisaki, in which also Ali Pasha was killed and beheaded. A part of this scene is on one of the following pictures. (I'll spare you the whole picture, but the whole scene...

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  • Malia

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    The palace found at Malia is the third largest palace of Minoan Crete after Knossos and Phaistos. It occupies 7500 square meters at the edge of a fertile valley near Hersonissos in Northern Crete. The palace's proximity to the sea was obviously important in the development of the site into a cultural hub for its ancient inhabitants. It was first...

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  • The Temple of Olympian Zeus

    Athens Things to Do

    The Temple of Olympian Zeus is just behind the Arch of Hadrian from where you can see the ruins of the Temple. You can see it from here for free but you have to be close to it to "feel" the size of the temple. Especially in those times buildings like this were really large for the people that live in small houses and not big skyscrapers... It was...

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  • Heraklion (City)

    Crete Island Things to Do

    Heraklion is the capital and the commercial and business heart of Crete. The city is a place to visit not to stay in, unlike the rest of Crete it is a huge, dusty and noisy place with ships, liners, ferries and airplanes constantly coming and going. Most of the major attractions, shops and restaurants are within walking distance of each other in...

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  • Pyrgos Village

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    I hike to Messa Gonia one morning and decided to follow the trail all the way up to Pyrgos. It's not that steep but near the top the trail has some areas where its made of pumice and a bit dusty. Most of the trail is very nice, esp. the lower half where it goes thru Messa Gonia. This trail really gives you a different view of the island as it feels...

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  • Little Venice Quater

    Mykonos Things to Do

    Ninety per cent of the movies showing the Greek islands have a scene in this bay. It becomes a familiar place, but its beauty is undeniable. Don't miss it, because it has much more than the pictured coast to see.

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  • Aristotelous Square

    Thessaloniki Things to Do

    If you want to start getting to know Thessaloniki, start here at Aristoteles Square. It's the heart of the city, pulsating day and night. At the front, there is the sea, on the sides beautiful architecture, and at the other end, the long pedestrian way leading up to the park and old Roman Forum. IN between all this, there is the big square itself,...

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  • Ioannina’s buildings

    Ioannina Things to Do

    The City Hall is located opposite the famous clock in central square in Ioannina center. It used to be the Turkish headquarters that was burnt out in 1928. The national bank of Greece built this building in 1936 based on plans of the architect Zoumboulidis in post byzantine style. Until 1950 it was bank branch and in 1960 the bank leaves and at...

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  • Gouves

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    We were stopping in Gouves so as the Crete Aquarium was nearby we decided to make it our first stop on our first day. It's €8 for Adults and €6 for children so it is a little on the pricy side as far as tourist attractions on crete go (Knossos is €6 ) but it is certainly worth a visit. The large display tanks contain the sea life from the...

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  • Ancient and Roman Agora

    Athens Things to Do

    Just east of the Ancient Agora is the Roman Agora (pic 1) which used to have many roman buildings but now mainly some remains of ancient columns can be seen and only a few structures. The entrance fee is only 2euros or free with the combo Acropolis ticket (12e including also Acropolis, Ancient Agora, Kerameikos, Temple of Zeus, Harian’s Library) so...

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  • Hersonissos

    Crete Island Things to Do

    Every Monday their is a cretan night in the Old village Chersonissos,its a few kilometers away from the center of chersonissos.It can be reach by walking to also enjoy the view,but its a little difficult to walk up coz its hilly,not advisable to elders.A taxi is a good choice too. But even in an ordinary days Old Village Chersonissos is a good...

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  • Mule Path

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    It's a very steep and long pathway from the harbour to the city, and the mules going up and down are a very typical sight. But the dirt, smells and flies didn't invite us. We preferred to use the common but effective funicular that runs beside the pathway. The guides (?) failed in all circumstances in this island, we had to manage ourselves to...

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  • Church of Panagia Paraportiani

    Mykonos Things to Do

    This small and discreet church is a very uncommon construction: built from the 15Th to the 17Th, it is only the visible part of an ensemble of five chapels, four of them underground. Security reasons? Escaping from heat? Maybe! the thickness of the walls, and its pure white may confirm that idea.

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  • Paralia

    Thessaloniki Things to Do

    Published in the beginning of 2013, the final reformation project of Pier A in the Port of Thessaloniki, concerns two parallel levels of intervention. The first one is about the conservation of the existing infrastructure and the second one is about the restoration, prominence and reuse of the historic area, i.e. the open air public space and the...

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  • Churches

    Ioannina Things to Do

    The city of Ioannina is full of churches. This one is the metochi(glebe) of the monastery of Ayia Aikaterini on Mount Sinai and has a small church inside. I spent some time in the inner yard (pics 2-3) until a priest opened the door of the church(pic4) for me and took some pics inside (pic 5). At this metochi during greek-turkish wars of 1897...

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  • Gortyn or Gortys

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    Gortyn is in the centre of the Mesara Plain and was one of the mightiest city states in Doric Crete. It was here that Zeus transformed into a bull, brought back princess Europa from her home in Phoenicia (it was her after which the continent is named) it is said that their marriage was contracted under an evergreen Plane tree beside a brook in...

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  • Acropolis - Parthenon

    Athens Things to Do

    As you doubtlessly already know, the Parthenon is the iconic symbol of Athens, and indeed Ancient Greece, Athenian democracy, western civilization and one of the world's greatest cultural monuments. I will not attempt to give you the full story of it. It is dedicated to the patron of Athens, Athena and was built in the 5th Century, BC, and replaces...

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  • Rethymnon (City)

    Crete Island Things to Do

    Walk around the streets of Rethimno is very nice especially in the evening when you can end your walk in one of the nice Greek taverns and restaurants. In the Old Town of Rethimno there are a lot of really nice taverns with the romantic atmosphere and it is really worth to drop by to have a dish or drink there. You can also see the 16th century...

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  • Sunsets

    Santorini Island Things to Do

    Santorini is one of those places where you have to watch the sun go down. Because of it´s steep location where the cliffs drop right in to the sea, the sunsets are spectacular and you get the profiles of this amazing island in a different light every minute. Fira and Oia are the two best towns to watch it as they face the right direction and they...

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  • Elia Beach

    Mykonos Things to Do

    If it's water-skiing, para-sailing, windsurfing or boating that you like, then Elia Beach is the place for you. This is a lovely long sandy beach on the South Coast of Mykonos and there are plenty of tavernas to drop into for a cool drink and a bite to eat when you have finished. If you just want to relax in the sun, you can do that too as there...

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  • Galerius Arch - Kamara

    Thessaloniki Things to Do

    Emperor Gaius Galerius Valerius Maximianus, who selected Thessaloniki as the capital of the realm, built the arch to the memory of his victory over the Persian forces in 303 AD. By this victory Mesopotamia became the part of the empire and he obtained even additional areas on the east coast of the river Tiger. This was the largest expansion of the...

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  • Litharitsia park

    Ioannina Things to Do

    The central square of Ioannina is 25th March square. It’s full of cafeterias, where the people use to gather during the summer before heading down to Molos etc. You can stop for a great sweet at Diethnes or any other café, see the statues of the square and the famous 100 year old clock at the nearby Litharitsia park. The clock is even more...

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  • Phaistos (Festos)

    Prefecture of Heraklion Things to Do

    Set high on a hill Festόs certainly is impressive both for its ancient architecture and the views. Unlike Knossόs Festόs has not been reconstructed but on taking a few minutes and with the help of a guide book and map you can soon work out which bit is what and you will realise just how impressive this site really is. It is no wonder...

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  • Plaka

    Athens Things to Do

    This is one of the districts that every visitor loves to walk into. It's located right beneath Acropolis, with great old houses, small streets, and in some part of it with a lot of tavernas and some nice night spots for live music. No wonder, I’d love to live here, so close to the centre of Athens but it’s too expensive to buy or rent a house here....

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  • Samaria Gorge

    Crete Island Things to Do

    I walked the Samaria Gorge a little over 15 years ago. It is one of the most spectacular walks I have ever done. Ever changing wonderful and glorious vistas; cool mountain streams, from which you could fill up your water vessel and drink the purest and most thirst quenching mineral water there is. A moderately challenging walk but if you are ever...

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