More than #ouzo: a #drinker’s guide to #Greece

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A trip to Greece isn’t complete without a sip or three of ouzo, the local aperitif which adds an aniseed haze to many a balmy evening. But in a country with ancient wine culture, burgeoning brew houses and homemade brandy by the barrelful, there’s more than one way to quench your thirst.

So gather around, oenophiles, brew fiends and the hangover-immune: here’s your ultimate drinking guide to Greece.

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Η προσωπική μου άποψη για την «απεργία» και τη «διαμαρτυρία» των ελεύθερων επαγγελματιών και των επιχειρηματιών.

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Μάκης Σπυράτος (@makisv1): Η σκέψη μας αυτές τις κρίσιμες ώρες σε κάθε Λαφαζανικό δραχμιστή που προσπαθεί να καταλάβει πως βρέθηκε στην ίδια πλευρά με τον Σοϊμπλε

Simon Reeve: ‘Greece will always have the capacity to surprise’

I’ve been fortunate in my career as a presenter to travel to some of the more remote parts of the world – so at first glance, to make a programme that focuses on Greece might seem an odd decision. In many ways Greece is a known concept – the tourist industry has introduced millions of us to the country. We love the weather, the islands, the way of life.

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Best for beaches – Zakynthos

The Ionian Islands can’t be beaten for sandy beaches backed by dramatic coastlines. Myrtos Beach on Kefalonia and Porto Katsiki on Lefkada are among the most photogenic, but Shipwreck Bay on Zakythos, only accessible by boat, trumps them both – even if it does get a bit crowded.

"Visitors to Zakynthos should avoid the boozy corners of the south coast and stick to the beautiful, unspoilt north and mountainous west of the island," says Telegraph Travel’s Joanna Symons. "Or base yourself on the pine-forested Vasilikos peninsula in the south-east, most of which has been protected from large-scale development because of the loggerhead turtles that breed on Gerakas beach."

Gerakas itself is "a perfect curve of golden sand", she adds. "Those turtles know how to pick a good spot."

 

Best for families – Corfu

"If I could give a child a gift, I’d give him my childhood," said Gerald Durrell, the author and conservationist, shortly before his death in 1995 – a ringing endorsement for Corfu, where the Durrells spent four years from 1935-39. Much has changed since then, but away from the excesses of Kavos in the south, you’ll still find idyllic, sleepy spots. "Tourist development is quarantined on certain coastal patches, and once inland you really seem to be on another island, even another era," says Marc Dubin, our Corfu expert. Family-friendly accommodation is ubiquitous – follow this link to see our guide to the best villa holidays and tour operators for 2015.

Lemnos, Paxos, Paros, and Kefalonia are other great options.

 

Best for history and culture – Delos

The birthplace of Apollo, according to mythology, Delos boasts some of the most extensive remains from the golden Hellenistic age (and earlier) of classical Greece. The entire island – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – consists of ruins, which have been systematically unearthed since 1872, including temples, statues, mosaics and a theatre.

It is not possible to stay on the island, visitors arrive by boat from nearby Mykonos, which is the best Greek island for…

 

Best for hotels – Mykonos

Greek hotels have a reputation for being rustic – not so on trendy Mykonos, which has some of the most stylish boutique properties around. Marc Dubin, our Greece expert, recommends Cavo Tagoo, near Hóra. "Built atop an abandoned quarry in 1985 by owner-architect Paris Liakos, then renovated thoroughly in 2007, this ‘barefoot chic’ complex set the standard for all the cutting-edge lodging that followed," he says.

 

Best for food – Crete

Crete’s southerly location gives it the longest growing season in Greece. It produces a surfeit of edible goods – you’ll even find avocados and bananas.

Marc Dubin says: "Crete has figured prominently in the revival in Greek cuisine, drawing on such local ingredients as flavoured rusks, fresh or cured meats, wild edible weeds and of course rakí or tsikoudiá, the famous local distilled clear spirits made from grape pressings in October." His guide to the best restaurants on the island can be found here.

Telegraph Travel’s Jane Foster adds: "Agrotourism is catching on in Greece, especially on Crete, and a working farm is the best place to sample authentic regional cooking." See her guide to the best food and wine holidays in Greece.

 

Best for wine – Kefalonia

There’s wonderful wine to be quaffed in Crete and Santorini, but we’re plumping for Kefalonia, whose Robola winery is responsible for the tipple of choice of drunken Father Arsenios in Louis de Bernières’ classic novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.

 

Best for peace and quiet – Koufonissia

Jane Foster’s pick is hidden away between the larger Cycladic islands of Naxos and Amorgos.

"Koufonissia (plural) is made up of two tiny islets, Ano Koufonissi (Upper Koufonissi) and Kato Koufonissi (Lower Koufonissi), which are separated by a 200-metre sea channel," she says. "While Kato Koufonissi remains uninhabited, Ano Koufonissi, with its whitewashed Cycladic cottages, has a buzzing little community of 366. Locals live mainly from fishing – it is claimed that there are more boats than residents – there are no real roads and hardly any cars, so everyone either walks or cycles. Before 1980, there was no electricity either, and it is only over the last decade that Koufonissi has become a popular escape with Athenians in search of an unpretentious and inexpensive summer holiday. It’s much loved by yachters too, who moor up their sailing boats along the seafront, to unwind after visiting the noisier and glitzier islands of Santorini and Mykonos."

 

Best for eco-warriors – Hydra

Hydra, which shot to fame in 1957 as location for Boy on a Dolphin, starring Sophia Loren, "remains endearingly time-warped," says Marc Dubin. "As a listed architectural reserve, all new construction is (theoretically) banned, and it’s blissfully free of motor vehicles except for a few miniature rubbish trucks – photogenic donkeys (or mules) do most of the haulage. The clip-clop of the beasts’ hooves on marble pavement and their drovers’ cries are very much part of the soundtrack here."

 
 

Best for hiking – Andros

There are wonderful walks all over mountainous Andros, the most northerly of the Cyclades.

John Gimlette, a regular contributer to Telegraph Travel, recalls a trip back in 2000: "We marched along ancient pavements bounded by massive stone-panelled walls. We stumbled into orange groves or splashed along streams colonised by terrapins and operatic frogs. Then we climbed into great, crackle-dry valleys, home only to pine martens. Finally, we clambered up through almond groves and mulberry forests to the Panachrantos monastery. Once, 300 monks had lived here, but only two remained, living in a state of blissful decrepitude. They collected our donations in a Roman centurion’s skull, but never thrilled to our presence."

 

Best for couples – Symi

Santorini is a strong contender, but Symi gets our vote. It has one of the most picturesque harbours in the country, crowded with pastel-coloured houses, bars, tavernas and chic boutiques, and dozens of tiny beaches accessible only by boat.

Francesca Syz calls it a "rugged gem with a harbour of crumbling neoclassical mansions. It offers a wonderful local experience and some of the best food on the Greek islands." She recommends staying at the British-run Old Markets hotel.

 

Best for alternatives – Skyros

Skyros, the most remote and undeveloped of the Sporades Islands, is a hotspot for holistic holidays. Telegraph Travel’s Sophie Butler recommends Atsitsa Bay, which offers yoga, sailing, life-coaching, music, sketching, painting, singing, dancing and various drop-in activities. See skyros.com 

 

Best for traditional island life – Karpathos

"Karpathos – midway between Rhodes and Crete – has been in and out of the holiday brochures for years and never quite hit the big-time," explains Robin Gauldie. "As a result, it’s a haven for peace-seekers, with pretty beaches and coves (some accessible only by boat), good walking in dramatic scenery, and quirky villages."

 

Best for villas (and monasteries) – Skopelos

On a Greek island holiday, cool, stone-floored villas are infinitely preferable to hotels. Skopelos, the setting for the film adaptation of Mamma Mia!, has some wonderful options. Telegraph Travel’s Oliver Smith suggests Villa Aetoma, a 10-minute drive from Skopelos Town, and bookable through Ionian & Aegean Island Holidays.

Skopelos is also known for its monasteries. There are dozens scattered around the island, including perhaps 10 on Mount Palouki, on the south-east corner of the island. They make for a perfect ecclesiastical crawl — what more innocent, life-affirming activity could there be?

 

Best for views – Santorini

Kastellorizo, Greece’s easternmost island, is utterly gorgeous, but it’s hard to look beyond Santorini.

"It’s best approached by sea," says Marc Dubin. "As your arriving craft manoeuvres over the impossibly midnight blue waters of the caldera, the sheer lava cliffs of the caldera lip, layered in varicoloured rock, loom overhead, with white houses on top like a dusting of snow. It’s one of the spectacles of the Med, as is the reverse practice of staring out over the caldera waters from up top – something not lost on the strangely assorted clientele of honeymooners, cruise-ship patrons and backpackers."

 

Best for Bond fans – Nisyros

Several Greek islands have found fame thanks to film – including Skopelos (Mamma Mia!) and Amorgos (The Big Blue). James Bond fans should head for Nisyros, however, whose spectacular volcano appeared in Moonraker.

 

Best for gay travellers – Lesbos

The word lesbian is derived from the birthplace of the poet Sappho, noted for the expressed affection for women in her work. Subsequently the island, and the town of Eresos, where she was born, are popular with gay travellers. The island has an abundance of good beaches and restaurants, says Marc Dubin. "The best of the former, on the south-facing coast, are Skala Eressou (which is a full-on resort) and Vaterá, which is much quieter," he says. "Good restaurants are scattered across the island; some of my favourites are Ouzeri Ermis, in the Epano Skala district of the main town, Mytilini; Baluhanas, in Perama, on the Gulf of Gera; the central taverna in Petri hamlet, near Molyvos; and the long-running Captain’s Table, in Molyvos itself."

 

Best for nightlife – Rhodes

Kos, Corfu and Mykonos all stand out in this regard, but we’ll plump for Rhodes. The resort of Faliraki has a bad reputation, but things are infinitely more refined in Rhodes Town. "Head to the fast-changing old-quarter bars around Platía Aríonos and along Miltiádou", suggests Marc Dubin.

 

Best for watersports – Lefkada

Large bays and consistently blustery winds attract droves of sailors and windsurfers to Lefkada, with the coastal towns of Vassiliki and Nydri popular spots for hiring boats and boards. The island has plenty more to recommend it, from its glorious beaches to its sleepy interior – the gorgeous former capital of Karya is a particular highlight.

 

 

Best for religious history – Patmos

"Tradition (and Friedrich Hölderlin’s famous 1802 poem “Patmos”) asserts that St John the Evangelist (O Theologos in Greek) penned the New Testament’s Book of Revelations on Pátmos just after 95AD," says Marc Dubin. "Though lately scholars reckon he was a completely different individual than the author of one of the four Gospels. A millennium later, the monk Khristodoulos founded the imposing fortified monastery of the saint on the island’s summit."

This monastery is the main attraction on the island, and lends it a "palpably spiritual atmosphere", but there are also excellent beaches, arty boutiques and wonderful views to lure holidaymakers.

 
 
 

 

 

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H Κρήτη 2η στους 10 καλύτερους περιπατητικούς προορισμούς για το 2016

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H Κρήτη εντάσσεται στην παγκόσμια λίστα με τους 10 καλύτερους τουριστικούς προορισμούς για περπάτημα για το 2016, σύμφωνα με σχετικό δημοσίευμα της Telegraph.

 

Η λίστα με τους 10 καλύτερους τουριστικούς προορισμούς για περπάτημα για το 2016 περιλαμβάνει:

1. Ποτάμια και κάστρα του Λίγηρα, (Γαλλία): (Chaumont, Cher- Montrichard- Chenonceau -Montlouis,Amboise, Chateau de Chaumont, Chateau d’ Amboise, Σπήλαια des Roches κλπ.).

 

2. Κρήτη: (Αίολο- πατρίδα του θεού των ανέμων, μοναστήρι της Χρυσοσκαλίτισσας,ερείπια της Λισσού, την πόλη των Χανίων,το Φαράγγι της Ειρήνης κλπ)

3. Δρόμος προς Λα Γκομέρα ( έκτο μεγαλύτερο νησί των Καναρίων Νήσων): (Garajonay, το Green Valley , Benchijigua Valley, το Guanimiar Barranco, παραλία της Playa Guancha, η πόλη του El Cercado κλπ.)

 

4. Στ. Εμίλλιον και Λα  Ροσέλλε (Γαλλία): ( Chateau Trescher, Charente-Maritime, La Rochelle, Brouage, La Rochelle Vieille Ville κλπ.)

5.Κόστα Ρίκα (Ισπανία) και Νικαράγουα (χώρα της Κεντρικής Αμερικής): ( Braulio Carrillo National Park , τροπικό δάσος La Selva  κλπ.)

 

6.Ακτή Αμάλφι ( Ιταλία): (Ravello, Praiano,,τους κήπους της Villa Cimbrone, το κάστρο Torre dello Ziro, το ακατοίκητο μοναστήρι San Domenico κπλ).

 

7. Πανοράματα των ελβετικών Άλπεων ( Ελβετία): (οικισμός  της Gschwantenmad, Bernese Oberland Massif, υπαίθριο μουσείο του  Brienzwiler με τα παραδοσιακά αγροτικά κτίρια της Ελβετίας κλπ.)

 

8. Μονοπάτια της Garden Route (Νότια  Αφρική ): (το βουνό Table ,το εθνικό πάρκο Addo Elephant National Park ,διάσημα οινοποιεία της χώρας σε Stellenbosch και Franschoek ).

 

9. Από το Πόρτο προς Σαντιάγκο Ντε Κομποστέλα: (περίπατο στο Ponte de Lima, ποταμό Minho κλπ.)

 

10. Τοσκάνη (Trail Tuscan Trail )-περιοδεία της  ATG  στην  Οξφόρδη: (Ξενάγηση σε Volterra, Σαν Τζιμινιάνο , Colle Val d’ Elsa , Monterigionni κλπ.) 

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Visit #Greece | #Tastes which linger in the memory

One of the most persistent memories we have is of the aroma and taste of home cooked food. The warmth, the sense of security and intimacy associated with home cooked food are universal experiences.
Greek cuisine, rich with authentic flavours and aromas represents an age-old cultural unity. Women are at the forefront of this tradition. Playing the key role in the family microcosm, they have borne the responsibility for prudent handling of ingredients. Their ingenuity has left its mark on the character of Greek gastronomy.
Today, people are rediscovering the immutable values. Home cooking and baking, the main ingredient of which is love, are once again creating a storehouse of memories.

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#Monastiraki sq., #Athens #Greece

Monastiraki (Greek: Μοναστηράκι, literally little monastery) is a flea market neighborhood in the old town of Athens, Greece, and is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and specialty stores, and is a major tourist attraction in Athens and Attica for bargain shopping.

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Monastiraki (Greek: Μοναστηράκι, literally little monastery) is a flea market neighborhood in the old town of Athens, Greece, and is one of the principal shopping districts in Athens. The area is home to clothing boutiques, souvenir shops, and specialty stores, and is a major tourist attraction in Athens and Attica for bargain shopping.
The area is named after Monastiraki Square, which in turn is named for the Pantánassa church monastery that is located within the square. The main streets of this area are Pandrossou Street and Adrianou Street.

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