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The 6 New Summer Hotspots: 2016 Holidays in Greece

Everyone seemed to go to Greece in 2015, and it looks like they had a great time as 2016 is set to be just as busy! We really suggest early booking to get the best places. Looking forward to next year, these are the places we’re most excited about:   Paxos This small jewel in … Read More

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A new Mycenaean tomb discovered in the heart of Ancient Greece.

  Pylos, in South West Greece, was the home of King Nestor, one of the Mycenaean chieftains who, according to the Iliad, sailed with his fleet of 90 black ships to Troy to bring back the runaway  Helen, and was one of the few to return safely. He is described by Homer as wise peacemaker, on the long-winded side, and … Read More

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Barbarossa, Modern Pirates in the Aegean

If you’ve been hearing “Yarrrr, matey” lately, it’s probably because September 19th was International Talk like a Pirate Day. TLAPD is a parodic holiday that started in Oregon, US as an inside joke between two friends in 1995, and has grown immensely in popularity in these past 20 years. If you think an entire day … Read More

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Greece is for Lovers

SNAPSHOTS OF SERIFOS As a well brought-up Greek girl with a strict father of a certain generation, I was never allowed to go backpacking round the Greek islands with a boyfriend – we were expected to bring friends home, and not go “cavorting around like Scandinavian tourists,” (apologies  to Scandinavian visitors, my father was of … Read More

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Assos – Kefalonia’s Sleeping Beauty needs a kiss

  Almost like a film set, the tiny harbour of Assos on the west coast of Kefalonia,  is improbably picturesque, with pastel coloured houses encrusting the small isthmus from which sprouts a pine-covered headland, crowned with a Venetian fortress.  The village enfolds in its plump and pretty arms a small beach and a perfectly limpid … Read More

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Greece – sometimes you don’t need words.

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How does the bank crisis affect tourists in Greece?

While some ATM’s , mainly in Athens, ran out of cash over the weekend ( June 27th)  as people stormed them, by  Monday, most of the ATM’s  were refilled, and are working fine, especially on the islands. We advise people to take the sensible precaution of bringing more cash than usual,  as well as  a … Read More

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Paros: Poking around Parikia

Parikia is often thought of as a place  you arrive on the ferry and drive out of  pretty sharpish to head to pretty Naoussa or your villa on the south coast, but  apart from its function as the capital of Paros, it has it own great charms and  considerable interest, and it would be a … Read More

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Paros- Away from the beaches- the Byzantine road and further afield

Paros beaches are fun, plentiful, sandy, safe, clean and  get rather full in summer. Here are some ideas  for getting away from them for a day or two.   THE BYZANTINE ROAD Through Paros’ green and flowery June meadows,  along hillsides and down into cool valleys, a path of weathered, grey marble  flagstones meanders from … Read More

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Kea or Tzia

  Kea-Tzia  is a mildly schizo island; to start with, it doesn’t know if it is Cycladic or something else,  if it is easy to get to or not, whether to build with stone or whitewash, whether it is a tourist magnet or simple and authentic,  it doesn’t know if it is barren and blasted, … Read More

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Surprising Syros

  Although it has an airport, Syros has somehow missed out on becoming a destination, all the more surprising when one takes a close look at it. The other Cycladic islands are variations on a theme, based on the aesthetics of fishermen and peasants; the iconic cubic houses, cane roofs and whitewash are the stuff … Read More

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