Ionian Islands of Greece

Ionian Islands of Greece

For the Ionian Islands, which are traditionally called the Heptanese or the Seven Islands are made up of a group of islands. Let's first start with the Cephalonia which is a clean and green island. Besides, it is a majestic place with many idyllic and fascinating sights. There is always something new to discover here. For it has a rich history, from the Roman and Byzantine Rule, to the Venetian rule. Then the Napoleonic era, followed by the British then the Greek rule. It went through the Worl... [ read more ]

Rhodes' Holiday Highlights

Rhodes’ Holiday Highlights

If you are planning some excursions and lush green places that is some short distance from the Rhodes City, you can consider Seven Springs. It is a charming place about 30 kilometers from the city on Rhodes with some magical yet amazing landscape. One great fun to have together with your children and check out the streamlet with nature and animals other than peacocks and ducks in the vicinity. There are waters from the springs for the entire year throughout, these spring waters ends in a small... [ read more ]

Greek Customs and Traditions

Greek Customs and Traditions

One of the much honored traditions by the Greeks in the modern time today are name day celebration. These names are of saints and on this day, friends visited the one who is having the name day without invitation offering wishes about longevity with little presents. In return, chocolates, pastries or candies are offered from his or her home. Engagement and Marriage in Greece Prior to the marriage is the engagement, so asking for the hand has to be made from the father of the woman. Blessin... [ read more ]

Greek Carnival and Easter

Greek Carnival and Easter

Apokries is the two weeks of feast and it is the Greek Carnival. Starting from the Sunday, it is all about meat. They called it the Sunday of Meat Fare. There is also a 'Clean Monday' and in Greek, it is the Kathari Deutera. It starts the first day of the Saracosti or the Season of Lent when people are flying kites and families are usually at picnics. During the carnival, everyone is partying on the streets with costumes on. Bars are popular and crowded too. This is the time you can carry with... [ read more ]

Planning a Greek Trip

Planning a Greek Trip

If you are planning a trip to Greece, here are some useful and practical information. Arriving in Greece on a Sunday is best if you are prepared that most of the stores will be closed. Tourist services or souvenirs stores are available usually. The siesta is from 3pm to 5pm, some places have minimum crew on duty during the naptime. Government offices are open from 8am to 3pm, try to do your official business tasks on weekdays from 9am to 1pm. An advice will be that you call to check their bu... [ read more ]

Tipping matters and useful numbers in Greece

Tipping matters and useful numbers in Greece

VAT is included in the restaurant bills, local taxes are also included.  The service charge is 10 to 15 percent. A custom to follow is to leave 10% or 5% for the waiter/waitresss particularly for good service staffs. Larger bills is best to be rounded off and small bills to be round up to the nearest Euro. Tourists are expected to leave a tip for taxis, a general guide is to tip up from 5% to 10%. In the hotel, you may tip bellhops or doormen 1 Eur up to 5 Eur if you have many luggage and b... [ read more ]

Before You Arrive in Greece

Before You Arrive in Greece

Greece ©john elians/flickr Greece was originally called 'Elliniki Dimokratia', in short Ellas or Ellada. So that makes their people Ellines, Hellenes. Their women are called Ellenides and men Ellines. Greece has a super long coastline, it is more than 13 thousand kilometers long. Most of its area of 131 thousand square meters are land area, only one percent is sea. The Greek language is Ellinka and it is a beautiful looking language. Greece borders are Albania, Bulgaria, the Former Yugoslav Re... [ read more ]

European's Longest Coastline-Greece

European’s Longest Coastline-Greece

This place is the main target of Hollywood movie moguls for its stunning beauty. Mountainous yet tranquil and lots of unspoiled islands, Greece really has a lot of island fun to offer. From Corfu to Rhodes to Crete, you can island hop, or you can take a long vacation to explore this historical destination with a lot to discover. In Athens, you can check out the Parthenon, the amazing Temple stadium at Olympia and some wonderful breathtaking amphitheatres such as the one of Epidaurus. Explor... [ read more ]