Travel Around Greece

Ancient monuments

Greece has a long-standing history of many thousands years, in which several important civilizations have left their mark. In greece you have the oportunity to visit monuments of some of the most important civilizations in human history:
-The minoan civilization which flourished in crete and the aegean islands,
-The Mycenean civilization which spread on the mainland greece, during which greece first realized the idea of itself,
-The classical greek period, with the city states (such as athens and sparta), with the unprecedented levels of prosperity and freedom, and the birth of democracy,
-The hellenistic era of Alexander the Great,
-The Roman era up to the establishment of the Byzantine Empire,
greece is full of archaeological sites and monuments.

Below are some places where you can find ancient greek (and ancient roman) monuments.

Aegina Nightlife

Aegina by night

Aegina is a popular destination for athenians, looking to spend their weekend in a nearby island. Being only 35 minutes away from Peiraus, it attracts a large number of athenians every weekend.
Aegina is mostly considered a family place. There are not that many bars and night clubs, and if you are a party animal you will be better off going to paros, mykonos and other such islands. There however are many taverns and bar/restaurants all over the island, that will accomodate anyone else.

Region: Attica

Place: aegean sea, Aegina, Argo Saronic Gulf, athens, attiki, greek islands, saronic islands

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Clubbing, Diving, Festivals and culture, Fishing, Scuba diving and snorkeling, Sea resorts, Sea sports

Plaka

The name Plaka stems from Arvanitika "Pliak Athena", meaning "Old Athens". Plaka has many archaeological sites of great importance. The first that will draw a visitor's attention is the famous Temple of the Winds is part of the ancient Roman Agora. It initially was a meteorological station from the first century built by the Syrian Astronomer Andronikos Kyrrhestes. The freize which represents the winds and their personalities is the most interesting part of the building and visitors must undoubtedly have a closer look.

Region: Attica

Place: athens, Monastiraki, Monument of Lysikrates, plaka, Roman Agora, Temple of the Winds, The Mosque

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Byzantine monuments, Medieval monuments, Religious Tourism

Μy Plaka

Plaka is one of the most and beautiful and picturesque areas of Athens. It is a part of the ancient town bellow the Acropolis.

It mainly comprises of narrow streets and old houses. People that visited it in the past may say that it was packed with cheap tavernas and loud night clubs full of drunk tourists, but in recent years it has had a face lift. The restaurants and tavernas are a lot nicer and the clubs are replaced by trendy and cute bars that attract tourists and locals alike.

In the day there are many shops, street artists, flower sellers and cafes for fun walks.

Region: Attica

Place: acropolis, athens, attika, Monastiraki, plaka, Syntagma

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Shopping

History of Monemvasia

Monemvasia town and fortress was established around 6th century AD. The town was founded in 583 by people seeking refuge from the Slavic and the Avaric invasion of Greece.

Monemvasia got past back and forth between several parties:

Region: Peloponnese

Place: gerakas, monemvasia

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Byzantine monuments

History of Spetses

Sadly and unlike the rest of Greece, Spetses does not have much to offer in archaeological findings. The earliest evidence of man on Spetses comes in the shape of two Mesolithic flint spear-heads. These are thought to indicate a passing visit by hunters from the Fraghthi cave on the mainland who were searching for water. Spetses' first inhabitants appear to have been mostly just passing through, on their way from the Peloponnese to the Cyclades.

Region: Argosaronic Gulf

Place: aegean islands, Argo Saronic Gulf, Dapia, Greek Island, Spetses, sporades

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Festivals and culture, Museums

Travel to Athens

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Athens, the capital of greece can be accessed by boat as well as by air transportation.Both the port and the airport can be accessed by bus, train/suburban railroad or even taxi hire.

Region: Attica

Place: athens, center of athens, city of athens, Eleytherios Venizelos Airport, pireaus

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Festivals and culture, Museums, Sea resorts

Restaurants in Athens

Athinaikon Restaurant in Athens

In Athens, guests can choose to eat in a different way for every single day of their stay since numerous gourmet spots will satisfy their appetite. One can indulge in the traditional Greek cuisine of taverns and Mediterranean style restaurants. Moreover, those who prefer international or exotic gastronomy can choose from a wide variety of international cuisine restaurants. The price ranges vary, however, quality and hospitality remain above average. Finally, another significant factor adding to the appeal of a Greek restaurant would be the area of its location.

Region: Attica

Place: athens, center of athens, city of athens, peireaus, plaka, psirri, thiseon

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Byzantine monuments, Clubbing, Festivals and culture, Medieval monuments, Museums, Sea resorts

History of Elounda

A rainbow over Spinalonga

Ancient Elounda (Olous) was a minoan city. It was partly destroyed hit by a tidal wave caused by the explosion of the Santorini volcano, estimated to have occurred in the mid second millennium BC. Ruins of the ancient city of Olous can bee seen under the sea in elounda peninsula.

Minoan and Roman graves as well as temples dedicated to the ancient greek gods can also be found around elounda. Monuments of the byzantine period have also been found in elounda such as the byzantine mosaic on the elounda peninsula.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, East Crete, Elounda, Elounta, greek islands, Kato Elounda, Lasithi, Mavrikiano, olous, Pano Elounda, plaka, Skisma

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Byzantine monuments, Medieval monuments, Religious Tourism

Patras

Gerokostopoulou street in Patras

Patra is the largest city of west greece with a population of 300.000 people. Patra is a port city located in the north-west of the Peloponnese peninsula. Patra's port is a nodal point for trade and communication with Italy and the rest of Europe. Located 218 km west of Athens, Patras is regularly connected to athens and Eleytherios Venizelos Airport by train and buses. It is also connected by sea to the Ionian Islands and Italy ( Ancona, Venice, Bari, Brindisi ..).
The Rio-Antirio bridge that connects peloponnese with the mainland greece is located just 5 km from patras, in Rio.

Region: Peloponnese

Place: achaia, aigion, antirio, patrae, patras, rio, west greece

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Clubbing, Diving, Festivals and culture, Medieval monuments, Mountain resorts, Sea resorts, Sea sports

History of Heraklion

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The history of heraklion goes back many millenia, being the center of the minoan civilization which spread among the greek islands. Knossos (an ancient city located right outside heraklion) was the capital of the minoan kings and the place were the original labyrinth was built. Heraklion flourished through the ages and was known as the "great castle" in the medieval ages, when the - gigantic !! - city wall was constructed by venetians. The city fell to the ottomans in 1669, after a 22 year siege (the second-longest siege in history).

Region: Crete

Place: candia, central crete, crete, greek islands, heraclion, heraklion, heraklion history, hersonissos, iraklion, knossos, malia

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Byzantine monuments, Medieval monuments, Museums, Religious Tourism

Heraklion

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Heraklion is the capital of the island of crete, located at the north of the island. Heraklion is the largest city of crete and one the largest in greece. With a population of around 150.000 people and more than 200.000 in the metropolitan area, it is the administrative and economic center of crete.

Region: Crete

Place: candia, central crete, crete, greek islands, heraclion, heraklion, hersonissos, knossos, malia

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Byzantine monuments, Clubbing, Festivals and culture, Medieval monuments, Museums

Travel to Cyclades, travel to Syros

Travel to Cyclades, travel to Syros

The island of Syros is located in the middle of the cycladic islands.
Proud of its long history, Syros used to be the cultural and trade centre of the Aegean in the 19th century. Its capital, Hermoupolis or Ermoupolis, named after the Greek God Hermes, was Greece’s principal port and is today the largest town of the Cyclades, the capital of the archipelago and its cultural, administrative and economic centre. If you choose to visit Syros, you will not have to miss on quality concerts, theatre performances as well as art exhibitions.

Travel Information: 

As the capital of Cyclades, Syros is very well-connected with Athens and other Aegean islands. The itineraries from Piraeus to Hermoupolis are daily and the trip takes about 4 hours by normal ferry. Syros is also connected to Thessaloniki, northern Greece, in 18 hours.
Olympic Airways also offers one scheduled flight per week.

Accomodation Information: 

Syros offers a large variety of hotels, apartments, villas, suites, studios, rooms and bungalows to satisfy all tastes, and income levels.

Region: Cyclades

Place: Cyclades, Cycladic Islands, Syros

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Camping, Clubbing, Festivals and culture, Fishing, Medieval monuments, Museums, Nudist beach, Religious Tourism, Sea sports

Loutraki - A step away

Well, i guess everyone that leaves near Athens knows loutraki.
For those of you that dont, here is few tips.

During the winter...not much if any at all.
The all time event is the Club Hotel Casino loutraki (http://www.clubhotelloutraki.gr/), the biggest casino in greece.
The beauty of Loutraki is revealed during the summer.

Travel Information: 

Loutraki is 78Km away from Athens. You can travel there by car (aprox 1hour) by KTEL from Larissa Station (which is in athens..dont ask me why it is called like this..) or by train (there used to be a train directly to Loutraki but at this point you have to use Proastikos to travel to Corinthos and then by Bus.

Accomodation Information: 

In Loutraki you will not have a problem finding a hotel. It is rumored that Loutraki can accommodate 180K people and this is a huge number for a 10.000 town.
of course during the summer...especial August, try to come prepared and book in advance

Region: Peloponnese

Place: Loutraki

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Climbing

Travel to ... Alonissos

The island of Alonissos (or Alonnisos, as the greek spelling goes) is located on the north-western part of the Aegean Sea, and is part of the North Sporades island group.

Quiet and out of the main tourist routes, Alonissos features unspoiled nature, crystal clear beaches and picturesque bays. The island is popular with sail boat travellers as its fiord-like coastline offers calm waters and privacy. As the seat of the first national marine park of Greece, Alonissos also attracts naturalists and volunteers who work toward the preservation of the Monachus-Monachus Mediterranean seal (monk seal).

Travel Information: 

Alonissos is accessible by boats and hydrofoils leaving from mainland Greece (Volos and Agios Kostantinos) daily. For more information, contact the local port authority at +30 24240 65595

Accomodation Information: 

Alonissos features 2 4star hotels, a few 3 star hotels and many rooms and villas for rent. It is worth to spend a couple of nights at Hora, the old village, if only to soak the atmosphere and enjoy majestic vistas of the rest of the Sporades at sunset (Hora is built on the mountain but is only a few minutes’ ride from nearby beaches). There are also two camping sites on the island, at Patitiri and at Steni Vala.

Region: North Aegean

Place: aegean islands, alonissos, alonnisos, greek islands, National Marine Park of Alonnisos, Piperi, sporades

You will find here: Agrotourism, Ancient monuments, Beach, Camping, Diving, Fishing, Hiking and trekking, Scuba diving and snorkeling

Travel to ... Corfu

Corfu by night, while the moon is rising

The island of Corfu (kerkyra) is located just off the West coast of Greece and is one of the ionian islands. Corfu enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate along with excellent beaches making it a popular destination for holiday makers. The island of corfu is very green compared to other Greek islands: hot and dry summers along with winter rain creates lush vegetation dominated by over 2 million olive trees. These olive trees on Corfu are the main cultivation, although Corfu's tourism now provides the most income.

Region: Ionian Islands

Place: anemomylos, corfu, garitsa, gouvia, greek islands, kanoni, pontikonisi

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Clubbing, Diving, Medieval monuments, Museums, Nudist beach, Scuba diving and snorkeling, Sea sports

Travel to Greece facts

- 15 International Airports
- 51 marinas
- 227 inhabited islands ( out of 6000 greek islands)
- 430 beaches awarded with the blue flag.
- 9,111 hotels with 693,252 rooms:

  • 176 5-star hotels
  • 994 4-star hotels
  • 1804 3-star hotels
  • 4460 2-star hotels
  • 1677 1-star hotels

- 752 spas.
- 17 Monuments of Cultural Heritage according to the UNESCO catalogue.
- 124 Museums

Plan a trip now

Elounda, Crete

- : Autumn is the ideal season to visit Elounda. Elounda hotels and apartments are open untill mid-october and the whole experience is so much better after the summer...
- : Airplane to Heraklion Airport and bus to Aghios Nikolaos.
- : The airplane tickets cost depends on your departure site, the cost from Athens airport ranges from 60 to 140 Euros. The cost of the bus to Aghios Nikolaos is less than 10 euros and the bus from Aghios nikolaos to Elounda is less than 5 euros.
- : Choose a cosy little apartment over a large hotel.
- : ranging from 40 to 100 euros for two people per night.

Travel around Greece

Greece is a country in southeastern Europe, situated on the southern end of the Balkan Peninsula. The Aegean Sea lies to the east and south of mainland Greece, while the Ionian Sea lies to the west. With more than 6,000 islands and the heritage of ancient Greece, the Roman and the Byzantine Empires it is a major tourist destination, with more than 15 million visitors every year. A travel to greece is more than purchasing a ticket and a hotel room though. Get on board with travelaround.gr and lets explore greece together.