Travel Around Greece

Byzantine monuments

After the split of the roman empire into the byzantine empire at the east and the roman empire at the west, greece became a part of the byzantine empire in a major turning point of greek history.
During the thousand year existence of the Byzantine empire, greece was the center of the byzantine politics, culture and economics.
In fact byzantine empire was known to the western countries as "Empire of the Greeks" and greek language became the official language of the empire during the 7th century.
Byzantine culture is mostly defined by the orthodox christian religion. Throughout the greece churches and monasteries are the guardians of greek orthodox tradition. The mount Athos ( Agio oros - meaning holly mountain ) is the largest monastic community in Greece and actually an autonomous administrative region with 20 of the biggest and most beautiful monasteries.

Places in greece where you will find monuments of the byzantine era:

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

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

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

Elounda

Elounda church

Elounda is a town placed on the north-eastern coast of Crete, in the picturesque gulf of Mirabello, about 70 km from the Heraklion airport and 10 km from the town of Aghios Nikolaos. Elounda is a quite small town with almost 2.000 residents. In reality it is a union of 4 small villages : Pano Elounda, Kato Elounda, Mavrikiano and Skisma which is the center of elounda. In the summer it is full of visitors and tourists. Because of its good climate and great beauty, many foreigners (mostly europeans) have chosen elounda as their permanent residence.

Region: Crete

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

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

History of Heraklion

St. titos.JPG

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

Morosini Fountain on Venizelou sq.JPG

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 ... Elounda

Elounda hotels as seen from the road to elounda

Elounda is a town placed on the north-eastern coast of Crete, in the picturesque gulf of Mirabello. Elounda is 10km from Agios Nikolaos, the capital of Lassithi and 70Km from Heraklion. You can travel to Heraklion, either by plane to the international Airport Nikos Kazantzakis, or by ferry from Peiraus. You then can take a bus from Heraklion to Agios Nikolaos, and another bus from Agios Nikolaos to Elounda. A taxi directly from the Airport (about 70 Km) will cost around 60 Euros.

Region: Crete

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

You will find here: Agrotourism, Ancient monuments, Beach, Byzantine monuments, Clubbing, Diving, Fishing, Hiking and trekking, Medieval monuments, Scuba diving and snorkeling, Sea sports

Travel to ... Lendas

The beach of lendas and some restaurants next to  the sea

Lendas is a small village on the south coast of crete, around 70 km from heraklion airport. It will take you about two hours to travel to lendas by car from heraklion, since the road passes through two of the largest mountains in crete : Psiloritis and Asterousia. It's not easy, but it's well worth the effort. Your tiredness will fade away after a few hours in one of the most peaceful places in mediterranean.

Region: Crete

Place: greek islands, heraklion, Lendas, lentas, southern crete

You will find here: Agrotourism, Ancient monuments, Beach, Byzantine monuments, Climbing, Nudist beach

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.