Travel Around Greece

Medieval monuments

After the decline of the Byzantine empire, greek islands and a large part of mainland greece fell to the venetian rule. During this time and the battles with the ottomans that followed, most of the important greek cities of the time became heavily fortified. Many large and powerful castles were built all around greece to defend against the ottoman danger.

Places where you can find castles and monuments of the medieval 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

Monemvasia

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A very picturesque trip for anyone interested in medieval castles should be Monemvasia. However it is certainly not a place for a long stay... Perfect for a weekend but a week would be too long.

Region: Peloponnese

Place: Agios Ioannis in Monemvassia, Elafonissos, Geraki of Lakonia, monemvasia, Neapoli

You will find here: Fishing, Hiking and trekking, Medieval 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

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 Greeceā€™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

Travel to ... Spinalonga (Kalidon)

Spinalonga

In the gulf of Mirabello on the north-eastern coast of Crete, lies an inlet, Korfos gulf. In the entrance of this inlet, which forms a natural harbor, and just opposite the village of Elounda, a little island called Spinalonga is located. This small island, despite its size, has played a big role in the local, cretan even greek history.

Travel Information: 

You can travel to Spinalonga by boat from Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.
Day trips are scheduled from Malia, Hersonissos and other cities of Crete.

Accomodation Information: 

There are no accommodation facilities in the island Spinalonga. Visitors can find many hotels, apartments and studios in the nearby cities of Elounda and Agios Nikolaos.

Region: Crete

Place: Agios Nikolaos, eastern crete, Elounda, greek islands, Lassithi

You will find here: Beach, Medieval monuments

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 ... Nafplio

The Bourtzi castle in nafplio

Nafplio is a city 146km from Athens and 10 km from argos on the northeast side of peloponnese. It will take you about two hours by car to get there from the Eleftherios Venizelos airport in Athens. Nafplio was the first capital of Greece in 1829, after the greek revolution of 1821, and remained so until 1834, when Athens became the capital of Greece.

It is located by the sea of the Argolic Gulf and it has several beaches in the city and nearby areas. The Tolo village just outside Nafplio is a well known tourist destination that has some of the most beautiful beaches in the argolic gulf.

Region: Peloponnese

Place: argos, Bourtzi, Nayplio, Palamidi, Tolo

You will find here: Ancient monuments, Beach, Climbing, Clubbing, Medieval monuments

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 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.

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