Travel Around Greece

Religious Tourism

Monasteries can be found all around Greece. Monasteries are considered the keepers of Greek and orthodox heritage. If there is a monastery near you you should definitely pay a visit. Of course a visit to a Monastery can justify planning a whole trip in some cases. Places like the mount Athos (the largest monastic community in Greece and actually an autonomous administrative region with 20 of the biggest and most beautiful monasteries), the monastery complex of meteora, the Monasteries of Daphni and others, are attracting visitors from all over the world.

Places with interesting monasteries:

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

Must see Stemnitsa

If one ever has a free weekend and wants to get the heck away from Athens I highly recommend Stemnitsa in the Peloponnise. It is an extremely picturesque village that can take pride in its lovely atmosphere and beautiful forests and cliffs!

The drive from Athens is relatively pleasant but towards the end it becomes awesome because one truly finds himself amidst the prettiest woods in Greece.

Region: Peloponnese

Place: arkadia, dimitsana, ellinikon, stemnitsa, trikolonion, vitina

You will find here: Climbing, Fishing, Hiking and trekking, Mountain resorts, Religious Tourism, Road traveling, Winter sports

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

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

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 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.