In Greece you can see the treasured heritage of the Country with its world famous ancients monuments, experience the numerous sandy beaches with clear blue water or explore dramatic rugged gorges and cliffs.
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Greek Arts and Architecture
The Capital, Athens, is rich with historical sites and architecture, including the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site of The Acropolis, which is an ancient site built on a rocky hill above Athens where there are many ancient buildings remaining. One such building is the Parthenon, which was a temple built from 447BC to 438BC for the Goddess Athena, the patron of Athens. It is an important monument, remaining a symbol of the civilisation and democracy of Ancient Greece and is a superb example of Doric architecture. Other ancient buildings in the Acropolis include Theatre of Dionysos, Temple of Athena Nike and Propylaea. As well as the numerous outstanding ancient buildings and monuments in Athens, there is a range of different architecture, including Byzantine, such as the Daphni Monastery, Neo-Classical such as the Old Parliament House, and modern. There are also remains from the Ottoman Empire, such as the Turkish Baths, all making a great mix of architectural styles around the City.
There are many important and fascinating museums in Athens and include the National Archaeological Museum which is Greece’s biggest archaeological museum and important worldwide. It houses a huge collection of artifacts spanning thousands of years between the Neolithic Age and Roman Greece. There is also the Acropolis Museum which itself is a superb example of contemporary architecture. In the museum are thousands of artefact’s from the Acropolis. Also in Athens are different branches of the Benaki Museum that includes Byzantine and Ottoman works. Byzantine art is also featured in the Byzantine and Christian Museum.
Athens is a very lively city with a great variety of restaurants, whether you want fine cuisine or something more traditional in a local taverna, and the locals make you feel welcome. There is a variety of shopping catering for different needs and tastes, with anything from designer shops to bazaars.
Thessaloniki full of a range of different cultures all adding to the diversity of the place. There are many Roman remains together with lots of Turkish influence, with Ottoman buildings. There are many churches to see with their orthodox architecture together with buildings in the Art Deco style. There are also important Byzantine monuments such as the Paleochristian and Byzantine monuments of Thessaloniki, which is listed on the World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
There are a variety of different museums to visit in Thessaloniki, such as the Archaeological Museum with artefacts and art works from Macedonia, and the Museum of Byzantine Culture showing many examples of Byzantine life including art, religion and politics. There is also the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki housing many examples of Sephardic heritage, together with several Museums of Contemporary Art.
The Greek Landscape
There is plenty of choice for beaches in Greece. Elafonisi is a small islet in Crete by a lagoon and has clear turquoise water and the sand is lovely with its pink tinged white colour. At Paleochori in Milos the lovely beach has volcanism under the ground together with another beach by colourful cliffs, all making a lovely setting.
Another choice is Shipwreck Bay, Smuggler’s Cove, Zakynthos which has high cliffs around it, cold coloured sand with a shepwreck from the 1960s lying on the shore.
There are great views to the beach and wreck from the cliffs. Ayia Kyriaki, going west from Paleochori, is a beach of pebbles, set by rugged rocky cliffs, making lovely scenery around the beach. At Ayia Anargyri in Spetses there is a long bay with watersports facilities for waterskiing, windsurfers, catamarans, kayaks, together with the charming Bekiris Cave.
Between May and Mid-October you can explore The Samaria Gorge, a National Park in south west Crete. The gorge is 16km in length and ends in the Libyan Sea. was made by the river running through Mount Volakias and the White Mountains. The National Park is 13 km in length and includes the Gates where the gorge’s sides come together in a width of 4m and stand at a height of nearly 300m. It is an area of stunning landscape and you can also see the kri-kri which is a Cretan goat, together with other animals and birds. You can take a hike along the gorge all the way from the Omalos plateau to Agia Roumeli, admiring the dramatic scenery.
Among the favourite foods of Greece are dips, and they come in many popular varieties. Taramasalata is a creamy fish roe dip, with a bread or potato base, olive oil and lemon. Other popular dips are tzatziki which is yogurt with garlic and cucumber, fava, which is a puree made with split peas, and melitzanosalata made with aubergine. Olives are a national favourite, together with olive oil. Many meals are served with olives and olive oil is used all over Greece in salads, dips, many recipes and in cooking.
Moussaka is also very popular throughout Greece, being a baked, layered dish of minced meat that is fried, aubergine, tomato, onion, garlic, potato and plenty of spices. It is topped with bechamel and cheese sauce. Dolmades are also commonly eaten in Greece, which rice wrapped in grape leaves, sometimes with minced meat, or just lots of herbs including oregano, thyme and dill. Cheese is very popular, and include the well known creamy feta, graviera which is a hard cheese which is often fried. Cretan Dakos is a salad with is covered in a soft cheese called mizithra.
Fasolada Greek bean soup originated a long time ago in ancient Greece, it’s a nutritious and filling soup of white beans blended with traditional olive oil, onions, celery, carrots and paprika. It was originally used as a sacrifice in honour of the Greek God, Apollo, which was held at the Pyanopsia festival in Athens. Very popular desserts in Greece include Baklava, which is a dessert made with filo pastry, honey and ground nuts, all in layers, and galaktoboureko, which is pastry with a custard filling.
Lemonade and orangeade are drunk all over Greece and traditional alcoholic drinks include ouzo flavoured with anise, tentura flavoured with cinnamon and kitron which has a citrus flavour.
Whether you want to see the impressive ancient Greek ruins, visit traditional little villages, or shop and dine in cosmopolitan cities, Greek has something to offer everybody.
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