Ancient Corinth is inhabited since the Neolithic Ages from as early 5000 B.C., and historically one of greatest cities of Greece. The City has played a key role through out the History of Greece from the Peloponnesian War thru the time of Julius Ceasar’s rule when it was known as the province of Achaia. During medieval times impressive fortress were built, and later in 1858 a devastating earthquake destroyed the city. Corinth was rebuilt and today it is an important metropolis located only 84 kilometers west of Athens.
Many tourists head straight to the islands when visiting Greece. But the mainland is full of culture, history and as many beautiful locals. Greece’s Mainland is like a Greek Island. Practically everywhere you go, you will find a marina, a water front cafe and a beach. Why leave the main land many locals ask?
Delos is an uninhabited island, Rich in History & Culture and only a few Kilometers from the Island of Mykonos.
According to legend Leto gave birth to Apollo on the island of Delos bringing to this world the music of light. This invisible harmony burst over the Aegean turning to stone and bringing the Cyclades to life. Deriving their name from the word ‘kyklos’ meaning circle they surround the uninhabited sacred island of Delos forming an island group that is known for its ability to enchant, entertain, and soothe the spirit of both man and god alike.
The island of Delos has been a land of the Gods and served both as a religious and economic center back in Ancient Greece and no mortals would ever be allowed to die on the island, and women on the brink of childbirth would be carried to the neighboring Greek Island of Rineia to give birth. Today there is no place on this earth like Delos and it not just an open museum, but a natural archaeological site of great importance. No other island on Earth hosts so many monumental antiquities from the Archaic, the Classical, and the Hellenistic periods.
When visiting Mykonos make sure to set a half a day aside for a day trip over to Delos for an experience of a lifetime. There are no Hotels on Delos so day trips are the only way to experience this magical island.
Getting to Delos: The island of Delos is accessible on a daily basis by boat from Mykonos and during the summertime there is ferry service from the Greek Islands of Tinos and Naxos.
The wealth and diversity of the Greek seas, the endless kilometers of the Greek coasts and the thousands of Greek islands make Greece an ideal sailing Region. The mild climate, the high percentage of sunshine and its interesting and varying landscape also provide the perfect ingredients for the perfect sailing holiday. When sailing you need no hotel, you can budget your vacation accordingly and you can pull up to the most amazing coves that are not accessible by foot or car.
Chartering a yacht in Greece is an excellent way to travel around the magnificent Greek Islands. Landscapes that has given us thousands of postcard images but remains incredibly vibrant and impossible to capture. Advantages of Sailing in Greece are: the Greek seas are safe, distances between coasts are small, while conditions related to wind strength, ambient and sea temperatures are equally favorable.
Greek Island Travel Tip: June through September is considered the high season, however May and October are ideal months to travel to the Greek isles offering both ideal climate and limited crowds
Greek Tourism has significant potential in supporting and restarting the Greek economy, and Up Greek Tourism is a grassroots campaign for the Greek people, by the Greek people. They have taken matters into their own hands to jump start the Greek tourism Industry. The main objective of the ‘UP Greek Tourism’ campaign is to promote Greek tourism abroad in two ways: directly, through the outdoor advertising campaign, and indirectly through the word of mouth created through traditional and social media who will re-produce the campaign.
The Organization has managed to negotiate an electronic billboard in the heart of Times Square worth of US $45,000. This means that for every $1 contributed, Up Greek Tourism will buy 3x the value in media exposure. The organization is Led by a great team of individuals who donate their time to Up Greek Tourism, and their goal is to mushroom this grass foots campaign funded by Greek Diaspora to get the Greek Islands and Greece back on its road to its historical greatness.
Greece has always been about art and creation. Ceramics, sculpture, goldsmiths and silversmiths have decorated the tradition of Greece with inspiration and artistry. Throughout the country and since the ancient times, the Greeks have embraced art.
Watch the Video below to see what people from around the world are saying about Greek Culture and the Greek Islands.
June through September is considered the high season, however May and October are ideal months to travel to the Greek isles offering both ideal climate and limited crowds.
It’s recommended that you limit your Greek Island choices so that you can truly enjoy your trip instead of trying to see too many making you feel like you are on the run through out your stay. The rule of thumb is more days, more islands so that it flows nice and smooth, but generally speaking 2 to 3 maximum plus a night or two in Athens works out perfectly.
Pictures are worth a thousand words as the old saying goes. Here are some Great links to immerse yourself in the Greek Islands.
A photography book by William Abranowicz captures the essence of life in Modern Greece. William Abranowicz has photographed Greece and the Greek Islands for over a decade and his images show all dimensions of Greek life: its stores and cafes, its ancient ruins, its craggy mountains and its villages rising out of brilliant aquamarine waters. Collectively these photographs convey what makes up present day Greece.
At the time of writing, Greece is changing rapidly as it adjusts itself to the standards and regulations of the European Union, and is going through a period of economic reform. Governments are collecting taxes successfully for the first time, with considerable consequences for the infrastructure. Greece used to look like a poor country, even though everyone would say with a knowing smile ‘There’s no such thing as a poor Greek’. Now it looks increasingly like a prosperous modern country, Athens has a superb underground railway system, and one hardly sees anymore those little black-garbed old widows trudging along the side of the road accompanied by a donkey loaded with sticks…”
- From introduction by Louis deBernieres, 2008
Click Here for Some of William Abronowicz photos of Greece
Anthony Bourdain is a 28-year veteran of professional kitchens, having worked as a dishwasher, line cook and chef in places good, bad and horrible — most of them in New York City. In 2000, he published a memoir of his experiences in the culinary underbelly. Kitchen Confidential became an unlikely, but enduring, international bestseller.
He has continued traveling for No Reservations (now entering its fifth season). Videos of his Trip to Greece were published on You Tube however, Travel Channel has had them removed, but they always seem to come back, so here you go: