It's another "free" day in Greece for International Monuments Day. You can take advantage of free admissions to museums and archaeological sites on April 18th.
Not right for your travel schedule? Check this list for many other free dates to visit Greek cultural sites.
Greece-based airline Aegean Airlines operates flights to Athens, Thessaloniki, and Santorini year-round from Dusseldorf to Greece, and in the summer adds flights to Kalamata and Corfu, making this a great way to get to Europe and then continue on to Greece with bargain prices on the last leg to Greece via Aegean.
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Imagine my surprise to find out that not one of them did. What, Matala or Kamares or Red Beach couldn't even "beach out" Rhossili Bay in Swansea, United Kingdom? Nothing against Great Britain's renowned beaches, but, um, really?
In any case, seems like a good moment to shine a little light on some of my personal favorites among the hundreds of beautiful beaches in Greece. What are your favorites? Feel free to add your comments below!
Here are some to get you started: The Best Blue Flag Beaches in Greece
Picture of Matala Beach copyright deTraci Regula
Leading the way among world monuments agreeing to shut off decorative lights to demonstrate commitment to energy responsibility, the Acropolis will probably go dark for one hour at 8:30 pm local time on Saturday, March 29th 2014 to mark Earth Hour". As of this update, Greece has not confirmed participation for 2014, but the island nation of Cyprus will be participating. Some private ventures in Greece will participate, including the Athens Hilton, which will operate its bars and restaurants by candlelight during the event.For 2014, the official "Superhero Ambassador" of Earth Hour is Spiderman.
The international event created by the World Wildlife Federation now counts thousands of cities worldwide that are participating in some way to mark the hour when the goal is to drastically drop energy consumption and appreciate the natural night.
Earth Hour will start in Greece and then proceed across the globe as different time zones reach 8:30pm. Candle-carrying crowds are expected to gather to watch as the monuments go dark.
In addition to the Acropolis in Athens, other Greek archaeological sites and landmarks will go dark, including the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, the Rio-Antirio Bridge, and others. Also, many Greek islands will also be observing the special hour, including Santorini, Rhodes, Aegina , and about 200 other places, cities, and towns.
Everywhere the lights go out, there will be an event - planned or not - as people mingle to watch the darkness arrive and leave. Some areas will provide acoustic music presentations during the hour of darkness.
But if you're traveling on your own in Greece, you may want to avoid the roads around that time. While essential lighting and highway lights will stay on, being unable to see the beckoning glow from that mountain village may make navigation more difficult - unless you can look up. On this night, you may be able to actually use the stars to guide you.
March 25th marks a dual holiday for Greece - Independence Day and the Feast of the Annunciation. Travelers can count on parades and religious pageantry - but most archaeological sites and many businesses will be closed to observe this doubly-important day.