Monday April 21, 2014
Enjoy a wander through the rose-scented streets of Heraklion, Crete,
as residents observe Greek Orthodox Good Friday and prepare for Greek Easter Sunday, celebrated in 2014 on April 20th.
Greek Easter Picture Gallery
Preparing the Greek Easter Feast
Saturday April 19, 2014
April 19th is the anniversary of the death of British poet turned Greek folk hero Lord Byron, who succumbed to pneumonia in Messolonghi on this date in 1824. In 2008, Greece decided to make his deathday a holiday for the celebration of Greek culture. While it should not impact travel, visitors to Greece can expect extra free cultural events to be staged in his honor. Ask locally to find out what's happening nearby.
Places named for the hero, such as the Vyronas, are particularly likely to be commemorating their namesake.
Thursday April 17, 2014
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.
Thursday April 17, 2014
The Thursday before Greek Orthodox Easter is the traditional day for dyeing easter eggs - and it's one of my favorite parts of this time of year. It's simple, and magical, and for about 95% of my readers, you have all the ingredients on hand to do it yourself. Some vinegar, a small amount of brown onion skins, eggs - you're ready. And though the eggs will end up red, it's also a very "green" process - no chemicals involved and the eggs are delicious to eat with some people claiming they can taste the faintly oniony flavor ... but you may find them too pretty to consume right away!
Step by Step - How to Dye Greek Easter Eggs
Easter in Greece Picture Gallery
Sunday April 13, 2014
The city of Dusseldorf in Germany is reminding international travelers that it can provide an easy connection to Greece and many other locations in Europe. Direct flights to Dusseldorf connect the cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, and Toronto, making this a useful hub for travelers from North America. If you're willing to add a short-hop flight or train ride from Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, or Hamburg and other locations in Germany, the options increase.
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.
Sunday April 13, 2014
Luxury resort Daios Cove in northeastern Crete near Agios Nikolaos is offering a special package for Easter. Several room choices are available, including one which includes a private swimming pool. Easter "Saturday" dinner is also included - but bear in mind, that's at half-past midnight just after Good Friday ceremonials.
Daios Cove Celebrates Easter
Easter in Heraklion Photo Gallery
Sunday April 6, 2014
Worldwide sensation Lady Gaga will be performing in Greece for the first time on September 19th as part of her "ArtRave: The Artpop Ball" tour. The slot at the end of the peak tourist season gives foreign as well as Greek fans a chance to see the Lady in Athens at the Olympic Stadium at Maroussi.
More on the concert and ticketing information from eKathimerini: Lady Gaga to Stop in Greece on World Tour
Monday March 31, 2014
No, that's not a typo for "Kalimera", which means "Good Morning". Kalo mina or Kalimena is a fun Greek word that preserves an ancient tradition of wishing a good "First of the Month". It's still heard in Greece on the first of every month. Of course, the first day of this particular
month, April, is better known as April Fools' Day - but that is not a holiday that's caught on yet in Greece.
More on Kalimena
More Fun Greek Travel Glossary Words
Sunday March 30, 2014
Just checked out Trip Advisor's list of the world's top ten beaches to see which of Greece's many gems made the cut.
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
Top Nude Beaches in Greece
Picture of Matala Beach copyright deTraci Regula
Thursday March 27, 2014
The second Hercules movie of 2014 is hitting theaters in July, and Ain't It Cool News has a glimpse of the new trailer for Hercules: The Thracian Wars
, which stars Dwayne Johnson, "The Rock".
More on Hercules, Demi-God of Greece