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Greece is well known for being one of the most picturesque countries in the world. Its crystal blue waters and sun drenched white beaches welcome millions from around the world each year. It is also home to a very rich and exciting culture, from its many museums and art galleries, to its incredible cuisine which has inspired many others the world over.
The home of Minoan culture
Crete is home to much of Greece’s unique culture and heritage, its Minoan civilisation is said to be one of the earliest recorded in Europe. For a genuine insight into the history of this beautiful island, spend a day exploring the Historical Museum of Crete in its largest city, Heraklion. The museum’s artefacts span from Crete’s very early history, right up until the end of World War II. Those with an eye for design, can marvel over the museum’s extensive pottery and jewellery collection, dating back to the 4th century AD, much of which is in immaculate condition.
The home of Minoan culture
Corfu is a great destination, especially if you love to walk and explore. For one of the best ways to investigate all Corfu has to offer, consider booking your place on a local walking trail. Most trails take you through the southern part of the island, where guests can visit ancient villages populated by vineyards and olive groves. The trail also encourages visitors to climb Agii Deka, the island’s second highest mountain, the long hike is totally worthwhile for the views over the Mediterranean at the top. If you can, be sure to spend some time in the local villages along the coastline such as Lefkimmi and Liapades and soak up the view over Lake Korission.
Souvlaki by sunset
Because of its location, Kos is the perfect place to visit if you are traveling with a food lover. Despite being a relatively cosmopolitan destination, Kos Town has managed to retain much of its gastronomic identity, inspired by both Greek tradition and Mediterranean cuisine. For a special evening meal, visit Petrino, just off Diagoras Square on Kos Island. Be sure to sample the phyllo encrusted feta drizzled in honey and poppy seeds. Souvlaki is one of the most traditional dishes in Greece, comprising of grilled meat and vegetables, marinated and cooked over a flame on skewers. Try authentic lamb souvlaki, usually served with fried potatoes and lashings of Tzatziki. For a seafood option, try Greek Swordfish (native to the region), served stuffed with herbs.
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Zakynthos (more commonly known as Zante) lies in the east of Greece and it well known for dramatic cliff top views and rocky cavernous terrain, perfect for exploring. Around 13km from the capital by car you’ll find Tartaruga camp-site, south of the Bay of Lagunas. This is a picturesque region scattered with olive groves and shady terraces offering relief from the heat during high season. Guests can rent a tent, caravan, trailer or bungalow depending on budget and preference from a number of providers and spend a few days relaxing in the grounds enjoying sunshine, secluded swimming and sunbathing. For a unique experience whilst you are visiting the bay, spend a few hours observing the native Loggerhead Sea Turtles in their natural habitat.
Fishing in Lake Vegoritida
Lake Vegoritida is a sprawling natural lake in western Macedonia in the north of Greece. The north side of the lake is overseen by the Voras Mountainside which makes it the most idyllic location for fishing. The region is home to a great variety of fish and marine wildlife with the best time of year to go fishing falling between the months of October and November. This is because large shoals of Mackerel and Barracuda come very close to the shore looking for food. If you visit during the summer months there are on site canoeing and kayaking facilities.
Before you jet off on your Greece holidays don’t forget to do your research. The Greek Islands are not far apart and if you plan carefully you can maximise the places you can visit in a short space of time. Remember to book attractions in advance to avoid queuing and over paying.