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12,
January
2016
Posted by The Greek Villas
 
Escape to Greece and capture the beauty!

Are you a photography lover looking for your next picturesque scenery exploration? If yes, Greece is waiting for you! Just take along your high-quality digital camera and its high-capacity memory card and capture the most breathtaking landscapes of the Mediterranean area!

Greece is known for its unique neighborhoods that can satisfy even the most demanding voyager. Although it is hard to choose, here are six of the most photogenic and most photographed spots in Greece:

SantoriniCyclades: Οne of the most sought after destinations in the world, the crescent shaped gem of an island covers all the tastes of thrilling locations hunters! Either head to the picturesque village of Oia for a unique sea-diving sunset capture or towards the top of its massive caldera for an incomparable view of a sea-rounded volcano. Its exclusively “color-painted” sky during sunset offers the perfect backdrop for your personal picture-postcard snapshot.

 

Mount Athos, Halkidiki: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this monastic self-governing community of Mount Athos lying in a peninsula in Northern Greece offers spiritual enlightenment to those seeking insight and inspiration. Twenty monasteries – keepers of the orthodox faith – scattered across the peninsula create an outstanding landscape of unique natural beauty. Ideally take your picture at sunrise, when the first light of dawn gently uncovers the area, and the sunrays warm up the monastery walls.

 

Bálos, Crete: Voted as one of the top 10 beaches in the world for 2015 by Trip Advisor Travel Awards! Relax in sandy strips of land splashed by turquoise waters and enjoy an eye-catching landscape, a colorful palette with all shades of blue and green that it’s hard to describe in words. Any time of the day is ideal offering a wide range of exotic captures; all day round the landscape is being bathed by a unique sunlight, with morning and early afternoon scenes though being particularly inspiring.

 

AcropolisAthens: The greatest and finest sanctuary of ancient Athens, and the most recognizable landmark of the modern city; one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world; a UNESCO World Heritage Site! Capture its grandeur late in the evening when the illuminated monument proudly overlooks the city against the dark Athenian sky.

 

Sounio, Athens: Perched on a cliff in Cape Sounio, Attica’s southeastern tip, lies the sacred Temple of Poseidon – the last piece of the ancient Athenians’ homeland every time they sailed into the Aegean. Take a picture of the Temple at full moon or capture the romantic atmosphere of a cloudy afternoon when grey, yellow and orange streams of light shine over the waters of the Aegean Sea. Head to the Temple any time of the day for an unforgettable experience that will definitely weave a powerful spell over you.

 

The Shipwreck beach (Naváyio), Zakynthos: Either straight from the beach or form a boat or even from the top of one of the cliffs that conceal this stretch of shiny white pebbles, Naváyio (also written “Navagio” and meaning shipwreck in Greek) offers one of the most dramatic captures in Greece. The beach is famous for a rusty shipwreck washed on the shore thirty years ago. The first time you catch sight of it from the coast road high above is truly memorable.


 

 
13,
May
2014
Posted by The Greek Villas
 
Sail away

Whether a sail racer, a globetrotter or a discerning traveller, this is the time of year to visit Spetses, a small gem of Saronic Gulf. For the 4th consecutive year, the most beautiful classic yachts will gather on this idyllic Greek island to watch the annual Spetses Classic Yacht Race. Organized successfully by the Yacht Club of Greece and the internationally awarded Poseidonion Grand Hotel (as the Hospitality Organiser), it is a feast of cosmopolitan flair and classy elegance.


The yachts participating in the SCYR 2014 are divided into four categories: Classic Yachts – Vintage (until 1947), Classic (1948-1975), Spirit of Tradition (1976 onwards)-Traditional Caiques, Latinia and, introducing for the first time, the Dragon category.
Spetses -an island accessible by land and sea- has a history of wealth and glory. For about a century, starting around 1750, its ship owners built hundreds of large sailing ships to carry wheat from the granaries of Russia and Romania from the ports of the Black Sea, to Italy, France and Spain. It is also the island that raised the flag of the Greek revolution, against the Ottoman rule, outside the church of Agios Nikolaos the morning of April 3rd, 1821.


The Regatta is “the” annual happening for classic boat enthusiasts to enjoy a fantastic boat racing, being also ideal for a vacation break, as the island boasts of culture, relaxed elegance and beautiful people. An unspoiled island of unique energy and serene beauty, Spetses is a heaven for couples and families alike, with flowery grand mansions, narrow cobbled streets and crystal clear waters, featuring horse and carriage as the preferred mode of transport. Here things move slowly, as if taking a journey back in time. Just relax and sail away.
You can choose to stay in Spetses or in Porto Heli -just a water taxi-ride away.
The Classic Yacht race takes place between 19th to the 22nd June 2014.

www.classicyachtrace.com  

 

 
2,
July
2012
Posted by Vasilis
 
Archaeological Sites in Greece

Greece is a pure paradise for cultural tourism, a true journey into history and art. Sightseeing wanderings, theatrical productions, folk art festivals, pilgrimages, visits to archaeological sites, monuments and museums, natural environment observations – these are just a few of the many things that Greece has to offer to the cultural voyager.

Whoever really wants to travel through time and understand Greece, its history and its people, he will find an unrivalled cultural experience through visiting top cultural and historical destinations across the country.

 

 

 
2,
July
2012
Posted by Vasilis
 
The Greek Islands

The islands are the most characteristic feature of Greece’s morphology and an integral part of the country’s culture and tradition. Greek sovereign land includes 6,000 islands and islets scattered across the Aegean and Ionian Seas, of which only 227 islands are inhabited. This is a truly unique phenomenon for the European continent created due to Greece’s geological position – the country is literally perched on the edge of the Eurasian and the African tectonic plates.
The Greek Archipelago takes up approximately 50% of the country’s coastline, offering a highly diversified landscape: beaches stretching over many kilometers, sheltered bays and coves, sandy beaches with sand-dunes, pebble beaches, coastal caves with steep rocks and dark colored sand typical of volcanic soil and coastal wetlands.


 

 
10,
July
2012
Posted by Vasilis
 
Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2012

 A great celebration that has lasted 56 summers, and has hosted some of the leading lights of theatre, music and dance.

Athens Festival
From Mitropoulos and Callas to Rostropovich, Pavarotti, Leonidas Kavakos and Dimitris Sgouros. From Rondiris and Koun to Streller, Peter Hall, Noh theatre, Bunraku puppet theatre, and the Peking Opera. From Balanchine to Pina Bausch, and from Nureyev and Fonteyn to Martha Graham and Alicia Alonso.

Above all, however, it is a venture with an eventful past often clouded by events in Greece’s recent history. A venture that, over the last six years, has taken on a youthful vitality, and openness. A reversal of this state of affairs was clearly necessary – to pursue modernism once more, to systematically open up the Festival to cutting-edge international productions, and to promote young Greek artists who have something to say to contemporary audiences. To spread the events of this arts festival across the entire city, to seek out new and different audiences, and to cater for ever more arts lovers through the select events of a contemporary festival. A new identity – a festival that is inclusive, that reflects its host city, and that brings the livelier aspects of society back into play. This is the challenge to be met; work to this end began in earnest in 2006, and the wager has yet to be won.


Epidaurus Festival
The first production to take place in the orchestra of the Epidaurus Ancient Theatre was in 1938: a Sophoclean tragedy Electra, was revived before a large audience at the “most beautiful theatre in the world” since ancient times. Sophocles’ tragedy was performed without sets or lighting in the late afternoon sunshine.
In 1957, the theatre designed by Polykleitos the Younger welcomed the work of Aristophanes into its fold. Maria Callas, also appeared at this theatre in the Argolid, performing in productions of Bellini’s Norma (1960) and Cherubini’s Medea (1961).

 

 

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