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01 Jan

When breathtaking natural beauty melts into grand human creations that mark the birth and evolution of civilization, magic happens; and the most magical of such places is Greece. Nothing compares with historical Greek architecture and sculptures, and nothing compares with Greek coastline either. Even for the less ardent of travelers among us, Greece is one of the first places to think of when we are seeking out holiday destinations.

When in Greece, following are the 10 places you absolutely have to visit in order to complete your oh-so-Greek odyssey.

TOP BEAUTIFUL PLACES TO VISIT IN GREECE IN 2018

Acropolis
Acropolis is a sight to behold, and an experience that amazingly immerses you in history. Perched atop a hill, the 5th century citadel and the three temples around it are an icon of Greece, the way we see it in pictures representing the fascinating country. The famous Parthenon forms a distinctive part of the Acropolis.
A visit to Acropolis also takes you through many more ancient landmarks of Athens including the Roman Forum, Temple of Zeus, Kerameikos and Ancient Agora. With so much to see and do, Acropolis makes for an enthralling walk, and you can spend as long as you like here exploring one marvellous treasure after another.

Delphi
Delphi, back in the day, used to be the epicentre of religion in the world. Considered to be one of the most auspicious places on earth, the patrons of the temples here ranged from kings to priests to common people. The Temple of Apollo is one of the most popular attractions of Delphi. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Delphi has ruins of temples and theatres, dating as early as 8th century BC. Delphi Archaeological Museum houses an incredible collection of objects from the historical site.
Besides the abundance of history and mystic stories the structures here boast of, Delphi has damn picturesque spots all over. You get breathtaking views of the hills and the Corinthian Gulf.

Corfu
Corfu is a coastal wonder that joins the Adriatic coast to the Ionian Sea. There is so much beauty to be absorbed at every single beach of Corfu that nothing you would ever have seen will seem to get anywhere close. The coastline is no less than a roller coaster with twists and turns that make the place even more exquisite.
When you want to take a little break from enjoying the various beaches of Corfu, you can head to the Old Town area and treat yourself to sights such as those of ancient Venetian relics, castles and sunny boulevards.
Get further into the islands and you will find a treasure trove of cypress forests, dense fir trees, and mountains.
And these were just a few of the numerous delights Greece houses. Spend a few days there and you will have your own top 10 list in addition to the above places. The country, in all its corners and crevices, is meant to be admired and praised with the most glorious of adjectives. So head to Greece and have a terrific vacation!

Rhodes
Rhodes Town is the capital of Rhodes islands in the Aegean Sea. It’s a UNESCO-listed tourist destination and has countless delights to offer to all its visitors.
If walking on cobblestoned streets is one of your favorite European things to do, Rhodes Town will take this experience to a whole new level. With quaint little shops and eateries at every corner and majestic towers and gates marking the greatness of human endeavour, Rhodes Town mesmerizes you in many ways.
From Rhodes Town, you can also visit many other popular tourist attractions, including some in the bordering country of Turkey like the Marmaris.

Mykonos
Mykonos promises you a most fabulous island vacation. The incomparable natural beauty merges harmoniously with the iconic blue and white architecture and is perfectly complimented by the leisurely pace the town moves at.
With live music around every corner, the most impressive of boutique hotels and divine seafood on offer, Mykonos Town make leaving this town an impossibly difficult thing to do at the end of your vacation.

Santorini
The deep blue waters of Santorini bridge the gap between dream and reality. The beauty, sensuality and rhythm of this place are surreal. Fira and Oia on the west coast of Santorini are the most visited towns here. The towns are not only dream-honeymoon destinations but also host many a destination wedding of couples from around the globe.
Santorini houses Akrotiri, a famous archaeological site. It used to be a Minoan settlement before a volcanic eruption, some 3600 years ago, buried it under lava and gave shape to the caldera.
Do not forget to spend some time at the volcanic sand beaches on the eastern and southern coasts of Santorini.

Meteora Monasteries
Meteora Monasteries have a rather mysterious feel to them. They are one of UNESCO World Heritage sites. Of the many monasteries here, six are open to visits. Each of them stands right up a cliff and will require a little bit of hard work on your part to get to them; but the Byzantine frescoes, candles and the out-of-the-world ambience in there will make the climbs worth it. In addition, the views from up there will be amazing.

Mycenae
Mycenae is even older than the Delphi or Acropolis – for history lovers, it’s a place to swoon over. If you love to listen to legends and believe in them, you will have a lot of fun finding out about its formation while you are roaming around the site. For a little background, this place is said to have been created by the Cyclops, and this is where King Agamemnon of the Trojan Wars lived and ruled. The town saw its golden years in the 14th century BC when it was the seat of the Atreid Dynasty. A walk through the Peloponnesian Argolid and its olive-clad ridges is unbelievably picturesque, mysterious and memorable.

Corinth
Corinth was an important coastal town and navy centre of ancient Greece. The magnificent waters of the Corinthian Gulf and the majestic ruins invite many a tourist every year. For a little peek into the history of Corinth, this place served as a common point of contact between two ancient superpowers of Athens and Sparta during the years of the Peloponnesian War.
The Archaeological Museum of Corinth displays treasures of art and culture that have been around since the early days of the kingdom. It’s a must-visit for everyone interested in the intriguing stories of old Greece.

Samaria Gorge
A trek through exotic Greek outdoors will be an experience to recount for decades. The Samaria Gorge, on the Crete Island, is a 16 km stretch of utter natural wonder. Begin your hike from Omalos in the White Mountains and go all the way down to the Agia Roumeli, a point that lies on the Libyan Sea. This enthralling excursion will take you about five to seven hours to complete and will take you through magical variations in scenery. Lying in the Samaria National Park, the Samaria Gorge is on a tentative list of UNESCO.

Vikos, National Park
The Vikos–Aoös National Park  is a national park in the region of Epirus in northwestern Greece. The park, founded in 1973, is one of ten national parks in mainland Greece and is located 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of the city of Ioannina in the northern part of the Pindus mountain range. It is named after the two major gorges of the area and encompasses 12,600 hectares (31,135 acres) of mountainous terrain, with numerous rivers, lakes, caves, deep canyons, dense coniferous and deciduous forest. The park is part of the Natura 2000 ecological network and one of UNESCO Geoparks and spans an elevation range from 550 to 2,497 meters (1,804 to 8,192 ft). Over 100,000 people visit the park each year and take part in activities including rafting, canoe-kayaking, hiking and mountain biking.

26 Dec

Spring flights from German cities to Corfu from €39 by Ryanair! Find the cheapest flights from Germany to Greek Islands and book your tickets at the best price! Flights will cost only €39 both ways!

Travel period: April 2018. Routes and travel dates:

Frankfurt – Corfu – Frankfurt (€39)
11 – 18 Apr
15 – 25 Apr

Dusseldorf – Corfu – Dusseldorf (€39)
11 – 15 Apr
11 – 18 Apr
15 – 22 Apr

Cologne – Corfu – Cologne (€43)
5 – 12 Apr
12 – 19 Apr
22 – 26 Apr

Where to book: Visit MOMONDO

LIVE Corfu Airport: Departures & Arrivals

10 Dec

Fancy going somewhere different for Christmas and experiencing the festival season amidst a unique culture, scenery and climate?  By

If so, you may want to consider spending Christmas on the Greek island of Corfu. Christmas is one of the biggest Christian celebrations on Corfu, which is strongly associated with the Greek Orthodox tradition.

It is a truly colourful and joyous occasion when the whole of the island comes alive with lights, decorations and festivities. Like in the UK, Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25th, marking the birth of Christ. Though unlike our Christmas tradition, gifts in Corfu are exchanged on January 1st.

Christmas Eve is steeped in tradition on Corfu. Children go from house to house, often carrying small clay drums and metal triangles, singing Christmas carols.

Christmas Day on Corfu involves families and friends gathering together to enjoy a large feast. The first course comprises of egg-lemon chicken soup with rice. Turkey or pork is typically the main dish, accompanied with traditional Christopsomo – Christ’s Bread. This sweet type of bread is baked in various shapes, with the crusts engraved in symbols that depict the family’s profession. As well as sweet bread, locals tuck into Melomakarona, which are cookies doused in honey, as well as Kourabiedes, a crunchy shortbread with nuts and raisins.

Similar to Spain, the 6th of January is heavily celebrated on Corfu, which officially marks the end of Christmas. If you’re staying close to Corfu’s shoreline on January 6th, you may witness crucifixes lit up in the sea, which have been put there by priests in order to bless the waters. The day is also celebrated by priests throwing crosses into the sea and locals diving in and racing to be first to retrieve them from the water.

Yes, if you’re looking to celebrate Christmas with a difference this year, heading to the beautiful island of Corfu, with its unique festive traditions and celebrations, would certainly be a Christmas to remember.

 

24 Nov

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Package Holidays CORFU from UK for £94 (7 nights at hotel + flights). Find the cheapest holiday package to Corfu, Greece from the UK and book your ticket at the best price!

Corfu is a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. It is the second largest of the Ionian Islands, and, including its small satellite islands, forms the edge of the northwestern frontier of Greece. There are pockets of overdeveloped resorts, particularly north of Corfu Town and in the far north, but the island is sufficiently large enough to easily escape the crowds – venture up its woody mountains studded with spear-sharp cypress trees and explore vertiginous villages, coves fringed by cobalt-blue water, and the fertile interior ashimmer with olive groves.

Travel dates:
April – May 2018

INCLUDED: 7 nights at hotel + flights. The cheapest price you have when you book trip for 4 people.
Routes and examples:

London Luton – Corfu – London Luton
12 – 19 Apr (£113)
14 – 21 Apr (£103)
19 – 26 Apr (£97)
24 Apr – 1 May (£110)
26 Apr – 3 May (£103)
1 – 8 May (£117)
8 – 15 May (£121)

London Gatwick – Corfu – London Gatwick
17 – 24 Apr (£111)
18 – 25 Apr (£106)
22 – 29 Apr (£109)

Manchester – Corfu – Manchester
20 – 27 Apr (£105)
23 – 30 Apr (£99)
27 Apr – 4 May (£111)

Birmingham – Corfu – Birmingham
21 – 28 Apr (£94)

Where to book: Visit TRAVELSUPERMARKET Hand baggage is included!

09 Nov

Christmas is one of the major Christian celebrations and in Corfu, Greece, it is still strongly connected with the
Greek Orthodox tradition. For Greeks, who in their majority are Orthodox, Christmas is second only to Easter in religious importance. The name 'Christmas'declares exactly the purpose of the celebration, which is the birth of Christ. Christmas in Greece, like many other countries, is celebrated on the 25th of December. During the early Christian years, Christmas was celebrated on the day of Epiphany, but in the 4th century, the 25th of December was settled as Christmas Day because it was connected with the 25th of March, when Greeks celebrate the Holy Conception Of Christ (Evangelismos). On Christmas Eve, children travel from house to house offering good wishes and singing Kalanda, Greek Christmas carols. Often their songs are accompanied by small, metal triangles and little clay drums.
Christmas gifts are exchanged on St. Basil's Day (January the 1st). St. Basil is the Greek version of Father Christmas and some families leave a log in their fireplace for him to step on as he slips down the chimney with a bag of toys.

The 25th and the 26th of December are Bank Holidays and Greeks usually attend Holy Mass on the morning of the 25th of December, and then gather together with friends and family to eat and celebrate the birth of Christ. They fast for 40 days before Christmas because they believe that they should celebrate this Holy Day with clean body and soul.
After 40 days of fasting, the Christmas feast is looked forward to with great an ticipation by both adults and children alike. The Christmas table is rich and, in every part of Greece, local dishes special to the particular day of celebration are added. Usually on the Christmas table there is meat (roast pork or stuffed or boiled turkey) and loaves of the famous Christopsomo (Christ's Bread). It is made in large, sweet loaves in various shapes, and the crusts are engraved and frosted with symbols that in some way reflect he family's profession. It is served with dried figs, nuts and honey. In many places the housewives prepare various pies and of course they treat their guests to Kourabiedes (almond cookies) and Melomakarona (honey glazed cookies), the Greek traditional sweets for Christmas.
The decoration of the Christmas tree is not originally Greek. It was introduced by the Bavarian King Otto, around 1830. Of course, today, like in most European Christmas traditions, the Christ balls, stars, angels, fairy lights and other mas tree is decorated with colourful ornaments. It is placed in the sitting area of the house and underneath it, St. Basil is supposed to leave the presents for the children on New Year's Eve. The typical Greek wish for Christmas is Chronic Polla and many presents are also exchanged on the 25th of December. The custom of Christmas cards is also very popular and Greeks decorate their sitting rooms with them, and also put them underneath the Christmas tree.
Christmas gifts are exchanged on St. Basil's Day (January the 1st). St. Basil is the Greek version of Father
Christmas and some families leave a log in their fireplace for him to step on as he slips down the chimney with a bag of toys. The 25th and the 26th of December are Bank Holidays and Greeks usually attend Holy Mass on the morning of the 25th of December, and then gather together with friends and family to eat and celebrate the birth of Christ.
They fast for 40 days before Christmas because they believe that they should celebrate this Holy Day with clean body and soul. Christmas in Corfu is a fantastic experience and if you are lucky to be a guest in a Greek home, you will be treated like a real guest of honour, since the message of Christmas for the Greeks is love, peace and hospitality. 

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02 Nov

How to Build a Dream Content Team will be a key tech topic discussed at WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, with a stellar line-up of speakers, organised by digital tourism marketing experts Digital Tourism Think Tank (#DTTT).

In the last 18 months, many of the leading destinations and travel players have quickly adapted their approach to prioritise strong content marketing as the central component to gain traction online and engage effectively with potential visitors.

WTM London and Digital Tourism Think Tank will explore this trend further and look specifically at how to build a Content Dream Team on Tuesday 7 November on the WTM Global Stage.

Nick Hall, founder of the Digital Tourism Think Tank and overall destination marketing expert, will moderate the session and look to understand how teams are reinventing themselves to be more content ready and how they’re pulling together creative talent, putting an emphasis on editorial workflow to be able to engage wherever and whenever it’s relevant to do so.

Hall explained: “We’ll look at what skills are needed, how long it’s likely to take, what should and shouldn’t be considered in this journey and how a great content team should function on a day to day basis.”

Joining Hall on this content masterclass will be Mark Henry, Central Marketing Director for Tourism Ireland, telling their Game of Thrones story and how they’ve incorporated it into their tourism marketing campaign.

Other speakers include Ross Borden, Founder of Matador Network will share his knowledge on building a global creator network;Robert Wells, Marketing Manager for Evaneos will talk about communicating authentically local stories; Bart van Poll, Co-Founder of Spotted by Locals will discuss how they work with local ambassadors and Simon Lewis from Travel Concept Solutions will share his news from a recently successful campaign.

WTM Portfolio Conference and Seminar Manager, Charlotte Sutton said: “The Digital Tourism Think Tank sessions at WTM have always been an extremely popular choice for delegates, with the hottest trends and leading speakers all sharing their knowledge and best practice.

“Nick Hall brings with him an abundance of knowledge, and this session will not disappoint. A must-attend session for those looking to update their content marketing strategy or simply just wanting to stay ahead of the game.”

This session will take place on the WTM Global Stage, from 16.00 – 18.00 on Tuesday 7 November.

Digital Tourism Think Tank will also be running a session on Wednesday 8 November, from 10.30 – 12.30 entitled The Era of Intelligent Tech in Travel.

01 Nov

All of us feel the need to go back to nature. Going away from the mundaneness of life, the mechanical and demanding reality of everyday routine. Summer seems to be the ideal time for a temporary escape in paradise, but what happens when you get the chance to live in a heaven-like place on earth?

This becomes the case for quite an unusual and high-spirited family, The Durrells. Not only does living in Bournemouth perpetuate the misery of losing a much beloved father but also offers little to the youngest son Gerald, punished at the age of nine by the headmaster for fighting back against a bully. The solution envisaged? The Greek island of Corfu – because as Larry, the eldest son tells the family: ‘What we all need is sunshine’. The ITV series The Durrells is written by Simon Nye, directed by Steve Barron and Roger Goldby, and produced by Christopher Hall.

Based on Gerald Durrell’s Corfu Trilogy, an autobiographical book containing the adventure of young Gerald and his family in Greece, the series is set in the stunning island of Corfu or Kerkyra, the second largest of the Ionian Islands. Through an ingenious use of sound and lighting, the viewer is introduced from the first episode of the series into the world of the Durrells. It opens with shot of the seaside of Bournemouth accompanied by the sound of heavy winds and high tides that smash on the shore, which represents the sole background music.

The camera then cuts to a long take of houses by the sea, overlooking a promenade area with vintage cars and people dressed in black suits and hats, as a popular song of that time plays in the background. The episode thus portrays the atmosphere of the 1935 seaside resort. The grey lighting of the outside is presented in sharp contrast with the much darker and gloomy view of the interior, as the camera frames the house and then cuts to an image of Louisa Durrell cooking. The scene that follows Gerald’s punishment and the following scenes that portray the everyday life of the family are intercut by the credit sequence. This is introduced by the use of the theme song of the series, composed by Ruth Barrett, alongside an expressive, rich-in-colour graphic that enlightens the gloomy atmosphere while presenting what is to become of the Durrells in Corfu. Throughout the series several scenes will be intercut by such extraordinary animated pictures: impressive wildlife, cypresses, donkeys, orange and lemon trees and of course the future house of the Durrells in Corfu. The light seems to come from heaven as they are surrounded by natural beauty and the real-life décor of the still remaining today Venetian architecture.

The series offers it all from comic situations, possible love stories, natural conservation matters, financial crisis, ancient olive groves and breathtaking views that will make you green with envy. Another asset of the series is the cast, as you are sure to witness the highest level of acting, most notably that of Keeley Hawes as Louisa Durrell, Milo Parker as Gerry Durrell and the talented Daisy Waterstone as Margo Durrell, who never ceases to amaze with her skill and ability to arouse a rollercoaster of emotions. One cannot help but compare the series with the 2005 BBC adaptation of the My Family and Other Animals extracted from The Corfu Trilogy, with a screenplay also written by Simon Nye. Spreading the same Greek spirit, the ITV series goes way ahead of the film, proving itself more than just a strict adaptation, offering absolute freedom to the director and including in a just and absolutely necessary manner Greek actors in the cast, most notably Alexis Georgoulis as Spiros Hakaiopoulos and Yorgos Karamihos as Dr. Theo Stephanides. The series comprises 2 seasons so far, the original release being 3 April 2016, with the third season filmed this summer and expected to come back on the air in 2018. The series has been nominated for the Best Drama Series in 2017 at the BAFTA TV Awards and has won through the joint work of Leslie Caron and dog Tchi Tchi the Palm DogManitarian Award, at Cannes Film Festival 2017.

Not only will The Durrells take you on a journey in a tableau-like paradise, a land of unspoiled beauty where nature flourishes undestroyed by human intervention, but it will also make the viewer understand and feel the true spirit of Hellada. Whether you have been to Corfu and want to explore the promised land of Greece once more, or you have planned your holiday and are about to visit the Durrell’s White House situated in the village of Kalami on the north-eastern coast of Corfu, the series is a must if you want to get into the Greek mood or chase away the nostalgia of leaving the

01 Nov

“Greece was a destination in the Mediterranean that stood out this summer. Thomas Cook’s bookings for Greek destinations rose 24% in the summer of 2017 compared to the summer of 2016”, noted Martin Ratchford, from the tour operator Thomas Cook’s financial team

The group announced it planned to add a third Casa Cook Hotel, after the two existing in Rhodes and Kos, as well as new destinations across Greece and even more contact to acquire new hotels.Thomas Cook is expending its presence in Greece during the summer of 2018.

The group dubs Greece s one of its most promising in the Mediterranean in the tourism sector in terms of projected growth for 2018. “Greece was a destination in the Mediterranean that stood out this summer.

Thomas Cook’s bookings for Greek destinations rose by 24% in the summer of 2017 compared to the summer of 2016”, pointed out Martin Ratchford, a member of the group’s financial team on the occasion of the Mediterranean Resort & Hotel Real Estate Forum under way from 16 to 18 October in Spain.

He undelined he was “excited about what Greece can offer” and sees an improvement in the legal framework and the share of bank financing, which allows the group to look at more acquisitions in the country.

The group proposed new destinations in Greece, apart from traditional islands for the 2018 season starting a new program, for the wider area of Pieria with connection flights to Thessaloniki from Great Britain. Thomas Cook is also banking on the growth of Chalkidiki region as a destination for its customers.

31 Oct

The Minister of Tourism, Elena Kountoura and Joanna Lumley present Greece to Media at WTM London.

Greece organises a press conference and networking event in WTM London Media Centre - ME580 - Press Conference Room on Monday 6 November from 14.00-15:30.

The Minister of Tourism, Elena Kountoura will host the event and provide an update on tourism developments in Greece, with a re-cap of a record-breaking 2017 and projection towards 2018, focusing on Greece as a 365-days-a-year tourist destination and the importance of sustainable development in tourism for local communities.

She will be joined on the stage by author and actress, Joanna Lumley, who will talk on her personal experiences during filming in Greece as well as the unique and diverse portfolio of attributes that establish Greece as an all-year-round destination for UK holidaymakers .

The press conference will be followed by a networking event with Greek wines and canapés.

 

30 Oct

Presentation
This MOOC “Tourism Management at UNESCO World Heritage Sites”, produced by the UNESCO-UNITWIN Network “Culture, Tourism, and Development”, provides an introduction to tourism at UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Moving from UNESCO’s principles and doctrines, the MOOC covers Communication Technologies, Economy, Management and Planning, and more... It is aimed to policy makers, site managers, students and people active in the tourism industry.
This MOOC is designed and run by an international network of prestigious universities: highly profiled researchers and professors share their knowledge with you in an accessible way on tourism at UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Format
The course consists of 8 modules, released one per week. During each module, learners will be able to gain knowledge about different aspects of Tourism Management at UNESCO World Heritage Sites thanks to ad-hoc documents and videos produced by members of an international network of prominent universities.
Participants will also have the opportunity to assess their understanding and learning progress through quizzes, as well as through various activities, discussions, and peer-to-peer evaluated activities.
The course remains available with all materials for enroled students to use for about 1 year.

Prerequisites
The MOOC is open to everyone wishing to learn more about how tourism works at UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It has, however, a special focus on professional figures such as academics, site managers, state agencies, and other professions involved in tourism.

Course Schedule
Week 1 : Concepts, Doctrines and Lists (I). 1972 Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Week 2 : Concepts, Doctrines and Lists (II). 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Week 3 : Tourism at World Heritage Sites
Week 4 : Tourism and Local Communities
Week 5 : Site Conservation/Enhancement and Tourist Management
Week 6 : Tourism Interpretation on World Heritage Sites
Week 7 : eTourism for Heritage
Week 8 : Tourist Economy related to Heritage

 

Evaluation
The assessment process is based on weekly quizzes, where participants can test their knowledge, and peer-reviewed online activities in which to put the newly gained notions into practice. Learners successfully completing the course will then receive a free course completion certificate.

Partners
UNESCO-UNITWIN Network "Culture, Tourism, Development"
The UNITWIN Programme was launched in 1992 and serves as a closely knit system of cooperation in research, documentation and training to facilitate exchanges and knowledge-sharing among universities, decision makers, non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector.

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