A Cretan olive oil producer’s tips for buying the good stuff

A Cretan olive oil producer’s tips for buying the good stuff

Not far away from the old town of Chania, hidden in the western mountains of Crete, there is an endless extension of lush olive grooves, surrounded by the scenes of the Cretan Sea. It’s a Protected Denomination of Origin Area, called Kolymbari. Here, the weather conditions give origin to a...

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This Cretan artist is preserving tradition with his own hands

This Cretan artist is preserving tradition with his own hands

A few minutes away from the Old Harbour of Chania, close to the beautiful port of Souda, there’s a unique place that was created with one simple purpose: to show visitors to Crete some of the most authentic crafts of the region. This place is the Verekinthos Arts and Crafts...

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The best souvenirs in Athens

The best souvenirs in Athens

So, you’ve made it to Athens and now want to think about leaving — as in, what souvenirs will you bring back home with you? Recently, I embarked on the very same quest to find the perfect souvenir with a friend to remind her of her trip here. And let...

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24 hours in: Thessaloniki

24 hours in: Thessaloniki

So you’ve got 24 hours in Thessaloniki to see all the sites? No problem! Even though the city will so utterly charm you that you’ll be desperate to stay longer (or come back soon), it is possible to see a lot within a short amount of time. Because the city...

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What to eat on Crete besides meat: Why the island is a vegetarian’s paradise

What to eat on Crete besides meat: Why the island is a vegetarian’s paradise

It’s been news for years now: the scientific community has declared the Cretan diet as the basis of what is more commonly known now as the “Mediterranean diet” — the healthiest diet in the world. In their research, nutritionists and other professionals analysed the reasons for the longevity of Cretans,...

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Things to do in: Chania, Crete

Things to do in: Chania, Crete

One of the most charming cities on Crete, Chania is the destination of your dreams — if your dreams include narrow cobbled streets, flower-filled balconies, late nights of music along the waterfront, rounds of delicious seafood and heaps of history. There’s a reason that most people who come to Crete...

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24 hours in: Athens

24 hours in: Athens

Europe’s oldest city has endless things to do and neighbourhoods to explore that aren’t easily covered in a day or two — but with a little planning you can still see some of the best sights in Athens even in 24 hours. For an easy way to see the city, catch...

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Conquering Rethymnon, from seaside to countryside

Conquering Rethymnon, from seaside to countryside

One of my most fascinating days in Crete was when my family and I toured Rethymnon with a local guide. We walked through the city (and out of the city) on the Rethymnon Conquered and Bygone Crete Adventure tours, learning the region’s history and secrets, and hearing incredible stories about...

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How to make Greek orange pie

How to make Greek orange pie

Orange pie is a staple in every Greek household during the spring and summer season — and if you’ve found yourself in Athens or on Crete during this time of year, you’ve probably enjoyed a plate or two (with a shot of raki to wash it down). It is easy to...

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The complete guide to: Athens travel

The complete guide to: Athens travel

Millions of visitors come to Athens every year to see the ancient sites like the Parthenon and other temples and ruins atop and around the Acropolis. But monument-hopping isn’t all you get in the bustling Greek capital. Definitely make a point of seeing the historic centre and all of its...

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