How to Meet 6 Mighty Monsters of Greek Mythology?

Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 09:22 pm

How many mythological creatures do you know? I’m sure that most of you have heard of the Minotaur, Scylla, and Charybdis, as well as the Centaurs and the Cyclops. Possibly you know even more monsters of mythology and most of them come from Greek mythology.

The Minotaur
The Minotaur

Forgotten Monsters of Greek mythology

But today we will not talk about these famous fantastic creatures that have appeared in movies and books countless times. Instead, we will try to find the monsters that were once mighty, powerful, and terrible, but now have been forgotten.

There are many of them, so we will not find them all. But we will definitely get a picture of a different, fantastic mythological world of bronze age Greece that has remained invisible.

The rich Greek mythology covers a huge range of fiction. In its stories, you will find countless witches, monsters, elves, demons, ghosts, giants and dwarfs, winged dragons and horses, enchanted objects, and mechanical beings.

Fantastic creatures really strange for a 21st-century human mind, but at the time they were born and many centuries later they were considered real.
Some said that they saw them, some heard them and some were destroyed or saved by them like the heroes of myths.

For the human of antiquity, this mythology was his history, his religion, and his teaching, in short, a part of his daily life.

That is why we should not be impressed that many of these strange mythological beings, such as the Lamies, the Dragons, and others survived and came to life again in the newest legends and folk tales of the Greek tradition.

Monsters of Greek Mythology are not dead, they are just imprisoned in deep caves from which they can not escape.

We just want to meet them, so we have to travel deep into the earth using, where necessary, a little of our imagination.

A fantastic trip in the depths of the Earth

But let’s talk no more, and let’s start the descent, we will go back, we will sink into the depths of our mind, to its unknown side, where the subconscious resides.

In search of these strange mythological creatures, we will travel to the space-time of fantasy. In these deep caves, we will find everything gathered. So let’s move on!

We are already inside the cave. It is slightly illuminated by the torch we are holding. The light from its flames in combination with the stalactites forms strange eerie shadows.

Ancient words are engraved on its walls, in unknown languages ​​that once existed or have not existed yet. A smell of dirt and moisture is around and water drips from the top, while whispers are heard all around.

It’s about time to start the long descent. We will find seven levels here and we will go very deep down. What did you think? The long-lost imaginary creatures are not so easy to find.

Apatee – The goddess of Deception

So we reached the first level. It is difficult as the place is getting dark and narrow. It leads us to an opening that is the entrance of the first chamber.

We first insert our heads and look carefully inside.

There is a woman-like creature sitting in the center. She has snakes instead of hair, bat wings come out of her back and her hands end up in lighted torches.

There are other engravings around the walls, depicting her with fingers from vipers or whips. She looks at us with glowing eyes.

She looks like Erinyes, the goddesses of Curse and Revenge. She is no other than Apatee, the goddess of Deception, the personification of deception, deceit, and falsehood.

Apatee(Greek: Απάτη) literally means Scam, Fraud, and Deceit

According to Theogony of Hesiod, her mother was the primordial goddess Nyx or Nychta (Night).

It is said that the goddess of Deception existed before gods and humans and that she always acted in the dark, where no one, not even Zeus himself could resist her power.

With her hand she shows us a recess in the rock, from there we have to go if we want to continue even lower.

Argos or Panoptis

We follow her advice, and we reach the second chamber. A huge creature is waiting for us. A shepherd monster with a hundred eyes, a creature trained to guard people and animals.

Argos or Panoptis - The monster with hundred eyes
Argos or Panoptis – The monster with hundred eyes

His name is Argos (means “bright”) or Panoptis (“The one who sees everything”), just remember the words optics and panoptic.

It makes sense if you consider that he had eyes everywhere, in front of and behind his head and all over his body, while they say that when he slept, he only closed half of them while the rest kept him awake.

He was a descendant of Oceanos and Tethys and one of the most terrible monsters of Greek mythology.

Historian Ferekidis records that his eyes were only four, two in front and two behind (plus one that was placed on his neck by Hera, the wife of Zeus), while others claim that they were infinite.

Aeschylus calls him “Myriopon voutan”, which means “the million-eyed herdsman”

The only time that Argos fell asleep was when, watching the transformed into a cow Io on behalf of Hera (so that Zeus could not make her a woman again), Hermes, sent by Zeus, put him to sleep with his flute and killed him with his sword.

After his death, Hera in sorrow decided to honor him by depicting his eyes on the peacock’s tail, one of the birds-symbol of Hera, and the starry sky.

Its good to mention here that Io was a beautiful woman, a mistress of Dias, therefore the jealous Hera transformed her into a cow and set Argos to guard her, but after Argos’s death, the cow Io started running across the earth like crazy after being bitten by Oιstros, a large horsefly sent by Hera.

Here, the ancients wanted to explain the presence of the horseflies in cows and horses…very artistic conception indeed.

You see, reading the Greek Mythology we discover so many peculiar things, even horseflies as punishers!

The Hecatoncheires (Men with Hundred hands)

The further we go, the heavier we get. And at the same time, we feel that we are slowly disappearing into space.

We are in the third chamber now. It is incredibly big. It does not seem to have a roof over it, only deep darkness.

Ekatoghires - The Creatures with hundred hands
Ekatoghires – The Creatures with hundred hands

Three huge giants are standing in front of us. Each one has fifty heads and a hundred hands.

They are called respectively Vriareos (“The solid”), Kottos (“The frantic”), and Gyis or Gygis (“The multi-member”).

They are the Hecatoncheires(Men with Hundred hands), they were the first children of Gaia and Uranus, also called the Uranians. They symbolized the uncontrollable forces of nature and especially the formed clouds.

Ugly as they say and bad characters, therefore dangerous with so much power, that is why they were punished and they lived for a long time imprisoned in Tartarus by their father Uranus.

Zeus liberated them so they could fight to support him in the great war of the gods against the Titans. In the end, they became the captives of the Titans in Tartarus. Maybe they still guard the Titans down there.

Phantasos: The monster that could take any form

Fantasos - A fantastic monster
Fantasos – A fantastic monster

We move even lower. Into the fourth chamber. It looks empty but it’s not.

On the walls around are carved all the dreams that man has ever seen or will see. At its center, there is a strange creature without a clear form.

Its name is Phantasos, a being who has the ability to transform into any inanimate thing, real or imagined, and to present himself to humans in any form he wished.

Son of the god Hypnos(Sleep), and the Pasithea, one of the Charites (Graces).

His brothers were the god of dreams Morpheus(Who could take the form and imitate the voice of every human being) and Phoebus or Phobetor (who could imitate any animal).

But we do not sleep now, so we do not see it clearly, and he does not even know if we have a human form, so he can’t harm us.

Empousa: The one who penetrates

Empousa - A woman-like donkey
Empousa – A woman-like donkey

From a small hole, we keep going down lower and lower.

We reach the fifth chamber. Whispers and murmurs surround us.

At one end there is a strange creature. She looks like a woman, but she has only one leg, where she wears a bronze sandal and she has donkey dicks.

Her name is Empousa (“The one who penetrates”), she is considered the daughter of the goddess of the underworld Hecate, who as they say often left the Underworld at night and ascended to the world of the living.

Her face lit up as if it is on fire, while she could take the form of animals and beautiful women. Its purpose is to seduce travelers in deserted places, leading them to a bad end (you do not want details, believe me).

The only defense against her is said to have been swearing.

The dwarf demons Daktyloi (Fingers) or Idaioi

We are moving forward, now we are moving almost intangibly. We have to hurry because the lower we go, the more we get lost.

We are in the sixth chamber. Some creatures with the form of low rocks are here.

Mountain dwarf demons with magical qualities, but also they are great metallurgists.

People say that they jumped from the ground when the Titaness Rhea put her fingers in the ground, as she was giving birth to Zeus. Five women came out of her left hand and five men from the right and they stood there next to her as assistants in childbirth. They are called Daktyloi or Idaioi.

Daktyloi or idaioi craftsmen
Daktyloi or idaioi craftsmen

They got their name either because they jumped out of the holes in the ground made by the goddess’s fingers or because they were small like finger-length, but they were great craftsmen.

It is said that later it was these women who went to the island of Samothrace and there began their worship ceremonies, the Mysteries of Daktyloi (Fingers) – which they later became the Kaverian mysteries. The maple leaf symbolized the five Fingers, that is, the palm of Rhea.

According to Strabo, they numbered from three to one hundred. Others report twenty right-handed blacksmiths and thirty left-handed women witches.

They are quite often identified with the Kerkopes, a small race of demonic beings who lived, they say, in Asia Minor.

But we have said a lot and it is time to continue.

The mighty Typhon, the father of all monsters

The mighty Typhon, father of all monsters of Greek Mythology
The mighty Typhon, father of all monsters

And here we are in the last chamber, the seventh.

Our torch is about to go out, but in the shadows, something fades.

It is the strongest and largest imaginary creature that has ever walked the earth. The son of the god of the abyss Tartarus and Gaia, He is the mighty Typhon. The father of all monsters of Greek mythology.

Tall to the stars and with huge wings that when opened cover the sky. From the middle and above in the form of a man and from the middle and below like two coiled echidnas(snakes). With long hair and beard and the rest of the body covered by its wings.

Many say they had seen him with a huge donkey head and eyes throwing fire, a mouth firing hot rocks, and a voice as if thousands of people and animals and birds and reptiles were screaming at the same time.

With a hundred dragon heads on the tips of his serpentine hands, which were so long (a hundred leagues each, they say) that one reached the east and the other the west.

Typhon’s awful children

His children were Cerberus, the Lernaean Hydra, the Lion of Nemea, the Chimera, and the Sphinx of Thebes.

After the war of the Titans, he was the one who fought against Zeus to seize power but lost.

The bloodshed by the mortally wounded Typhon gave its name to the mountain range of Aimos that delimits the Balkan peninsula (as Aima is the word for blood in Greek).

It is said that he was buried under the volcano of Mount Etna in Sicily together with Egelados( the god of earthquakes).

According to Hesiod, the windstorms are children of Typhon.

Finally, Typhon is said to symbolize the last resistance of the savage and uncontrollable forces of nature against the enforcement of the order of natural laws. Maybe that’s why we had to go so deep to find him.

Time to return, before we get completely lost and forgotten in the dark caves and labyrinthine basements we have dived into. Take a deep breath and time counts backward. We return today. In our place and present time.

Monstrous conclusion

We got only a little taste of those awful creatures that are hidden in the sanctuaries of the collective subconscious.

And there are many caves, underground labyrinths, and galleries down there that in a unique way connect the mythologies of the whole world.

But we will talk about more creatures and even more deadly monsters of Greek mythology on another fantastic trip. For now, I hope you do not panic the next time you enter a cave…

2021 Visitor’s Guide to the Acropolis of Athens

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Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 10:16 pm

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No visit to Greece is complete without a trip to the Acropolis of Athens. Read our guide for insider tips and handy information to get the most out of your trip and see ancient history come alive.

Acropolis of Athens
Acropolis of Athens – Photo by Constantinos Kollias on Unsplash

For visitors looking to take a trip through time to see Greece’s rich ancient history, the Acropolis of Athens is undoubtedly the place to begin the journey.

The country’s most intriguing archaeological site will dazzle you with its ancient splendor and bring the past to life before your eyes. Perched like a jungle jim upon a rocky outcrop overlooking the capital, the Acropolis teems with stunningly preserved ancient architecture that’s stood for thousands of years.

Visitors to Athens simply have to pay it a visit, where every paving stone tells a story, and legend lay in wait around every corner. We’ve put together the perfect guide for anyone visiting the site, to help make your visit to the Acropolis of Athens simply unforgettable.

What is the Definition of “Acropolis”?

“Acropolis” is an ancient Greek word for any settlement or city built on top of a hill. It’s a compound of “acro” (meaning “edge”) and “polis” (meaning “city”).

Although the term was technically applied to every settlement built on high ground at the time, the fame of the Acropolis of Athens is such that when you say “acropolis” to a Greek person, it’s the only site they’ll think of.

During the time of Ancient Greece, it was more formally referred to as “Cecropia”, named after the first king of Athens, the legendary Cercops.

Short History of the Acropolis of Athens

The Acropolis of Athens is situated on a large hill that’s been a site of human habitation since 5000 BC.

However, the iconic Parthenon structure that’s world-famous today was constructed around 500 BC by the politician Pericles during Athen’s historical golden age.

Since then, the Acropolis has been the host of various religious sites to Greek gods, the Virgin Mary, and even a mosque.

Despite being badly damaged in a war between Venice and the Ottoman Empire in 1687, the site is remarkably well preserved, and decades of restoration efforts still continue today.

The Monuments of the Acropolis

The Acropolis hosts dozens of sites of historical interest, and we’d urge visitors to seek all of them out during their trip.

Built-in 432 BC, the Propylae is the iconic marble construction that you will pass through as you enter from up the hill, from where you can go on to see the temple to Apteros Nike and Erechthion.

Smaller buildings include the Vravronio of Artemis, the theater honoring Dionysus, and the Great Conservatory.

There’s also the famous Holy Rock, where kings and emperors would bring rich tributes worth more than a 300 % casino bonus in order to win the gods’ favor.

However, there is one structure that stands above all others, historically and physically, and is truly one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world.

Kariatides in Athens Acropolis
Kariatides in Athens Acropolis – Photo by Patty Apostolides on Unsplash

The Parthenon

Originally a temple to the goddess of wisdom Athena, the Parthenon was one of the largest construction projects in the history of Ancient Greece. Its construction marked a high point of the so-called “Golden Age of Athens” in the 5th Century BC, during which Athens became the seat of power and culture in the region.

The massive columned structure is one of the few ancient Greek temples constructed entirely from marble, notable for the decorations carved by the famous sculptor Pheidias.

These designs, known as metopes, depict epic scenes from legendary battles and great mythology. Sadly, many of the incredible sculptures that once filled the Parthenon have been destroyed or looted during the intermittent conflicts that befell the city. But the architectural magnificence of the building still has the power to awe visitors with its incredible grandeur.

The Temple of Athena Nike

At the southwestern edges of the site, you’ll find the temple of Athena Nike. Though modest compared to its neighbors, the temple has plenty of outstanding architectural features for visitors to enjoy. It was built for worshiping the ancient deity Nike, the god of victory and, according to Greek mythology, a close companion of the goddess Athena. Interestingly, it’s the same Nike that the world-famous sports shoe company took its name from!

Directions to the Acropolis of Athens for Visitors

Fortunately for guests, the Acropolis is bang smack in Athens’ city center, just a couple of minutes on foot from Monastiraki Square. You can also jump on the metro and take the red line to Acropolis Station. During the summer, opening hours are between 8:00 AM to 20:00 PM, and entry costs €20 for the whole site. Be sure to visit the Acropolis Museum for an up-close look at many of the ancient artifacts dating back directly to the site.

Tips for Visiting the Acropolis

Visiting the Acropolis is a big deal, and it pays to make the right preparations to get the maximum value from the experience. Follow these handy tips to get the most out of your trip to the Acropolis of Athens:

  • Dress for comfort: It’s a good idea to wear layers for your trip to the Acropolis, since the Athenian weather can go from chilly to scorching, depending on the time of your visit. Wear comfy shoes with good grip, since some parts of the site can have uncertain terrain.
  • Plan for the heat: Athens can become unbelievably hot, particularly in the middle of the afternoon. Don’t go anywhere without sunglasses, a sun hat, and a bottle of sunscreen. Also, be sure to take more water than you think you’ll need.
  • Travel light: Since large pieces of luggage aren’t allowed in the Acropolis, you’ll need to travel light with small rucksacks and handbags. This is a good idea anyway since you don’t want to trek up the hill to the Acropolis with big weights on your back.
  • Time your trip correctly: Make an early start on your trip to the Acropolis of Athens. Not only will you beat the crowds, but you can also finish your visit before the intense afternoon heat makes sightseeing uncomfortable. Alternatively, you can visit the site an hour or two before closing time, to enjoy the surroundings under the beauty of an Athenian sunset.
  • Take your time: Your visit to the Acropolis of Athens is something to savor, so don’t rush your way through the site when you arrive. There’s so much to take in when visiting this historical wonder, and you won’t want to miss any of it.
  • Visit the Acropolis Museum: Admittedly, the big attraction of the Acropolis is the stunning architecture, but visiting the museum lets you get an up-close look at many fascinating artifacts that will help bring the site’s history to life.

Conclusion: Relive Ancient History at the Acropolis of Athens

When talking about essential sites to visit in Greece, much less Athens, the Acropolis has to be at the top of the list. Follow these tips to make sure you get the most out of your visit in style and comfort for a memory you can treasure forever. Have you visited the Acropolis before? Is there any advice you’d give to people wanting to visit? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Thomas Glare is an acclaimed traveler who has visited more than 45 countries in his life. He has enough experience to fill an entire bookshelf in the library! He used to work as a bicycle team leader for a travel company, but now he works part-time as a copywriter and writes about all sorts of things.

Athens Greece: The Best Free Things to Do in the Greek Capital

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Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 10:15 pm

Athens Greece is a vibrant and dynamic city where you can find archeological vestiges and modern constructions. If you are an adventurer, gastronome, sun worshipper, or even a history buff, you can discover something you love in this historical place.

Athens
Athens – Photo by Ömer Karakus on Unsplash

If you visit for a few days and are on a tight budget, you do not have to worry because you can enjoy free tourist spots in this Greek capital.

1) The Athens Greece National Garden

Athens national gardens
Athens national gardens – Photo by Despina Galani on Unsplash

The National Garden is a public park next to the Parliament Building in Syntagma. If you prefer to take a break from the concrete jungle, you can head to this green area featuring a botanical museum, a zoo, a small pond, and a café on any warm day.

German architect Friedrich von Gaertner designed it in 1836 from the initial idea of Queen Amalia.

The park is open the whole day, and if you have kids with you, they can play in the playground with seesaws and swings or visit the children’s library.

2) The Filopappou Hill

If you are up to some climbing on warm days, you will love Filopappou Hill, an extension of Acropolis Hill where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the city, as well as the port of Piraeus.

You can also take a break at a rocky top of Aueropagus Hill known as Vrahakia. If you prefer a pleasant afternoon climb, you can head to Strefi Hill in Exarcheia for an excellent vantage view of the Acropolis.

3) The Archeological Wonders on Display

Kariatides statues
Kariatides statues – Photo by Sergio García on Unsplash

Athens discovered several archaeological artifacts when it built its metro network. They are now on display on the upper level of different metro stations in Syntagma, Acropolis, Panepistimio, and Monastiraki.

4) Changing of the Guards

If you visit the Parliament near Syntagma Square at around 11 am on Sundays, you will chance up the Changing of the Guards ceremony with a large group of a military ceremonial unit known as the Evzones. However, if you cannot make it, you can catch them every hour as they march from their barracks on Irodou Attikou down Vasilissis Sofias Avenue.

5) Lycabettus Hill

Lykavitos hill - Athens
Lykavitos hill – Athens – Photo by Julia Joppien on Unsplash

You can find a tiny 19th-century church of Saint George on top of Lycabettus Hill, the highest point in Athens, as a favorite of couples for romantic weddings. You may reach the hill by taking the funicular railway from Aristippou Street or walking up the steep steps.

You will love to walk among the shrubs and pine trees or watch the concerts and performances in the parking lot near the Lycabettus Theater during the summer.

6) Athens University History Museum

Athens museum gallery
Athens museum gallery – Photo by Hans Reniers on Unsplash

The Athens University History Museum contains the historical memorabilia of the university and illustrates Modern Greek history.

You can find a permanent exhibition consisting of items thematically presented and pertain to the schools of theology, philosophy, law, and medicine. It guarantees a unique experience of the variety of collections covering history, art, and science.

If you visit during the spring and summer months, you will discover cultural events in the courtyard spaces.

7) Museum of Popular Instruments

Foivos Anogianakis, or the Museum of Greek Popular Instruments, in Plaka, has about 1,200 Greek musical instruments dating from the 18th century.

You can find the mansion next to the Roman Agora. The museum promotes, studies, and conserves these traditional musical instruments because of the rich history of the contemporary and Byzantine traditions of Greek ethnomusicology and music.

You can watch performances and events on the premises or buy books, musical instruments, and CDs at the museum shop.

8) Diomidous Botanical Garden

If you find yourself in the neighborhood of Haidari, you can check out the Diomidous Botanical Garden. It covers about 1.86 hectares of at least 3,500 plant species, including natural pinewoods, herbs, and historical plants mentioned in ancient Greek mythology.

If you are a nature lover, you will love to spend an afternoon walking around the garden.

9) Philatelic and Postal Museum

You can find the Philatelic and Postal Museum along Fokianou Street, near the Kallimarmaro Stadium of Athens, a famous stadium because it hosted the Olympic Games in 1896.

You will discover exhibits about the history of the Greek Post and the history and development of stamps.

10) Museum of the History of Greek Costume

The Museum of the History of Greek Costumes is part of the more popular Lyceum Club of Greek Women.

It is an attractive yet tiny museum where you can view several aspects of Greek Costumes. It also exhibits some porcelain dolls in regional costumes.

11) Monastiraki Flea Market

Monastiraki market
Monastiraki market – Photo by David Tip on Unsplash

If you are a shopaholic, you cannot miss the Monastiraki flea market along Monastiraki Square up to the end of Ermou Street. It opens every day but is very chaotic on Sundays as more items are on sale.

Final Thoughts

Athens in Greece is a remarkable city worth exploring, even if you are on a tight budget. The 11 activities curated by bestessays.com are enough reason for you to book that much-awaited trip to Greece.
Enjoy the city!

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Justin is a travel writer for an essay writing service in the UK, and a blogger from Leicester, UK. He likes to discuss travels and share his own ideas with readers on different blogs and forums. Currently, he is working as an editor at bestessays.com.

10 Things to Know Before Traveling To Greece

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Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 10:12 pm

Santorini Landscape
Santorini Landscape

With a past so rich and a future too promising, Greece is amongst the best places to visit if you seek life-changing experiences. The unique culture, traditions, and customs of the place will not only leave you thrilled and entranced but much more learned.

With that said, we recommend all our readers to prepare themselves beforehand when traveling to Greece.

No – it won’t ruin your adventure.

No amount of preparation can truly, thoroughly prepare you for the magic of Greece. Even after months of planning and prep, we tell you, you’re going to go there and ask yourself: why didn’t I look it up before?

Nevertheless, here are ten things that we think you should know. Scroll down to have a glimpse of the diversity of experiences that awaits!

1. April – May: Best time to travel

If this happens to be your first-ever trip to Greece, the best time to travel is April – May. It is the shoulder season, which is relatively cool and comfortable as compared to the high season, which ranges from June – to September

The costs for car rentals and hotels are also not as high as during the hot season.

October & November are also good months to schedule your trip to Greece, but we wouldn’t advise anytime between late November to Early April.

Seasoned travelers call this the low season, wherein the temperature’s too cold, and the buzz in the streets is almost non-existent.

2. There are loads of ruins to explore!

Now, the sound of the word ruins may not excite you. But trust us, this is what all those Greek legends are all about!

There are dozens of archaeological sites all across Greece, including:

Sanctuary of Delphi: This is the iconic place where the spirit of Apollo got filled into the oracle of Delphi. Historically, it is the prime worship place for Apollo and other gods & goddesses.

Corinth: Previously, Corinth happened to be one of the notable establishments in Greece. Later it got sacked by the Romans, which explains the presence of several magnificent Roman buildings there. You may also visit the temple of Apollo, the Temple of Aphrodite there, and the secret passage that leads to a shrine.

Ancient Epidaurus: Epidaurus is a historical place that’s a must-visit for music lovers. Here you will get to see the remains of music theatres that Greeks still use for performances and live concerts during summers.

Acropolis of Athens: With four distinct pillars and the highest point of the city, it is amongst Europe’s most important preserves of the ancient world.

Ancient Olympia: This is the place where the very first form of the Olympic games was held once every four years, i.e., the Pan-Hellenic Games. It is also the place of worship of Zeus (the god of the Greek gods).

Palace of Knossos: Located in Crete, the remains of this once-expansive palace is the place you will find the very famous labyrinth of the Theseus and Minotaur. Along with that, there are several artworks to explore
You will have plentiful bits of history to learn!

3. Driving is a tough job

The land of Greece is rough and tough. The roads move back and forth with loads of jumps and turns. You may feel as if you are on a mission during the first 10 minutes or so. But as time ticks by, your time on the road will tire you out. So, make sure you take sufficient breaks during the drive.

Another aspect that makes driving a rather tough job is the unique driving rules and regulations of Greece. The speed limit varies by area. For example, in cities, you will have an allowance of 50 km/h. In the countryside, you will have an allowance of 110 km/h, and on freeways, 120km/h is okay.

It is also a common opinion that local Greeks are highly impatient when driving. They may overtake your vehicle, speed up to get past you, and take turns at full speed. So, you should better let the locals pass first!
Moreover,  the Greeks drive on the right side of the driving lane. So, if you are from UK or Australia, you might find it difficult initially.

4. Wiser to Rent a Car

Given Greek road struggles, it’s best to keep yourself well-informed about the car rental services in Greece. Rented cars will conveniently get you to and from different destinations without draining your energy and busting a hole in your pocket. Most car rentals are pretty reasonable in Greece.

5. One can’t miss gorgeous Greek beaches

Lastly, you should know well enough about the Greek beaches. They rank as the best beaches in the whole of Europe and truly have magnificent views and magical feels.

Mykonos and Naxos have some of the most popular beaches of all. These are good for fun activities and relaxation respectively.

Lalaria beach is also widely gets recognized for its mesmerizing emerald water and carpeting white pebbles that make the beach all the more beautiful. The beach offers a soothing and entrancing experience.

The same is true for Shipwreck bay at Zakynthos.

In total, there are about 400 beaches! (And nine marinas). Now, you can imagine the number of water wonders and scenic beauty that Greece has to offer!

6. Best to explore as many islands as possible

Did you know? Greece has about 226 inhabited islands that house loads of excitement from watching sunsets to exquisite fests.

Most of them are only an hour apart if you travel by ferry. And with so much majesty and adventure all clustered in one place, we guess Greece will most probably rank amongst the top yet again in the list of the best honeymoon destinations in 2022!

On that note, we’ll advise you to visit as many islands as you can, instead of spending all your time on one.

7. Birthdays – Not a Celebration

It may sound strange, but the elderly the Greeks do not celebrate their Birthdays. In actuality, the elderly may not even remember their birth dates because they associate birthday celebrations with self-obsession and self-centeredness. Instead, the naming days get celebrated.

On naming days, the Greeks arrange an open house and let willing people pay a visit to the person who got named. The guests may bring gifts. And the host arranges a feast. This celebration is similar to that of birthdays.

8. Sundays are Off

As a resident of any other country, you would naturally expect Sunday to be the busiest day of the week, at least on the streets.

But in Greece, it is vice versa. Sundays are the only days that some people get to rest. And so most bakeries, museums, shopping outlets, gas stations, and everything else are closed down. Some restaurants and coffee shops may be open.

9. Greet Good Morning until Dark

No, no – don’t get Greeks wrong. They know the difference between afternoons and evenings. But they will still greet Kalimera, i.e., good morning to one another at any point of the day as long as it isn’t.

10. Late Nights Plans are a city thing!

Greeks prioritize their midday nap over their night’s sleep. It is almost a part of the modern Greek culture to take some rest during 3-5 pm. Naturally, they tend to stay up late at night.

Children even have their extracurricular activities scheduled for 8 or 9 pm, while you – as a tourist – can easily think of making a booking or appointment at 11 pm!

How to Cycle on the Sandy Beaches of Corfu: 9 Pro-Backed Tips

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Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 07:52 pm

Bicycle on the beach
Bicycle on the beach

Biking on a sandy surface like that of the sandy beaches in Corfu is totally different from cycling on peachy roads. When it comes to cycling on the beach your bike can give you the experience of a bumpy ride, wobbly steering, and tires struggling to grip a loose surface.

Corfu has an abashment of riches when it comes to talking about beaches. In Corfu, there are infinite options all around the island, from long, off-the-beaten-track expanses of fine sand, to small picturesque pebbly bays and idyllic coves. Many are cycling-friendly with lightly sloping beaches with shallow waters.

What do you think? This is something impossible? Well, choosing the bike for beach cycling and a bit of practice can help you master this. If you have made up your mind to glide across the beach in Corfu, going throw this short read can be a plus for you.

How to Cycle on the Sandy Beaches of Corfu On Your Bike

1. Get the right bike

With a bike on the beach
With a bike on the beach

Fat bikes that come with 26 inches rims and 4 inches tires are the best option to ride through the sand. So, if you want to cruise along the beach and tackle sand dunes, a fat bike will be the best fit for you.

2. Get the right tires

Bicycle tire
Bicycle tire

You might like to get more contact with the sand surface and balance your bike easily when riding on the beach. Right? You know tires can play the most important role in this. Choose tires between 4.4 to 6.4 wide. Remember- chunkier support is required for loose sand.

3. Lower the tire pressure

Bicycle tire pressure checker
Bicycle tire pressure checker

If you want to make your ride easier, let some air get out of the tires. Being in less contact with the sandy surface makes the bike less difficult to steer and pedal. For a fat bike, go at most 4-6 psi where the psi should be 18-20 for mountain bikes.

4. Remain in low gears

Bicycle gears
Bicycle gears

More torque can be produced with lower gears and it can reduce the chances of the wheels getting stuck in the sand. Getting used to the thicker tires can be frustrating but extra pushes on pedals can help you stay on the sand.

5. Reduce shifting and braking

What can reduce your speed and take your wheels into the sand? Of course, breaking and shifting. Try to shift gears when you’re on a solid surface. When you’re on flat ground, select a gear that will help ease pedaling and will let you have enough speed to carry you.

6. Ride-on right sand

If you don’t have any previous experience in riding on the sand, avoid riding on loose sand which will slow your speed down and make the steering difficult. On the other hand, you’ll feel like riding on wet grass while riding on wet or a thin layer of sand. Be aware of steep slopes and stay away from them if you’re comfortable enough.

7. Pedal consistently

Short pedaling, change in speed, or uneven bursts can lead your rear wheel to dig into the sand or slip. Stick to a particular cadence until you find changes in slope.
As a beginner, it is recommended to ride slower than usual because there have chances to lose control and you might not like to fly over the handlebar.

If you notice a patch of sand ahead while on hard ground, gather enough speed to pass through it. Also, take your body weight off the onward wheel when you approach.

8. Use counter pressure to change direction

It’s not possible to steer the bike on a paved surface as you would normally do. In general, riding in the sand requires gradually leaning the body and using the counter pressure to turn the bike. Remember- a quick turn can lead your tire to dig into the sand.

9. Relax

Remember- loose sand is responsible for a wiggly and bumpy ride. To stay in control and absorb the shock, try to keep your body loose as much as possible. Hold the handlebars gently.

Hopefully, this article has helped you learn how to cycle on rough terrain such as a sandy beach in Corfu, on your bike. If you’re still feeling hesitant, consult the experts for lessons or opt for watching videos online. Happy cycling!

Corfu - Chalikounas beach
Corfu – Chalikounas beach
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5 Books to Read During Quarantine to Feel Like Traveling in Greek Islands

Posted in: Traveling in Greece 0

Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 10:10 pm

Reading on the beach
Reading on the beach – Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Probably every tourist will agree that a trip to Greece will remain in the heart forever. This country is a favorite destination for many tourists and a dream for those who have never been there. Azure water, antique luxury, olive paradise, white sand, and antic mysteries are just a part of those that attract people to Greece from all over the world.

Now avid travelers feel confused as most of their favorite destinations are closed due to COVID-19. Fortunately, quarantine is not a limitation of our imagination and everyone can go on a journey without leaving their home. All you need to do is get the right book. Greece has been the muse of many writers for millennia, and today dreamers have a lot of books to read to feel like they are on the Greek islands.

Top 5 Books to Feel Like Traveling in the Greek Islands

An Aegean landscape in Santorini
An Aegean landscape in Santorini – Image by Michelle Raponi from Pixabay

Do you miss Greece? Or are you just dreaming of going on a trip? One way or another, COVID-19 dictates its own rules and changes the plans of people around the world. However, you still can feel like traveling across this ancient country since books are still great tools to travel without leaving your home.

There are many books about Greece, and the first thing that comes to mind is mythology. However, in addition to antiquity, history, and mythology, some books inspire travel.

If you want to find yourself in Greece under the scorching sun, breathe in the sea air and find yourself among the olive trees, then the following books will help you do it. There are no books on Greek mythology here, and most of them can be a real discovery for the reader.

1. The Names by Don DeLillo

This book is suitable for those who not only want to travel to Greece but also love detective stories. This book by a famous author is not as popular as the others. But this is a real guide to Greece, that will be familiar to tourists.

The author is not only a writer but also a guide. He describes the details as a true traveler and an excellent observer just like how top-notch freelance authors write the best website content.

His text can evoke a love for Greece, even for those who have never wanted to go there. The text seems to take the reader into the bright sun, to the bell tower against the background of a blue-blue sky, stones, and sand. If you have ever been to Greece, then the description of nature and the general atmosphere will make you say “Yes, yes. That’s so true. ”

2. The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell

The books from this trilogy tell about the five years of the life of the author and his family on the island of Corfu. Initially, the author wanted to describe the animal and natural world of the island in the Ionian Sea. But the author could not omit the stories about his family, so in addition to the delightful description of the island of Corfu, the reader will receive interesting characters and stories.

These books will tell you how Corfu influenced the future of the writer and will immerse you in the life of the island. The words from the book will make you consider a popular tourist destination from the other angle, and perhaps your next trip to the island will be a discovery for you in the other context.

3. Greece on My Wheels by Edward Enfield

This book is a mix of the author’s journey and Greek history. It will allow the reader not only to imagine Greece but also to plunge into antiquity and historical mysteries. There is no doubt that this book will make you smile and dream.

This book is more than a fun guide. This is a gripping tale of a journey with a mix of historical knowledge and wit that was undoubtedly inherited from the author from his father. If you were looking for a book that will help you delve into various milestones in history, this will be the right choice. This production will open up new pages of Greek history for you, as well as slightly open the veil of the stories of other peoples – Romans, Turks, Albanians, and other nations.

4. Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen by Marry Morris

If you are in love with Greece and want to find a like-minded person, then Marry Morris is what you need. In short, the title of this book perfectly describes what you read about. This whole book is a declaration of love for Greece, for language, myths, legends, and culture.

The book is written with such warmth and love for the country that everyone will want to give up all their deals and go to this sunny destination. If you are fond of foreign languages and philology, then you will like this book since the author also focuses on the Greek language, its alphabet, and linguistic details.

5. Greece and The Greek Islands by Lonely Planet

Even though this is not a book but a real guidebook, it will appeal to both experienced Greece tourists and a newcomer. Most people note that this travel guide surpasses many online resources and even Pinterest with its beautiful photos. The guide will allow you to discover new interesting places, and sights of Greece and may become your real helper in your future journey.

There is a lot of information here, not only about the regions and islands but also about which restaurants you should dine in. Therefore, if you plan to go to Greece at the end of the quarantine, then here you can find a lot of useful and interesting information for your future trip.

The Bottom Line

Navayio beach in Zakynthos
Navayio beach in Zakynthos – Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Most likely, people love Greece so much because from early childhood they are well familiar with its fascinating history and mythology. The above books will allow you to stay in Greece without leaving your home. A person’s imagination has no boundaries, and books are a good impetus to start your exciting journey.

Tiffany Porter
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Tiffany Porter is an expert writer who specializes in creating various training and professional upgrade courses, materials, manuals, and reviews for the best writing services reviews website. She also likes traveling and speaks German and French.
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