5 Best Places To Visit On Your Trip To Greece

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Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 09:53 pm

Are you gearing up to visit Greece for your vacation?

Would you like to know more details about the best places to visit in Greece?

You have landed right.

Peek into the five best places to hit on your trip to Greece for better planning and tourism.

The beauty of Greece

A prominent place for its surplus beauty is none other than Greece. This land has sunny beaches, whitewashed villages, a welcoming atmosphere, prehistoric ruins, and flavorsome cuisines.

All these aspects make Greece the number one travel destination in Europe. The chief reason for abundant tourism to plunge into Greece is its serene beauty.

Tourists enjoy the picturesque beauty of the land with countless landscapes.

Being the foundation of western civilization and the beginning of democracy, Greece is jam-packed with overwhelming history and beauty. Greece is one of the top tourist destinations to visit in your lifetime.

5 Best places to visit in Greece

  • 1) Santorini

    Santorini, a prominent and must-visit place in Greece, is also well-known as the diamond of Aegean.

    The flattering colorful houses, whitewashed buildings, spiral pathways, the azure sky, stretches of water, and towering sapphire domes grab thousands of visitors’ attention.

    This marvelously fascinating place is the most charming one in the Greek islands. Enjoy the charm of scenic villages, dip yourself in turquoise waters, and dine in the best restaurants.

    Ones in quest of stimulating adventures should get a rooftop tent fixed on their vehicles, accompany themselves with friends, and visit places like Fira hiking trail, Pressia beach with its rocky sand, Santorini volcano, Skaros rock view, and ruins of prehistoric Thera.

    A Church in Santorini
    A Church in Santorini – Image by Russell_Yan from Pixabay
  • 2) Athens

    Athens is a significant place that speaks its history.

    This place is known for the origin of democracy and is endorsed as the originator of Western civilization.

    The present Athens is known for its flawless streets, up-to-date subways, outstanding freeways, well-manicured parks, and finally, ultra-warm people.

    Greek culture surfeits in Athens, witnessing impeccable sites like the Temple of Zeus and the Parthenon. Never forget to drench in the beauty of the Plaka district of Athens.

    Teenagers craving adventure and traveling a few miles away should start with their backpacks

    Some best places are The splendid Mount Lycabettus, the Ancient Agora hills, and the astounding flowers at the National gardens, the Temple of Olympian Zeus colossal ruins, the primeval Greek temple of Erechtheum, the National Archaeological Museum, and more.

    Elevate your camping and adventure experiences by planning appropriately.

    Temple of Goddess Athina Nike - Acropolis Athens
    Temple of Goddess Athina Nike – Image by Nick115 from Pixabay

    This is not Parthenon, but the temple of Goddess Athina Nike, on the right and out of the gate of Acropolis, the Propylaea.

  • 3) Chania town

    Being the center of attraction in the Old Venetian Harbour, Chania’s town is notorious for its peculiar architecture.

    With the cobbled, narrow streets and welcoming natives, Chania town is one of the exceptional places to visit in Greece.

    Tourists enjoy their visit to the lighthouse as it portrays the panoramic view of the city.

    There are few places tourists must never miss in Chania town.

    The destinations are the Old Venetian Harbour view, Chania Archaeological Museum artifacts, the splendid manicure Botanical Park, the ancient Aptera showing Greek architecture, The Agil Apostoli beach with gold sand, the Iguana beach, the Venetian fortress, and the secretive Topolia Gorge.

    Family and youngsters can start their adventure by penning down all places to visit.

    Port of Chania Crete
    Port of Chania Crete – Image by Albrecht Fietz from Pixabay
  • 4) Corfu

    Positioned on the northwest coast of the country, Corfu is the preeminent island and has a rich cultural heritage to visit.

    Families, friends, and teenagers can all admire the scenic beauty of rugged mountains and sandy beaches. Tourists visit the ancient monastery and relax by sunbathing on the beaches.

    There are a few places that you must visit while touring this place.

    Some of them are the Gorge at Agni bay, the northerly point that witnesses the dramatic Cape Drastis, The old fort at Corfu, and Vlacherna Monastery. Youngsters should certainly not miss the joy and fun at Sidari.

    Perama beach in Corfu
    Perama beach in Corfu – Image by arshopenby from Pixabay
  • 5) Meteora

    The beauties of Meteora are the monasteries over massive rock cliffs that look suspended in the air.

    The monasteries sit at an altitude of 1200 feet over the villages of Kastraki and Kalambaka. The surprising news is that the monasteries at Meteora are listed as UNESCO world heritage sites.

    There are plenty of beautiful spots at Meteora to enjoy. Some of them are the Great Meteoro Monastery, the Holy Trinity Monastery, Roussanou Monastery, the Varlaam monastery, and Megalo Meteoro Monastery.

    The adventure starts by backpacking with a tent for Meteora rock climbing at Kastraki, Kalamba village, the Theopetra prehistoric cave, and Meteora thrones.

The traditional dishes

Apart from the scenic beauty and adventure, delightful food is another crucial aspect of Greece.

You must try all the traditional food of Greece during your visit. Some of them are Greek salad, Tzatziki, Fasolada, Moussaka, Greek Yogurt, Souvlaki gyros, Portokalopita, and plenty more.

Greece beaches

The best feature of Greece is the beaches. Set your mood and relax at the beaches as you travel. Few beaches to stop at are

  • The Balos Lagoon and Elafonisi beach in Crete
  • The shipwreck beach in Zakynthos
  • The Myrtos bay in the island of Kefalonia
  • The channel of love in Corfu
  • The Simos beach and Voidokilia at Peloponnese
  • The Lalaria beach at the Sporades
  • The St. Paul bay at Rhodes and the Sarakiniko beach the Cyclades

Greece is a place of wonders and folklore. The implausible country offers a perfect blend of culture, people, and history.

Apart from the locations given above, there are splendid places like Zakynthos, Nafplio, Delphi, Rhodes, Halkidiki, Skyros, Mycenae, and more.

Pack your bags and get going for thrilling adventures at seashores, hiking, etc.

The Bottom line:

The exotic and beautiful place lures plenty of tourists every year, making Greece the top destination.

Greece is a place for adventure, relaxation, enjoyment, and refreshment. Plan your trip, and enjoy the marvelous beauty of Greece.

Secrets of Corfu: Hidden Depths and Villages to Visit

Last updated on December 4th, 2022 at 08:52 am

Corfu is a wonder of an island. If you’ve never explored it, it’s high time you did. Its golden beaches along with its salty seas make Corfu one of the most explored islands in Greece.

Once you travel here, chances are you won’t want to return home anymore. That’s definitely a feeling many travelers experiences.

Corfu’s History in Brief

Corfu history - Espianada in old gravure
Corfu history – Espianada in old gravure

Corfu has a rich history of gun battles and battleships. The old fortress that was once under Venetian power and pirate attacks entices you with its monuments and artifacts. One of the places that are most explored by tourists is the Old Fortress, which dates earlier than ever.

The first inhabitants of the island date back to the Homeric era, the Phaeacians were the first known residents, At 750 BCE Greek settlers from Evoea came to the island.
Once they settled here, they created more colonies, one of them was Epidamnus, today’s Dyrahium on the south coast of today’s Albania.

However, the Romans were quick to invade and take over the territory. Corfu was a part of the Eastern Roman Empire, Next came the Venetians, the French, and the English. Finally, Corfu unified Greece in 1863.

Unification with Greece

The island of Corfu got back its freedom in the year 1863 when England renounced the island’s occupation. Finally, Corfu became part of Greece.

From an economic and political perspective, Corfu started developing quite quickly after the second half of the 20th century, when it became a very popular holiday destination in Greece.

Then, the second world war came.

During the second WW, Corfu became occupied first by Italians and later by the Germans, only to be released at the end of the war, after the defeat of the Axis forces.

Because of its warm climate, beautiful infrastructure, and amazing nature, Corfu attracted many tourists after the end of the war.

Again, after getting back its freedom, it regained its power through tourism.

Now that you got a bit of Corfu’s history, let’s see why the island is worth seeing today.

Secrets and Hidden Depths of Corfu

Corfu’s Tasteful Cuisine

Sofrito
Sofrito

Greece has long been known for its tasty foods and fresh ingredients.

Corfu’s extensive cuisine includes Greek foods but adds authentic flavors to it. Some of the most *and best* of Corfu’s options include the sofrito, the Bourdeto, and of course, the olives. Sofrito is just cooked veils with parsley, garlic, and wine, while Bourdeto is a stew made out of fish and red pepper. Both of these options are a must-try.

The olives are also a must-taste in Corfu. They come from old-grown trees, some of them as old as 100 years old. The best-tasting olive oil comes from the Dafnis family, who’s grown it for decades. The secret is pairing the olives with a tasty salad and Feta cheese and drizzling a little bit of Himalayan salt on top of it. Best combination ever! Light, smooth, tasty, and fresh.

If you need something more consistent, you can always try Corfu’s kumquat. This fruit originally flourished in China and has been introduced to the Greek culture in the 19th century by the Middle Eastern inhabitants. Pairing this fruit with an alcoholic drink such as Prosecco will make up the perfect aperitif.

The best island escape tours

If you’re planning to stay longer in Corfu, this is your chance to explore more of its surroundings. Some of the most popular destinations in Corfu include the Vatos village, the beaches of Ermones or Corfu Town, or Old Perithia. Another cool site to visit is Paleokastritsa Beach, the island’s sacred and spiritual hub.

If you prefer a cool hike or bike around the island, check out trips to Kavos or the Arkoudilas Beach, the Halikounas’ dunes, or Alonaki Bay. Kanouli Beach is another popular destination for those passionate about nature. You could also check out the Corfu Trail, for a longer hike. It’ll take you about 10 days to get from one side to the other. Along the way, you’ll be able to explore many tiny villages, olive groves, and nature trails.

Secret (and famous) Attractions to Explore in Corfu

There are some top must-sees here, of course, as in any other region in the world. You must not miss them! They’re really exquisite and amazingly well crafted. You won’t regret visiting and discovering these sites.

The small isolated beaches south of Paleokastritsa

Rovinia beach
Rovinia beach

The wider Paleokastritsa is an area of exceptional natural beauty. In this area there are some of the most beautiful beaches on the island, but most of them are isolated due to the high cliffs that cut the coast of the mainland.

Liapades, Povinia, Limni, Iliodoros, Paradise, Stelari, Chomi, Giali, to name a few.

They are mixed with sand and pebbles, Remote and beautiful paradises that can be visited by small boats from Paleokastritsa.
If you are in Corfu you must grab the opportunity to visit them.

Old fortress and the Old British hospital in Corfu Town

Corfu Guide: Esplanade square and the Old fortress
Corfu Guide: Esplanade square and the Old fortress

The fortress with a long history and the abandoned British hospital are surrounded by a great deal of mystery and horror rumors

The Achilleion Palace in Gastouri village

Benitses - Achilleion from Agioi Deka
Benitses – Achilleion from Agioi Deka

The Palace was built by Empress Elizabeth of Austria who became known as the sad queen Sissy.
It is a must place to visit and it sits at the edge of the village Gastouri, 6 miles from Corfu town.

Myrtiotissa Nudist Beach in Western Corfu

A small, remote sandy beach on the west coast of Corfu, since the decade of the 60s it became the only beach on the island of Corfu where nudism was officially tolerated.

One of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, reached by a steep path or by the sea, a rather small sandy beach difficult to spot from the sea, separated from Glyfada beach by a thin but high rock.

Liston in Corfu Town

At the north left of Esplanade square is the popular pedestrian area of The Liston with its French architectural buildings (modeled on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris).

Built in 1807 by the French, to house the French army.

They have arched ground-floor galleries which the locals call “Volta”

The name was given by the word “list” which arrives from the Greek word “lista” that was used for the list of the Nobles (Libro d `Oro) as in the old days only the nobility were able to walk in this part in the city.

Today, the arcades of Liston are the busiest part of Corfu, full of cafes, restaurants, and craft shops in general, so, it is not something that you must try to find rather than a sight that you won’t definitely miss.

Mon Repos Estate Palace in Corfu Town

Mon Repos Palace is a neoclassical building at the east of Paleopolis, Inside the Corfu ancient city.

Built at 1830 by the British Commissioner Sir Frederick Adam at the beginning of the peninsula of Kanoni next to the ruins of Paleopolis

The diamond beaches of Erimitis area

Arias beach at Erimitis Corfu
Arias beach at Erimitis Corfu

Erimitis on the Northeastern tip of Corfu, very close to Albanian shores.

It stretches from Agios Stefanos in the East up to Kassiopi borders on the North Coast.

An unspoiled paradise, full of small cute coves-beaches separated by small promontories that give beautiful scenery to the landscape, most of them accessible by the sea.

Some cute tiny beaches here are Avlaki, Vouvalomantria beach, Vrachli beach, Tzoufakia, the Arias beach, Akoli, Vromolimni, Kaminakia beach, Korfovounia, Aspalathras, and Xylokeratia beach.

Beaches with pebbles and very little sand, the waters are extremely clear and clean.

The medieval abandoned and reborn village of Perithea

Perithea is an abandoned medieval village located below the majestic peak of Pantokrator. On a plateau in the mountain at an altitude of 400 meters.

Are you curious to see how a dead village can be reborn?

Sure you are.

Then you must visit Perithea

The abandoned school of Perithea
The abandoned school of Perithea

To see the old abandoned stone house alive again and restored to its previous glory.

But if you are a culinary freak, you have one more reason to come here.

The ground floor of several houses is transformed into restaurants offering local specialties and they are full of people, especially at the weekends.

The Traditional village of Nymfes, named after the mythical Nymphs

This village of Northwest Corfu is ancient, untouched by time and tourism, and took its name from the mythical Nymphs.

Do you like the opportunity to see the life, and customs of the real non-touristry Corfu?

Sure you want.

Waterfalls in Nymfes
Waterfalls in Nymfes

Then this is the village to visit, to see the traditional old customs and learn the fairytales that are connected with the landscape.

In the majestic waterfalls the secret story of the area is still alive, here the mythological Nymphes were living, so the village took their name, Nymfes is the place of the mermaids or Nymphes.

For a more personalized experience, you could also try a private tour with a guided option. You’ll get to explore more of Corfu’s detailed history and culture. You could also get an olive oil-tasting tour for a more authentic experience. Shore excursions are also available, but make sure you read the reviews before picking one.

Conclusion

Visit Corfu for its amazing experiences, cool trips, outstanding cuisine, and the best time of your life! Don’t forget to pack sunglasses, towels, and bathing suits. Bonne voyage!

The Ideal Time To Visit Greece And The Greek Islands

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Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 09:51 pm

When to visit Greece?

A Boat at Santorini
Photo by Victoria Bragg on Unsplash

With stunning landscapes and beautiful beaches, it’s no wonder that Greece and the Greek Islands are popular holiday destinations, especially during the peak summer season.

It’s one of those traditional places where you can just imagine you’re always going to have a great time. Soak up some sun. Spend some time on the beach. Do a bit of exploring. Greece is one of those places that really seems to have it all.

While this kind of typical summer vacation can seem a bit generic, Greece is far more than this in every single sense. Depending on the type of holiday you’re looking for and what you plan to do, there may even be better times to visit.

Here’s a guide to the best times to visit Greece to help you plan your perfect vacation!

If You’re Looking for The Best Weather

Late afternoon in Greece
Photo by Daan Huttinga on Unsplash

You can confidently visit Greece any time from May to mid-October. July and August are usually the hottest months, with temperatures getting very high, sometimes well above 40 degrees Celsius!

Be mindful of the strong winds coming from the north Aegean Sea, most often between mid-July to mid-September.

If You’re Looking for Beaches and Swimming

A beach in Greece
Photo by George Prentzas on Unsplash

During the winter months, the water temperature can get quite cold. If you’re hoping to do some sunbathing, then any time from June to September will be great.

The water temperature increases during the summer months, being at its warmest during August and early September. If you want to avoid tourists, but still enjoy the beaches, aim for mid to late June or late September.

The Best Time to Visit for Sightseeing

Erehtheion
Photo by Arthur Yeti on Unsplash

During the peak season, Greece and the islands get very busy due to the influx of tourists. This, combined with high temperatures, can make sightseeing difficult.

“Instead, if sightseeing is your aim, schedule your visit either for April to mid-May or from October to mid-November. The milder weather will be ideal for walking and the price of accommodation is likely to be cheaper” says John York, a travel blogger at Academic Brits.

The Best Times for Island Adventures

A shipwreck on the beach
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During the off-peak season, some of the islands can come to a complete standstill. As such, if your aim is to island-hop during your trip to Greece, book your trip for between May to October, avoiding August if possible.

The islands of Mykonos and Santorini in particular can get very busy, so make sure that you book your accommodation at least 3 to 6 months in advance.

If You Want to Save Money

A port on a Greek island
Photo by Gaetano Cessati on Unsplash

If you’re on a tight budget, try to visit Greece during the low season, between December to March. The downside of this can be that some of the tourist infrastructure, such as restaurants, may be closed.

Things such as food, drink, and transport prices tend to be the same throughout the year. However, hotel prices can significantly increase during the peak season.

A good alternative is to visit during the shoulder months (April, May, October, and November) when hotel prices are cheaper.

Looking for a Party?

Bridge in Greek island
Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash

The nightlife in Greece is a goldmine in itself; a haven if you will. You can listen to internationally acclaimed live DJs and dance the night away to your heart’s content.

The best nightlife and parties tend to be during July and August, with Mykonos, Santorini, Paros, and Ios being the preferred destination for many tourists.

However, you can also find great nightlife in Santorini from late May through to the start of October and the nightlife in Mykonos during late June or early September also tends to be good.

For Skiing

Skiing at Parnassos
Photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash

You may not immediately think of Greece for a skiing holiday, but Greece actually has a range of fantastic ski resorts.

The Greek ski season tends to begin in December and, depending on how much snow has fallen, can sometimes last through to May. January tends to be the best month for a Greek ski holiday.

Resorts, such as Mount Parnassus near Arachova, tend to be particularly popular as they are within a few hours of Athens and Delphi, making them ideal destinations for a day trip.

For Visiting Athens

Night in Athens
Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Athens is great all year round, but the spring and autumn months provide the best of the warm weather with the tourist infrastructure.

Visiting Athens in August can also be a good idea as most people tend to head to the coast, leaving Athens less busy.

Vacations to Greece Broken Down by Seasons

Greece’s climate and vacation seasons can be broken down into three main groups. There’s high season, ‘shoulder season’ in the middle, and then what is known as the low season.

The High season is the peak season for tourism. This season spans the months of around mid-June to mid-September and is when you’ll find the hottest temperatures, the most tourists, and the highest prices.

However, these are all good things, believe it or not. The high season is when everything is in full swing, all the attractions are open, and all the resorts are yours to enjoy to their full potential.

The shoulder season falls on either side of the high season, between the months of April to Mid-June, and then Mid-September through to October.

Many will claim this is by far the best time to visit Greece because the temperatures are cooler, the prices are cheaper, and there are fewer people around, but everywhere is still beautiful, open, and accessible!

Finally, the low season. The low season spans the months of November through to March and is classed as the winter months, although winter in most parts of Greece is still pretty mild compared to the country’s European counterparts.

It may rain and be a bit dark most days, maybe even snow during the colder months, but everything is cheap and affordable, and quiet, so it may be worth checking out if this is what you’re into.

Conclusion

Greece is a fantastic destination to visit all year round. However, if you can, avoid visiting during August, when Greece and the islands tend to be at their busiest with tourists, high temperatures, and more expensive accommodation.

If possible, aim for the shoulder months, where you can still enjoy the best of the weather and all that Greece has to offer, alongside cheaper hotels.

AUTHOR
Michael Dehoyos works as a professional travel blogger and editor for Ph.D. Kingdom and Next Coursework, working closely with companies of all sizes to improve their marketing strategy concepts.
He has also contributed to numerous websites and publications. In his spare time, Michael enjoys traveling and immersing himself in the culture and traditions of the places he visits.

10 Great Movies That Were Filmed In Corfu Island

Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 08:45 pm

What better way to film a movie is on Corfu Island in Greece. With the picturesque natural vistas of Corfu, many film producers have seen the potential in this beautiful island, making it somehow an important (and talked about) figure in high-profile and blockbuster movies.

Here are the 10 lucky movies that got to film on Corfu Island:

1. Fedora (1978)

Fedora-1978
Fedora-1978

Down on his luck, a Hollywood producer sees a chance to rise back to stardom. But first, he must lure a famous yet reclusive actress out of retirement, in order to revitalize his career.

Extensive location shooting took place around Corfu and Madouri, in conjunction with Bavaria Studios in Munich and the Billancourt Studios in Paris, director Billy Wilder does a fantastic job with this movie, and the relationship between Willian Holden and Marthe Keller is a joy to experience.

2. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

For Your Eyes Only-1981
For Your Eyes Only-1981

When agent James Bond, played by the legendary Roger Moore, is assigned to find a missing British vessel, he must do so quickly, since the vessel is equipped with a weapons encryption device. Should he fail, his enemy would possess this dangerous weapon.

Principal photography started on Corfu at the Villa Sylva at Kanoni (above Corfu Town), which acted as the movie’s Spanish villa. In addition, director John Glen opted to use the local slopes and olive trees for the chase scene between Melina’s Citroën 2CV and Gonzales’ men in Peugeot 504s, of which lasted for over twelve days.

3. The Burglars (Le Casse) (1971)

The Burglars(Le Casse)-1971
The Burglars(Le Casse)-1971

This film follows a group of professional burglars planning an emerald heist from a gem collector’s home. However, they’re being tracked by corrupt Greek police inspector Abel Zacharia, played by Omar Sharif, who was best known for his role as Sheriff Ali in Lawrence of Arabia.

A remake of the 1957 film with Jayne Mansfield, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Dyan Cannon, and Robert Hossein as the Bulgars.

With a funny and unrealistic storyline and characters, this film is worthy of being shot in Corfu, along with special locations in Athens and Paris.

4. Hired To Kill (1990)

Hired To Kill-1990
Hired To Kill-1990

A group of mercenaries pose as a modeling group and fashion photographer, and travel to a South American island fortress to do a “fashion shoot.” Their main agenda is to free an imprisoned rebel leader.

This is a really fun watch and a unique storyline that I love, but filming the movie itself didn’t come without its struggles.

The filming took place mainly in Corfu, where it was reported that stuntman Clint C. Carpenter had died from a helicopter stunt gone wrong. Despite the tragedy, the film went on to display Corfu at its finest” says David Brooke, a lifestyle writer at UK Writings.

5. Pronto (1997)

Pronto-1997
Pronto-1997

Peter Falk is a Miami Beach bookie who finds himself in trouble with his mob bosses for unknown reasons. As a result, he decides to retire and relocate to Greece. But when he invites his girlfriend to join him, he suspects that his enemies would follow her to him.

This film was filmed in Corfu, which helped bring out the story’s beach scenes, along with the action scenes.

A super funny movie for its time, some may say this is one of the best Elmore Leonard adaptations there is!

6. The Executioner (1970)

The Executioner-1970
The Executioner-1970

A British Intelligence Agent, played by George Peppard, suspects that one of his colleagues is a double agent. But when his agency doesn’t believe him, he has no choice but to kill the double agent.

Besides London, Athens, and Istanbul, Corfu is the most notable place to film this movie’s action scenes.

7. The Girl From Corfu (1956)

The Girl From Corfu-1956
The Girl From Corfu-1956

I mean, the title says it all. Two young girls from Corfu go to live with their rich uncle in Athens. Their uncle, in return, transforms them into city girls to make them marriage-worthy.

This Greek production was filmed by a Greek studio with pretty much an all-Greek cast, with the unforgettable Rena Vlachopoulou as the main character, and has taken advantage of the sceneries in Corfu, where Rena was really born.

Highly rated, although it does feel super dated now.

8. Apollo Goes On Holiday (1968) – Or Operation Apollo in Greek

Apollo Goes On Holiday-1968
Apollo Goes On Holiday-1968

Prince Jan falls for a beautiful tour guide named Elena, and he poses as a humble visitor to join the tour group. But once the two fall in love, the prince must choose between his royal duties and her.

Elena Nathanael was a beauty and a remarkable actress who died on March 4, 2008, aged 61.

With a fantastic place like Corfu, it fits this story well, as the prince falls for the tour guide, and tries to keep his identity a secret. In other words, romance and wonder are best suited in Corfu.

9. The Greek Tycoon (1978)

The Greek Tycoon-1978
The Greek Tycoon-1978

The film follows the aging Greek Theo Tomasis(Aristotelis Onassis), a rags-to-riches man who according to the scenario longs to be elected President of Greece, although this does not correspond to reality. He also falls for Liz Cassidy, a beautiful woman mourning the loss of her husband, the assassinated President of the United States.

Anthony Quinn and Jacklin Bisset fit perfectly into the roles of Aristotle Onassis and Jackie Kennedy.

The film was shot in multiple locations, including Corfu.

10. My Family And Other Animals (2005)

My Family And Other Animals-2005
My Family And Other Animals-2005

This film follows the Durrell family – Lawrence Durrell, Leslie Durrell, Margaret Durrell, and Gerald Durrell, and their mother Louisa Durrell – as they spend three years on the Greek island of Corfu, in a series of villas. As the family indulges in their varying interests, each of their lives evolves into something that they might not have expected.

Filmed in Corfu – the main location of this film – My Family and Other Animals is told through the eyes of Gerald Durrell, who was aged 10-14 when these events had happened during his family’s stay in Corfu.

Conclusion

As you can see, it’s no wonder that Corfu is one of the best places to film a movie – blockbuster or no. In fact, Corfu, with its wondrous landscapes and settings, there are currently no plans for filming there to stop.
So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show with one or all 10 of these films!

AUTHOR

Kristin Herman is a writer and editor at Academized. As a freelance travel writer, she blogs about her latest adventures across the globe, giving viewers advice on how to travel safely.

9 Greek Desserts & Dishes You Have To Taste

Last updated on May 29th, 2022 at 07:28 pm

One of the things that draw me back to Greece time and again, aside from the sunshine, culture, and friendly people, is the food.

 

The Greeks know how to eat, and the freshest ingredients are combined with an indulgent flare to create hearty, rustic dishes that you’ll be raving about.

Mezze, the Greek small-plate tradition, allows for plenty of experimentation, and of course, with 8500 miles of coastline, you’ll discover some fantastic seafood.

Here are eight of my favorite Greek dishes that you have to try.

1) Taramosalata

Taramosalata
Taramosalata

This mouth-watering dip is always a huge hit when it comes out to the table.

Greek dining experiences are built around sharing food, so it’s not unusual to see a table jam-packed with small plates – this is known as mezze – and everyone reaching over each other to get to their favorites!

The unique food culture of Greece is so wrapped up in community and family, and taramasalata evokes all these things for me.

Tarama is the Greek word for cured cod roe and this forms the base of the dip. Combined with quality Greek olive oil and flavored with lemon juice and garlic, the result is a creamy and moreish dip that’s perfect for spreading on bread or dipping sweet crispy carrots and other vegetables.

2) Dolmades

Dolmades
Dolmades

Dolmades are sometimes known to Western audiences as grape leaves or vine leaves, and these bite-size morsels come perfectly sized.

The Greeks don’t let any part of the grape plant go to waste, and as the grapes themselves are being turned into fine red wine, the vine leaves are parceling up a mixture of herby rice and other ingredients.

Always oily and always delicious, sometimes dolmades consist of nothing more than a bite of perfectly cooked rice filled with dill and lemon juice.

At other times you’ll find minced lamb, beef, and pork packaged up. Dolmades can be dipped in the yoghurty dip tzatziki, and as with many Greek favorites these are perfect for sharing.

3) Baklava

Baklava - Only a piece!
Baklava – Only a piece!

The reigning king of Greek desserts, baklava is a firm favorite across the region and its popularity extends into Romania to the north and Turkey to the east.

Folded layers of crispy phyllo pastry, filled with sticky syrup or honey, packed with nuts, and flavored with cinnamon, baklava is always an irresistible treat after a big Greek feed.

The whole table will be eager to get stuck in as its sweet cinnamon aroma fills the room.

4) Moussaka

A portion of Mousaka
A portion of Mousaka

Moussaka is a Greek dish that has made its way into kitchens around the world and it’s now a firm favorite outside of Greece.

Yet an authentic moussaka, served up steaming hot in a Greek taverna, is hard to beat for me.

This is rustic and hearty fare – food for hard-workers, and if you’ve got achy feet from exploring the Parthenon in the noon-day sun, sit back and enjoy a big dish of moussaka. You’ll have earned it.

Moussaka consists of layers of eggplant and minced lamb, combined with onions, garlic, tomato, and spices including cinnamon.

This layered dish is topped with a creamy bechamel sauce to create an Athenian take on the lasagne.

Don’t forget to ask for the recipe because this can be recreated at home to relive the flavors of Greece.

5) Saganaki

Saganaki
Saganaki

This classic Greek starter is a great excuse for a little indulgence.

Saganaki consists of fried cheese cooked into a crispy state, and the combination of a snappy outer layer and the gooey insides will always kickstart your appetite.

Saganaki is found all over Greece and it’s so popular it’s simply named after the small pan in which the cheese is fried. The pan and the dish have become inseparable.

Saganaki can be made with feta or halloumi, and sometimes you’ll find it cooked with shrimp, tomato, or topped with sliced cucumber.

This is a simple, versatile dish and there are many regional variations, but ultimately, it’s all about the cheese. A squeeze of fresh lemon on top gives it a tart kick. This will become your staple starter!

6) Loukoumades

Loukoumades
Loukoumades

Donuts may not be what springs to mind when you think of an athlete’s diet, but the history of loukoumades – crispy, rustic Greek donuts – tells a different story.

These sweet desserts are first documented as fuel for the Olympians almost 3000 years ago. But whether you’ve spent your day taming lions, javelin throwing, or simply sight-seeing, loukoumades are for you.

These are dough balls fried until they’re crisp and golden and usually flavored with cinnamon and sugar for a delectable treat.

You’ll spot these all over Athens from street food stalls, and you’re never likely to be too far from a loukoumades vendor.

7) Octopus

Grilled Octopus
Grilled Octopus

Octopus is popular all over the world, but the Greek’s emphasis on freshness makes it an unmissable experience for your time in Greece.

Fished from the Ionian and the Aegean, the Greeks pride themselves on sea-to-table service and most likely you’ll be eating octopus fished that morning by local fishermen.

Octopus is usually grilled, giving it a barbecue feel and the tough flesh becomes succulent and delicious as it’s licked by flames.

Seek out the classic fish taverns known as psarotavernes for a quintessential Greek octopus experience.

Another way to cook Octopus is the one used in Corfu, it is called Octopus Bourdeto.

Nothing to do with grilling, but is cooked with onions and lots of red pepper with potatoes. It’s a dish with a unique taste.

8) Fresh Fish

Mixed Seafood
Mixed Seafood

This one may not be a specific dish, but I would encourage you to take advantage of that and try the variations on the theme.

Fresh fish in Greece is a spectacular experience and you’ll find the freshest fish cooked to perfection time and again.

Freshly caught fish are inexpensive along the Greek coastline and topped with herbs, and lemon, you’ll remember the fish you eat in Greece for your whole life.

9) Bourdeto

Bourdeto Scorpions
Bourdeto Scorpions

Fish of the deep Mediterranean sea as Scorpions can be cooked in the traditional Corfiot way, Bourdeto, the same as Octopus, a very spicy and tasteful dish.

The Mediterranean flavors of Greek cuisine are mouth-watering and the combination of freshness, thanks to ingredients such as dill and lemon combine so well with hearty fare.

The mezze culture of Greek cooking makes every meal a communal experience. Yamas!

Ashley Halsey
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Ashley Halsey is a writer at https://Luckyassignments.com. She loves food, travel, and more than anything the combination of these two things. She sees food as offering a unique insight into place and culture, as well as an opportunity to indulge her sweet tooth.

Bataria and Pipitos Beaches in Kassiopi Corfu

Last updated on June 10th, 2022 at 05:49 pm

Beaches around Kassiopi

Bataria and Pipitos are the most famous beaches at the Northeastern tip of Corfu island. This area shares the same geology as Erimitis, after all, it is in the same part of Corfu, with many small bays and perhaps the clearest waters on the island.

Therefore here we can find some beautiful pebble beaches in small isolated coves scattered all around the area.

  • 1) Bataria Beach

    Bataria beach Kassiopi
    Bataria beach Kassiopi | By Andrew Buchanan on Unsplash

    There is a small road that barely fits one large car, starting from the left side of the port, this road goes around the northern peninsula and leads to the first nice small beach of Bataria, near the north tip, north of the village.

    Bataria is an idyllic pebble beach, partially organized with sunbeds & umbrellas. Some people describe it as a piece ripped from paradise because the site is peaceful, and the waters are incredibly clear and colored in an amazing blue-azure

  • 2) Kanoni Beach

    At the north tip.
    Very small, very beautiful, with crystal clear waters in an amazing place. These are only some of the words you can use to describe this gem.

    People visiting this place stay speechless and fall in love with it.

  • 3) Pipitos Beach

    On the west coast of the base of the north peninsula, exactly across Bataria beach there is Pipitos.

    Pipitos beach is not less beautiful, In fact, it’s in contrast with Bataria for being equal or even better.

    The same clear and azure waters can be found here too. The beach is reached by some steps from the main road.

  • 4) Kalamionas

    Kalamionas beach Kassiopi
    Kalamionas beach Kassiopi | By Andrew Buchanan on Unsplash

    Shortly before the main road and at the West of Kassiopi, there is the beach of Kalamionas.

    A slightly larger beach and slightly less beautiful and more organized with lots of small shops, cafes, and bars.

    The name came from Kalamia, which means reed, obviously should be a reed that existed around there years ago.

  • 5) Imerolia

    It is the larger beach of Kassiopi, on the west side of the main resort, between Kalamionas beach and the football field of Kassiopi.

    The beach runs parallel to the main road that leads to the rest of the north part of Corfu.

    Imeroria beach is easily accessible and fully organized with water sports, sunbeds and umbrellas, and of course clear waters.

How to come to Kassiopi

Kassiopi is found at a distance of 36 km from the center of the island and therefore is not the easier place to visit.

But there is a dedicated green bus route from Corfu town to the village couple of times daily.

Also, you can hire your own car or bike and take your time to visit it and leave anytime you like.

Finally, Don’t forget that from many other resorts in Corfu there are boat trips to the north tip of Corfu, it is another way to combine your visit to Kassiopi with a mini daily cruise.

In brief

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