Greece

Barbayanni is one of the best known brands of Lesvos ouzo

DISCOVERING OUZO

The pines cast a dappled shade on our table and the cool sea is lapping at our feet, the rumble of pebbles drowned by the ecstatic chirping of the cicadas. "There is one thing Westerners won't ever get about us Greeks," says our host, dreamily, while a waitress approaches our table, an overloaded tray in her hands.

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 17:47
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ТОП 10 ХРАНИ И НАПИТКИ, КОИТО ОПРЕДЕЛЯТ ВКУСА НА ГЪРЦИЯ

За нас е станало всекидневие да използваме гръцки зехтин у дома или да си поръчваме панирани калмари в ресторанта, но истината е, че гръцката кухня е несравнимо по-вкусна, когато сме в Гърция. Може би е нещо във въздуха, в атмосферата или в начина на приготвянето, но такива са фактите - дори маслините каламата са по-апетитни, когато ги ядем в някоя таверна на Бяло море. Тук ви предлагаме субективен и далеч неизчерпателен списък на храните и напитките, които правят ваканцията в Гърция още по-хубава.

1. Салата хориатики

Thu, 08/27/2020 - 15:18
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ТОП 10 СКРИТИ СЪКРОВИЩА НА ГЪРЦИЯ

Всеки интелигентен човек е способен да изброи поне пет места и забележителности в Гърция със световна слава (особено, ако следва популярните инфлуенсъри в социалните мрежи). Но страната предлага много повече от Акропола, Санторини, Корфу, Делфи и Миконос. За онези, които искат да отидат отвъд онова, което са виждали на милиони вдъхновяващи снимки в Инстаграм предлагаме 10 скрити съкровища. Всяко от тях може да бъде посетено по време на лятната ваканция на гръцкото крайбрежие.

1. Монашеската република на Атон

Mon, 08/17/2020 - 13:26
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10 ГРЪЦКИ ОСТРОВА, КОИТО ДА ПОСЕТИМ ПРЕЗ 2020

Гърция нямаше да бъде Гърция, ако ги нямаше островите. Разпилени сред сините води на Егейско, Средиземно и Йонийско море, те са мозайка от различни истории, култури, пейзажи и кулинарни традиции, които са се преплитали на тях през вековете. След края на карантината пътуването с ферибот в Гърция вече е възможно - отличен момент да тръгнем на откривателско пътешествие. Единственото, което трябва да направим, е да имаме отрицателен PCR тест и да изберем накъде да тръгнем. Предвид богатия избор, второто не е лесно, но ето няколко идеи.

Sun, 08/02/2020 - 13:41
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GREECE: WHERE TRAINS GO TO DIE

We have written extensively, with justification, about the many charms of Thessaloniki. A short drive from Bulgaria, the second largest city in Greece abounds with pleasures for both body and the soul. Excellent restaurants and charming cafés, a marvellous seaside promenade and atmospheric central streets, a lively openair market selling everything from olives to icons. Add the late-Roman ruins, Byzantine churches, Ottoman monuments, museums, bars, cultural events... You name it, Thessaloniki has it.

Fri, 07/03/2020 - 10:45
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FTHIOTIDA, GREECE: A SAFE, ACCESSIBLE AND HIGH-QUALITY DESTINATION FOR SUMMER VACATION IN 2020

Domestic scientific and healthcare human capital’s efficiency in tackling the virus’s spread has made Greece as one of the safer destinations, in which everybody can spend their holidays, a vacation time that will not be deployed under usual norms. The imminent tourism season may facilitate the promotion of an array of forms of tourism, Central Greece and especially its heartland Fthiotida (regional unity) can certainly provide. 

Wed, 06/17/2020 - 12:10
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GREECE: EDESSA

Many cities are situated on famous rivers or seas, but Edessa, in northern Greece, was founded on waterfalls.

Edessa sits on the edge of one of the easternmost outcrops of the Pindus mountains, where streams and rivulets jump through thick greenery and fantastically shaped rocks. Water has been its defining feature since the very beginning, as evident in its Greek and Bulgarian names. Both Edessa and Voden mean Water City.

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 07:41
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LESBOS: GREEK ISLAND OF DISCOVERY PROFFERS POETRY, OUZO AND MUCH TO EXPLORE

In popular imagination, Lesbos is associated with Sappho, the ancient Greek poetess who composed enchanting love poems inspired by and dedicated to other women. In recent decades, this has resulted in a steady stream of LGBT visitors to Eressos, the village on the south shore of Lesbos where Sappho was born. An enchanting place in its own right, its tiny houses are enfolded in the hills above a wonderful beach, a place of pure relaxation that busts into activity during the Sappho Women Eressos Festival in September.

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 07:58
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DIMITRIOS CHRONOPOULOS & EFI KATOPI

If there is a single trick to open up people's hearts and minds for Greece and things Greek it is Portokalopita, the deliciously different Greek pastry which combines in almost neoclassical proportions shredded phyllo with orange and cinnamon syrup to keep it beautifully moist. Dimitrios Chronopoulos, the new Greek ambassador in Sofia, must have known this, and his wife, Efi, is ready with her excellent Portokalopita the moment we sit down for a sip of Greek coffee at the comely Greek Residence in Central Sofia.

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 09:38
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WALKING THROUGH FOREST OF STONE

T-Rexes and diplodocs, pterodactyls and megalodons. These are the first things we usually think of when contemplating the distant past of our Earth, of the times when strange creatures roamed continents and oceans that are now only a distant geological memory. Fascinated by these giants of the past, we often miss the larger picture. These animals did not live in a vacuum. They inhabited an environment dominated by plants that they used for food and shelter.

Mon, 12/23/2019 - 09:13
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CHALKIDIKI FEVER

Every year, come a long weekend and the start of the holiday season, the Bulgarian media focus on this nation's border crossings with Greece, and start counting the cars in the queues. Ordinary Bulgarians, for their part, start filling their Facebook and Instagram pages with photos of beaches, ice coffee and tables groaning under the weight of plates of Kalamari and Horiatiki salad, and glasses of Ouzo and Retsina.

Tue, 09/03/2019 - 08:40
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SPELL OF SPETSES SURVIVES

The villa on the hill looks as un-Greek as I expected from the quote of its most famous guest, an English author once declared to be one of the most important writers in the English language. The building is too far from the road to see in detail, yet I find myself trying to discern the distant music of a virginal coming from the abode of a mysterious man who seemingly posses inner knowledge of and power over humanity's dark side.

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 17:01
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THESSALONIKI WINTER BLISS

Winter with its cold, ice and smog can be overwhelming in Bulgaria. Thankfully, there is a quick solution: Thessaloniki.

The second largest city in Greece is a five-hour drive from Sofia, and has everything you might crave in the harsh Balkan winter. The weather is balmier. There is no ice. The sea breeze wafts in fresh air and the ideal conditions to relax, unbutton your coat and breathe freely.

Sun, 12/23/2018 - 11:23
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FAR FROM SUMMER CROWDS IN GREECE

While you speed westwards on the Egnatia Odos highway in Greece towards the port of Igoumenitsa with its ferries, you are passing by places that deserve more than just reading their names on the roadsigns and then forgetting them.

North of the highway you will find several towns deserving of a detour because of their situation and interesting history.

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:32
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FROM VENDETTAS TO HEAVEN

Bees are buzzing around the dragon flowers sprouting from the stone walls of a three-storey tower. Old and weathered, the tower rises amid quiet lanes scorched by the sun. A couple of elderly men are eyeing us from the shadows of the nearby tavern.

"Orea," say the men.

"Einai para poli orea," we answer. Indeed, the tower is beautiful. There are several more around, remains from the days when exploring the Mani, the middle leg of the Peloponnese Peninsula, was not that easy.

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 13:42
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ATHENS NEVER CEASES TO AWE

It is a place of ancient monuments and of drab, unremarkable post-1940s streets with white houses and greying apartment buildings, with bustling street traffic and elderly people slowly strolling along. There are tourist traps and tavernas that seem unchanged since  the 1960s, intelligent graffiti and classical monuments which laid the foundation of Western art, among the pestering pigeons and of the pageantry of the Evzones national guard.

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:12
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GO GREECE, FOR THE SUMMER

Only 190-kilometre drive separate Sofia from Kulata, the most popular border crossing with Greece. The country is blessed with Mediterranean climate. The summer is hot, sunny and dry, and it is more than guaranteed that the weather will not suddenly turn bad for several days in a row during your vacation – the average number of sunny days in the country is 250. As a result of concurrence of geographical and historical circumstances, Greece has a coastline of 13,676 km – incomparably more than Bulgaria's 354-kilometre Black Sea coast.

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 06:25
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