Greece is more than sea and sun. We are happy to reveal the most surprising locations and activities, away from the beaten track.
Did you know that Greece also has 18 ski areas? And that the first Tintin film was shot there?
As many as 100 bloggers traveled to 100 Greek destinations during the 'I Love Greece' project. In this brochure you can read our travel tips inspired by these destinations.
Discover our recommendations for a cultural, culinary or wellness holiday. You can also read great suggestions for vacations with the whole family.
Are you someone who likes to go on adventures, explore untouched nature, or wander through beautiful cities? Whatever your ideal holiday looks like, you can indulge yourself in Greece
… the first Tintin film was set in a Greek "floating" monastery?
In 1961 the Trinity Monastery of Meteora appeared in "Tintin and the Secret of the Golden Fleece," the very first Tintin film with real actors. Today you can still visit 7 of the 24 Meteora monasteries. The structures are balanced like eagles' nests on top of the stunning vertical rock formations.
… Dutch is full of Greek words?
The Greek roots of words like "democracy", "library" and "alphabet" are obvious, but
the Greek influence on our language goes further than you think. Our word "cosmos" for "universe" actually means "terrestrial world" in Greek.
… Greece has 18 ski areas?
Skiing where you would never expect it ... Greece has no fewer than 18 ski areas with slopes for both beginners and experts alike. A particularly special experience is the ski resort in Kalavryta, where you can ski with a view of the sea.
… not Athens, but Nafplio, was the first capital of Greece?
During the Greek War of Independence between 1821 and 1829, the Greeks managed to tear themselves out from under Ottoman rule. Once they became independent in 1929, Nafplio, which had served as the center of the resistance, was appointed as the capital. It was not until the country became a kingdom in 1933 that King Otto I decided to move his government to Athens.
… Chios liqueur is a protected product?
On the south of the island of Chios, liqueur is made from Mastiha resin. The liqueur is protected and may only be manufactured there. Although the mastiha tree is found in other Mediterranean areas, only the resin from the trees on Chios can be used for production. The tapping of the thick drops of resin is very particular process.
… Greece has 534 internationally approved beaches?
Only beaches that meet strict conditions receive a blue flag from the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). This way you and your family can be sure of clean beaches, excellent quality swimming water and well-equipped first aid stations.
… you cannot find more officially recognized hot springs anywhere else in Europe?
Greece has no fewer than 20 officially recognized thermal springs, more than any other European country. From Crete to Chalkidiki to the Greek islands to the Peloponnese you can visit beautiful spa hotels and wellness resorts.
… 20,000 village festivals take place every summer?
During the Greek folk festivals - the so-called "panigyri" - the Greeks honor their local saints. The 20,000 celebrations held over the summer range from religious celebrations to more niche festivities, like garlic or watermelon festivals.