Psyrri, Athens


WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 133352 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2022-04-26 12:25:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-04-26 12:25:13 [post_content] =>   Getting active can be just as much a part of holidays in Greece as the beach time that we all know and love. And best of all, it gives us the opportunity to visit some of the most popular Greek islands outside the hottest and most popular months. So with spring in the air, or as an idea for a late-summer or autumn treat, we’re sharing with you some of our favourite sports on Greek islands. They’re designed to give you a little inspiration to try out something new and make you see Greece in a whole new light.  

Rediscover Zakynthos as a diving paradise

White beaches, sea turtles and a party atmosphere … so far, so familiar when it comes to describing Zante (or Zakynthos). But here’s where things change as we introduce you to scuba diving in the amazing underwater world of one of Greece’s favourite islands in the Ionian Sea. Zante is home to a National Marine Park in Laganas bay, established for the protection of the protected Caretta caretta sea turtles which lay their eggs here and on other beaches in Greece. So you know what you’ll be keeping an eye out for as you enjoy all the marine life in Zante’s famously clear water at dive sites like Lakka. There’s a whole world of fascinating underwater features to explore, including tunnels and caves. And you don’t need to be a scuba diving expert to enjoy them.  

Are you ready to try out kitesurfing in Paros?

With winds that blow strong and steady, Paros is an ideal destination for kite-surfers. In fact, the famous Cycladic isle (another Greek island with a reputation for enjoying a good time) has become one of the hottest kite-surfing spots in Europe (it’s been hosting international tournaments for years), even though its love of waterborne adrenaline is still a well-kept secret beyond kite-surfing aficionados. The consistency and strength of the prevailing northerly winds are often ideal, whether you’re an expert looking to hone your kite-surfing skills or trying out the sport out for the first time. There is no shortage of kite-surfing spots in Paros, from Golden Beach and New Golden Beach to Santa Maria and Pounda Bay.  

Go kayaking in the Sporades… a lifetime experience

Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos... the three lush Greek islands that make up the Sporades island chain. If that means anything to you, you’ll already be picturing some of Greece’s most wonderful beaches and a background of emerald-green pine trees and cerulean skies. Well, keep that setting in mind and now add yourself kayaking along the coastline of any of the islands, stopping to snorkel in sea caves and have a cooling dip. There are kayaking holidays that incorporate multiple Sporades islands or even kayaking between the small, uninhabited islands of Alonissos Marine Park, featuring more than 80 types of bird (from tiny warblers to cormorants, gulls and eagles) and 300 species of fish, along with the increasingly rare Mediterranean Monk Seal – so-called because of its love of isolation.


Choose a different hiking path every day on Tinos

Tinos is one of the closest Cyclades islands to Athens, which makes it easily accessible all year round and a perfect choice for hiking enthusiasts. The fact that you’ll find an extensive network of hiking trails crisscrossing the island is the cherry on the cake. There are an incredible 300km of hiking paths in Tinos (originally shepherd’s trails and paths between otherwise isolated settlements), of which around 150km have been marked out by local enthusiasts and experience providers. Some go in a loop and others follow the coast, taking you past dams, archaeological sites, monasteries, folk museums, a Venetian castle, dozens of dovecotes and even spherical boulders whose origin remains a mystery. You could spend a week on Tinos and choose a different hiking route each day.   Tempted to find out more or even try any of our outdoor activities on Greek islands for yourself? Feel free to get in touch at [post_title] => Sun, sea and outdoor activities on Greek islands [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => sun-sea-outdoor-activities-greek-islands [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-04-26 13:43:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-04-26 13:43:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => news [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )
Sun, sea and outdoor activities on Greek islands
Sun, sea and outdoor activities on Greek islands
WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 132788 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2021-11-23 13:39:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-11-23 13:39:56 [post_content] =>   With the support of Grand Sponsors COSMOTE and in partnership with AEGEAN and Eurobank and under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Digital Governance Addressing the international trend of Digital Nomads, Marketing Greece has launched a new initiative encouraging remote workers to choose Greece as their workplace. With the support of Grand Sponsors COSMOTE and in partnership with AEGEAN and Eurobank, the campaign is operating under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Digital Governance, inviting Digital Nomads to transform their work life into a lifetime experience. With the famed climate, lifestyle, authentic experiences, and Mediterranean diet constituting competitive advantages for Greece, Work From Greece highlights the country’s unique qualities as an ideal destination for remote workers, as well as offering practical information on how to make the move, including securing a Digital Nomad Visa. Through, the international community of Digital Nomads is being presented with an open invitation to move their workspace to Greece by:
  • Providing useful information that answers their main questions about living in Greece
  • Encouraging them to imagine their professional daily life in Greece through inspirational travel content
  • Inviting them to connect with the communities of remote workers that already exist in various destinations in Greece
  • Feeding them with testimonials from Digital Nomads already living and working in Greece
  • Strengthening the concept of community through the power of Social Media and the creation of dedicated digital channels on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
The platform aims to become a hub, not just for the Digital Nomad community thinking about or already living in the country but also for the growing ecosystem of companies providing services to remote workers in Greece (including co-living and co-working spaces). At the same time, to help attract Digital Nomads to Greece, is offering rights-free digital content through a Content Kit*. A series of videos is being made available (Your office view| Your open-space office | Your conference room| Your after-work drinks), transposing popular workplace terms onto classic urban and island settings in Greece, creating the connection between regular office life and aspirational scenes of everyday living and the feeling of being in Greece.
*The video content must be used in its entirety and unaltered.
“Digital Nomads are a dynamic and up-and-coming community that will continue to grow, even when the current environment stabilises. The emerging opportunity for Greece can be a powerful vehicle for attracting interest, and achieving it requires a collective effort – from the active participation of the public sector and the contribution of destinations in creating or strengthening infrastructure to the cooperative nature of communities and the development of Greek tourism initiatives. In this initiative, we have the significant support of COSMOTE as a Grand Sponsor, as well as our partners AEGEAN and Eurobank, who are once again assisting our work. We would like to thank them for their continued support,” said Ioanna Dretta , CEO of Marketing Greece. “The coverage and reliability of networks, both mobile and fixed-line, are a fundamental criterion of this new generation of remote workers when choosing the physical location of their digital activities. With state-of-the-art technologies, such as 5G and Fiber to the Home, COSMOTE has developed high-quality infrastructure throughout Greece, which is an incentive to attract Digital Nomads. The new generation networks give impetus to the Greek economy, create prospects for digital development and contribute to the creation of a better world for all,” said George Onopas, Fixed & Mobile Access Network DevOps Director at OTE Group of Companies (HTO). [post_title] => Work From Greece: A new initiative by Marketing Greece for Digital Nomads [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => work-from-greece-a-new-initiative-by-marketing-greece-for-digital-nomads [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-23 13:41:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-23 13:41:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => news [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )
Work From Greece: A new initiative by Marketing Greece for Digital Nomads
Work From Greece: A new initiative by Marketing Greece for Digital Nomads
WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 132739 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2021-11-12 06:57:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-11-12 06:57:38 [post_content] => Only 10km separate the bustling city centre of Athens with Piraeus, the largest port of the eastern Mediterranean and a city in itself that remains a bit of a mystery – even to many Athenians. But those in the know will tell you how Piraeus works its mojo, not just as a vibrant port but also as a destination in its own right, encouraging visitors to explore its markets, bars, squares, yacht marinas and gourmet restaurants, as well as its neoclassical buildings and spice-filled bazaars. It’s a city that invites you to walk its streets like a local, discovering pockets of unexpected architectural beauty. Need proof? Well, there’s the Municipal Theatre, a symbol of Piraeus, built in 1884 and one of the most important theatrical buildings in Greece. Then there’s the Naval Academy, designed by the famous architect Ernst Ziller; the Hatzikyriakeio, built in 1897; and Piraeus Metro Station, with its huge arched roof. This is where the train from Athens terminates, on a line inaugurated in 1930 by one of Greece’s most important historical figures, Eleftherios Venizelos.
Municipal Theater
Photo Credits: Alexios Chatziioannidis | insta: alexioschatzi
  Next stop, the charming seafront districts of Microlimano and Pasalimani, with pockets of neoclassical buildings, bars and excellent seafood tavernas where you will have an unforgettable meal right by the sea. The seafront continues to Piraiki and Freatida, with benches beckoning you to stop and admire the view. If you are a history lover, you’ll find gems within Piraeus’ museums. The Maritime Museum and Municipal Gallery house fine exhibits and the Archaeological Museum has a Hellenistic-period theatre (reminiscent of the earlier Theatre of Dionysos at the foot of the Acropolis) built right on the grounds. At the corner of Syntagma and Pylis streets, you’ll come across the remains of the once imposing entrance to Piraeus from Athens.
Photo Credits: George Kiposis | insta: kipjorge
  And if it’s an arts buzz you’re after, head to the portside neighbourhood of Agios Dionysios (also known as Papastratos). Once a site of heavy industry dubbed "the Manchester of Athens" by the 20th-century Athenian middle-class, it’s full of large industrial buildings. But art professionals have colonised the area in recent years, with international galleries sharing the neighbourhood with restaurants, night clubs and office workers. The arrival of these cosmopolitan galleries has transformed Agios Dionysios into an art lover’s hotspot, well worth a detour from downtown Athens. And if you are a nostalgic collector of all things old, the Sunday flea market is the place to be. You’ll find vinyl records, old coins, books and much more besides on sale at the bazaar at the trolley terminus. [post_title] => Reimagine Piraeus, the Great Port of Athens and a city with unexpected gems [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => reimagine-piraeus-the-great-port-of-athens-and-a-city-with-unexpected-gems [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-12 10:54:11 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-12 10:54:11 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => news [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )
Reimagine Piraeus, the Great Port of Athens and a city with unexpected gems
Reimagine Piraeus, the Great Port of Athens and a city with unexpected gems
WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 132738 [post_author] => 4 [post_date] => 2021-11-12 06:54:44 [post_date_gmt] => 2021-11-12 06:54:44 [post_content] =>   Can we tempt you to explore the journey of Greek food … from farm to table?  Inspired by bringing people closer to a process that increasingly happens behind the scenes, the Open Farm community organises farm visits that allow visitors to Athens (and elsewhere in Greece) to get closer to the vital role of farmers in producing the raw materials of Greece’s Mediterranean diet, whilst helping to preserve the countryside and making sure that the agro-ecosystem remains sustainable. This is the goal of the Open Farm community, which started the initiative of providing education and tour services in 2019, to connect the residents of big cities who feel disconnected from the countryside and the people producing the food they eat. In Greece, in particular, these processes play a vital role in sustaining the environment as well as the wellbeing of rural communities. Through the Open Farm community, small farms that don’t usually have the resources or expertise to directly promote their products, can reach consumers and play a role in educating them on the origin of their food. You get to choose the farm you want to visit, based on product and location. The Open Farm team also organises annual Open Farm Days, giving visitors of all ages the opportunity to visit a farm and get to know the producers and learn more about the journey of food in Greece.   [post_title] => Follow the journey of Greek food through a farm-to-table experience with the Open Farms of Greece [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => follow-the-journey-of-greek-food-through-a-farm-to-table-experience-with-the-open-farms-of-greece [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2021-11-12 14:29:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2021-11-12 14:29:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => news [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) Follow the journey of Greek food through a farm-to-table experience with the Open Farms of Greece
Follow the journey of Greek food through a farm-to-table experience with the Open Farms of Greece