Greek wine is gaining popularity around the world and one type of wine embodies the Greek spirit like no other — Retsina wine. This wine comes in a variety of styles and its roots go back over 2,000 years in Greece. Greek Retsina wine uses tree resin, mostly from pine trees in order to make the unique flavor and body of the wine. Historically, Greeks make Retsina wine by sealing off the wine inside of a container which uses a layer or pine resin to protect the wine from oxidation. Most wine produced today is aged in oak barrels or stainless steel. Also, since “Retsina” is a protected geographic origin according to the European Union, true Retsina wine can only come from Greece. Source: www.greece.greekreporter.com Contact with Holiday Plan, www.holidayplan.gr, an independent travel agency based in Athens, Greece, providing travelers with memorable travel experience to Greek destinations. We understand how precious your holiday is! That’s why we will do our best to make sure that your trip will be unforgettable! Trust Holiday Plan! Trust our Experience!!
Greek wine is gaining popularity around the world and one type of wine embodies the Greek spirit like no other — Retsina wine.
Located at just about a 1-hour drive from Athens, the Peloponnese region offers many different historical sites, culture and beauty to tourists looking for a spectacular trip in Greece. There are many reasons why this region of Greece is one that you do not want to miss! Let’s take a look at 10 reasons you will have an unforgettable trip in the Peloponnese this summer. 1. Nafplio The first capital city of Modern Greece was Nafplio and until this day you will see ruins of the fortress walls up high overlooking the town from the mountain side. This charming and romantic town has small streets that wrap around neoclassic buildings and squares and is the perfect place to visit anytime of the year. 2. Epidavros From ancient ruins and an impressive ancient theater to quaint town with tavernas serving up local treats, Epidavros is a must see on any trip through the Peloponnese. During the summer months there are weekend shows at the ancient theater that draw in crowds of Thousdands of spectators and is an amazing experience. 3. Beaches Check out the unspoiled beaches that this region has to offer! There are so many diverse terrains surrounding the sea in this region. The seas are clean and the beaches can have pebbles, soft sand or you can jump off of cliffs – there is something for everyone in the Peloponnese! 4. Ilia This is where the mountain meets sea and provides tourists with the amazing experience of staying in a quaint beautiful village with sandy beaches and clear blue waters outlined by forests of pine trees reaching down to the sea. There are also some significant archaeological sites you should check out while in Ilia, such as the Temple of Epicurios Apollo. 5. Arcadia You will find Arcadia in the center of the Peloponnese Region.
Located at just about a 1-hour drive from Athens, the Peloponnese region offers many different historical sites, culture and beauty to tourists looking for a spectacular trip in Greece.
Ouzo is deeply connected with Greece. It is the spirit of Greek summer that nobody can copy. It’s probably the most social drink ever distilled. Those who share this particular flavor, come closer, speak more easily. Ouzo is the drink of companion and confession. Ouzo drinking is an art. Or maybe it’s a way of life, says Matt Barrett, an American writer on Greece. But it’s not the ouzo, it’s who you drink it with that really makes the experience, he adds. The key to drinking ouzo is to eat snacks known as mezedes. These keep the effects of the alcohol from overwhelming you and enable you to sit and drink slowly for hours in a profoundly calm state of mind where all is beautiful and life is fine, Barrett says. Ouzo is an ideal accompaniment for sardines and other salted seafood such as herring and anchovies, as well as for fried squid, whitebait and other small fish. The same applies for all grilled seafood, like octopus, calamari, and certain large fish grilled with lots of sea salt. Ouzo also suits olives; olives with Ouzo is a favorite meze in olive-producing regions, such as Kalamata and Lesvos. The name “ouzo” is patented as Greek alcoholic beverage since 1989 which means that it can be produced and named in this way only in Greece. Some places with a long tradition in distilling ouzo are Tirnavos and Kalamata. But the most popular of all is definitely the island of Lesvos with ouzo of Plomari being the best example. Its production demands special skills; part of it is produced by distillation and a larger part is water flavored with various aromatic herbs, of which aniseed prevails. In Greece, ouzo is popular during lent (Sarakosti), and of course, throughout summer. In the contemporary big city,
Ouzo is deeply connected with Greece. It is the spirit of Greek summer that nobody can copy.
It’s probably the most social drink ever distilled.
After disappointing revenue results from visitors in 2016, Greek tourism officials predicted more than 30 million will come in 2017, with hopes they spend, spend, spend. Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) Dimitris Tryfonopoulos gave the estimate at the 2nd Delphi Economic Forum which drew a large audience to discuss critical issues affecting the country. With Cyprus seeing record visitors by changing its model to include tourism involving more than just the sun-and-sand model, Tryfonopoulos aid Greece will try the same approach and lure people interested in yachting, culture and food. “Tourism is an important asset of the Greek market; tourism is in our DNA and Greece can be in the top ten tourist destinations by 2020,” he said, the Athens News Agency reported, saying tourism growth can’t rely on getting people afraid to travel to other nearby countries involved in conflicts or instability, such as Turkey. Earlier, the head of Greek tourism body SETE Andreas Andreadis told Reuters that revenues in the sector could go up 9 percent this year and help bring a long-awaited recovery but that political instability could undermine it. Andreadis said 2017 tourism revenues could hit rise up to 14.5 billion euros ($15.36 billion) – after a 6.4 percent drop to 13.2 billion euros ($13.99 billion) in 2016. Tourist arrivals were seen increasing to 27 million visitors from 25 million last year, three million less than the government’s estimate. Tourism accounts for about 18 percent of Greece’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 228.57 billion euros ($242.2 billion) and employs a fifth of the workforce. www.thenationalherald.com
After disappointing revenue results from visitors in 2016, Greek tourism officials predicted more than 30 million will come in 2017, with hopes they spend, spend, spend.