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How to experience Athens' food scene in one day

How to experience Athens' food scene in one day

Carolina Doriti, a chef, recipe developer and culinary tour guide from Athens, describes her perfect gastronomic day in the capital.

Exploring Delphi, the heart of ancient Greece

Once a sanctuary dedicated to the god Apollo, Delphi is more than the sum of its showstopping ruins. Perched high above the Gulf of Corinth, it’s dotted with extraordinary details that mark it as the true heart of the ancient cosmos.

A road trip through the Mani, a literary Greek landscape suspended in time

Maniot life has remained largely unchanged for centuries — so claimed author Patrick Leigh Fermor, who made the Peloponnese peninsula his home. Its wild vistas, mythical sites and quiet villages make for an epic road trip following in his footsteps.

Hiking to Zagori's storied Dragon Lake in Greece's mountainous north west

In Epirus, the country’s wild northwestern state, a snaking five-mile trail rises above the stone-built villages of Zagori to reach the fabled Drakolimni, twin alpine lakes dating to the last ice age. 

Five chic new hotels in Athens, Greece

Athens may be known as the European city that never sleeps, but a flurry of alluring hotel openings suggests this reputation may be about to change. We round up five places to bed down in the Greek capital.

The inside guide to Thessaloniki, Greece’s offbeat second city

Greece’s quirky second city sat at the heart of great empires for two millennia. Today, it offers up historic sites alongside some of the country’s best nightlife and cuisine.

How to explore the winelands of Naoussa, in northern Greece

In the hills of Central Macedonia, the vineyards of Naoussa are where the highly prized Xinomavro wine is produced. Here, we delve into the wine’s reputation and look at three estates that are well worth a visit. 

Five of the best farm stays in Greece

Whether it’s learning the art of beekeeping or spinning wool at a working sheep farm, guests are encouraged to get their hands dirty at these farms with accommodation too — ranging from stays in the Peloponnese to the Central Macedonian region.

How to explore the three scenic peninsulas of Halkidiki, Greece

Jutting southwards into the Aegean like Poseidon’s trident are the three peninsulas of Halkidiki, a popular weekend escape from Thessaloniki. Each stretch of land has a unique character, together forming a microcosm of the mainland’s charms. 

Three weekend getaways in the Peloponnese, Greece

History, culture and classic Greek hospitality abound in these three scenic Peloponnese coastal towns — and each can be discovered over a weekend.

Five Greek wines to try, from muscat to moschofilero

With a long tradition of viticulture and hundreds of native grape varieties, Greece should be the word when it comes to wine.

Watch a massive cruise sheep squeeze through Greece's infamous Corinth Canal

Mesmerising footage shows the ancient waterway allows passage with as little as one metre on each side.

What they're eating in Athens

Japanese-Peruvian dishes, slow-cooked rabbit and pistachio mousse are all on offer in the Greek capital. Here are six unmissable dishes — and the innovative restaurants that created them — to seek out on your next trip.

MasterChef winner Irini Tzortzoglou explores the flavours of Crete

From olive oil to octopus, the Greek chef and author of cookbook Under the Olive Tree: Recipes from my Greek Kitchen celebrates the flavours and unmissable dishes of her homeland.

The pull of the Peloponnese: why now is the time to visit mainland Greece

With a combination of nature, culture, sun and sea to rival Greece’s many islands, the Peloponnese peninsula may just be the perfect spot for an autumn break. Head there now while the weather’s still balmy but crowds have thinned.

Exploring Crete by car: your one-week road trip itinerary

With sleepy villages, golden beaches and picturesque landscapes around every corner, Crete – Greece’s largest island – is the perfect place for a road trip.

Meet the makers: the Greek co-op putting traditional spoon sweets on the map

In Vizitsa, one of the Greek villages that have dotted Mount Pelion’s slopes since antiquity, the women-run Esperides Co-operative uses the region's abundant orchards to create traditional Greek spoon sweets with a secret local ingredient. 

Notes from an author: Victoria Hislop on Thessaloniki

There are traces of fascinating history to be found in the streets of Greece’s second city — if you keep your eyes peeled.

Photo story: rural traditions in Kefalonia

Traditions cling to this Ionian island like the gnarled olive trees that hang from its limestone cliffs and frame its legendary beaches.

Breaking bread: on the trail of tradition in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki is Greece’s gastronomic heart, a melting pot city that’s constantly evolving. But when it comes to Greek cooking, some things aren’t to be messed with — no matter how modern life gets.

Four of the best boutique hotels in Athens

From the up-and-coming port area to the city centre, boutique hotels are blossoming across the Greek capital.

Nine Greek islands for globetrotting gastronomes

Greek island-hopping has long been a favourite traveller pastime, but it’s well worth factoring in the local gastronomy to get the most out of each stop. Here are 9 islands famous for their food.

Athens: 10 new ways to experience this ancient city

From an interactive geological museum to a minimalist multi-storey space with works from up-and-coming Greek artists, there’s far more to Athens than ancient monuments.

Experience the wonders of Greek wine where it's produced

One of Greece’s eight wine roads, the Epirus route is home to three historic wineries, with the debina white grape the star of the show.

The road less travelled: exploring Northern Greece

Kavala, Xanthi, Thasos and Samothrace may not spring to mind as your first ports of call on a trip to Greece, but these gems have charm in abundance. Here’s a two-week itinerary on how to make the most of a tour around the north of the country.

Why Greece should be at the top of your winter hitlist

Greece typically conjures up images of cerulean seas and idyllic powder sand beaches, but head inland from December to May and there’s a winter wonderland waiting to be discovered.

How to explore Volos and Mount Pelion — the Greek peak famous for its food

One of Greece’s lesser-known tourist hotspots, Volos is arguably also one of its most beautiful, with mountains rising from the coastline and a local cuisine that’s hearty and full of flavour.

Sifnos: Greece's gourmet island

The island of Sifnos holds food at the heart of its landscape and culture. The birthplace of Greece’s first celebrity chef, it’s a place where locals embrace culinary rituals that have been kept alive for centuries.

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