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You will never be short of things to see and experience in Greece. On the island of Crete, the mythical birthplace of the Greek god, Zeus, visit one of Europe’s oldest cities, Knossos. Explore this stunning historical site in the morning, to avoid the scorching midday-sun and the bustling crowds. Alternatively, take an overnight ferry to Athens and experience this ancient metropolis with its vibrant, quaint markets and world-famous archaeological sites. Off the tourist maps, lesser known places like romantic Symi or Skopelos, with its stunning villas and monasteries (and where Mamma Mia! was filmed), beckon the explorers among us.
Keep an eye out for white painted houses with bright, sky-blue doors; according to Greek tradition, the colour blue keeps evil spirits away. Whether or not this is true, these houses beautifully mirror the surrounding coastline, with its crystal-blue waters and clear, sunny skies. While on the islands, take a dip in the Aegean Sea, soak up the sun on award-winning beaches, and enjoy the sound of lapping waves as a backdrop for scenic dinners with your loved ones.
And while we’re on the subject of food, let’s just say that it’s a good idea to arrive in Greece with a very healthy appetite. Food is central to Greek culture, and although locals eat at around 9-10 pm they are usually not in any hurry to leave. For the best food-experiences, watch out for the restaurants with a lot of local guests and chatter. While staple dishes like moussaka and souvlaki shouldn’t be missed, the Greek take on the lasagna, “pastitsio”, is another must. On Rhodes, sample the local chick pea fritters known as “pitaroudia”, a local delicacy not to be missed. For the more adventurous eaters, freshly caught octopus turned in garlic, vinegar and olive oil is a tasty delight. Finally, fresh olives, feta and crisp Greek wine will complete every meal and ensure you have a truly wonderful Greek experience.
Greece is an overabundance of things to see and do. It's a true plethora of experiences. However, away from the much-travelled tourist paths of the Acropolis, Rhodes Town and Heraklion on Crete, there are many lesser-known gems that are hiding in plain sight. Here are five such suggestions for a daytrip away from the resort.
At Fleetway we love what we do. We only sell holidays that we’re passionate about and you’ll often find us queueing up to explore the world through our own holidays. The Electra Palace on the delightful island of Rhodes is a firm Fleetway favourite both with our customers and us, and Borja from our Marketing Team has recently returned from a week in the sun at the Electra Palace. We caught up with him to hear about his stay and how he discovered the world for less by choosing to go all inclusive.
Each region in Spain is fiercely proud of its local identity and culture and regardless of where you find yourself in this vast and fascinating country, you’ll quickly discover that one of the cornerstones in every regional self-image is the local food. We’ve collected (and sampled) the five following dishes, yet these are just a few examples of the great variety of dishes you’ll find in Spain.