WEF: Greece Jumps 7 Places in Global Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Rankings

Greece made an impressive climb of seven places in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2017 to reach the 24th position in the global rankings. The biennial report was released on Wednesday by the WEF and ranks 136 countries according to their attractiveness and ability to develop their travel and tourism …

Thessaloniki Rising as Choice Tourist Destination

Andreas Mandrinos, Secretary General, Thessaloniki Hotels Association; Konstantinos Tornivoukas, Vice President; Aristotle Thomopoulos, President; Stefan Merkenhof, Managing Consultant, GBR Consulting Thessaloniki is winning over the crowds thanks to the experiences it offers, hotel satisfaction and consistency in its services, according to a survey presented by the Thessaloniki Hotels Association and GBR Consulting at the Holiday …

Benaki Museum in Athens Wins 2017 ‘Experts’ Choice Award’

Greece’s Benaki Museum in Athens was recently announced as a winner of the TripExpert 2017 Experts’ Choice Award, which recognizes the best attractions around the world based on reviews by journalists and professional travel writers. TripExpert is a professional travel review site. “With positive reviews from reviewers such as Michelin Guide, Fodor’s and Travel + …

Halkidiki’s Beaches Top the List of ‘Blue Flags’ in Greece

The Halkidiki peninsula is once again at the top of the “Blue Flags” list for 2017 in Greece, as 71 of its beaches were awarded in recognition of their cleanness, water quality, organization, safety and services, environmental management and protection. Ouranoupoli, Porto Carras, Armenistis, Marmaras, Kriopigi, Fourka, Nea Moudania and Sani are just some of the …

The Basilicas of Philippi: churches of unique Christian importance

Four impressive three-aisled basilicas with narthex have been erected at the archaeological site of Philippi, coming from the Early Christian Period. Basilica A On a level above the Kavala – Drama road and the marketplace of Philipi (west of the theater) has been traced the biggest early christian church of Philipi, called Basilica A. It …

Philippi Archaeological sites: From the Hellenistic to Roman period

The archaeological site of Philippi is located in Eastern Macedonia between the modern cities of Kavala and Drama, at the southeast edge of the plain of Drama. For the most part, the landscape that surrounds the archaeological site has been preserved intact from antiquity to this day. The most important sites, apart from the theater …

Macedonian Philippi: From the Neolithic era to the Kingdom of Macedonia

Long before the Ancient Greeks located to Philippi, there was a Neolithic settlement that was discovered in the last decades, next to water springs, at Dikili-Tas (Orthopetra), lying 2km east of the ancient city. This settlement in the prehistoric dark millennia can be considered as a distant ancestor of the city of historical times. Life …