Delos: The Prominent Pilgrimage Center of Ancient Greece

A significant amount of practical infrastructure became necessary on Delos to accommodate the needs of visitors, especially during religious festivals such as the Greater (every four years) and Lesser (annual) Delia. The hymn to Apollo further avows “…In Delos…the long-robed Ionians gather in your honor with their children and shy wives: with boxing and dancing …

Why Greek Wines Pair with the World’s Most Popular Cuisines

Italian With discreet aromas of red fruits and spices, the red Agiorgitiko grape variety produces expensive rosés and velvety reds. Both can be elegant accompaniments to a host of wine-friendly Italian comfort food dishes, famed for their rare balance of richness and finesse. At the same time, for fans of pizza and Neapolitan-style tomato-based sauces, …

Assyrtiko: The Santorini Cultivar

“There are more than 60 grape varieties on Santorini” Abbe Pegues wrote in 1842, “but for the production of the ordinary wine and santo wine almost only one is used, the Assyrtiko, because it is the most prolific and the best”. Assyrtiko remains the dominant cultivar on the island, accounting for about 75% of the …

The Olive as an Inspiration

The olive has come to gain a predominant place in people’s lives. Since antiquity, this tree has inspired and been immortalized by the works of poets, prose writers and artists who have dedicated lines of poetry, hymns, thought and concern. Since antiquity the olive has left its mark. On ancient coins and on modern Greek …

Chios Mastiha in Medicine and Science

The mastiha tree is an evergreen shrub, belongs to the Anacardiaceae family gender Pistacia lentiscus L and grows in the Mediterranean countries. However, the tree Pistacia Lentiscus Var. Chia is a special variety that grows exclusively in the Southern part of Chios and offers the precious mastiha tears, renowned for their medicinal properties. Chios mastiha …

Welcome to the Relaxed and Cheerful Town of Lefkada

Despite being connected to the mainland with a causeway which practically makes it the only Greek island that can be accessed by car, Lefkada is still amazingly unaltered by tourism. The island is world renowned for its verdant landscapes and its abundant beaches, each of them adding to the all-pervading white sand and turquoise green …

Koufonisia: How to Get There

Koufonisia is a place where time stands still. The beauty of the landscape is enough to take your heart away. Just blue as far as the eye can see, in all its shades – From turquoise to azure, cobalt blue and transparent, the water is purely mesmerizing. And how do you reach this Heaven on …

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Turns Sixty in Athens

Modern dance would never be the same without Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater! This is certain, as the New York-based dance company has contributed a great deal in this art of form. No wonder the American Congress has named them “an essential cultural ambassador of the United States to the world”. And how wonderful it was to choose Greece …

Yorgos Lanthimos Introduces Us to “The Favourite”

Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone starring at this 18th century drama & impressing audience and critics alike   The Favourite is the newest creation of Yorgos Lanthimos, a drama film set in England during the 18th century. The film premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival and won the hearts of both …