Bellenis Tower: Leros Historical & Folklore Museum

History goes a long way, when it comes to Leros. This lovely destination in the Dodecanese boasts an impressive past, which is embodied through the most prominent historic attractions on the island. One of them is a wonderful building that blends the antitheses of different eras on the island, known as the iconic Bellenis Tower …

The Sacred Island of Delos

One of the most memorable and fascinating experiences to be had during a visit to Mykonos is not actually on Mykonos, but a thirty-minute boat ride away…On the sacred island of Delos. If you are the type to believe in ghosts, then you’ll agree they must be here. The millennia-old history of Delos is filled …

Greek Sweet Wines

Malvasia In the Peloponnese, on the southeast shore of the Parnon mountain range, stands the Byzantine fortified town of Monemvasia, built in the 8th century on a towering rock separated from the mainland. According to written sources, the wine produced across the narrow stretch of water in the Laconian hinterland was exported for at least …

The Medieval Castle of Tilos

Standing on top of Agios Stefanos hill and overlooking the capital village of Megalo Chorio, the marvelous bay of Agios Antonios and the rest of the mesmerizing island, the Medieval Castle of Tilos will astound you. It is the historic attraction that you see, as soon as you start gazing at the island from afar. …

The Imposing Nisyros Volcano

Nisyros is a volcanic island in Dodecanese, with an impressive history dating back to millennia ago. The continuous eruptions of the past have led to the shape of the island as we know it today, with its almost circular formation and the distinctive minerals in its soil. Basalt, pumice and obsidian are what you find …

Palaiokastro: The Fortress of Nisyros

Palaiokastro is one of the best preserved fortresses in the Aegean. It is located above the settlement of Mandraki and it surrounded the ancient city of Nisyros. Large volcanic rocks compose its walls, which often stretch to an altitude of 3.8 meters. Even though the wall dates back to the 4th century BC, the ancient …

Kalymnos Castles and Fortresses

The Medieval element is prevalent in Kalymnos. There are splendid examples of Medieval architecture all over the island, with Kalymnos castles and fortresses depicting a gracious design Meant to offer protection against all intruders and add prestige to anyone watching up high, those castles served a great purpose. And the view from such privileged observatories …

The Splendid Kos Ancient City

Kos is an island filled with history’s blessings. It has been inhabited ever since antiquity. In fact, Kos ancient city was founded in 366 BC and is located on the northeastern part of the island. What is interesting is the fact that excavations to reveal the ancient city only began in 1933. After a catastrophic …

Homer and Wine

By the 8th and 7th centuries BC, when the written works of Hesiod and the Homeric bards began to appear, wine had thoroughly permeated Greek culture and become a ubiquitous feature – a dietary staple, preferable to water, drunk at any time of day or night, with or without food. Greeks had learned to cut …

Wine: An Age-Old Story

Some of the most essential pleasures or comforts in life can be traced so far back in human history that they seem to disappear in the mists of time. The cultivation and consumption of grapes and their juice is a prime example. Nevertheless, as archaeologists in collaboration with paleobotanists, have further extended and refined their …