The Emblematic Kastro in Sifnos

On the highest top of the island, the emblematic Kastro in Sifnos makes itself known and stands proud. Overlooking the Aegean, this medieval settlement has become a true legend. Its fortifications allowed for protection against pirates and other hostile intrusions. The locals found shelter there, once there was an immediate threat to be dealt with. …

The Chios Mastiha Trees

During the Ottoman occupation plantation and production of mastiha trees was developed. Prior to the Chios massacre in 1822, production was stable but following the destruction it halted. After 1832 permission was granted for the expatriated Chians to return home. Upon repatriation villagers started plantation again and by 1840 production levels escalated to those prior …

The Chios Mastiha

The History of Mastic The mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus), also called “skinos”, grows all over the Mediterranean. However, the tree Pistacia Lentiscus Var. Chia is a special variety that grows only in the Southern part of Chios and mentions can be dated back to antiquity. Some of the oldest references for mastic are credited to …

The Age-old History of Chios Island

Chios is the fifth largest of the Greek islands situated in the North Aegean region. It is at the crossroads of West and East. From the magnificent mountains of the North to the protected valleys of the South, from the pristine shores of the West to the cosmopolitan resorts of the East, Chios arises from …

Agia Mavra & the Venetian Castle

Upon reaching Lefkada, what catches the eye is the emblematic Kastro. A Medieval structure, right in the footsteps of the island. You find yourself at the inviting peninsula, separating Lefkada from Epirus and Akarnania. Instead of walking through the vast iron bridge connecting the island to the mainland, you should head right to the Venetian …

Athens National Archaeological Museum

Athens is a city with rich history, traced back to the antiquity. Concepts like Philosophy, Democracy, Politics and Arts flourished on this ground and shaped the world as we know it. So it is only fair that Athens National Archaeological Museum has a lot to say. It is a museum located in the center of …

Kithira: Mylopotamos & the Venetian Castle

Mylopotamos is one of the most famous and picturesque villages in Kithira. There are various sights and attractions there to see, including the ruins of the medieval times. And the landscapes are quite remarkable! Let alone the fact that there is significant historic value in the wider area. Traces of past civilizations, influences from the …

A Journey to Paleochora & Medieval Kithira

In the northeastern part of Kithira lies Paleochora. This has been the former capital of the island, under the name of Agios Dimitrios. It is built on the foot of a hill and bears medieval characteristics. It is no wonder why it has been called Mystras of Kithira, since the Monemvasians were the ones who …