TRAVEL & LOCATIONS

Thrace, Samothraki & Thasos

At the eastern edge of Greece you will find the region of Thrace. Bordering Turkey and Bulgaria this area is both historically significant and unique in it’s own culture and style. The adventurous wanderers who travel to Thrace will find themselves in the basin of the Balkan and formerly Byzantine world, and most likely in either of the two major cities Kavala, or Alexandroupoli. South of Thrace are two islands that belong to region, Thasos and Samothraki…

Thasos also known as Greece’s “emerald isle”, is known for the greenery from which is gets its nickname. The island is covered in a thick forrest of firs, pines, oak, cedars, plane, chestnut, walnut, and almond trees. Apart from is unique woodland topography, the area is home to traditional weaving and needlework practices that can be found in fine fabrics and apparel design.

Samothraki, though in the outskirts of Aegean sea, is an island of great importance in ancient hellenic lore. Home to Mount Fengari (Moon Mountain) it has served as a fixture of religious ritual and significance throughout greek history. Today many people visit Samothraki for it’s archeological sites, beautiful waterfalls, and to view the lovely mountain ranges.

Central Macedonia

The northern most area of the modern greek world, Macedonia (Makedonia) is the cornerstone of the country’s history, culture, and was home to Alexander the Great and the ancient Macedonian people. The region is a vast interconnected network of developed cities, towns agricultural communities and parks rich with wildlife, rivers, waterfalls and important cultural landmarks. The second city of Greece, Thessaloniki, sits at the coastal epicenter of this region and serves as a major academic and commercial center of the country.

Thessaly and the Sporades Islands

Thessaly extends from Macedonia down the eastern coast of Central Greece, forming an inlet of the Aegean Sea. Including famous geographical landmark Mount Olympus, this mountainous region is fixated at the heart of the Hellenic world. Often referred to as the “breadbasket of Greece” the distinct seasonality offers a unique picturesque aesthetic of green valleys, forests, and mountain ranges contrasting the stark dry rocky topography of the Cycladic world.

The Northern Sporade archipelago consists of 24 islands, including permanently occupied Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos, and Skyros. Often referred to as the Thessalian Sporades these island dance off the coast of Thessaly and are known for their exotic beaches, nightlife and traditional picturesque churches. Discover products from this region.

Epirus

You may have never heard of Epirus, or the city at the heart of this region, Ioannina, but Greeks flock to the northwest corner of the country for more than the abundance of meat and dairy produced here.

Clear your mind of the typical Greek aesthetic that you know from postcards and travel media, this region boasts it’s own unique architectural and cultural artistry as well as activity.  Eco-tourism is the main attraction to the areas of Epirus as it is home outstanding natural beauty mainly showcased by of coniferous trees and the opportunity to see native bears, wolves, foxes, dear and lynxes.

Ionian Islands

If Greece had it’s own little Italy it would definitely be the Ionian Islands! Highly influenced by the Venetians and the English alike the collection of islands off the coast of Epirus and Western Greece are characterized by their green  landscapes, sandy beaches and rich cuisine. You can find a myriad of unique products here that tourists have flocked to Greece for, for decades. The islands consist of Kerkyra, Paxi, Lefkada, Ithaki, Kefalonia and Zakynthos.

Western Greece

Ever heard of Patras, Mesologi, Agrinio, Pyrgos, or Nafpaktos? These iconic cities make up the area known as Western Greece; the northwest corner of the Peloponnese peninsula and the area south of Epirus on the coat of the Ionian Sea. The original Olympic games where held in this region and a long history of roman, byzantine and Ottoman rule has colored the cities and towns with timeless style. Ancient theaters, temples, and scenery depicted in classical art, make up the beauty of the west as well as Orthodox monasteries and Mediterranean fortress castles.

Peloponnesos, Hydra & Spetses

Time travel is made possible when visiting the Peloponnese peninsula. This area is vast and abundant with places to visit, attractions to experience and is home to old Greek cities and ruins.

Most tourists visit Nafplion, a gorgeous city boasting one of the country’s largest and most famous fortresses and commercial epicenters. The most famous fortress of this region is Monemvasia, the “almost island” off the eastern coast of Peloponnesos is a scenic wonder of Greece, accessed only via a narrow causeway extending into the ocean. Ditch your car at the fortress door and enter the old world.

Attica, Saronic Islands and Kythera

Athens can never be summed up in a few words let alone the entire region extending south to the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion. The Acropolis, Piraeus, the port cities and suburbs along the east and west coast, are truly the heartbeat of the country. The modern Greece lives here in Athens, and artistry, design and innovation have overturned any notion that this is merely a surviving ancient city. What happens in Athens rarely ever stays there as it always been at the forefront of what will soon be trending in other parts of the country and in Europe. A fashion forward and electique place, the capital city is where you can get the feel of Greece’s globally recognized brand.

The Saronic islands are just south of the port of Piraeus in Athens, and are a quick ferry ride or catamaran away. Aegina, Salamina, Agistri, and Poros, sprinkle the Saronic gulf and offer an escape from urban life. Private boats can be found sailing between the ports of Glyfada and other suburbs to visit these islands for weekend excursions.

Kythera, a beautiful island south of Attica and the Peloponnese can truly stand on it’s own. Cave diving, yellow spring, flowers, beautiful villages, and restaurants are the main attractions. The large town of Kapsali is a picturesque medley of the famous greek aesthetic and Venetian style.

Cycladic and Dodecanese Islands

The Cyclades are a collection of islands in the Aegean Sea, southeast of mainland Greece  The most famous islands in this region are Santorini, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, and Milos. These islands are Greece’s main attraction for travelers from all over the world who seek out their beautiful landscapes, picture perfect cliff side villages and scenic beaches. Each island is spotted with villages that produce their own provisions and traditional items throughout the year. During the summer months the main town, “Chora”, on each island comes alive as ships pull in bringing travelers and Greeks alike. Kite surfers, and sailboats take advantage of the strong winds in the Cyclades which are speckled with windmills on practically every island. Smooth white marble sculptures are the pride and joy of the Cycladic history as well as mosaics, ceramics and symbols of sea culture like the dolphin and the ocean waves. Art from the region is mostly tied to the “Cycladic figure” which stands tall with broad shoulders and arms folded over the mid section.

Dodecanese translates as “twelve islands”. The most well known of these islands are Rhodes, Kos, Karpathos and Patmos. Smaller islands in the group are often visited for the their rugged landscapes and cultural significance.  Kalymnos gets its reputation for a long history of sponge diving, a dangerous task of heading deep to the ocean floor and harvesting the soft silky sea plant. Rhodes, sitting at the corner of the Aegean is the island in this region which has the most to offer visitors in history and in culture boasting the ancient Colossus of Rhodes and the Valley of the Butterflies. The Dodecanese region is located closest to the coastline of the ancient Hellenic world to the east near modern day Turkey and was an epicenter of trading from the ancient to the Byzantine times. This area offers unique items that cannot be found in any other area of Greece.

North Aegean Islands

When it comes to places with distinct features the islands in the North Aegean do not disappoint. These islands are in general less popular than those of the Cyclades and the Dodekanese though they are no less beautiful and in many ways have retained their own identity more their southern neighbors. Their spread out placement doesn’t make them conducive for island-hopping but the islands Lesvos and Chios, have enough to discover and so much to see, that you can get the complete Greek experience. Most likely you have heard of Ikaria, an island where people seem to live long and healthy lives over the age of 100. Or perhaps you have tried the native mastic gum (mastiha) of Chios.

Crete

Crete, Greece’s largest island is known for it’s traditional dress, dance, and cuisine. The capital, Chania is home to the Old Venetian Port, lined with beautiful bars, restaurants, shops, Venetian, Ottoman and Roman ruins. Like most Greek islands there is always a festival or party happening somewhere. Music, dancing, and costume play a large part in the lifestyle and what most Cretan boys and girls look forward to during the year.

Goods produced in Crete include leather, olive oil, ceramics, knives,  hand carved wood and clothing.