Crete: Great Things to Do

By Alex Kallimanis: Crete is the largest and most southern island in Greece. It’s home to ancient civilizations that predate Athenians, picturesque scenery and one of Greece’s best culinary scenes. As we have family in Heraklion, we’ve visited them a couple of times over the last few years and had the chance to explore this…

How to Spend the Perfect Week in Greece

By Alex Kallimanis: Greece conjures images of picturesque island hopping amid storied ancient sites. How to spend the perfect week in Greece is subjective. If you want to lie on the beach by day and party at night, visit Ios or Myknonos in summer. But this article assumes you want a wonderful blend of everything…

6 Fantastic Greek Islands to Visit

By Alex Kallimanis: The Greek islands conjure images of beautiful beaches, dramatic cliffs and narrow whitewashed pedestrian laneways. Tourism in Greece is booming again, and in summer, some islands are overwhelmed with visitors. During eight previous trips to Greece over the years, I’ve been fortunate to visit many of Greece’s most beautiful islands. Here are…

Chania, Crete: Reasons You Will Love It

By Alex Kallimanis: There’s something magical about the second largest town on Greece’s biggest island. We’re frequently asked “where is your favorite place?” Chania, Crete ranks among our top destinations. There are a lot of beautiful places in the world, so the warmth and hospitality of locals helps a destination rise in the ranks in…

Palace of Knosos, Europe’s Oldest Civilization

Legendary myths and history collide at the oldest advanced civilization in the western world. The Palace of Knosos, just outside the largest city on Greece’s biggest island, Heraklion, Crete is unique and controversial. Originally discovered by the Cretan merchant Minos Kalokairinos in 1877, English aristocrat Sir. Arthur Evans’ team did the majority of excavations beginning in…