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GREECE

Discover what it's like to live, work, eat and travel in Greece as well as general cultural observations

Things to do in Nafpaktos Greece - Life Beyond Borders

Things to do in Nafpaktos- mainland Greece

With a castle and the Rio-Antirrio cable bridge - one of the world's longest multi-span cable bridges and the longest fully suspended bridge, at 2250 meters, Nafpaktos, located just opposite the Peloponnese area of Greece and approx a 3 hour drive from Athens makes for a great weekend break.
Visit the Keri Caves in Zakynthos Greece and learn about olive oil

Things to do in Zakynthos: Learning how to make Olive Oil and Visiting Keri...

The Ionian Greek island of Zakynthos is known for package tourism and popular resorts, but it's possible to visit its quieter and more traditional side too.  Let's take a look at the more traditional...
Best Place to Stay in Erikoussa Greece - Acantha Hotel - LifeBeyondBorders

Best Kept Secrets in Greece – Acantha Boutique Hotel on Erikoussa island

Have you heard of the Diapontia islands in Greece? Not very likely as Greece has so many islands and islets.   Many people think of Santorini, Mykonos or Rhodes - these are the most well...
Where to Stay in Athens - CocoMat Hotel - LifeBeyondBorders

Luxury hotel in Athens: CocoMat Hotel – Kolonaki, Athens.

Founded in 1989, CocoMat never started out as a hotel.  The company actually makes beds and furniture, but it's so much more than that...because these beds are luxury, or beyond luxury in my option,...
Athens International Airport Greece - LifeBeyondBorders

Athens International Airport – Greece. Why it’s a pleasure to fly from/to

Having travelled a fair bit, I've seen my fair share of the inside of airports.  Back in the 1990's, I even worked for about half a decade (that makes me sound old) at one...
In Camera Art Boutique Hotel - Rhodes Island - Greece - LifeBeyondBorders

In Camera Art Boutique Hotel – Luxury on Rhodes island, Greece

Most of you will have heard of Rhodes Island, Greece. I travel regularly to the chain of islands that Rhodes belongs to (the Dodecanese) because I have the chance to research and update the...
What to pack for a Greek island holiday, in summer and autumn/fall

Greek island all round packing list

**For a free downloadable PDF version of this post, click here.** Many people head to the Greek islands in the height of summer, when temperatures can hit up to 33 C (91 F) or, in...
Things to do and tips on visiting Kastellorizo Greece - LifeBeyondBorders

Kastellorizo Greece

Kastellorizo - Greece: Where is it? Kastellorizo is one of those incredibly remote Greek islands that people tend to visit for a completely real Greek island experience.  Its distance from other islands and the mainland,...
Luxury on Kos island, Greece: Grecotel Imperial Thalasso

Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso

Having travelled a fair bit around the Greek islands (and further afield), when having the opportunity to stay in luxury, I'd primarily stayed in small boutique hotels such as Kokkini Porta Rossa in Rhodes...
Begpacking Comes to Europe - Life Beyond Borders

Begpacking in Europe. Trying to reserve judgement, but…

Picture this scenario: A sunny day in Athens at the start of spring 2017...I come across a controversial and, to me, distressing sight: two lads 'begging' for money to fund their onward travels.  They...
Evzone Soldiers of Greece - The Interview

Evzone Soldiers of Greece interview

Any tourist visiting Athens won’t have failed to experience them—you know, the soldiers that stand guard outside Parliament with dead straight faces; not flinching, not moving a muscle and occasional doing a funny walk....
Apokries - Carnival time in Athens, Greece. Better than Venice and Rio! Come and celebrate carnival in Athens, Greece. "Metaxourgeio Carnival" (CC BY 2.0) by Meta Lands and Acropolis image by Anestiev

Greek Celebrations – Apokries – Carnival in Athens Greece

Greek celebrations Greece has many celebrations throughout the year, Greek Easter being one of the most popular. But before Greek Easter, a period of fasting (Lent) for seven weeks before occurs, ie: no meat and...
Leros - Why Visit This Greek Island - LifeBeyondBorders

Things to do on Leros island – Greece

As part of my research for the Rough Guides to the Greek Islands, both in 2014 and 2017, one of the islands I visited in the Dodecanese chain was Leros.  It's a smaller Greek...
Halki island - Greece - LifeBeyondBorders

Things to do on Halki island Greece – Tips on Visiting

Halki is roughly an hour away by catamaran from Rhodes and is tiny, literally, at only 10 sq miles. It's perfect as a day trip from Rhodes, or stay overnight (see Accommodation below). I'd travelled by...
Greek Island of Kea - LifeBeyondBorders

Kea island Greece – a day trip from Athens

I always felt that in order to feel like you're on a 'proper' Greek island, one should travel about five hours by ferry to Paros or Naxos, for example - or even further afield to Skopelos or...
Day Trip to Nafplio from Athens

Athens to Nafplio Day Trip

This was originally posted in DEC 2014 but has been revised and updated in OCT19.   Why Nafplio makes a good day trip from Athens If you've only a short time in Greece, you must do an...
Riot Dog of Athens - the true story - LifeBeyondBorders

Riot Dog Athens

I originally wrote this article back in 2012 when there was a lot of negative press about Athens on the news.  The Greek economic crisis was really starting to bite and rioting wasn't an...
Where to Find the Best Souvlaki in Athens

The best souvlaki in Athens, Greece

In the UK, fish and chips is the takeaway of choice. In the US, Pizza reigns supreme. In Japan, sushi outlets are the norm. But if you’re hungry for the food of the Greek...
Three Greek islands in one day from Athens

Three Greek Islands, Athens One Day Cruise

One sunny Saturday in November 2015, I was afforded the opportunity to experience three Saronic Greek islands in one day; Hydra, Poros and Aegina, hosted by Olympic Cruises (now Evermore Cruises) on an Athens one day...
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Things to do on Kos island, Greece

Located in the Dodecanese chain of islands—at its shortest point only 4km from the Turkish coast—after Rhodes, Kos is the second most popular holiday island.   Why? Because of its magnificent stretches of beaches and...