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acamp7

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Is it easy to visit the likes of Monemvasia from Kythira? I will be starting my journey in Athens. From there, I will head to Kythira on a ferry from Piraeus. After spending some time on that island, I want to go to Monemvasia. Does this itinerary make any sense or should I make some adjustments? Like, should I go to Monemvasia and maybe explore more of the Peloponnese before heading to Kythira instead of vice versa?
 

Dluciani4

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I don’t think there is any way to
Get from Kythira to Monemvasia. I would go from Athens to Monemvasia first. But again I think you would have to find another port to get to Kythria unless you go back to Pireaus
 
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AndreasM

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Actually there is a Ferry Boat with 2 or 3 crossings a day (45 min trip), it will take you to Neapoli and from there it's maybe a 30-45 ride to Monovasia. Hopefully you have a car to do this, because you cannot rent anything on Neapoli.
Ferry is called" Profyrousa".
Enjoy your trip.
 

acamp7

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Actually there is a Ferry Boat with 2 or 3 crossings a day (45 min trip), it will take you to Neapoli and from there it's maybe a 30-45 ride to Monovasia. Hopefully you have a car to do this, because you cannot rent anything on Neapoli.
Ferry is called" Profyrousa".
Enjoy your trip.
This is very helpful, thanks!! I will work on securing a rental car maybe in Athens?
 
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Vangelis

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This is what I would do. Make it an enjoyable journey. Hire a car in Athens and drive to Palaia Epidavros where you can have lunch and go to the nearby beach to swim/snorkel amongst the ancient ruins. Then go to Nafplio for the evening for dinner and stay overnight. The next day you can climb up to the Akronafplia Castle then drive to Monemvasia through Leonidio which is a beautiful town with climbing mountains nearby. After a couple of nights at Monemvasia, take the ferry to Kythira from Neapoli. After your stay in Kythera you might want to come back to Neapoli and do a drive inland going through Sparta which has an amazing ancient city. There is so much to see on Greece's mainland and much that I haven't even mentioned like Mycenae and many other ancient sites. So much to do and see in Greece! Whatever you decide to do, you will enjoy it!
 
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k_tsoukalas

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This is what I would do. Make it an enjoyable journey. Hire a car in Athens and drive to Palaia Epidavros where you can have lunch and go to the nearby beach to swim/snorkel amongst the ancient ruins. Then go to Nafplio for the evening for dinner and stay overnight. The next day you can climb up to the Akronafplia Castle then drive to Monemvasia through Leonidio which is a beautiful town with climbing mountains nearby. After a couple of nights at Monemvasia, take the ferry to Kythira from Neapoli. After your stay in Kythera you might want to come back to Neapoli and do a drive inland going through Sparta which has an amazing ancient city. There is so much to see on Greece's mainland and much that I haven't even mentioned like Mycenae and many other ancient sites. So much to do and see in Greece! Whatever you decide to do, you will enjoy it!

Lots of great ideas here in the thread in general! I love this perspective, just make it an excursion, meander, and take your time.
 

Tips for visiting monasteries in Greece

While visiting the monasteries, remember you are in a sacred place. Dress modestly, with legs and shoulders covered, to show respect for the local customs and faith. Keep your voice low to preserve the peaceful ambiance and adhere to any photography restrictions to respect the privacy of the monks.

I've had some people ask me, so I thought I'd start a post about etiquette. If you are out taking tours and you don't dress properly, be sure to look for a scarf or skirt (for the ladies) that they may provide to make you respectable enough to enter the space. It's far better, though, to dress properly in your own wardrobe!

Loud talking is a no-no. It's also a good idea to observe Orthodox customs when entering the sacred space, even if you aren't Orthodox. Non-orthodox may venerate icons, light candles, submit prayer requests, etc.

Can anyone think of anything else to add?

Canyoning Bled Slovenia

Hi guys!!
I'm planning to take a group canyoning Bled but apparently, it is obligatory to use a local guide. I am a canyon instructor (caf and ffme), is this enough to supervise without anyone else? I have several years of experience (climbing and canyoning) and it is obvious that I will not be able to offer this destination if it is not possible.
Thanks in advance

Pistachio Festival on Aegina

Some friends of mine went to Aegina during the pistachio festival. It sounded fun and I am intrigued. I found some info on it. Does anyone have additional advice? I am thinking of going this year:

What is the Pistachio Festival Aegina?

The Pistachio Festival Aegina is a three-day event held in September, which showcases the pistachio harvest from the island. The festival features various activities, food, and entertainment that celebrate this popular nut. Some of the highlights of the festival include cooking competitions, live music, dance performances, and the chance to taste different pistachio products, such as pistachio ice cream, pistachio liqueur, and of course, roasted pistachios. There are also stands selling pistachio-based products, such as soap, oil, and cosmetics. Visitors can learn about the history and cultivation of pistachios on the island through tours and workshops.

Why is Aegina known for its pistachios?

Aegina is known for producing high-quality pistachios because of its unique microclimate and soil. The island’s dry and sunny climate is favorable for the growth of pistachio trees. The island is also situated in the Saronic Gulf, which provides a perfect balance of marine and mountainous elements. The soil on the island is rich in nutrients and minerals, which help the pistachio trees to flourish. Pistachios from Aegina are famous for their rich flavor and distinctive aroma.

What can you expect at the Pistachio Festival Aegina?

At the Pistachio Festival Aegina, you can expect a lively and festive atmosphere with lots of food, music, and dance. You can taste different pistachio products, such as roasted pistachios, pistachio ice cream, and pistachio liqueurs. You can also buy pistachio-based products such as candies, soap, oil, and cosmetics. You can participate in cooking competitions and learn about the history and cultivation of pistachios on the island. The festival provides an opportunity to socialize with the locals and experience the authentic island culture.

Taking a culinary tour of Greece

I would like to take a tour or create my own itinerary to do nothing but visit Greece to eat all the food. I want to go to some unique and memorable destinations. For many reasons, both Ikaria and Crete are on my list. I will have maybe two weeks in Greece so I truly don't have the itinerary fleshes out. Or if anyone can recommend a tour company, that would be good too.

Some questions:

Best Time to Visit: What's the ideal time of year for such a tour, considering weather, food seasons, and avoiding peak tourist crowds?
Must-Visit Places: Besides the obvious choices like Athens and Santorini, are there any off-the-beaten-path locations that are a foodie's dream?
Local Experiences: Are there particular cooking classes, food markets, or local farms that offer a deeper dive into Greek cuisine and its preparation?
Travel Tips: Any logistical tips for traveling within Greece that might make moving from one culinary destination to another smoother?

Thanks in advance!

What to pack for an early spring trip to Greece?

I am going to Greece in April. I have only ever gone in the summer. What's the weather like? I'll be in Athens and on Crete.

I am thinking the weather will be on the mild side, so I should pack light layers. Like a light jacket, short sleeve shirts, maybe a few long sleeve.

Is it suitable weather for sandals and the beach?

Do they get rain? I am trying to figure out if I need to buy a light rain jacket. I know it doesn't rain that much in Greece.

Thanks in advance!
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