Octopus has had pride of place on Greek dinner tables since time immemorial. Inhabitants of Greece’s 227 inhabited islands have long relied on the sea’s bounty to feed their hungry families. Today, octopus is more popular than ever and features on the menu of almost every psarotavernes (fish taverns) in the country, whether its close to the sea or not. Just like buying or renting property in Greece, the best place to find the freshest and most traditionally prepared octopus is on its stunning islands.
Greece is known around the world for its delectable seafood dishes. Making the most of the bounty that surrounds them, Greek islanders in particular set their dinner table around the catch of the day. To help you decide where to visit on vacation or even where to buy or rent property in Greece, here are five places you are guaranteed to find great seafood.
If you had to represent Easter in Greece with one image it would be that of a bright red egg nestled warmly in a freshly baked loaf of bread. The bread is tsoureki, a rich, sweet, brioche-like bread, flavoured with mastic and vanilla and finished with a wash of decadent melted butter. But it is the eggs, hard-boiled and dyed red to represent the blood of Christ, that make the tsoureki so special. Tsoureki is a sweet treat but like every other aspect of Orthodox Easter its religious significance is what really matters.
Santorini is the kind of destination people visit time and time again, regaling friends and neighbours on their return with tales of their magical island experiences. One of the Cyclades, Santorini is a volcanic island known primarily for its dramatic landscape, black-sand beaches and charming capital town. Few of the Greek islands have so unmistakable a panoramic vista as Santorini and for most of the 1.5 million tourists who visit or rent villas here each year, romance is unavoidably on the cards.
The majority of visitors to Greece are interested in three things – sun, sea and sand. In July and August major Greek sights vibrate underfoot with the stampede of tourists passing through. Families on package holidays fight for beach territory and weekend warriors do battle for the best vacation properties and restaurant reservations. But who wants to be in the majority, anyway? Visiting Greece in wintertime is a chance to see the country in its raw state, without the gloss and glitter of tourist-trappings, and immerse yourself in a local way of life. Here are five reasons to give winter in Greece a try.