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Greek Destinations In The News Over The Summer

Sphinxes_Amphipolis_1Following is a selection of important announcements concerning various Greek destinations that took place during the summer.

Sphinxes_Amphipolis_4Amphipolis: In August, archaeologists uncovered the entrance to a late 4th Century tomb guarded by two headless sphinxes and two Caryatids at Ancient Amphipolis in Central Macedonia. The excavation is still in process with the main question on everyone’s mind being who was buried there. “We are in front of an extremely important find,” Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said when he visited the site. The Amphipolis dig has attracted major international interest.

Delphi (English)

Delphi (English)

Delphi: The Municipality of Delphi unveiled a new tourism identity that presents one of Greece’s most popular destinations through a simple, harmonious and modern expression. According to the municipality, the overall communication strategy of the destination’s tourism product is based on DELPHI, one of the strongest brand names in Greece. The new logo shows two hand drawn concentric circles that will “promote the power that Delphi – the ‘Center of the World’ – conveys to the world today. The municipality also has launched new logos for each area it covers geographically and that are included in the total tourism “package” of the destination. The logos will officially run once the municipality launches its new tourism website.

Photo © Greek Culture Ministry

Photo © Greek Culture Ministry

Amfissa: A Mycenaean vaulted tomb was discovered near Amfissa, central Greece, during an excavation project. The tomb has the features of similar monuments of this type as it is nine meters long, has a deep vestibule and a circular that has a maximum internal diameter of 5.9 meters. The superstructure of the dome has collapsed but the walls of the chamber have been maintained at a height of some three meters. The tomb has not been looted and the offerings found on the ground date its use from the 14th until the end of the 12th centuries BC. The vaulted tomb is expected to provide important information on Amfissa during the Mycenaean period as well as on the historical development of the region, which includes the sanctuary of Delphi.

English chef Rick Stein during filming in Monemvasia. Photo © Municipality of Monemvasia

English chef Rick Stein during filming in Monemvasia. Photo © Municipality of Monemvasia

Monemvasia: Monemvasia’s cuisine will star in an upcoming TV show on the BBC that explores different cuisines around the world and is presented by English chef Rick Stein. Mr. Stein and a BBC production crew visited the destination during 28-31 July and filmed many regions and gastronomic delights including the Vatika onion, the Malvasia wine, the renowned seafood (mullets and shrimp) of Gerakas and Monemvasia’s sweets. The chef was informed on various local recipes that were quite popular in the past when weddings took place in the area and also filmed the watermill at Talanta. Rick Stein is one of the most famous chefs in the UK. For the last 18 years he has been hosting television programs on gastronomy that are viewed by millions from around the world. He also has written a number of cookery books. The show on monemvasia will air on the BBC in May 2015.

Milies_mansionCentral Pelion: Geo Routes Cultural Heritage Journeys under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO announced Central Pelion as its 26th cultural destination in Greece. Geo Routes will provide three different 3-day journeys, each available in the region of Magnesia and Mt. Pelion. The first journey was launched in June and introduced the villages of Makrinitsa, Ag.Georgios Nilias, Pinakates, Vyzitsa and Milies.

Hersonissos_religious_tourismHersonissos: The Municipality of Hersonissos on Crete released a new brochure to promote the area’s churches and monasteries to assist travelers interested in religious tourism. This is the second publication of a series of thematic brochures announced by the municipality in the beginning of the year. The brochure “Religious Experiences” contains all religious monuments located in the Municipality of Hersonissos and is distributed free to all hotels in Hersonissos. The municipality aims for the listed religious monuments to be seen not only as sacred places of worship, but also as cultural monuments of archaeological interest. The brochure provides detailed information on approximately 40 churches and monasteries of the Municipality of Hersonissos in three languages (Greek, English, Russian).

bouboulinaSpetses: Bouboulina’s Museum on Spetses will operate every day to as late as 8:30 until the end of October due to high visitation, according to the museum’s management. Independent travelers and larger groups of up to 100 are welcome to Bouboulina’s Museum every day from the beginning of March right through to the end of October. In peak summer months the tours continue until 8:30 pm, enabling every visitor to have the opportunity to take part in a tour. The museum even accepts visitors off season with prior confirmation.

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