Greece, of course, has the most instantly recognizable vernacular architecture: not only the white-cube style of the Cyclades, so beloved of tourist posters, but the jaunty red pantiles of northern Greece and the neoclassical pediments of the Dodecanese.
Greek handcraft articles are a good buy in any part of Greece and include woven fabrics and small fabric bags from Arahova (near Dephi); woodcarved articles from Metsovon and Vitna (near Tripoli); island knit-wear; textiles from Mykonos; handmade silver jewelry from Ipiros; gold and silver ornaments from Rhodes; ceramics and alabaster from Crete; Sykoros pottery; handwoven shirts and dresses; sandals; sponges; honey; ouzo; brandy; brass and copper; worry beads; embroidery; flokati (long pile rugs in vivid colors).
Despite their touristy ambience, Santorini and Mykonos have the two supreme white-cube towns, and nobody can deny that, of the two, Santorini’s has the more dramatic situation, clinging a thousand feet up to the precipitous lip of a sunken volcano. It makes a perfect cruise-ship stop, and the view is a must for first-time visitors; but for me, that is where the attraction ends. Santorini’s town, so pristine and peaceful from a distance, is unexpectedly tacky at close quarters.
The treadmill of backpackers and sightseers arriving briefly to register the view before squeezing onto the narrow black sand beach gives it a feeling more of a transit camp than of a lazy Greek island. Mykonos, too, suffers from an excess of visitors, but it manages to receive them with a sense of style and chic that has been lost on most other major tourist islands. On my trips to Greece, I always enjoy spending a few civilized days on Mykonos, but “Been there, done that” is my normal response to Santorini.
Ancient and classical Greece is considered the foundation of Western civilization. His remains are the traveler insight into the classical world, in its architecture, lifestyle and philosophy. Cruises and coach of classical Greece are available, varying in length from one to 11 days.
All Greece Travel offers guided tours by bus to the sites most popular classic. From Athens, tours vary in length. A trip to Ancient Corinth takes half a day. Visit Mycenae, with its tomb of Agamemnon and the theater of Epidaurus, is a one-day trip. A seven-day tour covers such sites as Ancient Olympia, Delphi and the ancient kingdom of Macedonia.
Anatolia Tours offers 11-day comprehensive land and sea tour, which includes two classical sites and Greek culture. From Athens, the first visits are in Olympia and Delphi, and from there to the islands of Mykonos and Santorini. The tour includes overnight stays at each destination.
Viator a bus tour of four days covering the main sites of Epidavros, Mycenae, Olympia, Delphi and Meteora. The kit includes an English speaking guide recovery of selected hotels in Athens and entrances to museums and archaeological sites. Travelers have the choice of tourist class or first class accommodations during the trip.
Kusadasi (Kuşadası) is one of the most swollen resort towns on the southern Aegean Coast, overflowing with shiploads of tourists in summer who enlarge the year-round population several times over. Once a small fishing village, today the busy town is packed with curios and carpet shops; its proximity to the ruins of Ephesus (Efes) making it an ideal base for Aegean cruise ships.
Despite the frenzied tourism, Kusadasi is situated amid splendid coastal scenery and several significant archaeological sites, including the three well-preserved Ionian settlements of Miletus (Milet), Didyma (Didim) and Priene. There are plenty of good restaurants and hotels, and ferries link it with the nearby Greek islands of Mykonos and Samos.