Greece

Greece

Etymology

The names for the nation of Greece and the Greek people differ from the names used in other languages, locations and cultures. Although the Greeks call the country Hellas or Ellada (Greek: Ἑλλάς or Ελλάδα) and its official name is the Hellenic Republic, in English it is referred to as Greece, which comes from the Latin term Graecia as used by the Romans, which literally means ‘the land of the Greeks’, and derives from the Greek name Γραικός. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Athens Hobby Photography Meetup – A group for friendly and enthusiastic photographers. We do photo-walks at nice places at Athens with finish at tavern. We share experience, tips and socialize. [meetup]

Athens IoT Meetup – Purpose of this meetup is to help build the IoT community in Athens, bring people of different backgrounds in touch and build synergies, share interesting stories, inform and inspire. [meetup]

Athens Meetup – This group is devoted in building a community of people that want to meetup and expand their social graph. [meetup]

Athens World Cinema and Theater Meetup – This meet up group is specifically aimed at cinema/theatre lovers. It will run all year round on the last Wednesday evening of each month (more or less). For this season’s events, we have chosen two of our favourite winter venues – Mikro Kosmo, Singrou Fix/ Asty, Petit Palais for worldwide cinema productions and Theater Neou Kosmou (which often has a choice of several interesting productions from writers around the world). Both venues have cosy bar areas to give us time to meet and greet each other before performances and during intervals. [meetup]

Good mood in Athens – Are u interested in meeting new people? You have the opportunity here in Athens while u are drinking your favourite drink. It is not just for people who are new in the city, everybody with a good mood and some smiles can join us and spend a good time. We will meet regularly. [meetup]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

agapeonline.com – Agape Online started in 1998 as the first dating website dedicated to Greek singles around the world. We’ve had many success stories ranging from Greek singles meeting from half-way across the world to other couples who lived just down the street from each other, but who would have otherwise never met. [agape online]

Eligible Greeks – Eligible Greeks is a Greek personals and Greek dating community designed to help you meet that special partner. The site was launched in 2002 and is today the largest Greek personals on the Internet. Join our Greek dating site today to meet real and compatible singles Greek men, Greek women and guys. [eligible greeks]

Greek Dates – At GreekDates.com, we excel at helping you find your match safely and quickly. Through our extensive profiles, members can learn about each other before meeting in person. Our great quality assurance and customer service means all you have to worry about is looking good in your photo. [greek dates]

GreekFriendsDate.com – Meet single Greeks in your local area at GreekFriendsDate.com, the Free Dating Site for Single Greeks. If youre into any aspect of Greek culture, such as Greek history or cuisine, or if you want to just meet another fellow Greek and hang out together, then Greek friends date is the ultimate singles community for you. [greekfriendsdate]

Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Athens Walks – Athens is a big city of five million people. Big and chaotic to some. However, the vibrant and eternal parts can surprise you in every corner. It has different areas and in the same city you can feel you are in a different town each time. Ancient, historic, old and loud at the centre; green, rich and commercial at its north suburbs; warm, coastal, young and vivid at its south beach coast. [athens walks]

Jonathans Tours – We aim to make your walking holiday an unforgettably rewarding experience. We will take you to the most special and unspoilt places with a difference. We walk far and wide in Greece: on the mainland and on selected islands, particularly Crete, in the Spanish and French Pyrenees. [jonathans tours]

Kudu Travel – Patrick Leigh Fermor, known to his friends, readers and followers as Paddy, is regarded as one of the finest travel writers of his generation. At the age of 18, after a disastrous schooling and undecided what to do next, he walked across the Europe of the 1930s. The journey led him ultimately to Greece, a country he came to love deeply and where he eventually made his home and wrote his honed and scholarly, yet deeply sympathetic, travelogues. [kudu travel]

Walking Holidays in Greece – Ancient Greece was the origin of democracy, history and theatre. Successive civilizations – Mycenaean, Classical, Byzantine – have left a language and a culture which survived centuries of Ottoman Turkish rule to re-emerge in the 19th century as modern Hellas. This was partially aided and abetted with the encouragement given by the young Lord Byron, who helped inspire the Greeks to throw off the Ottoman Empire. [sherpa expeditions]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

Acropolis, Athens – Considered the symbol of Athens and Greece, and indeed of Western civilisation, the Acropolis is a rocky mound rising in the heart of modern Athens and crowned by three magnificent temples dating from the 5th century BC. The best known and most distinctive is the Parthenon, originally made up of 58 columns supporting a roof and decorated by ornate pediments and a frieze. [planet ware]

Acropolis Museum, Athens – Opened in 2009, the Acropolis Museum is now one of Athens’ most-visited tourist attractions. Designed by Swiss architect Bernard Tschumi, it is an ultra-modern glass and steel structure with light and airy exhibition spaces, built specifically to display ancient finds from the Acropolis. Top things to see here include the 6th-century-BC Moschophoros (statue of a young man carrying a calf on his shoulders), the Caryatids (sculptures of female figures that held up the Erechtheion) and the highly controversial Parthenon marbles. [planet ware]

Corfu Town – On the Ionian Sea, off the west coast of mainland Greece, Corfu is one of the country’s most-visited island destinations. The capital, Corfu Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, thanks to its elegant Italianate architecture – it was ruled by the Venetians for several centuries. Explore its romantic pedestrian-only streets to discover two 16th-century fortresses, and the arcaded Liston, lined by old-fashioned cafes. [planet ware]

Delphi – On the Greek mainland, Delphi is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built on the lower slopes of Mount Parnassus, overlooking a dramatic ravine, the site was sacred to the ancients, who came here on pilgrimages to worship Apollo (god of light, prophecy, music, and healing) and to ask advice from the mythical Oracle. It is made up of the crumbling ruins of numerous temples, a theater, and stadium, dating from between the 8th century BC and the 2nd century AD. [planet ware]

Meteora Monasteries – One of the most unusual things to see in Greece has to be the Thessaly Plain where bizarre rocky outcrops are capped by the centuries-old monasteries of Meteora. On the UNESCO World Heritage list, six of the monasteries are open to the public. You need to climb up several flights of stone steps carved into the rocks to reach each monastery, and inside, you’ll find flickering candles, religious icons, Byzantine frescoes, and burning incense. [planet ware]

Mykonos – Greece’s most glamorous island destination is Mykonos. After-dark activities center on Mykonos Town, noted for its chic boutique hotels, classy seafood restaurants, and live music venues. Other attractions include Paraportiani (a whitewashed church in Mykonos Town) and numerous sandy beaches along the island’s south coast (served both by bus and taxi-boat from Mykonos Town). [planet ware]

Nafplio – Often cited as Greece’s most beautiful city, Nafplio is a popular weekend destination for wealthy Athenians. Built on a small peninsular on the east coast of the Peloponnese, it became the first capital of modern Greece in 1828 before Athens took over in 1834. The car-free old town is filled with neo-classical mansions and proud churches and overlooked by the 18th-century Palamidi Fortress. [planet ware]

Rhodes Town – Lying on the Aegean Sea, close to Turkey, Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands. Its capital, UNESCO-listed Rhodes Town, is one of Greece’s top tourist destinations. It is enclosed by an impressive fortification system, including monumental towers and gates built by the Knights of St. John after they took control of the island in the 14th century.[planet ware]

Samaria Gorge – On the island of Crete, the Samaria Gorge is a top attraction for lovers of the great outdoors. Measuring 16 kilometers in length and, at its narrowest point, only four meters wide, it runs from Omalos (1,250 meters) in the White Mountains down to Agia Roumeli, on the Libyan Sea. Depending on your level of fitness, it will take five to seven hours to walk. [planet ware]

Santorini – The most dramatic of all the Greek islands, Santorini is best known for the cliff-top towns of Fira and Oia, which lie on the west coast, overlooking the deep, blue sea-filled caldera. Made up of typical Cycladic whitewashed cubic buildings, many of which have been converted into boutique hotels with infinity pools, both Fira and Oia are considered romantic destinations, popular for weddings and honeymoons. [planet ware]

Thessaloniki – Overlooking the Aegean Sea in northern Greece, Thessaloniki (Salonica) is the country’s second biggest city after Athens. Founded in 316 BC due to its position close to both Bulgaria and Turkey, it has always been a crossroads of various cultures and religions. [planet ware]

Zagorohoria & the Ancient Ruins of Kassope and Nikopolis – In the Pindus Mountains in Epirus in northwest Greece, close to Ioannina, the remote region of Zagori is known for its stunningly dramatic landscapes crisscrossed by hiking paths. Here, you’ll find Zagorohoria, some 46 old stone villages, the best known of which are Papingo and Monodendri, where tumbledown cottages have been restored for use as holiday homes and traditional hotels complete with antique furniture and open fireplaces. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

Apokreas (Carnival season) – Some say that Carnival the world over has its roots in Greece’s ancient worship of wild, wonderful Dionysus, the god of winemaking, fertility and theatre. Today, Greece’s Carnival season is related to the Greek Orthodox religion, and kicks off three weeks prior to the fasting of Lent (from mid-January to late February or early March). A host of smaller events leads up to the wild weekend of Carnival – known in Greece as Apokreas – which is resplendent with costume parades, colourful floats, feasting and traditional dancing. At Apokreas even small villages eat, drink and don (sometimes off-colour) costumes and parade in the streets. The celebrations end with Clean Monday (Kathara Deftera), the first day of Lent, which sees families go on picnics and fly kites. [lonely planet]

August Moon Festival – Considered the brightest and most beautiful moon of the year, the August moon inspires towns across Greece to host special nighttime events and parties. In Athens, stunning historical venues such as the Acropolis or Roman Agora open for free moonlit performances of theatre and dance. Each year the program changes, so check locally when you arrive. [lonely planet]

Hellenic Festival – Imagine the open, dark Greek summer sky overhead and the marble tiers of an ancient Greek theatre filled with a rapt audience watching art in the making. The most prominent Greek summer festival, the Hellenic Festival features a top line-up of local and international music, dance and drama. And, wonderfully, many of the marquee events are staged at one of the world’s prime historic venues: the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, with the floodlit Acropolis as a backdrop. [lonely planet]

Navy Week – Celebrating Greece’s long relationship with the sea, fishing villages and ports throughout the country host historical re-enactments and parties in late June. Navy Week in Crete honours the island’s maritime tradition with music, dancing, swimming and sailing; celebrations are especially big in Soudha, near Hania. In Hydra, the Miaoulia festival celebrates local naval hero Admiral Miaoulis and the Hydriot contribution to the War of Independence. It culminates in a spectacular sound-and-light show with the burning of a boat which represents a Turkish warship, and fireworks over Hydra harbour. In Lesvos (Mytilini), Molyvos and Kaloni see lively celebrations as well. [lonely planet]

Orthodox Easter – Easter is by far the biggest event of the year, celebrated everywhere with candlelit street processions, midnight fireworks and spit-roasted lamb. Some islands are renowned for their unique Easter festivities. Easter week, or Holy Week, is marked by different events each day. It all begins on the Saturday of Lazarus (one week before Easter Sunday) with children going door-to-door singing the hymn of ‘Lazaros’ and collecting money and eggs. The festive spirit continues throughout the week, and villages, towns and cities come to life as locals decorate their churches and epitaphs, hold daily services, fast and follow specific customs. [lonely planet]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Bus – Most Greek towns are small enough to get around on foot. All the major towns have local buses, but the only places you’re likely to need them are Athens, Patra, Kalamata and Thessaloniki. [lonely planet]

Metro – Athens is the only city in Greece large enough to warrant the building of an underground system. Note that only Greek student cards are valid for a student ticket on the metro. [lonely planet]

Taxi – Taxis are widely available in Greece, except on very small or remote islands. They are reasonably priced by European standards, especially if three or four people share costs. Many taxi drivers now have sat-nav systems in their cars, so finding a destination is a breeze as long as you have the exact address. [lonely planet]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Agile Greece – A community of agile practitioners and for anyone interested in agile principles and practices like Scrum, XP, Lean, Kanban, Test Driven Development, Product Ownership etc… Our mission is to share knowledge and increase agile adoption in Greece. [meetup]

API Athens – This meetup is for people who build, use, explore or want to learn more about APIs. The purpose of this group is to meet and discuss ideas, new stuff, real life examples, innovations, opportunities and problems faced in the area of APIs. [meetup]

Athens Android Developers Group – This is an effort to gather Android Developers in Athens in order to meet regularly, network and exchange ideas and knowledge around Android development. [meetup]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Athens friends meet up – Expat or resident in Athens, Greece? Join us and change your life!! Make new friends in an international environment with “Meet Up” [meetup]

Athens Travellers & Expats – This is a group for travellers & expats who plan to visit or currently live in Athens,Greece. My name is Panos. I’m an enthusiastic hospitality expert who loves sharing and treating guests as true friends. [meetup]

Expat Athens Meetup Group 25-40 – Hello everybody! We want to create an expat group for singles to mingle and enjoy life to the fullest! American, British, Canadian, Australian etc. 25-40 age groups so that we can arrange interesting events for networking and to meet someone special. [meetup]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Athens Gay Bears & Bearcubs – The hope is that we will establish a successful and ongoing networking opportunity for Greek gay bears, cubs and others in order to increase our social circle of friends in Athens, Greece. – I recently moved to Athens and although Greek, I feel like ‘a xeno’ – there must be other bears like me that would be open to socializing, grabbing coffee or dinner, catching a film or a show! [meetup]

Athens LGBT Friends – Γεια σας! I’ve just moved to Athens and as I’m networking and meeting new people I realise how great it is to meet LGBTs, but they are a bit difficult to find, so I’m trying this! Let’s go out for coffee, drinks, dinner or even museums and cultural events – with both Greeks and people around the world who find themselves here in this beautiful city. [meetup]

Resources

Resources

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