Travel to the Mainland of Greece – Episode 449

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Hear about travel to the mainland of Greece as the Amateur Traveler talks to Margherita Ragg from about one of her favorite countries. Margherita comes from Italy so she has traveled to Greece on numerous occasions. We talk at length about Athens, Delphi and Meteora.

Why should someone go to Greece? Margherita recommends that for those of us from western civilizations it has special significance. “In terms of culture and in terms history it has a lot to offer and also in terms of nature”. Normally when we think of Greece we have the idea of the islands with the beautiful white houses, the mainland is very different but still offers some amazing nature, mountains, a lot of opportunities when it comes to trekking. It’s definitely worth a trip.”

We start in Athens as most trips to Greece will. “Athens is a really amazing city. Not only the main sites like the Acropolis, all the ruins, the Acropolis Museum and so on, but also because of the artsy creative vibe that’s been emerging since the crisis. There is a lot of street art. There are a lot of independent cafes, independent restaurants.” And of course the Acropolis is not to be missed. “Even the view from the hill is just stunning”. But Margherita also recommends the less well known Kerameikos cemetery located to the northwest of the Acropolis as well as the sunset view of the Acropolis from Mount Lycabettus and the large Temple of Zeus.

We also talk about some of the great neighborhoods like the Plaka, Psiri, Anafiotika, and Monastiraki, the Central Market as well as odd things like getting a fish pedicure at Lake Vouliagmeni.

Monastiraki then moves us on to the area around Delphi which is near Mount Parnassus. It is the site of the ancient oracle and makes a great day trip from Athens.

Further from Athens we talk about the UNESCO site of Meteora where first hermits and later monks scaled the rock pillars to build heritages and 22 different monasteries. One of the most beautiful natural spots in the world, Meteora is also rich with history. A couple of these monasteries have been in continuous use since the middle ages.

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Show Notes

The Crowded Planet
Visit Greece
Acropolis of Athens
Monastiraki Station
Mount Lycabettus
Temple of Olympian Zeus
National Archaeological Museum
Acropolis Museum
Street Art Tour
Athens Central Market
The Plaka
Old Royal Palace
Lake Vouliagmeni
Athens Insiders
Big Olive City Walks
Mount Parnassus
Temple of Athena Pronaia
Battle of Thermopylae
Great Meteoron Monastery
Varlaam Monastery
Holy Trinity Monastery
Mount Athos
Visit Mount Athos
Hiking and Scrambling Tour of Great Saint
Visit Albania
When James Bond Went to Meteora
Meteora, the Real Life ‘Eyrie’


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

4 Responses to “Travel to the Mainland of Greece – Episode 449”



I’m headed to this country in the new year, so this podcast was of great interest to me … very interesting stuff!



Hans, you will love it!



I have yet to listen to this episode, but I went to this area of Greece a few years ago (before their economic crisis) and can also recommend in the area the town of Nafplio and the nearby archaeological sites of Epidavros and Mycenae as well.

Lately (since upgrading to iOS8) I’ve been having trouble seeing the images in the iTunes enhanced version of the podcast. Thanks for including the quicktime version in the website – it’s good to at least catch up on those later.

Overall, I love the podcast and appreciate that it includes a mix from old favorites to bucket list to strictly armchair destinations.

Take care – Erik / NYC



I had problems at first with the enhanced version with IOS8, but later updates seemed to have fixed whatever problem I was having

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