Rebetiko, the Greek ‘blues’


If you are interested in listening to the original sound of bouzouki the way the locals do, one of the best and most entertaining ways is to enter a rebetadiko. It is something between a bar and a tavern where you can drop in for drink or even enjoy a meal while a music band plays rebetiko, the Greek ‘blues’ music. We visited one of the most traditional rebetadiko in downtown Athens, open at lunchtime too on weekends. Be prepared for dancing…

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Euboea, the mysterious dragon houses

Greece, Euboea (Evia), Sitia, Drakospita
eubea_kallianouWe linger a little longer in the hinterland of Southern Euboea to discover more wonders hidden in the mountains. This time it was the turn of the enigmatic “dragon houses”. These megalithic, archaic constructions known as drakospita  are scattered throughout the central and southern part of the island. We visited the group of Palli-Laka which is easily accessible from Styra and we’ve been fairly impressed!

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Euboea, Karystos. Columns and ramparts

Greece, Euboea (Evia), Karystos columns
eubea_sudThe strong wind blew away our desire to hang around the beach. Instead of suffering next to the stormy sea, we decided to visit the Venetian fortress which stands on a hill above the town of Karystos and also, weather permitting, to explore the Roman quarries situated further up the mountain Ochi. This place was famous since antiquity for its particular, colorful marble and still has a kind of mystic atmosphere. Definitely worth the hike!

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