Plakias is 35 kilometres south of Rethymno, on the southern coast of Crete on the Libyan Sea and is a popular tourist resort well-known for its award-winning Blue Flag sandy beach stretching for 1400 metres.
The number of foreign tourist arrivals to Greece in August this year reached 4.88 million people, rising by 25 percent compared to the same month in 2013, Bank of Greece data revealed on 22 October.
According to the data, the number of tourists visiting Greece from January to August 2014 surpassed 15.3 million people, an increase of 22.1 percent.
Of these visitors, some nine million tourists came from European
Union countries (14.6 percent increase), while the remaining are
arrivals from countries outside the EU-28 (33.1 percent increase).
During the first eight months of the year, Greece saw a major increase in arrivals from the United States (24.8 percent), France (20.7 percent) and the United Kingdom (15.6 percent).
The increase in tourist arrivals had beneficial effects on revenues,
which grew by 11.1 percent compared to the same period of 2013 and
amounted to 9.37 billion euros.
(source: Bank of Greece, GTP )
In 1900, sponge divers from the Greek island of Symi
anchored along the eastern coastline of the island while waiting for a
ferocious storm to pass. What they would stumble upon would stun the
crystalline waters, lay the incredible wreck undiscovered for thousands
of years. And as the site was explored over the next year, they would
uncover life-size bronze statues and remarkable artifacts. But it was
the 1902 recovery of a clump of calcified stone with mysterious
inscriptions that would push the wreck into archaeological lore.
The heavily corroded
bronze fragments would turn out to be what has been described as the
world's earliest known "computer," designed in the first century BC --
the Antikythera Mechanism. Built to track the astronomical calendar and
lunar movements, later radiographic image analysis of the mechanism
revealed 30 intricate gear wheels.
"We hate to speak of treasure but in this case, it's actually a treasure ship and there are just no two ways about it. Brendan Foley, archaeologist from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Famed underwater explorer
Jacques Cousteau visited the site in 1976 to film a documentary and
returned from below the surface with treasures galore. Since then, the
site had remained dormant under the aegis of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture for almost 40 years.
shipwreck is maybe the most important, most famous shipwreck from
antiquity," Brendan Foley, an archaeologist from WHOI and co-director of
the expedition told CNN before the dive began in September. "We are
hardcore scientists and archaeologists. We hate to speak of treasure but
in this case, it's actually a treasure ship and there are just no two
ways about it."
“Tourism in Crete is a key area of wealth,” Greek Tourism Minister
Olga Kefalogianni said while speaking at a conference in Heraklion,
The conference took place on 17 October and explored possibilities of developing special interest tourism types (agritourism, wine tourism and pilgrimage/religious tourism) to create a development strategy for South and inland Crete.
“The biggest challenge is to balance development between the southern
part of the island and the inland… But Crete can utilize the many
unique elements and proceed towards a balanced development,” Mrs.
The tourism minister underlined that all stakeholders must join forces to support tourism on Crete.
More into her speech, she spoke in regards to the initiatives of the
Tourism Ministry for the further development of special interest
tourism. More specifically, Mrs. Kefalogianni highlighted amendments made to a bill for tourism that set the standards for the development of agritourism and wine tourism in Greece.
The amendments defined agritourism-related activities and the types of
businesses and accommodation units that can practice the alternative
form of tourism and receive the special agritourism seal or wine tourism
seal. “For the first time, minimum requirements for the activity of agritourism and wine tourism businesses were set,” she said.
On pilgrimage/religious tourism, she highlighted the
cooperation protocols signed between the ministry and the Church of
Greece that see to the promotion of Greece’s unique religious monuments
Mrs. Kefalogianni added that the implementation of the national plan
for tourism resulted to the industry developing into a “catalyst” for
economic growth. In 2014, revenues and arrivals increased by 13.4
percent and 15.6 percent, respectively, according to data from the Bank
Watch the new video that was released yesterday, showing the famous croc basking in the sunshine on the edge of the lake.
Sifis, the elusive crocodile that has become something of an
attraction since he was first spotted in July at the area of the Rivers’
Dam near Rethimno, Crete, continues to roam the Cretan countryside,
successfully avoiding every single trap set to capture him.
Not even Olivier Behra, one of the world’s finest erpetologists,
could capture Crete’s famous crocodile when he visited the Greek island
in August, although he intends to return to Crete for a second attempt
next week, as was revealed yesterday by local media.
However, despite his amazing talent in eluding his captors, Sifis
didn’t manage to escape the scourge of all celebrities, the paparazzis
with their cameras!
This is the new video that was released yesterday, showing the famous croc basking in the sunshine on the edge of the lake.
Tomatoes and peppers stuffed with a mixture of rice, ground beef, herbs and chopped vegetables for extra flavor.
Serves: 6 Preparation time: 30m Baking time: 1h 50m Ready in: 2h 20m
Tomatoes and peppers stuffed with a mixture of rice, ground beef, herbs and chopped vegetables for extra flavor. Ingredients
6 ripe tomatoes, medium
6 green peppers suitable for stuffing
2 onions, chopped
1 horn pepper, cubed
1 small zucchini, grated
250g. ground beef
1 carrot, grated
1½ cup long grain white rice
1 cup chopped parsley
4 tablespoons chopped mint
3 large potatoes, peeled, quartered
1 cup olive oil
5-6 tablespoons breadcrumbs
Salt and pepper Preparation method Step 1
Preheat oven to 180 ° C. Wash the tomatoes and slice the tops off,
setting them aside. Using a spoon, scoop out the tomato flesh. Dice half
the quantity and process the rest in a food processor until you have a
chucky liquid. Step 2
Cut the tops off the peppers and set aside. Carefully remove and
discard the seeds. Place the peppers for 2 minutes in boiling water to
soften them and drain well. Step 3
Heat half the oil in a large deep skillet and sauté the onions along
with the carrot, the pepper and the zucchini. Add the ground beef and,
after mixing with the rest of the ingredients add the rice, the parsley,
the mint, the salt and the pepper. Add the diced tomatoes, a little
extra sugar and some more salt and pepper. Allow the stuffing to reach a
boil and remove the skillet from heat. Step 4
Place the tomatoes and peppers in a baking dish and sprinkle the
inside with a little salt and a little sugar. Fill them with the
stuffing you just prepared about 3/4 full and replace their “caps”. Step 5
Salt and pepper the potatoes and place them between the tomatoes and
peppers. Mix the pureed tomatoes with the remaining olive oil, salt,
pepper and pour over the stuffed vegetables. Add water as necessary so
that the fluid level reaches the two centimeters. Step 6
Sprinkle the yemista with breadcrumbs, cover the dish with foil and
bake in the preheated oven for 1½ hour, until the rice is cooked.
The uncover the dish and bake for a little longer, until the top is crisp. Source: Olive magazine Chef: Ioanna Stamoulou