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Morag@BarrheadTravel posted a post in EuropeIn the UK we are no stranger to Greek cuisine, thanks to the availability of Mediterranean style restaurants. However, nothing beats the real thing. And no trip to Greece is complete without filling your plate up with as much delicious local cuisine as possible. While it’s tempting to stick to what you know and order a Greek Salad, Moussaka, or Baklava – we instead recommend giving one of these traditional recipes a try that are not as readily available in the UK. Amygdalota This almond based cookie is extremely popular and isn’t hard to find. Typically you’ll find them in casual settings and many Greek locals like to pair it with a glass of warm Greek coffee. Ellinikos (Greek Coffee) On the topic of coffee, we recommend trying Greece’s most popular type of hot drink: Eillinikos. Available in three variations, choose between Vari Glyko (strong & almost honey sweet), Metrios (medium sweetness) and Sketos (without sugar). Courgette Balls (kolokithokeftedes) This popular starter brings together a creamy filling and a crunchy coating, with a burst of flavour made up of courgette, feta cheese and fresh mint. Greek Fava Dip (Yellow Split Pea Puree) If Santorini is your Greek island of choice, you’ll see this appetizer popping up on menus across the island. Sometimes extra olive oil is added, so it can be used as a side dip as well. Saganaki – Fried Cheese Calling all cheese lovers. This only takes 10 minutes to prepare (it’s literally cheese coated in flour and fried) and makes for the perfect comfort-food appetizer. Spanakopita Also known as a Greek spinach pie, this tasty and hearty dish is prepared with (or, sometimes, without) feta cheese, butter, olive oil and baked until golden and crispy. It can also be served as a starter, side or main meal. Yemista Bursting with juicy flavour, Yemista is the Greek word for stuffed tomatoes (but sometimes you’ll find variations made with green peppers, courgettes, eggplants or aubergines) that are usually filled with rice and various herbs (sometimes mincemeat). Pastitsio The perfect main when you need something tasty and filling. Pastitsio is a baked pasta dish with added ground beef and béchamel sauce. Galaktoboureko Moving onto desserts now, you have to let this beautiful sweet dish melt in your mouth at one point of your holiday. A traditional sweet dish that goes back hundreds of years, it is made up of crispy pastry sprinkled with melted butter and usually served with custard and syrup. Loukoumades If you like your desserts a little more savoury than sweet, then try these golden puffs of fried dough. Usually sprinkled with sweet syrup, walnuts and cinnamon.
Each of the Greek Islands has its own personality – but Corfu is definitely the one that is a great all-rounder. Whether you’re after a lively party holiday with your friends, a family-friendly resort that looks out onto the beach, or culture and food Corfu has bucket loads of options. Here's just a taster of what you can get up to. Explore ancient fortresses Back in medieval times, Corfu was protected from invasion by two fortresses. While it is no longer needed for practical purposes, The Old Fortress is a great example of Byzantine and the Venetian architecture and can be found on the east side of Corfu. In contract, The New Fortress was built by the Venetians in the 16th Century and was built when the original fortress could no longer adequately defend the city. Go for a night out in Kavos If you’re looking to let your hair down at a party, Kavos is the best place to visit. Not only is it famous for its unbeatable nightlife it is also home to sun-soaked beaches that are just as lively during the day. Slip on your hiking boots If you’re a keen hiker, you can set your sights on the Corfu Trail that will take you right across the island taking roughly 10 days to complete. It’s a very rugged path and is recommended for experienced hikers only but it will take you past rich lagoons and impressive peaks. Grab your snorkels Corfu has one of the best snorkelling and scuba diving reputations in Greece. The northeast coast is amongst the hotspots and (on a clear day) visibility can reach 25-30 metres while water temperatures can reach 24°. The sea cave Hole of Ha near Paleokastrítsa beach is considered a must-visit area for divers because of the brightly coloured sea stars that are commonly found in other waters. Splash at Aqualand Water Park Located in the centre of the island is Corfu’s resident water park – that also just happens to be home to Europe’s largest wave pool. The park is split into three areas: the children’s area, Family area and adrenaline area ensuring that everyone is set to have a good time. What's your favourite place to visit in Corfu?
Morag@BarrheadTravel posted a post in EuropeSun, sea and parties. This is what a holiday in the Mediterranean looks like to some young groups of friends (they may also still want the sand as well). Whether its their first holiday without parents or the friend group has been to some of Europe's best party destinations already, the Mediterranean is not short of famous nightclubs for 18-30 year olds to let their hair down. A lot of party destinations in Europe are also budget friendly and won't break the banks of young tourists. We offer a range of destinations and deals as part of our 18+ Young & Lively holidays, and we've rounded them up with a bit of information to help you decide which one you and your friends should head to for Summer 2016. San Antonio, Ibiza Ibiza is regarded as the party island of the Mediterranean, but it's specifically San Antonio that is the town to head to if you're after a party holiday. The Sunset ***** is its primary landmark and along here party goers will find a wide range of bars and clubs. Aimed a bit more towards 20-somethings, some of the San Antonio nightclubs have a more exclusive feel to them. There's also boat parties that sail out during the day and dock into port again at sunset but if you're looking for water sports during the day head to the slightly calmer beaches in the Bay of Antonio where you can also enjoy a meal at one of their beach-side restaurants. Hotels: Hotel Brisa, Casita Blanca, Azuline S'Anfora and Laura S'Atalaya. Magaluf, Majorca Magaluf needs no introduction. Popular with newly eighteen-year-olds and regularly chosen as the first holiday destination to visit without parents. One of the cheapest party destinations in Europe, entry to clubs and drink prices won't dent the holiday funds. Magaluf is however a very busy resort and queues build up quickly so it's a good idea to buy tickets in advanced, especially for BCM – Europe's biggest nightclub. Hotels: Martinique Apartments, BH Mallorca Hotel, Bellevue Vistanova and Teix Hotel. Laganas, Zante The small town of Laganas is famous as the home of well-known clubs such as Rescue Club, Plus Club, Medousa Bar, Cherry Bay and Zeros. If you've worked your way through the bars onland then head out on a boat party, some of which last through the night. The morning after, relax on one of the longest beaches on Zante and try and spot some loggerhead turtles. If you're wanting to try some water sports head along to Agrassi beach for a wide variety and Tsilin Water Park for water slides. Hotels: Ellenis Studios, Vivian Hotel & Apartments, Alexander Hotel and Alkyonis Hotel. Ayia Napa, Cyprus Ayia Napa is the destination that appeals to a wide range of party-goers. With legendary nightlife including A-list DJs, the main square of Ayia Napa is perfect for a wild night, while Nissi Beach offers trendier bars for a calmer night out. During the day beach bodies will love the many Blue Flags dotted along the coast and water sport lovers will be spoilt for choice – including diving as this resort offers one of the clearest waters in Cyprus. Hotels: Paloma Studios, Efi Apartments, Paul Marie Apartments, and Tsokkos Holiday Apartments. Kavos, Corfu If you're a fan of boat parties Kavos is the party destination to head to. One of the best places for boat trips in the Mediterranean, anyone who likes to sail through the sea – with a drink in hand or just to spot some wildlife – will be right at home. Water park lovers will also love Aqualand, the resort's water park and party-goers should remember to check out the famous Sunrise Sessions at the Atlantic – a club night that starts at 3am and finishes at sunrise. Hotels: Oasis Beach Club, Aphrodite Studios, Kapanis Beach, and Kalimera Hotel. Sunny Beach, Bulgaria A modern holiday resort on the eastern coast of Bulgaria, Sunny Beach is for club-goers who also want a side serving of culture. The country has a low cost of living which makes it a great choice for young travellers, with nightclubs and daytime activities being cheaper than most other party destinations. During the day enjoy mini-golf, horse riding along the Blue Flag beach or surfing on the Black Sea. For a bit of history, Nesebar – a UNESCO-listed town – is a 15-minute drive away. Hotels: Mariner, Favorit Hotel, Jupiter Hotel and Hotel Palazzo. Malia, Crete Just like a lot of beach resorts on the Greek islands, Malia is sun-kissed and lively. Just behind the main beach lies the strip – a lively row of bars, nightclubs and pubs ready for partygoers to come and explore. A lot of clubs in Malia also don't charge to get in. During the day, work off the night before on the beach, or splash about at the water park, Watercity, or speed round the tracks at Kartland. If you visit during the summer you'll also have the chance to attend an open-air festival. Hotels: Village Oasis, Dionysos Hotel, Hermes and Mirage Studios.