That is why people here live longer

That is why people here live longer

[Chanel]

Chios Mastic is a natural, aromatic resin in teardrop shape produced from the mastic tree (pistacia lentiscus var. chia) only growing in the southern part of Chios Island. The uniqueness of the product is attributed not only to a deep-rooted tradition in cultivation, but also to certain soil and weather conditions that favour mastic tree’s flourishing.” Read more HERE and HERE

Explore Chios Island’s renowned mastic product in its medieval settlement complex, known as Mastichochoria (meaning mastic villages), which date back to the 14th century. Up to this day mastic harvesting and all other processes are done by hand. Moreover, mastic is nowadays used for medicinal purposes as well as in cosmetics. Read more HERE

The island of Chios [chiosonline.gr]

Some secrets are meant to be shared

Some secrets are meant to be shared

[Lonely Planet]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • I love travelling around Greece
  • Off the beaten track
  • Tell people about it
  • Lonely Planet awards the best travel destinations in Europe for the upcoming year
  • This year it’s going to be the Peloponnese
  • It’s got a huge array of things
  • “Filoxenia”, the traditional Greek welcoming attitude
  • The full spectrum of what Greece has to offer
  • Truly forgotten regions of Greece
  • The site of the original Olympic games
  • The stadium where the athletes used to compete
  • Shipwreck diving
  • Go down these country lanes
  • Wine regions in Greece
  • Many are experimental and organic others are very very traditional
  • A great place to taste wine
  • The top region in Europe for 2016
  • It really deserves the recognition
  • Some secrets are meant to be shared

Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2016

  1. Peloponnese, Greece
  2. Aarhus, Denmark
  3. Venice, Italy
  4. The Dordogne, France
  5. Lviv, Ukraine
  6. Warwickshire, England
  7. Extremadura, Spain
  8. East Coast Tenerife, Canary Islands
  9. Texel, the Netherlands
  10. Northern Dalmatia, Croatia

The Peloponnese, Greece

Travellers to Greece tend to flock to the myriad islands or marvel at the iconic Acropolis, but one of the country’s most diverse, vibrant regions is often forgotten: the Peloponnese. It remains an affordable enclave of magnificent ancient sites like Olympia, Mycenae and Mystras, which are scattered across a rich landscape of stone villages, teal seas and snow-capped mountains.

2016 brings the chance to hike the Peloponnese’s new Menalon trail or take a tipple in the Nemean wine region, with its vintages gaining prominence around the globe. You can dive shipwrecks off the Navarino coast or visit the wild and remote Mani, home to ancient stone towers converted into boutique luxury lodgings. Beautiful Nafplio blends contemporary art with atmospheric architecture and classic town squares, ideal for a long, lazy lunch.

Now more than ever the Peloponnese is the perfect destination for absorbing traditional Greek life, compelling history and inspiring landscapes. Download your free PDF guide to the Peloponnese to find out for yourself.

Download the Free PDF guide to the Peloponnese

[Lonely Planet]