Τετάρτη, 30 Μαΐου 2018

Photo of the day: Meet me by the sea


Plakias Beach in the South part of Rethymno - Crete.

Greece Among ‘Most Excellent’ Places to Travel Worldwide, Says TripAdvisor


Greece is among the “Most Excellent” global tourism destinations that have the highest percentage of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence recipients, according to travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor.


More specifically, Greece ranks fourth on the list of TripAdvisor’s “Most Excellent” countries, with Iceland in first place, Ireland in second, the UK in third and Morocco in the fifth position.

In its eighth year, the Certificate of Excellence is given to accommodations, restaurants and experiences that deliver great service and consistently achieve high traveler reviews on travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor.

 “Most Excellent” Countries Overall
1. Iceland
2. Ireland
3. United Kingdom
4. Greece
5. Morocco
6. France
7. The Netherlands
8. Italy
9. Portugal
10. Belgium



“When travelers see a Certificate of Excellence sticker or certificate on display, they immediately know that the business has a track record of offering highly rated guest or dinner experiences.

Now, with our ‘Most Excellent’ lists, we’re excited to reveal the destinations where travelers are most likely to encounter these excellent businesses,” said Neela Pal, Vice President of Brand Marketing at TripAdvisor.

Greece also ranked second on the lists of the “Most Excellent” Countries for Restaurants and Experiences; and eighth among the “Most Excellent countries for Accommodations.

 “Most Excellent” Countries for Restaurants
1. Iceland
2. Greece
3. Ireland
4. United Kingdom
5. Portugal
6. France
7. Italy
8. Spain
9. The Netherlands
10. Hungary

  
“Most Excellent” Countries for Experiences
1. Iceland
2. Greece
3. Mexico
4. Portugal
5. Morocco
6. Vietnam
7. United Kingdom
8. Brazil
9. Thailand
10. Chile

 















  “Most Excellent” Countries for Accommodations
1. Singapore
2. United Arab Emirates
3. Morocco
4. Iceland
5. Ireland
6. United Kingdom
7. Australia
8. Greece
9. Canada
10. Indonesia


 The Certificate of Excellence winners were selected using a proprietary algorithm that takes into account the quality, quantity, and recency of user reviews, as well as the business’ tenure on the site. 

Recipients must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least twelve months. 

A business must be listed for the full 12-month qualifying period between April 1 to March 31 to be considered.
(Source: GTP)

Greeks Have the World’s 6th Most Powerful Passport



Greece remains in 6th spot for a second year in a row, the best ranking ever !

The Greek passport remains the 6th most-powerful travel document in the world amid an annual global ranking of the Henley Passport Index.

This index measures the number of countries certain passport holders can visit without having to apply for a visa. According to the Henley Passport Index, Greeks can visit 174 countries without a visa.

Greece remains in sixth place, with Japan knocking Germany from the top spot in the list of the world’s most powerful passports. Japanese citizens can visit 189 of a possible 218 countries in the world without a visa.

According to the new Passport Index rankings, German passport holders can travel to 188 countries without a visa, while British citizens can visit 186 countries without one.

Mediterranean Cooking: Ouzo sorbet

By: Simoni Kafiri | | Desserts, Mediterranean Cooking
 
This “soft snow” is brash and boozy! It’s the perfect after-dinner digestif. Any brand of ouzo will do… If you are not fond of ouzo, replace it with champagne if you wish!
Serves: 4-5 Prep. time: 15′ + 6h waiting Cooks in: 5′ Ready in: 20′

Ingredients
1 cup ouzo
1¾ cup sugar
2 water

Method

Step 1
In a saucepan boil water with sugar. When it comes to a boil cook for another 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let syrup cool. Stir in ouzo.

Step 2
Transfer mix in a cool container with lid and freeze. When it starts to thicken, remove from freezer, stir with a fork and return to freezer. Repeat for a couple of times and freeze completely.

Photo: Vangelis Paterakis – Food styling: Elena Jeffrey

Greek Beaches Notch Up Nearly 520 Blue-Flag Awards


Greece is the second country worldwide for its number of blue-flag beaches according to the Association for Environmental Education and the Consumer (ADEAC).

Almost 520 of the country’s beaches were awarded the prestigious blue-flag status. The top area in Greece, for this year again, is Halkidiki with 89 flags.

Blue flags are awarded to those beaches that meet high standards for hygiene, sanitary conditions, safety, accessibility and the provision of lifeguards.

The international committee this year awarded 3,687 beaches, 679 marinas and 55 tourist boats across the world.

Spain safely holds onto its title in 2018 as the country with the most blue-flag beaches. It will be able to fly blue flags at a total of 590 of its beaches this summer.

Greece is second this year, followed by Turkey, France and Italy in that order, out of the world total of 4,423 blue flags in 45 countries.

According to the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature, the national operator of the program, the blue flag is the most recognizable ecological symbol in the world.
(Source: Greek Reporter)

Κυριακή, 27 Μαΐου 2018

New Review on Tripadvisor: "Excellent location and accommodation" (with photos)



''You are looking at the best accommodation in plakias. 

The rooms are very recently built with the best standards. 

The beach is just meters away and the village of plakias just 100 meters from the rooms. 
It is super quiet and relaxing, also perfect for children. 

The hosts, Eleni and Giorgos, are the most kind and helpful people, always there for help or recommendations. 
 I will definitely return to stay there again!
Stayed: April 2018, travelled with family''

See here: TripAdvisor
 Plakiassuites: Ranked #1 of 51 Speciality Lodging in Plakias, Retyhymno - Crete!
  
  108 Reviews Certificate of Excellence