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August’s Sunvil Supper Club: Xtapodi Kofto (Octopus Pasta)

Traditionally, this is a dish that is served during Greek lent and often consumed on the first day of lent known as Kathara Deftera (Clean Monday). Although this dish may seem strange to some, many Greeks consider it as a comfort food. It’s combination of lean protein,

Why now is a good time to go to Greece

It was very encouraging to read the Lonely Planet article on ‘Why now is a good time to go to Greece’. Of course at Sunvil we’ve been telling everyone to do so all year as there was never a problem for tourists ­and we were proved right. It has

Follow in Rick Steins food-prints in the Mani

The Mani peninsula stretches from just south of Kalamata to Cape Tainaro – the southernmost point of mainland Greece – and encompasses the pretty coastal villages of Kardamili and Aghios Nikolaos and the family-friendly resort of Stoupa. Inland are the mountains of the Taygetus which hide gorges, Byzantine churches and the

The truth behind the headlines: Migrants in Greece.

Greece has suffered from exaggerated press comments as to the effect on tourists of the country’s economic problems and now the interest and emphasis has switched to the refugee influx onto the islands bordering Turkey. Remember, journalists always seek out bad news as it is bad news

Great hikes and idle strolls on Crete

Running from the interior highlands to the remote coastal village of Agia Roumeli south coast, the Samaria Gorge is considered to be Europe’s longest ravine. It’s also a must-do activity for many keen walkers who come to Crete. I can certainly testify that the often ridiculously early

July’s Sunvil Supper Club: Tyropitakia (Cheese Scones)

This recipe makes circa 30 scones depending on the size of the balls you make. They can be served any time – for breakfast, coffee, a snack, or with aperitifs. These Cheese Scones were made by Giota Vasileiou (from Erotokritos Apartments), a friend of the Ismini Hotel on Ammouliani

Waiting for the ferry to Ammouliani

‎In the UK, Ammouliani is one of Greece’s secret islands. To locals (the guy whose cafe served us his yummy potato and olive pie, frappes and baklava), it’s beautiful. We’re sitting in the sun, hats firmly fixed to heads, waiting for the next ferry to the island (having

Greener Holidays are Good for Everyone

The 1st of July sees the start of the 2015, Travel Foundation Make Holidays Greener month, an initiative close to Sunvil’s heart and one which we have passionately supported since its inauguration. This year however, given the recent events in Greece, Tunisia and France to name but

Slaying Greek Myths

To those who have access to the Sunday Times website, click here for a link to a very pragmatic and impassioned article written by John Humphrys, the well-known journalist and BBC broadcaster. Humphrys knows Greece and its people well and his son settled there 23 years ago,

Holidays in the Peloponnese – a short introduction

Look on a map of Greece; just below and to the left of Athens, you’ll find a leaf-shaped area of land poking into the Aegean Sea. The Peloponnese was once known as Moureas, the Greek word for the leaf of a mulberry tree with which it shares