A Journey Through 15 of Greece's Best Cities: TrueTrips' CEO Featured in T+L

January 26, 2024

In the latest Travel + Leisure article published about Greece, our very own Christos Stergiou, CEO of TrueTrips, is featured offering insights into the enchanting allure of this Mediterranean paradise - our home country. The article delves into the heart of Greece's beauty, showcasing 15 of its best cities. Are you ready to dive in? Let’s explore!

Why Greece? Christos Stergiou's Perspective

Christos Stergiou, a fervent advocate for the transformative power of travel, tells about Greece's magnetic charm. Beyond the postcard-perfect crystalline waters and ancient tales, the country beckons travelers worldwide to savor the culinary delights, lose themselves in the unique cultural riches, and become part of the vibrant art scene. In his own words: "Everyone knows that Greece boasts stunning crystalline waters…but what truly sets Greece apart is its people”. 

Christos’ deep connection with the country stems from his belief that Greece is not just a destination, it's a cultural mosaic where every corner is steeped in history, mythology, and a deep sense of community. The passion for sharing his country with others lies in ensuring that each of his guests experience the soul of Greece, creating memories that transcend.

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Traditional Greek Philoxenia: Warmth Beyond Borders

Philoxenia is an ancient word that literally translates to ‘friend of the foreigner’ - its meaning is deeply weaved into Greek culture. Just like Christos describes in the article, it is a unique Greek gift that sets the country apart; it is unparalleled hospitality that extends beyond borders. Through the lens of TrueTrips, philoxenia is all about sharing genuine connections; for us, the warmth of philoxenia is all about designing amazing trips but far more about creating profound experiences that are remembered deep in the hearts of our guests.

In Greece, philoxenia is not just a cultural tradition, it’s a way of life. It is what’s shared in the joy of breaking bread with locals, the warmth of a welcoming smile, and the genuine curiosity to learn from each other. In experiencing philoxenia, travelers become a part of a larger, welcoming Greek family.

Greece's Most Beautiful Cities

Greece's cities are all beautiful, and yet some stand out as truly exceptional, combining history, culture, and natural splendor. Athens, the cradle of Western civilization, boasts iconic landmarks like the Acropolis, a testament to ancient glory. In Thessaloniki, the second-largest city, a vibrant blend of history and modernity unfolds along its bustling waterfront. 

Ioannina calls to the north, captivating its visitors with its mountainous landscape and lakeside charm, while Kalamata beckons to the south with its olive groves and azure waters. The monastic complex of Meteora in Kalambaka stands as a unique marvel, perched on towering rock pillars. Nafplio is a romantic coastal town that is enchanting with its Venetian architecture. Island cities like Corfu Town, Chania, and Rhodes Town offer a rich tapestry of beauty, connecting every corner of Greece in a truly magical and distinct way. 

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Christos Picks Ioannina: A Paradise City Revealed

One Greek city that truly shines in the spotlight is Ioannina. Christos unveils this hidden gem, nestled on the shores of Lake Pamvotida: "Ioannina truly shines as a city that's a hidden treasure, especially for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers." From its scenic historical center to vibrant neighborhoods, Ioannina is a fantastic base for exploring the northwestern region of Greece.

In addition to its iconic landmarks like the historic Byzantine castle, Christos highlights Ioannina's role as a gateway to countless incredible experiences within a short drive. Daily trips to stunning villages like Metsovo and captivating Zagorohoria await, offering breathtaking landscapes and charming stone-built houses.

Whether your heart longs for the historical grandeur of Athens, the vibrant streets of Thessaloniki, or the hidden treasures of Ioannina, True Trips promises an unforgettable Greek travel experience for each of our guests. We welcome you to dive deeper into the magic of our home country by reading the full Travel and Leisure article here and we look forward to hearing from you once you’re ready to start planning your next Greek adventure!