Greek Mythology combined with Halcyon days! You might wonder what this means, but as in every country and season, there are natural phenomena.

A Greek winter can be cold and in the mountainous areas, it always snows. However, every year there are also some very warm days with a lot of sunshine. They are called the “Halcyon days” or “Alkionides Meres“. Unfortunately, we never know on which days exactly those calm bright days will come. Usually, it is the period after Christmas until the end of January when there is a non-interrupted period of days with clear blue skies and warm temperatures, which at least in the Athens region can reach more than 20°C during day-time.
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The Athens Classic Marathon is one of the most important sports events hosted by the city of Athens. Thousands of runners from all over the world participate in every year’s race. Apart from the sportive event, they have the chance to enjoy Greek hospitality, to discover the fascinating landscape and to explore a city which is constantly improving its standards.

Of course, nowadays the Marathon race is held in many major cities around the world, but there is only one “Authentic Marathon”, in Greece 🙂
It takes place every year in Attiki, from the village of Marathon till centre Athens, beginning of November.

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Autumn in Greece is full of surprises!
Even though summer is probably the most popular season in Greece, for Greeks and non-Greeks, also autumn and winter have much more to offer than you might think!
Since the Tourist Industry focuses on Greece as a typical country for summer holidays, not everyone knows that Greece is more than only beaches and sea.
Here an introduction to different aspects of the beautiful Greek autumn.


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Naxos island is the largest island of the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea.
It is known for its beautiful beaches, ancient ruins, and rich history, as well as its production of marble and agricultural products. Naxos is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its scenic landscapes, traditional villages, and vibrant culture.
At Omilo, we are teaching our summer courses on the island of Syros, since 2005, from where we can see Naxos island, with clear weather.
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Syros island and Hermoupolis town, are locations our students love deeply.
Every Summer, since 2005, Omilo organizes Greek Language and Culture Courses on the Cycladic island of Syros.
After all those years, the island feels like a second home to the Omilo team, as well as to many returning students.
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Greek University Entrance Exams or Πανελλήνιες are taking place every year at the end of the school year, and it is a stressful period for many students as well as parents.

 

 

Studying at a Greek state university might officially be “for free” for students, but there are some conditions to consider; The exams leading to it are an intense and challenging process for all seventeen and eighteen-year-olds around the country. Parents usually pay a lot of money for private lessons for their children, in order to get the best results. This extra private education for preparing towards the exams usually is paid for minimum one year, but often for much longer as well. Therefore, knowing the difference between practice and theory, we believe it is not really correct to call the Public Greek Educational System “free”.

Continur reading and learn more about the Greek Public Educational system and University exams

 

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Visiting Ano Syros is like a journey through History and Culture.

When you visit the island of Syros, do not miss the opportunity to go for a beautiful walk, and witness some traditional Cycladic architecture.  Just a ten-minute taxi or bus ride to Ano Syros, from the capital and the port of the island, Hermoupolis.

Get ready to get lost in its little cobblestone alleys with the whitewashed walls, the colourful window shutters, numerous little churches and the blooming bougainvilleas! It is the perfect location for a walk with beautiful views to the Aegean Sea.

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Lefkada, also called Lefkas, is a beautiful Greek island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece; south of Corfu, and North of Kefalonia island.
The island is connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge.
Because Omilo organizes every year a  2-week Greek Language and Culture courses on Lefkada island, during the month of May / June,
we love to introduce you to some facts as well as to the rich mythological tradition of this Greek island.

The Myth Of Lefkada

Almost every place in Greece has a mythical tradition. Ancient Greeks always wanted to associate places with stories about Gods or famous heroes. Read more

The Greek Netflix Series, Maestro in Blue, is the first Greek TV series to make it to Netflix and it’s been localised into several languages, which means you can watch it with subtitles for a little bit of help if you’re a beginner or intermediate student of Greek. From what we hear from our Omilo students attending a Greek Language and Culture course in Greece, many have discovered this Netflix series already, but in case you did not see it yet, or if you want to improve your Greek listening skills, then  we suggest to give the Greek TV series Maestro in Blue a try.

 

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Greek songs which also became international hits, are more than you might think! However, few people today realize that some classic songs were actually written by Greek composers,
When you regularly visit, you definitely have understood that  music  plays a very important role in the life of Greeks. In joy and sorrow, Greeks sing. And the truth is that they have the opportunity to choose among several categories of songs, in order to express every time their feelings: there are plenty of folk songs, rebetika, laika, entexna  as well as rock and pop songs.


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