Kalliopi Bermperi

Kalliopi Bermperi, Operations Manager

I grew up in the capital of Greece, Athens. From a very young age I remember myself reading history and ancient Greek. When I entered the University though, I understood that reading books was not enough for me, and I needed to see all these historic places and great monuments with my own eyes. Therefore, together with a few fellow students we started traveling all over Greece to explore the history and the archaeology of the country.

I think this is how my passion for travel began. After my first trip abroad (Berlin, 2008) I knew I wanted to travel the world and explore the history of each country. Few years later, I ended up studying history and working for the biggest European online hotel reservation company in Amsterdam. This was my first professional experience in the travel industry and since then I have traveled almost everywhere in Europe because of my job.

My Favorite Greek Island

My favorite island is definitely Crete. Crete is the largest and most populated of the Greek islands with roots dating back to Europe’s earliest documented civilization, the ancient Minoans. I’ve been almost everywhere in Crete, but I never get enough of the stunning landscape and rich diversity of this island.

Chania, Heraklion, Rethymno, Elounda, Agios Nikolaos and Hersonissos are some of the most famous places you can visit in Crete, and they all have common characteristics: the hospitable people who are eager to offer you raki and have a nice chat with you, the amazing Cretan food, the breath-taking beaches or the imposing mountains and gorges, the rich history and culture, the amazing architecture, the relaxing atmosphere and the positive energy.

  • Blue Palace in Elounda, Crete

    My Favorite Greek Hotel

    My favorite hotel so far is Blue Palace in Elounda, Crete. The hotel itself is stunning overlooking the beautiful turquoise waters and Spinalonga island. The service is amazing and the stuff very friendly. Food in Crete is always excellent, and this hotel has four different restaurants (there are also Italian and Asian dining options). The hotel has its own private beach that we used daily for swimming and there is a private boat that can take you around the Gulf of Elounda. My husband and I treated ourselves with a massage and that was heavenly.

  • Galaktoboureko

    My Favorite Greek Food

    Galaktoboureko is a milk-based dessert (gala means milk in Greek). This golden crispy perfection is made of crispy phyllo and creamy custard sprinkled with melted butter and it always sweetens the end of our family gatherings. Some people prefer to eat it cold, straight from the refrigerator and others at room temperature. The perfect combination for me is eating galaktompoureko together with a traditional Greek coffee!

  • Ergon House

    My Favorite Greek Restaurant

    My favorite restaurant in Athens is definitely Ergon House. The restaurant is centrally located, right at the foot of the Acropolis and very close to the main shopping street of Ermou, so you can combine shopping with a nice meal. Although I have literally tried the whole menu, I never get bored of “kontosouvli’’ (homemade gyros from pork served in pita bread) and the cheese pie from Skopelos island with goat cheese and honey. I also find its atmosphere quite unique because of the 200-year olive tree standing right in the middle, the grocery store, the fish shop, and the butcher shop where you can buy anything you need after finishing your meal. From the rooftop of the restaurant, you have an amazing Acropolis view – highly recommended for dinner if you want to enjoy the illuminated Parthenon.

  • Patmos Island Monastery

    My Favorite Travel Experience in Greece

    I love cruises and couple of years ago I had the chance to experience a cruise to the Aegean islands by small ship. The whole experience was amazing as everyday we were on a different island. Apart from the well-known islands like Santorini and Mykonos we also visited lesser-known islands like Patmos, Delos and Amorgos. The highlight for me was Patmos Island where we visited St. John (the Evangelist, one of Jesus’ twelve apostles) Monastery and the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse. St. John lived in a grotto beneath the Temple of Diana for 18 months. It was there that he was said to have received his vision of fire and brimstone and dictated the Book of Revelation. He also wrote the Fourth Gospel during this period and the cracks in the walls of the cave are said to have appeared when the apostle heard the voice of the Lord.

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