School’s out for summer! Cue daytrips to local parks for picnics, paddling pool parties, and revision. Wait, what? If your children have been given a summer project, or revision to do, you’ll probably have to deal with a bit of moaning from them. But remember, learning doesn’t have to be boring. Take your family to Greece, this summer, and immerse them in some hands-on revision.
Rhodes – History
Rhodes is steeped in ancient history, and holidays here come wrapped up in ribbons of myths and legends. For starters, it was once home to the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was destroyed by an earthquake in 226BC.
You can zip back to the 14th century, when you take a stroll down Ippoton Street, in Rhodes Old Town, one of Greece’s 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This long, cobble-stone road was the central meeting point of the Knights of St John – men whose role was to protect and defend the city against siege. You’ll find plenty of guided tours to take you around, where you can hear the stories of old.
If you feel like going back even further in time, head over to the town of Lindos to visit the hilltop acropolis, which was built around the 6th century BC. It’s just a 10-minute walk from the bottom, but, if you’re feeling tired, there are some friendly donkeys around who’ll give you a ride.
And, after a hard day of studying, you can always hit the beach – Rhodes has plenty to choose from, after all.
Samos – Maths
Save yourself a summer full of graphs and rulers and take a trip to Samos. This Aegean island was the birthplace of one of Greece’s most famous mathematicians, Pythagoras (remember him? The triangle guy). And, in celebration of his work, locals named a town after him. Plus, in the harbour, a statue of him stands tall – ironically, in the shape of a right-angled triangle.
The town of Pythagorion, on the island’s southeast coast, hasn’t changed much in 2,500 years. It still boasts whitewashed buildings and pretty beaches bordered by cafés and tavernas, which are handy if your revision’s built you up an appetite. Menus here will be bursting with fresh salads and catch-of-the-day fish dishes, which you can wash down with a traditional glass of ouzo on ice.
It’s not just maths that the Greeks were getting straight As in, either. If you head out to the outskirts of Pythagorian, you’ll see the remains of the 6th century B.C. Tunnel of Eupalinos, which along with Pythagorion and the archaeological site of Heraion, make up another UNESCO-listed site. Forget forklift trucks and laser-measuring instruments – the engineer, Eupalinos, used his skills in maths and geometry to dig this 3,400 foot-long aqueduct. Keep that in mind when you’re sitting your exams.
Kos – Music
If you know your majors from your minors, a holiday to Kos will open your ears to all kinds of new music. From acoustic crooning to chart hits, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The cobbled streets of Kefalos are the stomping ground of local musicians who tend to perform in the evenings. And, a day at Mylos Beach in Kos Town usually finishes up with live bands that play while the sun sets.
Kos also boasts one of the longest festivals, the Hippocrates Festival, which normally lasts around 10 weeks, and celebrates the life and work of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine. Locals pay tribute with classical concerts and folk music performances. The odd Greek popstar might make an appearance, too.
Meanwhile, over on the lively southeast coast, no-invite-needed parties ramp up in the nightclubs of Kardamena, an area popular with school leavers. Bar Street is the place to be until midnight, when things move on to the beaches, and some parties will even go on ‘til sunrise. We think that hard revising definitely earns you some down time…
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