Greece is a vital part of the History of Occident. We would be fairer to say that it is the fundamental basis on which have settled almost 3,000 years of political, social, philosophical and artistic development in Europe and, consequently, almost the entire world.
Our small contribution to its rediscovery has been to traverse its geography with 24 beautiful classic cars during ten days in the months of May and June of 2017. Participants from all over Spain were marveled by the corners and secrets that the Hellenic country, cradle of artists and philosophers who have been and still are today in their respective fields.
190SL Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar XK, Chevrolet StingRay, Porsche 911T, 911E and 356, MG B MKI or Morgan 4/4 were some of the classics who enjoyed the Greek roads during ten comfortable and funny days that took us from Athens To Mycenae, Olympia, Amfilochia, Meteora or Delphi, places of pilgrimage for all lovers of art and history.
Classics on the Road 2017 Rally of Greece started in Athens, the birthplace of democracy, where cars were already waiting for their owners to start this adventure. Kastri Hotel was our “pit stop” where to catch energy to start the tour next day.
The first stage of the Rally of Greece 2017 took us from Athens, crossing the Corinth Canal, to Mycenae, where the first Hellenistic civilization, located on the Peloponnese Peninsula, emerged. A guided tour allowed us to know the remains of the ancient city and know a little bit of its history.
Olympia, the spiritual city of Greece according to Alexander the Great and birthplace of the Olympic Games, was our stop on the third day, prior to the route that took us outside the Peloponnese Peninsula to Ioaninna, in northern Greece, in the area Of Epirus. From here, the next day, we drove up to one of the most spectacular natural accidents in Greece: the Pindus National Park and Vikos Gorge, the deepest canyon in Europe: 3248 feets (990 meters).
On the sixth day of the Rally the participants headed to the region of Thessaly and visited what was perhaps the most spectacular place on the tour: Meteora. The union that takes place here between an almost mystical orography and the constructions made by the man leave the visitor breathless. The rounded and rugged cliffs of Meteora are dotted by monasteries erected on its summits that create a unique landscape in the world. The day ended at Kazarma Hotel, located at the foot of Plastira Lake, a lake that formed after the construction of a dam, but not less spectacular.
On the return to Athens, we stopped on the way to meet another of the mythical places of Greece: Delphi, the city of the Oracle. Situated on the hillside of Mount Parnassus, the temples still preserved, the splendid theater and the natural view from the whole valley reinforce the Greek idea that considered Delphi the center of the world.
The last two days of the Rally of Greece and as an excellent way to close this wonderful adventure, were developed in Athens, the capital of Greece and visible head of social, economic and artistic development of all the Hellenic polis for centuries. The participants of the tour knew a little more in depth as was the life of the polis, its history and its art thanks to a guided tour in the wonderful Acropolis.
The final climax of the Rally of Greece 2017 was a farewell dinner at the Kastri Hotel, which welcomed us the first night we arrived in Greece, closing this adventure, which we trust is for the participants who were part, as well as It has been for us, unforgettable.