When someone mentions Greece to you, what is your instant reaction? Greek yogurt, a Greek salad or ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ perhaps? Continue reading for five reasons why you should visit Greece on your next vacation.
Greek food is largely based around a Mediterranean diet filled with ingredients you’re probably familiar with: olive oil, fish, poultry, vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs and yogurt. Famous dishes include moussaka (minced lamb with an aubergine topping), baklava (a sweet dish with honey and nuts with filo pastry), and dolmades (stuffed vine leaves or vegetables). Ouzo, a liquorice-flavoured liquor, is perhaps the most well-known of Greece’s alcoholic offerings. Be sure to try their wine, tsipouro (similar to Italian grappa) and retsina (wine with added pine resin)
The Greek islands of Crete, Rhodes, Santorini and Corfu are by far the most well-known and, while they are beautiful and have plenty to offer tourists, don’t feel that you are limited to them. In fact, Greece has over six thousand islands, with only 227 inhabited.
Lefkada is popular with surfers and sunbathers, and actually accessible via the mainland using a causeway to the north of the island. Paxos is a great choice for those seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of most holiday destinations. With pretty harbour towns and stunning Venetian architecture, there is so much to take in. Serifos is another gem. With beautiful beaches, which are challenging to access, and a lack of upmarket bars and restaurants, this island is perfect for purists.
Forming a distinct part of the Athens skyline, the Acropolis is a must-see if you are in the area. The remains of several historic buildings can be found here, notably the Parthenon. The Epidaurus amphitheatre, built on the side of Cynortion mountain, is another impressive piece of ancient architecture. Mycenae, a UNESCO world heritage site, was founded in the 6th century BC. Homer claimed that Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae, built it. The whole country is steeped in history, from architecture to museums, there is something for everyone.
The beautiful sea and beaches attract people from all over the world. Whether it’s the perfect place to sunbathe or swim in the sea you’re looking for, you’re bound to find it in Greece. You could even look to rent a sailing boat in Greece which would allow you a more adventurous way to see the stunning sights the coastline has to offer.
Greece has a Mediterranean climate, meaning that it will usually have mild, but often wet winters and hot, dry summers. It is mostly sunny all year round. Greece’s capital city, Athens, is the hottest in Europe with temperatures in August averaging 29 degrees Celsius. This can sometimes get as high as 39 degrees. If you plan to holiday in the heat, opting to visit between April and October is advisable to make the most of the warmer weather.