TOP 10 REASONS TO TRAVEL TO GREECE
We can make a very long list of the reasons to visit Greece. However, we summarize them under 10 topics and present you with satisfactory details.
|1- Ancient History of Greece|
1- ANCIENT HISTORY OF GREECE
You will visit world famous archaeological sites. There are 18 World Heritage Sites in Greece.
The birth place of democracy and the heart of Athens is the Acropolis which has been rising with its pride to the sky since 5th century B.C.
Delphi is still awake on the scope of a mountain with its glorious landscape, it was accepted as the center of the world in ancient times and kings used to visit there to learn the future from the Oracle of Delphi.
Ancient Olympia in which the first Olympic games took place, Temple of Posedion in Cape Sounion, Byzantine monasteries on top of the huge rocks in Meteora stretches into the sky and want to go away from this world.
There are many and more old temples, structures, museums, historical sites and places to discover in regards to history in Greece. You can find the tours to all these spectacular places on greecetours.com website.
2- ENDLESS SUNNY DAYS AND UNIQUE BEACHES
The sun seems never willing to go away from Greece and makes you feel like you are on a lifetime holiday. The official summer season starts at the beginning of March and is over at the end of October in Greece. However, you can see people swimming in November and even in warm December days.
There are more than 2000 islands in Greece, around 250 of them are inhabited and Greece is the country of which has the longest coast-line in Mediterranean Sea. Therefore, not only the islands but also the mainland possess gorgeous beaches. Greek islands take you into another world with their landscapes, deep blue waters and white-washed houses with colorful doors, windows and domes. Greece is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and breathtaking unique beaches such as Red and Black Sand beaches in Santorini. Ferry transport is well developed in Greece and you can hope from island to island by ferry.
Whether you are looking for all day long party beaches to have non-stop fun with your friends or more secluded beaches for a peaceful time with your couple, family or yourself to read a book, Greece has it all. Some of the best beaches in Europe takes place in Greece.
Greece might be known with its great summer days but it has some special winter destinations, as well. 80% of Greece is mountainous and there are very nice and special spots for winter holiday. Arachova is one of them and known as Mykonos of Winter.
Recommendation: If you want to visit Greece in summer season and have a budget holiday, we suggest you the months of April, May, June, September and October. If you would like to have your vacation in a vivid time, your months are July and August. If your choice is to travel in most affordable times, then you should pick one of the months of November, December, January or February. But be careful about New year and Noel seasons.
3- OUTSTANDING MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
Greek food is another significant reason to experience Greece. Olive and olive oil are the first things come across in mind when you hear the name of Greece. Mediterranean cuisine with its vegetables, salads and sea foods appears in all its glory in Greece. If the taste is outstanding, the portion is considerable and the price is reasonable then you are in Greece.
Greece is not only renowned for its vegetables but also for its kebabs and gyros. Souvlaki is the traditional Greek fast food and should be experienced while visiting Greece. Souvlaki is made of shish kebab or gyros being placed in a pita (traditional bread) with salad, caciki (tzatziki) and fries.
Last but not least, the traditional Greek drinks will be a new experience in your life. Tsipoura is a strong one and produced from grape, enjoyed as a welcoming drink, accompanied the Greek meze. If you like brandy and different aromas, you should definitely try Metaxa which has a secret combination of botanicals. If you ask the national drink of Greece, people will say Ouzo which is a strong drink and consumed with water. Ouzo is a patented national brand that is only produced in Greece and protected by the European Law. The last one is the famous Greek wines and they are produced in many points. Santorini is a perfect destination to try the island’s own wines.
4- BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES
Greece is not a destination to visit merely for the sun and the beaches, there are plenty of places of which you will hold your breath when you witness the stunning sights. Let’s take a look at some destinations renowned for their dazzling landscapes:
- Meteora: Byzantine Monastries from the medieval age sit on the humongous rocks, and creates a mystic atmosphere. They situate in the middle of mainland Greece, six of them are still active and open to visitors.
- Melissani Lake Cave: Underground lake of Melissani Cave takes place as a spectacular natural beauty on the island of Kefalonia and lures thousands of visitors every year.
- Samaria Gorge: It is a gorge stretches for 16 kilometers in Crete which is the biggest island of Greece. It is also possible to set a camp in particular areas of this national park.
- Nafplio: One of the most charming and romantic towns in Greece. It is also the capital city of Greece right before Athens.
Mystras, Delphi, Mount Olympus, Lake Kerkini, Monemvasia Fortress, Acheron Springs and the others…
The metropolises of Greece as Athens and Thessaloniki, and the islands of Mykonos, Ios, Corfu, Kos, Zakynthos have active nightlife and it is quite common to have fun until the first lights of the day. The first place comes to mind with its nightlife, partying beach and night clubs is the island of Mykonos undoubtedly.
On the other hand, there are many bars and cafes to have a drink in a romantic ambiance with as astonishing view. For instance, there are many roof bars in Athens with their splendid landscapes of the Acropolis and you can have a lifetime memory under a soft music while sipping your drink.
We have listed the most popular 9 clubs in the destinations of Athens and Mykonos in the following table. Individual choices concerning the music and the ambiance are to vary from person to person but at least we would like to present you some valuable options. Enjoy your night…
|1. Cavo Paradiso, Paradise Beach||1. Bogart|
|2. Super Paradise Beach Club||2. Boiler Room|
|3. Paradise Beach Club||3. Bolivar|
|4. @54||4. Dyybuk Club|
|5. Skandinavian Bar and Club||5. Lohan Club|
|6. Scorpios||6. Six D.o.g.s|
|7. Astra||7. Pixi Athens|
|8. Tropicana Beach Bar and Restaurant||8. Enzzo de Cuba|
|9. Void||9. Kitty Cat|
6- FULL OF EXCURSIONS
The major part of economy in Greece has been tourism oriented for decades. Tourism in Greece has spread to entire Greece and thriving itself every day. Due to that, the Greek people including the country side habitants have a significant expertise on tourism. As a result, the diversity of excursions in Greece has come to a quite rich and developed level.
Let’s give some examples of excursions taking place in Greece; traditional cooking tours or wine tastes in Athens and Santorini island; real life tour in Crete such as milking a cow, planting and harvesting vegetables and producing traditional drinks; usual sightseeing tours not only taken by bus or foot but also by ATV, e-bicycle, e-scooter, jeep or off-road styles on islands and mainland; hiking in Meteora/Kalambaka or Samaria Gorge/Crete for on foot lovers; sailing and catamaran tours including barbecue in Cyclades islands; scuba diving, kite surfing, snorkeling and kayaking on islands; half day, daily or multiple day cruise tours among islands and including Turkey for some tours.
In a nut shell, whatever you would like to have as an outdoor activity on your vacation, Greece has been offering it and more. If you are willing to have a trip with full of excursions, you should plan your whole vacation in detail before embarking the plane. We strongly recommend you get a professional assistance for the itinerary of the country to which you travel, especially if you haven’t been in that country before.
7- TRANQUILITY IN GREECE
There are countless rural areas, both on the mainland and on the islands, where you can refill your energies away from the hustle while looking for quiet places to blow off some steam. Steph is a blog writer who defines himself as The Mediterranean Traveler created a fine article with the title of “Which Are the Quietest Greek Islands for Escaping the Crowds?” We are going to present you that valuable list below:
Ikaria Island: Ikaria is best known across the globe for being one of the six Blue Zones in which people are known to live a particularly long life. This label has earned the island a few more tourists. Ikaria is associated with dancing and festivals in Greece, with a balanced traditional lifestyle and a rough nature.
Lesvos: Lesvos is a huge island full of space, history, geology, and an airport to go. Mytilene is the capital city. The island has some of the country’s top gourmet cultures, a lovely forest, some fantastic beaches and spectacular harbor towns. It has recently had a refugee problem on the island, which has a negative impact on tourism.
Chios: This aromatic island is known for the quality of its produce, especially citrus. It is a good spot likely to be amusing for food lovers. It is worth seeing the famous mastic villages of Genoese invaders and abandoned Byzantine villages.
Leros: it’s a northern Aegean island. It is required to travel a long distance to reach this island. This is the feature that has kept the island secluded and nostalgic. But although most destinations in Greece are known for their ancient past, it is modern history that amuses Leros.
Kalymnos: This is an island of shipwrecks and sponge fishing. Truly a hidden treasure in the Aegean, which is easily accessed from the airport on the neighboring island of Kos.
Lemnos: Lemnos is one of the northernmost islands in the Aegean. It has an airport but on the other hand it is one of the hardest islands to reach by ferry. The attractions are its wonderful windsurfing and kitesurfing, peaceful beaches, a rare heritage of food, and extraordinary landscapes including the only desert and weird volcanic rocks in Greece.
Samothraki: The tranquil island of Samothraki, one of the islands least visited by international vacationers, will be enjoyed by lovers of nature and peace. It’s a favorite destination, though, for the Greeks living in the north of the country.
Skyros: While it is an island closer to Athens, its ferry ties with near islands are still weak and that is the reason for preserving its unspoiled existence. For those seeking health, therapeutic and imaginative getaways, it’s increasingly becoming a precious spot.
Karpathos: Karpathos is for you if you want to explore beautiful beaches with stunning turquoise waters and magnificent mountain scenery. A vacation in natural beauty but away from crowds.
Anafi: If you are searching for complete seclusion, to escape modern life on a wild and remote island, then settle down on the ferry for the long ride to Anafi. Anafi’s landscape is arid and windswept, dotted with whitewashed Cycladic buildings and nice sandy beaches.
Kythnos: The Cycladic island of Kythnos is one of the nearest islands to Athens but still concealed and yet one of the least recognized by travelers. Kythnos is a good choice if you want to visit an island that hasn’t changed in the past few decades. Most locals live in the lovely villages up in the mountains and the beaches are calm and peaceful.
As compared to the countries of Europe, the cost of living, housing and food in Greece are more reasonable. You will find it all in Greece, whether you are travelling on a budget as a fair family holiday or looking for luxury options like a lavish honeymoon package.
There are almost 200 islands in Greece and if you pick the best-known islands such as Mykonos and Santorini, you will face comparatively the higher prices in terms of accommodation, food and excursions for sure. On the other hand, there are many other Greek islands which have similar features with renowned islands but more reasonable prices such as Naxos, Ios or Paros.
Furthermore, if you have a plan to travel as a group and you like to cook your own dish then you should consider to rent a large apartment around the center of the city and villa on the island instead of hotel rooms. It will most likely be less pricey than hotels. The other issue is the transportation. The cheapest way is the public one by all means but car rental is another marvelous resolution as less pricy and comfier way for the travelers who don’t like to spend their vacations in public transportations.
Please note that, as we mentioned before the season of your preference is a major element of the price. We strongly recommend other than the pick seasons for the vacationers who look for a budget holiday. July and August are the top seasons for both of the visitors and the prices. Additionally, the weather is really hot in these months, average temperature is 35 C degrees. On the other hand, between April 15 – June 15 and September – October are very convenient seasons in terms of price, accommodation, crowdedness and even the weather.
9- CREATIVE IN TOURISM
When the economy is mostly dependent on tourism as in Greece, the daily life is adapting itself for different sorts of cultures and variable demands. As a result, that adaptation has brought out the creativity and the diversity in tourism.
Travelers have many options for their accommodations in Greece according to their budgets. The options can be listed as Airbnb apartments or villas, dormitory style hotels, boutique hotels, star hotels, villa hotels, the blue ground furnish apartments, room rentals or staying with a family via homestay website. Not only hotels but also many apartment owners can give you private transfer service from airport to apartment.
Foodies can find many different alternatives for their meals. As much as luxury restaurants there are countless street food spots around city centers from Italian, Japan or Indian cuisines to local style food. It can be said that Greece is one of the most reasonable European countries in terms of food prices. Menu prices may vary according to the luxury level of the restaurant but there is never such a price increase that aims to rip off the customer.
The spectrum of activities is also very wide in Greece. Some of the excursions are traditional cooking, wine tasting, real country life experiencing as milking a cow or producing traditional drinks, street art or night city tours; guided city or countryside tours by e-bicycle, e-scooter, ATV or jeep; hiking, sailing and catamaran tours; water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, kite surfing and kayaking.
10- THE GREEK MYTHOLOGY
Some of you already knows the Greek mythology well, the Greek gods, warriors, oracles and legendary wars. Hollywood has made many films in regards to Greek mythology and the history. Let’s remember the tremendous ones of these movies:
- Troy: This is the story about the Trojan War and the Hero Achiless. The film stars featured in this movie are Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Krugar.
- The 300 Spartans: In ancient Greece, the Spartans had a reputation for being the toughest fighters. They were so fearsome that a mere 300 Spartans has the ability to change the course of the Persian war at the Battle of Thermopylae.
- Clash of the Titans: Based on the story of Perseus, Greece’s most famous monster slayer before Hercules. He is eventually called on to help the gods defeat their own monsters.
- Hercules: Several times the film of Hercules has been made, animation style was filmed, moreover the old carton series of He-man was based on Hercules. Everybody recognizes Hercules, he is the son of Zeus with a supernatural power and always in a war sometimes with outrageous creatures, sometimes with gods.
- Alexander the Great: Alexander the Great was a real person as the Greek king that conquered Asia and Egypt, the stories about his exploits are legend. Colin Farrell stars as the young general and the king of Greece, Angelina Jolie as his mother Olympias.
- Jason and the Argonauts: Based on the legend of Jason, an impossible mission, a group of warriors and many adventures.
- The Immortals: Based on the Greek myths of Theseus. Son of Zeus, a young warrior, a ruthless king, titans and the battle between them.
- The Odyssey: The adventures of the king Odyssey when he tries to return home.
- Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief: It is a film based on a book story. A young man lives in today’s world but who unknowingly has the soul of the God Zeus.
- Spartacus: Not only movie but also the serial was filmed. It is actually a Roman story but the Roman and the Greek history has merged since the 1th B.C. The story is based on a slave and a gladiator who was uprising against the Roman overlords.
- Ulysses: Epic journey of Ulysses who is a legendary Greek King.
Did you know that Delphi was once considered to be the center of the world and the Oracle visited by the kings before the wars would live in Delphi; Olympus Mountain was the house of the Greek Gods; the Goddess Athena and the God Poseidon rivaled for being the protective God of the Greeks? You will have the chance of witnessing all these ancient sites which hosted very legendary mythological events, some of which has been subjected to very famous Hollywood movies. Do they still not sound like reasons enough to visit Greece?