After much research on where we might like to travel this year, we set our eyes toward Greece. Greece offers many reasons for which one should visit. We have tried to limit ourselves to the top six reasons. There is no particular order, but the following is a short list for which a traveler should choose Greece as their next destination.
Our top reasons to vacation in Greece:
1. The Food.
I like being fit but my favorite part of traveling is always trying new foods and pastries, and Greece is the best place to try new foods. Greece is great for meat eaters and vegans alike, as the local diets are abundant in fresh seafood, vegetables, grains, beans and legumes, and of course, meats (mostly lamb, goat, or pork). While you’re there, you can’t miss the fresh produce stands. Pick up some figs, grapes, watermelon, and pomegranates (depending on the season). The best part of Greek cuisine, though, is dessert! Pair a hot Greek coffee (similar to espresso) or an iced Frappé with a baklava, kataïfi, or a “pasta” (no, not macaroni, but the best cake you’ll ever have in your life). Scientists have determined that the Mediterranean Diet studied on the Greek Island of Crete is one of the healthiest in the world.
2. The nightlife
. Greeks love to celebrate life, and that is evident in their nightlife culture. If you’re in Athens, you should definitely go to the “bouzoukia” (pronounced boo-zoo-kia), which are basically large concert halls where famous artists gather to perform. Dress your best and expect to be dancing on tables until the wee hours of the morning. If you’re on the islands, you’ll never be far from a beach bar or nightclub where you can dance to some European jams, dance all night, and top it off with a sunrise dip in the Mediterranean.
3. The beaches!
Greek beaches consistently place in the top ten for best European beaches and best beaches overall, and for good merit. Each island has its own unique characteristics. Some have crystal blue waters, while others are more turquoise in color. You might come across a beach with soft billowy sand, yet another with be covered in small pebbles or even seashells.
4. The views
. Greece is amazing because you can see rugged mountains, olive groves, tranquil beaches, and rolling hills of white houses all in the same landscape. This is why so many bloggers and fashion designers use the Greek islands as their backdrop. There is so much diversity that spans from ancient yet cosmopolitan cities to agricultural plains full of olive and fig trees, to beachy islands where the houses are all painted white and are set against the backdrop of the bright blue sea. Greece is the photography lover’s dream destination.
5. The history
. Greek history is ancient and there are so many artifacts and edifices that have survived thousands of years of war, turmoil, and the sheer test of time. In fact, while subways were being constructed before the Olympic Games, workers found so many ancient artifacts that they decided to frame them inside the subway walls. You can literally check out ancient pottery and coins while you wait for the subway.
6. For the islands
. Santorini. Milos. Rhodes. Mykonos. Crete. They are all out of this world. Literally. You’ll think you are in a different universe with some of the views that you will find when you travel through the Greek islands. The most popular ones are, of course, Santorini and Mykonos. Santorini and Mykonos are beautiful, but there are so many other islands that are even more beautiful and less commercial and touristy than these two. The ferries leave from Piraeus, the port of Athens, and stop at all the islands. Tickets are fairly inexpensive.
As seen on the Map, we will be visiting Athens Greece as well as travelling to the islands of Mykonos, Santorini, Delos, and Crete. We will attempt to keep a daily blog and welcome you to follow along on our journey.
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