The current COVID 19 pandemic and the global lockdown have gotten people itching to travel. Restrictions are easing up around the world and many countries are opening up to tourists. There are so many places to visit and the Greek Isles is a place that will provide some of the best experiences. Greece is full of history, delicious food and a wide variety of activities all rolled into one. It is very easy to get to Greece and there are many ways that you can island hop when you are there, with ferries being the best way. You can go as far as Kissamos on Crete just by booking a ticket for a ferry ride through reliable services like LetsFerry that offer reasonable prices. There are so many islands to explore, it’s like having multiple holidays in one. If you are on the fence about where your next holiday destination should be, here are a few reasons why you should visit Greece.
Beaches & views
Greece is located to the east of the Aegean Sea which is close to the Mediterranean Sea and this place is gorgeous. There are many Greek islands scattered across the Aegean Sea and all of these islands have stunning beaches with crystal clear waters. You will find pebble beaches, white sand beaches, black sand beaches, and even pink sand beaches in Greece which is truly a sight to behold. Greece is a world-renowned location ideal for summer vacations and no matter where you are in the country, you will be exposed to beautiful beaches and gorgeous views. Some of the top beaches in Greece include:
- Mykonos Beach
- Plaka Beach, Naxos
- Paleokastritsa, Corfu
- Elafonissi Beach,Crete
- Porto Katsiki, Lefkada
There is an endless variety of beaches to visit and each will offer a unique experience. You will never be bored.
Apart from the beautiful beaches, Greece is also home to stunning scenery which includes beautiful landscapes filled with a strong natural element as well as beautiful architecture and buildings both ancient and new. Santorini is particularly popular for its beautiful architecture on the island. The buildings are perched on a steep hill and are all whitewashed with blue accents that remind you that you are in the Mediterranean. The whitewashed buildings contrast the blue ocean beautifully and it is common to find buildings this color in Greece.
Greece has a very ancient history and there are many archaeological sites and ancient ruins still standing in the country. Each island has a unique history and it is very common to find archaeological museums on the islands. Many tourists also spend time exploring archaeological sites and ancient buildings and ruins while on vacation. Some islands mentioned in Homer’s The Odyssey are Ithaca, Ogygia, and Aeaea. Not only are you able to enjoy a relaxing time at the beach, but you are also able to gain knowledge about the history of this ancient land.
Of course, you cannot mention Greece without mentioning the delicious local cuisine that you will get to experience. Think fresh seafood, olive oil, and locally produced wine. Greece is full of great food. Besides seafood, some Greek delicacies that you have to experience include:
- Papoutsakia: stuffed eggplants.
- Pastitso: Greek lasagne
- Soutzoukakia: Greek Meatballs
- Stifado: Greek beef stew
- Tomatokeftedes: Tomato Fritters
Above all, the best-known dish in Greek is Moussaka which is minced meat, potato slices, and eggplant that have all been fried separately and then layered in a baking pan topped with béchamel sauce and slow-cooked in the oven. Traditionally, all Greek food is based on a Mediterranean diet and usually contains pasta, cheese, fresh vegetables, and extra virgin olive oil. Experiencing their food culture will expand your palate to something outside of what you are used to.
Many islands in Greece have clubs, bars, and buzzing nightlife. The best islands in Greece for partying include Corfu, Paros, Zakynthos, and the well-known Mykonos. Greeks love to party and experiencing the nightlife is an important part of experiencing local culture. A typical night out starts with dinner and ends with dancing.
All the activities
You won’t just be laying on the beach in Greece. You can enjoy tours, cruises, windsurfing, kitesurfing, hiking, scuba diving, rock climbing, and wine tasting. Staying active while on vacation is important and this ensures a fun and memorable experience.