Often referred to as the cradle of Western civilization, Greece is a country that was very influential in ancient times and still draws people of modern times to her ancient charms. Located in south Eastern Europe with thousands of islands throughout the Adriatic, Aegean and Ionian seas, Greece is a tourist’s paradise.
The mild climate in Greece is quite tourist-friendly and allows for complete exploration of its remnants and ruins of ancient civilizations, stunning scenery and crystal clear waters. Tourists agree that the best times to visit are from June through September as the weather is frequently perfect.
The people are hospitable, and the country has a general exotic flavor that you cannot resist. If you are fond of antiquities, looking to experience the historical aspect of the country by touring its popular historical sites or simply looking to enjoy and relax on vacation, this is an ideal destination.
Highlights on a tour of Greece
Greece is surrounded by water so be sure you visit the Greek Isles. There are almost 1,500 islands which boast of being the birthplace of many ancient civilizations. You will get to also experience a first-rate ferry system while you pamper your eyes with virgin beaches and archaeological wonders. Sailing and scuba diving are popular sports here.
Many Mediterranean cruises include Corfu, Katakolon and Nafplion on their itineraries, and a popular excursion is to the legendary Mount Olympus.
Crete is the largest island in Greece, home to ruins of the Minoan civilization and other archaeological treasures. Its numerous caves, valleys, and gorges also provide you with a new surprise at every turn.
Santorini is popular for its black (volcanic sand) beaches while Rhodes has castles built by the Knights of Saint John. It also contains some remnants of the Roman and Byzantine empires in addition to its classic medieval architecture.
Don’t forget to include Thessaloniki in your bucket list for Greece. This second largest city in Greece is well known for its world-class artists, musicians, and poets. It has also got a collection of beautiful beaches and an impressive nightlife. A blend of Byzantine art and architecture with modern buildings exist in perfect harmony in Thessaloniki.
If you have not heard of the famous Greek salad, then you are missing out on a treat. The Greeks love their veggies as much as the Spanish love their olives. They also use olive oil, fish, grains, wine, and meat. Cheese, zucchini, lemon juice, herbs, and bread also form an important part of their diet.
Western Crete, for example, the vegetarian dish “Chaniotiko Boureki” which consists of oven baked slices of potatoes with zucchini, myzithra, cheese and mint is a traditional favorite. The same way Italians have varieties of Pizza, so also the Greeks have varieties of pitas (savory pies).
They also love seeds and nuts; hence they are included in almost everything from pastry to main dishes. Don’t forget the Fasolada, a white-bean soup sometimes called the traditional Greek dish. They also take a lot of non-alcoholic beverage and tea. Greece is also home to the oldest known grape wine remnants discovered in the world. While you are at it, pamper your taste buds to some Greek Yoghurt mixed with olive oil.