If this post inspires at least one person to visit Greece next year then my job is done.
I want to give a little insight as to why I love Greece so much and why it’s the ideal destination for anyone.
There’s a total of 227 inhabited islands in Greece. Although there are around 6000 islands, not all of them are accessible. There are some however that can be accessed by ferry or boat.
Mainland Greece also has a handful of popular holiday destinations and less beachy spots such as Meteora and the Peloponese.
Each destination is so unique and different to the other and difference can vary from town to town.
2. Food and drink
Chances are it’s fresh. Fresh fish, veg, meat and cooked to perfection 👌
If the Greeks know one thing, it’s how to grill. They are the hearty food pros and portion sizes are usually very reasonable!
From my experience, many believe that Greek wine consists of ‘retsina’ and they couldn’t be more wrong! Don’t miss out on local wine in Greece, it’s the best I’ve ever tasted. Ask in restaurants if they have anything local, more often than not it’s also the house wine and is cheap as chips!
As I’m from the North of England, I always considered myself a chatty and friendly person… until I went to Greece.
They put me to shame with their welcoming and friendly attitude. Nothing is too much and within a day you’re part of the family! As they were the party central back in the 80’s, their hosting skills are fantastic and most Greek people will make you feel at home even if you don’t understand each other!
If you’re invited somewhere, don’t eat beforehand. You will dine like Gods and ‘no thank you’ is not an acceptable answer.
Sun, sea and mountainous beauty fills the grounds of Greece. I reside mostly in Corfu, considered to be one of the greener islands filled with flowers and silhouettes of land in the distance. It’s easily home to some of the most amazing scenery and although I’ve not been able to snap a photo yet, flamingos have been known to take a dip in the nearby lake!
With so many traditions in Greece, everyday is an excuse to eat and drink plenty.
Name days are celebrated more than birthdays here so ask someone when their name day is! Quite often people are named after their grandparents so there are a couple of generations with the same name.
Although Easter in Greece is usually on a different day to ours, it’s worth catching! If you picture plate smashing and dancing when you think of Greece, then this is your time to visit. Everyone gets involved in smashing vases to cleanse themselves of bad spirits… or to let out a bit of pent up anger. Either way, it’s loads of fun and barely any health and safety rules, woohoo!
Over the past 2.5/3 years, I have made Greece my home. I have never been to a more accepting and giving country. I may be limited when it comes to transport, accessibility to shops and the use of internet during stormy weather but it’s home. I’m a 5 minute drive to the beach and I don’t spend my entire life with cold hands so for me it’s a win all round.