If you are pondering a vacation in Greece this summer, wait no longer. Greece has so many diverse aspects which provide something for everyone to enjoy.
Whether you are a history buff, or prefer a quiet vacation lounging on the beach, or maybe you are looking for an extreme sport-filled vacation — whatever your pleasure, Greece is sure to please! Let’s look at the top ten reasons why you should visit Greece this summer.
1. Sweets Made with Greek Honey
It’s summertime, you’re on vacation – it’s time to indulge in some Greek sweets! There are so many deserts to select from while visiting Greece, so let’s narrow it down to sweets made with Greek honey.
Some of the most typical and traditional desserts made with honey are found on the Greek islands, where you can sample everything from honey pies to dumplings, which are a fried thin pastry with honey. Other popular treats are pasteli, or sesame seed and honey bars, and loukoumades, which are Greece’s version of fried doughnuts and honey.
Some other sweets worth checking out are sweet cheese pies made with honey, as well as melekounia, a traditional sweet you will find in Rhodes. Of course, the iconic Greek dessert, baklava, is also made with honey and is something you need to eat at least once in a lifetime! Or, let’s be honest, once a week. Or a day.
2. The Greek Islands
There are many Greek islands which are ideal for a family vacation. Whether you are traveling with young children or your grandparents, family vacations in Greece can be amazing and unforgettable experiences. You just need to know where to go, so let’s look at some top destinations.
1. Kokkini Hani, Crete offers different hotels with pools and seashore as well as great activities for the whole family to enjoy.
2. Agios Nikolaos, Crete offers a variety of sights and nearby beaches with shallow, calm waters ideal for young and old alike.
3. Corfu, Ionian islands offers great beaches and history, and is budget friendly.
4. Zakynthos, in the Ionian islands offers great beaches, and is great for social teenagers.
5. Milos, in the Cyclades, offers a chance to explore the sea, perfect for confident swimmers of all ages.
For more Greek island vacation ideas for you and your family, look here.
Greece is a number one destination for vacation-goers wishing to relax, visit ancient ruins and enjoy beautiful beaches — all in the same vacation. Greece recently was ranked second in the world on the 2017 Blue Flag quality award list. The country which took first place was Spain.
The Blue Flag is given to countries as an eco-label, and this year 486 beaches and 12 marinas in Greece were honored with the award, with the Halkidiki peninsula winning the most flags, with 71 of its beaches selected.
You can visit so many ruins in Greece that there are truly too many to list. Obviously the major sites, such as the Acropolis and Knossos, are must-sees.
But one of the most enchanting things about Greece is that you can be walking down a street and stumble across priceless ruins from antiquity!
If you would like to experience ancient ruins in a spectacular and unique way, why not swim with the backdrop of the Ancients? Check out the beach at the ancient ruins of Heraion of Perachora, in the Corinthian Gulf, or the ruins of Agios Stefanos Basilica in the Kefalos Bay, Kos for some great beaches off the beaten path which boast jaw-dropping views.
5. Bike Rides
Greece is the perfect place to ride a bike or rent a scooter. One of the best ways to explore the islands of Greece is surely by scooter. For around 15 euros a day you can go where you want, when you want and visit intimate and remote destinations well off the beaten path of typical tours.
Many companies offer scooter rentals to visiting tourists because the islands truly are the ideal setting for taking a ride while exploring the countryside.
They all have different insurance policies so be sure that you know your options and what documents are needed before you rent a scooter in Greece.
When you are looking for an alternative perspective of the Greek islands, plot out a route and take a scooter trip on the less traveled roads. For more information about driving laws and insurance look here.
For more information on where to go for great bike rides, look here.
Whether you go to a taverna which serves up traditional Greek dishes or a bouzouki club to enjoy traditional Greek music, you will find that there are tons of ways to immerse yourself in the Greek culture.
If you want to try something different on your Greek holiday you should consider taking some cooking classes while visiting! It’s the perfect way to learn about the culture and history of one of the most vital elements in Greek society — food!
Greece has everything from bears to monk seals which attract animal and nature lovers. The flora and fauna of Greece are as unique as the country itself.
Greece has over 132 regions vitally important for the vegetation of flora and fauna and almost 20 botanical “paradises” with rare flora. A perfect way to pass the day with the nature of Greece is by going on one of the many hiking trails which you will find all over the country which will allow you to relax and enjoy nature.
Many times, you will also be able to find campgrounds as well where you can set up a tent and camp out in the unmatched nature of Greece.
8. Sports and Fitness Vacations
Fitness fans and athletes of all types find that there is much more to the mainland of Greece and its surrounding islands than meets the eye.
Did you know that the Peloponnese region of Greece has two of the best hiking trails in all of Greece in this region? Don’t miss hiking Menalon Trail in Arcadia and the trails around the monasteries of Panagia Eleona and Prophet Elias.
Check out Chios for scuba diving. In 2016 it was named the one of the top 10 best scuba diving sites in Europe by international diving website, divein.com.
There are many companies which offer special group and individual packages for paragliding in Lefkada. The winds are perfect in this region of Greece for amazing paragliding all year round. The island is also known for other sporty activities such as hiking, rafting, scuba diving, or canyoning.
Want more information on where to go for an active vacation? Look here.
There are over 300 days of sunny weather in Greece so it is the perfect place to plan your summer holiday as you are almost sure to not be disappointed by rain or clouds!
Greece does heat up in the summer, so be sure to be prepared for your outings by having adequate water and sun block as well as light, airy clothes packed in your suitcase. Don’t forget swimwear, because you will be surely tempted to dip into the sparkling turquoise sea!
10. The Unique Experience that is Greece
The best reason for you to visit Greece this summer is because the country is like no other. You will find great hospitality, delicious food and unique experiences everywhere you turn — all in the heart of antiquity. Everyone should experience Greece at least once in a lifetime!