Greece tops the bucket list of almost everybody I know. Whether it’s their fascinating mythology and rich history which has been on our curriculum or the sheer exoticness of the place or the Greek gods (wink, wink)
Greece lives up to all the expectations, in fact, surpasses it. So if you are lucky enough to tick it off your bucket list, here’s a guide on the top 5 reasons why Greece rocks.
1. A for Athens
Here’s what you should visit when in Ancient Athens. Acropolis for its imposing Parthenon and the Erechtheion temple. The Acropolis museum below has the precious artefacts, a wonderful way to know more about Acropolis. Make a trip to Agora, its where Socrates preached his philosophy and it was the centre of every activity related to a society. Pay homage at the largest temple of Greece, the temple of Olympian Zeus, take in the grandness of the Panathenaic Stadium which incidentally is used to this day. Swing by the Roman sites and last but not the least, the Monastiraki Flea Market. Monastiraki and Plaka are the oldest and buzzing parts of Athens. The streets of Plaka are beautiful and in addition to museums and churches, the place is dotted with restaurants and lovely cafes.
2. Romantic Santorini
This charming volcanic island is a hot tourist favourite. It’s been much written about and is a photographers’ delight with its spectacular cliffs and sunsets. The whitewashed homes dangling by the cliffs and natural volcanic sculptures sends those who sight it in raptures. What’s not to miss in Santorini: A boat ride to Nea Kameni, a chopper ride Caldera, walk from Fira to the edge of the Caldera, watching the sunset from Oia, visiting the archaeological sites in Aegean, visiting ancient vineyards, eating local produce and a lot more.
3. Mykonos and Delos
Mykonos is special to night revelers, the nightlife is to be seen to be believed. The Cycladic architecture and fantastic beaches add to its fun appeal. Walking is also a great pleasure here, especially on the narrow streets of Chora, don’t miss spotting the sunset from Little Venice and swim in the exotic beaches. Delos is a small island and said to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, it’s a must-visit for history buffs.
Hydra is a favourite summer weekend spot. The first sight of Hydra situated on the slopes of a hill and dotted with spectacular mansions is enthralling to say the least. The unique and lovely part of Hydra is that motor vehicles are prohibited here and one either explores this impressive island by boat, walking or hitching a donkey ride. The most beautiful beaches are here at Hydra.
5. Eat, drink and be merry!
If you are in Greece, say cheers with coffee! Yes, coffee is to Greece what wine is to France. It’s an integral part of Greek culture. Greece is number 15 on the list of maximum coffee consuming countries. At an average, a Greek consumes 5.4 kg of coffee per person. Try coffee in popular cafes, by the ruins, by the churches, anywhere you wish, but do it the Greek way with people watching and gossip. Similarly, with food, it is said that your food experience in Greece isn’t complete without the ‘long lunch.’ Join a table full of people, eat the whole afternoon, it is certainly one of the best things to do in Greece. The best islands for food are Lesvos, Corfu, Tinos and Crete.