Tuesday, 19 February 2019

HOW TO PLAN FOR THE BEST EVER GREEK HOLIDAY


If you didn't already know, in my final year of University I had a Greek adventure where my friends and I travelled to Santorini, Mykonos and Athens and it was fantastic. I have also been to Zante and I highly recommend Greece as a holiday destination as it has something for everyone, whether you like partying, night life, beaches, quiet time, or art and history. Greece has you covered. The capital and largest city in the country is Athens, closely followed by Thessaloniki. As well as boasting the longest Mediterranean coastline, with the bluest sea of life, it also boasts many islands, 227 of which are inhabited. Of course, Greece is known for its history, and with such a long coast, the beaches are something else that draws the crowds. 

If you’d like to pay the mainland or one of the many islands a visit, here are some tips to help you make your Greek holiday a memorable one.

WHERE TO STAY

There are a wealth of options if you want to enjoy holidays in Greece. Book a cabin on a small sailboat and make your way around the Greek islands. Alternatively, book a luxury villa and enjoy a ringside seat next to your very own private pool. There are hostels, cruise ships, guest houses, hotels and more. Personally I stayed in hostels and hotels most of the time and had a great time, good locations, fantastic and helpful staff and clean comfy rooms. 


WHAT TO PACK

If you’re travelling at the height of the summer, you’re not going to need a lot of clothes! The climate is typically Mediterranean with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers. If you travel to the mountains in the winter, you could even get a good dusting of snow. Remember to pack your swimwear and a towel, waterproof case for your phone, sun protection, and some modest items of clothing, just in case you’re planning to visit sites such as cathedrals. When I went to Zante in the middle of August it was scorching hot and the metal zip on my playsuit burned me, so do be careful and pack for the climate and remember to carry water with you if it is hot. 


EVERYTHING HAPPENS 

Be prepared for everything to be done at a snail’s pace, much the same as anywhere in the Mediterranean region. Life in these countries is very relaxed; some would say almost horizontal. If you’re the kind of person that likes things to happen when they’re supposed to, or you don’t like waiting, you’re in for a culture shock when you visit Greece. In addition to this, you meet such a wide variety of people and truly everyone is friendly and kind and so relaxed. 

THE LOCAL CUISINE IS DIVINE

So much so that you might need to sign up at the gym when you get back home! The traditional meal in a Greek taverna consists of meze, something similar to Spanish tapas. Your table will be laid out with plate after plate of delicious food, and you’ll have to be very strong willed not to try them all. Plus, my favourite thing about European destinations is the cheap wine and alcohol, Greece does not disappoint. Drink responsibly kids. Mykonos in particular had some great restaurants, I have been there twice now and their gyros (pita wraps) are divine. 


REMEMBER TO EXPLORE SOME OF GREECE'S INTERESTING HISTORY

Wherever you are in Greece, there are going to be ancient ruins and buildings for you to explore. The country is littered with historic relics. Some of the most famous archaeological sites are pretty pricey, but you have to visit at least a couple of them during your stay. Athens, of course, is riddled with history and some of the most gorgeous structures that are world renowned. But there are architectural ruins all over, especially in the Greek islands. 

GETTING AROUND THE ISLANDS OR THE MAINLAND

You’re going to need a strong stomach if you want to explore the area using four wheels. Much of it is very rough terrain, so you’ll find yourself being driven back and forth, often at break-neck speeds. If you’re driving yourself, remember to take regular breaks because such challenging driving can be very tiring. There are bound to be plenty of places to stop and enjoy the views.  Personally, I found ferry easiest and you can take planes to the further islands if needed. 


Thank you for reading, Greece has been one of my favourite places to visit and I think I will continually go back there whenever I can. On ferry rides, at the various stops on the way I would want to explore everywhere and the Agean Sea is the prettiest sea I have ever seen, so blue and sparkly it is hypnotising. Are you going on any holidays this year? Let me know in a comment down below. I hope you are having a fabulous week. Take care. 

Have you been to Greece? 

Love 
Kiran

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2 comments

  1. Honestly, it's such a beautiful place to visit

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

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  2. Oh wow! Such gorgeous pictures Kiran. I would love to visit Greece some day.

    Via | http://glossnglitters.com

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